Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Stood and Guided: An Exhortation by Bro. Weldann Panganiban

Original post HERE.

We stand unshaken on one rock!
We are guided on one teaching!
We have no fear, we continue our journey,
As One Church: Holy, Catholic and Apostolic!

Never would we stumble upon the devil’s snare,
Nor do the darkness reign over us.
Always does the Lord love us,
Through his blood, he saves us!

To Peter the Fisherman he entrusts the Church,
Giving him the Keys of the everlasting Kingdom.
Hades will never triumph over it;
Death would never prevail in its ports!

Paul stands bearing Christ the Light,
Guide to the gentiles and stronghold of nations.
Once did he persecute the community of believers,
But he died defending the faith sealed on the Cross.

Peter and Paul! Your blood strengthens the faith!
Your life is holy simplicity, your martyrdom great victory!
You led the flock to the knowledge of the Divine;
You left an example through a life of love and sacrifice.

Blessed would always be the Ecclesia!
Blessed forever is the believer in Christ the Lord!
Trials would always come along our way,
But we will always stand, strong and pure!

Blessed be Peter, the leader and key-holder!
Blessed be Paul, the eminent teacher!
Two great Apostles and Fishers of men,
Two great Pillars, Inspiration and Witness!

Pray for the Church, the Pope and Bishops,
Pray for the Clergy, Laity and Religious.
Pray for the continuous propagation of the Faith
Amongst peoples, tongues, race and nations.

We stand unshaken on one rock!
We are guided on one teaching!
Christ leads us to Eternal Life,
At the end of days, with Him we live!


Bro. Weldann Panganiban is an administrator of 100% Katolikong Pinoy Ministry since the Easter Season this year; and he is among the six current admins, including our Founder, Bro. Francis Raymund Gonzales.. He also maintains two blogs here at Blogspot.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Christ in the Hands of His Priest

O, holiest of breads!
O, sweetest of wines!

Nay, mere bread and wine no longer,
for the lips of a priest
changed this food and drink
as a sacred oblation
a sacrifice
an extraordinary substance
which in man's intake
does not commit sin
but all the more sanctified
in its most correct context.

How people long to taste this
which its Perpetrator
instructs his priests
to perpetuate this memorial
for eternity.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Father's Day Letter para kay Rizal

Dear Lolo Pepe,

Una sa lahat, binabati ko po kayo sa iyong 150th birthday. Ang tanda nyo na po pala, no? Kasing-tanda na siguro ng iyong buhay sa mundo ang patuloy na panghihimasok ng mga dayuhan sa amin. Pano ba naman kase, ang China mukhang may plano pong agawin sa atin ang Spratlys; eh mas malapit yun sa ating bansa kumpara sa kanila. Ewan ko nga po kung tukoy na ba ang mga motibo nila....

Anyway, ang ikli lang pala ng binuhay mo--35 years--pero andami mo nang nagawa sa napakaliit na panahong namumuhay ka sa lupa; ang pinakadakila na po siguro sa mga ginawa nyo ay ang pagsulong ng nasyonalismo sa aming mga Pilipino. Kaso nga lang po ngayon, nami-misinterpret na po kayo; dumating na nga po sa puntong dahil sa pagiging die-hard fans nila sa'yo, ultimong sinuot mo nung pinatay ka sa Luneta, ginawa nilang costume at nanggulo pa sa Misa. Hindi nyo nman po ginawa yun kahit sobra ang kritisismo na ginawa mo sa kaparian noon. Kungsabagay, nakakalimutan po siguro ng ilan sa mga "fans" mo na ibang klaseng kabayanihan ang nais mong ipakita sa mundo--isang kabayanihang hindi nangangarap na magkamit ng kapalit. Nawa'y magabayan tayo ng Santatlong Diyos upang maisagawa natin ang nasyonalismong kayo ang nagsimula.

Grabe pala po ung media exposure na binigay sa inyo! Yun nga lang po, baka hanggang doon lang. Kaya lang nila siguro ginagawa yun ay dahil 150 years old na po kayo. Pagkatapos ng June 19, magkakaroon pa po ng hangover ang mga historyador na nananaliksik sa inyo kinabukasan. Sana nga lang po, mag-tuloy-tuloy po eto at hindi matapos sa pagdiriwang ng birthday nyo.

Nagpapasalamat din po ako at nabuhay at naging bahagi ka ng ating kasaysayan. Kung hindi po kayo nanindigan, wala po siguro akong naipasang thesis nung High School, o hindi siguro ako natuto ng values formation na naka-sentro sa mga sinulat nyo at hindi po siguro ako naka-uno dun.

Sige po. Eto na lang ang masasabi ko: Happy Father's Day po at Happy Birthday, Lolo Pepe!

Lubos na gumagalang,
Ian Riñon.

P.S.: Nagsulat din pala po si Sir Bitz tungkol sa'yo.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Porsche presidency drives RH campaign

Editorial of The Varsitarian, June 10, 2011 

Illustration by Carla T. Gamalinda
IS IT his short memory or his short attention span?
President Benigo Aquino III has changed his tune once again on the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill. This time, he joins the attention-seeking, privilege speech-crazy and time-wasting lawmakers pressing for the passage of the bill.
Earlier this year, Malacañang had said it would not certify the bill as urgent. But it’s an indication of how twisted this presidency is—that while Malacañang has made a policy statement of non-support for the bill, the President has, for all intents and purposes, staked his personal support for it.
During his speech at the 100th commencement exercises of the University of the Philippines (UP) last summer, the President seemed to have toughened up when he said: “Buo ang loob ko na maisabatas ang prinsipyo ng responsible parenthood.”
“Buo ang loob” seems uncharacteristic of someone known for his nebular policy statements and his lazy work ethic. Now that he has decided to take the bull by the horns, it is only too disappointing that he is manning up for the wrong cause.
What made this man prone to dithering change his mind again? He himself gave the reason and shared with his audience an anecdote about a personal encounter with a teenage mother with a child in the slums. He explained that if the young girl had been given access to “responsible parenthood” services, she would not be in such a pitiful state.
The anecdote appallingly reveals not only what goes on in the President’s mind, but how policies are formulated shallowly in the new government. The anecdote smacks of melodrama and reveals the tendency of RH bill proponents to exploit sob stories about the poor in order to press for the passage of a measure that basically seeks to check poverty by compelling the poor to splay themselves.
At the least, the anecdote reveals a presidency woefully lacking in the intellectual capacity to truly determine the causes of poverty. His superficial analysis is vintage bleeding-heart liberal. Presumably, the President was beating his breast and doing the sympathizing for the teenage mother from the window of his Porsche. The fact that the UP crowd cheered him on for his declaration of resolve should indicate that UP, for all of its leftist claim of correct social analysis of the “objective condition,” shared his reactionary philistinism.
We know that those UP professors who declared their support for the bill did it on ideological purposes, “reproductive health rights” being an ideological shorthand. But even Marx rejected birth control because of its false social analysis: it doesn’t strike at the root causes of poverty and injustice. Birth control is false consciousness; it’s a bourgeois panacea.
What we witnessed therefore during the 100th UP graduation rites was a melding of right and left—a conspiracy of self-interest groups to blame poverty on the poor.
What are the root causes of poverty? One is corruption. The President should be reminded that he won the 2010 elections on the strength of his anti-corruption platform—“Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” Intrinsic to the platform is a correct analysis of corruption: that it is abetted by overregimentation, bureaucratization, of the state trying to extend itself to issues and concerns that are best left alone and to sorting out themselves, such as teenage pregnancy and family planning. (In the final analysis, what can the state really do about teenage pregnancy? And what right has the state to legislate an “ideal family size”?)
Fast forward to a year later and the President has essentially reneged on his election vow by backing a bill that will expand the powers of the state, violate the natural-law provisions of the 1987 Constitution, provide it an excuse to spend at least P3 billion to shower on the poor contraceptives, many of which are abortifacients, and over all, provide new openings for overregimentation, bureaucratization, and corruption. The President may as well change his political slogan: “Maraming corrupt, maraming mahirap.”
‘National suicide’
Blinded by the false glitter of high-end economic lifestyle, the President fails to take into consideration the pitfalls of population control—the fostering of a contraceptive mentality and the unfolding of the so-called “demographic winter,” defined by American demographer Philip Longman as “the ongoing global decline in human birthrates [which has become] the single most powerful force affecting the fate of nations and the future of society in the 21st century.”
The Philippine population growth rate of 1.95 percent is already below the demographically correct replenishment rate, yet RH bill supporters insist on their own demographic illusions, just as they insist that access to free contraceptives and family planning services are needed to check pregnancy mortality, even if pregnancy complications are hardly a leading cause of death among women.
Still, the President keeps on zeroing in on the need to “educate the couples” by giving them a choice of family-planning methods. But the problem is more deep-seated than that: the problem (aside from the Philippine state’s long history of corruption) is the lack of quality education per se. How can you possibly expect someone who wasn’t taught well to make informed, rational decisions if the information—and tools—presented to him are already tainted with bias? How do you expect people to make their own informed choice when you shove them free contraceptives?
Perhaps it is high time for the President to realize that the RH bill offers false solutions to the nation’s pressing poverty. Soon enough, his stand—and the RH bill minions’ preference for easy ideological fixes—will lead to long-term problems that would rise from what the father of management science and “social ecologist” Peter Drucker has called as a “collective national suicide”.

Relevance of Rizal in our Times by Prof. Abercio V. Rotor, Ph.D.

Original post can be viewed HERE.

The following article about Dr Jose Rizal is widely circulated on the Internet in celebration of Rizal Day which is observed every 30th day of December, the day he was executed in Bagumbayan by Spanish authorities, more than 100 years ago. To preserve the originality of the report,I am presenting it the same way it is found on the Internet and as written by two sources of information, for which I express my indebtedness and gratitude. Rizal as the Father of Filipino Nationalism (Manila: Bureau of printing, 1941), pp.3-4.; andRizal's Concept of World Brotherhood, 1958, pp.48-60. The intention of printing this article Dr. Rizal, is to provide a fresh perspective about him and his teachings - and principally for the cause for which he gave his life in the light of present problems and challenges.
- Dr Abe V Rotor

TRIVIA: Complete name of Jose Rizal: José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda
The Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal, has his own views and concepts about Global Fellowship which is synonymous to "Internationalism", "Worldwide Brotherhood", "International Alliance", and "Global Fellowship of Humankind". The following concepts are taken from Rizal's own words, speeches, literature, and careful analysis of his personal history and works.

Factors that shaped Rizal
Among the factors that shaped Jose Rizal as a person:

1. Racial origin: Rizal descended from the Malay race and also genetically inherited the mixed Ilocano and Pangasinan bloodline of his mother. He also has Chinese and Spanish lineage.

2. Faith (religion): Christianity also shaped Rizal's way of thinking. He was born, baptized, and raised as a Roman Catholic.

3. His being a reader of books: He read many manuscripts, books, and other publications printed in various languages.

4. His being a linguist: His knowledge of different languages apart from his own. He can speak and understand 22 languages.

5. His voyages: He was able to befriend foreigners from the various nations that he was able to visit.

Rizal's ideas about "Brotherhood" (Fellowship)
These are Rizal's ideas about the subject of having a fellowship or brotherhood of humankind:

1. Education: The proper upbringing and education of children and daughter in order for them to prevent the same fate and suffering experienced by the uneducated and ignorant fellowmen under the rule of the Spaniards.

2. Faith or religion: The belief in only one God. The existence of different religions should not be the cause of misunderstandings. Instead, this existence of many religions should be used to attain unity and freedom. There should be deep respect to every individual's faith; the beliefs that one had become accustomed to and was brought up with since childhood.

3. Fellowman: It is important for one person to have a friend (fellow) and the establishment of an acquaintance with fellow human beings. (It is also important) to recognize the equality of rights of every fellow human being regardless of differences in beliefs and social status.

Rizal's efforts to promote a "Global Fellowship"

Rizal promoted global fellowship through the following:
a. Formation of organizations: Included here are known scholars and scientists recognized as the International Association of Filipinologists.

b. Friendship: In every journey, he was able to meet and befriend foreigners who sympathize with the experiences and events occuring in the Philippines.

c. Maintenance of communication: Before and during his exile at Dapitan, Rizal was able to keep in touch with his friends located in different parts of the world. He was also able to exchange opinions, writings and even specimens which he then studied and examined.

d. Joining organizations: Rizal believed in the goals of organizations that are related to the achievement of unity and freedom of humankind. He always had the time and opportunity to join into organizations.

Basis of "Worldwide Brotherhood" (Worldwide Fellowship)

These are the basis of the above ideas, which were then taken from Rizal's opinions found in his own writings and speeches which intend to establish unity, harmony, alliance and bonding among nations: The fundamental cause or reason for having the absence of human rights is eradicated through the establishment of unity.

One of Rizal's wishes is the presence of equal rights, justice, dignity, and peace. The basis for the unity of mankind is religion and the "Lord of Creations"; because a mutual alliance that yearns to provide a large scope of respect in human faith is needed, despite of our differences in race, education, and age. One of the negative effects of colonialism is racial discrimination. The presence of a worldwide alliance intends to eradicate any form of discrimination based on race, status in life, or religion.

Rizal wishes Peace to become an instrument that will stop the colonialism (colonization) of nations. This is also one of Rizal's concerns related to the "mutual understanding" expected from Spain but also from other countries. Similar to Rizal's protest against the public presentation (the use as exhibits) of the Igorots in Madrid in 1887 which, according to him, caused anger and misunderstanding from people who believed in the importance of one's race.

Hindrances towards the achievement of a "Worldwide Brotherhood"

However, Rizal also knew that there are hindrances in achieving such a worldwide fellowship: Change and harmony can be achieved through the presence of unity among fellowmen (which is) the belief in one's rights, dignity, human worth, and in the equality of rights between genders and among nations.

From one of the speeches of Rizal:

“The Philippines will remain one with Spain if the laws are observed and carried out (in the Philippines), if the Philippine civilization is "given life" (enlivened), and if human rights will be respected and will be provided without any tarnish and forms of deceitfulness. ”
Rizal's words revealed the hindrances against an aspired unity of humankind:

1. The absence of human rights.

2. Wrong beliefs in the implementation of agreements.

3. Taking advantage of other people.

4. Ignoring (not willing to hear) the wishes of the people.

5. Racial discrimination.

Excerpt from one of Rizal's letter to a friend:

 If Spain does not wish to be a friend or brother to the Philippines, strongly the Philippines does not wish to be either. What is requested are kindness, the much-awaited justice, and not pity from Spain. If the conquering of a nation will result to its hardship, it is better to leave it and grant it its independence. ”

This letter presents Rizal's desire and anticipated friendship between Spain and the Philippines, but one which is based on equality of rights.

NOTE: This article serves as a reference guide to students taking the Rizal Course, a 3-unit subject in college. 


Blogger's Note: Prof. Rotor is an award-winning author of two books--"The Living with Nature Handbook" and "Living with Nature in Our Times". Currently, he is a professor teaching Communication and Socio-Cultural Change at the University of Santo Tomas. He also airs over DZRB 738 as a radio commentator for Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid. Prof. Rotor also maintains a page here at Blogspot.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Leningrad in the Making: The Independence Day Editorial

For almost 900 days--from Sept. 8, 1941 to Jan. 27, 1944--the city of Leningrad (known today as St. Petersburg) was blockaded by the Germans and Finns under the command of Field Marshal Wilhelm von Leeb, as part of Operation Barbarossa. The city is so important to Hitler for it was once the capital of Russia before it was moved to Moscow. Furthermore, the city also houses the Baltic Fleet, a heavy tank factory, and some of its most important treasures; and to top it all off, it was the spiritual capital of the Soviet Union, being the cradle of the Russian Revolution. The Third Reich also prioritized this city bearing the name of Vladimir Lenin, the great leader of the Soviets, along with Moscow (the capital) and Stalingrad (the city named after Joseph Stalin, its most influential leader; also functioned as its industrial center; now named Volgagrad).

In this span of time, the defenders and the citizens of Leningrad experienced an ordeal not yet repeated in recent history: about four million of its citizens and defenders were killed, wounded, captured, or got sick after the siege was lifted; food became scarce and its quality degraded; bombardments and barrages became common; sickness and hunger reduced the population; their physical and mental health also deteriorated. In short, Leningrad was the most destructive siege of the war and in history in terms of casualties and economical downfall, with Stalingrad still being the bloodiest battle and turning point of the Great Patriotic War.

But what kept the city alive is the courage to live for their city, even if it means neglecting one's self. The children of Leningrad was committed to fight for their mother-city to the last man. They have held off the besieger more than what they could imagine. Death never conquered Leningrad; instead, Leningrad defeated death.

Though the ferocity and peril of the Second World War has long gone, there seems to be an ideological Leningrad in the Philippines, with the forces of death looming its shores.

For years, the Philippines was left untouched by a legal upcoming dedicated on contraception, population control, and reproductive rights...

...until recently.

Carlos Celdran, the infamous tourist guide who unethically desecrated the Holy Mass at the Manila Cathedral almost a year ago, emphasized on national television that the Church, and by that he means the Catholic Church, is involving itself in politics, but in reality, they are just doing their role as society's Mater et Magistra--Mother and Teacher. Besides, it is possible that he perceives mothers as meddlers to their children while ironically protecting their health from complications and, ultimately, childbirth ailments when in doublespeak. Furthermore, he also proclaimed that they are doing this struggle for 16 years.

These are also the sentiments of Celdran's allies, who happened to be supporters of House Bill 4244, commonly known as the Reproductive Health Bill. Most of them also emphasize that the passage of this bill does not mean that it will lead into abortion; yet in study and experience, passing an act on contraception will eventually lead to an act legalizing abortions, divorce, same-sex marriage, and even prostitution at the worst. What's worse about this is that though there are some who admitted that they push for it sooner or later, there are others who are still insisting that through education, abortion will not happen, though they wanted it at the back of their minds. In short: buking na nga, nagtatago pa.

This editorial is timed to the celebration of the Month of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Month of Matrimony; and specifically, Independence Day, and the Solemnity of  Pentecost last Sunday because the bill on contraception (RH Bill), and the recent looming of a Divorce Bill (which could be compared to Finland in the Siege of Leningrad) are threats to Filipino living as we know it. All laws and proposed laws shape societies, but these bills are doing so all for the wrong reasons. In every angle, the RH and Divorce Bills clearly threaten the Filipino family, our economy, our workforce, even the way we see morality and freedom.

But these groups are but accessories to the real enemies of life and development. Basically, the contraceptive mentality is a foreign concept--an import, to simplify. In short, if these bills will be passed, God forbid, we are opening our doors to aliens and our society will be like the Spanish era--enslaved by foreign minds while retaining our Filipino identity, which is a contradiction to what true nationality is. These bills are given as anti-life, atheistically made, and specifically anti-Catholic; but since we should relate it to our June 12 celebration, we should also emphasize that these legal courses are anti-patriotic; anti-nationalistic; anti-Filipino.

The person responsible for all of this is Margaret Sanger, the founder of the American Birth Control League, the predecessor of Planned Parenthood. Aside from pushing for the legalization of abortion, she also proposes the legalization of birth control methods and promotes negative eugenics, which Adolf Hitler applied during the Third Reich, not just to the Jews, but virtually to everyone who opposes Germany. Now we see the connection of the Siege of Leningrad and to what is called as the "Siege of Filipino Life".

Now let us Filipinize the experience of "The 900 Days". Assuming that the contraceptive mentality and its proponents are struggling for sixteen years, they have long lobbied at the first line of defense. By 2010, they have broke out of the "Luga Line" through the Manila Cathedral incident, and started to isolate the Philippines from the rest of the pro-life world in terms of the contraceptive trend with the compromise of Malta to divorce. Just as Hitler delayed the total destruction of Leningrad in order to kill the populace by hunger, so does the condom-brained people try to make delaying tactics like pushing for a "Divorce Bill" as a red herring to contraception. But it turns out that the Russians have struggled all the more; by creating a "Road of Life" through the frozen Lake Ladoga, the Leningraders were somehow supplied by its basic needs--food, clothing, and fuel. Day in and day out, Pro-lifers based on religion keep on praying, believing in the power of prayer; and those based on secular arguments and facts, keep on researching and studying as much data as they could supply the frontliners.

But still, deaths in Leningrad were of cataclysmic proportions every day of the siege. If "the pill" will be legalized, this may lead to death counts far greater than that of the Japanese Invasion, the Martial Law era, the Pinatubo eruption, and the death tolls of natural disasters combined. Basically, the contraceptive mentality is a death sentence that will bring chaos to society if no one is dedicated to combat it off and force it to our shores once and for all.

After almost 900 days of blockade and misery, Leningrad's siege was lifted. Russia, the very inspiration of this spirit of hope called the Siege of Leningrad, through the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government, are taking steps in making abortion illegal and the prohibition of contraceptive use without a physician's prescription. We Filipinos are hoping that this siege brought about by the Culture of Death will be lifted by the Gospel of Life; and that we may destroy the Hitler that is threatening the family.

For now, the Philippines must survive this Leningrad in the making.

Now is the time to play "The Sacred War" in medley with "Bayan Ko".

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


I wanna greet my good friend and fellow blogger, Kuya Weldann "Sir Bitz" Panganiban, in his fifth year at Blogspot! I wish you all the best.... And rest assured that MSAG will be ONE WITH YOU!

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Single Greatest Obstacle to the Reform [A Commentary]

This got my eyes. Fr. Jojo Zerrudo was interviewed by my fellow Thomasians, and this is what he said in his blog:

Yesterday, some students from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila interviewed me for an article on Universae Ecclesiae [Father, I presume these are guys from The V]. When the conversation tackled the issue of Ad Orientem, I asked the students: To whom does the priest offer the Sacred Liturgy, to God or to the people? Without carefully thinking, the students unanimously answered: "The people!" [AAAAAHHH!!! My eyes!] They were surprised when, using the Ordo Missae, I pointed out to them how the prayers were addressed to the Lord and not to the people [Whether in the TLM or the Novus Ordo, ALL PRAYERS ARE OFFERED TO GOD. Common sense, Tigers... tsk]. No matter how much the Holy See insists on the fact that the Liturgy is always directed Ad Deum, it seems that such is not immediately picked up by the average Catholic. The reason for this? It is the celebration of the Mass versus populum [Kulang sa catechesis. Period]. I agree with Dom Mark Kirby of Vultus Christi when he said that "Mass facing the people is the single greatest obstacle to the Reform" of the Liturgy.

I was disappointed to these interviewers. Looks like they forgot what they learned from their Theology classes. 

'Nuff said.


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