Posted in Hope

Calm After the Storm

Sunset scene at Marbuena Island, our hometown of Ajuy, Iloilo Philippines (2011).
Sunset scene at Marbuena Island, our hometown of Ajuy, Iloilo Philippines (2011).

For whatever destruction the Typhoon Yolanda brought on our hometown of Ajuy, Iloilo province, Capiz, Panay Island, Cebu, Samar, Leyte and the many places of Visayas, Philippines, our prayers are with you all as we rise up and build again.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippines 4:7)

[note radius=”5″]This was my last year’s meditation, the day after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit our hometown and for 24 hours we had no communication nor any news about the aftermath.[/note]

Posted in Faith, Hope

From Earthquake to Typhoon Yolanda – Philippines Find A Shelter in the Time of Storms

Super Typhoon Haiyan as of 8:00 AM (Philippine Time)

Haiyan 2013  Tracking Map  Weather Wunderground


Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) has started whipping its fury on the Philippines as of writing, particularly towards the Visayas, the central area of the country.

Still recovering from the 15 October earthquake, here comes Super Typhoon HAIYAN (Philippine name: YOLANDA)… when would my beloved country have a respite from all these calamities?

Complicating the situation is the on-going Senate investigation on the issue of squandering billions of public funds by politicians.

Let us pray for the Philippines.

I believe that the Sovereign and Almighty God has the best options for the Filipinos.

Please calm the storm Lord, spare your people, hoist them to safe and higher ground.

Having been through all trials and storms in life, I testify that Jesus is still and only the rock in the weary land and our strong shelter in the time of storm.

Now is the time to be strong in our faith in Jesus Christ.

May this hymn encourage us all:


Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of strongest storms ever, heads for central Philippines

Friday classes suspended in metro, affected provinces

Storm Signal No. 4 raised as mighty Yolanda barrels toward the Visayas

As of November 8 – 1:00 AM (Philippine time):

PAGASA update on Typhoon Yolanda (November 8, 1AM)

Monster storm roars into Philippines

Posted in Inspirational

The Dandelion – A Weed’s Story

Photos and captions by Jose Telesforo Limbaga

About Jose Telesforo Limbaga

Jose is an Ilonggo, now residing in New York, New York. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Iloilo. He is married to the former Estela Velasco, BSN, also an Ilongga from Jaro, Iloilo City. They have two children who are now gainfully employed in New York.

Rekindling his passion for photography in 2011, Jose reflects about his recent photo shots:

“When it comes to this rekindled passion (photography), it is a sharing of what I see – nature and God’s hand in it – and to make it worthy of the viewer’s precious time. If the photos I share on FB bring positive feelings and thoughts to the viewer/FB friends then I feel my efforts were worth it. Too often in the course of the daily grind we do miss – either by force of circumstance if not be intent – the little things around us. It is “our job” as photographers to capture scenes, big or small, give it life as a picture and share it with our friends on FB or other social sites – friends who may not have the time for reasons previously stated.”