My Best Friend is Now a Married Deacon

Rev. Ike Tarabi and I met at Sacred Heart Novitiate in Novaliches, Quezon City in 1990. It was in my second year in Jesuit formation when he entered as a first year novice. We became close because of our constant conversations at the novices’ library. I was then the community’s librarian, and it was IContinue reading “My Best Friend is Now a Married Deacon”

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What Really Happened in Nov-Dec 2020 in ADDU

This is a transcript of my closing remarks at the end of the November-December non-academic activities on December 18, 2020. But in this speech is what the title above says: what really happened in the months of November and December 2020 in Ateneo de Davao University’s High Education Unit. As the academics prepared for theContinue reading “What Really Happened in Nov-Dec 2020 in ADDU”

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New Year Greetings!

This is a transcript of the video below. My “thank you” to all of you will never be enough for all that you have given me, supporting me in my social media ministry. Nevertheless, saying it in a video is better than finding something more perfect. At least, it comes straight from me. Maraming salamatContinue reading “New Year Greetings!”

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Prayer for Teachers

Note: This is a transcription of a video I published in Youtube, “Prayer for Teachers” to celebrate World Teachers Day. Here’s the link to follow. Dear Lord, We praise you as our greatest teacher. You taught as God’s ways so that we may be able to become as children of God, which we are. AsContinue reading “Prayer for Teachers”

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Bakit Mahalaga Ang Wika sa Panahon ng Pandemiya

Paunang Salita: Ito ang aking Pambungad na Salita sa pagdiriwang ng katapusan ng Buwan ng Wika sa Senior High School ng Ateneo de Davao University. At ito ang link para sa video na ito. Kumusta kayong lahat. Binabati ko kayo sa pagdiriwang ng ating Buwan ng Wika. Ako po si Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ, angContinue reading “Bakit Mahalaga Ang Wika sa Panahon ng Pandemiya”

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Blessing for Students, Teachers, Parents

Note: I was requested by Mr. and Mrs. Louie and Tonette Climaco of the CFC St. Jude Community, Jacksonville, Florida to give some words of wisdom for many of their household members who are about to enter a new school year in the midst of the pandemic. This video was what I sent them. However,Continue reading “Blessing for Students, Teachers, Parents”

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Make Time for Nothing

Note: This is a personal entry. A reflection while staring out of the window during a rainy day. Do you have time to think of nothing? It sounds like a silly question. But I find myself scouring for a time to think about nothing; to find some space between Zoom meetings and monitoring the progressContinue reading “Make Time for Nothing”

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How to Reboot in the Time of the Pandemic

Note: This is a transcription of the vlog entry on my Youtube channel. Get the link here. To find a quiet place in a very noisy world, I oftentimes find myself doing a reboot. I’d visit churches, especially the old traditional churches with high ceiling. I would spend a few days in prayer, away fromContinue reading “How to Reboot in the Time of the Pandemic”

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My Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Note: This is the transcription of this video in my Youtube channel. If you have topics on faith/youth formation that you want me to cover, please do not hesitate to leave a comment here. Thank you for watching. Many people have been asking me about the source of my confidence. But you know what, confidenceContinue reading “My Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus”

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A Crack at Vlogging

How should a priest vlog? Definitely I do not want a vlog without substance. Or, a vlog that is about life and leisure. What should my vlog look like, without plunging into the borderline scandalous or the realm of the super conservative traditionalist? I’d like to vlog about what I do in forming young people,Continue reading “A Crack at Vlogging”

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I Kissed My Holding Cross Instead

We cling to someone when afraid. In my younger days, I would cling to the arms of my parents when threatened. Or, I would ask permission to sleep with them when I had a bad dream. Somehow, having someone to hold allays my fears.  I began to hold on to anything sacred when I startedContinue reading “I Kissed My Holding Cross Instead”

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19 Years Today

“This morning, about 1 hour and ½ before sunrise, offered to the eye the grandest exhibition of divine power blazing forth from the E. by N. in the inexpressible golden tinge on the sky from N.E. to S.E. The nearer the vast Luminary approached, the more the eastern horizon seemed to dart, or pour forwardContinue reading “19 Years Today”

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Rethinking, again.

4 April 2020. 8:30 PM. So I began vlogging a few days ago on IGTV and got good comments, feedback, and suggestions. And I thought maybe I should push it a little bit further.  I guess the quarantine period has given me time to rethink my so-called life in cyberspace. I have a Youtube channelContinue reading “Rethinking, again.”

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Refresh

I stopped writing. For some reason, sharing my thoughts in a longer version just went hibernating. It did not feel like passionately updating my old blog called, “Faith of A Centurion” in Blogger. So to keep this blog running, I have published my scripts for television. At least, something appeared here every single week. IContinue reading “Refresh”

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Secret’s out: When I was in the Ilocos, I ate. A lot.

Note: This is the 3rd installment of a three-part post about my trip to the tip of Luzon. Check out Part I: Ilocos Sur and Part II: Ilocos Norte by clicking the links. Tip: I am promoting a knowledge-based, in-depth, immersive traveling, so take time to learn the history of the places you’re visiting. YouContinue reading “Secret’s out: When I was in the Ilocos, I ate. A lot.”

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