Saturday, February 28, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The video clips here (part 1) and here (part 2) are excepts from the 1997 documentary Batas Militar, which I think is the best Filipino documentary ever produced (I'm so glad I have a copy of it). The clips show how who Ninoy is and how his death sparked the revolution against the Marcos regime.
...I remember getting on a plane and coming up to Boston to see our first grandson when he was born, back in 1981. A man got up in the aisle of the plane and was all excited to see me. He said, “Chuck Colson!” He was blocking the people coming behind me, so I finally got him into his seat. He was talking so fast that I couldn’t understand him. To make a long story short, he introduced himself as Benigno Aquino.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Rick reminds us that God will provide our needs, not a stimulus bill or in Filipino context, not more money, economic prosperity, a job, low gas prices or winning a multi-million peso lottery.
Here are my favorite sermon quotes that all Filipinos can also learn from:
Whatever your need is – physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, whether it is the need in your body, in your mind, or a need in your soul or a need in your spirit – God says ‘I will take care of that need if you will depend on me.
There’s nothing I need that God can’t supply... It means that as a child of God, as a follower of Christ I should never, and you should never, have a scarcity mentality.
What is the scarcity mentality? Scarcity mentality says, ‘I’m afraid there isn’t enough. There isn’t enough to go around. So I’m going to panic, I’m going to worry. I’m going to get anxious, I’m going to be afraid.' There’s more than enough to go around friends.
The number one way that God tests your faith? Money.
God wants to know: Are you going to worry, or are you going to trust me? … When I meet others' needs, God takes care of mine.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
GMA calls for moral renewal
By: Tess Bedico
LEAD in the campaign to promote zero tolerance for corruption and other good deeds among government employees.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Probe of LPG ‘Shortage’ Should Start with ‘Big Four’ Firms
A supposed shortage in the supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), one of the prime commodities in the Philippines, has sent some quarters pushing for an investigation into the issue. The question, however, is the context within which the probe is to be carried out...
Top Ten Filipino Films, According to The Movement
One of the best and informative Filipino news sources online, Bulatlat.com , asked a cross-section of aktibistas in the Philippines what their top ten local films were. The poll was conducted in 2002 among 37 organizers representing people’s organizations and NGOs. Most of the films mentioned match up with many critics top lists, such as Lino Brocka , Ishmael Bernal and Mike De Leon’s martial-law era social critiques (Maynila - pictured above, Himala , Sister Stella L ). But it’s interesting, but not surprising, to note how high Orapronobis (Brocka, 1988) - Brocka’s most overtly political film (and which has been banned from screening in the Philippines) - is ranked.
26 Percent Growth of Outsourcing in The Philippines
Sound like good news but I still keep my fingers crossed. This was about the announcement or declaration made by the head of the country’s Business Processing Association, Oscar Sanez. He declared that there was a 26 percent growth compared to 2007 and the companies in this country earned 6.06 Billion dollars in 2008. Also, officials and industry leaders anticipates the continuous growth due to the global financial crisis because foreign companies are seeking ways to cut expenses by hiring cheaper labor like in the Philippines.
Bb. Pilipinas 2009 Notables
Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated (BPCI), a non-stock, non-profit organization founded by its chair, Stella Márquez de Araneta, and the organizer of the Philippines most prestigious beauty pageant and the Philippine franchisee of the three most prestigious beauty title in the whole universe, namely, the Miss Universe Pageant, Miss World and Miss International, has concluded its grueling search for who will make it to their initial screenings.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Fox 5 anchor Laura Evans met her husband, Mike Manatos, at the 2002 Make-a-Wish Foundation triathlon. A year later, they were married. Evans told the Washington Times that she recommends doing charity work as a means to romance because "you can meet like-minded people, have meaningful conversations, and it's not over a beer."
Too many singles, especially here in the city, spend their weekends clubbing, many hoping to meet someone. Dating coach Jess McCann says that's half the problem with meeting people at bars: "You don't know what to say." How do you strike up a conversation with a complete stranger, and how -- even more difficult -- do you luck-out on introducing yourself to someone who actually has the same calling and passions?
It's time for young people of this generation to step out of the traditional dating box and find their purpose in a world that desperately needs their helping hands.
A word to the wise on getting involved: Pick a way to get involved that you are actually passionate about. Cathy Alter, author of Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over, reminds her readers, "If you are doing things that are charitable...you will attract people into your life with the same values. The most important thing is to do things you like to do. Don't do things because you think you will attract a man."
So if you are, or you know someone who is, looking for love -- and I know most of us know somebody -- please encourage them to start living their lives out for a cause, and wait to see God open doors to friendships and relationships that will not only change their lives, but the communities around them.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Pardon is granted to a convict who has admitted his crime, shown remorse and appears to be fully rehabilitated and ready to become a responsible citizen. In the case of the soldiers convicted of assassinating Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and then finishing off Rolando Galman, all continue to maintain their innocence and pointing to Galman as Aquino’s assassin — the same story given to the nation by the Marcos dictatorship. In the absence of an admission of guilt, there is also no remorse.
The slain senator’s heirs, led by former President Corazon Aquino, believe two crimes were committed on Sept. 21, 1983: the murders of two men, and the cover-up that followed. Both crimes remain unsolved, with the mastermind of the first felony still unidentified, and the second one a continuing offense, according to the family.
The views of Ninoy Aquino’s heirs are worth noting as two more of the convicts in the twin murders regained their freedom. Last week Felizardo Taran Jr. and Rolando de Guzman walked out of the New Bilibid Prisons after President Arroyo commuted their sentence. Their release followed that of M/Sgt. Pablo Martinez in November 2007. The releases have raised the hopes for freedom of the 10 more soldiers serving double life terms for the Aquino-Galman murders.
Taran and De Guzman are reportedly ailing and were freed for humanitarian reasons. Ninoy Aquino’s son and namesake, who is now a senator, countered that if the release was on humanitarian grounds, then a convict serving time for stealing a coconut should have been freed first. Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III pointed out that none of those convicted of assassinating his father and Galman has admitted guilt, shown remorse or apologized for their crime.
The absence of those factors in a presidential decision to free convicts is not new. President Arroyo also pardoned her predecessor, Joseph Estrada, as soon as he was convicted of plunder, ensuring that he would never set foot in a prison cell, even if to this day he maintains his innocence.
Unless otherwise stipulated in the sentence, convicts are entitled to presidential clemency and credits for good behavior while in prison. They can be freed any time after they have served their minimum sentence. But the sentiments of the heirs of Ninoy Aquino about this crime cannot be ignored. As far as they are concerned, justice in this case has not been served.
(Source: The Philippines Star, February 11, 2009)
Monday, February 9, 2009
Kailangan mas maging demanding tayo sa ating mga lawmakers to make tighter limits on gambling and be tougher to those who promote and abuse illegal gambling.
More importantly, we should also oppose gambling because it encourages people to substitute faith in God’s provision with the illusion that trusting in luck is the surest route to wealth and happiness.
(image from The Philippine Star)
Friday, February 6, 2009
Filipino Voices blog posted some good thought provoking questions about the 2010 presidential elections that will serve as a good reminder for us to examine all aspiring candidates for experience, truthfulness and integrity. Will anyone tell me who should lead this country next so that any form of corruption can - no longer rear its ugly head?
Some good news from Good News Pilipinas about Filipino ingenuity and the transformation of former landfill Payatas, Quezon City: A Philippine social enterprise won the Grand Prize in the international leg of the Business in Development Challenge, an online business plan competition, presented in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Rags2Riches, whose bags are produced by women from Payatas, stole the spotlight from 32 other entries, no less than the best and the brightest after a series of rigorous elimination rounds done in nine BiD satellite countries worldwide.
Just when we thought we've seen the last Rocky movie, here goes a new tsismis of Rocky 7 on the planning table. It will of course feature grandpa Sylvester Stallone and no other than our very own Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquioa. Click here for a blog post on it and share your joy or dismay.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
One thing I don’t like living overseas is my limited access to books written and published by Filipino authors. Especially now that Christian book publishing by Filipinos has grown a lot since I left the Philippines many years ago. How I wish I can easily drive to a National Bookstore or Power Books and browse new titles from our very own authors. That’s why I am happy to see this list (thanks Kevin!) of the best selling Christian books of 2008 by CSM publishing. This is a good way to support our authors. Aside from purchasing their books we can help by spreading the word about their published work. I haven’t read any of the books on the list, but from the information I got from the website, one or two on the list interest me. Please just check the website for the description of each book I have no time write them all down:
Top 10 Best Sellers by CSM Publishing:
#1 A 2 Z Creative Teaching Methods, by Lizette Knight and Sonia Silbor
#2 Till Debt Do Us Part, by Chinkee Tan
#3 Called To Excel, by Rex Resurreccion
#4 Yes! I’m a Pastor’s Wife 2nd Edition, by Leah Marasigan Darwin
#5 Basta Lovelife, by Kevin Sanders
#6 Asian Adventure, by Various Authors
#7 Young Women on the Journey, by Various Authors
#8 Walking On: The Best of Women on the Journey, by Various Authors
#9 True Love Waits Student’s Workbook, by Various Authors
#10 A New Breed: Call for a New Generation of Pastoral Leaders by Philip Flores
By the way, if you have any book recommendation by local authors (Christian or non-Christian) or if you know other sources of Filipino books or local publishers that I can browse online, please let me know. I'll share my book recommendations next time.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Here’s a clip of Journey’s performance during last Sunday’s Super Bowl pre-game show. For those who aren’t aware the Super Bowl is America’s football championship game and considered the biggest TV event of the year, drawing millions of American glued to their TV screens – parang PBA championship o laban ni Pacquiao sa Pilipinas. Our very own Arnel Pineda did an excellent job in showing off his talent; once again proving Filipinos are gifted musicians and can achieve anything. What a good inspiration to Filipinos.
Journey happens to be one of my favorite karaoke tunes, but the tune seem not to like me or my vocal capacity... more practice na lang muna.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Ang tanong ay ito: Paano mo malalaman kung ano ang totoo?
Sa Genesis 2, nasasalaysay ang ginawang pagsuway ni Eba’t Adan sa kaisa-isang utos ng Diyos. Sinabi ng Diyos kay Adan na puwede siyang kumain ng bunga ng kahit anumang puno sa Hardin ng Eden maliban sa puno ng kaalamanan ng mabuti at masama. Binalaan siya ng Diyos na kung siya ay kakain ng bunga nito, siya ay tiyak na mamamatay. Ang sinabing ito ng Diyos ay pinabulaanan ng ahas sa hardin. Sinabi ng ahas kay Eba na hindi siya mamamatay maski kumain siya noong prutas na iyon.
Ang totoo ay yaong sang-ayon sa salita ng Diyos. Ang kasinungalingan naman ay ang kontra sa Kanyang salita tulad nang pagsasalungat na ginawa ng diablo. Sinabi ni Cristo sa Juan 8:44 na ang diablo ang ama ng kasinungalingan. Namatay nga si Eba’t Adan nang sila ay kumain ng bunga ng puno ng kaalaman ng mabuti at masama. Tinamo nila agad-agad ang kamatayang espirituwal (ang paghihiwalay ng Espiritu ng Diyos sa tao) at namatay din ang kanilang katawang lupa matapos ang maraming taon.
Minsan napag-usapan sa aming klase ang tungkol sa pagbabayad ng buwis. Noong mga panahong iyon, ang tawag sa BIR ay Bigay Ikaw Regalo. Balita ang pagiging corrupt ng maraming tax examiners. Balita rin na ang mga yumayaman sa lagay ay malaking magbigay sa simbahan. Naniniwala kasi sila na nababayaran ang kanilang mga kasalanang kapag sila ay nagbibigay sa simbahan o namumudmod sa mga mahihirap. Ang pagyaman sa ganitong iligal na paraan ay naging bahagi na ng kulturang Pinoy. Tinatawag natin ngayon ang nakapag-amas ng ill-gotten wealth na “ma-abilidad.” At ang ating maling katuwiran ay, “Eh, bakit pa tayo nasa puwesto?”
Sa Exodo 23:8, pinag-utos ng Diyos sa Kanyang bayan ang ganito: "Huwag kayong tatanggap ng lagay, sapagkat ang lagay ay nambubulag at nagbabaliko ng salita ng katarungan.” Sinasabi naman sa Proverbs 17:23 na, “Ang isang masamang tao ay tumatanggap ng lagay sa ilalim ng mesa upang patirin ang takbo ng katarungan.” (sulat ni Conrado Tolosa, Lambat - posted with permission)