Touch me not: a resurrection of the Filipino spirit

Elias, Basilio and SisaIn the Latin Bible, Jesus Christ said to Mary after His resurrection, “Noli Me tangere…” (John 20:17). Inspired by these words, Dr. Jose Rizal penned a novel about the resurrection of the Filipino people, whose time had come to arise and forge a new destiny without the oppressive grip of Spain and her abusive padres.

This novel by our National Hero was crafted into a beautiful opera by National Artists Felipe P. De Leon and Guillermo Tolentino, circa 1957. A generation passed until this opera was staged in a foreign land, where philanthropists Loida Nicolas Lewis, Jerry Sibal and Edwin Josue heard the stirring music and lyrics in the mother tongue. The foreigners who listened to and watched the opera with them could not fully understand what the story meant—but for the Filipinos in the audience, the story was not lost, and the Motherland’s anguish was clear: Come to me, my sons, do not let me die.

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Cebu: the Best Place for the Best Day of 2014

First StopFrom the printed and online invitations to the email reminders a month and a few weeks before 7-7-14, Carissa Villacorta and Ryan Songalia knew how to build up excitement and expectation for their “Best Day Ever.” And boy, did they deliver!

July 6: As soon as we arrived in Cebu, we were greeted by members of the bride’s family, who gave us awesome “welcome bags” (very thoughtful of them to include a few first-aid items for those “you-never-know” moments, along with the goodies). Then we were whisked off to our hotels in several white vans marked with the CVRS logo.

We were able to join Day 2 of the Wedding Weekend. Our first stop: The Chocolate Chamber by Ralfe Gourmet. On the way, we joined the tour bus and was treated to songs handpicked by the bride, for our listening pleasure. The ride allowed us to meet and bond with the couple’s family and other friends.

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365 Days and counting

Three days ago, we celebrated Little Love’s 365th day on the planet. After a year, I can now attest that a lot of those things people say, about how having a daughter changes a father (and mother)—-is true. We are truly grateful to our Creator for His empowering bundle of joy! Continue reading “365 Days and counting”

A Day for Abba

Early yesterday morning, Choco Boy whispered to me, “Mom, can you teach me how to use Final Cut so I can make a video for Daddy?” His face was so serious I had to hug him first. Then I suggested that because he’s in a hurry, he can use Keynote since he already figured out how to use that on his own (a couple of weeks ago I voiced out my concern to him that he’s spending too much time on the iPad. In response, he made a Keynote presentation of Photosynthesis to prove to me that: 1. He’s not just using the iPad for games and 2. He’s paying attention to our lessons after all). Continue reading “A Day for Abba”

Connection to Life

“The pain you feel, and will continue to feel, is a sign of life and love…” ~ Philip Yancey

Mr. Yancey said those words in a sermon back in 2007. He recounted his experience after he broke his neck in a car accident. His doctors kept probing, moving his limbs and asking, “Does this hurt? Do you feel that?” They were waiting for him to say, “Yes. It hurts. I can feel it.” The pain gave proof that his spinal cord had not been severed. What he said next struck a chord in me:

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