Friday, December 28, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I consider it an interesting read and a lot of questions brew up in my head. It seems that the books I have encountered lately, Say this and Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" have this tint (I couldn't think of a better word) of the Sacred Feminine. Is this a fad? a trend? or an enlightened view?
Never be afraid to ask. And so I get to ask questions from two persons I like to interact with. One is my English professor in the university and the other is a Jesuit scholastic.
Me: What is this movement that seems to be very prominent in the works of Coelho in "The Witch of Portobello" and, say Brown in "The Da Vinci Code"
Fr. Cris: Divine Feminine Thought has many variants. Some may be accommodated in the Christian Faith, some are just plain and simple New Age. In the spirit of discernment, we should sift through them and find where and how God reveals Him/Her Self.
Ma'am Arlene: Yes, I've heard. That the movement: Divine Feminine / Mystique. The tartan cult shows that.
Me: As I have studied world myths and mythology in college, I also observed that there is that shift in power from the female to male. Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Japanese, and Greek to name just a few have this shift of power.
Fr. Cris: Concepts about deity evolve. Its highly anthropological and sociological. It is so much conditioned by the languistic development that happens in the civilization.
Me: Ok. So will there come a time where the Roman Catholic Church will also experience that "change" or "shift"?
Fr. Cris: A closer and deeper look at the history of the church reveals that it does develop. It adjusts with the development of thought. Theology changes emphases according to how human history unfolds. The normativity of Christianity rests in the Incarnation of God, thus making humanity share in Divinity itself.
I got to finish the book. It just isn't the usual Coelho book you read. Some stronger flavor I just can't point at.
An all black Christmas get together with my friends in college. Everyone had to wear something black. Good thing nothing of that color was eaten during that dinner party.
Everyone was to be in an animal attire for the university party. Since there would be a lot of wild and untamed creatures in the venue, I chose to come in a park ranger attire. I thought someone had to make sure they're all safe.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Anyways, I also had to make sure to create a good cover for it and settled for this gold motif with a picture of a gold Christmas ball hung up a tree. I got to cover the top with parchment to create a frosty look and tie the whole thing up with gold ribbon. I also had personalized copper-colored cards with a simple holiday greeting. (Gee, I wish I could have just taken a picture of it.)
Making those gifts actually took time and effort to make. But that’s exactly the point!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Let's just say I got one and I'm contended with it. The after service for Apple is good and so is iTunes. It has a lot on it going on like synch-ing, synch-ed and synch-en (whatever suits you) but its cool. I think that's what the Apple company want the consumers to feel.
And don't ask why its pink (or is it red?. Its not like its my favorite color.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
There is just so much going inside my brain, I guess.
Sometimes, I just wish I had Dumbledore's pensive.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
John Kim introduced the book last April, I guess for a summer read. The authors give you this situations where you are asked to like choose a reponse (similar to that of a quiz you read in magazines, you know that!) and then they get to interpret your response.
It is in actuality a game book in Japan. I wonder what made them make it into a science.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mr. Pagsi.
I got the chance to come contact to one of those considered to be one of the best educators in the country not because of his passion to teach.
Onofre R. Pagsanghan is a teacher. He began teaching at the Ateneo de Manila High School in 1951, taught both English and Filipino for more than four decades, became one of the first awardees of Metrobank’s Search for Outstanding Teachers in 1985, and continues to be recognized for his teaching not only by the Ateneo, but by other national organizations as well.
Mr. Pagsi, as his students fondly call him, has utilized and continues to utilize theatre as a means to teach not just English and Filipino, but Christian values as well. He began “teaching” theatre as moderator of the Ateneo High School Dramatics Society in 1956, managed its transition into Dulaang Sibol in 1966, and has won recognition as a playwright and director in the succeeding decades.
Monday, May 28, 2007
A friend of mine gave me this cap for me to use. I had a great time in Siargao and I had that cap with me all along. It kept my head cool from the heat of the summer sun.
And I pretty darn lost it (here in CDO).
I had to tell the bad news and regretfully had to say sorry about my being irreponsible.
My friend something about friendships and how they are more valuable than caps.
I learned my lesson for the day.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
The Jesuits were having their silent retreat.
When the mass ended, he met all of us and he was very happy to have seen all of us. He asked if we were coming tomorrow (Good Friday) and said we were going there again. He was to celebrate the mass.
We had our Good Friday mass again at Mirador. After the mass, Fr. George invited us to dinner at Dencio's. He wore the hat the department gave him.
I will sorely miss this man...
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Philip K. Dick is one of the best sci-fi writers I have encountered.
After I have seen the film by Spielberg, I was really looking forward to reading the book the movie was based. Any reader would know that one can get so much from reading a piece in its original form.
I got my copy from PowerBooks (SM Mall of Asia). Since I never saw one here, I was like a small child who found the best toy in a shop.
Mind you, the book has so much to offer. Never underestimate your brain when you read.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
So working on the "look" of the compilation was actually an added work in my part, since I also had my share of pages to edit and revise. No complains here, but the pressure was really building up, considering there were still practices for the graduation ceremony and other other activities since it was already the end of the school year.
I should get myself more lessons in publishing.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
When people see the program as it is, they dont really see the brainstorming and the hard work behind the spectacle brought to life in front of them. It just like watching a fireworks display in the night sky, people are awed by the bright lights and all. What they dont see and experience is the preparation of mixing all those explosive stuf too appropriate amounts to give just the right kind of blast. I have had my experience in productions and you will really be trained how to think at the opposite side of the fence.
My heart aches for those who complain and give unsolicited suggestions as to improve activties. They can look at my garden from the picket fence and bother me as to how to tend to it. If I look into theirs, it will all be just rubbish since they don't have a green thumb. But, I'm really not interested to look, since I have a paradise in front of my porch.
Friday, February 9, 2007
The 2 - St. Alphonsus Rodriguez class was able to garner the first place for the Storytelling Contest for the Sophomores during the English Month. Although much of the work was done a week before the presentation, the class was able to pull out a very vibrant and entertaining presentation. When I gave them the piece - The Magic Pencil, they were very excited to make a show to their audience. Even if there were only twenty participants for the contest, the others were eager to make costumes and props those presenting.
Since these bunch of students were very creative, they end up having an 8-minute performance during the practices. We really had to squeeze everything (not to mention peel off some of the lines and actions, to the dismay of some performers).
I appreciate the work done by Jessa and those involved in the making of the props; Lawrence and the performers for the synchronization of the actions and lines. Both Joede (as Annabelle) and Erika (as the goblin) really brought down the house with their exemplary performances. Ideas from Christie, Donna, Andre and Nicole also were utilized to make the most out of the alloted time limit.
When you actually win three times in a row (Earth Song, Math Jingle and Storytelling), that actually means you won a grandslam, am I right? Congratulations guys!
Thursday, February 8, 2007
48 new saplings were planted today. The mini forest had 48 new trees in it. When Manong Bert (my sincerest thanks for the assistance) told me that we would plant the saplings in that area since some did not survive thus leaving some gaps between the rows of trees, I was elated because these new saplings would be with other older trees. I'm no expert in tree science, but it made me think that the new saplings would be more comfortable there (you can now laugh about my hypothesis, sorry science teachers!) Well, I just thought that since the mini forest would be the next attraction some 30 years after today, then these freshmen would be very proud that their trees are there.
It was tiring.
The kids were all around!
Thank you to LC1 06 Volunteers for the assistance (you are meant for greater things).
Doing something good (or should I say great) does make you feel better.
Monday, February 5, 2007
Sunday, February 4, 2007
Saturday, February 3, 2007
On one of his recent columns, he mentioned about watching (whatever it takes) this documentary of the Vice-President of the United States, Al Gore. There seemed to be a sense of urgency in his "sermon" about how little time we have to actually do something to save the environment. I'm no die-hard environmentalist, but I think we could do something about it. I have been asking people if they have seen it or if (bless them if they do) they have a copy of the film. But to no avail.
And of course, it just slipped my mind, just like any kid in a grown-up world.
How come we find things when we don't actually look for them? Lo and Behold! As I got to the DVD stacks in an undisclosed place (sorry!) I saw it there, with the rest of the new movies of 2007! I grabbed a copy and went straight home.
And I took the truth like a bitter pill.
Friday, February 2, 2007
The topic was something novel and interesting in a way that she, her own way (with the help of a presentation), related our existence with our relationships with God, others and the Earth itself. I was a bit skeptic and analytical about it (sorry, that's just me using my head again) since the presentation was, for me, a hodgepodge of ideas to prove a point. I don't know, I guess I just see some grey areas or holes in the analogy and such that presenting it to highschool students would actually distort some of the truths we consider as logical.
Moreover, people seemed to appreciate her performance ( I really got confused if it was her singing, her presentation, or just the mere fact that they are looking at someone who is a part of a soap.)
Again, I appreciate her efforts. She was very cordial and simple, I must say. We had a dinner with her and the rest of the PSTAG Officers and there she was able to share her experience that fateful day when her house caught fire. For me, that was traumatic, but for her, I could sense she is someone strong.
I remember teachers as they jokingly tell me to ask some very "important" questions to her like, "How does it feel working with Sam Milby?" or "Sino ba talaga si Eli?" I wish I could have granted their wishes, but when we met, I knew for a fact that she came with a purpose (which, was not to reveal things in her soap) and she delivered.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Location: Greenhills Memorial ParkI hate to say this was our reunion, so when I saw my 4-Mayer students again (now that they are in college), I said to myself that this was definitely the most awkward place and moment to see most of them in any given time. Everyone (well, as I mentioned, most) got to Greenhills to visit the wake of Efraim's father, who passed away of brain cancer. I remember someone saying that people get to be together in birthdays and wakes, and surely this gathering with my dear students still fits the latter. We had to pay respect for the lost of a father, but I felt the group was more excited to get to see each other.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Chicken and Pork Adobo: P55.00
Iced Tea: P28.00
Breaded Pork Chop: P 85.00
Fare: P 10.00