Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Reflections As I Turn 50...

Photo taken in Xania, Crete Is, Greece on May 2011

I'd been working on numbers for the last 20 years and undeniably to me 50 is a heavy solid number. Today, 18th August I ponder on its numerical value as I turn 50 years old, a real milestone, a half-century stage reflecting on my life's accomplishments, new opportunities and challenges.

Looking back, I am aware that the passage of time has accelerated so fast as I witnessed how the world changes over the last 50 years. From the "Karitela" I used to ride from Makati to Pasay City, which was later replaced by Willy's jeepney and now the MRTs and LRTs have been a symbol of modern mass transportation in Metro Manila during the mid 80's.

At 50, what I do value is the countless number of blessings in those years. Growing in a simple urban home in Pasay City with abundant life lessons that resonate in my current status. My parents Vicente and Olimpia who were called by God to join Him in Paradise have left a legacy of faith and love during my young age and my wonderful sister Tessie who has acted as my second parent that has pushed me to dream big and always reminded me to live a simple life while reaching for the stars.

A girl next door named Elinor turned our relationship into a marriage graced by two amazing children RJ and Geeka which now I called my family - a plethora of blessings that brings me to my knees in humble reverence to God.

A circle of life completed by trusted friends, from my classmates and batch mates from P. Burgos Elem. School, Pasay City West High School, Makati Polytechnic and PATS School of Aeronautics. I am sharing this golden year celebration with them as I look forward to see them in the upcoming reunions.

To my relatives, Lito, Junior, Neneng, and Bibong, and extended families who keep on loving me no matter what - you are God's gifts. To my blogging friends from PEBA and Kablogs, Kenjie, NJ, Rose, Kiko, Arvin and CM who inspires me of your blogging talents that keeps me to continue writing blog, you fuel my senses to keep Palipasan alive.

And to all the people I meet daily or along the way over the last 50 years of my journey, thank you for you are the fiber of my life.

At fifty, my life has never been perfect, there have been disappointments and frustrations but these were outshined by abundant blessings and miracles that lacks worldly description found only in the Divine.

As I ring in this half-century of life, I am amazed, grateful, and thankful to the Lord for the wonderful 50 years of borrowed life and as I journey through the days ahead, many passages to tread and dreams left to fulfill I entrust my soul in God's care as I begin another year.
"You created my innermost being;  You knit me together in my mother's womb" (PSALM 139:13 NIV)

Life is Beautiful, aging is the only available way to live a long life - enjoy it. 


  1. happy birthday Kuya George. God bless you always. WIshing you good health and more blessings

  2. @ Bino

    Thank you so much for the greet, likewise a blessed Thursday to you and your family.

  3. happy birthday kuya george! i will be forever grateful because I have known people like you! di ba life begins at 40? o parang 10 years old ka palang! :P

    Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. :) God bless you!

  4. Happy 50th Birthday! My brother is also from PATS ;-) but he's younger than you, he graduated '87

  5. @ rainbow box

    I love it, yes you are right, I am only 10 years old at hear hahahaha. Ramadan Kareem ;)

  6. wow love the memory verse! Happy birthday po! di naman po halatang 50 kana parang 49.1 lang po! joke

    God bless po!

  7. Hi Pope,

    What a birthday post! What a blast from the past 50 years! Such a great joy to know you and the special people you love and who love you, who care for you, and who have enriched your life.

    It's time to forget counting candles and keeping tab of the years but keep on counting the blessings, the memories, experiences both great and small that have made who you are today!

    Thank you so much for your friendship and for all your help. You just don't know how much I appreciate it.

    May God bless you today and may you have all the best always. May you continue to grow in your faith, hope, and love!

    Have a happy and a blessed birthday my dear friend!

  8. Hi The Pope,
    Happy Happy Birthday po! May God bless you and your family always:-)

    i love this post! na-touched po ako sa mga reflections ninyo ganundin sa bible verse.

    Happy Birthday po ulit!

  9. hi bro, long time no see . but happy blessed birthday . may you have a 50s way more to come.

  10. Happy Birthday! You look younger than most 50is men

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