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Christmas Letter for 2012

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Jojang and Matt

Jojang and Matt

Dear Family and Friends,

“Life has beauty and a joy that transcends all the darkness that surrounds us, that something ineffable lives beyond the ordinary affairs of the day, and that without this mystery our lives would not be worth living.”

~Kent Nerbern

The year just past is an eventful one for Matthew and I. We experienced highs and lows which I guess is part of the tapestry of life.

My sister and her daughter came to the Philippines and even went up to Baguio. The last time they were here was ten years ago. They were part of my wedding entourage with my sister as my godparent and my niece as my flower girl. Now aged 16, Catherine has grown to be a witty, intelligent and beautiful woman. She also loves to speak in Tagalog 🙂

With God’s grace, Matthew’s health continues to improve. He may have experienced a few episodes but then he is able to bounce back right away. I, on the other hand, just got out of the hospital a few days ago. I had acute gastroenteritis and was so dehydrated, so much so that Matthew had to rush me to emergency. After 2 days of confinement, I’m back home and still recuperating.

This year an endeared friend, Joy Gallardo, passed away at age 52. She was my boss and my confidant. She made sure that she was present in the most important events of my life — she attended my wedding, visited Matthew in the hospital ten years ago, would always make sure that we go out for dinner or lunch whenever I was in Manila. I miss her so much.

We look forward to the year ahead with hope in our hearts. Starting next year, I will be working again with the travel agency where Matthew and I met. It is a sort of homecoming and I am so excited with what lies ahead. God has always been good to us. He has provided for our needs and we know He always will.

On a last note, this blog has reached more than 150,000+ hits with 47 followers… something that really excites both of us. Thank you to everyone who took time to visit and read our posts, made comments,  we hope you will continue to do so.

May the good Lord bless you, our readers. May He make His face shine upon you and give you peace.

~ Jojang

Written by MattAndJojang

December 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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  1. Jojang, God is a faithful God. He will never leave you especially in moments that you needed him most. God will provide for all your needs. Thanks for sharing this blog to us. Hope I could see you when you come to Manila again. I was out of the office when you come here last week. Tess told me that you passed by SVP.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Weng Cequena

    rowena b cequena

    December 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm

  2. Hi Weng,

    Thank you for the greetings and encouragement. Sayang nga hindi tayo nag abot. It would have been nice to see you kahit sandali. Hope all is well with you and your family. Keep in touch. God bless!



    December 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm

  3. Hi Ma’am Jojang,
    I also felt so sad with the lost of Ma’am Joy- a good boss to all and a very jolly friend,:(
    kayo din po ma’am who have been more that an officemate to me and kenz .
    thank you for all the guidance.
    I will forever be great full to you and ma’am joy.
    Dito lang po ako praying and thanking our almighty God always for giving me a good friend and adviser.

    All the best!!!!

    God Bless po.

    maribeth evangelista

    December 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

  4. Dear Beth,

    It is so sad that Joy has gone before us but I guess that is the mystery of life… thank you for appreciating us and please keep us in your prayers. God bless you too!

    All the best,



    December 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

  5. Hi Jo, My dear cousin.

    It’s so nice to hear from you once in a while. Sorry for what you and Matt have gone through but it’s Gof’s way of letting you know how strong you are in His faith despite the odss you still survive today through His blessings. Just keep on moving and live life day by day and you’ll never notice both of you have lived 50 years or more. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR AHEAD!


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    December 14, 2012 at 7:28 am

  6. Thank you Boy… Indeed God is good. It is good to keep in touch even once a year. Hope all is well and doing fine with your family. Please keep us in your prayers.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Matthew and Jojang


    December 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  7. hi jojang and matt,

    how are you doing guys? miss the both of you especially our long kwentuhans about life. well, we continue to marvel at the Lord’s beauty every single moment of our lives and in the lives of our children. jerome is graduating from high school in March. he plans to take up Archi. therese in in 3rd year and our little Marian is grade 1 and growing up to be a smart girl.
    the He Cares Mission has remain faithful to its vision of becoming a channel of God’s blessings to the poor. this is all because our God has never abandoned us. Glory!

    God bless you always. we love you.

    joe dean & ardis

    ardis sola

    December 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

  8. sorry… missed the ed in ” remain.” magagalit si sister jo nebrida.

    ardis sola

    December 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

  9. Dear Joe Dean and Ardis,

    God is good because He is continuing to bless you and your family and your ministry. We know it is because He finds you faithful to Him as well. Wow,Jerome is going to be in college next year. And endearing Therese who loves to tease Matthew first thing in the morning has grown as well. Matthew remembers you pregnant with Marian and now she is on first grade… time really flies!

    I remember when I used to visit you at your apartment in Pag Asa where I would wash the dishes used by a handful of street children. And Joe Dean would cook adobo and rice for them… now I think the number of street children you are able to help has risen astronomically! I even saw Joe Dean interviewed on TV… we are excited and happy for you… may the good Lord continue to bless He Cares Foundation.

    We love you too. Hope one of these days we can get together… in God’s time.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Matthew and Jojang


    December 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

  10. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

    Rey de Guzman

    December 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

  11. Blessings and peace to you in the coming year. I am happy to have discovered your blog. It is a delight to read.


    December 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm

  12. Thank you, Bill. I’m happy to know that you enjoy reading our blog. I also enjoy reading your comments as well as our exchanges. May you and your family have a Blessed Christmas and a Grace-Filled New Year!

    ~ Matt


    December 16, 2012 at 7:40 am

  13. It’s hard to believe another year has passed! It’s been such a pleasure and joy to follow you through the years, and I wish you nothing but the best for the coming New Year. All of us will have new challenges. Some we know already, others will be surprises. But the strength to meet those challenges will be there – thanks be to God!

    Merry Christmas!


    December 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

  14. Indeed time flies so fast. It’s been a source of immense pleasure for me, too, to have these conversations with you in cyberspace. Thank you for the well wishes.

    All of us have our particular challenges to face in life. Christmas is a reminder that God is Emmanuel – God with us! His presence is source of hope and strength in our lives, which will help us to surmount whatever challenges we will face in the future.

    Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas and a Grace-Filled New Year…

    ~ Matt


    December 17, 2012 at 9:16 am

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