Rated 8 is The New Year


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The year 2015 is an 8 Year, namely 2+0+1+5 = 8. The number eight is the infinity symbol.

Number 8 resonates with the influences and vibrations of authority and personal power, self-confidence, executive ability, confidence, inner-strength, professionalism and the professional, management, material freedom, success, good judgement, money, finances, riches, manifesting wealth, abundance and prosperity, provision, investments, discrimination and discernment, giving and receiving, thoroughness, dependability, self-reliance, repose, practicality, consideration, inner-wisdom, self-sufficiency, social status, pragmatism, the ego, aggregation, compassion, dictatorship, executive, delegation, reality, truth and integrity, compassion, dictatorship, multiples, employment, stability, appearance, customs, skills and talents, exchanges, truth, good judgement and problem-solving, organisation and organizing, achieving and achievements, decisiveness, control, constant, ambition, the authoritarian, challenge, efficiency, trustworthiness, insight, planning and the planner, sociability, works independently, learning through experience, true justice, retreat, patience, caution, self-discipline, free-will, insight, spiritual consciousness, expansion, dissolution, dimension of the timeless, good and bad, right and wrong, day and…

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Rated 8 is The New Year


The year 2015 is an 8 Year, namely 2 0 1 5 = 8. The number eight is the infinity symbol.Number 8 resonates with the influences and vibrations of authority and personal power, self-confidence, executive ability, confidence, inner-strength, professionalism and the professional, management, material freedom, success, good judgement, money, finances, riches, manifesting wealth, abundance and prosperity, provision, investments, discrimination and discernment, giving and receiving, thoroughness, dependability, self-reliance, repose, practicality, consideration, inner-wisdom, self-sufficiency, social status, pragmatism, the ego, aggregation, compassion, dictatorship, executive, delegation, reality, truth and integrity, compassion, dictatorship, multiples, employment, stability, appearance, customs, skills and talents, exchanges, truth, good judgement and problem-solving, organisation and organizing, achieving and achievements, decisiveness, control, constant, ambition, the authoritarian, challenge, efficiency, trustworthiness, insight, planning and the planner, sociability, works independently, learning through experience, true justice, retreat, patience, caution, self-discipline, free-will, insight, spiritual consciousness, expansion, dissolution, dimension of the timeless, good and bad, right and wrong, day and night, ability to see and relate to eternal dimensions, balance between forces, connects spirit and matter, developing confidence to follow a vision, breaks down barriers to transformation, reality, courage, a desire for peace and a love of humanity and world transformation.

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Apparitions?


As you know, Guinarona has had the San Pascual Baylon body relic since May 15, 2013 when it was installed.  Because Spain’s Basilica San Pascual Baylon appreciated Guinarona’s loss of the original San Pascual image in June 2010, which has not been recovered to-date, the nuns of the Basilica graciously sent in the body relic of San Pascual encased in silver and glass.Some force was goading us to take close-ups of the relic, and we noticed some images that characterize it. Are these images apparitions?   Do they have messages to convey to the world?Here is the video:

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The Filipino at His Worst


“Ridicule is a common feature of the Filipino character. It is an element of “amoral interdependence”, or the crablike way Filipinos deride others to raise themselves up. It starts in elementary school, which you can witness when you see kids laughing at their schoolmates who hurt themselves or otherwise mess up. It is devoid of compassion.”  — Joe AmericaThe above quote is from Joe America, an American transplant in the Philippines who loves the Philippines more than any Filipino.His observations are important, and they are as truthful as can be. Pray tell, how did it come about that the best President the Philippines ever had, is being derided by some Filipinos as “Abnoy”, among many other pejoratives?Joe America further observes:“This use of ridicule is widespread these days, not just in the Philippines, but in social media everywhere. It is not healthy. It is a disease. It is the opposite of compassion, a worthy human character trait. You don’t find much compassion in a hyena, either, I suppose. Or a crocodile.“Along with a well-developed penchant for ridicule, poor discernment is another weak character trait among way too many Filipinos. That’s why we have boxers and thieves as legislators. It’s why Senator Santiago runs high in the ratings for presidential candidates AMONG THE WELL EDUCATED. Because emotional stability, physical health, and managerial skill have no bearing on job qualifications even among supposedly enlightened Filipino voters. Rather, they like the “style”, the quip, the joke, the overblown sense of rectitude arising every time Senator Santiago takes a cut at someone else.”Aargh! Poor discernment. The truth hurts, doesn’t it?

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Death at Christmas: A Guinarona Story


It’s now 44 years since Papa died on December 24, 1970 at 1 p.m. to be exact. And it was a traumatic and horrible Christmas for us.Guinarona then had just become a newly minted parish, and we organized a youth choir to assist in the series of dawn masses, culminating in the Midnight Christmas Mass of December 24. Which I was just imagining about because I was ensconced at Mama Petra’s, grieving and fidgeting about in her hut with three lamparas. For obvious reasons, I could not tarry by myself at our huge house near the Guinarona river. I was by myself, the rest of the family was in Tacloban City as we had a house there–my siblings and I were students there.Although it was overcast that December day, I was drying palay in several bariw reed mats for milling and eventual transport to Tacloban. Our youngest, Eleuterio Junior, it was, who frantically broke the news: that Papa had just died while in coma at the Bethany Hospital. I became frantic too, bordering on floating and being in hysterics. Posthaste I carried myself to Tacloban on a Seven Brothers bus, and when I reached our house in the interior of Burgos Street, our neighbor Mana Lita was very solicitous and commiserating, saying that Papa’s body was now in the morgue at Funeraria Gomez, and that my mother wanted me to go back straightaway to clean our Guinarona house for Papa’s “coming home.” I could not see Papa’s body and just waited it out in Guinarona. When I was through scrubbing the floors and cleaning house in general, I spent the night–which was an eternity–at Mama Petra’s and uncle Dado’s, along Aragon Street.The whole night I was staring at the light of the lamparas, thinking about Papa, about my rebellious transgressions, about how absurd and grotesque the Christmas I was having. And how was the Guinarona Parish Choir’s Misa de Aguinaldo without my butt? Papa made his presence felt by the wafts of his Molint smell. I think that was his way of saying goodbye to me.Papa was not perfect. He could be as mean as having to deal you his dreaded lamba or leather belt. Fondly I remember him bringing me, a four year-old cherub, to the school grounds to watch how the Cabarlisa Ambulant Cinema put up their thing. And I don’t remember him ever flogging me, which he did to the rest of my siblings.Papa was active in local politics. He was a first councilor of Dagami and was an acting mayor one time. Even then, as today’s politicians, Papa and his ilk were not beyond blandishments. They would woo voters with cash, rice, sardines, clothing and carabao meat.The wake for Papa was a bit rambunctious. There was Licerio Martinada leading the parlor games. The ever faithful Jovito Almerino. Papa’s cousin, Paciano Remalante. Papa’s friends in politics. Ditto his compadres and comadres, all of whom are now gone as well.Indeed, death is just a transfer to another room, another dimension. Everybody is going for that transfer and will meet again his ancestors, his friends.A death at Christmas is no exception. Like my Papa’s.

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Of Great Typhoons


Typhoons are beings of the air element; they are so much alive just like you and me. They too are composed of  molecules and atoms.  But they are bigger than life, and they have god-like powers.  Man is always at their mercy and never conversely.There is a theory nowadays that super typhoons are creations of the superpowers through their Tesla technology.  In that case, they have this genie in the bottle ready to be unleashed just for the heck of it.We don’t support or subscribe to that theory because in Leyte, Philippines, we have had big and lesser typhoons since we were kids. It is just how the cookie crumbles:  For as long as we have air, we will have typhoons.  In Leyte, the measure of a typhoon’s strength is when it is able to topple, nay blow away a half coconut that lies face down on the ground.  Hence the super typhoon of 1930:

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Linubihan as Christmas Treat


Guinarona, with its world-class irrigation system, is a major rice producer in Region 8, Philippines. Naturally, on important occasions, such as the Guinarona Fiesta and Christmas, rice, in all its permutations, figures well in the tableau.Among our Christmas activities, including assisting and singing in the series of Misas de Gallo, making the Linubihan on December 23, is tops. Guinaronanhons rarely do it–very strenuous, this linubihan business–but when they do, it is an event they cherish forever. You need a team to do Linubihan, two huge wooden mortars, nine wooden pestles (the three are alternates). The clique members, male or female, should have the stamina of bulls–as in, you need all the energy you can muster to do the ceaseless pounding (for making the pilipig), which in some cases lasts 24 hours non-stop. Meanwhile, the other team members are in charge of making the bukayo—grated coconut cooked in syrup with anise flavor– which you mix into the cooked pilipig (the first product of the intense pounding), which mixture you are going to pound gingerly again to make the Linubihan. Also, part of the pilipig is ground to a flour, and this is applied as a coating and at the same time incorporated into the mixture for pounding.

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