Oratio Imperata for Peace.

As of now, we are all familiar with the Oratio Imperata, (Latin, “obligatory prayer”) which is usually prayed by the community at mass in parishes and in other Catholic gatherings. It is usually authorized by a bishop to be prayed by all. What makes the Oratio Imperata different from all other general prayers is itsContinue reading “Oratio Imperata for Peace.”

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On Teamwork: Ang Kuwento ni Trevor Tubig

  Pangalagaan ang kabutihan ng bayanihan at huwag kaming pabayaang manghinawa sa pakikipagtulungan sa kapwa.  Si Trevor Tubig ay isa lamang na butil ng tubig na may malaking pangarap: ang balutin ang buong bundok at bukid ng niyebe o snow. Nang sumikat ang araw, umakyat siya sa isang manipis na ulap. Ngunit hindi nagtagal, bumabaContinue reading “On Teamwork: Ang Kuwento ni Trevor Tubig”

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Ang Mga Hayop Sa Bintana

Pagpapakahalaga o values: Pagkakaibigan *** Minsan ang pagiging banal ay nauuwi lamang sa pagdarasal at pagsisimba. Nguni’t ang pagiging tunay na kaibigan ay isa ring pagpapakabanal. May kuwento ako. Nagkasakit nang malubha si Anthony, isang anim na taong gulang na bata. At dahil mahina ang kanyang katawan, nakahiga na lamang siya sa ospital at pinagbawalContinue reading “Ang Mga Hayop Sa Bintana”

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Santacruzan: Pagpapahalaga sa mga Babae ng Pananampalataya

Habang hinihintay natin ang resulta ng nakaraang halalan, ibaling muna natin ang ating mga puso’t isipan sa isang tradisyong kinagigiliwan ng nakararami sa atin: ang Santacruzan. Ituon natin ang ating isipan, hindi sa mga nagagandahang sagala, kundi sa tunay na kahulugan nito. Isang pagpaparangal sa mga babaeng sumulong ng pananampalataya ang santacruzan. Makikita natin sinaContinue reading “Santacruzan: Pagpapahalaga sa mga Babae ng Pananampalataya”

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Finding Ourselves

“We travel initially to lose ourselves. We travel, next, to find ourselves.” – Pico Iyer It took 31 years for most of us to come home to Legazpi. We graduated in 1985, when our school was still called, “Science Oriented High School” of Aquinas University. We were less than a hundred as a batch; twoContinue reading “Finding Ourselves”

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The Islands of Gigantes Live Up To Its Name

It was a trip devoid of a single regret. I heard about the group of islands across the town of Estancia in Iloilo from Bok Pioquid, a faculty member of the Ateneo High School’s Christian Service Involvement Program. He and his wife would go on a “couple” backpacking tour every now and then. Until today,Continue reading “The Islands of Gigantes Live Up To Its Name”

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In Daraga, you will find a café you’ll fall in love with: Café 528 Ilawod.

About the Featured Image: The Parish Church of Our Lady of the Gate, Daraga, Albay. This church of stone was built by the Franciscans in 1773. Its design is baroque after the skills of the labourers during the Spanish Period. When Mayon Volcano erupted in 1814 and destroyed the Cagsawa church, it became the refuge ofContinue reading “In Daraga, you will find a café you’ll fall in love with: Café 528 Ilawod.”

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Guimaras Island is Worth Visiting

If you’re visiting Iloilo and you have at least a day off, you might as well cross to Guimaras Island, which is just a 15-minute pumpboat ride from the Parola or Ortiz Wharves in Iloilo City. I came with four other companions from Ateneo High School: Hanna, Susan, Ems, and Cyrus. We went to IloiloContinue reading “Guimaras Island is Worth Visiting”

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If You Want To Be Alone, I Know A Place: Mirador

High above the mountains of Baguio City is my favorite place to pray. Mirador Hill occupies a special position in all the hills of Baguio. In 1876, Don Manuel Scheidnagel, Governor Politico-Militar of Benguet, gave this hill its name because one could see the South China Sea, Lingayen Gulf and the Ilocos coast on clearContinue reading “If You Want To Be Alone, I Know A Place: Mirador”

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Stunning Sta. Barbara, Iloilo

The municipal town of Sta. Barbara is quaint and quiet. When the jeep drops me off at the curve of the town’s Victory Plaza, the first thing I notice is its landscaped park. Despite the town’s historical past, there is a certain newness about its central features. The plaza has been redesigned, the Centennial MuseumContinue reading “Stunning Sta. Barbara, Iloilo”

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A Day In Iloilo Is More Than Enough

I have a day to spare. After the Jesuit Basic Education Commission meeting about focusing on Mindanao as the way to go for the Philippine Province Jesuits and reflecting on translating into concrete actions Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, I decide to explore Iloilo. I know there is much to see and learn from theContinue reading “A Day In Iloilo Is More Than Enough”

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You Should Go White Water Rafting

We were picked up at six in the morning. The jeep that was waiting for us had two red rafts on its roof. Seated inside the vehicle were a family of six, two couples, and an European tourist. As soon as we boarded the jeep — and picking up two more couples from their hotelContinue reading “You Should Go White Water Rafting”

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Photo Essay: Rain in Bukidnon

Water makes me happy. And I am not alone. In the drier regions of India, rain lifts people’s moods. In Botswana, the word for rain, pula, is also their currency’s name, a tribute to pula‘s economic impact. I like taking a bus ride in the countryside while it rains. In some of these photos, IContinue reading “Photo Essay: Rain in Bukidnon”

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Dumaguete Will Not Burn A Hole In Your Pocket

Dumaguete is lovely. I take a panoramic photo of the city from the ferry. I hear a bell signaling us that it is time to prepare for arrival. This is Dumaguete from the Bohol Sea. I arrive in mid-afternoon. The sun is up and the weather is windy but humid. The port is bustling withContinue reading “Dumaguete Will Not Burn A Hole In Your Pocket”

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Part IV. Why You Will Love Siquijor – The towns of Enrique Villanueva, Larena and Siquijor

The trip to the town of Enrique Villanueva is enjoyable. Along the road is the Cang-isok House that dates back to the mid-1800s. However, seeing its present state, I know that this is probably the major disappointment of the coastal tour of Siquijor. Cang-isok house, Brgy. Libo, Enrique Villanueva. Its name comes from the seasideContinue reading “Part IV. Why You Will Love Siquijor – The towns of Enrique Villanueva, Larena and Siquijor”

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