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The Online Romance of Brad and Angelina: Part 2

As a backgrounder, Angelina and I met in one of social networking sites for some small business engagement. She wanted to re-brand an existing small business (cafe cum fast food business (e.g. pastries, bread, burgers and pizza) in Perth, Australia, employing a shift in its current marketing and advertising strategies. She used to be the operations manager in the said cafe and was asked by the owner to conduct a review on the good and bad (strengths and weaknesses) side of the business. Because of her experience in public relations and events management in the Philippines and with a “doer” … Continue reading The Online Romance of Brad and Angelina: Part 2

A Tribute to my Mother-in-law on her 91st Birthday

I’ve known my mom-in-law for 2 decades but because of the distance from our place to theirs, we don’t have that much enough interaction unlike those of other perfect bonding relationships between a mother and a daughter-in-law. Likewise, we have been away for a long time (living abroad) and by the time we came back, Nanay was not that active anymore. She refrained from traveling and joining family-related celebrations especially if outside their domain. Despite not being able to visit her and Tatay more frequently, I gradually came to know about her, her likes (e.g. green is her favorite color) … Continue reading A Tribute to my Mother-in-law on her 91st Birthday

She Beats Covid-19 Virus Despite Underlying Health Conditions: How? (Part 2)

Going back to my sizzy’s Covid-19 encounter, it can be gleaned that the strategy her family adopted contributed significantly to her swift recovery. (See Part 1 of this article for info) Basically, her children utilized a comprehensive/holistic approach encompassing every available remedy (a mix of medical, natural and spiritual way of healing) to completely remove the virus from her system, but at the same time they also took into account their own health, preventive measures, work skeds and resting time to boost their respective immune systems, as follows: 1.Consultation via telephone calls and email messages with friends who are physicians … Continue reading She Beats Covid-19 Virus Despite Underlying Health Conditions: How? (Part 2)

She Beats Covid-19 Virus: How?

Few days before my “sizzy” (our newly coined term for sister-like friend) was stricken by Coronavirus19 (Covid19), she posted on her social media page expressing on how desolate their neighborhood looked like. As she described it, the once busy place (with the Macy’s Department Store, Marshalls, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. adjacent to their place) became “ghastly” and was emptied out with no people braving the streets. At that time, mid-March, the Queens area was the epicenter of Covid19 in NYC from where majority of infected patients emanated. Many Filipino-Americans in Queens have already been afflicted with the disease, majority … Continue reading She Beats Covid-19 Virus: How?

The Wind Beneath the Priests’ Wings: A Tribute (In Memoriam)

Did someone ever tell you you’re the “wind beneath my wings”? Said expression which happens to be the title of a popular song released in the late ’80s by Bette Midler appears a catchall of wide variety of situations. Going over the lyrics of the song made me realize that in the toughest time of anyone’s life, there is always someone who will help, care, encourage, challenge, motivate and inspire one to do better and to reach one’s goal. They are the people we have crossed paths with, someone special who had served as inspiration, a guide, a support or … Continue reading The Wind Beneath the Priests’ Wings: A Tribute (In Memoriam)

Reinventing the Church for the “New Normal”: Effect of Covid19 Pandemic

It’s been about 150 days that the world has been beset by negative effects of Covid19 pandemic (more than 500,000 deaths, a quarter of which comes from the United States) on our day-to-day activities: on health, economic, social, spiritual, financial, and psychological aspects of our lives. This pandemic basically shut the doors of places/activities that we have been frequently going to and comfortable with, to wit: shopping malls, beauty salons and spa, schools and universities, sports facilities, travels and tours, family and mass gatherings including going to Church and holding of/attending Holy Masses and other faith-related activities. Due to this … Continue reading Reinventing the Church for the “New Normal”: Effect of Covid19 Pandemic

The Journey That Started It All: A Leap of Faith!

It was a sunny yet cool December day when the consul of the Pakistan Embassy gave me back my passport with the visa stamped on it after a brief course orientation and an overview about Pakistan. The said official travel authorization  was for a  3-month course on Central Banking sponsored by the country’s central bank, known as the State Bank of Pakistan. Despite the aggressive campaign from my close office peers for me not to proceed and wait for a much better opportunity, perhaps an Ivy League graduate school program in a developed country like the United States, I still … Continue reading The Journey That Started It All: A Leap of Faith!

Be Good Soils: The Challenge of the Sower

When I opened the Bible (which I seldom do as most of the time the web is more accessible) to check on Gospel readings for July, it surprisingly opened to where Chapter 13 of St. Matthew is inscribed, the Parable of the Sower! While this Parable may be one of the well known Bible stories, I am just not so keen about it. I don’t know why it happened that the said page was the first to open up but I felt there was a purpose, probably it was a challenge posed to me by our Lord on how I … Continue reading Be Good Soils: The Challenge of the Sower

Seeing God’s Face In Our Neighbors – Don’t Be Judgmental!

Who among us have seen the face of God, I mean His real face? For sure, none of us have seen God in person. But still, we believe and glorify Him through prayers, we talk to Him about anything, we think of Him, and at times we can even see His image in our dreams. We’ve read about God through the Scriptures and we’ve likewise seen His image through the writings of religious scholars and artists describing Him in many forms. But regardless of culture and religion, people see God in their own ways. Our belief in God (His being … Continue reading Seeing God’s Face In Our Neighbors – Don’t Be Judgmental!

Supreme Court Makes History – Swears In New Batch of Lawyers Online

Today, June 26, 2020, the Philippines Supreme Court conducted a virtual oath -taking of 2,013 new Lawyers, representing roughly 27% of the total (7,685) Bar Examinees for 2019. The said mode of oath taking was adopted to keep everyone safe and prevent the potential spread of Covid19 virus. The presentation of the new lawyers which was live streamed on YouTube and broadcast nationwide on TV, and as shown on screens of lap tops, ipads, smart phones and other tech gadgets, was quite unique and amazing – it was the first time ever to have that kind of swearing in of … Continue reading Supreme Court Makes History – Swears In New Batch of Lawyers Online