PADAYON was the slogan that capped my successful 6 year- stint as president of our national association of Baptist pastors, the Convention Baptist Ministers Association (CBMA). It was conceived a year before the culmination of my term. Inspired by the overwhelming responses of pastors on the CBMA leadership and governance, as well as the advocacies on changes in our organizations and institutions, I was looking for a punch line/ clincher to sustain the momentum in delivering the concluding remarks for that particular assembly.
Then came the message from my Ihado (wedding godson)when the worship leader innovatively asked the participants to write on the provided piece of paper, message to a particular person of choice. All of the notes I received have common message of encouragement to “keep up the good work.” My ihado gave me a note with one word which captured all other messages. Subsequently, I used it to officially close our national assembly. Thereafter, it has become our by word or slogan.
The word became the logical choice of my blog. For Padayon is an Ilonggo term which means continue. In deeper sense, it connotes moving/going on (or never give up) despite adversaries or adversities. Padayon encompasses life’s story. From a hodgepodge, being my very first blog during the most critical time in my life, the blog will now serve as journal of our life experiences to inspire readers to continue the commitment in service, no matter what. JOIN US IN THE JOURNEY!