Ask and Receive

This is my reflection article on Luke 11:5-13 featured in Didache Youth book for October 6, 2016.

My mom was going on a trip. She had been saving weeks prior to it for her travel allowance. But a week before she was scheduled to leave, my dad’s sister suddenly visited and asked if she could borrow some money.

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Who is My President?: My 10 Realizations During the Election Period

For months, I have been reacting via social media about the debates & issues raised by the election period but remain silent about who is the candidate that I am rooting for presidency. As I just observe different views, opinions and discussions and put myself into the process of evaluating all the candidates, I have come up with these 10 realizations that help me change my mind and bring me to my final decision:

1. We can’t have it all.

It is fascinating to imagine if we can only have a candidate that possesses all the good qualities of the 5 running candidates: Mar and Miriam’s intellectual capacity in planning and diplomatic courtesy and relations, Digong’s political will and decisiveness, Poe and Binay’s effortless public connection and hands-on service. But the reality is we cannot check our list full.

There will always be less and/or excess because we must not forget that our candidates are only humans, too, just like us. It should be acknowledged that they come with their strengths as well as their weaknesses and flaws too.

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Katangahan Nga Ba ang Magmahal?

Di naman talaga malalim pag nagmahal ang isang tao.

Ang totoo mababaw lang ang magmahal…

 

Hindi kailangan ng marami o malalim na dahilan. Nagmamahal ka kahit nga walang kondisyon.

Umiibig ka dahil lang sa isang rason… gusto mo lang magmahal.

 

Kaya nga yung mga naiwanan, naghihintay parin.

At yung mga nang-iwan, minsa’y bumabalik din.

May mga nasaktan na, kakapit parin.

May mga inayawan na, pagpipilitan parin.

May mga naloko na, aasa parin na sila’y magbabago rin.

 

Ang pag-ibig madalas nga walang pinipiling edad, estado, kasarian at maging ngang itsura.

Ano pa mang maging topak nyan sa buhay, ay kayang tanggapin.

 

Pero alam mo ba kung ano talaga ikinalalim ng pag-ibig? Ito ang pagpapasya ng isang tao na magmahal parin sa kabila ng sakit, pait, pagkaulila, pagkabigo at kawalan ng kasiguraduhan.

 

Nagagawang talikuran kahit nga reputasyon, dignidad, kayamanan, katinuan at iba pa. Ibibigay pati pangarap, kaligayahan at maging kalayaan ng mahal niya kahit minsan ay di siya kasama dito.

 

Ngayon, masasabi mo parin bang ‘tanga’ ang mga nagpapakatanga sa pag-ibig?

Mababaw magmahal, oo. Pero silang mga nagmahal?

Kailanma’y hindi.

Julia Buencamino

Suicide, Depression and Discrimination

“I am not a fan of DISCRIMINATION. I disgust discrimination in ALL OF ITS FORMS.”

This essay is my response to the discussion concerning discrimination and the suicide of Julia Buencamino.

Recently, sexuality and human rights has been the talk of town especially on social media when same sex marriage has been legalized in U.S. and the trend of switching to rainbow filtered profile pictures began. The discussion/debate then grows in tackling not only sexual but also gender, religious discrimination etc. Honestly, after being exposed to all netizens’ exchange of throws of their insights, criticisms and points, I still find myself on the middle of this battle ground. I acknowledge the good intentions of the supporters of the newly established law and the importance of it in what they are fighting for. However, I also see, not only in religious view but also in social perspective, why the church is protecting the ideal design of a family which consists of a father, a mother and the children.

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