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Love Thy Neighbor: My First Time To Pray For A President

Who among us have seen the face of God, I mean God’s real face? None of us have seen God personally, I suppose! But still, we believe and glorify Him particularly in our prayers, we talk to Him about anything, we think of Him, and at times He even appears in our dreams. In the Scriptures, God appeared to some chosen people in various forms. That’s what we’ve read/learned about Him. Regardless of culture and religion, people see God and feel His presence in many ways. In our minds, though, we make God visible (even if he’s invisible), especially Jesus … Continue reading Love Thy Neighbor: My First Time To Pray For A President

“Blown Away”: A Reflection on Pope Francis’ Wonderful Journey To The Philippines!

Many of us have probably seen , either in person or on television, some funny and happy moments of the Holy Father from the time the Sri Lankan Airways touched the Philippines’ soil. One was when he peeked through the window plane with his signature “Papal smile” just like a little boy excited to see what’s  going on the ground! Another one was when he stepped out of the aircraft and was greeted not only by ecstatic young well-wishers but also by the gust tropical wind which blew away his white skull cap and his white zucchetto which flew off … Continue reading “Blown Away”: A Reflection on Pope Francis’ Wonderful Journey To The Philippines!

The New Wave of U.S. Immigrants

So, why do people pull up stakes in their respective homelands, move their families out and rebuild their lives in another country foreign  to them, and with  no guarantees of any sort? There are so many reasons behind this, but one thing is sure, everyone who goes out would like to bring home the “bacon”! The following brief discussion on the subject explains for itself. Let’s backtrack a little bit. The United Sates of America (U.S.A) has the most immigrants (both documented and undocumented) throughout the world, hence its label as the “nation of immigrants”. Based on U.S. history, America’s … Continue reading The New Wave of U.S. Immigrants

World Economic Forum: Will It Be Beneficial To Us?

As the name implies, the World Economic Forum (WEF) is not just an ordinary  forum, but a high-profile gathering of leaders, men and women in Governments, Businesses, Non-Governmental Organizations and  civil society throughout the world to discuss on the world’s economic (past and present) challenges. WEF is one of the organizations which embraces globalization, trade liberalization, private sector participation and other related economic development jargon. WEF is a Geneva-based non-profit organization, wherein its Annual General Meetings are usually held in Davos, Switzerland. Apart from its Annual Meetings, WEF also holds regional meetings each year in a pre-identified location which is … Continue reading World Economic Forum: Will It Be Beneficial To Us?

Simbang Gabi – A Rewarding Experience

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

2011 NYC San Lorenzo Ruiz Celebration – “Rooted in Culture: Guided by Faith”

A Guest Feature Article For many of us, Lorenzo Ruiz may not ring a bell, but for Filipinos all over the world, San Lorenzo as fondly called, is the first Filipino saint ever been canonized so far in the church history. During the canonization ceremony, Pope John Paul II referred him as the “most improbable of saints”. He was a simple ordinary married man, just like some of us, struggling to make daily ends meet in every aspect, including his spiritual needs. He was not a person of stature in terms of financial wealth, educational attainment and professional growth.  In … Continue reading 2011 NYC San Lorenzo Ruiz Celebration – “Rooted in Culture: Guided by Faith”