by Vernie C. Opalla, Ph.D.
“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
(1 John 2:17)
It started with a dream one tranquil night 17 years ago.
God said, “Build a better world.”
I said, “How? The world is so messed up that there’s nothing I can do!” And God replied, “Just build a better you and influence others.”
Yes, I had a conversation with God in my dream!
I was thirty years old then, so desperate and very much depressed due to the physical maladies I developed–migraine headache, blurred vision, severe body pains, scoliosis, toxic goiter, heart disease worsening towards failure, and accelerated aging.
With all these physical woes, I never thought God would call me to perform an extraordinary mission in this world.
Then a year after (2004), I was introduced to MRI IONIQUE® Concentrated Mineral Drops (IONIQUE® CMD) while traveling in a bus from Davao City to Bicol. IONIQUE® Minerals is a 100% natural, food-grade sourced, world’s most potent, ionic, health-giving mineral supplement processed by Mineral Resources International (MRI) based in Ogden, Utah, USA. This mineral supplement brought new hope to my deteriorating health. Incredibly, it restored my full health, revitalized my energy, and rejuvenated my looks as if I was “aging” backwards, getting much younger as time passed. It also provided astonishing relief to my children’s medical problems such as asthma, colds, fever, headache, flu, mumps, bruises, chickenpox, toothaches, stomachaches, and severe lacerated wounds. It actually provided the elusive solution that I had been pursuing for a prolonged period of time. All the marvelous effects it created restored my positive outlook in life that I also buried all my worries and fears of an untimely death. Hence, I tagged this product as “IONIQUE CMD: OK NA DOK!”
Because of these amazing health benefits, I decided to become the Naga City Stockist of IONIQUE® Minerals marketed by its former importer and distributor company. I did not become a Stockist merely for its business gains but primarily to share the wonderful health benefits that IONIQUE® Minerals provided me, the previously desperate and hopeless, ailing individual. This was also my way of gratefully giving back to our ever-loving God for all the blessings He bestowed me especially the “new” life that gave me a tremendous chance to be with my most precious family again.
From the Year 2005 to Year 2007, I diligently and wholeheartedly fulfilled my promise to bring to whoever needed physical comfort. I became the “Light” and offered the elusive hope of recovery to all those who were ailing. To those who doubted, I painstakingly did my best to clear every question in their minds. If they still disbelieved, then I can humbly say to God, “I did my best!”
I was very grateful to the numerous individuals who continued to narrate their wonderful stories of how IONIQUE® Minerals helped manage their diseases. Some of the testimonials were those of breast cancer, dengue hemorrhagic fever, hypertension, epilepsy, infertility, coma, tuberculosis of the bone, anemia, pains, profuse menstruation, gallstones, urinary tract infection, rheumatic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, Guillain Barre Syndrome, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, depression, toxic goiter, migraine, infected wounds, sinusitis, ulcers, and many more.
As a reward for my dedication and perseverance to this new endeavor, my customers accorded me their unwavering trust and full confidence by patronizing my product continuously, thus awarding me with enormous sales that accorded me the opportunity to visit and see personally the MRI facilities—the source—in Ogden, Utah, USA for free. In exchange for my financial blessings, I sincerely and humbly continued to offer free services to whoever needed my care and compassion.
By the time I became a Stockist, I had already completed all the academic requirements for my doctorate degree. I only needed to comply with the dissertation to be conferred the doctorate degree. I only desired IONIQUE® Minerals as the subject of my research. I believed that my research, when completed, would spark a radical educational transformation. My predicament was that there was no local nor foreign study related to the subject for me to follow. Mine will be the first, if ever. I also required some medical references to back up my study prompting me to stop pursuing my dissertation momentarily. I still prayed to God very earnestly to provide the references that I urgently needed.
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. - John 15:7
God answered my prayer and sent His provision not as a something but someone on December 2, 2007—the exact date I met Renato U. Paragas, M.D. when he conducted a health seminar in Lucena City. His seminar focused on the magnificent benefits of drinking water and the vital roles that essential minerals played in health and well-being, and on how the proper use of these two essential nutrients helped manage most common degenerative diseases like hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, asthma, cataract, among others. Water and essential minerals were presented as very simple, all natural, safer, cheaper and more effective means to manage various diseases. I was very flabbergasted of the information I learned and wondered why medical professionals very seldom, if ever, used these vital nutrients to abate human sufferings especially that more people are getting sicker each day despite the tremendous discovery of vaccines, new medicines, and the advancement of technology in medical science. This question provided me more motivation and determination to pursue my advocacy.
For two years (2008-2009), Dr. Paragas helped me gather more incredible testimonials from those who were very indebted to the “miraculous” effects of IONIQUE® Minerals. After compiling a good number, we completed the book entitled “Caring Most Dearly, Conquer Malevolent Diseases” that became the bible to all IONIQUE® Minerals users. This became a good reference book that properly guided the “pushers” and the users of IONIQUE® Minerals, and it also became a local reference for my dissertation.
During this period, Dr. Paragas and I were able to develop a concept “Tubig at mga Mineral: Sagot sa Kalusugan!” (Water and Minerals: Solution to Good Health) as a new medical paradigm that redefined health management. The concept provided an approach that through the mere use of potable drinking water and food-grade mineral supplementation, most diseases especially degenerative diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, cataract, and infectious diseases like dengue fever, meningitis, tuberculosis, gastroenteritis, tinea flava, barber’s itch, ascariasis, etc. can be managed provided that the patient strictly and religiously followed the principles behind the concept.
In 2010, I began working on my dissertation. In cooperation with the Department of Education, San Jose North Elementary School, San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur, I conducted an experimental study that dealt with the effects of Mineralized Potable Water on Academic and Physical Performance of Pupils. The result was that the participants with supplementation of mineralized potable water statistically showed significant relationship with strength, speed, and stamina and academics specifically Mathematics than those who drank pure water only. This study further proved that the concept of “Tubig at mga Mineral” (Water and Minerals), using IONIQUE® Minerals as mineral supplement, was not only effective on the sick patients but it also facilitated and reinforced the physical and learning capabilities of pupils/learners. Finally, I accomplished my dissertation, defended it with an illustrious rating of “Excellent”, and graduated in March, 2011.
God doesn't call the qualified He qualifies the called. (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
In 2012, Mineral Resources International, the supplier of IONIQUE® Minerals, asked me if I would like to become its new business partner because its partner in the Philippines refused to renew their Sales Agreement. Not certain if I would be able to manage it responsibly, I gave some thoughts first. However, placing my full faith and trust in God, I accepted the colossal task. Consequently, I decided to retire from my 15 years teaching job to become a full-fledged distributor of IONIQUE® Minerals. Hence, I became a full-time Entrepreneur at the age of 38 years.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever wished to become an entrepreneur since I knew nothing about entrepreneurship. However, one day, God changed my destiny. He had better plan for me but still making me hold on to my profession as an educator. I accepted the new direction where God wanted me to go. I truly worked with full faith in Him. Yes, it was like going to a battlefield untrained and unarmed. I was completely naive on how to run a business company and much more to lay my hands on importation. Yet, God granted me two companies to manage, Ionique Mineral Resources Philippines Corporation, the importer of IONIQUE CMD, and VER1REV Enterprise, the Marketer. He also provided me principled and responsible people who guided and assisted me with the technical know-hows on proper operations of the companies.
Indeed, God always blesses the worthy steward who serves his Master obediently and diligently. Recalling back after more than a decade, I was just a humble employee when I started to accomplish the God-given mission. From being a simple distributor, I am now the owner, importer and exclusive distributor in the Philippines of God’s magnificent creation—IONIQUE® Concentrated Mineral Drops. With only one product to market, He had brought me to great heights. What a wonderful God He truly is!
Today, having experienced the life of being an employee and an entrepreneur, I can humbly say that the latter took me to higher achievement despite the greater financial risks involved. Moreover, it provided me more opportunities to help a lot of people and educate them attain and maintain their health and well-being naturally. My company offers job opportunities to the unemployed. I cheerfully donate more to other causes and advocacies. And, the most important of them all, I spend more value time with our loving Lord and with my family.
At this point, as a way of giving thanks and to alleviate the physical suffering of our Kababayans, I would like to inform you that VER1REV Enterprise is giving away a #IONIQUELoveGIFT to those who are infected of COVID-19. If you want to receive a free bottle (while supply lasts) and pay for shipping, please contact our Facebook branch accounts (Ionique Minerals Naga, Ionique Minerals-Cebu, Ionique Minerals Davao, and Ionique Minerals Cubao). This is our humble way to reach out and help our country in the health and economic crisis it is facing today. It is my earnest prayer that through this simple endeavor many will appreciate the importance of good health and well-being. I also look forward to the day when most Filipinos, if not all, would adopt our concept, a new medical paradigm that utilizes only potable purified drinking water and food-grade minerals to correct their physical maladies. These two essential nutrients will help maintain a disease- and ailment-free society.
Finally, I learned that when God calls you to work for His greatness, He provides all the provisions you need to pursue His call. What you need to succeed is undoubting faith and a confident “Yes, I will!” to the calling.
Only God can turn… A Mess into a Message, A Test into a Testimony,
A Trial into a Triumph, A Victim into a Victory.
God is good… all the time!