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Dec 23, 2015: The New and Real Miss Universe

After 42 years, the crown went to a Filipino beauty for a 3rd time, awkwardly. The host's honest mistake (Steve Harvey of Family Feud fame) generated un-sportsman-like comments from a contestant (yes, even a professional pageant like Miss Universe is not exempted from having "mean girls" among contestants, ha!), sour-graping, and even threats to the family of the jolly and nice Miss USA. But the real winner is unfazed, proving what a judge saw in her :-)
Miss Universe judge Perez Hilton did not mince his words in the post-Miss Universe 2015 coronation night podcast he did with Chris Booker.

Oct 31, 2015: The Power of the Holy Spirit

"Today is my last day as Speaker of the House, and this is the story of how I came to that decision." - John Boehner, Former U.S. Speaker of the House, Oct. 29, 2015. #HolySpirit {%paste_boehner%}

Oct 5, 2015: Homily of Pope Francis at the Opening Mass of the Synod on the Family

In his homily (click below), Pope Francis reminds the synod fathers that we are a "Church which teaches and defends fundamental values, while not forgetting that 'the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath' (Mk 2:27)..." He cited his predecessors Benedict XVI ("Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality... In a culture without truth, this is the fatal risk facing love") and St. John Paul II ("Error and evil must always be condemned and opposed; but the man who falls or who errs must be understood and loved... we must love our time and help the man of our time"). The Church accompanies man in his history, helps heal his wounds, and leads him back to the Truth. Let us pray fervently that, as it continues (until Oct. 24), the synod stays faithful to the Gospel and docile to the Holy Spirit guiding the Church in its mission. #synod2015 #PopeFrancis
Fulll Vatican-provided translation of the homily Pope Francis delivered during the Opening Mass of the Synod on the Family

Sep 26, 2015: Pope Francis Visits the Little Sisters of the Poor in DC
Click on the picture or title right below :-) #PopeInDC
Pope Francis� defense of religious freedom at the White House on Wednesday was �hugely significant,� said the chair of the U.S. Bishops� Ad Hoc Committee on Religious

Sep 21, 2015: World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015

World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015

As the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia draws near (September 22), ending on September 27 with a mass celebrated by the pope himself, it's good to prepare one's self by reflecting on the catechesis from which this year's themes were derived. Clicking on the the logo to the left or the link at the bottom brings you to the Meeting's official site from where the 10 themes of the catechesis below were taken, and from which you can also download the ebook that elobrates on the themes. Please pray for its success in proclaiming the gospel to all families, with deeper understanding of His teachings through the Church, all may be enlivened by Christ's love.

"The truths about the family gathered in the preparatory Church document for each WMOF [World Meeting of Families] are what the Catholic Church traditionally teaches, so this is not new teaching, but each of these preparatory documents have particular emphases based on the issues that the host country and the world are dealing with at the time of the writing...

1 Created for Joy

We are more than an accident of evolution. We are greater than the sum of our biology. God exists. He is good. He loves us. He made us in his image to share in his joy. He takes an active hand in our lives. He sent his only Son to restore our dignity and lead us home to him.

2 The Mission of Love

God works through us. We have a mission. We are in the world for a purpose � to receive God�s love and to show God�s love to others. God seeks to heal a broken universe. He asks us to be his witnesses and helpers in that work.

3 The Meaning of Human Sexuality

The tangible, earthly, corporeal world is more than inert matter or modeling clay for the human will. Creation is sacred. It has sacramental meaning. It reflects God�s glory. That includes our bodies. Our sexuality has the power to procreate, and shares in the dignity of being created in the image of God. We need to live accordingly.

4 Two Become One

We are not made to be alone. Human beings need and complete each other. Friendship and community satisfy that longing with bonds of common interest and love. Marriage is a uniquely intimate form of friendship that calls a man and a woman to love each other in the manner of God�s covenant. Marriage is a Sacrament. Married love is fruitful and offered without reservation. This love is in the image of Jesus�s faithfulness to the Church.

5 Creating the Future

Marriage is meant to be fertile and welcome new life. Children shape the future, just as they themselves are shaped in their families. Without children, there can be no future. Children reared with love and guidance are the foundation for a loving future. Wounded children portend a wounded future. Families are the bedrock for all larger communities. Families are domestic churches, places where parents help children discover that God loves them and has a plan for each child�s life.

6 All Love Bears Fruit

Not everyone is called to marriage. But every life is meant to be fertile. Every life has the power and the need to nurture new life � if not through bearing and raising children, then through other vital forms of self-giving, building and service. The Church is an extended family of different vocations, each distinct but each needing and supporting the others. Priesthood, religious life and the celibate lay vocation to enrich, and are enriched by, the witness of the married state. The different ways of being chaste and celibate outside of marriage are ways of donating one�s life to God�s service and the human community.

7 Light in a Dark World

At its best, the family is a school of love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, mutual respect, patience and humility in the midst of a world darkened by selfishness and conflict. In these ways, the family teaches what it means to be human. However, many temptations arise which try to coax us into forgetting that male and female are created for covenant and communion. For example, poverty, affluence, pornography, contraception, philosophical and other intellectual mistakes can all create contexts that challenge or threaten healthy family life. The Church resists these things for the sake of protecting the family.

8 A Home for the Wounded Heart

Many people, especially today, face painful situations resulting from poverty, disability, illness and addictions, unemployment, and the loneliness of advanced age. But divorce and same-sex attraction impact the life of the family in different but powerful ways. Christian families and networks of families should be sources of mercy, safety, friendship and support for those struggling with these issues.

9 Mother, Teacher, Family: The Nature and Role of the Church

The Church has institutional forms because she must work in the world. But that does not exhaust her essence. The Church is the Bride of Christ, a �she,� not an �it.� In the words of Saint John XXIII, she is our mother and teacher, our comforter and guide, our family of faith. Even when her people and leaders sin, we still need the Church�s wisdom, Sacraments, support and proclamation of the truth, because she is the body of Jesus himself in the world; the family of God�s people writ large.

10 Choosing Life

God made us for a reason. His love is our life mission. This mission enables us to find our true identity. If we choose to embrace this mission, we will have a new perspective on many issues, not just the family. To live the mission of the domestic church means that Catholic families will sometimes live as minorities, with different values than their surrounding culture. Our mission of love will require courage and fortitude. Jesus is calling, and we can respond, choosing lives of faith, hope, charity, joy, service, and mission."


Aug 20, 2015: Is This True? (The PLDT Monoply)

A year after this blog, I wonder if the telecom behemoth is still holding on to its flimsy excuses or has agreed to share its infrastructure with another behemoth. More competition is needed, even if only among locals; the government must be determined enough to level the playing field. :-(


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Aug 3, 2015: What the 'F': Why "Filpino', not 'Pilipino' (Anymore)


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Jul 31, 2015: Shoutout To All Grandparents!

...and to all grandkids: appreciate your grandparents! Through them you have the chance to appreciate your past, in them understand who you and your parents are, and from them learn to become a better person! Happy Feast of St. Joachim & St. Anne! ‪#‎grandparents‬ ‪#parents #‎CafePearsall‬ {%paste_grandparents%}


Jun 12, 2015: An extra special Independence Day for Filipino faithfuls in UAE


The news on the Vatican secretary of state visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) mentions the huge presence of OFW's (overseas Filipino workers) in the said country. {%paste_uae%}


Feb 22, 2015: U.S. Companies Find Cheap Labor -- and Growing Consumer Market -- in the Philippines


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Feb 2, 2015: Call Center Capital of the World


The LA Times reports why it's now dubbed the Call Center Capital of the World. Click on the picture/article below. :-) {%paste_call-center-capital%}


Jan 18, 2015: Culmination of Pope Fancis' Manila Visit



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