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Sinulog 2012

The display of Faith and Culture of Cebuanos.

Devotees at Basilica Minore del Santo Niño - Cebu

Dancers dancing to the tune of drums and gongs

Dancers in their colorful costumes

Viva Pit Señor!

Pictures credit to the official Facebook fanpage of Sinulog.

Sinulog is an annual celebration on the third Sunday of January. It is known as one of the biggest festival in the Philippines. A dance ritual to honor the miraculous image of Sr. Sto. Niño for the bountiful blessings that Cebuanos experienced. One of the highlights of the celebration is the street dancing wherein all contingents performed to the tune of drums, trumpets and native gongs.  The word Sinulog derived from the word sulog which means “like water current movement” which resembles to the forward-backward dance steps.

The participation of catholics and non-catholics in this festival multiplied the numbers of people into thousandths all the way either from foreign land and from local provinces.  Several routes were closed for the street dancing. The Basilica was always full with believers and non-believers.

When I first attended the mass for Sinulog and everyone heartily sang the “gozos“, it really touches my soul like I was trembling inside with so much affection and desire to praise Him. Visions of abundance and guidance that our God gave me and still giving me keeps rushing on my mind. It is like a thanksgiving day for me, a draining of negative thoughts as I embraced His word. As the mass ended, it is evident in everyone’s smiling face that we are filled with spirit.

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Hohohoho! Merry X-mas

It’s really Christmas season, have you notice the snow falling on my blog? It’s amazing.

This past few days I’m quite a bit induce to create a new post but I can’t get off my hands from work.  I have noticed the Christmas lanterns and the caroling on the street but haven’t felt the essence of it.

One day as I was riding a jeep, going somewhere. A kid suddenly hitch the jeep and started his caroling hymn. He has this gentle voice who can touch deeply within. I suddenly missed home, longing for my family to be with me.

Well, let’s talk about Christmas where everyone gets busy, where gift giving occurs, where our busy schedules for party would drive us to a complete blankness of memory of what’s the real essence of Christmas.  Sometimes our busy world would lead us to forget and we will be blinded by the glittering Christmas lights and become deft by the big boom of fireworks.  Hopefully may the ring of the bell in the church for every “simbang gabi” would remind us that this is the time where we need to share what we have and who we are. The newness of being us, as we celebrate Jesus Christ birthday.

It doesn’t mean that you need to have a grab bags of cash to make everyone happy.  May it be a smile or a helping hand, a simple gesture that would make each stranger feel the real meaning of Christmas.

I created this very short poem.

Christ will be born within,
Each heart that would proclaim he’s a king.
And may the weary feel the peace
As bells ring everyone will be blessed.

May your Christmas today will be of tomorrow.  Merry Christmas everyone..

 

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On Parenting

As I was reading on my eBook entitled Chicken Soup for the Soul, I stumbled lots of realization about life and our experiences.  Reflecting on how we strive and on how we are molded to become a perfect beautiful human being.  And I believe that we are a perfect creation of God and what we shows right now is our reaction towards every situation that we encountered in this world.  What you are labeled resembles on how you handle every circumstances you face, whether with your sense of forte and focus or with your total exemplary wit.

Here’s the poem about parenting I would love to share with you from the book of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

On Parenting
By: Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing itself.
They come through you but not from you,
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
But seek not to make them like you,
For life goes not backward not tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrow are sent
forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and
He bends you with His might that His arrows might go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He
Loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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Listening is Part of Relating

One of the major way in relating is listening.  As what Wikipedia defines Active listening is a communication technique that requires the listener to understand, interpret, and evaluate what (s)he hears. The ability to listen actively can improve personal relationships through reducing conflicts, strengthening cooperation, and fostering understanding.

Are you an active listener?

This video will help you understand about our communication that slowly fades as new technologies improved.

Hopefully you will become a conscious listener that would creates understanding and build effective and genuine relationship to the people around you.

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The Act of Loving

According to Sophocles love is one word that frees us from all the weight and pain in life.  If I will ask you to define love, what love means for you? I guess we do have different definition about it but it has one purpose and meaning. Love gives strength for fear, it cast away anxiety and all the negative emotions, it is pure and bold. It is consist of a wonderful feelings but we should never forget that it is also composed of adjustment, relating and sometimes misunderstanding.

Why is it that there’s a need for us to love and to be loved?

We human beings are not just made of flesh but of spirit as well. We seek love in any form that could fill the emptiness inside us.  It may be in the form of love towards opposite sex, love of parents and family, and love of friends. The act of loving is the act of giving and receiving. It is a relationship where two or more person would show the act of kindness and generosity, you couldn’t create a perfect relationship if you’re just the only one who’s giving, who’s relating and adjusting and it is no longer healthy.

I totally disagree to some tips on magazines published on how to find the right person. Well finding the right one is not just through physical attraction though I would admit that it will start from there.  But you need to know each other when you want to find real love. You need enough time and you don’t have to believe of what you hear from that person’s mouth but from what he or she acts. Cultivating relationship is not a playground where you are looking for opportunities for your own interest, it involves emotions. Love is all about relating.

“Love works in miracles every day: such as weakening the strong, and stretching the weak; making fools of the wise, and wise men of fools; favoring the passions, destroying reason, and in a word, turning everything topsy-turvy.”       – Marguerite De Valois

How to Cultivate a Lasting Relationship?

  • Communicate with your love ones.
  • Let them know that you love them, not just by acts but by words as well. Say”I love you”, sometimes we find it too hard or too difficult for us to say those words, but it’s worth it. It produce a wonderful feelings not just on you but to that someone whom you have express your love. Practice until you make it a habit.
  • Listen carefully on their stories before you react.
  • Hold hands with someone you love.
  • Give more hugs.
  • Laugh as much as possible with them.

If you have more ways on cultivating a perfect relationship, you may write it below.

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Don’t be in a Hurry!

I would like to share to you this inspiring poem that I’ve read last night from the book of Norman Vincent Peale, Treasury of Courage and Confidence. 

Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace,
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me, amidst the confusion of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tension of my nerves
With the soothing music of the singing streams
That live in my memory.
Help me to know the magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art of taking minute vacations of slowing down.
To look at a flower;
To chat with an old friend or make a new one;
To pat a stray dog; to watch a spider build a web;
To smile at a child; or to read from a good book.
Remind me each day
That the race is not always to the swift;
That there is more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward into the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong
Because it grew slowly and well.

Orin L. Crain


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What it means to be a Christian?

What have you done so far as a Christian?

I’m sure you could easily grab an answer in your mind, since holy week is still fresh. I have been asking that myself not just ones or twice but maybe a hundred times. As what we’ve noticed, what Christians would usually do as a sign of their devotion is they always pray the rosary, go to church, read the bible, get involve in the church activities, but beyond that who are you? Is it just enough to pray the rosary? Is it enough to read the bible? Does going to church every Sunday means you are already a Christian?

Yes or no, I would like to take both for an answer. Yes because it is a way in making, in building our personal relationship with God. And no if you are doing those things just for the norms, just because everyone does it or you want someone to believe that you are really a Christian. Being a Christian should mean that we should go farther than that, father from doing all those things, from praying, from reading the bible, it must be beyond. The cultivation of our relationship to God starts from doing those things, heartily and willingly and applying them to our everyday aspects.

Being a Christian does not mean you are holy, this means that you are cleanse by the blood of Jesus and healed by His healing power.

Life without Christ is nothing.