“Holy Week” ba ‘kamo?


Medyo mahirap para sa akin to describe what “Holy Week” means to me now as opposed to what it mean’t to me when I was still young. Andami na kasing mga factors na naghalo-halo para maapektuhan ang appreciation ko dito. Pero if I trace back my life and note-down the relevant events that could have affected how I viewed “Holy Week,” parang ganito ang lumalabas:

Nung bata pa ako (Elementary School age and below):

  • Kabilang sa isang pamilya na “Sarado Katoliko”
  • Nag-aral sa Catholic Schools (una sa Legaspi, then sa Naga, then sa Paranaque)
  • Seryoso lagi ang ‘Holy Week’ — walang palabas sa TV, bawal ang maglaro, bawal ang karne, pinagagalitan kapag maharot o masaya

Nung binata na ako (High School):

  • Napasali sa ilang gawaing pam-Parokya dahil lang sa ‘peer pressure’
  • Napipilitang mag-Nobena’t mag-Rosaryo tuwing Biyernes kasama ang mga istriktong Tiya
  • May ilang mga ka-klase sa Catholic School na medyo pasaway
  • Nagsisimba na lang para makita ang barkada tuwing Linggo

Nung nagpupumilit nang maging mas-independent (College hanggang early working days):

  • Pumasa at pumasok sa UP sa kabila ng babala ng mga Tiya kong takot sa “Komunista”
  • Feeling “baboy na nakawala sa kural” bigla
  • Napalapit sa mga isyung pulitikal at nabarkada sa mga aktibista
  • Nabawasan ang pag-simba hanggang sa tuluyang huminto

Nung may sariling pamilya na (nang ikinasal at nagkaroon ng unang anak):

  • Busy na sa paghahanap-buhay
  • Andami nang tanong tungkol sa Relihiyon at sa mga namumuno dito

Ngayong dalawa na ang anak (at baka madagdagan pa):

  • Mas busy na lalo sa paghahanap-buhay
  • Tunay na naniniwala sa kahalagahan ng Reproductive Health Law
  • Mas lalung dumami ang tanong tungkol sa Relihiyon at sa mga itinuturo nito

So, ano para sa akin ang “Holy Week?”

Ang hirap namang sagutin yung tanong na ‘yun 😐

“Holy Week” ba ‘kamo?

RH Bill dati, RH Law na soon! :-)

Kakaiba talaga ang feeling habang inaabangan ang mga boto ng Kongresista at Senador tungkol sa RH Bill. Daig pa ang nanonood ng Azkals match. Hehehehe.

Ngayon, malapit nang matapos ang proseso! Kakapasa lang (overwhelmingly) ng RH Bill sa Kongreso for the 3rd and final reading! At mukhang ganun din ang mangyayari sa Senado!

RH Law… malapit nang ipanganak!

Ang tagumpay ng kababaihan ay tangumpay ng bayan!

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!


RH Law

RH Bill dati, RH Law na soon! :-)

May Milagro nga! Pero hindi yung milagrong gusto natin…

Kahapon lang (see two posts below) ay nag-post ako ng image sourced from rappler.com showing that although Filipinos were overwhelmingly SAD because of Sec. Jesse Robredo’s accident, they were still quite ANGRY with Sen. Tito Sotto’s plagiarizing his anti-RH Bill speech.

The image yesterday was this (note the title of the only red circle in the bunch: “MVP, Sotto and Plagiarism” :

Pero miracle of miracles! Masdan ang image now (after less than 1 day) — anlaki na nung green circle niya! Overwhelmingly INSPIRED  na daw ang mga Pinoy sa ginawang plagiarism ni Tito Sotto!

Haleluya! Miracles do happen talaga!

Nakaka-inspire ano?


May Milagro nga! Pero hindi yung milagrong gusto natin…

Pinoys now, though sad, are still angry.

This graphic taken from rappler.com is very telling.

Although people are very SAD about DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo’s plane crash (and the ongoing, albeit still fruitless, rescue operations) and about Zsa Zsa Padilla’s recent announcement that she has been diagnosed with cancer, they are still ANGRY at Senator Tito Sotto’s plagiarized anti-RH Bill speech.

I don’t know what this implies, exactly… but, apparently, people aren’t distracted by the sad news to easily forget Sotto’s booboo.

Malas mo, Tito Sen. 🙂

Pinoys now, though sad, are still angry.

What the Catholic Church needs to do…

… to improve its image.

For a person who grew up belonging to a deeply religious family and whose educational foundation consisted of a series of Catholic Schools, I can probably be considered — by the priests and nuns I’ve known — as somewhat of a major disappointment.

It’s not that I hate the Catholic Church, but that they (the leaders, spokespersons and other personalities) make it sooo hard for me to like the institution.

But there is still hope. Meron pang pwedeng gawin ang simbahan para mabawasan ang pagka-nega ng tao dito.

Suggestion lang naman po.

  • Ordain Women Priests
  • Support Gay Priests
  • Pay Taxes
  • Weed out Pedophiles rather than protect them
  • Stop meddling in Politics
  • Let Priests (and Nuns) marry
  • Lessen the pomp and extravagance of the Vatican State
  • Enough with the Excommunication threats
  • Publish audited report of donations and offertory “loot”
  • Allow divorce
  • Strictly limit number of “Ninongs” and “Ninangs” (sa kasal, binyag at kompil) to a maximum of 2 each.
  • Huwag tumanggap ng donasyon mula sa gambling lords, smugglers, drug lords, magnanakaw at mga mamamatay-tao
  • Rein-in “holier than thou” Lay groups
  • Implement a fixed retirement age for Priests and Nuns
  • Allow Unions within the Church


What the Catholic Church needs to do…

13 things about Risa Hontiveros

1. Risa is a talented singer. She loves to sing and among her favourite pieces are classics like “All I Ask of You,”“Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin,” and Gary Granada’s “Saranggola sa Ulan.”
2. When she was thirteen, she played one of the Von Trapp children in the Repertory Philippines production of the “Sound of Music” along with the likes of Lea Salonga, Monique Wilson, and Raymond Lauchengco. If she weren’t into politics, Risa would have loved to be a professional theatre actress and singer.
3. Risa was initiated into activism as a high school student in St. Scholastica’s College fighting for nuclear disarmament. Hers was one of the youngest voices which spoke against the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.
4. She was a scholar during college at the Ateneo de Manila Univeristy where she graduated cum laude with a degree in AB Social Sciences. She was an active leader in the Student Government and after graduating, taught at the Ateneo at various times. Rep. Mikey Arroyo was once her student.
5. She was still in school when she entered the world of journalism, and in 1994 was awarded the Golden Dove for Best Female Newscaster by the Kapisanan ng Mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP).
6. She was only 22 years old when she became the Secretary-General of the Coalition of Peace. She eventually served as a member of the Government Panel for Peace Talks and in 2001 she received the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for Peace Advocacy from the Philippine Jaycees.
7. Risa is a nature lover and staunch environmentalist. She is a licensed SCUBA diver, who wishes she could spend more time in the Great Outdoors.
8. In 2005, Risa became a widow after her husband Frank, a police colonel, suffered a severe asthma attack. She and Frank have four kids between the ages of 18 and six: Kiko, Issa, Ianna, and Sinta. A devoted mother, Risa sees to it that she personally brings her kids to school in the morning and makes time in between appointments to run errands for them. She takes them to Sunday mass. She is also active in their school PTAs.
9. She has family all over Luzon and the Visayas. She belongs to the Hontiveros, Miraflores, Acevedo and Pardo clans of Aklan and Capiz on her father’s side. On her mother’s side, she is related to the Suasas of Cavite and the Navarros of Mindoro Occidental. Her husband, a Baraquel, traces his roots to Camarines Sur and Albay.
10. Her grandfather was Jose Hontiveros, a Senator during the 1920’s, of whom it was once said, “Only an Hontiveros can speak his mind in front of Manuel L. Quezon.” She is the sister of broadcaster Pia Hontiveros, and is first cousins with veteran broadcaster Maan Hontiveros and singer and civil society Leah Navarro.
11. Risa loves shawls. She is known to always be wearing an “alampay,” not so much as a fashion statement but as a political statement. Depending on the day’s advocacy, she will wear a green alampay for the environment or agrarian reform issues, a pink one for women’s rights, or a red one for her activist ideals. She’ll readily admit though that she will bring one along simply for its functionality.
12. Risa lives a healthy lifestyle. She prefers a breezy outdoor space over an air-conditioned room. She does yoga whenever she can, avoids soda and dark meat, and does not smoke.
13. Si Risa lang ang tanging “senatoriable” na Crush ko 🙂
13 things about Risa Hontiveros