Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Here's an interesting commentary on Twilight which is worth thinking and are good talking points when discussing the film to friends and families:
If we had found a book or a movie that really offered a healthy, chaste, chivalrous vision of romance that was attracting teenagers by the millions, well, that would indeed be cause for rejoicing. And I’d be as eager as anyone to climb on the bandwagon and help promote them. But unfortunately, I can’t do that this time. Because underneath the surface, there are some truly disturbing themes and ideas in Twilight. Chief among these is that old, dangerous idea that a “bad boy” can easily be won and tamed by a “good girl”—an idea that has brought heartache to untold millions of good girls. As a Christian, I obviously believe that redemption and change is possible for sinners. But I also know that human beings alone cannot change each other. So when you’re talking to your daughter about Twilight, here are a few points you might touch on. It is not romantic, or safe, when a boy spies on you, follows you, and sneaks into your room without your knowledge (and especially without your parents’ knowledge). It is not romantic, or safe, when someone tells you he’s dangerous and he’s killed people, to give answers like, “It doesn’t matter,” and, “I’m not afraid..." It is not romantic, or safe, to try to see how close you and your boyfriend can get to the edge of danger without going over. And it is not romantic, or safe, to offer yourself up for a boy to do whatever he wants to you—symbolized in the movie by the young heroine asking the vampire to bite her so she can become like him. (Colson, BreakPoint.org, 11/26/08)
(image @ twilightthemovie.com)
Friday, December 26, 2008
Inaabangan ko ngayon ang mga Juana Change videos (clips not appropriate for children- watch at your own risk). Sabi ko nga sa blog ni Tonyo Cruz, naaalala ko lagi yung "Sic 'O Clock News" nung '80s. High quality at intelligent talaga ang show na yun. Dito ko naappreciate ang role ng media at maging interesado sa current events. Dito ko rin nakilala sila Jaime Fabregas (ang pinakamagaling na Padre Damaso), Ces Quesada (nanghinayang ako ng mawala sya sa Eat Bulaga), Manny Castaneda (straight ba yung role nya sa Oro Plata Mata?), etc. Yung nasa UP din ako, madami din akong napanood na magagaling the comedy stage shows, mga political satires na pinagiisip din ng malalim ang audience habang nagbibigay ng saya.
Gifted ang mga Pinoy sa humor. Masayahin tayong lahat. Kahit mabigat ang problema, nakukuha pa ring nating tumawa. Naalala ko tuloy yung mga news footage sa TV ng mga Pilipinong nasasalanta ng bagyo, paminsan minsan may makikita kang kumakaway at ngumungiti sa camera. Eto nga yung namimiss ko pag kasama ko yung mga foreigner friends ko, yung abilidad ng Pilipino na magpagaan ng mga mabibigay na sitwasyon. Yung bungisngisan at hiyawan sa pagpapatawa.
May nabasa akong commentary na ang sabi si Jesus may comedic timing din. He used wit and humor to make his point as he did when he mentioned the camel going through the eye of a needle. Siguro very charismatic, ma-PR at may sense of humor din si Jesus kaya drawn ang maraming tao sa kanya. Malamang very animated din sya sa mga sermons kasi wala pang audio visual equipments nung unang panahon. Mahirap din ang buhay ni Jesus nung naging tao siya lalo na siguro't alam niya na itatakwil at papatayin sya. Pero sa lahat ng ito, nakuha pa niyang tumawa at magpatawa. Bakit? Dahil alam niya na pansamantala lang ang kanyang paghihirap - because He knew His suffering on earth will not last and eternal joy awaits for Him. Ganito din tayong lahat na tunay na Kristiano, pareho din ang hahantungan o kasasapitan, yun lang rason nang magsaya - we have the same fate at Jesus Christ and that's something to smile about.
Happy talaga ang New Year!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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Friday, December 19, 2008
One major news this week was the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes to outgoing US President George W. Bush. According to Iraqi culture throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt. The Philippines relation to the US is also interesting but I don't think its comparable to what is going on in Iraq. The US colonized the Philippines in the early 1900s, fought alongside Filipinos during World War II, backed the Philippines against the Marcos regime and held their military and intelligence base in the country for many years until its ban in 1992. Today, about 30,000-50,000 US troops are stationed in the Philippines under the Balikatan joint war exercises. My personal reaction to the shoe throwing incident is posted on the blog of Filipino journalist Tony O. Cruz who also posted the story and video:
Ang bilis naman nilang makalimot. Sign of contempt? The journalist should also look at things from a different perspective. The shoe throwing incident is a clear sign that freedom of expression and freedom of the press is back in Iraq. I would think these journalists will not dare do such a stunt under Saddam’s regime. Hope they wont forget that George Bush and the US military helped get their freedom back after years of dictatorship from Saddam.
If you think about it, the incident can also reflect our relationship to Christ or how we treat Him. Christ liberated us from the eternal bondage of sin, and what do we do in return? We choose to give our lives back to Him. However, you and I are guilty of throwing a metaphoric "shoe" at Him once in a while. When we rely more on our self will than His, fail to acknowledge His greatness and we deny His full authority and sovereignty over every aspect of our lives.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
"Rice" is the staple food of Filipinos and it represents the daily conversations over the dinner table on issue such as relationship, politics, faith, showbiz, etc. “Living Rice” is the everyday discussion on the different aspects of Filipino life from a Christian worldview perspective or the viewpoint of the living word of Christ.
Welcome to "Living Rice", where Christ's life meets Pinoy's life.