(Feature Article) Many of us rarely get to spend quality time with our loved ones and friends due to fact that we are so preoccupied with either the more important or non-essential things in life. This is also true in certain organizations where members come from different places, seldom see each other, and with respective professions to attend to. However, there are various ways on how to get people out of their shells, apart from the regular monthly or quarterly meetings, simply to unwind, make them happy and enjoy life. For some groups, one way of getting together is to … Continue reading FDA GET-together: TIPS AND THOUGHTS ON PARTIES AND GATHERINGS!
Simbang Gabi ( literally translated in English as “Night or Evening Mass”) is famous to many Catholics worldwide, especially to Filipinos. As mentioned in previous blog posts on the subject, Simbang Gabi is also better known in other countries as “Misa de Aguinaldo”, Misa de Gallo or “Dawn Mass”. Traditionally, it is being undertaken during the Advent season of the liturgical year in preparation for the Christmas season. Simbang Gabi normally takes nine days of novena masses in the wee hours of the morning (about 4:00 a.m.) of 16th December and ends on the eve of 24th December. In the … Continue reading Simbang Gabi – A Rewarding Experience
The first day of class after the Christmas break was something to look forward to. Just like me, the kids probably had a happy excited feeling about their post Christmas and New Year pageant, particularly those who were the main cast of the presentation. Before the play date, I was quite jittery, entertaining negative thoughts about classes being cancelled due to impending snow storms, and that the play may no longer be pursued making us all frustrated. Anyway, I shunned the said negative tendencies and prepared myself for any eventualities. Come the big day, 9th of January, thank you God … Continue reading Managing Post-Christmas and New Year’s Presentation – Tips and Thoughts
For Filipino migrants in the United States, particularly in NYC’s Queens area , the enthronement of San Lorenzo Ruiz (SLR) at the Holy Child Jesus (HCJ) Church was truly a blessing! When HCJ’s Parish Administrator (Rev. Father Francis Colamaria) met with the Filipino leadership apostolate two months ago and discussed about plans for SLR’s image enthronement in the church, there was no hesitation at all from both sides!. Said plan was actually opportune and timely as the enthronement was to be undertaken within the centennial celebration period of HCJ, which made it more signficant. The installation of SLR’s 4-ft. image at HCJ may … Continue reading San Lorenzo Ruiz Enthronement – A Significant Event
Back in my home country, I hardly experience the so-called “line dancing” perhaps due to the nature of my previous work and the lack of time for extracurricular activities. I was relatively new in the U.S. when line dance (LD) was introduced to me by a hometown-mate at a festival. I wasn’t pretty much attracted to it at first because I didn’t have the drive in knowing it just then. It is not that I don’t have the knack for dancing, as a matter of fact at some point in my younger days, I get to be invited in dance troupes. … Continue reading The Fun and Fitness of Line Dancing*: A Phenomenon – Tips and Thoughts