|CSM Training Officer Ptr Reuel Alfonso (extreme right) dedicates the book, Games Satan Plays, after its unveiling at the end of the morning session of the seminar. Praying with him are (left to right) Ptr Nathan Montenegro (the book’s editor), Dr. Ed Banzuelo (the author), Minda Banzuelo (the author’s wife), CSM Editorial Manager Joy Solina, and FEBIAS Professor Leila Vargas (partially hidden).|
|Games Satan Plays: Contemporary Occultism by FEBIAS College of Bible President Emeritus Dr. Edilberto Banzuelo was launched during the seminar with the same title where the author was also the speaker at CSM last November 16, 2013.|
|The book contains the author’s lecture notes and research based on more than 40 years of study and ministry experience in spiritual warfare, deliverance and counseling. Dr. Banzuelo taught and interacted with 111 registered participants from 22 churches and one seminary at the whole-day seminar.|
|Specific topics discussed at the seminar were phases of the occult, possession of occult powers, demonic principles inherent in occultism, dangers of occult movement, and deliverance from occult enslavement.|
|Games Satan Plays is CSM’s first book on spiritual warfare by a local author and Dr. Ed Banzuelo’s first book with CSM.|
Storytellers Gather at CSM Workshop
The Skills Building Workshop series featuring Storytelling last Saturday, October 19, held at the CSM Assembly Hall attracted 77 participants from 18 churches and 2 schools! Facilitated by Pastor Eric Ortega, the workshop was full of energy from start to finish!
The workshop divided into three parts: The first part in the morning was all about the speakers personal experiences and his inspiration in doing the ministry. He shared to the participants when it all started and how he developed his storytelling skills. The second part was all about the rudiments of an effective storyteller. This is when the technical aspects of storytelling was discussed. And the last part was the return demo. Due to the size of the crowd, only five brave souls was able to showcase what they have learned from the workshop but not before they were helped out by their group mates after all was divided into five groups.
The last Skills Building Workshop series for this year will feature Puppetry to be facilitated by Raquel Lomugdang on November 9, 2013 also at CSM Assembly Hall.
CSM’s first Skills Building Workshop featuring Arts and Crafts last Saturday, October 5, 2013 attracted an attendance of 50 from 14 churches, 1 school and 1 non-government organization. The participants came from different parts of Metro Manila such as Parañaque City, Pasay City, Muntinlupa, Quezon City, Makati, Marikina and even farther like Cavite. Facilitated by CSM trainer and school teacher Jeniffer Ocampo, the workshop gave participants a whole day of hands-on learning and group work.
The workshop started with a basic tear and paste activity where participants tore pages from a magazine into a shape such as an animal or plant that best describes them and pasted it on a sheet of paper. Other craft activities they did for the rest of the day were paper baskets, beads, and origami all made from scrap in keeping with CSM’s creation care advocacy.
The next Skills Building Workshop will feature Puppetry to be facilitated by another CSM trainer and seasoned puppeteer Raquel Lomugdang on October 12, 2013 also at the CSM Assembly Hall.
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CSM authors Sam Alibrando (in blue) and Carmen Go-Vargas sign books side by side as Maloi Salumbides enjoys CSM’s jeepney photobooth with friends and family at the authors’ area of the CSM booth at the recently concluded 34th Manila International Book Fair at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City last September 11-15, 2013.
Author events marked CSM Book Madness 2 at this year’s Manila International Book Fair in the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia from September 11 to 15, 2013. A packed five-day schedule featured six (6) on-site book launches, seven (7) talks, a grand unveiling program featuring 14 authors and 33 writers, ten on-site broadcast interviews over 702 DZAS, and numerous book signing appearances by CSM authors.
This year’s line-up of CSM authors that launched their books included seven (7) first-timers—Marlene Legaspi-Munar (Life in the Middle), Ardy Roberto (Money and Marriage), Sam Alibrando (Nature is Always Talking), Dennis Sy (Rich for Life), Marvin Germo (Stock Smarts), Randell Tiongson (No Nonsense Personal Finance), and Yeng Remulla (Start Something).
The other seven (7) authors in this year’s line-up were Ed Lapiz (Isang Tanong, Isang Sagot FB edition volume 1), Joey Umali (Shalom, The Seven Secrets of Meaningful and Joyful Work, Unli Rice), Maloi Salumbides (Refreshment for the Race), Grace D. Chong (Zoom! and Shine! 180 Devos for Kids), Gammy Alba (50 Payo para sa mga OFW), Jayson Lo (YOUnique Youth), and Armand Canoy (Praise and Worship Nga Ba o Assuming Lang?).
Other CSM authors who also came to the CSM booth to sign books launched previously were Leah Darwin (Yes! I’m a Pastor’s Wife English & Tagalog, 10 Commandments for Choosing God’s Best), Robert Claro (A Higher Purpose for Your Overseas Job, God Where You Live and Work), Philip Flores (A New Breed of Pastoral Leaders English & Tagalog, Kainos Leadership), Bing and Teody Pajaron (Parenting Teens), Rene Resurreccion (Pera Tools, The Power to Create Righteous Wealth, Called to Excel), Grace Gaston-Dousel (True Love Weds), and Leila Hernandez (9 to 5 Millionaire).
CSM staff ends Day 3 with a wacky group pose
After six years, CSM produced Beauty for Ashes, the sequel to Young Women on the Journey, a compilation of articles written by 33 young women about their journeys of faith. The appearance and participation of the book’s foreword writer and celebrity Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio in the on-site book launch on Day 3 (Fri, Sept 13) drew an instant crowd, causing a momentary lull in the selling area of the CSM booth.
But the heaviest turnout of people was on Day 4 (Sat, Sept 14) which also featured the kiddie party book launch of Grace D. Chong’s second batch of 180 devos for boys (Zoom!) and girls (Shine!).
CSM’s additional treat to the P100 Lahat buying crowd was best-selling author and “Hardinero” Joey Umali’s 180-day devotional book, Unli Rice: Araw-araw na Pagkaing Espirituwal. This was sold at P100 for every two copies aside from the free copies given to those who brought the FREE coupon printed on the CSM promotional poster. The English edition, Unlimited Rice: Everyday Food for the Soul is scheduled for release in late October.
The on-site book launches of Refreshment for the Race, Life in the Middle, and Shine! & Zoom! 180 Devos for Kids enjoyed sponsorships from Krispy Kreme (T-shirts), White Beauty (facial services gift certificates), Perfect Sight Retina Cataract & Lasik Center (eye check-up gift certificates), and the Philippine Bible Society (Children’s Bibles).
Book fair visitors and guests also enjoyed the jeepney photo booth in the author’s events area, the all-time hit Bring Us game at the selling area, and the hourly raffle of giveaways (button pins, Book Madness T-shirts, CSM umbrellas). Purchases worth P500 entitled the buyer to a raffle stub for the iPad mini raffle draw. Twenty raffle stubs were drawn at the end of each day to enter the grand draw conducted last September 25 at the CSM building (see announcement of iPad mini winner elsewhere on this site).
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Tara na! Sakay na! Hakot na! sa CSM Book Madness 2
CSM’s kickoff celebration of Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) 2013 pushed through last August 23, 2013 at the CSM building to end the week Typhoon Maring’s heavy rains caused flooding in Metromanila and other parts of Luzon. Initially scheduled on August 19, the detailed orientation for CSM staff was rescheduled on the last workday of a week marked by two days’ suspension of work and a holiday.
CEO Abner Lacson gave the opening remarks and filled in other important details that CSM staff needed to attend to during the series of presentations given by managers and marketing staff on the various aspects of the book fair preparations. Seventeen (17) original titles by 15 local authors and 31 contributing writers plus two e-book titles were introduced to the staff through powerpoint and promotional videos scheduled for posting right after the kickoff event.
CSM staff also had fun through games, a raffle, and free sampling of the Tara na! Sakay na! Hakot na! jeepney photo booth stand.
The MIBF officially starts on September 11 (Wednesday) at the SMX Convention Center beside the Mall of Asia in Pasay City every day from 10am to 8pm until September 15 (Sunday).
MIBF hosts Nadz Balingasa of Production
& Ptr Whey Alfonso of Training led the kickoff celebration program
CEO Abner Lacson encouraged CSM staff to give their best once again
during the most challenging MIBF yet
Marketing Supervisor Resty Dalundon checks Powerpoint presentations
Mktg Supervisor Resty Dalundon & CEO Abner Lacson gamely
answered questions from the floor
Introducing titles to be launched at the MIBF: Editorial Manager Joy Solina for original titles, Marketing Representative Levi Mongado for republished titles
Building & Operations Manager Aida Faustino explained food arrangements
Multimedia Manager Menchie de Guzman gave a rundown of the grand launch program
Accounting Manager Weng Ulla discussed payment matters during the actual book fair
Premiere showing of authors promoting their books on video
What CSM staff will wear: (left)CSM nametag for MIBF 2013, (right) red shirt with tagline at the back
Building & Operations staff Jixson Manansala shared how it was to serve in last year’s MIBF for the first time
CSM Throwback Madness game MIBF edition
CSM ladies team arranging throwback pictures chronologically on the floor
CSM men’s team arranging their answers on the floor
Listing of contacts game, checking lists
Winning group represented by Proofreader Emeritus
Cora Lopez with cash prize (inside envelope)
Raffle prizes for CSM staff
Grand prize raffle draw winners: Joseph Calpo of Accounting (10 kgs jasmine rice), Riza Pilapil of Marketing (P1K cash prize)
Photo booth samples
Church Strengthening Ministry drew the winner of the “Win an iPad Mini Contest” for client schools last July 30, 2013 at the CSM Building, Parañaque. Philadelphia High School of Quezon City, a loyal client of CSM, won the prize. Present during the raffle draw were CSM Accounting Manager Weng Ulla, Building Operations Manager Aida Faustino, and Marketing Specialist Riza Pilapil (watch video of the raffle draw).
CSM Accounting Manager Weng Ulla, Building Operations Manager Aida Faustino, and Marketing Specialist Riza Pilapil showing off the winner’s name
Philadelphia High School representative Mr. Ricky Adolfo came to the CSM office on August 15 to personally claim the prize. The contest had run from May 31 to July 15, 2013 and had been open to all client schools that ordered books for the current school year and paid in full at the specified date.
CSM Editorial Manager Joy Solina, Mr. Ricky Adolfo (holding the iPad Mini prize) of Philadelphia High School, and Marketing Specialist Riza Pilapi at the CSM Bookcorner (Christian Schools Resources section) where the prize was awarded
Church Strengthening Ministry partners with key schools in the Philippines through publishing Christian curriculum in partnership with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Browse our Christian School Curriculum offers here.
Editorial Manager Joy Solina poses with environmental scientist & pastor Dr. Rodel Lasco (2nd fr left) after giving him a complete set of the Creation Care curriculum with eco-bag for his church in Laguna. Dr. Lasco was one of the Lupang Hinirang plenary speakers and a Board member of Christians in Conservation. Also in photo are his church’s Sunday school teachers.
One of the forum’s plenary speakers, Dr. Rodel Lasco, was also given a complete set of the Creation Care curriculum for serving as climate change consultant during the writing stage of the project. Dr. Lasco pastors Trinity Bible Church of San Pablo in Laguna. His wife, Dr. Haydee Lasco, is an educator and Sunday school teacher, and also served on the editorial board of the Creation Care lessons for children. The complete set of the curriculum has lessons for youth and adults. [See Sunday school curriculum section for details]
Aptly titled “Lupang Hinirang: A Call for Christians to Care for Creation,” the first forum by Christians in Conservation Philippines featured talks and sessions by leading Christian advocates and experts on the country’s biodiversity, climate change, wildlife and native plant conservation, and solid waste management. Just like the Creation Care curriculum, Christians in Conservation Philippines was organized in answer to the challenge posed by the ATS Theological Forum in 2009 with the theme, “The Earth is the Lord’s,” to rally the Christian community to action.
participants of the Lupang Hinirang forum at ATS last July 29, 2013.
Lupang Hinirang plenary speaker & wildlife biologist Dr. Carmela Española holds a review copy of Nature is Always Talking by first-time CSM author Sam Alibrando (right) who also attended the forum
Listening to chat between Sam Alibrando and Dr. Lala Española during morning break is CSM editor Ptr Nathan Montenegro (middle) who edited Alibrando”s book, Nature is Always Talking.
A tribute by Joy C. Solina
PJ (in green) with the last editorial team he worked with: (standing from left to right) Michelle Joaquin, Christine Santos, (seated from left to right) Ptr Nathan Montenegro, Joy Solina, Daffodil Dedel, and then Marketing VP Boris Joaquin (in stripes) while relaxing in the Tagaytay residence of Nelson & Pat Ayala
I played two roles in PJ’s life during our time together at CSM: I was his boss and church member. PJ answered the call to pastor Pildera 2 Baptist Church where I was a member while he served under me in the Editorial Department. During weekdays, he answered to me as translation editor, and during weekends, I submitted to him as my pastor. It was a unique tightrope I walked on for 12 years, but I learned to appreciate the privilege of serving alongside him within and outside CSM.
He was topnotch in his field of expertise—translation—being the only one on staff to have had formal training in linguistics. He handled all the translation needed in curriculum (Sunday school and VBS) that when the two major projects occurred at the same time, he barely distinguished which was which. Although my table was three cubicles away from him, I would hear him laughing out loud over a translation he found funny which he would then share with another editor in the cubicle nearest him. No other editor except Vo Canoy shared in the translation work because of PJ’s standards.
But the time came when I mustered enough courage to have PJ check my translation because I had to translate a prayer guide for the church. The need overruled my fear. I endured PJ’s criticism and learned from my mistakes. When I mentioned in my speech at his despedida party that he was my mentor in translation, he told me how touched he was. As his own legacy to the translation ministry of CSM, he wrote A Beginner’s Guide for Pinoy Translators which I also edited. It was our humble way of appreciating and preserving PJ’s contribution to the company’s growth and influence.
I will always remember his frequent bouts of disagreement with then retiring proofreader Cora Lopez on print. Ate Cora would question the use of some words in red ballpen on the printouts and PJ would defend it by writing his answer in pencil. The handwritten bickering served as entertainment for the editor (and the rest of the staff on the second floor!) checking the printouts. This no doubt helped relieve the stress of pressing deadlines more often than not. PJ and Ate Cora’s “love team” became the office Christmas party’s instant hit when they gamefully did a skit as a married couple. The tandem ended when PJ left CSM but the fun it generated lives on.
PJ never lacked visitors or people on staff who dropped by his cubicle to chat or say hello. He’s the only unmarried pastor I know who has spiritually fathered many sons in the ministry [PJ wrote about this in his article, “Dad” in CSM’s book of devotions for men, Legacy: One Man to Another]. Some of the young men whom he led to the Lord and then nurtured to spiritual maturity have become pastors and renewed ties with him when they found out he was working at CSM. One of them, Ptr Jun Enriquez, was his most frequent visitor and would “lend” his youngest son Danjo to PJ to stay with him for the day by playing and sleeping under PJ’s table. If it was not Danjo, it was PJ’s young nephew Meynard who enjoyed PJ’s affection and attention while PJ worked in his cubicle. When PJ met his last adopted son, the orphaned teen Joseph Reyes, he also found someone who would stick to him to the very end of his life. I believe the Heavenly Father provided what the fatherly PJ needed the most in his last years on earth.
As PJ’s retirement drew near, his roles of editor and pastor became less and less distinct, and his coughing more intense. His health was failing although he resisted the idea of having to leave the company when he turned 60 on July 1, 2007. He talked more about the church than about his translation projects in my one-on-one meetings with him during his last year at work. He was savoring whatever time was left for him to talk with me about things closest to his heart. “Paulit-ulit ko na itong kinukuwento sa iyo, ano?” he would say, “Pasensya ka na sa aming mga nagkakaedad.” And then he would laugh heartily as if he just said a funny joke. By then, I no longer minded our long-winded conversations. Like what my boss would often remind us, “Magiging ganyan din tayo balang araw.”
One of the last text messages I sent PJ was 2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” He replied that it was what he needed at that moment because he was feeling so much pain. When we visited him in his sickbed in his hometown of Catanauan in Quezon last December 2011, he once again told me how much he missed our talks because I reminded him of his sister Liway. It’s a compliment I will cherish all my life. Thank you, PJ.
I have quite a trunk full of fond memories about CSM staff that came and went, but none like those I’ve had with PJ. For I have witnessed the very start of his career at CSM in Makati until his retirement in Paranaque, as well as how he answered the call to pastor Pildera 2 Baptist Church up to the time he reluctantly bade farewell to the church in his wheelchair. I would like to think that he is now having the time of his eternal life, singing and laughing and skipping and running and praising God in heavenly language (no need for translation there, too).
To say my final goodbye, I quote the last lines of the Beatles song I sang in his despedida video, “Though I know I’ll never lose affection for people and things that went before, I know I’ll often stop and think about them, in my life I love you more.”
PJ (extreme right in crutches) singing with CSM staff (from left to right: Joy Solina, Norie Manalo, Linda Villalobos, Eunicy Barron, Sarah Tabile, Miriam Naciongayo, Manette Monteclaro, Ptr Arman Canoy) during the groundbreaking ceremony of the new CSM building in Pascor Drive, Paranaque
PJ at CSM with editors (standing next to him) Jerry Brana, (seated from left to right) Michelle Joaquin, Joy Solina, Christine Santos
My last picture with PJ taken at Catanauan, Quezon when CSM staff visited him with gifts in December 2011
He was one of the first people who made me feel welcome when I first joined CSM in 2005. It was nice to know that the editor in the cubicle next to mine was also a Febias graduate and acquainted with my father. Like my own Dad, Pastor Joe Arceo liked people, appreciated jokes, and loved to laugh. After a while, he began calling me “anak” or “my dear daughter.” I called him ‘Tay PJ.
In the mornings, he would breeze in with a cheerful “Hola!” or “Bonjour!” or a greeting in some other language, depending on his mood. Often, he would peer over the divider between our cubicles to express an opinion, tell a funny story, share a prayer request, or hand over a treat. He was one of the most generous persons I ever knew, giving freely of his resources, time, space, and affection.
When he retired, he kept in touch. Even after he got sick and moved home to Quezon, he still found time to text me and even call on special occasions. Sometimes he forwarded a joke, often he shared spiritual insights, many times he expressed his depression and pain, but always he assured me of his prayer support.
It hurts to know he is gone—at least, no longer on this side of heaven. I still miss his voice during the singing at our staff devotions, and the sound of a swivel chair rolling on the floor still reminds me of how he used to wheel himself merrily around the office when he needed to take a break from work. I miss his joyful spirit, and I miss his prayers.
But it comforts me to know that he is no longer suffering. Maybe the next time I see him, the world will have been made new, and he’ll have a new body to match—one that can run and dance as well as he preached and sang. Still, I believe some things about him will forever remain the same. In fact, when I think of what he might be doing Up There right now, I can almost hear him laughing.
Light moment with CSM staff during company retreat
PJ Arceo (extreme right with crutches) with CSM family in Makati during Christmas party
There was once a movie with the actor Samuel Jackson as a coach of a high school basketball team. One of his motivational questions was, “What is your greatest fear?” Very deep. This was also one of the questions asked during a team-building retreat of CSM editors in Tagaytay. Pastor Joe made the trip. Answering the question, he said, “One of my greatest fears is to grow old alone.” He went on to share how he would imagine retirement, getting weaker, and not be able to work anymore. I believe he put into words what the rest of us felt, too, deep down. He admitted that these kinds of worries came from time to time.
But in the end, as PJ did face retirement and disability, he met these circumstances with the courage God’s grace gave him, though perhaps with tears amid the chronic pain. God gifted him with the presence of loved ones who stayed with him in his last days. God gave him companions on the last legs of a journey of life until he passed through to what C.S. Lewis described as “Aslan’s country, a land of clear blue sky, lush green grass, colorful birds, and beautiful trees.” There, PJ could finally run, jump, or climb a tree as much as his heart desires with his spiritual sons and daughters. We’ll miss you Pastor Joe, until we meet again.