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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Saint Augustine Parish Church, Baliuag, Bulacan

I grew up and studied at Baliuag, Bulacan – from grade 5 up to high school. I consider it as my 2nd home and my boyhood town. Having been brought up Catholic by my aunts, I go to church (not very often though) at the Saint. Augustine Parish Church in Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan. I remember back then, it was Monsignor Feliciano M. Palma Jr.’s mass that I always listen to.

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The Saint Augustine Parish Church is also known as Baliuag Church since it’s the oldest church in the town. It’s dedicated to Saint Augustine of Hippo (Doctor of the Church) and the church was built in 1733 – which is also the founding year of the town of Baliuag. The architecture of the church is Baroque and it belongs to the larger Diocese of Malolos.

During my high school years when I was still active in church activities, I use to attend mass here at the Saint Augustine Parish Church – as well as attend confessions during Holy Week and attend the Legion of Mary meetings with my friends Cathy and Sheryl. During Holy Week, the Saint Augustine Parish Church is always included in the 7 Churches (Iglesia) that I visit, along with the Bustos Church, Sabang Church, Sagrada Familia, among others.

Ever since having a DSLR in December 2011, I haven’t taken a picture of this famous church. Hopefully, this Good Friday 2014 I’ll be able to take pictures of this church along with the several karosa that will be paraded during the annual Good Friday Procession. This will be a great photography opportunity and also a good way to reconcile with the church. I haven’t been active in the Roman Catholic Church since graduating in college.

Let me share to you the latest pictures I’ve taken using my BlackBerry 8520 of the Saint Augustine Parish Church, Baliuag.

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The Saint Augustine Parish Church as seen from the Glorietta (town plaza).

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The belfry of the Saint Augustine Parish Church with the image of Moses holding the Ten Commandments.

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The image of the Immaculate Conception, in front of the Saint Augustine Parish Church, Baliuag, Bulacan.

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The Saint Augustine Parish Church in Baliuag, Bulacan is where I used to attend mass during my high school years.

11 Things I Want To See In the Next 37+ Years

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It’s my 37th birthday and I simply want to thank God for allowing me to walk on Earth this long. As I grow older, my belief in a Higher Power grows stronger. I just hope that God will give me another 37 years so that I could see the progress of mankind when it comes to technology, medicine and science.

I particularly wanted to see the following things unfold before I meet my Creator:

  1. Airplanes capable of vertical lift-off – I believe that this would be the apogee of the aerospace industry. A 747 capable of vertical lift-off – wow! We’ll be saving a lot of land area for airports if we have the technology to lift these huge airplanes up in the air as if using anti-gravity technology.
  2. Water as fuel for cars and other vehicles – Right now, most 3rd World Countries are suffering because we’re dependent on oil. If the technology to turn water into fuel for cars and other vehicles (like the steam engine during the Industrial Revolution), it would help everyone on the planet.
  3. The Philippines as a First World Country – Why not? Our neighbors did it. It’s possible. Believe.
  4. Gay Marriage and Divorce in the Philippines – I believe that having gay marriage official in a country (as well as divorce) is the ultimate indicator on how mature citizens are in terms of maturity. It’s also a key indicator on how tolerant a society is in terms of mutual respect among its citizens. Most First World Countries recognizes both gay marriage and divorce – and I would like to see this happen in the Philippines as well.
  5. The rebuilding of the 3rd Temple in Jerusalem – For Catholics like me, the rebuilding of the 3rd Temple in Jerusalem would announce the Coming of the Christ. The first prophecy about Israel gaining back its former land was already fulfilled (May 1948). Once the State of Israel decided to rebuild the 3rd Temple in Israel, it would be a wonderful experience for believers of the Bible and for those history enthusiasts like me.
  6. The independence of Tibet from China – I’m a strong supporter of the Dalai Lama and I would be very happy to see if the former country of Tibet would regain its independence. This would prove that independence can be gain by non-violence means and that the world government could be united in resolving issues like this in a peaceful way.
  7. Mars Landing and establishment of a human colony there – This would probably be the most astounding news for mankind. If a human colony could be established in Mars, then what can prevent us in exploring other parts of the universe?
  8. Cure for Diabetes, HIV and all kinds of Leukemia – For the longest time, the cure for these diseases have been researched and studied. It would be fabulous to see the day that these diseases would be a thing of the past (like polio).
  9. Teleportation – I would like to see an improvement to the Fax Machine. Instead of just re-creating the texts written on a piece of paper, I hope to see a device in the future that can literally break down any object into its simplest form (atoms) be able to transmit that over fiber optic lines, and be re-created on another location. It such machine would be invented in the future, I’m pretty much sure that human teleportation would then be possible.
  10. Electricity being distributed wirelessly – I’ve seen the TV series Dracula and it was set in London in the 1900s. In that alternate universe, the protagonist of the series, Dracula (under a different name) was able to create a technology that could distribute electricity wirelessly. In that TV show, light bulbs can be powered by electricity wirelessly.
  11. See Aliens in the Flesh – In the 90s, the hype was, the world would end in an asteroid collision. It was also the theme of movies like Armageddon and Deep Impact. Lately, the hype is, we’ll be visited (or conquered) by aliens. This is the scenario is such films like District 9 and TV series like Falling Sky and Star-Crossed. Hopefully, I’ll get to see the day that a spaceship will land on Earth and aliens would talk to us about inter-planetary alliance.

These are the things that I’m hoping to see in the next 37 (or more) years. Hopefully, I’ll earn God’s indulgence and let me live a happy life up to age 80. That’s also my birthday wish on this 37th birthday of mine.

Watch The Originals #TheWayYouWantIt!

“The Originals” is a spin-off of the US TV show “The Vampire Diaries”. I’ve always been fascinated with the myth of the vampires and I’ve read and watched almost all literature and show related to these creatures of the night.

“The Originals” is all about Klaus Mikaelson and his family – they are the original vampires in the United States. Klaus (played by actor Joseph Morgan) first appeared in Season 2 of “The Vampire Diaries” as the antagonist of the series. The actor Joseph Morgan played his role so well that he became a regular cast in the next season. Then the story of how the original family of vampires came to be was told.

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The Originals was aired almost at the same time as The Vampire Diaries Season 5. Klaus and his siblings Elijah and Rebekah returned to New Orleans to take back their former city from the current ruler Marcel (a vampire sired – turned to vampire – by Klaus). The Original family later found out that New Orleans has been a battleground for witches, vampires, werewolves and the human population. Thus, each episode of The Originals explored the history of each supernatural race.

The Originals is the perfect TV show to watch on cable because of its rich history, superstitions and location (New Orleans). It’s now my favorite TV show to date. Every episode is worth watching and you’ll be craving for more blood. Good thing The Originals was shot in High Definition (HD) like most US TV shows and that SKYcable has the perfect feature for my needs.

SKYcable has the most number of standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) channels. We will enjoy over 180 channels for our entire family for a world of possibilities and limitless discoveries. Genres include Movies, Sports, Kids, Learning, Music, General Entertainment, News, Lifestyle, Religious and International channels. SKYcable also has the most number of high definition channels – a total of 42 HD channels – the most in the country! This will definitely let me watch more HD channels about vampires and other supernatural, both TV and movies. I can also follow the stars of The Originals and The Vampire Diaries in their guest appearances and interviews with other channels.

I would definitely love to watch The Originals and The Vampire Diaries on SKYcable.

I would love to watch The Originals on SKYcable

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Love is in the Air: The Free Valentine Concert

The City Government of Pasig City is inviting everyone to a Free Concert this Valentine Season. “Love is in the Air” is a Free Valentine Concert on February 15, 2014 at the Rizal High School Oval (7:30 PM).

This special project of Mayor Maribel & Bobby Eusebio will feature Make Your Mama Proud (MYMP) and Julie Ann San Jose. To avail of the free entrance on February 15, just bring two (2) recyclable materials like plastic bottles, newspaper, aluminum cans and tetra packs. The gates will open at 5:00 PM.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?

Every second of volunteering, every peso, every drop of perspiration counts.
But no matter how much we give, there is always this feeling that it does not seem enough.
There is a dream to give something bigger and to make a difference.

  • From the Nuffnang Philippines website

It’s a New Year and it’s wonderful to start the year 2014 with a lot of good vibes and positive attitude. It’s a good thing that Nuffnang Philippines and Globe pop-up the question “If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?”

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I’m a bit tied-up with work lately and I can’t possibly visit all those places that need volunteers. As much as I wanted to contribute my energy and physical presence to these events, I’m home-bound. So the only thing I can give to the Philippines (without leaving my workstation) is my talent for photography and postcard-making.

Photography and postcard-making has always been vital in promoting the Philippines to other countries. We send postcards to our foreign pals to show them how beautiful the country is in spite of the several calamities that hit us in 2013. We use postcards to invite them to visit the country. This is our way to contribute to the tourism effort of the government. We use postcards to send our love and national identity to the world.

With so many beautiful places that I’ve visited in the country, I can create wonderful postcards of these places. In fact, I’ve already given some of these postcards to my foreign friends. This would be a great way to promote the Philippines as a tourist destination and to help our countrymen involved in the tourism industry.

Similar to the efforts made by the Department of Tourism (DoT) a few years back, when they launched the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign, I could transform the pictures taken using my DSLR into postcards! Look at some of the postcards I’ve made for my foreign friends.

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Since I’m also online all the time and is active on Facebook and Twitter, I could also promote the country and Globe’s Project Wonderful 2014 by sending tweets with the hashtag #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014. Everyone is gifted, and everyone has something to offer for the country. Let’s do our share in contributing to the welfare of the entire Philippines.

You can also be part of this campaign. Simply leave your answer to the question “If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?”on the comments section of this blog.

Help create a wonderful Philippines. If you’d like to volunteer or make a donation, visit www.projectwonderful.ph

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Game of Thrones Season 4 Premiere

Season 4 of the Game of Thrones already announced the premiere date on April 6, 2014. I was able to watch it on YouTube. It definitely looks amazing.

Game of Thrones is one of my favorite TV series because it deals with subjects similar to Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”. I’ve always love shows (and films) that deals with dragons, magic, the undead, and kingdoms. Game of Thrones Season 4 is worth waiting for.

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Who is your favorite Game of Thrones character?

Friday, January 10, 2014

“Living With The Amish”

“Living With The Amish” is a British TV documentary about 6 British teenagers who spent 6 weeks with the Amish, a religious group in the US who are known for their simple living and refusal to use modern technology like electricity or vehicles. This TV documentary is a follow-up to another British TV show entitled “Amish: World’s Squarest Teenagers”.

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In “Amish: World’s Squarest Teenagers”, 5 Amish teenagers went outside their community in the US to experience life in Britain. They experienced things that they normally don’t experience in the US like dancing, painting, polo, surfing and going to night clubs. It was a bit of a shock for these ultra-conservative Amish teenagers who lived all their life without modern day gadgets and electricity.

In “Living With The Amish”, the scenario was reversed. It was the British teenagers’ turn to experience the simplest living. For 6 weeks, these British teenagers namely Charlotte, Hannah, Siana, George, James and Jordan. They lived in a community where most of their daily lives and roles revolved around obeying The Bible. Everything is based on The Bible, from the way they dress, the way the women cover their hairs, to the traditional role of woman being submissive to her husband and being a helper in raising the family.

This was my first time to encounter this religious group of people who migrated from Europe and settled in to America to follow their religion. They’ve been living in the US for more than 300 years and surprisingly, they have retained their way of living ever since they’ve migrated. What’s more surprising to me was their refusal to use modern-day technology like electricity, automobiles, radio and TV. In some case, like that of the most conservative of the Amish group, they also refused to use running water.

In “Amish: World’s Squarest Teenagers”, the father of Leah and Andrew Miller would read from The Bible the verses where they got derived their way of living i.e. their clothing. In “Living With The Amish”, the teenagers learned the things that are important to the Amish people – following The Bible, being a member of the Amish church, the joys of working hard, enjoying the fruits of their labor (i.e. eating their own produce) and learning all the important things at home. In fact, Amish children would only go to school until the age of 14 because they believe a child would have learned everything needed for a modest life at that age.

“Living With The Amish” is an eye-opener for me and teaches the things that are really important in life – family, having a strong faith in God, doing your work to the best of your ability, being in a community of similar-minded people, living a modest life, and being thankful for each and every day of your life. This is one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen and hopefully my friends would also see “Living With The Amish”.

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