All Souls’ Day

It’s funny how a time that’s meant to be spent remembering our dearly departed loved ones in solemnity has morphed into a fiesta of sorts. It’s that couple of days in a year when cemeteries are turned into Lunetas.

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Parents’ Sympathy

I can’t believe the parents are seeking the dismissal of charges against Ducat and Carbonell. Their children were threatened to be blown up with an unpinned grenade! I’m sure they’re all thankful that their children will be getting the “free” education that Ducat demanded. So that makes everything okay? It’s one thing to believe in the “crusade” of Ducat and empathize with him. But it’s another to let him off the hook. Obviously, it was a mistake to drop the charges when he took some priests hostage. Should he be allowed to get away again?

If that person doesn’t get persecuted, it sends the message – a wrong one! – that it is okay to put the lives of other people in danger AS LONG AS it is for a worthy cause. It sends the message to the whole world who watched the hostage drama that psychotic people like Ducat need to threaten the lives of others and violate the laws just to “send a message across.” I’m sorry but this “little” incident will not fix our country’s problems with education.

How irresponsible and selfish of those parents! More than anything else, this group action of the parents not only shows that they have sympathy for people who threaten their own children but clearly states that they are willing to put their children’s lives in danger for “causes”! Their children were almost blown up for crying out loud! Whether Ducat did or did not have the intention of doing so does not diminish the fact that over thirty six lives were put in peril by such extreme actions. It’s like feeding the children to the lions!

Providing education for those handful of children are mere temporary solutions. It’s like giving candy to a crying kid. We all know how deep our educational problems are. June is just around the corner and we’ll here about them soon enough. Again. The real problem is people who unwittingly vote idiot officials into office time and again. If there’s any one who needs real education, it is not the children. It is these kind of adults, the kind who shows compassion for wrong doers and who gets persuaded with by candidates with freebies and fancy commercials.

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Lastly, it’s funny to see how people easily sympathize with these people. It’s funny how seemingly noble causes soften the hearts of the many even though fact of the matter is the act is criminal in nature.

Is it really in our culture to side with the underdog? Is it really in our culture to be so stupidly forgiving? I would blame politics and government for all the social problems, but I’m beginning to think that religion has A LOT to do with it as well.

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Holy Week Traditions

Our family has always spent Holy Week doing what most traditional Roman Catholics do this time of year. No, not go to Boracay or Baguio or Batangas. I think those kind of activities are for the upper-middle classes and beyond. Holy Week starts with the Palm Sunday and we usually attend mass at Sto. Domingo church along Quezon Ave. I am never sure why we have to travel all the way there when we could attend mass a the village church. Then during the holy weekdays, we attend pabasa at a relative’s in Dimasalang. The adults take turn reading/reciting/singing the verses which narrates the event towards Christ’s death and resurrection. Holy Thursday is the day reserved for Bisita Iglesia. For each church that we visit, we would take turn reciting one of the fourteen (then it became fifteen sometime during the 90s). Good Friday and Black Saturday are spent at home and fun-related activities are prohibited by parents. They say that when Jesus is dead, no one will protect and save us if something untoward would happen. And on Easter Sunday, there’s the traditional Salubong. Two separate processions – one is of Jesus and the other is of Mother Mary – would start out from two locations at around 4am and they would eventually meet up at the village church where the easter mass is celebrated.

But in recent years, we sort of outgrew these traditions. Holy week is still somewhat commemorated but not in the very traditional way that we grew up with. Recently, I have always thought that we as a family have outgrown or stated to outgrow these traditions. I am not sure if it’s because of the hellish work schedule (we children are growing old) and parents developed their own ways of celebrating Semana Santa.

Or maybe, it doesn’t mean so much anymore.

The way I see it these days, it’s just supposed to be like Christmas. Roman Catholics tend to be extra nice and good during these kind of seasons. But when the “celebration” is over, it’s back to old ways and attitudes, which are far from being holy. It’s not supposed to be that way. The spirit of giving (during Christmas season) and the spirit of humility (during the Lenten season) are meant to be lived out on a daiy basis. They are not “modes” that we shift into during specific times of the year only.

It’s just sad how some people are bent on keeping up with traditions during the Lenten season, when they act like assholes and bitches the rest of the year.

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In this Inquirer article, a third complaint was submitted by Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez of the CBCP.

Iñiguez and his Kilusang Makabansang Ekonomiya filed the third impeachment complaint against the President in as many days under an opposition strategy to ensure that the charges are not dismissed on technicalities.

The second complaint was filed by former VP Teofisto Guingona the other day. Don’t these people know that they can only file one complaint? In a reply to my comment, Ms. Sassy Lawyer clarified that “only the first complaint will be given due course.” If that’s the case, then people should really stop submitting their “own” version of the first complaint. Sayang sa papel!

And can somebody please once and for all, give us the time stamp of the complaint last year. Or rather, just tell us when the new complaint should have been submitted. Some of us are simply too dumb and too tamad to know when to start counting the days.

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Strike 3 for Indonesia

This news article in CNN tells us about the latest earthquake that just struck Indonesia. Grabe! What's up with Indonesia and natural disasters? I mean, the country was struck by a tsunami back in December 2004, then another big one jolted the county on March 2005, and now we have this 6.3 earthquake that struck in the middle of the night. Most of estimated 5,800* people who died probably didn't know what hit them. How worse can you get? I hope we don't find out soon. Well, there's Mount Merapi, 50 miles north of the quake's epicenter, that is said to have increased volcanic activity right after the quake. They also said that the quake could trigger a larger eruption. Yikes.

But how do you explain something like this to a country? Parang sinasadya na. (It's like earthquakes are being directed at their country.) Although this type of natural event is something you should expect in a country located along the ring of fire. But why Indonesia? Again? Statistically speaking, I'd say that their just plain malas.

Is Indonesia being punished by God?

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Holy Week

I’m barely feeling the holiness of the holy week because of work. I was able to ask for a break from my weekend work but my weekday work didn’t even slow down. Well, it did. No on Good Friday, but to make up for “lost production time”, Saturday is regular day. It’s evil, I know. So I told my supervisor that I will not go to work. I had to lie about it though, which is bad considering that it is the holy week – the holiest week of the year.

Under normal circumstances, I reserve this week for myself. I do my fixing and cleaning. And more importantly, I try to find time to reflect on my life. Well, the reflecting part is more like an everyday activity during work. (It’s a good thing that manual work requires very little thinking.) But reflecting on holy week is supposed to be different because it is done in the perspective of religion. I’m a Roman-Catholic, or at least I was baptized and raised as one.

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Da Vinci Kodigo

Recently, Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code, has been getting a lot of attention. It’s not only because the movie version of the book is coming out soon but because he is being sued by two other authors.

According to this article, Brown allegedly got his idea from a 1982 book “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” which was written by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh. Brown, in his defense, says that he has not even heard of the book when he wrote “The Da Vinci Code” a few years ago. Both books involve the storyline wherein… Hm. Just read the book. 😛

Part of me thinks that Brown may have gotten his ideas from the Holy Blood book. I think it’s important to establish how and when he got the idea? Can you really consider it crime if Brown just heard the story from somebody else or he read a short, short summary of the other book? The way I see it, if the “idea/storyline” is really huge and important in terms of its potential theological (as well as historical) implications, then no single entity can claim full ownership of that “idea/storyline” (Unless the Roman Catholic Church comes out with a news stating the *real* story of the historical Christ. But I doubt this.)

The other part of me thinks this.

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