Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
You are but one candle in the darknesss
olitary, but a light-giver, nontheless.
Those you touched shall spread your light
to those who continue to grope in the dark.
You are not truly gone from us!
You live within us through your works.
Where there is hope, there your light will shine
brighter than the brightest star.
Those you have touched have etched your name
in the recesses of their hearts.
You will never be truly gone nor forgotten.
Where there is love, kindness and generosity
there your name shall be whispered,
and what they will whisper are the words
Salamat, Julia, Salamat.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The Monday tragedy that struck Virginia Tech shcoked not only the United States but the whole world. Students and teachers in all academic instituions worldwide have expressed shock over the killings, but also expressed solidarity with the students and officials of Virginia Tech. As a sign of solidarity, students and academics with My Space accounts and Facebook Accounts have replaced their pictures with black ribbons, a sign of mourning for those who died on Monday. As i was checking Reuters this morning for updates on the VT killing spree, it turned out that a South Korean student, a loner at that, went on a rampage that killed 32 students and injured 20 more. Hours before the massacre, the student reportedly shot 2 people in a university dormitory. The student, identified as Mr. Cho, also shot and killed Liviu Librescu, a professor at VTech. Librescu used himself as a human shield to give time for his students to jump out the window. An inpromptu shrine for the heoric professor was built by students after the shooting. Now, some US citizens have begun campaigning for stricter gun-control laws. America has one of the most lax gun-control laws in the world. It is because of a provision in their constitution of the "right to bear arms" that hinders some legislators to pass stricter laws against kids being able to buy handguns. Thank God this country hasn't gone that way yet. And we shouldn't wait for this nation to go that way, either. As for now, i join the rest of the world in mourning the kids (no report yet if there are filipinos who died in VT) and their professors who died in what can only be described as the worst school shooting in american history. Today, we are all Hokies.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Paghahandog - Bukas Palad, Noel Cabangon & Cookie Chua
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Recently, i found a video of it on YouTube and I'm posting it here to share with you.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
After lunch and while the kids were busy in their kiddie pool, Ate Rose and Jackie decided to catch up on the latest hit series in the US, Heroes....
...while us boys took the Trooper and went to the next town, Orani, to check out the market and to buy food for our dinner....
...This is part of the Orani Public Market. Note that a separate building is dedicated solely for Carinderias. This place has it all -- Igado, Menudo, Adobo -- name it, they have it there....
When we arrived from our trip to the Orani Public Market, we had just enough sun to allow us to take pics of our "tambayan" kubo (made by Poppo and his crew). The sunset provided a breathtaking backdrop to our first succesful day in Hermosa on the third leg of our Mapangurirat Summer Bonanza.
Before we started our first night drinking spree, we (Poppo, Noel and I) went out of the house to take pictures of the sunset.
That's us inside the airconditioned haven that is the Trooper. Luckily we didn't pursue our plan to travel by open-aired jeep, otherwise we would have been bathed in inch-thick dust. See how dusty the road looks?
Before we reached the homestead, we passed by this house, notorious in this part of Mt. Jolo as being haunted. Built in the 1980s, the owners inexpicably failed to occupy the house and several caretakers have reportedly left the house in the dead of night in fear of something unseen. Now, the caretaker stays only during the day and leaves before nightfall. According to residents, the house has 13 rooms and has a dungeon-like room.
After the drive, we arrived ta the homestead and immediately, Jessie, our companion, went to prepare a savory dish of Sinampalukang Manok.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the homestead, Mang Luis (the caretaker) and Bong (one of our companions there) took turns watching over the inihaw na baboy.
After a hearty lunch of Inihaw na baboy, sinampalukang manok, fresh alamang Bagoong and shrimp, i decided to give their rifle a test fire. That's me with the modified Cal. .22 rifle with silencer. The gun is there for protection against wild animals who sometimes wander into the homestead and kill their domesticated animals.
the mother and son tandem of Jack and Zach decided to give Beauty a tesy drive. "Beauty" is the name of the white horse and the brown one is "Negra".That's me with Mang Luis in the back, holding "Negra". No, i didn't ride the horse, so you can let out a sigh of relief!
We left the homestead shortly before 3 pm and headed back to Hermosa. that night we had another drinking spree which lasted til around midnight. The following day, we readied ourselves for the last adventure before heading back to the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. Around 2:30 pm of Saturday, we left Hermosa for Mount Samat. The trip itself is not quite that long, but put a lot of strain on the vehilce we were riding since the road to the Dambana ng Kagitingan in Mount Samat is quite steep. Along the way, we saw signs of preparation for Monday's Araw ng Kagitingan which will be comemorated at Mt. Samat led by PGMA.
We arrived shortly before 3 pm and made our way to the giant cross. Too bad we weren't able to go to the top of the cross (the viewing deck) because the place was jampacked with people.
Here is the marker commemorating the ceremonial cornerstone laying of the giant Cross on Mt. Samat called Dambana ng Kagitingan. Literally translated, it means Monument to Heroism.
The giant cross of the Dambana ng Kagitingan is so big that i felt dizzy just staring up at it.
This is the base of the giant cross and has larger than life cement reliefs of turining points in Philippine History.
That's me with the base of the giant cross on the background. There were lots of tourists so we didn't really get the chance to tour the entire memorial.
That's the mapangurirat cres posing before the foot of the giant cross. (L-R) Ate Rose, Karla, Jack, Noel, Zach and Poppo.
We had lots of fun on Mt. Samat, and we had a great time looking for the obscure monuments ot fallen japanese soldiers along the road. After Samat, we called it quits and headed back to Manila... but not before another hours-long drinking spree!
More pictures on my Multiply account.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not fail or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: "I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them."
Sunday, April 01, 2007
From the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission.