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Marcelino A. Rapayla Jr.
Relocation, Ibo Lapu-Lapu city
6015, Cebu. Philippines
Mobilephone #: 639173620369


I'm the first son of a simple and pious laborer-farmer, born in Lipata, Ibo Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines, on 21ST day of April 1972. My parents are Marcelino Rapayla Sr. and Aurea Arcilla both were not able to finish their grade school.

I was six years old when I started my grade school. I grew up as homebody kid but, I matured quite early because soon I learned to understand the word "poverty." I stopped my studies and became a scavenger at the age of eleven, helping my mother scavenge some recyclable items (used bond paper, newspapers, plastic, cutting chips of steel and electric wire) from different garbage sources. There are times when we could only have one meal in a day. We could only eat good meat when we I got leftover from the garbage (we just wash it and re-cook). I went back to school after one year absent of my studies and completed my high school in 1989.

After graduation I experienced different kinds of job, laborer (road construction), machinist helper, and department store custodial trade work. In 1991, I joined United Technologies Automotive Philippines, Inc. now known as Lear Automotive (EEDS) Philippines, Inc. I started as Production operator then promoted to Resistance welding operator, Molding operator, Lead operator and to Engineering Aide and then to Process Engineer. Currently, I am holding the position of Engineering Car Leader - to support the Company Values Statement by leading the Cross-Functional Team (CFT) for specific projects to ensure that the product meets the company and customer specifications and that the  program milestones are achieved.

Being the eldest of five, I feel responsible for supporting my family. When my mother passed away on 1993, I took over the responsibility of being “Ina at Tatay” to my siblings since my father decided to marry again. My siblings stayed with me, until I realized that they already knew how to catch their own fish.  All of them are now employed and have their own family.
I decided to live separately then continue searching the path leading to my vocation. Year 1997, I started pursuing my college education at night but due to financial constraints I have only been able to continue my college when there were enough funds.

My deep love of God is a big boost despite all these sacrifices and inspired me to do something with my life that will make a difference. In 1999 I became an active member of the Charismatic community, SCI (Servant Community International) in Virgin De Regla Parish, Lapu%u2011Lapu City with spiritual guidance of Rev. Fr. Rudy Ibale, MSC. This membership involves me in various ministerial activities such as visiting the sick, people in prison and all those who need spiritual healing.  Aside from that, I also exercise these ministries through designing Internet websites (http://journey.20fr.com) to provide wonderful and uplifting spiritual messages for those who need support. I also send inspirational emails through group mailing lists with approximately 100 persons receiving weekly inspirational and uplifting information.  I also posted these weekly updates in my Bulletin Board at work to share this information w/ LEAR colleagues.  I spearheaded the composition of a solicitation letter entitled "Tabang Kauban" that was now commonly practiced through out Lear Cebu Operation which asked for prayers and monetary support to help those associates and their loved ones in times of need. 
I have been able to compile a collection of experiences from year 1999 to 2003 into a book entitled "Life is a Beautiful Journey" with the purpose of uplifting the hearts and minds of others. The book aims to inspire them and to share their gifts, touch other lives and bring light to those who are in the dark. 
Being a search-inner I experienced the community life of the Society of Divine Word, and I had known the charisma of different congregations like Xavierian Missionaries, Piarist Priest, Missionaries of Sacred Heart, Carmelite Priest, PACEM, and Oblates of Virgin Mary. However, since I’m already 36 years old and was not able to finish college, my application to these congregations has never been successful. Last 2003, I was invited by Fr. Tetlow from the Diocese of Jacksonville, Florida, USA for an interview and psychological exam but unfortunately I was denied in the US embassy during my appearance. 
I felt disappointed considering all the efforts I have done, wherein I gradually lost my prayer life. That is then the time I started going with friends going bar hopping, taking drugs & engaging with relationship in both sexes. I thought I would find happiness with all these things but there is still an emptiness inside me. Then I realized that only God could fill in this empty life. Now, I know deep in my heart what my mission is and that is to follow and serve Him which for me to be fully happy. One of my lessons I’ve learned from my past experiences is to be patient because maybe it could be that my time has not come yet.

I am grateful that I have embraced the challenges of my life because I believe; God has a purpose for all that happens. Maybe He wants me to learn and grow in faith by progressing through life while overcoming various difficulties and placing my faith and trust in Him. By myself, without Him, "What can I do?"