The only way to navigate Love is to be lost within it. - an excerpt from Keoki Trask's "Be The Feast"
Hi, I KEEP LOVE REAL Readers!
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you in any way we can, and we wish you all the best in love and life.
We yearn for long and lasting love. It seems to be in our nature, to be on the look-out for The One - that one person with whom we'd share real love. We go on numerous dates, trying to figure out which of those would work out. Give it more or less six dates and you're probably ready to venture into a deeper relationship with your significant other. Emotions get stronger and desires are amplified.
"If you love me, you'll do this for me. You'll have sex with me." Love? Are you sure it's real love? You're young. Breaking up, these days, isn't something new. We hear of break-ups everywhere -- from our own friends, and even in our own lives. What if, by chance, you and your significant other encounters a terrible problem that leads to tremendous amounts of fighting and misunderstanding. What probably seemed like "real" love then, appears like a total lie now.
Ms. Lora Garcia's book, I Keep Love Real, emphasizes the concept of chastity in our lives. Imagine having giving your body to the person who broke your heart, to the person who didn't fight for your relationship to survive, and to the person who has taken full advantage of your susceptibility to do anything for the sake of love. Then here comes this completely wonderful person, who simply sweeps you off your feet and shares with you, real and genuine love. This person, obviously different from all the others you've dated, proposes to marry you and vows to live forever and ever with you.
Won't you have this guilt feeling in your gut, stubborn and solid, haunting you like crazy?
Before you go into pre-marital sex, think of your future husband or wife. According to Ms. Lora, it's like cheating in advance. Sure, you might say you're too young to be thinking about marriage, but don't you think you're also too young to be cheating on your life-partner? What would you feel if your future husband or wife has been taken advantage of, by some jerk or slut? Wouldn't you feel helpless and weak, that you weren't able to do anything to protect him or her in that situation?
Let this be a helpful reminder, every time the call for sex comes. You have a choice and no one has to force you to do anything. Your decisions today would be reflected on whatever would happen tomorrow, and even in the future.
Allow me to wrap this entry up by inviting YOU to become a future blogger for I Keep Love Real. This experience has been simply amazing, and I'm extremely glad for having accepted this duty. Personal experiences and experiences from my friends have been my inspiration in doing this. As I typed in entries, I imagined talking to my own kabarkadas, giving them advice as I pat their backs for comfort. All of us are sick and tired of crying and aching, but we must never give up. Love surpasses everything. Though imperfect, the power of real love succeeds every problem, every heartbreak and every heart ache. I invite you to become a future blogger for IKLR. I invite you to share your insights, your thoughts, in the hope of lifting the spirits of teens everywhere.
IKeepLoveReal.Blogspot.com is an unofficial site of IKeepLoveReal.com
I Keep Love Real (IKLR) is a campaign for a deeper understanding of the
meaning of love, relationships, and sexuality.
KEEP is respecting the nobility of affection and love.
LOVE refers to courtship, romance, and relationships between men and women with eyes towards friendship and marriage.
REAL is a quality of love that leads to respecting the dignity of the other person, waiting for marriage for love’s full expression,
and making it last despite trials.
The first person pronoun "i" makes keeping love real a personal decision not an imposition from the outside.
We think that… The campaign vision is realized through the projects of IAS-iKLR and the iKLR International network.
Interactive talks given by ates and kuyas to high school and college students,
with no-holds-barred conversation on real issues about love, relationships, and sexuality.
iKLR hopes to build its name by creating familiarity with the youth through the setting up of booths in school-organized activities (e.g. fairs and variety shows)
From the winners of the 2007 I Keep Love Real Song-writing Competition, iKLR will launch a music video for the song that best captures the message of the campaign.
Lifestyle merchandise such as baller bands, vintage necklaces, and dog tags are promoted as an expression of one’s personal commitment to keep love real.
To reach the mainstream youth audience, promotions through television, radio, and print shall be carried out.
The idea of the competition is for the youth to see and appreciate the true meaning of love in the dynamics of everyday human interaction.
Using camera-enabled mobile phones, participants of the competition are to capture creative, appropriate, and meaningful images that best portray the message of iKLR.
Scriptwriting Competition and TV Special
Similar to the Photography Competition, iKLR hopes to engage the youth in discovering and promoting a kind of love that respects and nurtures, by means of a scriptwriting competition. The winning story will be presented to interested media partners for portrayal in appropriate television shows, to be launched the following year.
Real Love Revolution Southeast Asian Youth Congress
Youth representatives from the Southeast Asian nations will be invited to the Philippines for a congress on real love revolution. Unity is fostered among these neighboring nations to uphold values strongly rooted in the Asian psyche.
Keep Love Real
Authored by Lora Tan-Garcia, Keep Love Real is a spritely read on love and chastity.
In Lora’s words, “Chastity isn’t about what you can’t have and can’t do. It’s so much
bigger and more triumphant than that. It’s actually having the life you’ve always wanted
but perhaps didn’t think you could achieve through chastity...”
Congress Executive Report with Research
The 2nd International Congress on Education in Love, Sex, and Life produced rich resource
materials on character education: from experts worldwide and from a research study involving
4,000 Filipino colleges.
Based on experiences and data gathered from seminars, I Am S.T.R.O.N.G. and
I Keep Love Real syllabi, modules, lesson plans, and other materials have been
written to help the Department of Education, teachers, and administrators replicate
the same program in their schools and classrooms. As they have been written in straightforward
language, using a clear, logical format, these works have also been distributed to selected students
and seminar participants.
I AM S.T.R.O.N.G. - I KEEP LOVE REAL
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Janyn Chua Year & Course: II - AB Communication Age: 19 Birthdate: July 19 YM! ID: janynchua Fave Quote: "The adventure continues, miserable but fearless."
Gliza Marasigan Year & Course: II - AB Communication Age: 19 Birthdate: Feb 11 Email: email@example.com Fave Quote: "Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous;
love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;
it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account
a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with
the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
Erika Valdez Year & Course: II - AB Communication Age: 19 Birthdate: August 4 YM! ID: erikagcv Fave Quote: "Love is a hot shower where your skin never prunes." -John Mayer
Neil Lavalle Year & Course: 5th year MA in Communication Major in Integrated Marketing Communications Age: 21 Birthdate: September 1 Fave Quote: "Love usually comes when you least expect it."