The 178,000 pesos

What is so inspiring about 178,000 pesos?

Well, it is an exact amount of a tithe fund Arnold Vargas has decided to return to God.


It’s quite a big amount of money for you not to be tempted, right? But not with Arnold.

But who is he, you asked?

Let me give you a brief background about Arnold. Well, he is a stock market investor, a young entrepreneur, and a personal finance advocate.

He is currently a CEO of Pisara Publishing Company that distributes textbook materials to schools in the Philippines and has branches nationwide. I must say he made millions of money by selling textbooks.

Like many entrepreneurs, he outsource most of the time from finding an author to printing the textbooks.

In addition, his dream to build a house for his family has been realized when he bought a house and lot  in one subdivision in Cavite.

A humble beginning

But he has a humble beginning. When he was a kid, he was a typical bus vendor selling mani, balot, and ice buko. He was also a janitor and a college dropout and was also known later as a Bulakbol Millionaire.

Last week, I had a privileged to interview him so I can feature him at Richly Blessed Today. RBT Community is a blog section where I interviewed people about how God richly blessed people both spiritually and financially.

By the way, Arnold is also a member of TrulyRichClub and a philanthropist.

For instance, to give back something to the community, he donated clothes yearly to children in Payatas  (a slum area in Quezon City, Philippines) since 2012.

So, going back to 178,000 pesos. There was a point in time where his tithe has reached to 178,000 pesos.  The year was late 2013. At that time, he has a lot of financial obligations to settle with his suppliers. In addition, the tithe is already a big amount of money for a young entrepreneur like him who had just recently establishing a business.

Then I asked him, “Were you not tempted to keep the money?”

“Slightly.” He confessed with a smile.

However, he told me about the Abundance Formula or the  100-10-20-70 principles by Bo Sanchez and reminded himself to be a faithful steward of God’s material blessings.

So he decided to withdraw the money in the bank.

When you trusted Him

Then Saturday came, he took a bath early in the morning and plan to go church. The tithe fund was ready and sealed in an envelope. He was determined to give back his tithe to God.

While taking a bath, he remembered a certain company who gave him an unexpected bonus wherein he also served as a business consultant. Aside from this, a Meralco company has sent  him a notice of dividend with number of shares he has invested in the stock market.

Guess what?

When he computed the bonus from a company and the stocks from Meralco, the combined exact amount was 180,000 pesos!

I was completely amazed and speechless when I heard his story.

This is what he said: “Kuya Jun, hindi ka talaga matatalo kay Lord when it comes to giving. This is a law of increasing return God made himself.”

What a powerful reminder!

If you are an OFW, or wherever parts of the world you are, remember that God will supply all your needs.

Do not be discouraged when you are facing financial problems. Today is your opportunity to exercise faith and recognize God’s ownership. When you seek God first, He will bless you even more.

This is a powerful lesson about 178,000 pesos.

So, keep trusting Him!

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. —Malachi 3:10 NIV 

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Jun Amparo

Jun Amparo

JUN AMPARO is the author of two inspirational books about personal finance and marriage.  He is nominated as Huwarang OFW 2019 organized by The 700 Club Asia and is pursuing his doctoral study in education. Presently, he is working as a university counselor and lecturer at Asia-Pacific International University in Thailand.