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With a bit of luck, some geomancy and lots of prayers

January 21, 2010

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Written by Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo / Something Like Life
/ http://stella-arnaldo.blogspot.com
Thursday, 21 January 2010 15:53

THERE was a time in Marites Allen’s life when she didn’t feel on top of the world like she does now.

“I got married early, and had three small children back in Cebu, then my marriage fell apart. I also lost my mother in a tragic accident. I didn’t understand why all these things happened.” At that time, she was working for AusAid, the Australian government’s overseas assistance program, and some of Marites’s bosses were into feng shui, or the science of geomancy. It was explained to her that she was married to the wrong guy and that her house had “bad feng shui”. Eventually, she moved to Manila to start her life anew.

While she continued her work for AusAid, her marriage to her first husband was annulled. Having changed certain aspects in her life and her abode, “I was able to activate my love life. There were many of them [suitors], but it took careful selection and careful assessment [of our signs]. There was this one guy, however, who was persistent and had very sincere intentions, who didn’t care if I had one or 50 kids! He said, ‘I’ll still marry you.’”

So Marites married her guy, an Englishman whose name she declines to reveal, “because he is very private,” and also had a child with him. “So I am proof that feng shui really works!” she squeals in joy.

It was almost by accident that Marites eventually found herself from just dabbling in feng shui to actually pursuing it to become a professional practitioner.

“It’s always been my ambition to meet the authors of the feng shui books I read. Sometime in the late-’90s, my husband and I were on a holiday in Hawaii with our three-month-old baby. We were looking at some feng shui trinkets that I wanted to buy—as if I couldn’t buy them in the Philippines,” she laughingly recalls. “Then I heard a loud jolly voice behind me and when I turned around, it was Lillian Too [master feng shui practitioner and a prolific author of books on feng shui]!”

Marites and Lillian eventually became good friends and under the latter’s guidance, she began her feng-shui studies. “We’re so lucky in this generation that we have the opportunity to get mentorship [from actual practitioners].”

Marites’s mastery of feng shui came after years of training and mentorship from various other masters in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and China, as well as memberships in professional feng-shui societies worldwide.

She is highly skilled in different schools of feng-shui, including the Eight Aspirations Theory, Eight Mansions, Flying Star Astrology, Four Pillars of Destiny and Auspicious Date Selection.

She says she set up the World of Feng Shui (WOFS) at The Podium in Ortigas Center in 2004 “just as a hobby.” She describes it was her “baby,” not really like it is now, when it’s actually become a business. (WOFS is a chain of boutiques founded by Lillian and franchised by Marites, who is president of WOFS Philippines. There are many WOFS branches all over the world.) The boutiques can now be found at The Serendra, The Block in SM North Edsa, Glorietta 4, Makati, SM Mall of Asia and in Metro Cebu.

“I’m so amazed with how the public has responded to it. Like following the recent Typhoon Ondoy, people were so depressed, and I suppose they needed some bit of good luck [and so they came to me or to the store].”

She has become a virtual household name, making frequent appearances on TV and radio, and is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines. She is also the official content developer of the daily astrology forecasts for the subscribers of a telecommunications company.

This Saturday, January 23, Marites will be holding the 5th Philippine Feng Shui Convention at the Center Stage of the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, and on February 6 in Cebu City.

Aptly themed “Feng Shui Spectacular 2010: Riding the Golden Tiger,” the convention will also be graced by well-known TV personalities and performers providing special numbers. “The event promises to be another insightful and entertaining experience for the entire family,” Marites says enthusiastically.

At the convention, she will be sharing valuable feng-shui information that one needs to prosper in the Year of the Tiger, which officially begins on February 14. Despite some challenges expected during the year, Marites says, “we can be in control of our future by using our inborn talents and resources, by being aware of what lies ahead and knowing how to harness the natural energies that surround us.”

Feng-shui readings, she explains, help us “be aware” of what lies ahead, so we can change certain aspects of our life to counter any impending misfortune.

But Marites is the first to admit that we can’t be lucky all the time. “Every five to 10 years, your luck changes.” And there are some things, like fate, that can’t be changed by feng shui. She cites the passing of former President Corazon Aquino, whose path chee chart Marites has analyzed. “Her body was too wracked by disease,” she says, that even using feng-shui charms, for example, or rearranging furniture could not have prevented her passing.

She adds that when the former President died, “it was on August 1, the day of the Tiger, and she is a Monkey [1933]. It was a conflict day. Her time of death was 3:18 am, and between the hours of 3 and 5 am is the Tiger hour. So it was also in conflict with her sign.” On her web site, Marites says that August 1 was one of those “inauspicious” dates she highlighted in the former President’s chart.

She also explains that there are three types of luck. There’s “heaven’s luck”, where some people are already born good-looking or rich, making them 30-percent luckier than most. There is also “mankind luck”, where your actions or decisions produce either positive or negative results. For example, if you are lazy, how will you earn money to put food on the table? Then there is “earth luck”, which feng shui addresses and enhances. Through feng shui, one can arrange one’s house, for instance, to let the good energy, or chi flow, thus boosting one’s prospects in certain areas of one’s life.

But being a Catholic, Marites believes all that so-called luck won’t mean a thing if we don’t pray. “Using charms are important. Knowing the lucky directions is also important. But everything comes from Him,” she stresses, and prayers go hand in hand with enhancing one’s luck. In the same manner, prayers won’t result in anything positive if you don’t do anything to improve your life.

Episode 12 - Marites Allen and the Eight Aspirations
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Episode 11 - Marites Allen talks about being pretty
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Episode 10 - Marites Allen explores luck and scents
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Episode 9 - Marites Allen tours London and Iceland
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Episode 8 - Teresita Ang-See Sits down with Marites Allen
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Episode 7 - Businessman Samie Lim joins Marites Allen
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Episode 6 - Tim Yap on Fun Feng Shui moments on Marites Allen
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Episode 5 - Rita shows her heart on Marites Allen
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Episode 4 - Take a Peek of Gloria’s home with Marites
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Episode 3 - Tessa and Her Lucky Side on Marites Allen
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Episode 2 - The Annual Star Chart Revealed
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Episode 1 - Marites Allen Is on Air!
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Episode 13 - Ruffa on Marites Allen
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