Thursday, January 31, 2008
So we had our breakfast and upon going out I noticed that the trash were already picked up. coincidence? Or the sign simply means loading and unloading of trash at night then loading and unloading of people in the morning?
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
He is passionate and witty as well. His ingenuity can be seen on his television documentaries. He enjoys every travel at the same time able to spend a good time with his family and his bike named “Bughaw”. Here’s the online interview.
the dong: What is your most critical role as a journalist?
Howie: I tell true stories about subjects that matter to viewers.
the dong: What was your most dangerous experience as a journalist?
Howie: covering the siege of Lamitan (more details in Howie’s blog)
the dong: How many people usually joins you for a documentary?
Howie: From two to four people.
the dong: What is your dream topic for a television documentary?
the dong: In the future, who do you want most to meet or interview? Why?
Howie: Pampanga governor Panlilio, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, David Byrne, Condoleeza Rice. I admire them for their achievements, intellect and courage.
the dong: You visited many cities and provinces in the Philippines, what was the weirdest experience so far?
Howie: Finding Blind Fish in a cave in Samar.
the dong: Aside from naming your bike "Bughaw", what other personal things do you name?
Howie: I use to name my vehicles, now only my bike.
Howie: Sky dive, climb Everest, drive a truck across the Iraqi desert.
the dong: What do you want the younger generation of Filipinos to learn from you?
Howie: Work hard, read a lot, ask plenty of questions, love our country.
Howie: That our culture could produce a man like Rizal.
the dong: Thanks a lot for your time despite the busy work.
I am impressed as he will always be serving in his field as long as he can. He is very proud to be a Filipino and that’s basically what we need to be in the coming years. Howie is just one of the people who by his works and his lifestyle shows the true value of a Filipino.
Again you can check out his blog at
The DVD compilation of Howie’s documentaries entitled “Ten Years of Howie Severino” is now available. It features ten of his best television documentaries. Each episode is as special as the others. So better check out the other episodes hopefully it will also be compiled in the DVDs soon.
I am sure that he and his group will continue to gain more awards and appreciation for his works in the coming years.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
kudos to the Philippine Eagle Foundation in Davao City! for the work of the conservation of the Philippine eagle, Philippine's national bird. you can visit their official site at
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
my first two Sinulog brought me a lot of amazement since it was my first time to attend the mardigra. we were part of the crowd control for the mardigra* since it was required for our ROTC. it was a great experience because we were in the best location, closest to the performers. the drum beats makes the people dance in their own places while others can’t control themselves, thus joining the performers in the streets. helicopters and planes passing over us here and there throwing confetti. people walking. people dancing. people enjoying every moment of the mardigra. and the celebration does not end there, just right after the parade, the final performance was being held at the sports complex were every contingent gives their best. their best to perform for the Sto. Nino. the people outside the complex starts to party and there’s no need to look for places to enjoy the celebration because outside the bars and the different establishments are big sound systems playing music all night. Bands here and concerts on different venues. Sinulog was like that.
On my third time, it was different since it was my first time to attend the mardigra not as a crowd controller. Hahaha… so I simply enjoyed every moment.
but I thought it was all about the mardigra for the Sto Nino. not on my fourth time, when I was invited by a friend to join the novena mass the night before the grand parade. it was there that I truly saw a deeper meaning of the celebration. the highlight of the Sinulog. yes it is the highlight of the celebration. more than the mardigra. it was there where I saw thousands of people awaiting for the novena mass at the basilica del Sto. Nino. crowded but it seems that the people are waiting for something very big. it seems like they are encouraging more people to enter the basilica forgetting about being comfortable and having good space.
as the Sto Nino comes in, coming from the procession, everyone were standing and shouting Viva! Viva! Senor Santo Nino! sounding aloud telling you to shout as well and shout even more. white handkerchiefs are being waved everywhere. And it was only after the Sto Nino was placed in the altar,that the people stopped waving and shouting. That was around 6:00pm. The mass began and when we reached the part where we sing Glory! people are again shouting Viva! Viva! Senor Santo Nino! really making noise to acclaim the faith. Then the mass continued. when we reached the supplication part, I thought that what I heard earlier was already loud, but here comes sound of the drums and the trumpets. this time the priest raises the Sto. Nino and everyone are shouting! this time Pit Senor! Pit Senor! The priest starts to shout the petitions of the church, the petitions of the nation, the petitions of the city. and it lasted until 12midnight. Then came the fireworks on top of the basilica. 6hours of praising, honoring and offering of the petitions to the Lord.
as the mass and the novena ended, the people are recharged. not tired. it was joy and the peace of the heart and the mind that we gained from worshiping the Lord. it was the one of the best experience.
And I thought that it was all about the mardigra.
On my fifth time, I was able to experience Sinulog at its best. best because it was about worshipping and remembering every blessing that I received when I was in Cebu. this time understanding the roots of the grand celebration of the Lord’s feast. so before I left the city, I bought one small figure of the Sto Nino. as it shall forever symbolize the faith that I have in Christ. a stronger faith,a deeper love and a devotion which I will bring with me until I meet the Lord face to face.
Viva Senor Sto Nino!
you can visit this link for a documentation on Sinulog
and one of the best performance from last year's Sinulog.
*mardigra - grand parade
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
now it happened again but this time in Tawi-Tawi. Fr. Roda was killed yesterday after his prayer time in a school in Tawi –Twai to which he was serving. despite the help that ,missionaries like Fr. Roda are extending, from education to daily service, this is what they get in return. in his case, he was giving scholarships to students, helping out with the community and even trying to unite the Muslims and Christians in the area.
we have already seen similar deaths. He is already the third priest killed in Tawi-Tawi. most of the time, we just forget them and so through my blog, I hope Fr. Roda will be remembered for his mission.
Fr. Reynaldo Jesus Roda
1954 - 2008
mission offered to the people of Tawi-Tawi in God’s name.
Service is the overflow which pours from a life filled with love and devotion. But strictly speaking, there is no call to that. Service is what I bring to the relationship and is the reflection of my identification with the nature of God. Service becomes a natural part of my life. God brings me into the proper relationship with Himself so that I can understand His call, and then I serve Him on my own out of a motivation of absolute love. Service to God is the deliberate love-gift of a nature that has heard the call of God. Service is an expression of His nature. Therefore, when I receive His nature and hear His call, His divine voice resounds throughout His nature and mine and the two become one in service. The son of God reveals Himself in me, nd out of devotion to Him service becomes my everyday way of life.
this renews my commitment to serve the Lord everyday. service - a way of life that comes from absolute love.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
the dong:What are other things that you enjoy doing other than making comics strips?
the dong: thanks Pol.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
He once said "It was wrong if there was a man suffering altitude problems and was huddled under a rock, just to lift your hat, say 'good morning' and pass on by. Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain."
he saw his humanitarian work as a duty. he visited many other countries and continued his humanitarian work.
people will never forget sir Edmund who has reached heights in serving with humility. may God bless your soul.
the picture shown on top is my old copy of National Geographic featuring sir Edmund and Tenzing's journey to Mt. Everest.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
he always finds ways in motivating people in everyway he can. he has already written around 57 books selling 13million copies. many people read his book and are now achieving things in the aspect of leadership. from sports to work, from community to business.
It was a good year for movies in 2007.
Here are my top ten movies for this year
1 - Transformers*
2 - 300*
3 - Spiderman 3*
4 - Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer
5 - I am Legend*
6 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix*
7 - Resident Evil - Extinction
8 - Pirates of the Caribbean - At Worlds End*
9 - Blades of Glory
10 - Stardust
Other movies from 2007 which didn't quite enter my top ten list but are not that bad (not in order)
28 Weeks Later
Mr. Bean's Holiday
The Bourne Ultimatum*
Shrek the Third*
The Simpsons movie*
The ones not in the list may simply be because I didn't watch it.
*movies in the top ten world box office for 2007
David's story of beating the giant Goliath is one of the most popular stories in the Bible. Allow me to show you the significance of David choosing to use the slingshot rather than the sword that Saul was giving him to beat Goliath. Here's that part in the Bible:1 Samuel 17
37 David said "The LORD who saved me from the claws of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!" Saul finally consented. "All right, go ahead," he said. "And may the LORD be with you!"
38 Then Saul gave his own armor--a bronze helmet and a coat of mail.
39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. "I can't go in these," he protested. "I'm not used to them." So he took them off again.
40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd's bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd's staff and sling, he started across to fight Goliath.
And of course we all know what happened. During that time the sword was one of the best weapon plus the armor, helmet and the coat of mail for defense. This was what they thought David would need to beat Goliath. David who was never used to wearing these for fighting lions to protect the sheeps, chose to bring with him his staff and a sling.
What's the point here? Each one of us might be facing challenges in life and we are used to choosing the best approach of some people. Not knowing that sometimes the best approach for others might not be the best approach for us. In David's case, the sword might have been one of the best or maybe the most popular weapon of his time but for him it wasn't. In the same way with us.
What is your slingshot then?
I suggest that you read the whole story of David beating Goliath and you'll also learn that it was more than just his slingshot. It was more of who God is in his life.
I will post more about our Mt. Pinatubo adventure by March as it enters its 17th year after its biggest eruption and exactly 2years after we have visited its amazing crater. It was one of our best adventure.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Many indeed took the sacrifice of death as a means of the ultimate sacrifice but God is asking us more than just death. That is to live and die for Him, holy and acceptable to God.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Last Sunday, I visited some of my co-servants in the city of San Pablo in Laguna. We shared things about serving Christ unconditionally while eating baked macaroni with meat balls at "Spaghetti House". Then Jecoy and Ajune, leaders from Lingkod San Pablo started sharing their vice which was to buy ukay ukay* books within the area and sell it to their friends at a price that the buyer wishes. That's cool! But what amazed me when they talk about the time when they were able to sell a set of C.S. Lewis books for P250. Two hundred fifty pesos??? When months ago I was looking at one book sold for P600. I asked if they found "Mere Christianity". Jecoy said yes! Wow! So I asked him to buy the book the next time he finds another copy. Going to their house to see some of his books. He then handed me his copy of "Mere Christianity" and showed me the price at the back of the book. P9! Nine pesos for a C.S. Lewis book??? Then he said "Sa yo na yan". What??? He is giving me his copy of the book. So blessed! From P600 to P9. Who could have thought that I will get this book for free in San Pablo. Thanks Jecoy!
I am merely blessed!
*ukay ukay - used things