Pope Francis: The People’s Pope

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Sweet and genuine. That is how the Filipinos described Pope Francis’ smile during his motorcade along the roads of Manila. Each person has his own way of showing gratefulness to the Pope in visiting the country. They wave their hands and raise it as high as they can to at least feel the presence and touch of Pope Francis.

Filipinos are very excited to witness this most awaited event. We have all been waiting for this moment to see His Holiness. As what history can remember, my age tells the last time that a Papal Visit happened in the Philippines. It was then Pope and now Saint, John Paul II.

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And when he mentioned in his speech in Malacañang about the Typhoon Yolanda, a river of tears flashed in my memory. Reminding me the disaster that took many lives that just happened a year ago. They are the reason of today’s Papal Visit. Pope Francis came for them.

He is really the People’s Pope.We Filipinos are very blessed, grateful and beyond happy to have Pope Francis visit our country.                                                                                         Image Source


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Bangon Pilipinas!

God gave us big problems because He knows that we can be able to surpass it.

Whenever I’m down to nothing, I always believe that it’s because God is up to something. I’d be lying if I say I never looked problems as “problems” because I did. As part of moving on and defeating the “problem”, I always let positivity control me. Instead of looking at the problem as it is, I think of it as trials and challenges, not problems. He will never give us difficulties that we can’t solve. He did it because He trusts us so much that we will overcome it, if not now, in time. In His time.

As I scroll my dashboard down, I saw a very inspiring post. It speaks in behalf of every person for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). I feel like I don’t need to write much about what I want to say because these pictures really speak for me.

To you:

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Don’t worry my friend. I know you’ve lost a lot. I know you’re broken. I know you feel like everything’s taken away from you and nothing’s left. I know you’re hurt. I know you’re suffering. But… I also know that you’re strong. And I believe that God put you in that situation because He has better plans for you. Please don’t give up, okay? Don’t ever think that you’re alone because you never were. We’re with you in this battle, especially God.

Please remember that I love you. We love you. And God loves you the most 🙂

Your friend, Cielo


(All images above are from art-of-worship.tumblr.com)

In order for us to move on with what had happened to us, we should be able to walk ahead.  This is the time to rise again Philippines. Bangon Pilipinas!


Choose Philippines!—or “Filipinas”?

It’s been hundreds of years that our country is known as the “Philippines” and there has been an argument whether to change it to “Filipinas”. Why only now?

The name “Philippines” was derived from the name of King Philip II of Spain in the 16th century. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_of_the_Philippines) And now that we are in the 21st century, some people think that it is time to change the name of the country to “Filipinas”.


Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) believes that “Filipinas” is better than the current name. The KWF came out with a resolution dated on the 12th of April stating about using “Filipinas” instead of “Philippines” as the official name of the country. Is this the right time to tackle about this issue? And, is the subject worth the attention of Filipinos? Well, I believe that there are many issues today that matters more than the “Filipinas” such as the natural calamities that struck the Philippines; or the conflict between China and Philippines for the West Philippine Sea; and it may also be the improper use of pork barrel of the government officials.


One question that keeps running in my mind is that, is it really necessary to change the name of the Philippines?  Especially now that we are known all over the world.

One problem I see if it’s been approved is the difficulty in pronunciation. Let’s face it, some of the Filipinos can’t pronounce “F” properly, some don’t even know it especially those who are not exposed to the English alphabet. Yes, we can’t do something about it when it’s been decided by the person in the position but there will always be a negative side. For example, even if we write “Filipinas”, if there’s a difficulty in the language of the person, they will end up saying “Pilipinas”. See? What’s the point of changing it if we (or some) Filipinos can’t pronounce it correctly. It’s just a shame if that happens.

Attorney Romulo Macalintal said in an interview with Gerry Baja that KWF’s resolution needs to undergo in a long process. “Kilala na tayo bilang Pilipinas, tingnan mo nalang ung Gilas. Diba nakalagay sa damit nila “Pilipinas?” He believes that a charter change (Cha-cha) is needed to be proclaimed before anything changes.


A rose will still be a rose no matter what it would be

One of my professors—Ms. Myriam Bacud, faculty of Centro Escolar University-School of Education, Liberal Arts, Music, and Social Work’s Social Science Department—believes that it will not be easily changed. It will take a very long time and needs to be studied deeply. “Hindi naman basta mapapalitan yan eh. It will not be changed overnight. May process dyan eh—there must be a law; there must be an executive order, or whatever.” She also thinks that it is not that important. “Like what Shakespeare said—a rose will still be a rose no matter what it would be.” She also said that she is not a pro or a con in the said resolution. She even added that it is okay if they will change it because there’s no big deal on it. “My point here is that, why make a fast on something na it is not yet doable at its best.”


To know more about what other people think, I asked some students these questions:

1. Are you aware of the issue about changing the name of the Philippines to Filipinas?

2. Do you agree? Why or why not?

3. Do you think it’s necessary to change the name?

4. How do you think will it affect the economy of the country? (in case it’s approved)

5. What is your stand on the issue?


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Most of them think that it’s not necessary to change the name of the Philippines simply because it serves our identity. When it comes to economic status, some of them think that there will be no effect on the economy of the country.


People's insights about the issue


People’s insights about the issue

Photo taken from: http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2013/06/p-and-f-defect-changing-the-official-name-from-pilipinas-to-filipinas/

Personally, I don’t agree to change the name. Why? Simply because I think that “Philippines” is better. Like what others have already said, we are known as the “Philippines” and I think “Filipinas” is best for describing the Filipino women. Filipina women are called as Pilipina or in english, “Filipinas”. At first, I didn’t notice that it means that way, but when you said “Filipinas” it is possible that Filipino women will come first in the minds of people.

We are known as the “Philippines” for over the years and why would they change it NOW?

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Making love: A sign of love?

Even you’re head over heels in love with your partner, is it really necessary to engage in sex? Do you honestly believe that making love is a sign of love?

Sex is normal to couples. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with it, as long as you’re wearing the best protection—a wedding ring. Yes, it is true that making love is a sign of love because for two persons who are very much in love with each other, they tend to show their love and affection through it. Some even say that love can’t be expressed by words only that’s why they express it intimately.

In this generation, teens and young adults may be predominantly Catholic, but chances are, the concepts of sex and intimacy are no longer off-limits to them. But what really makes people give up their virginity? Is it really the love or just the lust?

Maria, 22, said that “we both didn’t consider it as just sex. For us, it was love-making. It was a beautiful thing for both of us because we trusted each other completely. To this day, we’re still together”.  While Aaron, 20, said that “we both thought about it for a really long time. We didn’t pressure each other. We felt that the other person was special enough to be worthy of sharing our first time with. You can’t regret an experience that was happy.” To sum it up, the two persons think that it was love for their partners that made them do it. (Source: Candy Magazine, January-February 2011 issue)

Is love enough to be the reason why you’d be willing to give up your virginity? I guess, no because that love can make or break you. Yes you feel the assurance with your partner but that moment can wait, right? If you truly believe that you’d want to do it with your partner, then all you have to do is wait for the right moment for it to be perfect.

But when is the right moment? For some people, they believe that the right age to engage in that activity is above 21, but I say, the right moment is when you are already married.

Engaging in such activity at a wrong time may lead you to regrets. Like what I’ve said earlier, love can either make or break you.

Recently, there has been an issue that struck the Filipinos—Parokya Ni Edgar’s lead vocalist, Chito Miranda was involved in a scandal with his girlfriend Neri Naig (also an actress and was part of the Star Circle Quest of ABS-CBN in 2004). The video became viral as it spreads instantly. Chito have already apologized publicly. He said that he’s sorry for what had happened because of the leakage of their private video. He also said that someone stole his hard drive and put their video online. They’ve been a victim of cyber-bullying. Because the Filipino netizens are very sensitive and reactive, some gave their violent reactions online, but some also showed their support.

A post of Chito Miranda on their band’s (Parokya Ni Edgar) Facebook Fan Page saying “Di niyo kami matitinag”

Fans of PNE, especially Chito Miranda’s supporters showed their endless support and love for him

Fans of PNE, especially Chito Miranda’s supporters showed their endless support and love for him

Pictures taken from: https://www.facebook.com/parokyaniedgarofficial

I have nothing against Chito but I think what they did was wrong. I don’t understand why people need to video their private intercourse. Some psychologists say that there are people who find satisfaction when they see themselves doing such and I think, that explains why they have to take a video of it.

Parokya Ni Edgar has been in the industry for more than a decade and they have contributed a lot when it comes to music. The issue really affected the band but like what Chito said “Buti nalang walang iwanan sa Parokya.” I believe that this one issue should not be a reason to judge Chito and Neri. They have already received many criticisms because of what happened but to say something harsh and below the belt? I think it shouldn’t be tolerated.

In the Philippine showbiz industry, this is not the first time that something like this happened. If you’d remember, Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili were also involved in a scandal issue that led them to court cases. But now, look at them, they are both already moved on. Katrina is happy with her partner, Kris Lawrence, and their baby.

According to some experts, for them to avoid this kind of issue, they should not do it in the first place because, if there’s no video, then there would be no scandal. But if they really can’t help it, they should secure their things properly.

We can’t stop struggles come in our lives but I know it will end and time will heal it. Every person should be accountable on what he or she is doing. Before we do something, we should think twice and know the possible outcomes of our actions.

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Is it Wrong to be Right?

What would you do if you’re stuck in a situation where being right means wrong to someone?

There has been an argument about the privileges of senior citizen in every service they want. Here in the Philippines, there’s a law stating that every senior citizen must accommodate a 20% discount on services such as in food chains, transportation, etc.

A senior citizen waiting for her purchased medicine in a drugstore

A senior citizen waiting for her purchased medicine in a drugstore

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Romulo Macalintal– a well-known lawyer in the Philippines

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If you’re familiar with the issue about Romulo Macalintal– a well-known lawyer in the Philippines— then you’re head would probably heat up. A restaurant where Macalintal and his wife went at, ignored the senior citizen act  that made him incensed.


This is not the very first time that a senior citizen experienced this kind of treatment. I’m sure there are lots of aged people who have experienced it too. But because Macalintal is a political figure, he is brave enough to complain this in front of the whole Philippine nation.


Actually, there is nothing wrong with what he did because he is right. In fact, it is truly, madly, and deeply right. Macalintal served as the voice of many senior citizens who were in the same place as his before. This is the time that the government officials should be more aware of what’s happening around them. Or, maybe the government officials know about it but don’t do something? It could be the case, but why? Why will they enforce a law and not punish those who disobey them.


It is very unfair for a senior citizen to be treated that way. Who would want to feel that anyway? To be honest, I am very happy that the restaurant owners where put into their place. Now I can say “Buti nga sa kanila. Nakahanap sila ng katapat”.

There are many restaurants that don’t recognize such law, even some PUV drivers and conductors, especially the jeepney drivers.


Personally, I have already experienced that several times already. Aside from senior citizens, there are also discounts for students like me, and that includes transportation fares.


There was this one day when I witnessed an incident where a college student complained that some dispatchers in Morayta are not allowing them to have a student discount because it’s Saturday. When he’s asked by the dispatcher to give another peso and said that they still have a student discount even in Saturdays and Sundays, the dispatcher said, “Walang discount ‘pag Sabado”.


Recently, there’s a debate whether to give 20% discount for students and senior citizens in weekends. Jeepney drivers were against it because there are oil price hike of at least every month. But the House of the Representatives decided to make the House Bill No. 90, authored by Senator Juan Edgardo Angara when he was still a Congressman (Lone District, Aurora), explaining that students must receive 20% discount not only during school days but also during Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas vacation, and other holidays during a school year.

But it turned out that some dispatchers are not aware of it, or worst, ignoring it.

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On The Way To The Beach

What else could I possibly say to these wonderful sights I’ve seen on the way to the beach?

Last Saturday, we went to Batangas (again) to spend a one day vacation with my relatives. Take note: that trip was the very first time that we spend an out of town trip with our relatives. We rarely do that because most of the times, if we’re just alone (our family), we’re with my Mom’s/Dad’s friends. So, I was really excited when my mother and my aunt planned this trip. I was really looking forward to it.

I’m so lucky that I live in the Philippines because we have 7,107 islands to enjoy every summer! I am not a beach kid because I don’t want my feet getting wet with pebbles or mud or anything. But every time we go in a beach, I am really excited. Seems confusing, right? I am confused too, I don’t understand myself. Hahahaha. Anyways, I just want to share with you what could be seen on the way to the beach where we’d swim around.

Don’t you just love the color of the water? I fell in-love with it! These pictures below remind me of the Underground River in Puerto Pricesa, City in Palawan (too bad I didn’t have any picture of it to share 😐 )DSC00873DSC00875DSC00876 2

We were so amazed at this huge rock. If you would stare at it, you would notice that it looks like something that was peeled off because of the details (at least? Hahaha).


Other beach resorts. You know? You could see a number of resorts around the town so you would have a lot to choose from.