The Year That Was 2011: A Post of Gratitude

With the first week of the year about to end, I would like to look back at the past year and share the things that I am grateful for. I would like to share how the Lord has been good to me during 2011. So aside from my family (Thank you, family!), here are some of the things that I am thankful for:

1. That Friday Thing and My Spiritual Family

In case you don’t know, That Friday Thing is a youth service comprised of High School and College students (with a few young professionals) at the Every Nation Building in Fort Bonifacio. We meet up every Friday at 6:30pm (Shameless plug right there!).

I started attending TFT on the last week of January 2010. Since that time it has become like a second home to me. I have gained friends that I know, if God permits, will be my friends for the rest of my life. In them, I have found a strong bond. I know that no matter what happens they will be there for me. During the entire year, during my ups and my downs, they stood by me. Brothers, sisters, mentors, accountability partners, and friends–family.

I would also like to mention the people that I consider my mentors, who have guided me this past year. Men of Christ who helped me with my Christian walk. These three men: Richard Blaylock, Mel Chan, and Patrick Mercado have guided me and equipped me to become the leader that I am today. I know I still have A LOT to learn. That’s why I am thankful that they are there.

2. One Stage, One Night and Cross and Arrow Events Management

Definitely, this is one of the most, if not the most, unexpected things that God has blessed me with during the past year. To cut the story short, my parents are concert producers who advocate for Filipino music or OPM, and they passed on that vision to me. Thus, Cross and Arrow Events Management was born.

It wasn’t an easy road, but it was worth it. Producing a concert was already in my mind before my parents opened up the idea to me. After months of preparation, One Stage One Night: BBS feat. Kean Cipriano was held at the Aliw Theater on November 26,  2011. It was an overwhelming experience. To see something that you’ve really worked hard for and was passionate about for months finally put up on stage for everyone to see was really a great moment.

I’m thankful for all the people who were a part of it and really worked hard for the concert. So I would like to thank everyone from Beginning at Twenty Plus, Inc: Delbert Santos, Kokay Maramot, Mavic Josue, Maik Beniabon and to my parents, Stanley and Pelita Uy; Everyone from Soupstar Entertainment: Darwin Hernandez and Vanessa Ramirez-Sotto; To Kean Cipriano, Rye Sarmiento and all the artists that were a part of it.

(Like the Cross and Arrow Facebook page: www.facebook.com/crossandarrow)

3. Word Up

This was another fulfilling project for me. My version of the concept was written in August 2010. Throughout the year, a total of 7 episodes were shot (10 including the episodes before the reboot). I had fun hosting the show along with Jason Hernandez, Russell Alimon, Sha Sales, and Angela Munoz. To get the chance to talk about God’s Word and reach out to the youth with a TV show was something I’m really grateful for. I was also a tough road. But again, it was worth it.

To all the people who worked in this project: Tina Millano, Vanessa Labrusca, Jaezell Lao, Direk Christian Flores, to all the other writers and crew, I would like to say thank you.

(to watch the episodes go to: www.youtube.com/tbnwordup)

4. New and Stronger Relationships

Lastly, all of the things that were mentioned above had one thing in common: they helped me gain new friends and build stronger relationships. From TFT, which let’s me meet new people in a regular basis (some have already become my close friends), to One Stage One Night, where I met a few of the most talented people in the country, to Word Up, which gave me a lot of fun moments during tapings with my co-hosts and the crew.

God has truly blessed me with a lot of things last year. He has been good and faithful to me and my family. I know no matter what happens in 2012, He will still be there to guide me. With all these good things, nothing compares to the gift of knowing Jesus more. To everyone, I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Look back and list down the things that you are grateful for the past year. God bless!

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