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text 2018-05-30 05:05
Handog Karunungan Scholars 2018

 

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Every kid deserves to have proper education and IROG is always there to support its hardworking scholars. For this school year 2018-2019, IROG scholars received Gift Certificates to buy school supplies.

 

Another year for them to acquire more knowledge and skills in order to be ready for what their future would bring.

Source: isabelitarosueta.org/current_projects.php
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text 2017-06-07 20:13
The Case For Christ
The Case for Christ - Lee Strobel

It took me a long time to read this book since my heath issues often make it hard for me to focus.  This book was especially difficult to stay focused on for the first half or so.  I wasn't able to really look up all of the references or see what else I could find.  I am going to hold onto the book for a while and hopefully be able to do that.  

 

This book was interesting and there were some things I found surprising but I read this book thinking specifically about the people that I know that are set in their belief that God is not real and Jesus was just a man. I already believe in God so I was hoping for something that would be very convincing for someone who doesn't believe, at all. I felt that the fact that many of the experts got their education from faith-based schools would cause those people that don't believe to feel those experts were biased. Also, since this was approached as a "case" being investigated and presented to a jury I was waiting for the cross witness or the other attorney (disbeliever) to ask their questions of the expert witnesses. The author does ask the experts what they think about some things critics have said or written in their books etc., but these things seemed pretty mellow most of the time or completely out there. I know there are some scholars on both sides that have had some intense debates that would be more interesting to witness for me. A lot of the time the experts were giving their opinions and the author seemed to accept them too easily when I know other people would still have doubts and questions. Of course, this book is about the author's personal experience and how he went about this process for himself and each person is encouraged to do their own investigation.

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review 2016-06-09 05:38
Heart Scarab (Taking Shield #2) by Anna Butler
Heart Scarab (Taking Shield Book 2) - Anna Butler

This was neither a full blown sci-fi nor a romance.

Wait though!!!! I didn't mean it in a discouraging way.

This book is an in-between stage, a suspension if you will.

The story starts with the history of Bennett and Joss.
It's very sweet and I do feel for Joss in the end, even if he turns out to be stuck in his ways just like one of his beloved mummies - dead to the change. His rituals, his sacrifice, which I found heartbreaking and endearing at the same time, reflects vividly on his character and the state of his affairs with Bennett. He is done, he just won't admit it to himself and the world.

The middle of the book is a state of suspension.
Bennett is in between the worlds physically and metaphorically; between life and death, stuck on a planet run over by hostiles.
Bennett knows that Joss belongs in his past, but he's yet to do something about it when and if he gets back. His relationship with Flynn is uncertain, at best.
This part, tho, is where all the exciting sci-fi is. Not enough to please the majority of the genre fans (it seems), because it's not this book's true focus, but very satisfying at the same time.

There is no romance in the third part of the story either, despite all the feels between Flynn and Bennett. Bennett is still in transition. His old life is no more. His future, that depends on his health, is unpredictable at this point.
Flynn, however much in love, is too independent, with a very strong sense of purpose. His life is not his own, he will not resign and compromise his integrity. I love that about him. About both characters.

I don't think I am risking a spoiler: there is no HEA here, not even a HFN, the boys simply cannot be together at this stage of their lives. I hope very much that book three will tie everything together ...or book four. I am not picky :D Looking forward to it.

Maddening writing skills :)

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review 2016-05-10 06:12
Gyrfalcon (Taking Shield #1) by Anna Butler
Gyrfalcon - Anna Butler

Warning: open relationship that some readers might see as cheating.

Before you begin reading, please, keep in mind that this books is, first and foremost, a military sci-fi, not a romance.

There is an established couple that struggles with the situation where one of the partners (the MC) is home only 2 weeks out of 10 (hence open relationship, both men are OK with it).
There is a father-son relationship where the father does not approve of his son's (MC's) partner and his choice of profession.
There is a war going on and the MC is separated from his Shield (spec.ops) unit, forced to work with and rely on a different brunch of military. More conflict/interaction with his father ensues as they are forced to work together to collect intel on the alien enemies.

Finally, at 70% another MC (I know, I know, late, right? but it's a sci-fi, not a romance, remember?) and another POV emerges, and if you are looking for a passionate turbulent relationship, this is the part that rules :D

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review 2016-01-08 21:33
Rules of Engagement (Rules of Engagement #1) by L.A. Witt
Rules of Engagement - L.A. Witt

I did love the 25% of the book, all those tiny islands of actual plot in the sea of sex.
The plot bits - 5 stars. The sheer amount of sex ...I can't even rate it adequately :(

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