Today is Good Friday. Let us reflect on the meaning of this day.
Today is Good Friday. Let us reflect on the meaning of this day.
Visita Iglesia and the Way of the Cross
During Lent, we observe a Catholic tradition of visiting various churches to recite and meditate on the Way of the Cross, a practice more popularly known as Visita Iglesia. We normally visit seven churches and recite two stations of the cross in each church, although there were years when we covered more tha seven churches.
Visita Iglesia is not just a religious experience. It also provides a historical and cultural perspective esepcially if you are visiting old churches.
In today's post. l list combinations of Churches you may want to consider during your Visita Iglesia this Maundy Thursday. Have a good day!
Visita Iglesia on Foot
If you live in one of the neighborhoods around the Old Manila area, you can just walk around these set of churches. Of course, make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes, umbrella or hats, drinking water, hand towels and an extra shirt or two. You can cover at least seven of these churches within one day. Watch out and observe the various Hijos de Nazarenos doing their Visita Iglesias in these churches during Maundy Thursday. These churches are:
The Pasig-Mandaluyong Churches
These are the set of churches near our place of residence. After visitng our Parish Church, San Antonio Abad, the route and set of churches to visit are largely determined by the availability of parking spaces near the church grounds. But we normally select from among the following churches, chapels and oratories:
The C5-Katipunan-Roxas Boulevard Set:
The East Road Churches of Laguna and Rizal:
If you have a whole day to spare and do not mind driving around the towns of the lake's shorelines, you may want to try the various churches around the Laguna lake. You have 3 options on where to start the drive tracing the twons around the lake (1) the SLEX-Calamba route; (2) the Taytay-Angono route; or, (3)start with Antipolo Church (which is strictly not within the East Road), drive to Teresa and then Morong. In our case, we avoided the traffic at the Angono stretch and took the Antipolo Church as our first stop. From early morning to around 8pm during one Maundy Thrusday, we managed to visit the following churches:
And here are pictures of these Laguna-Rizal churches in Maundy Thursday, 2010
In future blogs, I will post more pictures of churches that I have been to, as soon as I will find them from my various picture files.
A Test If you will Ever Develop Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Test was developed as a mental age assessment by the School of Psychiatry at Harvard University. Take your time and see if you can read each line below without a mistake. The average person over 40 years of age cannot do it!
Now, lets use the same same set of sentences, but this time read the third word in each line from the top down.
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!.
In 1995, GMA-7 introduced a daily soap opera against the first 30 minutes of TV Patrol. The show was Villa Quintana, a co-production with Viva Films. It is a story of young lovers, Isagani Samonte (played by Kempee de Leon) and Lynnette Quintana (played by Donna Cruz). It followed a popular plot: boy and girl very much in love with each other despite the feud between their families. In the end, they will die (suicide) for love. Villa Quintana failed miserably during its first few months on air, but since it was a co-production with another company, GMA -7 cannot just cancel the program. In the meantime, because of the predictability of the sequence and the length of segments in TV Patrol, viewers had a chance to take a peek at Villa Quintana. And some of them liked what they saw and eventually become followers of the soap. Thus, Villa Quintana, after several weeks on air, started to gain traction and hit a double-digit audience share level. This was the first time a competitor of TV Patrol hit such shares levels.Moreover, it showed that TV Patrol can be beaten, not by a news program but through a daily soap opera.
Marimar was introduced into the Philippine programming scene by an advertiser, Procter & Gamble, who peddled Televisa soaps into the country in exchange for free spots within the program. It was first offered to ABS-CBN but at a price which the network felt was so exorbitant compared to what was spent producing its afternoon daily soap opera Mara Clara or its evening serials. It was also rejected by GMA 7, so that P&G partnered with RPN 9 and aired Marimar at the slot opposite the second half of TV Patrol and GMA’s early evening newscast.
Marimar was the first program that challenged and almost toppled TV Patrol’s supremacy of the early evening time slot. Its story developed quickly. It has a fast pacing, and offered new elements such as a talking dog and a carefree, beautiful character played by Thalia. The audience loved the novelty that Marimar offered.
Marimar caught the Philippine TV industry by storm. It ate up not only the ratings of TV Patrol but also those of the entertainment programs after the newscast. RPN9 cashed in on the program. They overloaded the program with commercial spots, so that the 30-minute episode extended well over an hour. The total running time of commercial spots within Marimar were longer than the program content. Initially, the audience doesn’t seem to care. They love the new soap and continued to watch it, day by day.
Moreover, P&G has several Thalia soaps in its inventory. With the success of Marimar, the telenovelas of Televisa have become hot properties up for grabs by the highest bidder. For the first time, not only TV Patrol but the whole ABS-CBN primetime block is facing a serious challenge.
To be sure, ABS-CBN was not caught flat-footed with the developments. ABS-CBN Research and Business Analysis, which I headed then, had been providing top management with a regular monitoring and analysis of the shifts in audience preferences and of the week on week viewership of various programs. In various memos and personal briefings we pointed out the threat faced by our early evening slot. We also discussed extensively the development in various management and programming meetings. As head of research I had very long discussions and strategy sessions with the chief programmer of the network, Freddie Garcia.
There were reasons, internal to the network, why it failed to react quickly to the threat(maybe in future blogs, I will write about these). Nevertheless, we agreed on the following principles as a working bases for the subsequent network moves:
And the programming moves were as follows:
Fortunately for ABS-CBN, the counter programming strategy worked. We had the other Thalia telenovelas in our inventory so there was nothing the other channels can offer viewers. After Mara Clara, ABS-CBN TV production started producing a lot fo 30-minute primetime soaps, the first of which were the back to back tandem of Mula sa Puso and Esperanza. TV Patrol retained its leadership, but we can longer say with certainty that it anchored ABS-CBN’s primetime..
But the TV landscape has already changed. Daily series has become a new feature of early evening programming. A typical weekday evening primetime programming would have three distinct blocks: an early evening newscast; a daily telenovela or drama block; and, a once a week program or movies. Today, the once a week program block has been replaced by even more daily dramas, telenovelas or koreanovelas.
Five Lessons About How To Treat PeopleThis has been going around the email for quite a while and in fact, I have received several versions all of which is encouraging me to pass it forward.The original author of this inspirational essay is unknown. In fact it appears to be like a compilation of five different stories. But together, they make an excellent inspirational reading.
It speaks about simple truths in the way we treat other people, namely:
I am reproducing below the full text of the essay.
1. First Important Lesson – “Know The Cleaning Lady”
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
“Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello.”
I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.
2. Second Important Lesson – “Pickup In The Rain”
One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.
A special note was attached. It read:
“Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”
Mrs. Nat King Cole.
3. Third Important Lesson – “Remember Those Who Serve”
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. “How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “50¢,” replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.
“Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. “35¢!” she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.
When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.
4. Fourth Important Lesson – “The Obstacles In Our Path”
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand – “Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”
5. Fifth Important Lesson – “Giving When It Counts”
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her.”
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”.
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.
How about you? Have you had a personal encounter similar to any of the five stories above? Which of the stories above can you relate the most?
nota bene: With the help of the Zemanta plug-in, I also found out that the same essay are postedin the following blogs: