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God’s Providence

Megs LunnBy Megs Lunn


At the outset, thank you to the people of Aklan Electric Cooperative (Akelco) for giving us the power back in our town. Our gratitude also goes to our donors of REBUILD HOMES FOR THE HOMELESS (especially for the handicapped kid family).


May God’s providence will always be with you all. After typhoon Yolanda, the victims were shocked—some of them even walked like zombies. While others who are not victims right away started S.O.S. and out of the goodness of their hearts, were ready to give way and send help.

Instantly, if you are the type of person who has compassion and passion to help, it will right away come out on you without asking you to do so. People left and right were so kind and generous, others were taught to be kind and to be generous, and others have to have proof before they can send help.

God’s providence is everywhere. It can be seen in His creation. Good’s providence is revealed in every person who have touched your life, who are continually doing what is right and good, who are doing good deeds without asking something in return, and who are thinking of others fi rst before them. Goodness is not a talent. It is a composition of many qualities such as being helpful, kind, generous, pleasant, loving, etc.

When we practice doing good deeds, it is defi ned as goodness. Overtime, it will also defi ne you as who you are. God’s providence will always be with you for what you do is in the likeness of God and God’s heart.

“The Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Rom 14:17 “The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him.” Lam. 3:25 Indeed, people have to be patient waiting for help. You can’t afford to complain, thinking of others from Eastern Leyte who has the most hardly hit places during Typhoon Yolanda.

You just have to stretch your patience and it is also a test of your attitude towards negotiation and asking for help to help you. Calamities show us the worst and the best in us. Not just during calamity but during the sorrowful time of your life. Because most of the time, when you are at a happy state, you are kind and good to people.

But when you’re down, this is where you know who really are your friends, through thick and think. But showing goodness should be at any state of your life. Think of God’s providence in you if you are in this state of goodness for “He called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”(1 Pt 2:9.)

Published in The Good Life
Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

"Misa Dulom"

"Misa Dulom"


Rev. Fr. Rey Villanoy



By Rev. Fr. Rey Villanoy




I intend once again to complete my attendance to this age old and cherished Filipino tradition of the "Misa Dulom" also known as "Misa Aguinaldo" or "Misa de Gallo", the nine days of novena masses in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary in preparation for Christmas.

This tradition dates back to the seventeenth century which was originally intended for farmers who used to go to the fields very early in the morning. Understandably, these farmers would rise from theirsleep the moment the roosters crow hence the term "Misa de Gallo". It has been said that this tradition and practice could only be found in the Philippines.

Today, Filipinos from all walks of life flock to the churches to attend and participate in this revered liturgical celebration. Impressively, the young people are also in attendance. What a blessed coincidence that last Dec. 16, the first day of these novena masses was also the National Youth Day.


With the establishment of the so called mission stations here all throughout the Archdiocese of Capiz, I am sure that attendance is now more convenient for our rural folks. What a relief for them not to go anymore to their parish churches (which could be far from them) in these nine mornings for right then and there nearby are mission station churches with their own mission station priests.

On a nostalgic note, I readily remembered my own childhood when on the first day of these Aguinaldo masses, I intently watched some toddlers brought along by their parents. At first they were all eager to observe what was happening only that later on, a few of them were already at the laps of their parents so as to catch up with their otherwise aborted early morning sleep. I too was with my parents especially my mother in those days of Misa de Gallo. And like those little kids, I would easily sleep on my mother's lap only that from time to time I would be awakened by the singing of the choir or the ringing of the bells.

The start of these dawn masses varies either four or four thirty but personally I prefer the earlier start so that by the time it is finished it is still dark, truly "Misa Dulom". And what more, one could still go back to sleep after the mass which I am still doing now in the same way I did a some fifty years ago during my early childhood days.

Published in Now & Then
Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

Help Rebuild

Help Rebuild


Megs LunnBy Megs Lunn


Who would think about the aftermath of the recent Typhoon Yolanda that made a ‘huge wave’ of news putting up the Philippines on top of the universe when it comes to the strongest storm ever happened and the most ravaged area after the unexpected storm surged? Who would think about the nature of storm where stripping the whole of an island with houses and living thousands of dead lying on the ground?

People from all over the world judged our government for slow moving Aid and worst, for political reason. Amidst the outpouring millions of monetary help and volunteers from the different nations of the world, they still doubt the Filipino people. Some, however, continue to help for they only believed that helping, sharing and giving is the only right way to do and the only thing you need to do. We will instead be the solution rather than be part of the problem. Thank you to those who believed and is praying coupled with action.

Indeed, it left us roofless, worst homeless. But the most amazing of all is to see the people who continue to have faith in God and is stronger ever after the calamity. The resiliency of the Filipinos who after all can smile and extend a hand or two to his/her neighbor, the students who spared their ‘baon’ for the sake of another to be able to eat, for the young mind of the innocents who are learning from the experience of repacking goods and sharing them to the needy, these and more are the values we are seeing around which would continually give us strength and inspires us to do better in life. As Mother Teresa once said, “Give until it hurts.”

I saw houses destroyed along the coastal area of Barbasa and Tibiao, Antique up to the coastal area going to Aklan. The whole province of Aklan was in news block out where to no surprise as satellites were down and everyone was almost in a shock state.Seeing the faces of the neighborhoods almost losing hope, I also felt as hopeless as after three to four days, there was no aid coming through and S.O.S. was impossible because of the lack of power and connections to the outside world.

My own roof was damaged, however, we have so much to thank for as we are still lucky compared to others. There is no room to complain, but think of help. It was only after 5 days that I saw hope and light knowing that Aid was on its way and we started to “rock n’ roll” with relief operation and distribution. Thanks to my hundreds of friends in my contact lists and the good club members of Rotary International. There are at the same time other trusted individuals and or NGO's who are continuously moving to seek for more help and go around places for distribution, rain or shine.

My heart goes to our homeless handicapped kid family and others who are living in the waiting shed, sending text they have no food and nowhere to hide during hard rain at night. Long term solution came to mind of raising funds for them to rebuild homes for the homeless.We also can’t let our people be parasite to relief operation.

Yolanda has taken many lives in the Philippines. Some that survived cannot rebuild their lives as they lost their home and job. Luckily people from all over the world reach out with food but a basic need is shelter, without it sickness is imminent.

Long term goal is to help build a home for one family, one at a time. Any contribution will give them a bamboo made house for them to rebuild their lives.The head of the family will work for ‘labor of love’ to build their own homes. Victims will work for food and water but a roof above their head is a basic need. Your generosity will put a family in its feet. If they have shelter, they can now work and restore self respect and human dignity.

If you are interested, please contact the Author and we will make way of building one home for the homeless, one at a time, in your honor. Last week, we started one in honor of my daughter’s 18th birthday. When it’s done, we hope to inspire others to follow, too. The Aklan’s environmental group Koolearth, Inc. and the Aklan Press Club are accepting donations with an official accounts and receipt. If you are interested, kindly contact this Author.

To all of you all over the world, we will be forever grateful to your generosity of time, skills and money for showing the Filipino people, you are our allies.

Published in The Good Life
Monday, 04 November 2013 00:00

Days of the dead

Days of the dead


Days ago, Capiznons were advised that the tropical depression that developed into a Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (International Name: Haiyan) with maximum sustained winds of 230 kph and a gustiness of 315 kph—would make landfall in the regions of Visayas.

For its part, Capiz’s Provincial Disaster & Risk Reduction Management Council took all efforts to issue warnings to the constituents in order to prepare for the impending disaster. Then, barely a week into the month of November, Yolanda entered the Philippine area of responsibility and made the deadliest landfall in Tacloban and Leyte.

The Visayas—including the province of Capiz—was not spared. We could see devastation almost everywhere. Around us. In us. At this writing, officials pronounced some 60 dead in the province.

Over the radio and television and all across the social media and the Internet, we have seen how Tacloban and Samar was almost wiped out; and how the body count will soon rise bigger than we expect.

It would not be long until we would hear about the 3,000 or so lives devastated (and counting), and almost countless spirits defeated by the super typhoon that caught up with fellow Filipinos only two months before 2013 closes.

Sooner the body count will rise. People from this archipelago now suffer from the onslaught of this year’s (and some say, all-time) deadliest visitor.


In some three days or so, we have seen Yolanda’s wrath and devastation among us who are now the ones seeking our help for relief and survival. Here comes our struggle for survival—the power outage and the total destruction of some civilization.

Here we go again. This time, it’s Yolanda, to some, it may be the name of someone we familiarly know—perhaps one’s wife, one’s manang neighbour, or some sweet friend. But looking at the news how Yolanda brought devastation and ruin to other people’s lives, we could not at all harp on its aftermath.

However, year in and year out, typhoons—and here’s a another one—teach us the spirit of cooperation, of sharing, of the constant willingness to give and share to people whatever we have.

Farther up from the Visayas and Mindanao, Bikolanos have a saying that—“Ang tawong matinios, aki nin Dios.” Roughly translated, it means that anyone who knows how to suffer is the (real) child of God. This adage even rings true especially about us when we come to ponder further—how God loves us the poor. In more ways than one, Filipino’s spiritual life is hinged on the thought that anyone who suffers in this earthly dimension does a Christlike effort to nourish his soul.

Typhoons and other calamities made us the poorest materially, with our livelihood and hard-earned possessions ransacked and carted away in seconds or less than a day—but should they also waste our spirit away—to the extent that we stop from building again whatever is left standing?

We pause and ask—are typhoons here to help us delineate our life’s purpose? Are they God’s perennial (even annual, or many times a year) ways to constantly tell us to care for our neighbour? Or that our life here on earth is as fleeting as the transient and temporary as the material possessions we hold dear?

Published in Editorial
Monday, 04 November 2013 00:00

Man vs. Nature vs. Man

Man vs. Nature vs. Man

Niño ManaogBy Niño Manaog
So far this year, the only authentic (and definitely hardly fabricated) newsmaker is the Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan) sent—not by God but perhaps by the gods of our own making—to make us think twice about our greed.

Bako gayod maninigô na basulon kan tawo sa Diyos an mga nangyayaring ini sa iya nga palibot. Sa hapot na tâno ta siring na sana kaini an sunodsunod na kalamidad na nagaarabot sa kinaban ngonyan, dai man gayod tamang silingon na an gabos na sakunang ini kapadusahan hali sa Diyos kawasa daing-data na man nanggad an tawo.

Kun uugkuron, haloyhaloy nang panahon maráot an tawo. Poon pa kadto maráot na man nanggad an kostumbre kan tawo—orog na sa pakikiiba niya sa iya nga kapwa. Dangan yaon pa man giraray an pagtúo niya sa Ginoo—an takot niya sa Kagurangnan—na minapagamiaw saiyang siya nabuhay digdi sa ibabaw nin daga—bako sana bilang pisikal na hawak kundi bilang kalag na kaipuhan balukaton para sa kaomawan kan Poon-Diyos.

Alagad, tibaad mas orog na igwang kahulugan kun lantawon niya kun ano an sinasabi kan siyensya sa mga nangyayaring ini ngonyan na mga tiempo.

Daing labot an Kagurangnan sa nangyayaring mga kalamidad saiya ngonyan. An pisikal na kinaban kan tawo asin an kamugtakan kaini ngonyan—dangan kun pâno ini naging siring sa sini nga kahimtangan—tibaad iyo an simbag sa mga pangyayaring ini ngonyan na saiya pa man nganing kinakangalasan.

Pirming tama kun sabihon na an tawo man sana an may kagibohan kan saiyang sadiring kapahamakan. Siya man sana an mágadan kan saiyang sadiri. An gabos niyang ginigibo sa saiyang palibot—kan tawo sa pangkalahatan—iyo an máraot kan ining kinaban na bako man ngani siya an kaggibo.

Sa kahaloy-haloyi kan panahon, mayong pakundangan na inabuso kan tawo an mga kadagaan— mga kapatagan asin mga kadlagan—dangan an tubig sagkod mga kadagatan. Mayo siyang dai pigraot asin pigratak sa kinaban na ini. Mayo nanggad siyang pinatawad.

Kaya ngonyan padikitdikit, paamat-amat, pasunodsunod na siyang nagbabayad kan saiyang utang sa Inang Kalikasan. Alagad, kabalo bala siya na kaipuhan niya nang magbayad? An dipisil digdi ta tibaad mayo pa man nanggad siyang pagkaaram.

Pirang pildang na sana kan kalibutan an dai niya nahuhubaan? Tibaad mayo nang gayo. Gabos na kabinian kan kadlagan saiya nang winakasan. An gayon kan gabos niyang kadawagan saiya nang pighawanan, linaogan dangan sinamsam.

Sa istorya sang sini nga kalibutan, mayo na gayod mas maorog pang klase nin panglulugos an satuyang magigimâtan.

Sinurublian sa Hiligaynon
sa iya nga, saiyang
husto(ng), tama(ng)
silingon, sabihon, sabihin
lantawon, hilingon
kahimtangan, kamugtakan
paamat-amat, padikit-dikit
kabaló, aram
bala, baga
sang, kan
sini nga, ining
kalibutan, kinaban
Published in Anayo
Monday, 04 November 2013 00:00

Jose Rizal for Barangay Captain

Jose Rizal for Barangay Captain


Ralph John Mijares

By Ralph John Mijares





If Rizal were alive today and he would run for barangay captain, will he win?

This is what my Rizal teacher asked on the first day of class.

Most of my classmates answered “yes” as they cited Rizal’s positive traits. However, one begged to differ. He said that the El Filibusterismo writer would not win because he would not bribe voters unlike some candidates nowadays will.

My teacher said “he (Rizal) would be too good (of a person to win since he would not bribe anyone)”.

What my brilliant classmate did not know is that one candidate here despite giving a lot of free stuff during the campaign period lost.

I am not mentioning his name, the position he ran for, and the barangay he belongs to. The loss is already a tough moment/lesson for that man. His defeat proves that there is still hope for our country because there are people who are smart enough to know that their liberty to choose who they want in charge does not come with a price.

Some of you guys might wonder why some candidates spend a lot on campaigning and bribery for a position wherein you only get paid P 1,000 monthly if you are a barangay captain and P 600 monthly if you are a Sangguniang Barangay member.

According to the Department of Budget and Management website, Christmas bonuses in form of cash, insurance coverage, free hospitalization in government hospitals and can get P 5,000 (at a maximum) from barangay funds if confined in a private hospital and there is an extreme emergency, free tuition and matriculation fees in government schools in the area including two of their legit and dependent kids during their stint in office, conferment of civil service eligibility depending on the number of years of service done for officials who completed their respective terms of office, and it also serves an advantage in getting appointed to any government position once the official’s term ends.

In this writer’s opinion citing from Jorge Cariño’s Kampanyaserye report a few weeks back, the common reasons why people still go for barangay posts would be to serve the people while for others and to have the chance to gain power and influence in one’s own community.

My own guess would be that being a part of the barangay authority would be a stepping stone for bigger plans in politics.

These reasons however, are not rational enough when it comes to buying votes.

Neither would be the fear of getting defeated by the “more generous” candidates because they provide incentives either in cash or in kind. Not all trends are worth following, my friend. If jumping from bridges without harnesses becomes a trend, will you ride on the wave, too?

By the way, for the fools who sold their votes to the demons that be, progress does not come with P500 or free stuff from the candidates who will only be there for you when they need votes and will abandon or steal from you in secrecy once they are in office. Keep it up, fools.

You are complaining about how tough life is now in your community. Well, ask yourself, is it not your fault? You are enraged with the graft and corruption that might be going in you town, city, or this country (well, with the P10 billion scam, it is obvious). Did you realize that you might have contributed to that?

Think about it.

Published in Strike Through

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