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An Easter Sunday Message

 

 

As we celebrate Easter, may we realize

  • the weakness of our body; 
  • the irrationality of our feelings;
  • the folly of human pride;
  • the ugliness of egoism;
  • the vanity of ambition;
  • the limitation of our wealth;
  • the finiteness of our knowledge; and,
  • the shortness of our breath.

 

Only God can fill the emptiness of our lives. Let us return everything to God – with sorrow for our sins, holy fear, humility, hope and joy.

Rejoice.

Christ is Risen!

Alleluia.

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Visita Iglesia 2012 – Churches You May Want to Consider

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 Twin Churches of Bustillos: Our Lady of Loreto Church and The Church of St Anthony de Padua
  • Basilica Minore De San Sebastian at San Sebastian
  • Abbey of Our Lady of Monserrat Church at San Beda
  • St. Jude the Thaddeus Shrine near Malacañang
  • National Shrime of St Michael and the Archangels near Malacañang
  • The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene  at  Quaipo
  • FEU Chapel at the FEU Campus
  • Santisimo Rosario Parish Church at the University of Santo Tomas
  • San Agustin Church – Immaculate Conception Parish
  • Manila Cathedral – Basilica of the Immaculate Concepcion
  • Sta Cruz Church at Sta Cruz, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz – the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish more popularly known as the Binondo Church

 

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:

  • San Antonio Abad Church at Stella Maris Avenue, Maybunga, Pasig
  • Sta Clara de Montefalco Church at C Raymundo, Caniogan, Pasig
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pasig 
  • Sto Rosario de Pasig, Ortigas Ave. Extension, Rosario Pasig.
  • Holy Family Chapel, East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig 
  • Sancta Maria Stella  Orientes Oratory, at  UA&P, Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig 
  • St Francis of Asissi Church, at Shaw Boulevard near EDSA Shangrila Hotel and Mall
  • EDSA Shrine, EDSA cor Ortigas Ave.
  • Sanctuario de San Jose, Buffalo cor Duke Sts., East Greenhills
  • Mary the Queen Church at Madison St., Greenhills West
     

The C5-Katipunan-Roxas Boulevard Set:

 These are churches located along the a strecth starting with the UP Chapel in Diliman to the Shrine of St Therese at Newport City in Pasay, then to churches along the Roxas Boulevard all the way to Tondo as the end point. It is a combination of modern and heritage churches.  You start out with the UP Chapel which showcases the works of various national artist and end at the Church of the Sto Nino of Tondo where various old-time residents of Tondo go back every January to attend its feast. The list are as follows:
  • UP Chapel/Church of the Holy Sacrifice (UP Diliman, QC)
  • Sta Maria de la Strada Church, along Katipunan near the entrance gate to La Vista Subdivision
  • Church of the Gesu, in Ateneo de Manila University
  • Sta Clara Monastery Church, Katipunan Avenue
  • St. Padre Pio Chapel in Libis
  • Christ the King Church at Greenmeadows
  • Shrine of St Therese, Doctor of the Church,right across the main entrace of NAIA III
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual help – Baclaran Church, along Roxas Blvd
  • Church of Jesus the Way the Turth and the Light, near Mall of Asia
  • Church of Our Lady of Remedies – Malate Church at MH del Pilar, Malate 
  • Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Senora de Guia, – Ermita Church in Ermita, Manila
  • Sto Nino de Tondo Church, Tondo

 

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: 

  • Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Antipolo
  • St Jerome Parish Church, Morong
  • Our Lady of Candelaria Parish  Church, Mabitac
  • St Peter of Alcantara Parish Church, Pakil
  • St James the Apostle Parish Church of Paete
  • St Gregory the Great Parish Church of Majayjay
  • St John the Baptist Church of Liliw

And here are pictures of these Laguna-Rizal churches in Maundy Thursday, 2010

1, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Church of Antipolo

Picture 1 of 8

 

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.

 

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Today is Ash Wednesday

 

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Today is Ash Wednesday.

It is a holiday of obligation and the faithful are supposed to attend masses . During the masses, ashes are imposed on the foreheads of the faithful . The priest or the officiating layperson  marks the forehead of each participant with black ashes in the sign of the cross, which the worshipper traditionally retains until it wears off.  Made by burning palms, the ashes are a reminder of mortality, a symbol of spirituality and a sign of repentance at the start of the season leading to Easter.

As Wednesdays  is the first day of the Lenten Season,  a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, spiritual discipline and giving.

 

 

 

 

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Impeachment Trial Impressions: Defense Wins Round 1 But Renato Corona is Badly Bruised

Round 1 Goes to the Defense, but CJ Corona is Badly Bruised

 

Fourteen days have passed and the prosecution team is about to wrap up the presentation for Article 2. Thus far, these are my impressions of the first 14 days of the impeachment proceedings:

  1.  I thought that Chief Justice Renato Corona would do a Merci; i.e. resign from his post and  spare himself from the embarrassment of whatever things the prosecution will throw at him during the trial. Renato Corona however has chosen to fight. In an interview  aired over TV Patrol last January 16, 2011, he declared that he will not resign as Chief Justice and only death can remove him from the Supreme Court. Such a bold statement can be interpreted either way: He is either “kapit tuko” or he is convinced he will be acquitted. Whatever it is, his statement over television suggests a long drawn trial.

 

  1. Except for one member of the court who never fails to perform headline grabbing antics when  attending the proceedings, I thought there is a conscious effort on the majority of the senator jurors  not to let the process be hampered by technicalities attendant to judicial proceedings.  I hope this will continue well into the rest of the impeachment trials.  The worst thing that can happen is for technicalities to prevent the truth to come out.  I believe that a decision that is reflective of the truth will surely get the support of the people. But a decision that bars the exposition of the truth using legal technicalities will be rejected by the people and my even result to some form of direct action. (Remember the second envelop and Edsa 2?)

 

The Impeachment Trial on the front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, January 16, 2012
  1. This is a trial to show that Renato Corona is not fit to become Chief Justice.  Specifically it is not about the commission of high crimes” but about “betrayal of the public trust” and “culpable violation of the Constitution.”   For the first fourteen days, the trial was progressing  like a criminal proceeding. This could be a mistake by the prosecution resulting in the arguments being focused on evidence akin to a criminal proceeding, not about fitness in office of the Chief Justice.  Result: the Defense is having a field day in Court.

 

  1. The impeachment trial is a showcase of the best lawyers this country has.  I wonder how expensive these lawyers are.  And if indeed they are offering their services for free, are there strings attached to these free services?

 

  1. The defense team may have won this round on technicalities but their client has been badly cruised and his reputation badly tarnished.   No matter how brilliant and experienced the defense counsels are, the prosecution team was able to paint a Chief Justice who has not been that honest with his SALNs, who has bought penthouses at a great discount and who has tried to avoid paying the correct taxes on his real estate transactions and other incomes.

 

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How to Maximize the Philippine Holidays in 2012

The Long Weekends for 2012

Proclamation No. 295  signed last November 24, 2011 provided a list of Official Philippine Holidays and Special Non-Working Days. To the public and private employees as well as the students, this provides an opportunity to plan ahead for possible vacations, out-of-town trips, or for simply having longer quality time with family.
There are  six opportunities for those working in the Philippines to have an extended weekends:
  1. 3 day weekend from January 21(Saturday) to January 23(Monday), the day of the Chinese New Year celebration which has been declared a holiday.
  2. 5 day break from April 5 (Maundy Thursday) to April 9 (Araw ng Kagitingan). In fact, this could be an opportunity to take a very long break starting on the31st of  March and only file for a 3-day leave of absence(from April 2 to 4).
  3. 4 day weekend from Thursday November 1 (All Saints Day) to Sunday Nov 4
  4. 3 day weekend from Saturday August 25 to Monday August 27 (National Heroes Day)
  5. 3 day weekend from Friday November 30 (Bonifacio Day) to Sunday December 2.
  6. 3 day weekend from December 29 to New Year’s Day of January 2013.
In addition, there are also holidays that sandwiches weekends, so that taking one day off may also mean longer relaxation times:
  1. May 1 falls on a Tuesday, so one can take Monday April 30 off and get a 4 day extended weekend from April 28 (Saturday) to May1 (MOnday)
  2. One can take a day off on the Monday, June 11 and get a 4 day extended weekend: June 9 (Sat) to June 12 (Tuesday), a holiday
  3. Christmas day is on a Tuesday, so why not take take a break also on December 24, a Monday so you can get a full 4 days off from Dec 22 to Dec 25?
To recap, here is the full list of regular holidays and special non-working holidays for 2012:
Regular Holidays:
New Year’s Day                                                      January 1 (Sunday)
Maundy Thursday                                                    April 5
Good Friday                                                             April 6
Araw ng Kagitingan                                                  April 9 (Monday)
Labor Day                                                                May 1 (Tuesday)
Independence Day                                                    June 12 (Tuesday)
National Heroes Day                                                August 27 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day                                                           November 30 (Friday)
Christmas Day                                                          December 25 (Tuesday)
Rizal Day                                                                  December 30 (Sunday)
Special (Non-Working) Days
Chinese New Year                                                   January 23 (Monday)
Ninoy Aquino Day                                                  August 21 (Tuesday)
All Saints Day                                                          November 1 (Thursday)
Additional special (non-working) day                       November 2 (Friday)
Last Day of the Year                                                December 31 (Monday)
Plan you breaks. Enjoy your vacation leaves. You deserved it!
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