Thursday, 26 November 2009

St. James the Great Bazaar Nov. 27-30, 2009 (Thanksgiving weekend)

Do drop by:

Accessories by Ronaldo ( + handpicked by ron & chris

Cuenca Football Field (Rows 14 & 15; Table 4)

Nov. 27-30, 2009 9:00am-9:00pm

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Raise the Roof (The Megatent, Ortigas)

Raise the Roof @ the Megatent
Megatent volunteers and NU 107 presents

A benefit concert for Typhoon Ondoy victims
Thursday, October 1
Megatent Meralco Avenue, Ortigas

Feat. Spongecola, Typecast, Urbandub, Chicosci, Hale, Imago, Mayonnaise, Taken By Cars, Zach Lucero, Du...ster, Stonefree, Angulo, Pitik, Us-2 Evil-0, Ernville, Blue Boy Bites Back, Blue Jean Junkies, Bouncing Baby Boys, Tropical Depression, Holy Water/ Peace Pipe, Cookie Chua, The Ronnies, The Ambassadors, Boy Elroy, Bloodshedd and more TBA.

Entrance: P100 or a survival pack that consists of water, 2 canned goods, 2 noodles & biscuits.

Call 985-3690/387-9484.
Concert starts at 3pm.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Blazing Serene Hope (Corazon Aquino)

"Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past.

Rather, it is a spirit that bears things - with resignations, yes,

but above all, with blazing, serene hope"

Corazon Cojuangco Aquino

Friday, 3 April 2009

Signposts With In (Who do you say that I am?)

"I want a God who will cut my losses and cushion my failures

a God who will grant me a life free from pain.

I want a God who will rescue me from death,

who will delete it from the human experience

and find another way to operate.

What I, what all of us have instead,

is a God who resurrects us from the dead,

putting an end to it by working through it,

instead of around it

Creating life in the midst of grief,

creating love in the midst of despair.

-resurrecting us from our big and little deaths,

showing us by Jesus example

that the only road to Easter morning

runs smack through Good Friday..."

Barbara Brown Taylor

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Smiley Cyrus

I think i received this notice at least 4 times today

"Be aware that on April 4, 2009, the world will be celebrating 1st ever AIR HOUR.

Hold your breath for one hour, 8:30-9:30 pm to save Oxygen and Mother Earth.

Start practicing now.

This is for our own good!"

please pass

It reminds me of another long-time ago SMS message:

"Will you marry me... if not please pass"

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Smiley Cyrus

"What could the Holy Father be saying to Cameroonian President Biya and First Lady Chantal?"

Observation: Gone are the days of strict and stringent protocol.

Youtube & The Holy Father...

Captured during the Papal Visit to Africa, seems the Holy Father can't take his eyes of Cameroon's First Lady Chantal Biya's head gear (or maybe her perfectly curved eyebrows).

Of course, the continent is known for the bright and colorful clothing (so no black lacy-veil numbers I guess) so Madame Chantal could probably be the Carla Bruni of continental Africa or probably just inspired by Aretha's hat at President Obama's Inaugural last January.

We will never know.

Image of Benedict XVI visit to Africa: AP & Articles of Faith

Monday, 23 March 2009

Prayers Requested

Ordination to the Priesthood

Prayers requested as Jesuit/s Xavier Alpasa, Francis Alvarez, Jason Dy, Ody Dy, Frank Savadera, and Robbie Sian receive the gift of the priesthood.

Apr. 4, 2009

8:30 AM

Church of the Gesu

Ateneo de Manila University

Loyola Heights, QC

Friday, 20 March 2009

Lenten Signpost

" If you want to look for God, go back to where you left him"

Meister Eckhart

Thursday, 19 March 2009

I know you love me, Jollibee xoxo

In a place like New York City, the myriad of dinning choices can be endless. For many years, the only known Pinoy outpost in that universe was Cendrillon & probably a few grocer stores selling Goldilocks goodies from the Motherland.

Maybe Time Magazine was right, its a time wherein Homeland Security cannot stop the Asia-fication of America's beloved Hamburger, french fries and Fried Chicken!

Houston, we have a problem. Jollibee has landed in Queens.

From the NEW YORK TIMES Article written by Robert Gross.

Jollibee a Filipino addiction in Queens


62-29 Roosevelt Avenue (63rd Street), Woodside, Queens; (718) 426-4445;

On a recent Sunday afternoon beneath the No. 7 train tracks in Woodside, Queens, a thin, pale man with a goatee approached the 30-odd people waiting to enter the shiny new restaurant with the friendly apian mascot, and asked what was going on. A jumble of excited responses followed, which he summarized thusly: “So it’s a Filipino thing?”

Yes, Jollibee is a Filipino thing, a fast-food chain from the sprawling archipelago, with 600-plus outlets there, across Asia and on our own West Coast.

The Woodside branch is New York’s first, and since its mid-February opening, expatriates have lined up for a taste of home, on weekends waiting as much as an hour just to get in the door.

Jollibee is known as the McDonald’s of the Philippines, and its menu will be familiar to anyone who’s passed under the golden arches.

Chickenjoy, Jollibee’s specialty (one piece, $2.99; three pieces, $6.89; 18 pieces, $38.99), is straightforward fried chicken, with moist meat, a crispy but not too thick batter and, when ordered spicy, a dusting of potent chili powder. It’s a bit salty, but as one diner explained, that’s why Filipinos enjoy Chickenjoy.

After a passel of forgettable burgers ($1.39 to $6.29) and fresh, honest sides (buttered corn, mashed potatoes — regular $1.99, large $3.59), the menu heads for odder territory.

Spaghetti ($4.49) is topped with a sweet, hot-dog-and-ham-studded tomato sauce, and is frighteningly addictive. Palabok Fiesta ($5.79) is the only recognizably Asian dish: rice noodles in a gummy-but-yummy sauce of fish flakes, pork, shrimp, egg and crumbled chicharrĂ³n.

Jollibee’s signature deep-fried peach-mango pie ($2.29) is crusty and intensely fruity, at once a Filipino thing, a Georgia thing and something else entirely. It’s worth the wait.

Belib Talaga Ako! =)

Bill Gates organized an enormous session to recruit a new chairman for Microsoft Europe.

5000 candidates assembled in a large room.

One candidate was MARIO DIMAYUGA.

Bill Gates: "Thank you for coming. We'll do this by process of elimination to speed up the process. Those who do not know JAVA may leave."

2,000 people left the room.

MARIO said to himself, "Naku! I do not know JAVA but I have nothing to lose if I stay. I'll give it a try."

Bill Gates: "Candidates with no experience managing more than 1000 employees may leave."

2000 people left the room.

Mario said to himself, "Lagot! I never managed anybody but myself but I'm staying. What could happen to me?"

Bill Gates: "Candidates without management diplomas may leave."

500 people left the room.

Mario said to himself, "Asus! I never even graduated, but what have I got to lose?"

So he stayed.

Lastly, Bill Gates asked candidates who did not speak Serbo-Croat to leave.

498 people left the room.

Mario says to himself, "Patay! Ano yon??? But I've gotten this far, I have to stay on."

So he stayed and found himself standing with only one other candidate in the room. Everyone else had eliminated themselves.

Bill Gates joined both candidates and said: "Apparently you two are the only candidates with terrific management skills speaking Serbo-Croat, so I'd now like to hear you converse in that language."

Calmly, Mario turned to the other candidate and said, "Kumusta ka, pare ko"

Without batting an eyelash, the other candidate replied, "Mabuti naman. Ikaw?

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Belated Happy St. Patrick's Day

Long ago, I wore atrocious green pants everyday in high school down south.

Yesterday, I found myself wearing near-loathing shiny green pants over my trusty barong to work.

What gives?

I know,

its St. Patrick's Day

(I've always wanted to be Irish-spring)

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

A Letter of Thanks from Criselle Pascual of Life's Directions

CONGRATULATIONS to the Organizing Committee of LD 76 for a successful retreat this past weekend - March 13 - 15.

To the OrgCom: Batchhead Doc Harry, Cecille, Leo, Nicole, Shey, Anne, Aya, Marian, K, Leejay, Amado, Tiff, Ces, Karen, Vernon, Michelle and Eric A BIG THANKS for your passion and dedication in serving for this retreat. It was through your hard work in the past three months that the participants experienced a meaningful weekend. THANK YOU for passing on your LD retreat experience to them.

To the sharers: Chico, Mira, Giddi, Maella and Ian, THANK YOU for sharing your life stories. Your stories have served as an inspiration not only to the participants but to the rest of us. It is truly a testimony of God's grace working in your lives.

To the facilitators: Patchi, Ida, Katch, Vero, JV, Camille, AJ, Vinci, Deza, Mia and Karen, THANK YOU for taking time this weekend to shepherd our participants. The community is blessed to have people like you.

To Father Ted, for your wisdom, guidance and never-ending passion to help young people like us find meaning and our place under the sun.

To our moderator Arvin, for always being there to grace us with your knowledge and guiding the participants in their LD journey

To LD 74, Marj, Mark, Carina, Jon, Juan, RB and Tintin, for going up to support Mira's sharing.

To JP, Orange, Janssen, Reese and Doods, for joining us during the Sunday mass and graduation ceremony. Your welcoming presence was greatly appreciated by the participants.

To LD Core, especially to Poppa Bear JV, Mother Hen Camille and the OC Tandem of Patchi and Ida for your unwavering dedication in guiding the OrgComm and making this retreat happen. It is truly an honor to be serving with you guys.

To Mr. Juan, Ate Lea, Kuya Edmar, Ate Rosario and the rest of the Karis staff for your unwavering support for LD and making us feel at home throughout our stay.

To LD Batch 76, thank you for trusting us with your stories and joining us in this life's journey. Looking forward to seeing you in the rest of the LD activities this year. WELCOME!

And to the rest of the community as well as our fellow charisms, On Fire, Agimat, BASA and San Jose, thank you for your prayers and support.

We invite everyone to join us this coming Saturday, March 21, for the LD 76 Welcome Brunch. Details to follow.

It's been an honor serving with you,

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

The Desert and The Hours (Lenten Season 2009)

I caught a glimpse of yesterdays’ Academy Awards, though shamefully I must admit, have only watched one of the nominated (the exquisite and riveting film called Doubt). It brought me back to a year wherein one of the nominated films was a depressing flick called “The Hours” and the trendsetting ugli-fication of celluloid beauties such as Nicole Kidman (she supposedly won her Oscar by a nose).

In the lovely tragic film that explores the circumstances of suicidal writer Virginia Woolf and two other women from different time periods: a 60’s Julianne Moore and a pre-“Miranda Priestly” Meryll Streep. The lives of the three women woven within the tragic narrative where love, death and acceptance play strange bedfellows.

One of the more poignant episodes is the time wherein Virginia Woolf converses with her husband Leonard in an empty railway station uttering: “…You cannot find peace while avoiding life…”

I believe that the Lent is that time would always try and ask the more difficult questions and that I believe might be one as such.

Ironically, some Lenten practices center around avoidances of pork, chocolates, sodas, texting and perhaps, wildly to say, facebook?

But I do believe that there is something truly connected between Lent season and the words of our tragic yet creative heroine.

In the movie, before Virginia Woolf takes her own life… her reflections spoke out as she took to the waters:

To look life in the face. Always to look life in the face and to know it for what it is. At last to know it. To love it for what it is…

Many moons ago, a man began to look life in the face, despite isolation and sadness, fatigue, loneliness & fear. The man saw beyond the illusion of hunger, anguish and the easy-way out and saw life for what it is:which he could have avoided and lived a quiet existence making tables and chairs never entering the desert much less a city that would turn on him completely.

That man never avoided life, despite numerous limitations, obstacles and eventually climaxing into the horrendous, the painful death: to look life in the face and to know it for what it is… to love it for what it is and not how we wish it were or how we demand it would be. That man looked life in the face and saw much more, beyond the illusion of the finitude and loves for what it is.

Such a man, dares to enter into our own brokeness and pain and assures us with peace.

As we go through our own deserts this lenten season, lets us look to the one who never avoided life, not because we constantly need a quick fix for our brokeness, our neediness and pains, but to move on a journey of acceptance and true peace.

In order for us to embrace our own lives: to look life in the face and to know it

for what it is…to love it for what it is.

Have a meaningful lenten season

Sacred Days (Holy Week Retreat 2009)

The Holy Week Silent Retreat

The Karis Retreat House Tagaytay

The Karis Retreat House Tagaytay invites you to take a step back and immerse in the great Mystery whose love moves the heavens & whose acceptance is without measure, through the experience of an individually guided Holy Week retreat.

The Sacred Days Holy Week Retreat is a unique opportunity for men & women, of all ages, to pray, reflect, assess and rest, in the spirit of the retreats of Ignatius of Loyola. Year after year, a number have come with various reasons, to taking a step back, all bounded by a deep desire to search, immerse, clarify, engage and encounter the Other in loving silence.

In the Ignatian silent retreat tradition, retreatants are invited to plan their day, with a suggested three to four prayer periods a day (whose duration may range between 30 minutes to an hour accordingly) over prayer material suggested by their retreat companion. During the course of the day, the retreatants schedule to meet their retreat companion to share the fruits and impressions from their suggested prayer material as well as interior movements within and outside the “formal” prayer periods. The retreat will provide many opportunities for prayer & reflection, time for individual consultation, meals, participation in the liturgical celebration throughout and much needed rest.

For our fourth Lenten season, retreatants will be accompanied by the religious members from

the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) who will also be presiding over all the liturgical celebrations of the Pascal Triduum.

The silent retreat starts EVENING of HOLY WEDNESDAY and ends LUNCH of EASTER SUNDAY.

Registration starts 4:00pm Holy Wednesday

Retreat Cost:

Php 4,500.00 inclusive of twin sharing accommodations (2-in a room), meals, materials & stipends

(not including transportation)

Php 5,500.00 inclusive of single room accommodations, meals, materials & stipend

(not including transportation)

A non-refundable deposit of Php 1,500.00 along with accomplished registration form is required as confirmation for the retreat. A confirmation letter will be sent upon receipt of Registration form & deposit. Single Room availability and retreatant slots are limited on a first come-first served basis.

Please make any check payable to The Karis Retreat House Foundation, Inc.

You may deposit through

Account Number 48-02-00532-1

Account Name: The Karis Retreat House Tagaytay Foundation, Inc. (EAST WEST BANK SALCEDO)


leave your deposits at the lobby of THE ASIA TOWER CONDOMINIUM (c/o Chris Juan)

The Asia Tower Condominium fronts Mcdonald’s Greenbelt (Paseo de Roxas), entrance is at Benavidez beside ACCEED Conference Center.

For Registrations Forms and more details, please send request DIRECTLY through or through 817-7993. You may also call 813-2554

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Lentern Season 2009

Karis Retreat House Tagaytay
(for more information, please contact the sponsoring organizations directly)
BEYOND I DO (Feb 20-22, 2009)

organized by Educhild Philippines

For we believe that couples who strengthen their marriage bonds raise better children and become living examples of the kind of partners those children will pick in the future.

A venue for husband and wife to take a closer look at their marriage – their conjugal life…!
How it has been, how it can be better.

Through short talks and workshop activities, participants can expect to gain deeper understanding of their spouse's needs and learn practical and effective communication skills.

The program will surely enhance the marital bond and help keep married love alive.

Program hopes to:

discover the best way your spouse would like to be loved;

and nurture day to day conjugal living

gain practical skills that will help you communicate your love to your spouse;

experience activities that help bond and strengthen your marital relationship;

To have another opportunity to please, affirm and show affection to your spouse.

continue with the Magic of Marriage

In the last two years, the Educhild Foundation has not only helped couples through the "B.I.D. weekend" in Manila, but has also brought the seminar to couples in Cebu, Bacolod, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro.


MARIEVIC (02) 632-0103


(FEB. 27- MAR.1, 2009)
Organized by the Onfire Retreat Community

Center for Family Ministries' Rev. Fr. Ted Gonzales, SJ facilitates a thematic weekend (open to all:single, married,etc..) which centers around our individual journeys in knowing and befriending the fires of our desires and those desires that go much deeper pointing to a far greater love.

Themes of the Retreat:
HEAT / HEARTH : Dance my body!
Befriend … be at ease … and celebrate his beautiful creation!

KINDLED / KINDRED : Drive to connect and separate.
To be linked yet stand apart … to be intimate and remain whole

Dare to share. Care to listen.
To be stirred and touched and moved … to redeem, repair, restore

Do not blame. Do reclaim.
To confront the painful past … to move forward in faith and hope.

Decide to commit day by day.
To trust, transcend, transform

Chic 0917-431-2795


(March 6-8, 2009)

Organized by the Contemplative Outreach Philippines

The participants ought to arrive at KARIS at around
11:00am or so. There will be lunch served at 12:00. The Retreat proper will begin at 2:00pm

This is a QUIET retreat. Make this time of Quiet a time to just BE with the Lord.

The participant will be taught the Method of Centering Prayer with some practices of it,as well as the Method of Lectio Divina and a practice of it.

LECTIO DIVINA (LD) is loosely translated as Sacred Reading.

It is reading the word of God in the daily gospels and learning how to develop a more personal relationship with God on a daily basis.

The participant will also be given talks on the HUMAN CONDITION. There is a bit of psychology in these talks. One will find out why he behaves the way he does now, and that it is due to how he grew up from ages 0-15 years old. Also how CP and LD practices can help heal these wounds of a lifetime if he will be faithful to the prayer.

The retreat will formally end on Sunday March 8 before
noon. There is no lunch to be served on Sunday.

Retreatants are asked to bring their toiletries, a notebook and a pen, and perhaps, a small Bible if they can. The are asked to come comfortably attired, but not in shorts.

We shall have mass on Friday evening at
6pm as well as Saturday evening at 6pm anticipated for the Sunday Mass.

For further inquiries and reservations please call
ANNA MARIE LLANOS 842-4030, or 842-0201, or
0916-315-3980 or 0920-842-9833

LIFE'S DIRECTIONS (March 13-15, 2009)

organized by Life's Directions Retreat Group

Rev. Fr. Ted Gonzales,SJ facilitates a weekend centering around our individual search and journeys. Open to the public, the Life's Directions weekend is a mixture of conferences, testimonies, small group discussion, reflection and liturgy which gives each participant the opportunity to take a step back to find and re-acquaint with the voice within.

Module One:
Locating the Driver Along the Way--where we are, the "state of our lives", the confusions we may have found ourselves in.

Module Two:
Journeys Back--looking and contemplating our individual stories, histories and relationships.

Module Three
Attractions & Distractions--Acknowledging our individual confusions and histories, being called & invited individually & uniquely to a life of simplicity, service and surrender.

Module Four
Discovering the Center--Beneath our individual invitations to simplicity, service and surrender is a mysterious yet loving presence of the Creator.

Module Five
Finding Companions Along the Way--Discovering others who accompany us and are called uniquely by Christ who always accompanies all of us.


cellphone: 0918-991-1237