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TRAVEL IS ENRICHING

I am no fan of Forbes Magazine or its publisher. But surprisingly, it came this time with a good piece.

Travel enlightens one about other people/cultures, fills the eyes with beauty and new: places, faces/people (again); good food and more. It makes one feel and be fit and healthy, causes pregnancy with ideas, broadens the mind, and leads one to appreciate living life --with best effort --to its attainable fullest. Lace up and go!
You don’t have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.
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ARE YOU VOTING FOR THIS PERSON?

More on "HER WAY" to get more money and political power.
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I do not follow the NBA (no cable). Found this, seems LeBron is the real McCoy!
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My Visit to beautiful and historic Buda-Pest, Hungary. The (never blue) Danube River half-mile wide splits the city in two: the Buda westside historically the more affluent, conservative, traditional and Germanic with its Castle Hill, the Royal Castle, Coronation (Matthias) Church, the National Archives and turkish baths (I did at now old St, Luke's Baths). to name a few with seven bridges connecting to the Pest side, the more modern and more-or-less prosperous. The eastern Pest has its gigantic Parliament building, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the National Theatre and Opera (watched here), many coffeehouses and restaurants...May need to revisit to explore its vast beauty...
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Penoy Aquino's use of PDAF probe to pin down only the opposition; not any of his equally corrupt political friends.
Follow Once in a while, but very rarely, we still get a gem of journalism work in TV news, which has degenerated into tabloid crime and celebrity reportage and thus, explains the Filipinos’ shallow political discourse and culture. ABS-CBN TV’s 6:30 p.m. news the other night had a short, but very meaty, piece entitled, “What …
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HISTORY OF CANCER

These last two months, I attended two memorials of friends who passed due to cancer.

For all my relatives and friends et al: To those who have faced cancer (in one or more of its 200+ varieties).

A few of them -I can count in one hand- still alive and well after decades or more, a few more still fighting it; but most I know have succumbed. FYI. Very objective and informative presentation.
In three Episodes, about 2 hours each. Worth watching to learn and understand..

PART 1:Magic Bullets
The search for a “cure” for cancer is the greatest epic in the history of science. It spans centuries and continents and is full of its share of heroes, villains, and sudden vertiginous twists. This episode follows that centuries-long search, but centers on the story of Sidney Farber, who, defying conventional wisdom in the late 1940s, introduces the modern era of chemotherapy, eventually galvanizing a full-scale national “war on cancer.”

Interwoven with Farber’s narrative is the contemporary story of little Olivia Blair, who at 14-months old is diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which spreads to her brain and spinal column. The film follows her as she and her parents struggle with the many hardships and decisions foisted upon a cancer patient. She remains in full remission a year after her diagnosis, but is still on her journey to finish her three-year treatment plan. [PBS]
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HILLARY CLINTON - WHY I CALL HER A CONSISTENTLY LYING "BITCH," A GREAT PRETENDER, i.e. HYPOCRITE.

For those US citizens who intend to vote, but who hate to read books -not just journalistic commentaries that are hot and contemporary though quickly dated/forgotten- about the candidates (reading books tax the lazy mind), here are "previously recorded live" instances of straight-faced lying by her. Can be watched without much effort. Thanks to high tech LOL.
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OUR SO-CALLED "GRANTING" OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE

I almost forgot that June 12 is the new date celebrating Independence Day, as changed from July 4 by then President Diosdado Macapagal; his reason was that General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine Independence In Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898 and later followed by the establishment of the (First) Philippine Republic aka Malolos Republic, which then U.S. military intervening/invading/occupying forces did not recognize.

Fast forward today, we native Filipinos ass-ume that we have sovereignty in our homeland; in practice, we do not. We are a people with "freedom inside a cage," a cage of mendicancy and dependence, of being beholden to our former masters, mainly the U.S.A. which has subtly maintained economic and cultural dominance, first from the past U.S. (direct) colonization, then (indirect)/neo-colonization; now expanded via IMF/WB-WTO globalization.

Total control of the Filipino Mind, initially through an Americanized educational system, facilitated by the imposed, to become predominant usage of the English language of instruction. Ergo, our reading and writing in a foreign language alienated and held us from preserving and evolving our own native languages. Among Asians and EU countries, it seems that today we are the only country and people who have not developed our own languages to produce our own books in all the arts and sciences, etc. --all to our own national detriment. Anyway, I will explicate separately later.

Here's my latest blog post, ranting about our so-called Independence, the milieu and the duplicitous colonizer/foreign "friends" and leaders we had on the road to the "granting" of our Philippine Independence.
Hi All, It is always with great sadness and anger when I think, read about and see our fellow native Filipinos --the native (Malay) Filipino majority specifically-- who are hungry, landless and illiterate, literally existi...
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My latest blog post.
Have a good Sunday!
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FILIPINO POLITICS, RELIGION AND SEX


Deja Vu!!

Firstly, I believe, feel and think that any priest/pastor, etc. has the right to speak out against politicians. My understanding and interpretation of the Constitutional Article II Section 6 and Article III Section 5 on the "separation of church and state," which we native Filipinos essentially copied from the American Constitution, do not prohibit such. They specifically prohibit the State, i.e. government, from declaring/establishing one as official religion.

Having said that and given our homeland realities where the Roman Catholic Church/Christian religion (RCC) is dominant. I find that, for the most period of our Filipino history then and now, this religious institution was/is a major obstacle in the struggle for the "common good."
This election time as in the past, the RCC hierarchy has "discerned" (its favorite term), spoken for, preached its meek faithful followers towards and supported candidates whom it perceives as religious, pious, close to the RCC hierarchy, etc.

Conversely, the RCC spoke against those candidates who it considers "disrespectful" of the Pope, speaking "bad words," making "dirty" jokes; for planned parenthood, sexually immoral, etc. The RCC, it seems to me, is "too sex-oriented." Get my drift? I will not expound here as I have already written some blog postings re RCC or Christian religion as practiced in our homeland.

And look at what kind of governance/results we native Filipinos, who like sheeps, had after voting per RCC recommendations. The two RCC-supported presidential candidates in recent decades (Cora Aquino and Gloria Arroyo). These two supposedly religious, prayerful, church-going, nun-nurtured/educated women from the expensive, elitist Catholic schools did not really improve the socioeconomic lot of our native majority (except themselves, their family clan and ilks). Instead their rule as presidents, 6 and 9 years respectively, further paved the "road to perdition" for our fellow native Filipinos. I am not saying that our other presidents then and now are much better (that's another topic). Ad nauseam.

The RCC (with few exceptions) and its competitor spin-offs of disillusioned Catholic faithful, who in turn joined the colonist US-export: mainline Protestantism and belatedly the latter's more fundamentalist wing which mimics the American Holiness Pentecostal Movement, both actively withdrew from social concerns (the "common good") that matter; and in lieu promoted their spirituality to be concentrated back to the inward, meditative-self; whereby unknowingly imitating the monks and convent nuns; and outwardly displaying "holier-than-thou" show of piety, religiosity, etc. Attend to and save oneself, forget the social justice issues; that latter is not the ticket to heavenly paradise.

Knowing the Protestants history and their movement's foundational doctrines, I do not expect the mainline Protestants and their Pentecostal faithful to pursue anything beyond "personal salvation," as their fundamental beliefs system dictates that "good works" are not necessary for salvation; just be "born again," password Jesus.
Makes me think why even pray when being "born again" saves one for eternal bliss per their interpretation of the Jesus narrative (New Testament) and some picked story lines from the Hebrew Testament of an apparently insecure, praise-hungry, angry, and vengeful God.

Tough luck for those who never heard of JC, that is, pagans and their descendants; or those who do not accept the story. For these infidels, Dante's Eternal Hell fire and the Devil/Satan/Lucifer and those thinkers who preceded these non-followers regardless of reasons await them. Contrast to RCC belief that "good works" can help the believers' salvation.

A cafeteria Christianity combo narrative produces a Religion of Fear. Be like children to the authoritarian God of the Old/Hebrew Testament and the Good News of JC's loving sacrifice from the New Testament. Amid this confusing combo, Choose one.

Essentially paramount to them all and the RCC charismatic variety is the pursuit of "personal salvation" for the supposed afterlife heavenly gates, and not actively attending to and participating in the present here-and-now struggles for "social justice." For today's RCC, the "old" social justice-directed, such as village self-help movement, Basic Christian Communities/BCC organization were muzzled as they were characterized by ruling elites as “communist” or “leftist” because they, like Marxist movements, seek to ameliorate the suffering of the poor. The RCC concurred, saw it as too radical and changed it to a more hierarchy-controllable Basic Ecumenical Communities/BEC.

By the way, what was that love-talk from Jesus (love of neighbor, and God, right ? per JC) I guess we'll just knell and pray, and let the heavenly angels do the needed work for attaining the "common good." Lip service is good enough. Praying is easy, it can be done anywhere; even while having a party; but not struggle or stand with the poor, rowdy, smelly native majority for their tiny place under the sun.
Without going any further, I would say that if the RCC in our homeland speaks out, it should be ready to hear those who speak against them. It's supposedly a democracy now, not the friars' time to lord over as in the 16th to early 20th century. But of course, our RCC believes, pontificates and acts as if it is still in that era, anachronistic frame of mind.
- Bert M Drona


Some of my postings in my blog:THE FILIPINO MIND
- OUR RELIGION IN SOCIETY: (Belief Systems)
- Our Filipino Kind of Religion & Use at Desperate Times
- Our Filipino Christianity and Our God-concept
- When Our Religion Becomes Evil
- Split-level Christianity, "Theory versus Practice," Part 1 of 2
- Split-level Christianity, "Theory versus Practice,"Part 2 of 2
- Our Filipino Norm of Morality

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ALTAR OF SECRETS by Aries Rufo. First kind of book by fellow Filipino that critiqued the RCC. Pretty informative.
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