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Today is Easter Sunday! The Lord Has Risen!

Easter marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. In the Philippines, Easter morning is marked with joyous celebration, the first being the dawn Salubong, wherein large statues of Jesus and Mary are brought in procession together to meet, imagining the first reunion of Jesus and his mother Mary after Jesus’ Resurrection. This is followed by the joyous Easter Mass and then a hearty breakfast consist of nilaga when we get home.

Here in the US, Easter is celebrated in an entirely different way. A traditional egg-hunting is done in churches or at homes where families hold reunions. Eggs are painted with different colors and designs. An Easter Bunny is used in a very similar trait like Santa Claus, as they both bring gifts to children. Easter baskets may also consist of peeps marshmallows and chocolates.

As we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, I leave this Easter message to you…

May the angels protect you, may the sadness forget you,
may goodness surround you, and may God always bless you…

Happy Easter to ALL!


 
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Posted by on 04/24/2011 in Blogs

 

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Today is Good Friday

Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, commemorates the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross. A day of strict fasting and abstinence, Catholics are allowed to eat only one complete meal and two smaller ones during the day without meat and no food in between.

In the Philippines, the day is commemorated with street processions, the Way of the Cross, the chanting of the Pasyon, and the staging of the Senakulo or Passion play. Church bells are not rung and Masses are not celebrated. In some communities, devotees engage in self-flagellation or crucifixion as expressions of penance.

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Posted by on 04/22/2011 in Blogs

 

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Today is Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday, also known as “Holy Thursday” is the Thursday of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday. Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Last Supper.

Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday. First, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and instituted the Communion. Second, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, thereby setting an example of humility and service.

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Posted by on 04/21/2011 in Blogs

 

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Live Animals Keyrings Sold in China

Chinese street vendors are selling keyring accessories containing live animals that are widely available and sold publicly on sidewalks. Potential buyers have the choice between a living Brazil turtle or two small kingfish, sealed in an airtight package along with some colored water.

As the cruel trinkets continue to gain in popularity, animal rights supporters are opposing the inhumane treatment of the animals. Even some right-thinking passersby are trying to do their part in saving the animals’ lives by buying and freeing them.

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Posted by on 04/03/2011 in Blogs

 

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Tree-Planting World Record Set in Philippines

Philippine environmentalists planted 64,096 trees in 15 minutes thus setting a world record for the most trees planted simultaneously. This was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records that everything was accurate and correct. The effort beat the previous Guinness world record of 50,033 trees planted in India last year.

Nearly 7,000 people helped in the mass planting of saplings in denuded forest and grassland in the eastern province of Camarines Sur on Wednesday.

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Posted by on 02/27/2011 in Global News, Phil. News

 

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Carinderia Circa 50s

My beloved maternal grandmother, Engracia (RIP) was  well-known to be the carinderia-owner beside the church patio in Poblacion. In this carienderia, she served goto (beef-tripe noodle), puto-bibingka(rice cakes) and halo-halo (a sweet concoction of shaved ice and fruits). My Lola Gracia (as we fondly called her) was not just the owner but she was also the cook, server, dishwasher, maintenance and whatever else was needed to keep the carinderia running smoothly. Talking about multi-tasking, huh!

But, hey, the job didn’t even start there. The preparation was way ahead before the carinderia opens at 6am. She had to go to the market for ingredients, place order for ice and sodas, cook ingredients for halo-halo and make galapong (rice paste). Does anyone still remember how they used to make this? After soaking rice in water overnight, it is grinded in a gilingang bato.

Oh, boy… I’m glad there’s Seafood City and Island Pacific to buy ready-made ingredients to make bibingka. Or if you’re still too lazy to do that, just go to Goldilocks for cooked bibingkas. But still… nothing really compares to a hot bibingka made from scratch.

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Posted by on 01/27/2011 in Blogs

 

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Meet Ato and Ine (Say Who???)

Does anyone in the Philippines still earn the nickname “Ato” or “Ine”? I guess not anymore. I know a lot of people nicknamed “Totoy”, “Nene”, or “Boy”.  Will these nicknames soon be history? The same applies with first names. A long time ago, women were named Liwayway, Marikit, Dalisay, Luningning while men were Bayani, Dakila, Tagumpay. Then the era came when women were named Maria and men were either Jose or Juan. These days you can rarely find babies named as such except for a few who were given Spanish names like Juan Carlos Miguel or Maria Victoria Concepcion. Nowadays, babies are named after famous movie stars and their kids. A lot of kids are named Ralph, Michael, Nicole and nicknamed KC, PJ, Kim. Where is Ato and Ine?

How do we even address our parents these days? Gone are the days when parents were called Ina/Ama, Inay/Itay, Inang/Amang. Some still call their parents Nanay/Tatay. These days, parents are known to be Mommy/Daddy or Mama/Papa. Aunts and uncles were known to be Nana/Tata or Tiyang/Tiyong but now they are Tita/Tito.

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Posted by on 01/26/2011 in Blogs

 

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