Posted in Christmas, Help Philippines, Living in Timaru

Kindness of a House Owner in GigatownTimaru

In the spirit of Christmas, I would like to share the kindness that our landlady did for typhoon-stricken Filipinos.

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck Central Philippines on 8 November. I and my wife were very much concerned because of the destruction it brought to Northern Iloilo, particularly our town of Ajuy.

Sunday afternoon of 10 November, I got a call from the Timaru Herald. Their reporter asked about the situations back home and my plans for helping fellow Filipinos.

On 11 November 2013, the Timaru Herald published our desire to help the Philippines through fund-raising for relief goods.

Two days after, while we were busy contacting and soliciting help from friends abroad, I got a phone call from our land lady.

She told me that she read the article on the local paper and learned about what happened in the Philippines.

Then she said, “Instead of paying me for this week’s rent, I would like to donate it for your town’s relief effort.”

Her kindness surprised us. We’re so thankful for her generousity.

Our land lady’s contribution became part of early relief operations for Ajuy.

See some of the photos below:

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (2)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (1)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (4)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (5)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (8)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (3)

Thank you Lord for giving us generous neighbours.

The kindness of people at Gigatown Timaru is quite amazing.

Posted in Process Monitoring Research, Research

Doing Process Monitoring Research in Antique and Iloilo, Philippines

process monitoring research

In 1992, I had the chance to work with Institute of Philippine Culture as Research Assistant.

I did process monitoring research on the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) of the Philippine Government.

I was assigned in Antique province together with five other research assistants.

Part of my job was to record how land surveys were being conducted.

CARP lands are located in remote mountain slope areas. Documenting the surveying process was so hard.

The photo on the right was taken by the community organizer.

We were at Barangay Igpanolong, Sibalom, Antique.

Notice the high elevation and the slope. I was hanging on grasses and some vegetation.

The site was also patrolled by some members of the New People’s Army.

I did research in Antique for eight months then I was assigned for a year to document the implementation of the Local Government Code in Janiuay, Iloilo.

The process monitoring research job entailed lots of recording minutes of meetings, collating notes, and writing monthly reports.

It honed my research and writing skills.

I thank the Lord for protecting me through all these tasks.


Posted in Help Philippines, Mission

Local NZ Paper Promotes Our Concern for Philippines

We thank The Timaru Herald for publishing about our concern for the Philippines.
Please CLICK on the image below to read the news article:

The Timaru Herald  tells about fund-raising drive


Send your donation through The Hopevale Trust.

For donation details, please contact:


Ross Waugh


Jonan Castillon


Posted in Inspirational


Central Philippine University Blog

“Naga-atipan” is a song written in 1997. I placed a translation for our English-speaking friends and for Filipinos who aren’t adept in Hiligaynon, the major local language in Western Visayas, Philippines. The song is reflective of Luke 12:22-31 and Matthew 6:19-24.

Ngaa nga ikaw nagakabalaka?  (Why are you worried?)
Ngaa nga ikaw nagakasubo?  (Why are you sad?)
Ngaa nga ikaw nagakabalaka?  (Why are you worried?)
Kay Cristo bala may pagsalig ka?  (In Jesus, do you have trust?)

Si Cristo nagsiling,  (Jesus said,)
Ako ang magahatag  (I will give you)
Sang imo nga mga kinahanglanon.  (What you need.)

Tuluka bala ang mga pispis  (Look at the birds)
Sa kalangitan  (Of the skies)
Wala sila nagasab-og  (They don’t sow)
Pero ang Dios gid…NAGA-ATIPAN  (For the Lord God is taking care)

Naga-atipan (ang Dios)  (God is taking care)

Naga-atipan (ang Dios)  (God is taking care)