A Guinarona Christmas

Whereas Christmas in the U.S. officially starts on Thanksgiving Day (last Thursday of November), in the Philippines, you could already smell Christmas on September 1, and it lasts until Three Kings (January 6).In theory, Christmas Day is supposed to be the birthday of Jesus Christ, whereas it is just a celebration of when the Sun heads back to the northern hemisphere after the Winter Solstice.As far as native Christmases go, Guinarona is the place to be. Here are tweaked postcards of Guinarona at Christmas. We hope you can pay us a visit this Christmas season and have your novenas to San Pascual Baylon said as well.

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An Endorsement from Spain

November 25, 2014. Today, we have just gotten the endorsement of the Basilica San Pascual Baylon re the construction of the New San Pascual Baylon Apparitions Cathedral in Guinarona. Our objective is to have the new church as the national shrine for San Pascual in the whole Philippines. This is par for the course inasmuch as we already have the San Pascual Baylon’s bone relic. We enjoin everybody to help out.

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The Damaged Culture Bit Revisited

On November 1, 1987, American author James Fallows published an article in the Atlantic Monthly titled, “A Damaged Culture:  A New Philippines?”, which caused quite a stir, considering that at the time, Filipinos were occupied clearing the debris that Marcos had left.From then on, nasty things happened, which seemed to buttress the damaged culture thesis, to wit:–The Marcoses (Imelda Marcos and kids), who were banished in 1986, have been voted into power, short of capturing Malacanang Palace.–The subsequent leaders after President Corazon Aquino, were themselves thieves, with the exception of the current palace occupant, President Noynoy Aquino.–The Supreme Court of the Philippines, as currently constituted, has its share of corruption shenanigans and is more defined as a power tripping cabal..–The current catch word of “bobotante”, referring to the mass of voters that sell their votes for a pittance, thus explaining the prevalence of ignoramuses in government.While it is noteworthy that under President Noynoy Aquino, the Philippines has become an economic tiger of sorts, the danger lurks that when the President finishes his term in 2016, things will revert to ours being a damaged culture in the strictest sense.

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President Noynoy Aquino: A Kaleidoscope of a President

By Joe AmericaPhilippine President Noynoy AquinoYeah, yeah. Sorry, I can’t help myself. I’ve gone patriotic on the Philippines. I can’t figure out how the nation can get stronger when so many Filipinos insist on diminishing their country and its leadership.Just as the nation is rising.“Born to lose“So I push back. If you are inspired by failure, just skip this blog, eh? I’m writing to those who are proud of the Philippines.The name of the kaleidoscope was attached to the tube containing colored glass and pebbles by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster, in 1817. The name kaleidoscope is. . .. . . derived from the Ancient Greek καλός (kalos), “beautiful, beauty”, εἶδος (eidos), “that which is seen: form, shape” and σκοπέω (skopeō), “to look to, to examine”, hence “observation of beautiful forms.” [Wiki]It is the most magical device. If you look at it from the outside, it is an ordinary tube of no particular distinction. But when you hold it up to the light, peer into the tube and turn it, dazzling colors and shapes appear, combinations that are totally unexpected and absolutely magnificent for their intricacy and color. Brilliant rainbow snowflakes, each symmetrical and unpredictable, each there for a moment, then . . . twist . . . on to the next one.It occurred to me that President Aquino is a lot like that.Most people, busy in their work, read the paper or flip on the telly and see the President speaking, or under attack, and they are only looking at the tube. They see a one-dimensional President. Or sometimes his spokespeople are trying to do the impossible, explain to very unimaginative and woefully simplistic press what a kaleidoscope thinks.But this is no simple man, and political efforts to define him as such are bare-faced deceits.Let’s turn the tube, eh, and see the multi-faceted shape our President takes.

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