Polka Dots or the Cross


As we welcome 2014 (and every new year), many believed that by wearing clothes with polka dots and have coins in their pockets would bring “luck”. Even Christians would do so – some would say there’s nothing to lose in believing such. Here’s my question (specially for the Christians of any denomination), which one do [...]

Looking Back at 2013


The year 2013 is about to end. This year, the Philippines had a series of “Unfortunate Events”. A 7.2 magnitude Earthquake that devastated the Island of Bohol, war that broke out in Zamboanga City, and the Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that wrecked havoc on the province of Leyte, and other parts of the Visayan Region, [...]

What Does Christmas Mean to you?


Christmas lights, trees. the Belen or Nativity Scene, snowmen, candy canes, Santa Claus, Christmas lanters and Christmas gifts (usually under the Christmas Tree) are the things you see almost everywhere in time of Christmas. Groups of people, both kids and adults go from house to house singing Christmas carols, with kids often sing with incorrect [...]

Dawn Mass- A Month After Yolanda

December 16 marks the start of the Dawn Mass- a Catholic Tradition related to the coming celebration of the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. Attending the Masses is meant to show devotion to God and heightened anticipation for Christ’s birth

An Irresponsible Prank

On the 1st of December of 2013 a couple of hours before midnight, hundreds of people or a thousand even from the coastal villages of Roxas City (Philippines) and on some other coastal municipalities left their homes in fear of an impending tsunami. (Read http://reflectionsby.me.pn/2013/12/tsunami-scare/) It turned out that the fear of a tsunami hitting [...]

Tsunami Scare

Roxas City, Capiz- It was around 10:30 PM. I barely had fallen asleep when I was awaken by the noise of a very unusual heavy flow of vehicles passing and the voices of people outside my house. This is usually a very quiet neighborhood, especially at night so I got curious. I peeked on my bedroom [...]

Fire After the Storm

Just over a week after the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) wrecked havoc on Roxas City and other places in the Visayas Region (Philippines), At least four separate fire incidents broke loose in two consecutive nights. Two of those fire consumed a total of eight houses and one fatality was reported. With electric power still out [...]

After the Super Typhoon Haiyan

            Haiyan wrecked havoc on her path with her more than 250 KM/hour wind. Houses were either left roofless or totally destroyed. For the first time in my life I saw how such a storm would strip the GI sheet roofings from the trusses and send them flying hundreds of [...]

7 days after the Quake

Centuries old churches crumbled, roads destroyed. bridges collapsed, thousand lost their homes, more than a hundred lost their lives, scores more missing. This is what happened to Bohol, Cebu and neighboring provinces – an island province in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines- as a result of 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October 15, 2013. [...]

I Need to Get in Shape

The last time I had my blood pressure it read 120/80. My other blood chemistry also showed that everything is still within the limits. Which means technically I’m healthy. But evertyime I look at my self in the mirror, I see a different story. My problem is, my bulging waist line.