Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Parents' 30th Wedding Anniversary


Today we celebrated the 30th wedding anniversary of our parents. It was delayed by a few days, as our dad had work on their anniversary day.

We hardly go out as a family. We spend most of our time together as a family, during Sundays, at home. So I look forward to times when we would go out. We had planned to have lunch and go for some shopping. I didn't expect though that our "pasyal" would last for more than half day! I guess we really had a fun time. Mom said that she didn't go tired while walking around the malls (we went to two!).

I honor my dad for being a very good husband and father. I honor my mom for being a very good wife and mother. I am amazed at how they have raised a loving home and family. I thank God for giving us hardworking, patient and loving parents. :)
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Wedding Anniversary Gift


My parents are celebrating their 30th Wedding Anniversary today. At dahil wala akong naibigay na regalo sa kanila nung 25th anniversary nila e bumawi naman ako this time around. Pinagbigyan ko ang hiling ni Mommy na gas stove, dahil medyo bulok na ang luma naming gas stove. Bumili ako ng gas stove na siguradong tatagal sa amin.

Masaya akong nakita siya kahapon na naka-set up na sa aming mumunting kusina.
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

At the Gift Giving Ride



Doy and I were Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at the 3rd Gift Giving Ride of the Firefly Brigade. We're glad to have made this ride kahit na-late kami. It is indeed an honor to be part of this activity. This gift giving ride is our 2nd, and it has been as fulfilling as last year's. The Santa costumes c/o the Firefly Brigade helped in making the ride more fun not only among the recipient families, but also for all who saw us during the ride! We heared shouts of "Hi", "Merry Christmas", and "Santa, pamasko ko!". We again saw Doy's Aeta foster family during his Theology immersion about 8 years ago, and the meeting made us teary eyed once again. This time, Doy made sure that his foster family had his contact # so that they could keep in touch.

'Til the next ride :)
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Friday, November 28, 2008


Ako lang ang gising ngayon. Tatlong gabi na kaming puyat at halos walang tulog mula nang pumanaw si Tita Vickie.

Ang hirap nito para kay Doy. Mahigit dalawang taon na ang nakararaan nang pumanaw ang kanyang ama. Ngayon ang kanyang ina naman ang pumanaw. Parehong napakalungkot ng dalawang pagpanaw. Ngunit ang pagpanaw ngayon ng kanyang ina ay mukhang mas higit ang sakit. Ngayon higit kailan man naramdaman ni Doy ang pangungulila at pag-iisa. Ngayon higit kailan man kailangan niya ng makakasama sa pagharap sa mabigat na pagsubok na ito. Ngayon higit kailan man kailangan kong magpakatatag at maging malakas para sa kanya.

Kaya ako ngayon ay gising.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Basketball in the Philippines by BBC

After the New York Times feature on the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry, here is another feature by another international press about basketball crazy Philippines!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

My North Luzon Trip

I must say that this is one of my most tiring trips. I traveled 6-7 hour trips four times to get from Manila to Baguio to Laoag to La Union and back to Manila. But this was a welcome trip as I was able to visit this part of the Philippines. Haven't really had the opportunity to go around Baguio, so I can't say much about it except that I liked its cool weather. Laoag is a quaint old town. Saw old buildings and kalesas. San Fernando, La Union is a busy city, whose seaside has lots of potential. However the people living near the area needs to be educated on how they should take care of their surroundings.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Alaala ng mga
mahal sa buhay

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Hindi nagampan
Katungkulang inatas
Malayang wakas


Nais kong manatili
Pag-ibig natin

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Lord Answered My Prayer

Sorry for worrying too much. I know Lord that You are always taking care of me. And I just really have to take it one at a time...

Again and again, Lord, I will forever be grateful :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thought for the day

This is from an SMS message sent early this year. In fact I have posted this in my blog last January, and am reposting this again. This time around, it's a different situation I am in. I am pursuing a dream, but it seems like the journey is becoming more difficult by the day. Oh Lord, please help me... enlighten me... is my dream meant for me? Is it worth pursuing?

If it's taking all your strength...
If it's killing your heart...
If it's making you bear too much pain...
and if it's making you ignore everything else...
make sure it's worth it,

let it go...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

World Teachers' Day

This day, October 5, is World Teachers' Day. It is held annually since 1994. This year is the 14th World Teachers' Day.

Teachers are the backbone for human development by helping develop the child's capacity and desire to learn (see UN's Message on 2008 World Teachers' Day). Critical to cite in UN's message for today's celebration is the commitment of teachers to quality education, for it is an "integral part of the efforts to reduce poverty and help ensure a better life" (see Manila Bulletin). Teachers are not only teachers, but also stewards of God in caring for children, even in the most difficult of circumstances (see Stewards of God and UN's Message on 2008 World Teachers' Day).

I've always had high regard for teachers. I admire their dedication to their vocation of educating the young, and even the old. I look up to my very own teachers, who have been a great part in molding me in the person that I am today. Maybe that is also the reason why I once became a teacher, and why I am in the business of helping teachers.

So, here is a special shoutout and thanks to the teachers I've met, my teacher friends, our teachers in the public schools, our mobile teachers and instructional managers, my teachers in the grade school, high school, college and graduate school, and to the special teachers of my life: my parents, my uncles and aunts, my grandparents, and Doy! I hope you continue to touch lives by the way you teach, live, and love.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ateneo Bonfire

Went to the Ateneo bonfire with Mel. Then we met up with Vic, who was there mga 4pm pa lang. Then met up with Doy at around 830pm (coding kasi).

We also got similar shirts from GetBlueFever that sold shirts at Kostka. Sayang Vic and I were not able to get the Heart of a Champion shirt, bilis naubos! Di bale balikan ko yun next week sa school.

Spent most of our time walking, taking pictures and meeting friends, and getting our feet muddy. May time that we just had to stay at the side of the stage dahil pagod na. But it was super fun...

Until I saw a photo of the bonfire circulating on the Internet! Bad taste talaga ito, and it got so many La Sallians reacting like crazy. Then after a few days, Fr. Ben Nebres, President of Ateneo, sent an apology letter to Bro. Armin Luistro, President of De La Salle. The idea came from an old Ateneo alumnus, who also apologized to Fr. Ben for the incident. Here is a copy of both letters:


Letter of Fr. Nebres, SJ to Bro. Luistro, FSC

2 October 2008

De la Salle University System
2401 Taft Avenue

Re: Ateneo Bonfire

Dear Bro. Armin,

I would like to extend my deepest apology to you and to the La Sallian community for what some alumnus or student did at the Ateneo Bonfire, namely, write the names of the La Salle players on the wood. Unfortunately, none of us saw it ahead of time, because the wood pile was covered by a tarp against the rain until the time came to light it.

Despite our rivalries in sports, we are both committed to Christian values and what was done is certainly a violation of values we share.

Once again, my deepest apologies to you and to the La Sallian community. We are trying to find out who is responsible for the act.

Sincerely yours,



Letter of Mr. Paredes to Fr. Nebres

3 October 2008

Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, SJ
Ateneo de Manila University

Dear Fr. Nebres,

I write this letter for two reasons. The first one is to own up to producing the materials with the names of the Green Archers and placing them prominently in the woodpile before the bonfire for all to see.

Secondly, I sincerely apologize to you for the queasy situation you are in as a result of the backlash it created.

While the nature of this letter is a personal apology to you, please feel free to extend it to parties you may deem fit to receive it.


Jesse Paredes
HS'54, AB'58

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Reflections on a Championship

written by Mr. Simon Mossesgeld, former team manager of the Blue Eagles, and also a friend. Being a big Blue Eagle fan like him, I agree with his view about the team, how I believe the Blue Eagles would win on Sept. 25 (left pang-libre money with my sister in the morning of Sept. 25), and how the good Lord has blessed the Ateneo for the championships in basketball and swimming. Read on...

Reflections on a Championship
by Simon Mossesgeld

I watched the first game of the championship live right behind the bench and marveled, as I have many times throughout this season, at how this team is a team in the best tradition: unselfish, hard working, with great respect for one another, friends on and off the court. The players are largely unassuming. They do not strut about to let the world know how good they are or their team is. They just do their part and play their best together. This is what strikes me most about this team and I think it explains best its championship character. I could not watch the second game because I was teaching in a seminar but resolved to immediately proceed to the Gesu. I had texted Paolo Trillo that morning saying I would see the team in the Gesu. That is how confident I was.

Someone asked me while we were waiting for the team to arrive at the Gesu after the championship, “Sir, do you miss being team manager?” I realized that I did miss it a bit but much, much more than anything I was very happy for the team. I was happy about how the coaching staff and management (and the school) formed the players into men we could all be proud of. I did not taste a championship during my two-year tenure but it did not matter because Ateneo basketball is more than championships. It is about giving it your best. It is about forming men with the right principles and values. It is about gratitude for all that we have received. It is about community. It is about God and this team, like many teams before them, is all these. But I sense there is more in this team.

A friend texted me the next day that she saw me at the Gesu that evening looking as if I was in a trance. I guess I was in a trance-like state. I was deeply thankful for God’s love for his players, his team and his Ateneo. I was very quietly happy for the team, for my fellow Ateneans and for the school and was simply content to bask quietly in the happiness and the gratitude that filled the church that evening. This is the Ateneo I grew up in and have grown to love.

Tonight we will celebrate four champion teams—three in basketball and one in swimming. I once again thank God for his blessings.

Monday, September 29, 2008

The UAAP Coaches

Got this picture from a friend. Not so sure what year this was taken. But it was about the time when Coach Norman Black (2nd row, middle) was coaching the San Miguel Beermen, while Franz Pumaren is one of the team's point guards (3rd from right). Magkasama pa sila sa San Miguel, my all-time favorite team sa PBA! Si Coach Norman has always been my all-time favorite coach. At ang all-time favorite player? Sorry, hindi yun si Franz Pumaren! 

Medyo huli na ang post na ito. Natapos na ang usaping Black vs. Pumaren sa UAAP, at alam na natin kung sino ang wagi, at sino ang sawi! It was just great to find this picture again.

Hector Calma forever!
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Ateneo-La Salle Game 2 Finals

Prayer of a Sportsman

Dear Lord, in the battle that goes on through life
I ask but a field that is fair,
A chance that is equal with all in the strife,
A courage to strive and to dare;

And if should win, let it be by the code
With my faith and my honor held high;
And if I should lose, let me stand by the road,
And cheer as the winners go by.

And Lord, may my shouts be ungrudging and clear,
A tribute that comes from the heart,
And let me not cherish a snarl or a sneer
Or play any sniveling part;

Let me say, “There they ride, on whom laurel’s bestowed
Since they played the game better than I.”
Let me stand with a smile by the side of the road,
And cheer as the winners go by.

So grant me to conquer, if conquer I can,
By proving my worth in the fray,
But teach me to lose like a regular man,
And not like a craven, I pray;

Let me take off my hat to the warriors who strode
To victory splendid and high,
Yea, teach me to stand by the side of the road
And cheer as the winners go by.

-Berton Braley


I read in one of the posts in Multiply that losing with character and poise is as important as winning with honor" --- Ateneo has a lot to teach La Sallites and not just how to play good basketball. Very interesting. Despite heartbreaking losses of past seasons, Ateneo has been poised even in defeat. I remember that from the Game 3 of Season 69, when JC, Macky and Doug thanked the Ateneo supporters in Araneta despite losing to UST. In contrast to Pumaren when all he could do was to blame officiating and saying that the finals was a script. Sorry, a lot of people don't buy this!

And to the Blue Eagles, what a season it has been! Biggest thanks to Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Bacon Austria, Nonoy Baclao, Mike Baldos, Ryan Buenafe, Vince Burke, Justin Chua, Yuri Escueta, Tonino Gonzaga, Kirk Long, Jobe Nkemakolam, Jai Reyes, Eric Salamat, Nico Salva, Chris Sumalinog, Chris Tiu, coach Norman Black, and everyone who made this championship possible. It has been a memorable season and championship! Congratulations! Bonfire na!!!

Related articles:


Manila Bulletin 1

Manila Bulletin 2

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

UAAP Awards

Lumabas na ang balita tungkol sa mga UAAP awardees sa artikulong ito mula sa Inquirer.

MVP: Rabeh Al-Hussaini (Ateneo)

Mythical 5:
Rabeh Al-Hussaini (Ateneo)
Jervy Cruz (UST)
Rico Maierhofer (DLSU)
Chris Tiu (Ateneo)
JV Casio (DLSU)

Rookie of the Year: Ryan Buenafe (Ateneo)

Sa Huwebes magaganap ang awarding ceremony. Sana kasabay na rin nito ang awarding sa CHAMPIONSHIP!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ateneo vs. La Salle Game 1 Finals

Di na ako nag-abala pang bumili ng tickets at nanood na lamang sa Moro Lorenzo Sports Complex ng laro, kasama ng mga kapwa Atenista.

Masaya ako na nanalo ang Blue Eagles sa unang laban sa finals. gRabeh ang nilaro ni Rabeh Al-Hussaini, ang sentro at isa sa mga nangungunang kandidato para sa Most Valuable Player Award. Ang kanyang 31 puntos ay naglagay sa kanya sa record books bilang player na nagtala ng pinakamalaking puntos sa isang finals game.

Maganda rin ang nilaro ni Baclao. Ang 7 shot blocks ay marami para sa isang laro. Humuhusay si Nonoy sa pagiging isang defensive player. At lumalabas na rin ang kanyang 'angas'. Minsan naman kelangan ang angas para maipakita sa kalaban na seryoso ka sa laro at gusto mong manalo.

Nabawasan ang playing minutes ng Team Captain na si Chris Tiu dahil sa foul trouble, kaya rin nadagdagan ang playing minutes ni Rabeh.

Magaling ang depensa ng Ateneo ngunit hindi masyadong maganda na nagtala ang Ateneo ng maraming turnovers. Buti na nga lang magaling ang depensa at hindi nakapuntos ang La Salle.

As usual gRabeh ang aking sigaw at pagka-hyper ko kahapon, lalo na tuwing nakakapuntos is Rabeh. Sobra akong natuwa sa pinakita niyang emotions. Kitang-kita sa kanya ang kagustuhang manalo para sa Ateneo community. Nagkaroon sya ng interview kamakailan lang, na maaaring magpaliwanag sa kanyang gumagaling na performance sa UAAP. Ang interview ay makikita rito.

At ang block at sigaw (mukhang sigaw kasi sa TV) kay Rico Maierhoffer... wala akong masabi. Ito ang angas!

Sa pagtatapos ng blog entry na ito, nais kong ibahagi ang nabasa kong nakatutuwang talata. Ito ay mula rito.

Yuri-ka! Salamat at after a long wait nasa cham-tiu-nship ulit ang Ateneo. This season is a really big rabeh-lation. Good job-e Blue Eagles. Bombahin nyo ang oping-sa ng La Salle with a jai-namite. Baldos-er their defense, always block-lao their shots, and continue zig-zags-ging to create fast burke points. Justin time for them to be black-ed out. Lets see if makaka-salva pa sila.

Phew..I think I'm going to have a buenafever because of all this heat. So bring home the bacon guys.

Dalawang araw pa at game 2 na. Tapusin na natin ito! OBF!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

It's Ateneo vs. La Salle in the Finals!

Makalipas ang 6 na taon, muli na namang maghaharap ang Ateneo at La Salle sa kampeonato ng UAAP. Though mas gusto ko sana na FEU ang kalaban, a championship match against the arch rival is always interesting. Ang tagal na pala ng rivalry na ito: seventy years! Panahon pa ito nung college ang lolo ko. 

Sa UAAP, ito ang pang-apat na beses na maghaharap ang Ateneo at La Salle sa Finals. Nagkasagupa ang dalawang koponan noong 1988, 2001 at 2002. Nag-kampeon ang Ateneo noong 1988 at 2002, at ang La Salle naman noong 2001. Sino kaya ang magiging kampeon sa taong ito? Abangan!

Grabe ang fuss about the finals, as usual! At pahirapan na naman ang pagkuha ng tickets. Di na ko masyadong umaasa na makakapanood ng championship games live. Pero syempre, tuloy pa rin ang suporta. Tuloy-tuloy lang, Blue Eagles! OBF!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Ateneo wins over La Salle again

I expected that La Salle will come out strong at this second round encounter with Ateneo. After all, this game is more important to them, for a win would mean that they will be in 2nd place and would have the twice to beat advantage. For Ateneo, on the other hand, there is really no pressure to win, for even if they lose, they will still be in 1st place. While many are saying that this will be a no bearing game for the Blue Eagles, the team thinks otherwise. After all, it's the rival team that they are battling. And all throughout the game, it could be seen which team wanted to win more. I was actually disturbed by a comment from the sportscaster from La Salle. I can't remember the exact words but she kind of said that Ateneo is on top only by a few points, and we (La Salle) are not giving our best yet... it's our destiny to win... My reaction is that if you are not giving your best, then you don't deserve to win. And the result of the game just proved that!

And I loved the halftime performance! Sayang lang hindi naipakita nang buo sa TV. Pero ito ang video (by kitaruna, from YouTube):

Note the arrow broken by the A! First time ang pang-ganti na ito, coz the other team has that 'arrow through the A' routine.

Oh I just love the Ateneo! On to the Final Four! OBF!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Striking statement

"You know you are very bright. Just don't be lazy."

Kailangan pa talaga na sabihin ito sa akin bago ako matauhan. Ewan ko ba, palagi kong nakakalimutan ang mga kelangan kong dalhin at gawin. Mga simpleng mga bagay at gawain lang naman, pero nakakaligtaan ko. Haay. Sana talaga matuto na ako. Baka magsawa na ang mga taong gustong tumulong sa akin, lalo na ngayon na mas nagiging challenging ang work ahead. Please, Lord, help me!


Grabe kala ko naka-kalahati na ako sa aking thesis work, pero mga 1/3 pa lang pala! Up to this time nag-eevolve ang mga gagawin ko. I see naman the value of all this work. Hindi biro ang aking mga gagawin. So, Lord, again, please help me! I pray that I will have enough resources, time, strength, guidance, to do all the things that I have to do.

Thank you, Lord. At bahala ka na sa akin...

Monday, September 1, 2008

The newest Adidas endorsers

The Ateneo Blue Eagles!

Actually, hindi lang sila ang endorsers. The De La Salle Green Archers are also endorsers of the popular sportswear. This is a scene from the autograph signing at the Adidas store. All 16 Blue Eagles were present in the event. I was surprised to see so many people at the store!

I lined up to have my poster autographed by the Blue Eagles.

What can I say? I'm a FAN! I've been a fan of the Blue Eagles since grade school. And this season was particularly special because this is not like the Blue Eagles that I was used to watch. I guess the basketball program is now reaping its fruits :)

This is now the autographed poster of the Blue Eagles.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hail Mary Shots

This video presents some of the reasons why Ateneo is called the "Hail Mary Team". I really can't forget the last play, because I watched the game live! Naaalala ko pa na halos maiyak ako nun.

Lapit na ng Final 4. More "Hail Mary's" for the Blue Eagles!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Your Birthdate: August 18

You are a cohesive force - able to bring many people together for a common cause.

You tend to excel in work situations, but you also facilitate a lot of social gatherings too.

Beyond being a good leader, you are good at inspiring others.

You also keep your powerful emotions in check - you know when to emote and when to repress.

Your strength: Emotional maturity beyond your years

Your weakness: Wearing yourself down with too many responsibilities

Your power color: Crimson red

Your power symbol: Snowflake

Your power month: September

What Does Your Birth Date Mean?


Birthday ko ngayon. Ang tanda ko na, malapit na ko lumagpas sa kalendaryo. Taos ang pasasalamat ko sa Panginoon sa napakaraming biyaya na naipagkaloob niya sa akin. Meron din akong ilang kahilingan na sana ay magkaroon ng katuparan, God willing. Magiging tahimik ang selebrasyong ito, kasama ng aking mga pinakamamahal sa buhay :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Adidas Sports Apparel

I really think that this is a good idea, featuring the hottest college basketball teams in the country and the fiercest of rivals (There's also another version featuring players from La Salle). From a marketing point of view, this is a good strategy. Both Ateneo and La Salle have strong following from their students and alumni, who have money.

I liked the jackets, and am seriously considering to buy one. I wonder which color to buy, blue or white?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Top architects, designers to build Gawad Kalinga’s first ‘Designer Village’ in Taguig

This should be very interesting. One of my favorite firms, Recio+Casas, is involved in this project. Can't wait to see this!


TAGUIG CITY, August 10, 2008—At least 2,500 families residing at slum areas here are the beneficiaries of the Gawad Kalinga’s first “Designer Village” that features medium-rise housing village designed and constructed by topnotch architects, designers and engineers of the country.

During the launching Friday of the “Designer Village” at the NBC Tent at The Fort, GK founder Antonio Meloto said it is an unprecedented move that the country’s best talents have committed to design low-cost housing for the poorest of the poor.

“The launching of the GK Designer Village Campaign with Taguig as the first designer GK City will make history. For the first time, top architects, designers and builders of the Philippines have committed their priceless talents to make GK communities the canvass for their artistry and patriotism,” Meloto said.

Among those who will design the “Designer Village,” which will set the template of GK’s future housing communities, are Bong Recio of Recio+Casas Architects, Bobby Manosa of Francisco Mañosa & Partners, Jun Palafox of Palafox Associates, Edith Oliveros of the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID), and Willy Cosculluela of Cultura Profetica.

These stalwarts in their respective fields will constitute the GK Board of Consulters for Design and will work together with top architects from United Architects of the Philippines, Philippine Institute of Architects, Philippine Institute of Interior Designers, Philippine Association of Landscape Architects and students and faculty from top architectural schools nationwide.

In explaining the plan for the “Designer Village,” Meloto disclosed that the squatter residents along the C5 road, from Petron to Caltex on the northbound side and from McKinley Road to Heritage Park on the southbound, will be the first beneficiaries of the village that will feature a combination of medium-rise condo-type housing, row housing and single detached housing.

“This time, we are upgrading the GK communities to further inspire our poor constituents to live a dignified life. We believe that by creating for them a beautiful environment, we can encourage the beautiful behavior in them,” he said.

For his part, Taguig Mayor Sigfrido Tiñga said the city government is one with GK in this joint undertaking.

“We are very happy that GK chose Taguig residents to benefit from its first ‘Designer Village.’ With the partnership between GK and the Taguig City government, housing the homeless can indeed be done,” the mayor said.

Aside from Tiñga, attendees of the GK “Designer Village” launch include Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chairman Noli de Castro, Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, Las Piñas Mayor Vergel Aguilar, Pateros Mayor Joey Medina and HUDCC secretary general Lucille Ortile.

Among the spectators in the event were chief executives of Globe Telecommunications, ABS-CBN Foundation, Philips Philippines, PLDT Company and many others who acknowledged the vision of GK and pledged support in the construction of the “Designer Village.”

A social project of the Couples for Christ, GK now has 1,700 housing communities of rainbow-colored houses, manicured gardens and garbage-free surroundings.

With its new “888 Goal,” GK aims to house five million families by 2024. (Kris Bayos)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Ateneo vs. UST

Gusto ko talaga mapanood ng live ang laro ng Ateneo at UST. Kasama kong nanood si Doy at si Cheska. Buti pinalad naman kaming makakuha ng Lower Box tickets sa Araneta (muntik na kami sa Upper B SRO!)! First time ko nakapanood nang ganun kalapit sa isang basketball game. Ganda ng view!

As always, masayang kasama ang aking kasintahan at kapatid sa ganitong mga okasyon. At mas napasaya ang aking panonood nang manalo ang Ateneo! Ang kapatid ko, kahit natalo ang team niya, ay mukhang masaya pa rin naman :)

Maganda ang pagtatapos na ito ng first round ng UAAP games para sa Ateneo. Sana tuloy-tuloy ang pagpanalo hanggang makaabot sa Championship!
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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Tagged by bananaspin - The Perfect Job

I was tagged by bananaspin in her blog entry entitled "Employee Opportunity!!!". I haven't really thought about this before, so here's my attempt:

Maui Salang has had previous experience in various development-related work, particularly in the education and youth sector. Had also experience in training and events management, advocacy and social mobilization, and volunteerism. Though I am presently not seeking employment, an ideal job for me is one that will allow me to:

- teach and/or train
- plan and implement programs and projects for the development of Philippine education
- use information and communications technologies (ICT) for teaching/training and development
- coordinate and network with various education stakeholders
- travel to many different places

Moreover, I'd prefer to be working with an inspiring, role-model boss and mentor (katulad ni bananaspin), and with a positive and dynamic team. Of course I'd also like to work in an organization that empowers and will give me a reasonable compensation package and benefits.

Maui received liberal Catholic education from the Ateneo de Manila University, with an undergraduate degree of Economics and soon a master's degree in education, major in Information Technology Integration. She has received trainings on implementing formal and community education projects, use of ICT for content development and education, volunteer and training management, advocacy writing, as well as monitoring and evaluation. She had past jobs as a teacher, and program officer that handled various education-related projects.


Many of the things I have mentioned here are already satisfied by my current job. May slight problem lang dun sa organization at compensation.

But my present situation in my job, as it is, is okay. It's not perfect, but it's okay. I'm blessed to be able to do the job that I like and be compensated just enough.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Weight Gain

7 years ago, I only weighed about a hundred pounds. Super payat ko talaga. So I also made an effort to gain weight. Hindi naman kasi maganda itsura ko then dahil mukha akong maysakit.

Pero may time na nag-overboard na yata ang weight gain. I have gained more than 30 pounds maximum in a span of about five to six years.

Waah! Bakit kaya ito nangyari?

Change of eating habits and lesser physical activity. Madalas ako ay nakaupo lang at nagco-computer o nag-iinternet. Dala na rin kasi ng trabaho.

And for the past 2 years, I have been making 'some' effort to lose weight.

Maybe I should spend less time using the Internet (like what I am doing now!) and spend more time biking :)

More about girls' weight gain at the article below:

NEW YORK—Girls and young women who devote much time to the Internet, get too little sleep or regularly drink alcohol are more likely than their peers to put on excess weight, a new study suggests.

The researchers, who followed more than 5,000 girls between 14 and 21 years old for a year, found that the more spare time girls spent on the Internet, the more their body mass index (BMI) increased.

Similar patterns were seen when the researchers looked at alcohol consumption and sleep. Too much alcohol and lack of sleep were linked to greater gains in BMI—a measure of weight in relation to height.

The findings, which were reported in The Journal of Pediatrics, add to the evidence implicating each of these three habits in promoting weight gain.

The effect of each habit on one’s weight may be small, but over time the pounds can add up, according to the researchers led by Dr. Catherine S. Berkey of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.


The study involved 5,036 girls and young women who were surveyed regarding the number of recreational hours per week they spent on the Internet, which ranged from one to five hours, to 16-plus hours, as well as how long they typically slept each night (anywhere from five hours or less, to nine hours or more) and how much alcohol they usually drank (ranging from none to two or more drinks per week).

In general, the researchers found that as Internet use climbed, so did BMI, particularly among girls younger than 18 years old.

When it came to sleep, those who clocked five hours or less tended to gain more weight than those who got a standard eight hours.

And girls and women who had two or more alcoholic drinks per week put on more pounds than those who drank the least.

The effects of these habits over one year were modest, Berkey’s team points out.

Over time

For example, a 19-year-old of average weight and height would gain four pounds if she were in the high-risk groups for Internet use, sleep and alcohol consumption.

The researchers, however, add that over time that could translate into significant weight change.

Spending hours on the Internet likely contributes to weight gain by taking time away from physical activity, according to Berkey’s team.

Lack of sleep may make people too tired to be active during the day; sleep deprivation also affects hormones and metabolism in a way that might promote weight gain.

Alcohol contains a significant amount of calories, and research suggests that people usually don’t make an adjustment for liquid calories by eating or drinking less throughout the rest of the day.


Friday, July 25, 2008

Cycling is Fashionable

Saw this post in one of the bicycling blogs that I am reading. The event is named Bikeosphere 2008 held last July 18 at Vancouver, Canada.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

7 years

Lord, thank you for blessing us with a beautiful and wonderful seven year relationship... :)

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Ateneo Basketball Team

It's UAAP season once again, at muli, excited na naman ako na manood muli ng mga laro ng Ateneo.

Elementary pa lang ako ay fan na ako ng Ateneo. Mga early 90s yun. Those were the days na may pagka-talunan ang Ateneo team. Pero cheer pa rin ako sa kanila. Napakatindi nga ng school spirit. Nakakahawa. Talagang "Win or Lose it's the school we choose"!

Nang tumuntong na ako sa kolehiyo, dun na unti-unting nagsimula na i-improve ang basketball program ng Ateneo. Naging masigasig na sa pagsa-scout ng mga magagaling na players at nag-hire ng mga mahuhusay na coach. Unti-unting umakyat sa standings ang Ateneo. Nakatuntong sa Final Four. Nagkaroon ng runner up finish nung 2001. At nung 2002, ito ay nagbunga ng championship.

Pero makalipas ang ilang taon ay hindi na ulit nagchampion ang Ateneo. Umaabot naman sa Final Four, pero heartbreaking ang mga pagkatalo nung 2006 at 2007. At last year nga, may isang "big" Ateneo supporter na nagsabi na "we have to win." Kung baga, mukhang hindi na acceptable ang mga runner up finishes. Kelangan manalo ng championship.

At mukhang sineryoso nga ang statement ng Ateneo benefactor. Seems like scouting and training were really taken seriously. Ateneo may have the best line up this year, maybe better than the team that won the championship in 2002. The pre-UAAP league championships and the first game against La Salle tells a lot about this team. Ika nga sa isang artikulo, this team is built to win. And I believe so. I hope the team really wins the championship.

Go ATENEO! One Big Fight!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Potential Bicycle Cities in the Philippines

Bicycle City has identified key locations to be "Bicycle Cities". Bicycle City, Philippines, could be located 50-100 miles from the following cities:

1. Manila
2. Butuan City
3. Zamboanga City
4. Batangas City
5. City of San Jose, Nueva Ecija

For more information, you may go to http://www.bicyclecity.com/Bicycle-City-Philippines/

Tour de France 2008 on Google Maps

Explore Tour de France 2008 through Google Maps! Watch this video:
For more information, check out http://www.google.com/landing/tourdefrance2008/

Thursday, July 3, 2008

All-Mountain Bike Frames

With regards to buying a new bike frame, I gave further thought on it, and thought that maybe it would be more practical to buy an all-mountain bike frame. Here are some of the bikes that I like:

Moots Cinco - I really like but very expensive

Places to see in Bacolod

Gaston Ancestral House

San Sebastian Cathedral

The Ruins

Virgen Sang Barangay Chapel - where Maris and Ian tied the knot!

Lanca Perfume

Lança menina, lança todo esse perfume
Desbaratina, não dá pra ficar imune
Ao teu amor que tem cheiro de coisa maluca
Vem cá meu bem, me descola um carinho
Eu sou nenem, só sossego com beijinho
Vê se me da, o prazer de ter prazer comigo

Me aqueça
Me vira de ponta cabeça
Me faz de gato e sapato
E me deixa de quatro no ato
Me enche de amor, de amor

Lança, lança perfume
Oooou, lança, perfume, lança perfume...


I soooo love Brazilian music!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Bike Frames I like

I love my current Cannondale M2000 frame on the mountain bike that I have right now. It's an old school 14 year old frame, and it's a looker. Moreover, Doy used to own this frame, really took care of it, that's why it has lasted long enough that he was able to give it to me last year.

It is really a prized frame, so I'd like to preserve it, maybe put it on exhibit at Doy's house. So I'd like to buy a new frame for my mountain bike.

I looked through the websites of famous bike manufacturers and saw some frames that I like. Still don't know though if I could buy any of them soon. But hey, who knows?

Cannondale F1 Caffeine FeminineGiant Rincon wTrek 4500 WSD

Actually I also wanted the mountain bike frames from Independent Fabrication but thought they might be too expensive...

Anyway, I hope I could find the frame that I want, that would fit my budget :D

Friday, June 27, 2008

Know thyself

Got this from Hanna's blog. The quiz can be found at http://www.quizbox.com/personality/test82.aspx

The results?

Your view on yourself:

You are down-to-earth and people like you because you are so straightforward. You are an efficient problem solver because you will listen to both sides of an argument before making a decision that usually appeals to both parties.

The type of girlfriend/boyfriend you are looking for:

You are a true romantic. When you are in love, you will do anything and everything to keep your love true.

Your readiness to commit to a relationship:

You are ready to commit as soon as you meet the right person. And you believe you will pretty much know as soon as you might that person.

The seriousness of your love:

You are very serious about relationships and aren't interested in wasting time with people you don't really like. If you meet the right person, you will fall deeply and beautifully in love.

Your views on education

You may not like to study but you have many practical ideas. You listen to your own instincts and tend to follow your heart, so you will probably end up with an unusual job.

The right job for you:

You're a practical person and will choose a secure job with a steady income. Knowing what you like to do is important. Find a regular job doing just that and you'll be set for life.

How do you view success:

You are confident that you will be successful in your chosen career and nothing will stop you from trying.

What are you most afraid of:

You are afraid of having no one to rely on in times of trouble. You don't ever want to be unable to take care of yourself. Independence is important to you.

Who is your true self:

You are full of energy and confidence. You are unpredictable, with moods changing as quickly as an ocean. You might occasionally be calm and still, but never for long.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Obama supports cycling!

This photo, taken by Associated Press presents Illinois Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama riding a bicycle in Chicago. I thought this was interesting, because he was interested in cycling. Should he become president, this Trek bike will become Mountain Bike 1!

But what is more interesting is that his support for cycling becomes more concrete when he met with bike industry leaders and pledged his support for the bike industry by increasing funding for cycling and pedestrian projects if he wins. I have not known any president who has pledged this kind of support for cycling. I wish there were more leaders like him, especially here in the Philippines. More on this in the article below.

Article taken from Bikes Belong

Industry Leaders Meet with Senator Barack Obama

June 13, 2008

Last night, Tim Blumenthal, Bikes Belong's executive director, and other leaders in the bicycle industry met with Democratic presidential nominee-to-be Barack Obama at a fundraiser held at the Chicago home of SRAM vice president F.K. Day. It was an unprecented opportunity to make the case for bicycling with a presential nominee. Here is the Bicycle Retailer and Industry News account of the event.

Obama Pledges Funding for Cycling

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Barack Obama, in a private 20-minute meeting with members of the Bikes Belong board of directors, told them if he were elected president he would increase funding for cycling and pedestrian projects. And the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee also said he would support Safe Routes to Schools programs.

He also told them he seldom makes promises on what he would do if elected president, but that this was a promise he would keep. Tim Blumenthal, executive director of Bikes Belong, laid out the industry’s position on boosting funding for cycling-related projects and for Safe Routes to Schools at the meeting.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) called the opportunity for industry leaders—both suppliers and retailers—to meet privately with a presidential candidate so early in a campaign for the White House was historic. “It’s important for this industry to understand that it is a force,” said Blumenauer, shortly after Obama left the event.

Stan Day, SRAM’s president, said that Obama “gets it.” He pointed out that Obama understands that bicycles can be part of a solution to issues as diverse as health care, obesity, energy and environmental policy. “He does his homework and he can connect the dots,” he said.

Of the estimated 160 guests who turned out for the event, Day estimated close to 60 represented the bicycle industry ranging from suppliers, retailers and advocates. Among the guests were Greg LeMond and his wife, Kathryn. Obama, in his remarks to the guests, thanked the LeMonds for attending.

Chris Kegel, owner of Wheel & Sprocket, a six-store chain of stores in the greater Milwaukee area, drove to Chicago early Thursday evening to attend the fundraiser at the home of F.K. Day and his wife, Leah. Day is vice-president of SRAM.

“I think it’s very important that we (the bicycle industry) were involved with this type of event,” Kegel said. Kegel added that he personally supports Obama and believes that Obama can help end the partisanship that divides the country.

Chicago retailer, JoAnne McSweeny, owner of Trek Bicycles on Michigan Avenue, said she has followed Obama’s career for years and supports Obama’s run for president. She, like many others, said Obama’s support for cycling is important for the nation’s future.

During a conversational 15-minute speech, Obama poked fun at himself telling the crowd that when he was photographed last weekend riding a bike with his children, he looked like Urkel. For those unfamiliar with Steve Urkel, he was the nerdy, bespectacled semi-hero on the long running sitcom “Family Matters.” The show was centered on an African-American middle class family living in Chicago.

Obama said he had no idea at the time he was riding with his children that he would soon meet with so many members from the industry. However, he pointed out, he knew photographers would be snapping photos of him on his bike, and that he wore his helmet to set an example for the kids.

Tom Petrie, president of Velimpex, who flew to Chicago Thursday afternoon, said he didn’t expect to hear Obama lay out a specific agenda for the bicycle industry. “However, it was refreshing to see somebody trying to unite the country instead of trying to divide it with wedge issues. I find it refreshing and, frankly, necessary,” Petrie said.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Anong sinabi ng bike namin sa bike na ito?

Ang bike namin, agaw atensyon na dahil sa haba nya. Pero ang bike na ito, mahigit doble ang haba sa bike namin! Kung ang bike namin ay pang-dalawahan, ito pampamilya! Panalo!

Mula sa http://bikehugger.com/2008/06/you_and_your_brood.htm

Friday, June 6, 2008

Sa wakas!

Ito ang larawan nina Ian at Maris nang sila ay kinasal noong Hunyo 1, 2008 sa lungsod ng Bacolod.

Sina Ian at Maris ay aking mga kaibigan. Kaklase ko si Maris noon sa kolehiyo. Sina Maris at Ian ay parehong miyembro ng Youth for Christ (YFC).

Naging saksi ako sa kanilang "love story" nang ito ay nag-uumpisa pa lang. Si Maris ay napaka-espesyal na tao, at bilang kanyang kaibigan, hiniling ko na ang makatuluyan ni Maris ay isang mabuting lalaki. Nakita ko naman kay Ian na mahal na mahal niya si Maris, kaya boto na ako sa kanya! :)

Mahaba-haba din ang kanilang "engagement" (mga 8 taon yata), kaya, sa wakas, ay nauwi din ito sa kasalan. Ako ang isa sa mga pinakamasayang tao sa pangyayaring ito, kaya hindi ko pinalagpas na ma-"witness" ang kanilang pag-iisang dibdib.

Ang ilan sa mga larawan ng aking biyahe sa Bacolod ay nasa http://picasaweb.google.com/mauisalang/MarisIanSWedding

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Will this ever happen in the Philippines?

From Inquirer.net

Cash, bikes, bus passes offered for Canada's gas-guzzlers

Agence France-Presse
First Posted 07:47:00 06/05/2008

OTTAWA -- Canada launched an incentive program on Wednesday to rid its roads of old gas-guzzling cars and trucks, urging citizens to trade them in for free bicycles, bus passes, or $300 cash.

The National Vehicle Scrappage Program will offer these incentives to people who retire their 1995 or older model vehicles, and hopefully turn to more environmentally-friendly transportation, the government said.

"We know Canadians want to do their part to help clean up the air we breathe," Environment Minister John Baird said in a statement.

"That's why we are launching a national program to get Canadians's smog-causing gas-guzzlers off the road."

Of the 18 million cars and trucks on Canada's roads, about five million were manufactured before 1996, when new tougher emissions standards were introduced.

These pre-1996 models produce about 19 times more air pollutants than newer cars and trucks, said Baird.

And although they make up less than one-third of vehicles on the road, older cars generate as much as two-thirds of the smog-forming pollutants caused by personal vehicle use, he said.

The government has committed $92 million (Canadian, US) over four years to implement the program, which is to be run by a national not-for-profit organization.

A rebate on the purchase of a new car or a membership in a car-sharing program will also be offered as incentives.

Monday, May 19, 2008

We Lost our House

May 16, 2008, around 5:30pm

The beams of the 3rd floor of this building broke, resulting to the fall of its ceiling, the damage of its terrace and the stairs of the building. The fall of the ceiling caused injury of two residents and a death of an 11-year old boy.

This building is the place where my family and I live for five years now. We availed of one unit at the second floor on a rent-to-own scheme. After this incident, our family does not plan to go back to live there anymore. The damage of the building is caused by structural defects.

Thankfully my mom and my sister did not get hurt from this incident. Upon hearing about this, I was at Antipolo on a retreat. Had to leave from the retreat to attend to this very pressing concern.

As of the moment the building is cordoned and we are still waiting for engineers to inspect the building's safety, if it will be safe for us to get our things. My mom and my sister only got some clothes and important papers, and most other important things are left at the building. Hopefully we can come back there soon to get our things.

God is really good because he is really taking care of us and have provided for us in this time of need. We found a place to stay temporarily at my grandfather's house. We also found a new apartment where we'll be moving in a few days. And now more than ever I felt the love of my family and friends.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cruiser Bike

Cruiser bikes are balloon-tired bikes with heavy duty frames, has simple mechanicals and a coaster brakes. These bikes are suited for riding on flat, sandy beaches, which is why they are also called "Beach cruisers." It was America's standard bike from the 1930s up to the 1950s. Cruiser bikes have also been the inspiration of early edition mountain bikes of the late 70s/early 80s.

Schwinn, one of the older and popular bike companies, produced the original cruiser bikes. I chanced upon a classic cruiser at the 10th Tour of the Fireflies. Here is a photo of the bike:

And here is another cruiser bike, which I also saw at the exhibit, but made by Murray:

Cruiser bikes were also used in the "Fooled by a Smile" music video by the Swing Out Sister:

My boyfriend also made some project cruiser bikes. He bought the frame and used old parts to build this bike

By the way, he is selling this for Php 4,000. More details about this bike at this link. If anybody's interested you may call or send an SMS to 09192558266.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The 10th Tour of the Fireflies

From GMA News

For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV

Mabuhay ang Firefly Brigade!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

My Generation's Kind of Music

Two nights ago, I watched the Swing Out Sister concert.

It was nice to know that the Andy and Corinne duo is still popular in the Philippines. Puno ang Araneta ha! And the audience was mostly young professionals whom I think grew up with their music. It is amazing how almost all the audience sang their songs, at least those from the Best of SOS album.

I really had a fun time. Parang may hangover pa yata. Hehe.

By the way, I also met and greeted them last Saturday at Megamall :)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

What is this?

It's a GUITAR! It is made out of bike parts. Looks more like an art piece than a musical instrument. Sadly I wasn't able to try playing it, as it is quite heavy. Really looks interesting!
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Monday, February 18, 2008




17 FEBRUARY 2008

On this Second Sunday of Lent, during which we are asked to reflect on the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, I wish to touch on three themes that have to do with our moral transformation as a people: first, Ascertaining Credibility; second, Rediscovering our Humanity; and third, Witnessing to the Truth. In so doing, I hope to invite all of you to reflect more deeply on how we, as a nation, might respond to the present political crisis in which our identity and ethos, our convictions and integrity, in fact, who we are as a people, are at stake.


Jun, as Sen. Miriam Santiago has grilled you to ascertain your credibility (or was it to undermine your credibility?), allow me to raise some important questions to consider in the very process of discerning your credibility. Allow me to do so by drawing on my own counseling experience.

Very often, a young rape victim initially suppresses his or her awful and painful story, indeed wills to forget it, in the hope that by forgetting, he or she can pretend it never happened. But very often, too, there comes a point when concealing the truth becomes unbearable, and the desperate attempts to supposedly preserve life and sanity become increasingly untenable.

At this point the victim of abuse decides to seek help. But even after having taken this step, the victim, devastated and confused, will tell his or her story with much hesitation and trepidation. It should be easy to imagine why. In telling the truth, one risks casting shame on himself or herself, subjecting oneself to intense scrutiny and skepticism, and jeopardizing one’s safety and those of his or her loved ones, especially when one dares to go up against an older or more powerful person.

Similarly, it is easy to imagine why Jun would initially refuse to challenge the might of Malacanang. Who in his or her right mind would accuse Malacanang of crimes against our people and implicate the First Family in a sordid tale of greed and corruption, knowing that by doing so, one endangers one’s life and the lives of his or her loved ones? We are, after all, living in dangerous times, where the government has not hesitated to use everything in its power to keep itself in power, where it has yet to explain and solve the numerous cases of extra-judicial killings.

But Jun is in his right mind. His story rings true especially in the face of the perils that he has had to face. And by his courage, Jun has also shown that it is not only that he is in his right mind; his heart is also in the right place.

Hence, my personal verdict: Jun, I believe that you are a credible witness. And if hundreds have gathered here this morning, it is probably because they also believe in you. Mga kapatid, naniniwala ba kayo kay Jun Lozada? Naniniwala ba kayo sa kanyang testimonya? Kung gayon, palakpakan po natin ang Probinsyanong Intsik, si Mr. Jun Lozada.

Jun, we hope that by our presence here, you may find some consolation. Pope Benedict XVI writes that “con-solatio” or consolation means “being with the other in his or her solitude, so that it ceases to be solitude.” Jun, be assured that your solitude is no longer isolation as we profess our solidarity with you. Hindi ka nag-iisa. We are committed to stay the course and to do our best to protect you and your family and the truth you have proclaimed.


What makes Jun a credible witness to us?

I think Jun is credible not simply by virtue of his being an eyewitness to the unmitigated greed of some of our public officials. Perhaps more importantly, Jun is credible because he has witnessed to us what it means to be truly human.

Which leads me to my second theme: What does it mean to be human? How might we rediscover our humanity?

Allow me to quote Pope Benedict XVI, who in his latest encyclical, Spe Salvi, has written: “the capacity to accept suffering for the sake of goodness, truth and justice is an essential criterion of humanity, because if my own well-being and safety are ultimately more important than truth and justice, then the power of the stronger prevails, then violence and untruth reign supreme. Truth and justice must stand above my comfort and physical well-being, or else my life becomes a lie. . . For this … we need witnesses—martyrs …. We need them if we are to prefer goodness to comfort, even in the little choices we face each day.”

Our Holy Father concludes, “the capacity to suffer for the sake of the truth is the measure of humanity.”

Isn’t this the reason we emulate our martyrs: Jose Rizal, Gomburza, Evelio Javier, Macli-ing Dulag, Cesar Climaco and Ninoy Aquino? They have borne witness for us what it means to be truly human—to be able to suffer for the sake of others and for the sake of the truth.

I remember Cory recalling a conversation she had with Ninoy while they were in exile in Boston. Cory asked Ninoy what he thought might happen to him once he set foot in Manila. Ninoy said there were three possibilities: one, that he would be rearrested and detained once more in Fort Bonifacio; two, that he would be held under house arrest; and three, that he would be assassinated.

“Then why go home?” Cory asked.

To which Ninoy answered: “Because I cannot allow myself to die a senseless death, such as being run over by a taxi cab in New York. I have to go home and convince Ferdinand Marcos to set our people free.”

Witnessing to one’s deepest convictions, notwithstanding the consequences, is the measure of our humanity. Proclaiming the truth to others, whatever the cost, is the mark of authentic humanity.

Jun, we know you have feared for your life and continue to do so. But in transcending your fears for yourself and your family, you have reclaimed your humanity. And your courage and humility, despite harassment and calumniation by government forces, embolden us to retrieve and reclaim our humanity tarnished by our cowardice and complicity with sin in the world. You have inspired us to be true to ourselves and to submit to and serve the truth that transcends all of us.


This leads us to our third and last theme: witnessing to the truth. In his encyclical, Pacem in Terris, Pope John XXIII exhorts that it is the fundamental duty of the government to uphold the truth: “A political society is to be considered well-ordered, beneficial and in keeping with human dignity if it grounded on truth.” Moreover, the encyclical explains that unless a society is anchored on the truth, there can be no authentic justice, charity and freedom.

Every government is therefore obliged to serve the truth if it is to truly serve the people. Its moral credibility and authority over a people is based on the extent of its defense of and submission to the truth. Insofar as a government is remiss in upholding the truth, insofar as a government actively suppresses the truth, it loses its authority vested upon it by the people.

At this juncture, allow me to raise a delicate question: At what point does an administration lose its moral authority over its constituents?

First, a clear tipping point is the surfacing of hard evidence signifying undeniable complicity of certain government officials in corruption and injustice, evidence that can be substantiated in court.

Hence, during the Marcos Regime, the manipulation of Snap Election results as attested to by the tabulators who walked out of the PICC was clear evidence of the administration’s disregard for and manipulation of the collective will of the people in order to remain in power..

During the Erap Administration, the testimony of Clarissa Ocampo, claiming that Pres. Erap had falsified Equitable Bank documents by signing as Jose Velarde, was the smoking gun that triggered the rage of our people.

Allow me to respond to the same question by pursue an alternative track of argument: an administration loses it moral authority over its people when it fails in its fundamental duty to uphold the truth, when it is constituted by an ethos of falsehood. When a pattern of negligence in investigating the truth, suppressing the truth and harassing those who proclaim the truth is reasonably established, then a government, in principle, loses its right to rule over and represent the people.

Regarding negligence: Do the unresolved cases, such as the the failed automation of the national elections, the fertilizer scam, the extra-judicial killings, and the “Hello, Garci” scandal, constitute negligence on the part of the GMA Administartion to probe and ferret out the truth?

Regarding covering-up the truth: Does the abduction of Jun Lozada and the twisting and manipulation of his narrative by Malacanang’s minions constitute concealment of the truth? Was the padlocking of the office of Asst. Gov’t Counsel Gonzales who testified before the Senate regarding the North Rail project anomaly an instance of covering-up the truth?

Regarding the suppression of the truth: Does the issuance and implementation of E.O. 464, which prevents government officals from testifying in Senate hearings without Malacanang’s permission, constitute suppression of the truth? Was the prevention of AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Senga and six other officers from testifying before the Senate with regard the “Hello, Garci” scandal tantamount to a suppression of the truth? Was disallowing Brig. Gen. Quevedo, Lt. Col Capuyan and Lt. Col. Sumayo from appearing before the Lower House an instance of hindering the truth from surfacing?

And regarding harassment of those who proclaim the truth: Are the abduction of Jun Lozada and the decision to court-marshall Gen. Gudani and Col. Balutan for disregarding Malacanang’s order not to testify before the Senate examples of punishing those who come forth to tell the truth?

By conflating one’s responses to all these questions does one arrive not at hard evidence showing culpapility on the part of some government officials, but a ghestalt, an image which nonetheless demands our assessment and judgment. I invite all of you then to consider these two methods of evaluating and judging the moral credibility of any government, the moral credibility of our present government.

Allow me to end with a few words about an Ignatian virtue, familiaritas cum Deo. To become familiar with God involves the illumination of the intellect, coming to know who God is and what God wills. But it also involves the conversion of the affect, the reconfiguration of the heart. Becoming familiar with God entails trasforming and conforming my thinking, my feeling and my doing in accordance to the Lord’s, which can only be the work of grace.

Familiarity with God thus entail rejoicing in what God delights—the truth; abhoring what God detests—falsehood; being pained by what breaks the heart of God—the persecution of truth-seekers. Familiary with God means sharing the passion of God for the truth and the pathos of God whenever the truth and the bearers of truth are overcome by the forces of the lie.

On this Second Sunday of Lent, as we contemplate the transfiguration of Jesus Christ on Mount Horeb, we pray that our hearts and minds be so transfigured and so conformed to the mind, heart and will of the Jesus, our way, our life, and our truth.

May the Lord bless and protect you, Jun, and your family. May the Lord bless and guide us all into the way of truth. Amen.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

We will miss you, Father!

I remember having interviewed Fr. Totit for an article about him in the parish newsletter (see our picture just right above this paragraph). He was just about new in the parish and will be celebrating his birthday then. For me it had been an interesting encounter, because I got to know a little more this priest who was giving very good homilies during weekday masses. Well, he also says mass during Sundays, but not usually during 6:00am (my schedule of service), which was often presided by our parish priest.

The parishioners love him! Bukod kasi sa magaling mag-homily, super bait pa nito. He will find time to accommodate you even if his schedule is busy, or even if he's already tired. Hindi maselan or maarte. Magaling siya makisama. I see in him that he lives out his being a priest and missionary.

I will always be grateful to Fr. Totit for being a friend to me, for listening to me, and for his "fatherly" and friendly advices and guidance. I was so glad to know that while I was discerning about an important life choice, there was someone who shared with me the same sentiments as I did. I was sad about him leaving our parish. But I was also happy for him, because he will become a blessing to more people in his new community.

Our family was fortunate to have him visit our house after his last street mass in our community (see first 2 pictures above).

Thank you, Fr. Totit! We'll miss you :)