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Where have you Christians been?

WORD ALIVE  FR. BEL SAN LUIS, SVD It happened in China a few years before the Communists expelled the missionaries. A foreign Catholic missionary came upon an old woman by the wayside, deserted, cold, and hungry. “Why do you bother about me?” the old lady whispered feebly when the priest tried to help her as best as he could. “Nobody else cares. Why should you?” * * * “God said to go out over the world and help everyone who is in need,” the priest said.  Pondering over the words of the priest, she said, “What a beautiful religion. Where did it come from? ” * * * Whereupon the priest started to tell her about God who loves us and sent his own Son Jesus Christ to save us. “Your Christ,” the old woman went on, “Where is He?” When the priest said He died two thousand years ago, she was amazed. “Do you mean to say that it has been two thousand years since Christ commanded his followers to spread his teachings? Why, where have you Christians been all this time?” * * *         This might well be the pointed question addressed to us as we celebrate World Mission Sunday today. Before ascending to heaven, Jesus commanded his apostles: “Go out into the whole world and proclaim the Good News to every nation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk 16,15). * * *         Pope Francis gave the Church his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). In it he proposed a profound missionary renewal of the entire Church. He asserted that we need an “evangelizing Church that comes out of herself…All renewal in the Church must have mission as its goal; otherwise, it falls prey to a kind of ‘ecclesial introversion.’”  * * *         How can we be an “evangelizing Church”? Obviously, not all can go out of their country to reach out to peoples who have not known Christ. If some heroic Christians can do it as missionaries, great. But for most of us, all that we can do is be missionaries at home. * * * Remember St. Therese of the Child Jesus? She is the universal patroness of Catholic missions yet, ironically, she never stepped out of the four walls of her Carmelite cloister! She merited the title because of her burning obsession to save souls by offering every little act, every bodily pain for the conversion of immortal souls. * * * When I was ordained priest in our missionary congregation, Society of the Divine  Word (SVD), I applied to work in  Mexico, Central America. Unfortunately I never got my wish. The farthest I’ve gone to is Mexico… Pampanga! * * * That doesn’t mean, however, that I am not a genuine missionary. By my work in the media or supporting seminarians under the “Adopt A Seminarian” scholarship program, I am a missionary. What counts is not geography, but the missionary spirit or attitude. In this connection, let’s not be missionaries only on Mission Sunday. As a good Christian, the mission spirit should be an all-time continuing attitude and action. * * * Further, you can be missionaries by means of extending financial assistance. Be generous and share your resources for the support of missionaries. Money is a necessity in the work of evangelization. Churches, schools, convents, clinics, social centers are needed, especially in the “bush” mission. * * * Every Christian is a missionary. Are you doing your share? * * *             LAUGH WITH GOD. A parish priest was making an impassioned appeal to the parish council for the annual mission collection. Great was everybody’s surprise when the wealthiest but tight-fisted member of the council rose and offered to start the collection rolling with a contribution of P500. * * *           As he stood up to hand in the amount, a mild earthquake took place and some plaster from the ceiling fell and hit him on the head. A bit shaken, he withdrew the amount and said, “I guess I’d better make that P5,000.” A small voice  from the back was heard, “Hit him again, Lord.” (It’s not  known if he gave some more!).  * * *           HELPING MISSIONARY SEMINARIANS. We Filipinos are blessed because there are still a good number of young men who wish to become priests and missionaries. But they have difficulty in pursuing their priestly vocation due to financial constraints, especially this time of the COVID-19 crisis. * * *           Chip in or sponsor a year’s scholarship of a seminarian. REMEMBER: Without seminarians, we cannot have priests and missionaries. For inquiry, e-mail me at belsvd@gmail.com.  * * * FAMILY TV MASS – is aired on 5PLUS Channel 59, Cignal Cable Ch. 6, Free TV Ch. 41 at 6-7 a.m.  Sunday and anytime at “MCFI SVD Media” Account on YouTube and Facebook Page. Priest presider: FR. LOUIE PUNZALAN, SVD......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleOct 18th, 2020Related News

Beep card and Internet woes

On the Beep card fiasco I spoke out recently on the chaos caused by the mandatory use of the “Beep card” for consumers riding the public buses under the “no-card no-ride”policy. It was as if the riding consumers were being required to purchase a Beep card at “gunpoint” or forget about riding the bus. This chaotic scenario could have been avoided had the regulators done its work mindfully by first consulting with the stakeholders (“who”), drafting the new policy (“what”) and once agreed upon, by ensuring wide dissemination of the changes – the Implementing Guidelines. Where did “complete staff work” go? Or are the consumers just being given an example of doublespeak?  What happened this week was consumers were confronted with the “no- card no-ride”signs on the buses and were required to pay for a ride plus the cost of the card, something they did not need to do before. For those who did pay the extra cost, they then had to find out that the policy was “suspended,” although no refunds were being offered.There was also the spectacle of the agency head announcing that the cards were free, contradicting the policy his agency had just announced and implemented. The card providers then said they were not about to waive their right to be paid. In another statement, a regulator functionary reasoned that it had nothing to do with the fine print on the contract for the cards since they were only responsible for “policy.” This violates the consumer’s right to be informed. The agency should have studied the sector most affected by the shift to cashless transaction – the consumer who must rely on public transportation because he has no alternative and  the same consumer who must make every peso count and who cannot afford any extra expense. This consumer deserves earnest and timely information from government on why he has to pay an additional amount and how it will benefit him, and for the consumers who did pay the additional cost of the card, they should enjoy a swift refund.  The lesson that we consumers learned in the Beep card fiasco is always to be aware and conscious of our consumer rights and to speak up when these rights are threatened or belittled. We should always be vigilant consumers about our rights lest we find these rights trodden again. On Internet speed Like every other consumers, I have problems with Internet speed. I pay my bills and fees  on time ,  however,  I  believe I should only pay for the speed that I receive  and I did not think I was getting what I paid for under my plan. Therefore, I conducted my own speed test and sought redress  from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). I was able to get a refund and am paying now for the plan that is nearest to the speed I am getting. Consumers should exercise their right to seek redress for bad Internet speed.  Consumers should be reimbursed for speed that is not delivered. In this time of the pandemic, profiteering should not be tolerated in any form. I call upon the NTC to take the lead by issuing implementing guidelines on refund for both prepaid and postpaid plans. Consumers should also ask for faster response on consumer complaints. The complaints of Messrs.   Foronda and Platon posted in the Laban Konsyumer emails should be resolved faster. Hopefully, the reported 1,171 new cell tower permits should alleviate consumer woes in the near future. In the meantime however, if you are not getting value for the service you paid for, your option is to downgrade your plan to correspond to the speed you are getting and claim a refund of excess fees paid. You can submit your complaint online at www.ntc.gov.ph. Atty. Vic Dimagiba is President of Laban Konsyumer Inc. Email: labankonsyumer@gmail.com.....»»

Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: NewsOct 9th, 2020Related News

Cebu City sets Oct. 9 deadline for processing of applications for LSI cash aid

CEBU CITY, Philippines –Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) have until Friday, October 9, to file their online application for the release of cash aid from the Cebu City government. Applications are to be sent to project.spgarcia@gmail.com. The Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) announced that applications send beyond said date will no longer be entertained. […] The post Cebu City sets Oct. 9 deadline for processing of applications for LSI cash aid appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsOct 9th, 2020Related News

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Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsAug 20th, 2020Related News

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MANILA, Philippines — Various users of Google, its e-mailing application Gmail and other services connected to the tech giant reported crashes and bugs on Thursday (Philippine time). Several netizens on social media sites reported being unable to use various Gmail functions, including placing and saving attachments on e-mails, while uploading and creation of files in […] The post Google, Gmail crashes reported worldwide appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsAug 20th, 2020Related News

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Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 7th, 2020Related News

Moderating oligarchs’ greed

Last July 13, President Rodrigo Duterte spoke before soldiers in Jolo, Sulu and triumphantly declared he “dismantled the oligarchy that controlled the country’s economy without the need to declare martial law.” This came a few days after a committee in the House of Representatives rejected ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal bill. During his penultimate State of the Nation Address on July 27, Duterte took another swipe at the oligarchs whose great wealth has enabled them “to influence public policy to their advantage.” He cited as an example the Lopezes “who used their media outlets in their battles with political figures” including himself during the 2016 elections. People seem to forget that Duterte’s avowed mission to put oligarchs in their proper place was part of his 2016 campaign promise to stamp out corruption. At that time, he said the corruption in the Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Internal Revenue was “small change in comparison to the high-level corruption that runs in the billions among the economic elite.” Oligarchy means the rule of the few, but its meaning has evolved to refer to powerful individuals or groups outside of government who are able to benefit from political connections to amass vast amounts of wealth and gain control of major industries. The term “oligarch” started popping up recently in mainstream and social media but its context in relation to what is happening in our society has become warped and obfuscated. To be fair, the President has given credit where credit is due, even to the so-called oligarchs when they helped the government in this COVID-19 crisis, but he said it is their abuses that he abhors. On several occasions, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano pointed out how oligarchs use their wealth to gain power, while the political elite used their power to amass wealth. He expressed full support to Duterte’s advocacy in changing the current system where he believes the people “willingly consent to being held back by the few who control the economy and through that, the running of the nation.” According to Cayetano, the real threat to the stability of our socio-political and economic systems are those backroom deals that make exploitation legal – “the quiet acquiescing to a system that naturally favors the ultra-rich and very powerful.” He believes that not all oligarchs are bad, saying in a media interview: “Just like every entrepreneur wanting to expand their business, these would-be oligarchs might very well have started off with the most benign or even benevolent intentions. But the malignant DNA of unabated, uncontrolled capitalism, especially corporate capitalism, eventually comes to play, leading to people and systems being abused and exploited.” Cayetano clarified, though, that capitalism and democracy work as we have seen in other economies. He thinks the situation in the Philippines is not hopeless, and we can begin to change this corrupt system by acknowledging there is a problem and we are part of it. “This is a battle between those who are willing to fight their self-interest and change with the system, versus those who deny that there is anything wrong with the status quo, specifically as it relates to themselves, and instead simply choose to blame the politicians and officials in government,” he said. This brings to mind the statement attributed to a Cabinet member of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who advised another top official to “moderate your greed.” Another cautionary tale is found in the recently re-launched book of Ricardo Manapat, who served as National Archives Director during the Arroyo and Ramos administrations. Manapat’s book is titled “Some Are Smarter Than Others: The History of Marcos’ Crony Capitalism” which is a classic work on anti-cronyism exposing the ill-gotten wealth of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Oligarchs may not be totally wiped out in the Philippines, since developed economies even have to contend with their presence. But Duterte’s relentless campaign against them could very well result in moderating their greed and freeing the country from their tight grip. nextgenmedia@gmail.com.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 3rd, 2020Related News

Celebrate the best of PH Wrestling with PWR’s first show of the year, PWR: Mabuhay Ang Wrestling

2019 was wildly successful for Philippine Wrestling Revolution with unmissable shows, iconic in-ring moments, and glorious homecomings being key highlights for a historical year! And with the Philippine pro wrestling scene being positioned for even greater heights, PWR welcomes 2020 with literal slammin’ and bangin’ festivities featuring the country’s best wrestling talent with PWR Mabuhay Ang Wrestling happening on January 26, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the Power Mac Center Spotlight, Circuit Makati.  Championship Fireworks Chris Panzer faces his past when he puts this PWR Championship on the line in a Three-Way Dance, taking on the former champion, “The Lightbringer” QUATRO, as well as the man he betrayed to kickstart his championship journey, one-half of the #PWOGs, Ken Warren, for the right to kickstart 2020 as the Kampeon ng Pilipinas!    Last Man Standing No pinfalls, no submissions, no mercy! The Philippine Excellence Championship will be disputed in a “Matira, Matibay” match to end the blood feud as “The Blessed One” Chino Guinto invokes his rematch clause against the behemoth that is Vlad Sinnsyk to have the right to be called the undisputed PHX champion.   More Party Favors With the Mr. Sy Group of Talents (MSG) terrorizing PWR to get more gold on their hands, Mr. Philippine Wrestling’s interesting #PWOGs recruitment drive, the Naughty Boys’ bizarre adventures, more matches are set to be scheduled for PWR’s first outing of the decade!    Take your Mabuhay Ang Wrestling experience to a whole new level with the special Mabuhay Ang Wrestling bundle of an event ticket and t-shirt for just PhP 850! Award-winning Filipino illustrator Rob Cham lends his artistic view on the best of Philippine Wrestling with a limited-edition Mabuhay Ang Wrestling tee!      Shirts are available at the venue for just PhP 600.   Mabuhay Ang Wrestling Tickets are available at bit.ly/PWRMabuhayAngWrestling. Early bird tickets are available at PhP 399 each or in barkada bundles of three (3) tickets for PhP 1,099. Regularly priced tickets will still be available at the venue for PhP 450 each. Tickets can also be purchased through the PWR Facebook page, via pwr.tickets@gmail.com, and official PWR retail partners.     Philippine Wrestling Revolution is the premier professional wrestling promotion in the Philippines featuring the top Filipino wrestling talent in the country. PWR was established in December 2013, and has since gained a strong following in Manila, and Southeast Asia, even gaining the attention of World Wrestling Entertainment. Philippine Wrestling Revolution aims to become the premier wrestling promotion in Southeast Asia. Follow PWR on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. For further inquiries, please email us at philippinewrestlingrevolution@gmail.com Official event hashtag: #MabuhayAngWrestlin.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 21st, 2020Related News

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Source: Hatawtabloid HatawtabloidCategory: MoviesOct 30th, 2019Related News

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MANILA, Philippines –Google announced on Tuesday, August 20 (August 21, Manila time) it had improved its automatic correction and spell checking functions and was rolling out a change to help email writers avoid mistakes on their messages. In a blog post, Gmail said it will "use artificial intelligence ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 21st, 2019Related News

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Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: NewsAug 1st, 2016Related News

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Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: NewsJul 25th, 2016Related News

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