Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
our sufferings that he endured,
while we thought of him as stricken,
as one smitten by God and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our offenses,
crushed for our sins;
upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole,
by his stripes we were healed.
We had all gone astray like sheep,
each following his own way;
but the LORD laid upon him
the guilt of us all.
Though he was harshly treated, he submitted
and opened not his mouth;
like a lamb led to the slaughter
or a sheep before the shearers,
he was silent and opened not his mouth.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? (John 13:12)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
CD Asia, the organizers of the successful MCLE in LV, are proud to announce an even more exciting MCLE in New Jersey! This is open to all US- and Canada- based Filipino lawyers who want to retain their good standing in the Philippine Bar. Professors from the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University will be giving the lectures.
Monday, March 17, 2008
1. Common Poster Area. Chairman Bayani Fernando of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) measures off the 200 meter-length from the tarpaulin posted on a Comelec-designated common poster area (CPA) in every barangay in the metropolis where candidates are only allowed to plaster their campaign posters and other election paraphernalia. The Comelec has deputized the MMDA to tear down all misplaced election paraphernalia posted outside the authorized CPA, document them as evidence against errant candidates who face disqualification from running in the May 14 elections for violation of the Fair Elections Act and arrest persons caught in “flagrante delicto.”
2. Bawal Ito. MMDA workers on board a manlifter truck (insert) inscribe "Bawal Ito" red paint on a giant hamburger billboard on Katipunan Ave., near Miriam College Q.C. which, the MMDA says, violates government regulations prohibiting installation of outdoor signs that were put up over or across and along public thoroughfares, whether it be a national or secodary road. The MMDA later tore down this billboard because of the imminent danger it poses to the lives of pedestrians and motorists.
I do not know who declared EDSA as a poster area. The presidential elections are a good two years away. Yet, we could see huge posters of MMDA Chair Bayani Fernando all over EDSA, obviously a campaign pitch, with a no-nonsense "Men-In-Black" look.
Sir, bawal po iyan. That was an ill-advised move on your part. Please remove those posters as they are an eyesore and are clearly inappropriate. Metro Manila, especially EDSA, the longest, most famous road in the country, is not yours. You are only governing it on behalf of the people. Using your position to advance your political ambitions, no matter how popular the practice is in this country, remains to be outrightly and blatantly wrong.
Please remove those posters before somebody spray paints them with the words "Bawal Ito". If that happens, you didn't read about it first on this blog.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Ever since I could remember, I've always loved gadgets. I've used a Texas Instruments electronic diary, a Palm m100, a Palm IIIxe, then rested from PDAs when I became a full-time volunteer mission worker from 2005-2007 (read: no budget to update my Palm).
My first cellphone was an Alcatel in 1998, when Globe texting was Unlimited by default, and I was the first few in our class to discover the pleasures of SMS. When I first touched a Nokia 6150, however, I was hooked to Nokia. I upgraded to a second-hand 6210, then bought My Precious 6600. Last year, God answered my prayer when Globe gave me an E65 (a verry smartphone), and Smart gave our office a 6300. Nowadays, I sync both phones with my computer - calendar, contacts, photos, and videos. I could spend hours doing just that.
I'm not as adventurous with digital cameras, mainly because they're expensive and I don't take great pictures anyway (Anyone who has viewed my photos in this blog could attest to that). My family got a cheap one a few years ago at SM Department Store, and then my sister sent me a keychain-sized digicam that I was only able to use once. Then, the same sister gave me her old Kodak EasyShare camera, and a couple of years ago my Ninang from the US (yes, once a godmother, always a godmother), gave me an Olympus digicam, which I still use up to this day. It doesn't work well at night, but outdoors and during daytime, it gives me bright and sunny pictures.
I started my love affair with the personal computer in high school, when our family had an XT computer, the one with the green monitor and 5 1/4 floppy disks. I used to share it with my five siblings, all of whom had reports and papers to make. In Fourth Year, I was not the star computer programmer, but I was the resident class program troubleshooter. I could not design my own program but I could check other people's work and make them run. I was called the "Whiz Kid" after that geeky TV show that I loved to watch, but I felt the title was undeserved.
Since 1987, therefore, I've had to share a computer with my family. Even when our monitor and printer became colored. Especially when the Internet and e-mailing was introduced in our household. I only enjoyed my own computer when I started working. Still, the computers belonged to the office, and not to me. I've tried all sorts of laptops and desktops, all running on Windows.
This is how "Papuri sa Diyos" should be sung. Majestic. With a full choir. And people dancing as a form of body worship.
It felt like Easter already.
“DAKILANG PAG-IBIG ALAY KAY FR. HONTI” featured performances by Pansol Choir, Canto Cinco, Tinig Barangka, Himig Heswita, Barangka Choir, Tañong Choir, Bukas Palad, Hangad, Hontiveros Family, Musica Chiesa, and the UP Filipiniana Dance Group.
I'd like to thank especially Sr Susay Valdez for her inspiring solo, and Fr. Jboy for his inspired direction of the concert.
I've never met Fr. Honti but I grew up with his music. May more men and women follow his footsteps in creating Original Pilipino Liturgical Music.
I caught the second night of "Dakilang Pag-ibig: A Tribute to Fr. Honti" at the Church of the Gesu, Ateneo de Manila University, presented by the Jesuit Music Ministry and Jesuit Communications. I was happy to see Bukas Palad, Sr. Susay Valdez, rc, Oggie Benipayo, Himig Heswita, and other JMM artists singing the songs written by the Father of Philippine Liturgical Music, Fr. Eddie Hontiveros, SJ.
The hosts were Bishop Chito Tagle, DD, STD and Rizza Hontiveros-Baraquiel. Too bad Sr. Bubbles Bandojo, rc and Hangad were not there tonight, so they just had an instrumental version of "Ang Puso Ko'y Nagpupuri". The concert was directed by Fr. Jboy Gonzales, SJ.
One of the most touching songs by Fr. Honti is "Hesus Na Aking Kapatid". In the "Far Greater Love" album, Fr. Arnel Aquino, SJ re-arranged the song to include a female counterpoint. It made the song even better for me.
For this Holy Week, I will be listening to and playing Fr. Honti's songs. They are in Tagalog, which makes them more powerful and beautiful.
Hesus Na Aking Kapatid
Lyrics and Music: Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros, SJ
Arrangement: Fr. Arnel Aquino, SJ
Sung by Veepee Pinpin and Maan Villanueva
Far Greater Love Album
Hesus na aking kapatid
sa lupa nami'y bumalik
Iyong mukha'y ibang-iba
hindi kita nakikilala
*Tulutan mo aking mata,
mamulat sa katotohanan
Ikaw Poon makikilala sa
Hesus na aking kapatid
putikin man ang Iyong sapin
Punit-punit ang Iyong damit
Nawa Ika'y mapasa-akin*
Hesus na aking kapatid
Sa bukid ka nagtatanim,
o sa palengke rin naman
Ikaw ay naghahanap-buhay
Tulutan mo aking mata,
mamulat sa katotohanan
Ikaw Poon makikilala
Ikaw Poon makikilala
Ikaw Poon makikilala
sa taong mapagkumbaba
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
nada te espante,
todo se pasa;
Dios no se muda.
todo lo alcanza;
Quien a Dios tiene,
nada le falta;
Solo Dios basta.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
First, we met with our Cebu team. Then I attended a debate between UP Law and Ateneo law at University of San Carlos, where Lex Libris Student Edition was a sponsor.
Yes that's me, proudly holding one of the products I wish I had when I was in law school, for all law students to see. During the debate, Ateneo won, and they're the ones who will compete internationally. CD Asia was so proud to have been part of this first ever project of USC for Jessup.
Since Lingkod had a branch wherever CD Asia was, the brothers and sisters from Lingkod-Cebu invited Edith and I to attend a birthday celebration at the Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa. James, the Branch Leader of Cebu, treated us to a genuine Cebuano dinner - meaning lechon was served. Then we sang videoke until dawn. I was happy to garner the highest score for the night - 95, and we didn't set it on the Amateur level. The Lingkod Cebu brothers and sisters were a delight to be with. It was like attending a standup comedy concert. We got home late but it was a fellowship well worth our time.
Next, Edith and I flew to Davao, where we were welcomed by the Lingkod leaders with fellowships left and right. They made sure we found pleasure amidst our business trip. They even took us to a quick breakfast over at Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort, dinner at Gardenia restaurant (beside a lake), coffee at Bigby's, and a stroll at the People's Park, where we had fun with the swing.
We didn't expect to be blessed so much for that trip. Thanks to Lingkod-Cebu especially James, Darwin, Eji, Corleone, and Ernie, and to Lingkod-Davao and HTC especially Michelle, Dennis, Arnold, Glen and Nelda.
That was some business with pleasure. Till our next (CD Asia and Lingkod) branch visit!
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Recently I've felt like that little girl again before my heavenly Father. I asked Him permission to "step outside", play a bit, and discover new secrets that the great world out there had to offer. Out of His love, and knowing I had to learn my lessons well, He allowed me to play outside the box I had built over the years in my spiritual journey.
I could feel Him watching me, guiding me, and telling me gently when I've crossed some lines. I could see dangerous forests and beguiling creatures for what they were after initially appearing to be attractive and interesting. I've got some cuts and bruises from my explorations, but nothing major. Yet.
A couple of weeks ago I went to confession. I talked to an unfamiliar priest in the U.P. parish and poured out the sins I had accumulated since my last good confession. After listening to my litany of woes, he simply said that I was still in transition and that I had to be patient, for God Himself was patient with me.
That's it? I thought to myself. No long sermons? The penance he gave me was not what I expected, as I came that night feeling like the lost sheep from Scriptures. Maybe the priest was being too kind. However, when I returned to my seat to pray, I felt God's love washing me clean. I felt the grace of forgiveness, of welcoming, and of starting over. I was being too hard on myself, when all God wanted, like my mother by sundown, was for me to come home.
I wish I could say I didn't sin after that anymore, but I still did. I still do. But just as I clean up after every playtime under the sun, I will keep on repenting from my sins, confessing them, and amending my life. I fail more often than not, but His grace is enough for me.
Mens sana in corpore sano (a healthy mind in a healthy body) is a famous Latin quotation, often translated as "A sound mind in a sound body." It is derived from Satire X of the Roman poet Juvenal (10.356). In context, the phrase is part of the author’s answer to the question of what people should desire in life:
It is to be prayed that the mind be sound in a sound body.
Ask for a brave soul that lacks the fear of death,
which places the length of life last among nature’s blessings,
which is able to bear whatever kind of sufferings,
does not know anger, lusts for nothing and believes
the hardships and savage labors of Hercules better than
the satisfactions, feasts, and feather bed of an Eastern king.
I will reveal what you are able to give yourself;
For certain, the one footpath of a tranquil life lies through virtue.
orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
fortem posce animum mortis terrore carentem,
qui spatium uitae extremum inter munera ponat
naturae, qui ferre queat quoscumque labores,
nesciat irasci, cupiat nihil et potiores
Herculis aerumnas credat saeuosque labores
et uenere et cenis et pluma Sardanapalli.
monstro quod ipse tibi possis dare; semita certe
tranquillae per uirtutem patet unica uitae.