Mga Pangunahing Dahilan Kung Bakit Baduy Pero Bumebenta ang Otcho-Ocho

Patalastas muna.  Salamat kay Reynz sa kanyang suporta sa isang online patimpalak.   Pasensya na, Kamahalan at overaged na pala ang blog ko.  Gayunpaman, touched pa rin ako’t nakabilang ako sa original list mo.  Tenkyu po!üüü

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Tag ito.  Tag.  Ibig sabihin eh sarili ko na naman ang pag-uusapan dito sa post na ito.   Nyayksidudels…

Na-tag ako ni Heleinah (new spelling para cute) ng mga eight things.ü  Bakit eight at hindi ten, di ko alam. Siguro, natakot ang original na may pakana ng tag na ito na baka mapagod sa kakaisip ang mga future na mata-tag, medyo binabaan nya ang requirement.  8 things na lang instead of 10 things.  Hmmm… merciful!

Anyway, tama na ang dada.  Eto na ang Limang Eight Things About Me.  Continue reading

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SMY, Utoy, You Crepe! (Wholesome)

Sako guid kaayo si Toto Utoy subong, ti, dispensa kun waay guid sya tyimpo makadalan sa mga migo kag miga nya sa blogosphere… haw.

Arrrgghh…  anong ginagawa ko?  Ni hindi nga ako ilonggo.  (tama ba, IFM? my hiligaynon is rusty.) Wala na akong time mapagbloghop.  Ni wala nga akong nagagawa pa para sa anniversary ng blog ko.  Parang kailangan ko na yata ng guest blogger. Glesy d’Great, where are you? 

Ang kwaresma kasi ang next na pinakabusy na panahon sa buhay ng mga pari at seminarista.  Eh dito sa kabundukan, ok lang sana kung isang parokya ang hinahawakan namin.  44 parishes!  Yep, apatnapu’t apat na parokya ang hawak ng community namin dito.  Ganun kakonti ang mga paring nagsisilbi sa France.  Di tulad sa atin sa Pinas, tig-isang parokya ang pari, kung minsan, dalawa o tatlo pa sila sa isang simbahan lang.  Kaya naman dito, kahit ako na seminarista lang, pinagbe-bless na ng patay, pina-aattend ng meetings, pinag-aanimate ng mga ministries.

Speaking of animating ministries, isang araw eh naisipan kong surpresahin naman ang mga bata sa weekly Catechism class nila sa kabayanan.  I decided to cook some crêpes for them.  Continue reading

Sugar: not exactly a Valentine story

Una sa lahat, Panaderos, next post ko na susulatin ang tag-award.  pramis.

Pangalawa, welcome sa blogging world kila Chicksykat at Gardiniere

Pangatlo eh salamat kay Jhaynee at pagkalaki-laki ng pangalan ko sa post nya.ü  Touched naman ako.  Touch me more…ü

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Di ko alam pero kapag may mga taong nalalaman na seminarista ako, hindi tungkol kay God o kay Jesus o kay Mama Mary ang tinatanong nila sa akin.  Ang una nilang tanong sa akin ay bakit hindi na lang ako nag-artista (buhay pa po kasi si Dick Israel)  at ang pangalawa eh bakit di na lang ako nag-asawa. 

Pumasok din naman sa isip ko ang pag-aasawa.  Na-inlababo din naman ako at nakapagpasagot ng girlfriend, kahit papaano.  Kaya lang eh para talagang lamok sa tenga ko ang tungkol sa pagpapari, bulong ng bulong, di ako pinapatulog at ayaw akong tantanan.  Continue reading

“Silangnij” by any other name…

Salamat sa lahat ng bumati sa akin ng Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy 27th Birthday at Happy Three Kings.  Natouched naman ako sa mga mensahe ninyo sa akin na punung nuno ng pangungutya at panlalait pagkagiliw at pagtangkilik. Pagpalain nawa kayo ni Yahweh El Shaddai at ng Mahal na Birhen ng Caysasay!!!  Napansin ko lang, otsenta mahigit ang nagcomment sa last post ko (kalahati yata dun eh spams) pero wala man lang nagtanong kung bakit pang-majorette ang mga larawan na ito.  Wala pong kinalaman dito mga unipormadong kababaihang naging unang sex symbol ng bawat musmos na pinoy at naging role model ng mga future kikays of the country, men and women alike.  Wala rin itong kinalaman sa pagtwirl ng baton at pagsoot ng tasselled boots at pula’t puting military gala uniform habang legal na nagpapakita ng kuyukot at nagpapakalantod sa pagkembot sa gitna ng kalsada sa saliw ng “Boom-tarat-tarat” ng Banda Katorse.  Ang mga larawan ay binansagan kong pang-majorette simply because… Continue reading

Bintana Chronicles

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HIMNO KO KAY BATHALA

(pasensya na, impromptu lang) Continue reading

My Top Five Coolest Miracles of Jesus

I don’t know… but I have a feeling this is how my future posts will be all about: the countdown of anything about religion, told in my own light.   I hope I’ll find new topic for posts soon, lest I bore you with these top five religious stuffs.  Having said that, I’ll begin today with another countdown.  Here goes…

When we’re kids, we knew the Holy Bible, not as a Word of God revealed to mankind for their salvation which finds  its fulfillment at the Paschal Mystery of Christ, but rather, as a collection of the downright awesome miracles that happened in the olden times.  It carries Moses, Abraham, Elijah and other colorful characters that light up the imagination of the young.  Jesus, in particular, is the main man of marvels for any Christian gradeschooler as there are four Gospels chronicling (may word bang ganun?) his miracles to its juiciest details.   Jesus may not have superstrength, own a Batcave, sling a web or have adamantium claws sprouting at his knuckles, but for any kid in a Christian Living classes at school, the Son of God definitely rocks.  I know each of us got his own pick for the top five coolest miracles, but bear with me as I present now my own choices. 

Our countdown opens with “Walking on Water” as number five of our list.  Come on, now.  Who among the Filipinos have been to the beaches, rivers, lakes or even the perennial floods of España and Pateros and not wished to have this ability?  For kids, it surely beats cannonball and tamblingan sa tulay on the level of impressiveness.   However, this miracle suffers on its usefulness to others.  Jesus meant to save the world, not play Baywatch to Peter all the time.  And so, for the merit of pure showmanship, “Walking on Water” lands on number five.

Next on our countdown is “Calming the Sea Storm.”  Now, Ororo Munro of X-Men fame may share this particular ability of Jesus, but what’s really cool about this particular event is the low-key, happy-go-jackpot image which Jesus chose to exude.  You see, while everyone panicked and worried about getting their luggage wet, Jesus lounges unperturbed at the cabin (Peter’s boat has no sundeck), short of wearing Bermuda shorts and sipping pineapple daiquiri.  When all the apostles are ready for a Poseidon adventure, Jesus casually told the wind and the sea, “Hoy, ano ba… te’mek kayo dyan!”    Suddenly, there’s no storm.  Only a salty crew of apostles in life-vests staring at the clear open sea.

Bagging the third place is the “Raising of Lazarus.”  This event prefigures Christ’s own resurrection event, which is seriously the greatest miracle of Jesus.  Now, the cool factor with this miracle is in the fact that Lazarus had been dead for days when he was revived from his tomb.  Talk about Twenty-eight Weeks, Dawn of the Dead and any of those George Romero movies.   Questions come into mind: If you’re bound from head to foot with long strips of linen and is sewn in to a shroud, been dead for days, hasn’t eaten anything, with maggots feasting on your major muscles, how can you walk out of your own grave?  Only by miracle, of course.  Next question,  if Lazarus had been dead and rotting for some time and was later revived, how would Mary and Martha feel every time they sleep, knowing that their once-dead and grave-stinky brother is in a room next to them?  Also, if a person who where once flat-liners had NDE (Near Death Experience), what would Lazarus’ experience be called?  The answer is left for us to conjecture.

Our number two spot goes to “Changing Water into Wine.”  Now, “Changing Water into Wine” may not be a hit for kids, but for a Filipino male, sixteen years old and above, this is definitely the coolest miracle.  To the hearts of every magbabarik (batangueño word for, uhhm, liquor aficionado), if Jesus lives today, he will be recognized as the Ultimate Tanggero, the real and personal God and Savior of every inuman.

And now, for our number one miracle of Jesus… it’s the “Feeding of the Five Thousand!”   Yehey!  Now, if you’re not happy and clapping with my choice, chances are you’re the kind who will vote for “Changing Water into Wine” as the number one, you inebriated soak, you.  But let me first tell you the merit of this miracle.  Aside from the fact that this foreshadows the mysteries of the Eucharist, this is one miracle with the most number of people benefited on it.   The bible noted that the nourished population is five thousand men, not counting women and children.  Many books would infer that since in a family of an average middle eastern man, there’s one wife and two children at least, the rough estimate of happily fed Jews would be around 25,000!  And it only took two loaves and some fish.  At may leftovers pa!   It’s the ultimate catering service miracle, my brothers and sisters!  Now, segue tayo on the present world crisis on food shortage.  Some scripture scholar speculated that the actual miracle of the event is that when Jesus broke and blest the bread, some witnesses at the time were inspired to share their own food to others and then voluntarily yet anonymously added their baon to what Jesus has prepared.  The miracle, some said (though not magisterially recognized) , is that Jesus pioneered the idea of a Potluck.  Everyone is fed, everyone was able to share, everyone was happy. ..   You know where I am leading here.  You know why I chose this as the number one miracle.  You know it and you believe in it.  It’s the one miracle we hope to happen again, it is the one miracle we are all capable of, it is the one miracle that can help the world if only we take cue to what had happened to that fateful evening at the Galilee beach, two thousand years ago.   

Let the Jesus in us break and bless the bread on our hands and reach out to share it to others.  Amen.

(i’ll be gone for three days again. hehehe…)