Category Archives: Philippines/Filipino

Pueblo Amante de Maria

  Filipinos have always taken great pride in being the only Christian nation in Asia. We have even fancied ourselves as “Pueblo Amante de Maria” – Mary’s Beloved People. And to reciprocate that Marian love, we have dedicated two months … Continue reading

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Is This the Philippines or What?

I was awestruck when I first saw the renovated Podium Mall over the weekend. Its escalator ramps spiral upward so imposingly, they seem to lift me up as I gazed agape to the glass roof. It is an impressive expression … Continue reading

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Some Things To Deeply Ponder About

So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after … Continue reading

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The Morning After

The morning after the elections felt like Black Saturday: dejected, bitterly disappointed, feeling defeated. Like the two disciples on their way to Emmaus, I was feeling lost and disbelieving how things has turned out they way they did, hoping that … Continue reading

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For the Motherland

Yesterday was about our love for our mothers. Today is about our love for the motherland as Filipinos troop to the polls. The other day I saw this picture posted on Facebook. And I realized that it captures how we … Continue reading

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The Reckoning: Why Do We Never Learn?

One of the things I truly miss about living in the Bay Area is the easy access to well-stocked public libraries. I get to read new novels and other interesting titles almost as soon as they are off the press, … Continue reading

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EDSA Was a Miracle

I sometimes believe in miracles. I sometimes believe that the EDSA Transfiguration event was a miracle. A people cowering in fear and indifference are galvanized into united action to throw off the yoke of their bondage. And their liberation is … Continue reading

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The Faith of Filipinos

Today is the Feast of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo. Thousands will gather to join the annual procession of the statue of a black Christ carrying his cross. Because of the huge crowd, the traslacion from the Luneta to the … Continue reading

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Act And Potency

I am in Kuala Lumpur at the moment and I am turning green with envy. My sentiment, of course, is why can’t my own country be as progressive, as clean, as well-planned as this cosmopolitan metropolis at the muddy confluence … Continue reading

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Proclaiming Christ in the Midst of Lies

There is so much conflict, turmoil and violence in the world today – in and among individuals, in and among families, in society and the different sectors in it, in and among nations. The division is even more sharp and … Continue reading

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