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To run 50 kilometers for the next 50 days at age 50!
Who in the world would think of doing that?
There’s no insane person who’d even consider.

Ferdie Cabiling just did.

Starting September 5, 2015 at 3am, he will run from the southernmost tip of Mindanao, Maasim of Saranggani province to the northernmost tip of the Philippines in Aparri of Cagayan.

When people hear about his plans, their first question is “why?”
This actually was my first question too.

But when I heard about his reasons, they moved me to support why he is doing what he is doing. I met Ferdie in 1993. He has become a teacher, discipler, leader, coach, mentor, tormenter (!) and friend. He’s taught me a lot and this run has become one of his greatest lessons he has downloaded. This one is not through a sermon nor a teaching, but through his life.

Two reasons why he is running: national and personal.

National because he is on an all out war against poverty. This he endeavors to do not by himself but by creating awareness in his little (maybe big in this case) way raise at least 2 million pesos by asking people to sponsor 1000 pesos per kilometer he runs.

As Richard Stearns, the US President of World Vision said in an interview about poverty, “Education has been given as a major tool to change the game.” Studies show that it is not dole outs nor freebies that help poverty stricken families but education.

The number 2 reason why Ferdie is running is rather personal.
His battlecry is, “I run for those who can’t.”
He mentions in his interview on TV Patrol recently that his son, John Philip, who suffers from Sturge-Weber syndrome has difficulty running because of his delayed motor skills.
“Without realizing it, he has become my inspiration to run.”
This he said at a recent blogger’s event days before the start of his run.

The first reason is overwhelmingly moving.
But his second is inordinately stirring.

A father running for his son who can’t.
I say, this is what this nation needs. A dad who will run for, run with and run alongside the next generation to somehow alleviate their suffering, vicariously fulfill what they can’t achieve and somewhat see them fulfill their destinies.

Salute to Ferdie Cabiling. We’re cheering for you!



For more information about #Run50 and #RunAcrossthePH, visit

Also read A Pastor’s Race For The Next Generation” featured on Rappler.


Shared about Esther’s life yesterday in church.  She was no special person but because she made herself available for God, she was used in extra ordinary ways – to save her nation.

(Video podcast here)

One might say, “I’m not a queen.  I look like one or act like one, but I’m really not one.”  But you gotta remember that way before she became queen, she was a regular young lady ready for whatever God wanted to do for her and through her.

Concurrently, right at the same time, God was raising up other guys to rebuild the nation of Israel.  Ezra opened the Scriptures to reconnect people to God.  Nehemiah was used to fix the infrastructure of the nation and rebuild the walls.

You see, when God rebuilds a nation.  It’s never one guy.  He pulls many together to accomplish His purpose.  Sometimes, leadership can be over glorified.  It’s still HIM, at the end of the day.  He uses ordinary, regular Joes like us to accomplish his purpose.

To see this nation rise from the ashes, it can’t be one leader, candidate, ‘savior’.  It will have to be all of us coming together to see this thing happen.

It’s a banker who keeps his integrity intact.  It’s the young high schooler studying hard and pushing to excel for one day he will be in a leadership position.  It’s the teacher who gives her best to not only download info but also character.  It’s the father who disciples his kids into all God has planned. And so on…

Each one, doing his part.

Yesterday, one guy did his part.  Joshua Suarez ran 102 km for the DEATH MARCH and raised Php 102,000 for underprivileged students of Real Life Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.

He’s not a Senator, not a governor, not even a CEO of a multi national company.  But in his way, he is making a contribution to make a difference in this nation, this time.

Imagine what this nation will look like in 40, 50, 70 years if everyone did his ‘little’ contribution to make a difference.

Remember, it’s the little things that make the little difference that eventually make the big difference.