Category Archives: Character

There Is Innate Goodness In Us

Maia just recently turned one year old. She does not speak yet except through a few syllables, like ‘mah mah’, ‘dah dah’, ‘tah’. And yet she is very good at communicating. She knows how to tell us how she feels … Continue reading

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On Being Mediocre

I have always been wary and afraid of being tagged or labeled as mediocre. At work, in my career, as a professional, and in my personal life, I have always avoided being contented with “Puede na yan.” And I kinda … Continue reading

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Feeling Like the Dutiful Son, Behaving Like the Prodigal One

I have lost count of the many time I have heard or read the story of the prodigal son. And I must admit there are quite a number of times, I end up feeling like the dutiful son. I would … Continue reading

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The Cross

There can be no salvation with the cross. There can be no resurrection without the crucifixion. Christianity without the cross in not Christianity. Yet, there are many who would take the cross out of Christianity, preaching a blatant and selfish … Continue reading

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Regaining a Paradise Lost

When God created Adam and Eve, he gave them the earth as home. Untouched yet by human hands, I could imagine Earth then for the Paradise that it was: fresh, clean, virginal, pristine in her beauty. Ever since, we have … Continue reading

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Pain And Sufferings

Life is not easy. It is, in fact, difficult. Yet, people would want nothing more than to have a life of ease, comfort and pleasure. We work and struggle to eliminate all pain and suffering. That is a worthwhile and … Continue reading

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Put Out Into The Deep

I regularly meet up with a bunch former colleagues from the Business School where I used to teach. We mostly exchange war stories: an encounter here, a skirmish there, missteps and miscues all over the place, how we transformed an … Continue reading

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Be Awake. Be Aware.

Age quod agis. (Do what you are doing.) This was the advice drilled into us by Fr. Basilio David during our formation years in the seminary. Not everyone can be a Ninoy Aquino or a Jesse Robredo but everyone can be … Continue reading

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Masks And Reality

There is no one so blind as one who refuses to see; and no one harder to wake up as one who pretends to sleep. Often, I live my life with different masks on and with a lot of pretensions. … Continue reading

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Be Not Like Whitened Sepulchres

Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitened sepulchres, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth. Even so, on the outside you … Continue reading

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