Da Daster Monologues

Ang totoo nyan eh kapag nag-aral ka sa loob ng seminaryo, talagang masusubukan ang creativity mo, lalo na sa larangan ng reporting.   Hahayaan mo bang maging boring ang report mo, lalo na’t conciliar documents at mga dogmas ang laman ng report mo?  Aba eh tutulugan ka lang ng puyat ng mga seminarista.  Isa pa eh di katalinuhan ang Brother Utoy nyo so, pagdating sa mga academic reports, ang di nya makuha sa content at relevance ay dinadaan na lang nya sa audience impact at stage presence.

Nariyang gumawa ng mga pamatay na powerpoint presentation na halos maghang ang laptop sa sobrang daming animations at video clips.

Nariyang magpa-gameshow ako na syempre, may sariling gameshow jingle pa para sa report ko on Temperance sa Virtues Class namin.

Nariyang sumulat ako ng mga courtroom drama na mga skit para sa report ko sa Old Testament I (Pentateuch and prophets).

Nariyang sumulat ako ng musical play sa ngalan ng Old Testament II.

Nariyang magpa-videoke ako pero syempre, iniba ko na yung lyrics ng kanta.  Kinakanta na nila ang report ko.

At ang latest: mag-monologue ng nakadaster habang sumasayaw ng Hagibis at apat na beses na sinasambit ang salitang “puke.”  Rights of Women ang report ko sa Matrimony class namin.  Si Monsi Vengco ang prof ko. 

Ang mga kasama ko, di patatalo:  creative din!   Nariyang mag-hire sila ng mga manghuhula sa Quiapo.  Nariyang magpatalkshow sila, kalakaladkad ang kanilang mga magulang at kapatid.  Nariyang mag-hold sila ng isang cooking lesson habang nagdidiscus ng isang dogma.  Nariyang maghold ng isang mini-concert (unplugged syempre),  etc, etc…

Ngayong nauubusan na ako ng creativity, siguro eh ang mga susunod na tricks ko, sa ngalan ng good grades ay:

  • kung group work, mag-aati-atihan kami, complete with uling and headdress at kalasag na gawa sa walis tambo
  • Magpa-russian roulette para may thrill
  • Magpatoma at magpa-ihaw-ihaw, para siguradong lively ang discussion
  • video conference with Pope Benny 16
  • iinvite si Mommy Dionisia as guest

Syempre, kung meron pa kayong maisa-suggest eh sige nga’t i-share nyo naman sakin.  Malay nyo, gamitin ko nga talaga sa report ko ang mga mungkahi nyo. hehehe…

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Eto pala ang stained glass windo of the week natin!


Dahil Rosary month na tayo bukas eh heto ang isang marian motif na stained glass window sa loob ng Notre Dame Cathedral sa may Ile de Paris, syempre sa syudad ng Paris, France.  Heto ang detalye ng central panel ng triphtich na ito:


Ang stained glass ay modern take sa isang traditional Pieta scene.  Naalala ko, parang nagfeature na ako ako ng dalawang modern sa stained glass windows na Pieta rin ang tema, di ko lang maalala kung alin sa mga posts ko yun. 

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Ngapala, pagdasal nyo naman ako’t finals exam na namin.  Medyo hirap si Utoy sa pag-aaral at medyo kalawangin na ang kukote. hehe…

God bless po!

On “Caritas in Veritate”

May sakit ako ngayon so nagkaroon ako ng time for blogging.

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It’s been barely a month since Caritas in Veritate was released by Vatican but the news of its publication seemed slow to spread in the Philippines.  I’ve been scouring the local papers for some words about it, but the first social encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI seem not as newsworthy as, say, our politicians being photographed with the US president or his pet dog.  It’s quite  saddening that the world’s most recent knowledge of the Popeever speaking of something socially relevant wasthat misquoted opinion of the Holy Father against the use of contraceptives in the AIDS-stricken African nations.  And what do we make of Caritas in Veritate?  It’s just tad too boring to rouse the media hype.

But we still have plenty of time ahead of us.  Malay ba natin, it’s just picking up its momentum.  Lalo na when the latest Vatican offering on social issues is lauded by experts as Church’s learned dialogue with sociologists, economists and leaders of the land.  The authoritative and modern manner that it was written just goes to show that the Pope has been doing his homework of updating himself to the current global realities.  Reading the encyclical, one cannot but rail to remark how Caritas in Veritate acted like the biblical dragnet (from the Gospel of St. Matthew, you heathens), scouring every important corners and backalleys of the modern society for “occasions of salvation” :  the financial system, the labor unions, bioethical issues, international economic institutions, ecumenism, and even a “espace sacré” for tourism and the plight of the migrant workers.   While we say that Caritas in Veritate packs a social clout, this is not to say that it pales on the theological department.  At each themes and subthemes, Pope Benedict XVI exercised well his vocation of preaching the coming of the Kingdom, by precising on economical and sociological terms, the image of the Kingdom of God.  And for our main man Benny, if our quest ofr the much anticipated Kingdom of God has a soundtrack, it has the words “love” and “truth” all over its refrain.

Personally, I find the English translation of Caritas in Veritate a refreshing, albeit a longish, read, especially when at some rare moments, we’ll find a few very up-to-date English expressions that somehow lent a little zest on the usual conciliar or curial language of the Vatican documents.  Thus, we find phrases like “weaving the networks of charity,”  “putting the breaks on violence,”  “gaining a foothold on economy” and “running on a level playing field,” just to name a vivid few.  Whether the credit for such novelty is due to the genius of the translator or to Pope Benedict himself or even to the alleged ghostwriters of this document (many remarked that Veritas in Caritate is sooo un-Benedict.), I don’t know.  All I know is that omong these “pop-culture” savvy lingo that found a usage in the newest encyclical, my personal favorite is the word “breathing-space.”  The term, breathing-space is found at least four times in the document:  on numbers 3, 11, 20 and the fourth one, it just eludes me right now.  But it’s right there, look for it.   Veritas in Caritate (VC) # 3 spoke of how “truth frees charity from fideism that deprives it of human and universal breathing space”.  VC # 11 reports that “without the perspective of eternal life, human progress in this world is denied breathing-space.”  Then, CV # 20 tells us how “the perspective of charity of Christ remains fundamental in giving breathing-space to our comitment for the development of the people.”  Again, the fourth mention of breathing-space, ikaw na ang maghanap.  Andyan lang yan, pramis.

Now the word “breathing-space” may not perfectly put into nutshell the social message of the Pope, but ican very well be the Holy Father’s one-word critique to the whole world today.  By this word, breathing-space, itcan be conjectured that the world today seemed more and more deprived of its natural function of breathing,  that is, breathing in every sense of the word.  Which means that we are being stifled, held by the neck, strangled, asphixated, not just environmentally, physically or economically, but culturally, morally and spiritually as well.  To breathe without restraint is one of the most basic freedom of every human being, with the breath, the biblical “ruah” as the primordial gift of God to mankind in the book of Genesis.  Thus, to give humankind a space for breathing is to allow the Spirit of God to work in us, as we pursue our paths to progress.  Bringing back the much needed breathing-space in our modernity is a call for us not to stifle or strangle the Gospel values of truth and charity, in the name of economic development.  The pope’s demand for a “breathing-space” is a rallying message that global progress does not consists only of tehcnology, commercial wealth and financial wizardry, but rather it has on its very heart, the welfare of humanity, the living and breathing humanity, which must wholistically benefit from such modernity, and at the same breath (no pun intended), be inspired by the Holy Spirit, who breathes through the two nostrils of truth and charity. 

In Caritas in Veritate # 77, Pope Benedict XVI is telling us, “In every truth, there is something more than we woudl have expected; in love, there is always an element that surprises us.  We should never cease to marvel.”  This is an invitation for us to learn how to gasp in awe and wonder in God’s continous creation  despite all the scientific learning and economic progress we have acquired.  True to the Second Vatican Council’s tradition of “letting the fresh air in the Church,”  the Holy Father is calling us to always reserve a big breathing space for humanity, for the Spirit to work on, that whatever progress we may have attained, it be always geared up towards the sanctity and wholeness of the human person, turhtfully and lovingly on its way towards the Kingdom.

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At syempreds, ang ating stainglass window of the day ay ito:


Ito ay isang stained glass window sa Chapel de Notre Dame de l’Assomption ng La Salle en Beaumont, sa parokya namin sa La Mure, France.  Ito ay nagdedepict ng passion ni Christ.  Modern-modernan ang istilo dahil sobrang modern din ang simbahan na ito.

In fact, eto ang altar nya.


at eto naman ang modern rendition nila ng Blessed Mother:


Gawa ang estatwang yan sa isang tipak ng kahoy.  Teka, at eto nga pala ang labas ng chapel:


God bless!

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

Oh meyn, top teyn!

May mga kakaibang pangyayaring nagaganap sa aking blog.  Una ay sa araw na ito lang ay nakatanggap ako ng 107 spams.  Siguro, normal lang ito sa ibang bloggers pero sa akin, wierd ito, kasi in a week, di sumosobra sa dalawa o tatlo lang ang spam comments na natatanggap ko.  Pangalawa, biglang nabago ang itsura ng blog ko.  Ang blog roll ko ay biglang lumitaw, not on the sidebar, but on the bottom of the page.  Hmmm… Na-virus kaya ang blog ko?

Pero hindi iyan ang tunay na mahalaga sa akin.  Ansaya-saya ko dahil may natanggap akong comment from HRH Reyna Elena the other day.  May surprise daw sya sa akin.  Syempre, kapag ang Reyna ang nagsabi sayo nyan, magkandarapa ka dapat, diba?  Yun nga ang ginawa ko at ito ang tumambad sa aking mga matang may vow of chastity  (salamat pala kay Darbz kasi ninenok ko sa site ng Exodians ang screen capture na ito): Continue reading

Flowers For You!!! (by a celebrity guest blogger)

Para sa post na ito, naimbitahan ko si Glesy the Great na mag-guest blogger sa akin.  Na-attain na po ni Glesy ang celebrity status sa Pinoy blogosphere bilang guest blogger ng mga bigating mga Filipino datkomistas at wordpress bloggers.  At kung ayaw nyong maniwalang sikat si Gles, heto po ang list of more popular guestings ni Glesy in chronological order:

4.  HAPPY HEARTS DAY (for Potsquared)
5.  MAYORDOMA NI KENGKAY (for Kengkay)
6.  I, GLESY THE GREAT SOLEMNLY SWEAR?  (for mommy Kengkay ulit)
7.  HE SAID, SHE SAID (for Burinj)
8.   HE SAID, SHE SAID (for Kirksydney)

Ang especialty po nya ay humor posts, with a heart and a brain.   At kung hanggang ngayon eh di mo pa rin kilala si Glesy d’Great, well.. bahala ka, di ka cool.

Syempre, gusto kong makasama sa prestihiyosong listahan na yan kaya na-Fear Factor ko po si Glesy sa aking Bulaklak Post Challenge.  Napakarami ko po kasing mga bading na bading na litrato ng mga bulaklak na di ko naman maipagmalaki dahil di ako makapagsulat ng post about flowers, without any reference to human female anatomical parts.  Kaya kinailangan ko ang wholesomeness at expertice ni Glesy para maiparada ko naman ang aking mga pantashtik fikchurs oph plawersh nang hindi nawawala ang “for the whole dysfunctional family” factor ng blog ko.  Kaya para sayo, Glesy, maraming maraming salamat.  Kailangang i-schedule na natin ang date natin pag-uwi ko sa Pinas.

Anywey, tama na ang dakdak, Utoy.   Let’s hear it from Glesy!!! Continue reading

Medyo Nagmahal na Araw

Di po ako Hiatus Mode.  Wala lang po talaga akong ganang magblog. At wala rin po kasi akong maisulat ng matino.   Parang ayoko nang magblog muna.  Pwede po ba? Continue reading

Animersheri ek-ek (with recipe!)

Tingnan mo nga naman.  Isang taon na ang blog ko!  Nakaraos din ang low-profile kong cyber-tahanan.  And to think, bobo ako tungkol sa computers at sa internet.  And to think, nabola lang naman ako ni Bluep na mag-blog.  And to think, gusto ko lang magka-outlet for writing.  And to think… and to think… uhhhmmm… think positive? Continue reading