The Philippines is the last leg of President Barack Obama’s 4-nation, 8-day Asian Tour for 2014. Few days ago, the President has had successful bilateral talks with heads of Japan, South Korea and Malaysia. It”s the President’s first time to visit the said countries. So far, he is the 8th U.S. President to visit the Phlippines. Apart from trade, development and certain common issues (diplomatic, economic and security) for the said countries, reports indicated that the agenda could zero in on strengthening and protection of U.S. interests and influence in the said Asia-Pacific regions, a strategic move, a symbolism of … Continue reading Obama’s 4-Asian Visit: A Strategic Move For The U.S.
Since I was a child, our family normally have few statues of saints placed on our home makeshift altar, the place where members of the family gather together and pray to God and seek the intercession of the Blessed Mother , the Saints and even the Angels in heaven. Our mother would ask all of us including our father to pray with her particularly during Angelus time, that is, at 6pm evening. It was in my grade school when I got my own first small statue of a saint as a reward for a correct answer in one of our … Continue reading Double Pope Canonization: How Are Saints Helpful To Us?
Easter Sunday is one of the favorite holidays not only in the United States but in other countries as well. However, it appears that the real essence of Easter has been changed by its commercial dimension. It has been highly commercialized for sometime now instilling in us particularly the kids that Easter Sunday is about fun and fancy with candies, baskets, bunnies, jellies, plastic things and other egg hunting related activities. While interesting and fancy activities may bring joy to kids and families on Easter Sunday, we have to be reminded that its spiritual aspect (e.g. hearing mass, etc. ) … Continue reading The Resurrection of Christ: Its Impact On Us
In certain places, the celebration of Holy Week is not strictly observed unless you are situated in a predominant catholic country. If you are a Christian, a Catholic for that matter, residing in a country such as the United States where Holy Week is not considered as an important non-working official holiday, there is a need to plan ahead on how to make the Holy Week a meaningful one, especially if with working engagements to attend to. U.S. employers typically would want minimum notice for vacation leave applications, otherwise, you may end up opting for a “sick call” or not … Continue reading How Can Working People Make Their Holy Week Holy: Tips and Thoughts
November 8, 2013 was that dreadful day when certain parts of the Philippine Islands particularly the region of Eastern Visayas was ravaged by super typhoon Haiyan (also known as “Yolanda”). Thousands of people perished and millions of families have been affected, majority of them were left with nothing, no more livelihood in fact, except for few pieces picked up after the typhoon and donated by generous individuals and other organizations. It has been 5 months since, and the victims are still struggling to cope with the consequences of the deluge, with the grief and its psychological and economic impact on … Continue reading Temporary Protected Status: Just A Temporary Relief!
Remember Lance who was featured in this blog as the Wonder boy? (Check the article: “A Wonder Boy, He Truly Is”) Well, he is now in his 5th Grade and a consistent top student in class since then. He was chosen to represent their school in the recently concluded Middle Grade Regional Math Bee . Out of 15 participants from different catholic schools in NYC, Lance made it to the next round, the Diocesan Math Bee, with the other Top 5 contenders which will be held this month. Wow, what can I say! Raise the roof, Philippines! Lance, we are … Continue reading Smart Kid!!
The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight No. 370 from radar detection of Malaysia’s air traffic control on 8th March while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur is considered as the most baffling and mysterious event in the history of aviation. The plane carried 239 people (majority of whom are Chinese) on board, including the pilots and crews. One month has passed after MH370 suddenly vanished in mid-air but the Malaysian Government and other Governments who have offered help in the search have still no concrete findings and possible answers on various questions beginning with “Why, What, Who, When and … Continue reading The Final Flight of MH370:The Greatest Mystery in Aviation History
In developed metro cities like New York and Tokyo, commuters would opt to take the city’s public transportation facilities such as metro buses and the subway trains in going to schools and workplaces because of its accessibility and convenience. This is understandable as the mass transport facilities of the said places are by far excellent, responding to the needs of the public riders. This is definitely not the case in certain developing countries in Asia and Africa as public transportation is either inadequate or unsafe. In Metro Manila for instance, there are various modes of public transportation touring the metropolis, … Continue reading A Safe, Convenient and Efficient Public Transport: A Wishful Thinking?
In one of my previous CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) classes for middle school kids, I asked them to write down things they would “give up” for God during the season of Lent. Majority of the boys and girls promised the more traditional things such as giving up their ice cream and chocolate cravings, leaving their video games (with the condition that it would be during school days only for the 40-day period) and doing good things for their school and play mates and at home with their parents and siblings, among others. But what particularly struck me about was … Continue reading Living A Holy Life: A Lenten Challenge