3 Keys to Effective Prayer, According to Tanikala Actress Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz

What are you praying for today? 

Whatever you may be praying for — healing, restoration of relationships, or provision — you can be assured that God acts on your behalf. But do you know that the condition of your heart when you pray is such an important factor to bring God’s response? 

This Holy Week, unlock the 3 keys to effective prayer according to Tanikala presents Isa Pang Hiling actress Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz: 

Key #1: Simply pray

Prayers are powerful – there’s no single ounce of doubt about that.  

Prayers are powerful because the God who hears them is all-powerful. Likewise, the effectiveness of your prayer does not rely on rituals, length, or big words. Prayers don’t have to be complicated. 

So, what does it take for your prayers to be effective? 

Simply pray. Do not heap up empty phrases (Matthew 6:7) and simply present your honest self to your Heavenly Father. That said, there is no limit as to when and where you can pray!  

Key #2: Pray with faith

Do you pray confidently? Do you pray in faith? 

Prayer and faith go hand-in-hand because, without faith, it is impossible to please God! (Hebrews 11:6). That’s why when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all (James 1:6).  

If you pray about something yet you still worry about it, isn’t it defeating the purpose of praying? Let go of your worries and doubts.  

Have faith that there is a loving God who hears your prayers. Have faith that He will answer. Have faith that whatever you are praying for right now, know that it is safe in God’s hands. 

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24 ESV) 

Key #3: Pray with thanksgiving 

Through prayers, bodies are healed, relationships are restored, lives are transformed. 

That’s how good God is. And praying is not just about presenting your requests to God; it is also an opportunity to worship God and reflect on His goodness.  

Saying “thank you, God,” covers a lot of things. First, it is a powerful act of acknowledging that God is in control. Second, it pleases Him when you pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). 

So if you’re praying for something and it’s a yes, a not yet, or even a loving no from God, pray with thanksgiving. After all, whatever the outcome is, God is worthy of praise and honor. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 ESV) 

But before you focus on the results of your prayers, know that praying is a blessing itself. Imagine, an opportunity where you can commune with the Creator of heaven and earth!  

And though He wants to bless your prayers, God does not want you to place your faith in the outcome. He wants you to place your faith in Him. 

Do you have prayer requests? 

It is our joy to pray for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page. 

This Holy Week, discover the power of prayers in battling the pandemic. Watch Tanikala presents  

Habang May Ngayon on April 1, and Isa Pang Hiling on April 2, at 10:00 AM on GMA. 

If you are looking for a free devotional app as you reflect this Holy Week, download Tanglaw App – the first Filipino devotional mobile application in audio and text format! It will feature devotions especially written for Holy Week, starting Maundy Thursday, April 1, up to Sunday, April 4. 

Download Tanglaw app from Google Play or the App Store for FREE, or stream it on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and all major podcasts worldwide. 

Keep Your Child Focused and Engaged while Learning at Home! Here’s How

What are the challenges that you and your child encounter during distance learning?

For some children, it can be challenging to maintain focus and stay engaged as they learn inside your home-slash-classroom-slash-quarantine place.

The good thing is, with your supportthey can still thrive amid challengesYou can ensure that they would participate well during their classes and accomplish their distance learning tasks.

To help keep your child focused and engaged, check out these simple yet helpful tips from online educator and Beyond Small Talk guest, coach Lyqa Maravilla.

Sit by your children in the same room 

Just like how children want to see their parents while having classes at school, they will also be at peace knowing that there is an adult who looks after them while they learn from home.

“If the kids know that there is an adult supervising them – even though they are busy with their own tasks – can keep them from dozing off or not paying attention to their teachers,” coach Lyqa explains.

The Family and Children’s Agency agrees that being around your child is a huge help. Also, it would be helpful if you start and finish the day with a simple check-in with your child. Ask them about their learnings, schedule for the day, and resources or help needed.

Set up a reward system for your child 

Keeping your child engaged in lessons for several hours a day is not easy. But with a bit of effort and a sprinkle of creativity, you can encourage them to stay on track. 

Coach Lyqa suggests that you reward your child for completing their distance learning tasks and assignments.

If they participate in their online classes, if they follow their schedule, it would be nice if they can trade it for points. It could be an extra screen time for movies or other activities as a reward. That way, they have additional incentives and something to look forward to,” she shared.

Providing immediate positive feedback, according to the John Hopkins School of Education, is also a great way of rewarding your child. Apart from sincere words of praise, a reward could be a simple star, ice cream, or extra minutes to play before bedtime.

Parents like you are now juggling more responsibilities than usual. Yes, the new learning setup is a huge challenge. But, it is also a great opportunity.

It is an opportunity for you to spend more time with your little ones, teach them, and learn new things together. And who knows, you might learn new things from your child, too.

As you begin to see it that way, may you lean more on God’s wisdom. May you pray more and trust more, knowing that God will find ways to return your trust and prayers.

Be in faith that He will guide, lead, and protect you and your beloved child.

“The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” (Psalm 28:7 NLT)

Do you have worries about your child’s learning this pandemic?

We hear you, and we are here to pray for you. Do not hesitate to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page. 

For more tips about learning amid pandemic, catch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 7:00 PM at The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel. 

Distance Learning: 5 Tips for Working Parents

One week into distance learning – how are your child’s studies so far?

If you are a working parent, how are you juggling your work-from-home setup while supporting your child’s education?

Do you also wonder and look for ways on how you can manage your full-time work and your child’s learning all at the same time? We got you!

Homeschooling mom and Beyond Small Talk host Felichi Buizon shares 5 practical tips to help you efficiently support your child’s learning while you work:

  1. Identify who is part of your team

You do not have to carry all the responsibilities all by yourself, especially when there are family members who are willing to lend a hand.

Don’t hesitate to seek help from other people in your household, or other people who can offer support. It could be your spouse, your child’s grandparents, or your child’s siblings. It could be your child’s teacher.

Identify who can help you and what help they can offer as you all navigate this new normal.


  1. Learn to delegate tasks and ask for help

Every person in your family has valuable knowledge that they can share to help ease the challenges of schooling at home. List down their names and delegate which tasks they can perform.

Those tasks can range from simply setting up your child’s internet connection or study space, up to explaining the learning modules to your child. Ask if they can also help with some household chores so you can set aside time for your work.

It would also be helpful if you will be transparent with your employer about your situation. You may need to make some arrangements with them about your schedule and workloadThat being said, Felichi appeals to employers to be more considerate to parents whose children are learning from home. 

  1. Develop a schedule

Before the pandemic, you and your child are used to having school and work routines, respectively. Setting up a structured routine will help the both of you to “stay on track.

To Felichi, tools such as timers and alarms will help you diligently follow the schedule that your family has agreed on. While you’re at it, do not forget that rest and relaxation are important, too. Include breaks and family time into your routine to avoid burnout and to help you recharge.


  1. Design a learning space for your child and a workspace for you

Even when your home is not always conducive, you can try your best to make your child’s learning – and your work – more comfortable.

Designate a space that is quiet, well-lit, and what’s important these days – a space that has a signal so they can easily connect to the internet. Set up a corner where they can sit comfortably and is free from distractions. 


  1. Dialogue with your child

Pay attention to your child’s concerns and ask them what they feel about distance learning. Initiate the conversation and listen intently to their struggles, needs, and feelings toward this new setup.

This is a good opportunity to connect with you child as both of you might be facing the same challenges of being at home. It’s a perfect time to show your child that you hear them, and that you are willing to encourage and pray with them to ease any worry they may have.

As Felichi puts it, “Be a parent first before being a teacher.

Parenting is a challenging role – and the current pandemic has made it even more challenging. But with proper planning, communication, patience, and a whole lot of prayers, you and your child can thrive through it.

Are you concerned about how you can support your child during distance learning while you work full time?

We would love to comfort you through prayers. Do not hesitate to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Catch the brand new webisode of Beyond Small Talk this Saturday, October 10, 2020, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Wondering How You Can Support Your Child’s Learning? Check Out these Tips

Now that schooling will be done differently because of the pandemic, you are probably thinking about what steps to take to support your child’s learning. 

You might be wondering, “What will happen? What will schooling look like? Would it be efficient and effective?”

Worry not! Beyond Small Talk is here to help you!

Here are tips from The 700 Club Asia host and homeschooling momFelichi Pangilinan-Buizonto help you guide your little ones as they navigate the new normal way of learning.

1. Familiarize yourself with the terms being used 

Distance learning or homeschooling – is there a difference?

As the school opening nears, iwould be helpful for parents to know the terminologies and jargon being used.

Instead of the regular classroom setup, the Department of Education (DepEdwill be implementing a distance learning approachIn distance learningyour child’s learning takes place at home, online, or through the help of take-home learning kits from school.

Distance learning is guided by a teacher through a gadget or computer. For students who do not have access to gadgets and internet connectionsmodules will be provided according to DepEd. Lessons will also be delivered via radio and television as an alternative mode of learning.

On the other handhomeschooling is a way of learning at home wherein parents serve as the primary teacher. It is facilitated by parents using a curriculum based on the children’s interests or family’s lifestyle.

As Felichi puts it, “Homeschool is more child-centered. But as they say, different families, different needs, different seasons. 

It is important to know and identify what would work best for your child.

2. Be willing to learn and be ready to brave challenges 

Your child’s learning is not a one-man’s job. The government, teachers, parents, and children all need to work together to overcome the challenges that come with these new learning approaches.

I know this is a challenge to us parents because there are things that we need to learn–or give up–to focus on our children’s education, Felichi said.

Amid the worries and questions, it is important to ask God for wisdom and strength. Pray that He would bless and protect your child as your little one embarks on the new back-to-school scenario. 

Trust that you and your child can do this, through His loving guidance.

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NIV)

Are you looking for more back-to-school tips to help your child’s learning?

Catch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk next Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel.

3 Tips to Increase Your Income during this Pandemic | Beyond Small Talk

Are you looking for ways to increase your income even amid this pandemic? 

If yes, then you’re in the right place!

Here are Beyond Small Talk guests Vic and Avelynn Garcia to share with you 3 simple yet significant ways to help you learn more and earn more during this crisis. 

 1. Know God’s plan for your life

The well-known Jeremiah 29:11 verse says that God knows His plans for you, and His plans for you are good. But, do you know exactly what those plans are? 

Knowing God’s plans and purpose for your life will help you realize His will for your finances. And how would you do that? By calling unto God – as told by the succeeding verses:

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:12-13 NIV)

Instead of calling the Lord, we tend to call our friends or someone who would lend us money. God becomes our last resort,” says Avelynnemphasizing the importance of seeking God first before venturing into any business.

Seek God and ask Him what venture you must take, when, where, and how you can take it.  

 2. Pray with all your heart

You don’t know what to do? Tell God. You have no idea how you would earn money? Tell God and ask Him for wisdom.

If you are wondering whether you should get a new job, put up a new business, or take another sideline – here’s the good news: God knows which path is best for you.

So before you plan your next step, Vic suggests that you pray with all your heart and ask, “God, can You tell me what You know so that I could do Your will?” He added, “With the limited time and resources that we have, we cannot afford to guess and commit many mistakes. 

3Do not forget to give tithes and offering

During a financial crisis, it might be extra challenging to let go of any peso. Yet according to Avelynn“Most of the time, you go broke because you do not give to God. 

When you allow God to intervene in your finances, He will surely bless your obedience. After all, all things work together for good to those who love God, isn’t? That is the same promise Malachi 3:10 brings: 

“‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 

Are you asking God for wisdom about your finances?

Allow us to join you in prayers. You may call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Has this article blessed you? Let us know in the comments section below.

Stay tuned for the next webisodes of Beyond Small Talk on Saturdays, 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia YouTube channel and Facebook page. 

Is Your Mental Health Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis? Beyond Small Talk Wants to Help You

The #COVID19 is a crisis and everyone is trying their best to cope right now.

If you are unable to perform your everyday tasks, isolating yourself from work or your loved ones, or physically abusing yourself, you are not alone.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the “outbreak of #COVID19 crisis may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children.”

If you are feeling this way, you don’t have to go through this alone.

Beyond Small Talk is here to help you.

Watch as CBN Asia President & CEO Peter Kairuz, actress and influencer Sonjia Calit-Kakilala, and counselor and psychotherapist Alain Dizon reads letters from people who went through mental health issues and pray for your mental wellbeing.

This is a safe place so don’t hesitate to connect with us and voice out your pains and troubles in life.

Join the online discussion and don’t miss the next webisode of  Beyond Small Talk as they talk about stress and how to overcome it on May 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM onThe 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

If you feel overwhelmed by the pressure brought by this pandemic, we want to pray for you. Just call 8737-0-700, or contact us through the CBN Asia Prayer Center or CBN Asia Facebook page.

Debunking 10 Common Myths on Mental Health – Beyond Small Talk

Judged. Mocked. Discriminated. 

These are what people with mental health struggles deal with every day because of stigma. 

In fact, the Department of Health, as cited by Philippine Star in their article DOH: It’s time to talk about, address depression made an alarming statement, “We need to start talking about depression to end the stigma surrounding mental health because, when left unattended, it can lead to suicide.” 

Learn, unlearn, and relearn the truths about mental health so you can help your struggling friend, workmate, or family member 

Here’s what Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Calit, and psychotherapist Zenia Panahon have to say regarding 10 common myths surrounding mental illness. 

Myth #1: Mental health problems can only be experienced at a certain age. 

Truth: Mental health problems could manifest at any age. According to Mayo Clinic in their article Mental illness in children: Know the signs, children can develop the same mental illness such as anxiety disorders, Schizophrenia, and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and the like as adults. 

Myth #2: People with mental health struggles are violent and unpredictable.

Truth: Not all who have mental health problems act violently. It still varies on the condition and as MentalHealth.gov says in their article Mental Health Myths and Facts, “only 3%–5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness.” 

Myth #3: People with mental health struggles cannot deal with jobs and/or school. 

Truth: A lot of people with mental health issues are highly functional and productive members of society. This is why you should be careful to watch out for warning signs of mental problems in your loved ones. 

Myth #4: Personality flaws are often caused by mental health issues. You could snap out of it over time. 

Truth: Mental health issues can be sourced from different factors such as genetics, environment, socioeconomic standing, and temperament, says Zenia Panahon. Also, you can’t just snap out of it. You need professional help and ongoing family support which are both vital toward healing. 

Myth #5: Once you experience mental health problems, you will never get out of them.   

Truth: Mental illness is treatable. If you seek help and gain support, you can recover. 

Myth #6: Taking the pill is the only answer. 

Truth: There are some who need medication, but others recover from mental health issues with the help of friends, family, and health professionals. 

Myth #7: Its impossible to prevent mental illness. 

Truth: You cannot really control life’s trials and challenges, so there are times that it may push you to your limit. But, Mayo Clinic explains in Mental Illness that “If you have a mental illness, taking steps to control stress, to increase your resilience and to boost low self-esteem may help keep your symptoms under control.” 

Myth #8: Mental illness is a form of brain damage. 

Truth: Brain damage is physical. Mental health is how you feel, behave, and think as a person. 

Myth #9: I can’t do anything for those who are experiencing mental health issues. 

Truth: You can do something about it by being a good support system to them. Show your support by learning how to deal with your family members who have mental health struggles and accompanying them when seeking professional help, Zenia Panahon explained. 

Myth #10: If I seek help, others would think of me as crazy. 

Truth: When you seek help, you are investing in yourself, says Zenia Panahon. 

Join the online discussion and don’t miss the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk on May 9, 2020, at 7:00 PM onThe 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

If you feel overwhelmed by challenges and don’t know how to handle them, we want to pray for you. Just call 8737-0-700, or contact us through theCBN Asia Prayer Center or CBN Asia Facebook page.

3 Ways to Honor Our Leaders Even if You Disagree with them

Filipinos shared different thoughts and mixed reactions to how the government has been dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak so far. Some expressed their support to #StayAtHome, while others were outraged and started voicing out their disagreements.

If Romans 13:1-2 NKJV states, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves,” how then can you honor and support the authorities that you disagree with? 

Here are 3 things you can do to respect and treat our government leaders with humility, as shared by Beyond Small Talk hosts, Peter Kairuz, Jerico Arceo, and Paul Herrera. 

1. Pray for your leaders 

1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” 

While someone else is getting angry at them, take the road less traveled and pray fervently. Ask God to give the government officials wisdom, grace, and a God-fearing heart as they lead the country. 

2. Don’t condemn or curse them on social media 

You have the right to voice out your opinions, but you can also disagree in a manner that is gracious and honorable. 

As Paul explained, “Respect is earned, but honor is due to a position that is given to a person.” 

3. Educate yourself and get involved 

As a concerned Filipino citizen, it will be more productive to educate yourself on issues and take proactive steps to better the situation. 

Instead of adding to the clamor, encourage yourself and others to be the solution that the country needs. 

Things may have not turned out the way you wanted them to be, but you can put your trust in God who is in control and holds all things together. 

The Word of God does not lie when it says in Psalm 33:12 NIV, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.” 

Share with us what you have learned in this webisode! 

Are you feeling anxious these days? We would love to pray for you! You may send your prayer requests to the CBN Asia Prayer Center or call 8-737-0-700. 

Also, do not forget to watch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk and join its online discussion on April 11, 2020, at 7 PM on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

See you there!

Think you know about Mental Health? Beyond Small Talk brings it to Light

Many people have preconceived notions about mental health, which is the root of misjudgments and criticisms on people who are going through issues related to it.

To respond to this, Beyond Small Talk, hosts Peter Kairuz, Sonjia Calit, and psychotherapist and counselor Zenia Lim Panahon discusses mental health and what to watch out for to prevent having issues with it especially now as we battle against COVID-19.

Mental health and mental illness are two different things. 

Mental health refers to how you feel, behave, and think as a person.

It is a “state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community,” according to the World Health Organization.

“Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors,” as defined by Mayo Clinic.

Factors such as the environment you’re raised in, genetics or heredity, social and economic position, and your temperament can affect your mental health that may cause mental illness.

One of the symptoms you should carefully watch out for is when you experience sadness, happiness, or anger in an overwhelming manner lasting for at least 2 weeks. By this time, it is suggested that you seek professional help.

DO NOT, in any way, self-diagnose or let anyone nor the internet do so to you. This is a very dangerous path to take, Zenia explained.

Some of the negative repercussions to this include misdiagnosis, undetected medical condition, and underdiagnosis or overdiagnosis that lead to inaccurate treatment says Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services in their blog entitled The Dangers Of Self-Diagnosis.

The key is to not assume but visit a trained health professional.

Sadly, according to the Department of Health, as cited by Philippine Star in their article DOH: It’s time to talk about, address depression, “In the Philippines, 3.3 million Filipinos suffer from depressive disorders, with suicide rates in 2.5 males and 1.7 females per 100,000.”

That’s why Beyond Small Talk is eager to raise mental health awareness.  There is hope for you if you are struggling with it.

We want to pray for you! Let’s lift up to God your worries and fears. You may call now CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700.

Do not miss the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk and join its online discussion on April 4, 2020, 7 pm at The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

4 Tips to Grow in Your Career Amid COVID-19

Many employees were forced to work from home when the entire Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine due to the COVID-19 threat.

If you are one of those who feel stuck in your work-from-home setup, Beyond Small Talk can help you.

You can still make the most out of this time to level up your productivity at work by following these GROW tips – Give, Relate, Opportunities, and Word hard.

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Give

“Give beyond whatever you’re paid for,” says Beyond Small Talk host Ardy Roberto.

Whether it’s a small task or a big one, give all that you have because God assigned you to do it.  Acquire Joseph the Dreamer’s exceptional attitude toward work found in the book of Genesis, whether he was thrown at the prison or promoted by Pharaoh, he gave above and beyond what is expected of him.

Joseph succeeded in everything that he did because God was with him.

Relate

Do not just excel at your work assignments but be someone who is easy to get along with. Wherever you are, learn to be that person who is cooperative, dependable, and understanding.

Walk-in fruits of the Holy Spirit are found in Galatians 5:22-23 NIV, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Opportunities

Look for opportunities to serve your company and take the initiative.

Your leaders are looking for people who are always willing to learn and grow just like Ardy did.

“I was starting out as a junior manager of a company, but I talked to my boss and I saw that there was an opening for another position. I told him that I can do that job and my job at the same time. You don’t even have to pay me extra,” he narrated.

Do you know what the outcome was?

Although the main reason why he took the job is to learn more, His boss promoted him within 6 months and raised his salary double.

Work hard

Work hard as if you are working for God and joy will come from the fulfillment that you did your utmost.

“As a result, you will grow in your career, grow in your mind, grow in your capabilities and skills,” says Beyond Small Talk host Miriam Quiambao-Roberto.

Do you have any prayer requests? Send them to CBN Asia Prayer Center or call 8-737-0-700 so we can pray in agreement with you.

Stay tuned for more Beyond Small Talk webisodes every Saturday, 7 pm on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

In this time of COVID-19 crisis, you are safe and secure in God’s promise.

Take heart in His Word in Psalm 91:9-11 TPT that declares, “When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us? God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go, defending you from all harm.”