Sunday, April 29, 2007
I greet his efforts towards getting himself elected to the governorship of Pampanga with pessimism for I see in it a sign of successive failures and tragedies and an omen for more. First, and certainly the most striking, is his failure to treasure the priesthood of Christ of which he is a part-taker. If this man certainly had faith, faith that he, a worthless lump of ash and dirt, indeed calls the creator and redeemer of the world upon the altar and feeds his flocks with his Redeemer's body and blood, I doubt he would be moved to trade such the gift of the ordained ministry, of which he is not worthy to bear anyway for no man is, for a 3-year term that would only temporarily halt the political ambitions of the malfactors he hopes to defeat. A man who trades pearls for dirt must be scrutinized regarding his priorities.
But the argument that he, like Christ who offered his very own divinity and life for the good of all men, is merely offering his priesthood to save the people of Pampanga from jueteng lords is, for me, wanting. For unlike Christ whose atonement for the sins of mankind is an absolute necessity for none other than He had the power to do such redeeming work, Fr. Panlilio's direct partipation in the political process is not an absolute necessity for there are others who can occupy this post with more competence than he. This is where he, and other leaders of the Church in Pampanga, have utterly failed, for they have squandered many opportunities to properly form the laity to take the responsibility of civil leadership with much seriousness. And now this failure to properly form the laity will be aggravated by having the same failed leadership take the rein of public office.
Of course, one cannot lay the full burden of failures in Pamanga at the feet of Panlilio. But one cannot but see a disturbing image of a man of God active in social work who suddenly finds himself thrust into politics by his followers who want to rid the province of potentially corrupt leadership. The Bibilical parallels are too striking to be credible and yet here we see them right before our eyes. Christ responded by letting himself sent to the cross by the Roman governor. Panlilio, supposed servant of this same Christ, responds by racing to become the governor.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Thinks like this make me very suspicious of the "histories" being studied by the ordinary Filipino student. Lots of things left out, lots of false assumptions implied in the books. I just wish I had more time to devote myself in such things.
"This confirms that Europe's economy is solid and will support euro buying. I think the euro will make a try for $1.37," the Japanese bank trader said.
In the short term perhaps. A strong Euro's no good for European exports. Best time to buy lots and lots of greenbacks.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Just check out the galleries here. Although, in this case, it most likely began as a high church denomination borrowing and absorbing more charismatic expressions rather than a Pentecostal church borrowing things Catholic.
Here, their patriarch appears to be vested in a pallium. I wonder how he got it from the Roman Pontiff.
Most Muslims want US military forces out of the Middle East and Islamic countries
That's it? You mean none of these?:
- creation of a new Islamic caliphate.
- eradication of those deemed to be "infidels"
- elimination of Israel
- elimination of foreign influence in Muslim countries
Whew! Such a relief. And here I was thinking that the media forgot to mention that "from al Qa'ida's point of view, the war [in Iraq] does not end with an American departure."
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
"Nobody beats up my brother except me!"
Monday, April 23, 2007
A visit to Karantina, a perversion of the term “quarantine”, was one of the worst of my life. Thousands of people who had been living in Saudi Arabia for decades, but without passports, had been deemed “illegal” by the government and, quite literally, abandoned under a flyover.
A non-Saudi black student I had met at the British Council accompanied me. “Last week a woman gave birth here,” he said, pointing to a ramshackle cardboard shanty. Disturbed, I now realised that the materials I had seen those women carrying were not always for sale but for shelter.
I had never expected to see such naked poverty in Saudi Arabia.
Read more here.
Hat tip: Jihad Watch
The message is clear. Now, if only all homes acquire a solar cell and use them for powering their refrigerators, I'm sure they could halve their power consumption by half. I believe this is especially applicable in the case of the Philippines where there is much sunshine all year round and the refrigerators and airconditioners make up most of the power consumption because of the Philippines' awfully warm climate.
With all the accompanying gadgets like the regulators, batteries and others, solar power doesn't look cheap but it will be in the long-term. Locally, complete solar power sets, I think, costs as much as a new, high-end cellphone unit. The initial cost could be recovered through savings in power consumption and eventually, through the general lowering of the cost of fossil fuel due to low demand which is triggered by the use of solar power. It's a cycle! And hopefully will bring to an end our dependence on Middle Eastern fuel.
"Limbo does not exist"
Vatican scraps concept of place where unbaptized babies go
VATICAN CITY-THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS effectively buried the concept of limbo, opening the gates of heaven to babies who die unbaptized and reversing centuries of traditional Catholic teaching.
Reading it, I couldn't say if the writer was just being extra creative in his writing style, being sarcastic, or was just being plain stupid. Perhaps some element of the first two, but certainly a generous dose of the last. This is one of the superduper, uber, most bestest example of why I don't read the papers or watch TV news. If we use this as basis for the quality of journalistic acumen of our brave and wise mediamen, then the average news story is blatantly one stinking pile of [expletive deleted]!
Update: here's Zadok the Roman to explain the concept of Limbo
Sunday, April 22, 2007
One thing I've noticed from visiting online stores of such goods, is that vestments abroad don't come cheap. Here in Manila, a priest could get proper and dignified vestments for a fraction of the cost of those sold in Europe and the US. Here are a few samples:
When I inquired, none of these chasubles exceeded [at 1 euro = 64 pesos] 235 Euros [costs vary according to the material used and the size]. These chasubles are less expensive here because of lower cost of labor. Most of the materials used, however, are actually imported from Europe.
If you're more traditionally minded, I wouldn't recommend their albs. The sisters sell wrap-around, coat-type albs only. They don't carry the traditional albs [though I've purchased two albs from them in the past], but they do have have pretty decent surplices. Oh, and they don't make fiddlebacks either.
Unfortunately, the sisters [Pious Disciples of the Divine Master] who make these vestments, don't seem to have an online store. If you're interested in purchasing, you could email me for details.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Update: My hunch was right. Officials say heads of 7 hostages delivered to army detachment in southern Philippines
Those dirty pigs.
Anyway, I find it curious that while there is a great number of traditionalists in the Church who point out Paul VI's clear plan for trying to destroy the Church from within by destroying the Latin Mass, they seem to ignore how the Pope unpopularly held on to traditional teaching regarding sex in his encyclical Humanae Vitae. I guess heretics can be choosy with the things they wanna change. Right? Or did he perhaps use it as a smokescreen to keep his orthodox credentials while he did away with the Mass? I guess you can't expect heretics to be consistent. Poor Pope Paul, strong enough to destroy the Mass but unable, it seems, to destroy mere Christian sexual morality.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
I mean, just take a look at how abusive so many of the drivers and bus crews "serving" commuters daily. Stopping in the middle of the road to load and unload passengers, driving in an utterly slow fashion so as to pick up more passengers, cutting trips when they find it convenient for themselves, putting up illegal terminals in high-traffice areas are some of the more common abuses that usually irk me and numerous others, even the non-commuters. The worst traffic jams in the street of Metro Manila, sans a horrific automobile collision consisting of several vehicles, are perpetrated by the common jeepney and bus.
With a political party backing them up, I'm pretty sure they'll be even bolder in their abuses.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Personally, I'd prefer having a large chunk of the Mass celebrated in Latin. Not only will this eliminate translation problems, it would encourage the celebrant to sing/chant the Mass and give it much dignity. One of my disappointments during the Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral last week, is the poor choice of the deacon to dismiss the faithful with a casually dictated "The Mass is ended, go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia," which happens to a bit of a tonque twister, and most of all, a hopeless bore. I was really irked when they chose to go with that rather than the solemn and chanted "Ite missa est, alleluia, alleluia." The English dismissal simply doesn't bear the dignity and joy of a chanted dismissal in Latin. Yep, you read that right, JOY. The double alleluia at the dismissal, reserved only during the Easter season, simply doesn't fit well, musically and in other aspects, in the standard formula "The Mass is ended...", thus the deacon winds up simply saying it, hurriedly in most cases. The solemn form is not unknown in the Cathedral, and I've had my "wow!!! moments" in the past vigils when it was done. It was beautiful, and the emphasis on the long and repeated alleluia in the formula only served to emphasize the significance of the season.
I found these in a single newspaper website:
- Two suicide bombers target US cultural centre in Morocco
- Iraq violence slaughters 68
- Thirty killed, wounded in Iraq bombing
- White House decides not to release Iranians: report
- Australia to ban books advocating terrorism
- Taliban video shows French hostages
- MNLF attack marine base in Jolo; three dead, eight wounded
- PLO acts to contain Islamists in Lebanon camp
And a note for the clueless: US imperialism ain't it.
Update: I wonder if some genius will start call the Philippine Star's website a hate site.
Last year, I was surprised to find that the potent liqueur Chartreuse was actually available in this part of the globe. Having read Daniel Mitsui's praises for the green stuff, I decided to have it for our Christmas noche buena. I found that Chartreuse blended with pineapple juice and crushed ice was most delicious. Chartreuse, in case you're interested is available in Santi's in Yakal St., Makati.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Update 1: Taberna's follow report states something to the effect that they're worried about oxygen levels inside the elevator. So the elevators, from the old building which I presume are also old, are airtight? Wow! Imagine that. If I were stuck there, I wouldn't worry about the air, except when someone farts! Hahahaha...
Update 2: DZBB report says Roco is ok and the elevator problem has been fixed. She wasn't complaining apparently. Oh, and there were 18 other people with her inside the elevator. A lady interviewed said the elevator usually had that problem when it was overloaded. Hmmm... 19 people, elevator overloading, 19 people, elevator overloading... Yep, it's Arroyo's fault. She failed to certify as urgent legislation against overloaded elevators. She should be charged in some European human rights court for this outrageous violation of Sonia Roco's human rights! Sympathy and love for Sonia Roco. Vote for Sonia Roco! She deserves it for being stuck in an elevator.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I was particularly struck by the speakers from Ibon Foundation who boldly predicted that the fall of the Arroyo administration was imminent. They were pretty sure that the year wouldn't end without Arroyo stepping down, voluntarily or forced. And now, 2 years later, Arroyo is still around, hardly an example of a weak president.
Ibon Foundation prides itself as the "Philippines' most trusted and well-respected independent research think-tank" that provides "[t]imely information, incisive analysis in popular style, effective education. IBON is popularly known for these things, especially when it comes to socio-economic issues." Right.
The unconstitutional deployment of the military into metropolitan areas has undermined security in the rural areas
But weren't they protesting against "militarization" in the provinces recently? They should really make up their mind.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I reported to this to my partner. She told me it's probably another text/phone-brigrade at work. In others words, somebody's doing a PR campaign against the administration again. I suspect that whoever's doing the campaign has a direct line to the anchors and feed them the messages directly, which could explain the lack of randomness in the receipt of the SMS. I could be wrong though. But I did compile the audio file in case I need it.
Monday, April 09, 2007
We saw the Apostle Andrew smoking a cigarrette while straggling a "Salubong" procession with a veiled image of the Virgin. He was carrying a nice digital camera too. Unfortunately, I buried ours under so many stuff in my bag. We knew it was him because he had a nameplate bearing his name. Ha! I'm sure Peter would be outraged if he ever found out.
But I managed to catch the other procession with the image of the Risen Christ:
The Silent Procession, Prostration and Collect
(pardon the neck injuries)
(with annoying projector screen)
The Proclamation of the Passion
Unveiling and Veneration of the Cross
Lighting of the Paschal Candle:
Proclamation of the Exsultet
The Responsorial Psalms
(and the obvious reason why projector screens should be banned in all chruches.)
The Gloria and the Lighting of the Cathedral
Lighting of the Candles at the Old Main Altar and Reading of Epistle from St. Paul
Blessing of the Baptismal Water
Baptism of an Infant
Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Sunday, April 08, 2007
And get rid of projector screens in churches. Ugly. Stupid. Distracting. Kill!!!
And now back to regular blogging...