How then should you love your neighbor?

From last week’s post (Who is my neighbor?), let’s now take a look at how then we should love our neighbors.


Last time, we were able to identify our neighbor in the commandment, “love your neighbor as you love yourself”.  In this post, let us take a look at the weight of love that we ought to give our neighbors by looking again to the very words of Jesus.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

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For the love of Filipino food: Sisig recipe

Before I begin my “love talk” series tomorrow at Christian Tagalog Talk section, I’d like you first to revisit your love for Filipino food. Fine cuisine is one of the many gifts God has given us FIlipinos. So here’s a recipe of the greatest pork dish on earth – Sisig! You might want to include this in your weekend menu 🙂 Enjoy and pass it around! Teach a friend how to cook Sisig 🙂


Good morning from Philippines! Before I begin with my ‘love talk’ (spiritual) series tomorrow on this same section, Christian Tagalog Blogs, I thought of cooking a lighter write-up for you today–love for food.  God has been very generous in blessing Filipinos with gift of good food.  I know, for those of you who are far away from home, you probably miss our local dishes…the food varieties that make up the Filipino cuisine! (When was the last time you ate or cooked a genuine Pinoy dish?)

This is perhaps the perfect time to try your hand again at cooking a Filipino dish (even if you are of other nationality, try this one!).  You might want to do it this weekend.  So, I thought it might be nice to share with you the recipe of one of our standout food that recently made it to international news through the New York Times — guess…

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Tagalog Talk – MN 1 – Keep a Gratitude List

Thank God for letting me be a part of ChristianBlessings blog (through Ms. Evelyn Goh), specifically for the section dedication for Filipino expats/overseas workers. He has given me this another opportunity to share my gift for His kingdom. Another venue to work with God’s people. I am so grateful! Here’s my first post. More to come!


What is the first thing you do in the morning?  And what is the last thing you do before going to bed? For Christians, I guess it is pretty obvious that we’d mention ‘morning prayer’ and ‘evening prayer’, but the question is, do we really-truly-genuinely-faithfully do it on a daily basis?  Regardless of how tiring the day might be or no matter how late we’re running for work or school?

The  psalmist in Psalm 92:2 said, “It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening…” and in 136:6, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”

Thank you
Sa isang araw, may libo-libong paraan ang Panginoon para ipadama sa atin ang kanyang pag-ibig at katapatanIlan dito ay mga bagay na marahil hindi natin napapansin, seemingly too small for us to notice,

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Driver’s license renewal at the malls: a step-by-btep guide

In case you haven’t heard about it, there are LTO Driver’s License Renewal Centers (DLRC) situated at malls.  Meaning, if there’s a branch near you, you need not go to LTO main office and suffer in long lines, heat, (you name it), before you get your license.  Yesterday, it only took me 45 minutes to get it.  Perhaps, if I came in earlier, before the line built up, it would only take me 20-30 minutes.

So how do you go about it? Here’s a quick guide:

LTO poster.  Step-by-step process of application for LTO driver's license renewal
LTO poster. Step-by-step process of application for LTO driver’s license renewal
Prepare the right amount for your license renewal.

Don’t forget to bring your current license, and your money of course. PHP1000.00 is safe.

Step 1.  Accomplish application form.  You can get a copy at the assistance desk/window which is usually at Window 1.

TIP 1:  To save time, you can accomplish the application form at home, so you can go straight to medical test at the medical center beside the DLRC.  You may download the form here.

TIP 2:  In case you’ll fill it up at the center, bring your own pen.

Step 2.  Take the medical test.  Pay the fee first (I paid PHP200.00 for this) and wait for your turn.  The medical examiner will ask you to step on the weighing scale, read the Snellen Chart (for eye test).  He/She shall fill up the rest of the slip, just provide the answers he/she’s asking for (e.g. height, age, civil status).  In some centers, there’s urinalysis, so you’d better get your bladder ready.  Drug test is no longer required.  This is in accordance with the Republic Act No. 10586 or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013, which revokes the compulsory drug testing among driver’s license applicants.

TIP:  If you have corrective eyeglasses, wear them on when you read the Snellen chart.

Step 3.  Flash a smile for the cam. Give your medical result and O.R. to Window 1.  Wait for your name to be called for the picture taking and signature signing.  Remove your glasses if you have.  For men who wear earrings, take them off.

Step 4.  Money down.  Wait for your turn to pay for your fee.  The standard fee is PHP417.63.  If your license has already expired, you have to add the cost of penalty.

1 day to 1 year – PHP75.00

1 yr. and 1 day to 2 years – PHP150.00

More than 2 years – PHP225.00

Step 5.  Wait for releasing   Your name will be called and you shall be issued your renewed license along with the official receipt.  There are some instances when some centers will issue first the O.R. and you will have to go back on a certain date to claim your actual license.

There you have it! I got mine at the LTO-DLRC Robinson’s Place Fairview, 3F, Novaliches, Quezon City.

A friendly reminder: All renewal centers are subject to Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) or R.A. 9485, meaning they should observe “No Noon Break” policy, Anti-Fixer campaign, presence of special lanes for pregnant women, senior citizens, and persons with disability (PWD), no hidden cost, and wearing of readable nameplates/IDs for the frontline personnel, among others.  If you observe any violations of this provision, report it to the Civil Service Commission through its Contact center ng Bayan Hotline, 1-6565, or text 0908-8816565, or file a complaint at

Here’s a complete list of Driver’s License Renewal Center at malls:

  • DLRC – NE Pacific Mall, Maharlika Hi-way, Cabanatuan City
  • DLRC SM Marilao, Bulacan
  • OSS SM Mall City, San Fernando, Pampanga
  • DLRC SM Clark, SM City Clark Field, Angeles City, Pampanga
  • DLRC Sta. Rosa, 3rd Flr., Robinson’s Market, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
  • DLRC SM Naga City, Brgy. Triangulo, Naga Cit
  • DLRC Bacolod, Robinsons Place, Bacolod City
  • DLRC Iloilo, Robinson’s Place, Iloilo City
  • DLRC SM Cebu, SM North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
  • DLRC Robinson’s Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
  • DLRC ICM Tagbilaran City, Bohol
  • DLRC Cagayan de Oro City, Limketkai Mall, Lapasan, Cagayan, De Oro City
  • DLRC SM City, 2nd Flr., Quimpo Blvd., Davao City
  • DLRC NCCC Mall of Tagum, Highway 55, Tagum City
  • DLRC SM Manila 5th Flr. SM Manila
  • DLRC Araneta, 3F Araneta Square Mall, Caloocan City
  • DLRC Ayala MRT Station, Makati City
  • DLRC Guadalupe Upper Level, Guadalupe Commercial Complex, Makati City
  • DLRC Robinson’s Galeria, Level 1 East Lane Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
  • DLRC Tutuban, 2nd Flr Central Mall Bldg, Tutuban Center
  • DLRC Metro East, Basement Robinson’s Metro East, Marikina
  • DLRC Ever Gotesco, 2/F Gotesco Mall, Commonwealth Ave., Q.C.
  • DLRC Robinson’s Place Fairview, 3F Robinson’s, Novaliches, Q.C.
  • DLRC Metro Point, 3rd Flr., Metro Point Mall, Pasay City
  • DLRC SM Super Center, Grd., Flr., SM Hypermart, Pasig City
  • DLRC SM Megamall, G/F SM Megamall B, Mandaluyong City
  • DLRC SM North Edsa, G/F SM North Edsa Annex, SM City
  • DLRC SM Cubao, 3rd Flr., Farmer’s Mall, Cubao, Quezon City
  • DLRC Alabang, Ayala Alabang Town Center, Muntilupa City


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