Our cultural mindset

January 25, 2019
TO understand our identity as a race we must begin to appreciate our thinking processes as a Filipino … the Filipino Mind (psyche). The recognition and understanding of our “lived experience” is the foundational basis of our culture and of our development. For it is in an awareness of who we are as a people that we are able to transform ourselves and be able to face the pressures of our changing times. Being culturally lost and confused in today’s global and borderless world is truly a cause for concern but we have nothing to fear if we continue to remember who we are as a people, and be transformed by this introspective analysis.

The Feast of Sto. Niño

January 18, 2019
“TO look into some aspects of the future, we do not need projections by supercomputers. Much of the next millennium can be seen in how we care for our children today. Tomorrow’s world may be influenced by science and technology, but more than anything; it is already taking shape in the bodies and minds of our children” (Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary General).

Popular piety: The Black Nazarene

January 11, 2019
LAST Wednesday ( January 9, 2019), we celebrated the annual feast day of the Black Nazarene whereby millions of devotees gathered to celebrate their devotion to the historical and iconic miraculous statue of Jesus Christ carrying his cross. They took part in the spectacular religious procession known locally as the “Traslacion,” during which devotees carry a replica of the statue across Manila.

Epiphany and the Christmas message

January 04, 2019
ON January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany, the church will celebrate the biblical event where the Magi, also called the Three Wise Men or Three Kings, traveled from the East to pay homage to the newborn King, Jesus Christ. Many believe that this is the date when the Christmas season officially ends, being the end of the traditional 12 days of Christmas. Although, according to the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time doesn’t officially begin until the Monday after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which (usually) falls on the Sunday after Epiphany (January 6th).

Welcoming 2019 in gratitude

December 28, 2018
ADVANCE Happy New Year! We welcome 2019 in gratitude for all the blessings we received in 2018. “Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever” (Ps. 106:1). Gratitude fills our heart as we realize the wisdom and forethought God has in giving us what we need. If we don’t have it, perhaps we don’t need it. If God wants us to have something, we remember that nothing is impossible with God. What we have is shared with us by God and we appreciate his trust in us to be stewards of the good things of life. Our thanks to God are an offering in itself. It is our way of responding to the relationship founded upon God’s love.

Acquittal and public trust

December 21, 2018
AFTER the controversial ruling of the First Division of the Sandiganbayan, in a vote of 3-2, that acquitted Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. on the basis that he “cannot [be held] liable for the crime of plunder” due to the prosecution’s failure to “establish beyond reasonable doubt” that the former senator “received, directly or indirectly the rebates commission and kickbacks from his PDAF.” I sought the expert opinion of a dear friend, Atty. Howard M. Calleja (PPCRV legal counsel) to help me understand the legal implications of this court decision.

An open letter from the youth

December 14, 2018
LAST week I shared with you in this column excerpts from the CBCP Pastoral Letter vis-à-vis the official opening of the Year Of The Youth for 2019 as part of the continuing the 9-year preparation for the 500th year of evangelization of the Philippines come 2021. Intrinsic to our ongoing reflection on the young of our country, allow me to share with you some citations from a thought provoking open letter collectively written by the CBCP-ECY delegates on the mindset of our Filipino youth today:

Christmas and 2019 elections

November 30, 2018
IT’S December 1 and our Christmas preparations are all in full gear. But if our Christmas festivities were done under normal circumstances the “doubt” of associating the acts of public generosity with political mileage would not be an issue. But in a politically charged environment one could not be blamed to distrust the ploy of a grand public relations propaganda masking itself in the form of publicly witnessed charitable work during this yuletide season. To some great extent Christmas has been used to legitimize “vote buying” in the guise of gift-giving and generous works.

Team Cleanfuel, Formula V1 champs

November 23, 2018
OVERCOMING wet weather conditions, Luis Gono of Team Cleanfuel emerged as the titleholder in the third and final round of the 2018 Formula V1 challenge held at the Clark International Speedway. Under the unfavorable weather, 14 racers battled to snag a spot on the podium and get a chance to compete in the international Formula V1 cup in Fuji, Japan.

Church and State partnership

November 09, 2018
The church and State both work for the common good and for the good of every person. They have to respect each other’s legitimate independence or autonomy and each other’s way of achieving the common good and the total development of every human person. Precisely because of this unity of mission, church and State have to collaborate with each other.

Walk the talk

October 26, 2018
EVER since we first tasted the “fruits of democracy”, Filipinos have always waged the call for responsible government from all walks of life with zest, vigor and rhetorical eloquence. And as such, being part of the body politic avidly seeking for government reforms, it should likewise follow that we should give serious consideration in making the call for responsible citizenship as our continuing and collective mantra. But as good as this concept is in paper, could this really be a conceivable reality in our country today?

Fuel saving tips

October 12, 2018
FOR the ninth consecutive week we experience an increased in gasoline prices; and for the seventh week in the increase for diesel. For this week alone oil companies have raised gasoline prices by P1 per liter, diesel by P1.45 and kerosene by P1.35 per liter. Such substantial increases came in the wake of Brent crude’s price hitting a four-year high last week.