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Friday, May 27, 2011

Is the world coming to an end soon?

With all the chaos and the horrible things happening in the world today, humanity is faced with a question long ago has already been asked many times over: "Is the world coming to an end soon?" From the Biblical point of view, all of these things must come to pass but only God knows of the exact time and date of the second coming of Christ. It is very confidential that even the angels in heaven knows nothing about it but must be always ready waiting for the "go" signal from the Father to declare any time. Christ will be commanding the greatest armada ever launched.

We must remember that the second coming of Jesus Christ is to finally destroy the Evil in what is the Battle of Armageddon and to establish a kingdom out of the redeemed people of God in Earth with Christ himself as the King. It will be the New Earth where the glory of God provides everything for the people. There will be great joy, peace, harmony, and love forever reigns in the hearts of everyone.

"As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man", said the Holy Bible in Matthew chapter 24 verse 37. In Noah's time God cleansed the whole of the world with water but in Christ's coming the world shall be cleansed with fire, purifying everything, element after element. The old world must be destroyed for the new one to take place.

Is the world coming to an end soon? The Bible clearly tells us about it in Matthew 24:36-39: "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

How to maintain a healthy relationship with your special someone

Maintaining a healthy relationship with your special someone is something that requires skills and a considerable amount of patience as well. Relationships could break up for a lot of reasons but it would have been prevented if you know how to do it. Love is not just a feeling but as well an ability.

Healthy relationships produce healthy environment that would bring a positive attitude to anyone involved. Most behavioral problems a human being developed could be traced up back to bad relationships starting at home. There are, of course, no perfect relationships but we can always try to make the best way possible of what we've got. Here's some few tips on how to make the best out of your relationship with someone you considered special:

1. Be humorous. A sense of humor is essential in a relationship. Make your partner laugh and find those things that you know could light up his or her mood. It's the tension between being childish without getting silly and a comedian without getting boring at the same time that will bring out the best of whatever it is that you could offer.  

2. Remind your partner how much you love him or her daily. It's not by just saying the words, but by showing how much he or she is being valued each passing day in every form. To be able to show to your partner how much she or he is being valued everyday is an ability every lover must possess.

3. Cut off your pride. Pride should have no place in a relationship. The moment you wear on that "pride" thing in you it would be difficult for the relationship to grow and prosper. It's just this simple a logic: if you love someone take away your pride, if you can't then don't love at all.

4. Be optimistic. Sometimes when a relationship is faced with difficulties you have to be dealing reality with a positive attitude. Talk it out to your partner as if you're presenting a case before the court: cite those things that are causing all the problem, offer solutions, and together you'll do to solving it all out for good.

5. Put God in the center of your relationship. Encourage your partner to be God-fearing. Take time to go to church together to hear mass, pray, and give thanks to the Almighty God. Be a guiding light to your partner.

6. Be patient. Don't rush in making decisions but allow some time for your self to see the matter clearly. Patience is a virtue and is worth rewarding in a relationship.

7. Don't get so demanding. Don't ask what your partner can't give you but take only what he or she can afford to offer. You can't give what you don't have, can you?

8. Love unconditionally. This is to sum it all up, love is the only thing that keeps relationships intact despite all the odds. Keep loving!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A poem needs this simple

"One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose."

"To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears."
--Octavio Paz

A poem needs this simple:
What it has to be understood;
What it should to be read;
What is worth keeping said.

A poem needs this simple:
What everything it can offer;
What something it can bear;
That will last forever.

A poem needs this simple:
What it stands for nevertheless;
What it is to express;
What it is to impress.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Philippine roasted pig is one of the world's bests

Philippine roasted pig or locally known as "lechon baboy" is one of the bests in the world. It has become a Filipino trademark and will always be served during Philippine festivals and special gatherings and occasions. Time magazine has one time featured and labeled it as Asia's most delicious pig.

The history of pig roasting could be traced back in as far as ancient time China where a man found of what was the remains of a pig trapped inside his burned down house. It was perhaps the first roasted pig in the world and that discovery by accident paved the way to making it  later on most delicious by adding the right spices, precious oils, and the cooking process. The Philippine roasted pig is what the roasted turkey to Americans and the roasted lamb by the Greeks.

One of the most delicious roasted Philippine pigs could be found in Cebu, Central Philippines. But there are also other places in the Philippines that cooked just as delicious and one fine example is in Balayan, Batangas where they had a yearly "lechon" festival parading all of the best lechons in town atop a float in the streets. The date is June 24 and at least 50 lechons will be fielded, decorated and dressed for a chosen theme.

This month of May is a month of festivals and roasted pigs will be served as the main dish on every table--even symbolic--as no Philippine festival is complete without it. I had eaten a roasted pig just a few days ago during a picnic at the resort. The taste was as yummy as it's always been but I needed to only eat a small portion of its meat as the cholesterol level is high with every bite.

Roasted pig is best served with cooked sweet potatoes and a cold beer for a drink. It is, to some degree, unhealthy as a food as well as some of the activities that may revolve around it like drinking alcoholic beverages etcetera but the fun and enjoyment being produced out of it could somehow boost the immune system of everyone involved. Sometimes you have to sacrifice something to be able to reach out to others, eat with them, drink, talk, socialize, and be merry (not because tomorrow you will die) but because you had a portion of your self you need to share about for good. Still, moderation should be observed at all times though.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What the Filipino people should stand for with the Reproductive Health bill issue?

The Philippine government's pursuing of the RH                         (Reproductive Health) bill's approval in congress is just another case of Church (Roman Catholic) versus State differing on a particular issue, dividing the nation into two: those who are in favor of and those who are against. The Church stands on moral grounds to preserve the sanctity of the human life while the government, on the other hand, believes it will be essential to protect its citizens from the outspread of STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) including HIV AIDS as well as a step to control the growing population that breeds poverty. Why can't we make it, then, from a Reproductive Health bill issue to Responsible Parenthood?

Reproductive Health Bill, according to Representative Edcel Lagman on his article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer last August 3, 2008, "promotes information on and access to both natural and modern family planning methods, which are medically safe and legally permissible. It assures an enabling environment where women and couples have the freedom of informed choice on the mode of family planning they want to adopt based on their needs, personal convictions and religious beliefs. The bill does not have any bias for or against either natural or modern family planning. Both modes are contraceptive methods. Their common purpose is to prevent unwanted pregnancies."

The wealth of a nation is on its people and how the government brings out the best in them will determine on how much serious it is of its campaign. To control the population is anti-growth not less when, by so doing, the quality of each and every Filipino's life improves as a result of that. We understand the government's side as it surely is in line with progress it has envisioned for with its subjects but we can't also discount the fact that the Church will be there to safeguard the people from something that may corrupt the soul where the true poverty is.

The Church will have to play its role and the government as well implement policies to be embraced with by its constituents. Both have a goal in common: to improve the quality of every Filipino's life. But yet giving us all the freedom to choose on how it will be peacefully resolved and decided.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Un papel en la drama (A role in the drama)

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." 
    --Diane Ackerman

"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home."
    --Australian Aboriginal Proverb

like it was fire
surging from within
one clings into
the sweetness of
your dying hours,
the blacksmith swung his anvil
against the forge…
if you fear it so much, you may
remain behind the melody
it was too soon
for such intimacies
a crack of thunder and a flash of lightning
as this was the way you would look
when you’re anxious about someone
who was important to you.
i took poison sometime
during the night.
i am dead.
sadness washed through you.
you’ve been expecting the news;
nevertheless, it still came
as an unwelcome surprise.
i know how much you will miss me.
it was child’s play.
i am asking if you will attempt
to take it but what
if that was not occurred?
they say that was why she flew
into heartbroken rage
and gave her lover a poisoned cup.
tell her we will have several guests, including a lady,
for dinner.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

To a traveler

With all the chaos and confusions in the world, it's wise to look at the bright side of things to balance the scale as you go forward and continue trekking on your life's journey. In every aspect by which to involve the active force of nature, balance is as important as survival as change is to growth. Some things you can't change but you can change the way you look at them.

You can always try to put the best in everything you do but in everything you do should be for God's glory. You must, therefore, love unconditionally and without expectation. Teach your children about life's good lessons but see to it that you make the bad ones serving as the strong stimulus for them to take for the right path. Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Pray always--more things are wrought by prayers than this world dreams of. Greet each day with cheers whatever situations you may be into. You can be joyful even when you're not happy and you can never be happier than being where God wants you to be, no matter where it is.

Respect the elderlies as you would surely one day becomes like them. While a vegetarian diet is ideal, eating meat at your doctor's advice is one way to getting complete proteins needed to repair the broken tissues of your body. Your teeth are designed to allow both the meat and vegetables as foods. Drink plenty of water--it is the elixir of life.

Take time to pause and be silent for a while or be one with Nature--it is one way to gain back the inner strength and vigor that may have been lost and wasted from mindless and debilitating routines. Spend some time watching the stars at night--they have long been serving as guides to travelers who have been lost allowing them to reach their destination and they will guide you just as well in a different level. Be hopeful, you are a child of the universe and you have the right to be here to do what you are capable of doing to make this world a much better place in which to live.

Make as many friends as you can but save the true ones for they will be your assets. Be thankful to God for everything; praise those who will guide and helps make things easy for you and ignore those who cannot see any good about you and turns you down. Reach out and be an inspiration to others for in so doing will also bring inspirations back to you.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Story me, Dear!

"Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact." --Robert McKee

"If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive." --Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." --Maya Angelou

Story me, Dear--my heart needs it;
Like when a plant needs adornment
From the best that Nature can give--
Story me, Dear, to fulfillment.

Story me with the flights of love
Whose wings, like angels, touched by God
In perfection--and yet through it
Becomes the most misunderstood.

Story me the forgotten tales;
With the saddest lines ever told;
But story me, Dear--would you please tell
What your heart and mine can hold?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

My heart for freedom longs

"To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie--
True Poems flee."
--Emily Dickinson

My heart for freedom longs
Beneath the heat of sun;
A summer breeze and humored songs
Could only bring more fun.

And as I gazed up to the sky
To cast my thoughts away;
In there a cloud was passing by
But everything to me.

An evening filled with scents of love
Exceeding all around;
And as one's passing short of tale--
A morning rose has more to tell.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pacquiao decisions Mosley in 12 captivating rounds

Pacquiao wins via 12-round unanimous decision over Mosley which further cemented his legacy as one of boxing's all time greats.

We have just witnessed how boxing's current pound-for-pound king Manny "Pac-man" Pacquiao outclassed former three-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley in a fight where the speed once again proved to neutralize size and power. I predicted a Pacquiao victory via the short route within six rounds the article of which I have posted  on this blogsite last May 02, 2011. Manny Pacquiao, as it appeared to be, made Mosley looks like a tired dog and my pre-fight analysis which the outcome of the fight  failed to agree still put a smile on my face knowing that the third round knockdown, should Mosley had failed to survive, will make me a prophet.

What's more exciting about the Pac-man's speed is that it is loaded with power making it all the more a very dangerous lethal combination weapon. Mosley may have had the chance to turn the tide on in rounds 8, 9, and 10 where he landed big right hand  power shots but the smaller Pacquiao seemed like to be taking all of those shots from a much bigger guy just easy and managed to exchange with right jabs followed by left hooks. To the surprise of many, referee Kenny Bayless mistakenly called a Pacquiao slip caused by Mosley's pushing of Manny Pacquiao with his right hand a knockdown in the 10th round.

It was Pacquiao's left hook to the head that sent Mosley down to the canvass a minute left on the third round but the more experienced Mosley managed to beat up the count and is on a survival mode since then. Mosley and Pacquiao have had a common opponent in Antonio Margarito where Mosley was able to knock him out while Manny settled for a unanimous decision. Still, I've had given the edge to Manny Pacquiao over Mosley for facing a fighter in Margarito who outweighs him by 17 pounds when they entered the ring and painted grotesque upon his face.

Pacquiao has become this era's Ali, or perhaps more,  taking with him every single fight he will be faced with into the ring as well as outside of it to victory and never forgetting to thank God afterwards for all the blessings received. Mosley is a nice guy and a great warrior but the night belongs to Manny Pacquiao who, after 12 grueling rounds, ended victorious. His fight is both the symbolic and literal sense of it--an inspiration to those who, by the story of his life, can relate with at.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The hand that rocks the cradle

Inspired by the quotes of one of the greatest military geniuses of all time, Napoleon Bonaparte saying, "the future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother", and of  William Ross Wallace's "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world", this poem which I wrote last year during my mother's 54th birthday is dedicated to all the mothers in the world and most especially to my mom. Happy Mothers Day!

The hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world;
All the mighty warriors were
But through that hands unfurled.

No bravery should boast its own
Without a mother's mark sealed in;
And through that Battlefield of Life
She knows too well to win.

A mother's love defines
The man that we should be;
The hand that rocks the cradle
Is guiding you and me.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

From Hitler to Bin Laden: Pope John Paul II outshines to represent a stark contrast

The raid leading to the capture and death (as what the news report has told) of the world's number one terrorist at the hands of US Navy Seals team six in his Abbottabad, Pakistan hideout last May 1st, 2011 was a big boost to United States's war on terrorism. The war on terror, which was triggered by a terrorist attack in New York City's Twin Towers a decade ago, has been carried out full force with all guns pointing to and against the man considered as the chief architect and America's most wanted in the person of Osama Bin Laden. The war goes on and never stops for as long as there will be threats to our security as a people regardless of  race, gender, age, nationality, and belief but to also keep the 9/11 incident from happening again.

Bin Laden's grounds for waging war against America which he calls the Evil may have been caused by a lot of deep-seated reasons, might even bring us back to the time of the Crusades. Muslims calling the non-Muslims "Infidels" and Christians calling the Muslims "Unbelievers". But he probably might have just taken it too selfishly and personal which fuels the fire of his dream about building a pure Arab state free of any foreign influence.

Hitler, on the other hand, best represents on what kind of terror he was capable of inflicting under the cloak of his own belief which resulted in the extermination of more than six million Jews during World War II. And we also have to include the Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot responsible for the death of millions of Cambodians during his reign among the list of history's bad boys bringing more darkness into the world. But it has always been that way from the beginning: the battle for supremacy between the good and evil.

The Roman Catholic Church  has beatified the late Pope John Paul II last May 1st which was the final route towards sainthood. He has done a lot of good things to the world during his papacy. His life outshines to become the beautiful light that guides when others try to turn it off.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I looked up and saw a cloud

"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

I looked up and saw a cloud
On one fine summer day;
And heaven's like 'twas being plowed
Kept plowing me away.

Within the glint of stalky stares
A wonder leaked from sight;
Now Truth came thrusting like spears
Kept piercing me all right.

It was revealed somewhat a tale
That life was all a trip;
Like clouds we wandered long and still
Upon the sky so deep.

There's seeing more and more beyond
What human eyes can view;
But clouds now fade I waved a hand
Saying, adieu, adieu!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What is love?

Here's a poem I wrote to define the strongest of emotions which is Love. The question like 'What is love?' should never be run out of answers. But love is, according to Jean Anouilh, above all, a gift of oneself. It is also best described by Louis de Bernières in his 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' as a temporary madness that erupts like volcanoes and then subsides...what is left over when being in love has burned away....

'Tis the dewdrop sprinkled at dawn 
That wipes away the dirts of night; 
'Tis the quest ever has been 
Which often pawns a pleasant sight. 

'Tis the Windmill of a curious mind 
That grows so strong or weak at once; 
'Tis the song one freely sings, 
The sweetest moments in a glance. 

'Tis the secret one knows too well 
Yet cannot bear to expound upon; 
But life in it just solely dwells 
To build a throne under the sun. 

'Tis the struggle bound for the deep 
That plays the tune of sacred games; 
And all therein was worth the sought 
To find but pleasure or a claim. 

'Tis the justice all we've seen 
In everything, so pure and plain
But most of all love is 
A thing to keep, a thing to gain

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pacquiao squares off against Mosley on May 7th

Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) will be squaring off against three-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) on May 7th (May 8th Manila time) for the WBO welterweight championship at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I first saw Pacquiao a little over a decade ago fighting on Blow by Blow, a local television network's sports program that showcased boxing. He was skinny then and he fights like he was on a street fight (something new and unusual to me then, in my opinion, as I was used to watching the orthodox, textbook style boxing displayed mostly by the Mexicans in the lower weight divisions to the heavyweight divisions by black Americans) throwing punches from all angles and not stopping until his opponent passed out. I have become his secret fan and, whenever I can, followed every single fight of him since then.

Actually, I was into chess being the sport that tops my list but with boxing, as I grew up, made popular with the likes of Tyson, Holyfield, Foreman, Cooper, Moorer,  Bowe, Lewis, and Douglas, to name just a few, comes a very close second. It was all heavyweight boxing then that draws the most popularity and hype compared with the lower weight class that also produced the greats in Duran, Chavez Sr., Leonard, Hagler, and later on De la Hoya, among others, making the whole package a sold out. Pacquiao's rising to superstardom may have been  just well-timed to save boxing or even one that transcends it through the lower weight class for what the heavyweight division in the passing of time may have lacked or failed to do.

I'll go for Pacquiao to win by stoppage within six rounds not because, like myself, he's a Filipino, but for what comes out upon careful study and comparison between them on their previous fights, has passed into this analysis, by which I found Mosley's style fits very well for Pacquiao's, making him a perfect target for the Pacman's thundering left all packed with blistering speed and power. It will be a left hook to the head that will send Mosley down to kiss the canvass. Perhaps he can beat up the count but it will only be paving the way to getting more punishment from the Filipino champion before the referee steps in to stop the fight.

But, of course, inside the ring everything could happen and that's what makes it all the more exciting. Mosley can and is capable of pulling out an upset should he find the perfect game plan to initiate against but to also withstand the fury of the storm that Manny could create and unleash. And should he land that big punch enough to wobble Pacquiao's knees then it will be a deciding factor as to whether he could finish him off beautifully or not or whether Pacquiao could manage to regroup and bounceback to make him (Mosley) pay a high price or not.

It will be the hell of a fight comes May 7th (May 8th Manila time) and millions around the world will be watching. Boxing has what it takes to be in that level because it has Manny Pacquiao, the current pound-for-pound king. He elevates boxing and simply bring the sport back in the mainstream once again.


"If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that's enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself, 'My flower's up there somewhere...'"
--Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

If I gaze
a little too long at you
I would be left
with nothing but
an endless stream of cups
of my favorite coffee
as the soft reflection
of your face
screaming for the
filling my heart
with love.
But I am just
welded into
this somber place
deciphering the
many forms of you
like the dots and dashes
of a Morse code message.

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