The Million People March, The Million People Prayer

from GMA Network’s website

I have nothing against peaceful rallies since whatever democracy I am enjoying now (that allows me to write this blog) was birthed by the 1986 EDSA Revolution, a non-violent revolution that led to the departure of ex-president Ferdinand Marcos.  But, if you know the events behind the mass of people marching on EDSA, nuns blocking military tanks; if you go beyond the song “Magkaisa” and the yellow ribbons, you will realize as I did that the people power revolution above all else was an awesome display of God’s power because people, first and foremost, prayed.

So, whether you decide to go to KM0, Luneta tomorrow, Araw ng mga Bayani, or not, let’s all remember to intercede for our nation – to pray for our leaders – from the president to the mayors to the barangay captains – and for our fellow Filipinos – for us not to waver in our belief in our being Filipinos, for us to continue believing that change is possible, for us to continue being honest in our own little ways – from paying the right taxes to obeying traffic laws, and for us to have the wisdom every election season to vote for those whom we know will really lead our nation out of a genuine heart to serve and not because of the lust for power and money.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14

With this, we can be heroes not because we fight with weapons of war nor with our writings but because we fight with our knees on the floor, humble before a mighty God so that while the Lord Himself fights the battle, the victory is ours.

All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands. – 1 Samuel 17:47

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I am praying for a peaceful rally tomorrow; for it not to be used by militants to sow chaos; and finally, for God to minister to those involved in the scam to come out and face the judicial process.  I am reminded of the preaching today: God gave all of us a conscience to speak to us in times of sin; it’s just that many of us have become so good at drowning out that voice, but even then, it will still whisper to us.  I hope that this event in our nation’s history will make each of us look inside of our hearts and think how maybe we have also contributed to the corruption in our country; how maybe we have thought that, given the chance, we would just evade taxes rather than have the government officials steal “our” money…how in our small and big ways, we are just as corrupt as the people in government whom we condemn.

Too Much Love Can Kill You

There are people who rush into a relationship and discover later that it’s a bad one. But they stay anyway because of “love” – they ignore the warning signs – only to find out much later that they’ve lost themselves in the process – they’ve lost their self-respect and self-esteem because of the compromises they have made.

There are also those who just completely ignore the warnings upfront. They get into a bad relationship anyway because of “love.”  They, too, lose their identity because of settling for something less than what they really think they’re worth.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. – Proverbs 4:23, NLT

I kept hearing this song this past week and it was what got me thinking about how too much “love” can kill someone. More than the emotional pain that one goes through when a relationship ends, I think it’s really the “death” of one’s identity in a relationship because he has compromised his beliefs and values that’s really sad. And so, while I have made it a point to avoid listening to love songs (if this is such) because many of them romanticise a lot of things, even to the point of making wrong things appear or sound right, I am featuring here the Queen’s “Too Much Love Will Kill You” with its lyrics (bold fonts mine) because of the truth in many of its lines.

I’m just the pieces of the man I used to be
Too many bitter tears are raining down on me
I’m far away from home
And I’ve been facing this alone
For much too long
Oh, I feel like no-one ever told the truth to me
About growing up and what a struggle it would be
In my tangled state of mind
I’ve been looking back to find
Where I went wrong

Too much love will kill you
If you can’t make up your mind
Torn between the lover
And the love you leave behind
You’re headed for disaster
‘Cause you never read the signs
Too much love will kill you – every time

I’m just the shadow of the man I used to be
And it seems like there’s no way out of this for me
I used to bring you sunshine
Now all I ever do is bring you down
Ooh, how would it be if you were standing in my shoes
Can’t you see that it’s impossible to choose
No there’s no making sense of it
Every way I go I’m bound to lose
Oh yeah

Too much love will kill you
Just as sure as none at all
It’ll drain the power that’s in you
Make you plead and scream and crawl
And the pain will make you crazy
You’re the victim of your crime
Too much love will kill you – every time

Yes, too much love will kill you
It’ll make your life a lie
Yes, too much love will kill you
And you won’t understand why
You’d give your life, you’d sell your soul
But here it comes again
Too much love will kill you
In the end
In the end

Libro Lang Ang Usapan

From panitikan.com.ph

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Gaganapin ang Kanto BookSwap sa The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village, Makati City, sa August 18, 3 pm. Konting rules para sa kasiyahan ng lahat:

1. Walang bentahan. Permanent swap lang. Walang suntukan.
2. Nasa ayos na kundisyon ang mga libro, amag-free at hindi kailangan ng tiyani para basahin ang pahina.
3. Pwedeng dalhin ang mga libro mula Aug 3 hanggang mismong Aug 18
4. Pwede lahat — artbooks, classic/contemp lit, poetry, photobooks, history, architecture, graphic books, biography, monographs at kahit anong printed material na hardback, paperback. Pwede din ang mga magazines, comics, zines, handmade books.

Pwedeng tayong magkwentuhan/magmonologue kung bakit mahilig tayong magbasa, anu-ano ang binabasa natin, sino ang mga paborito nating mga akda/authors at ano para sa atin ang halaga ng pagbabasa.

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Seasons

At some point, you learn
That words are woven into stories,
Stories into lies,
And lies can make up a life;
That lies can make up a man;
That duplicity is contagious
As bad company corrupts good character.

At some point, you learn
That a coloured face can be a façade
And beneath is a can of worms
Feeding on nicks and cuts,
Picking on fresh, bloodied wounds
That will heal or won’t heal-
Only time can tell.

At some point, you learn
That a smile is just a mask;
That a hollow smile belies
The tempest in the heart –
Of rage, madness, and love,
Choosing different shades of grey
Over blacks and whites.

At some point, you learn
That an enemy multiplies kisses
But a friend’s wounds can be trusted;
That you hurt those you love,
And you’re hurt by those you love,
But you love anyway
Because you were loved first.

Love overcomes,
Looks beyond,
Overlooks the façade, the worms,
And heals.

And that Love is neither grey
Nor black nor white
But is red, scarlet
And turns your scars
As white as the snow
And makes you a new creation.

At some point, you meet Someone
Who sweeps you off your feet,
Promises you eternity,
And leaves a permanent mark on your soul.
Say “yes” and you are changed.
Forever.

Explorations: Paseo de Santa Rosa

The thing about “moving” to a new place is that one needs to find where the nearest grocery, restaurant strip, school/university belt, and other places are.  And while Nuvali’s Solenad has a bunch of restaurants and a supermarket, my simple/traditional/probinsyana soul had been looking for the nearest palengke setup and lutong bahay/carinderia restaurants eversince I felt that, yes, this is it, Nuvali would soon be home!  Thanks to Our Awesome Planet, I found out about the turu-turo/paluto restaurants in Paseo de Santa Rosa.  Lutong bahay restaurant, check…palengke, check…some of our finds:

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Nuvali Lagoon: If I remember correctly, this is actually a water treatment facility.

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Looking more closely at the fish in the lagoon.

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Dacky’s can be found at the back of the Paseo de Santa Rosa wet market.

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Bulalo Dos, P200

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Sizzling Tuna Belly, P195

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Green Mango with Bagoong, P40

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One Bottle of Iced Tea, P50

2 cups of rice: P20

Total bill for two people: P505

Happy tummy: priceless!