Reconciliation

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by Augusto C. Caranjal

We run away from God
Without stopping even to look back
He is behind us wherever we go
If we fall, He picks us up
Only to continue running our ways
Panting and thirsty, we still deny ourselves
The waters of absolution.

We reach to grasp the glories of this world
We pluck the grapes of wrath
We fight for possession of everything
That is of flesh and blood
In the midst of the fight
He is still behind us
Disdaining his consistency
Of never ending pursuit.

When will we stop running away from Him?
Haven’t we reached the goals
To self-possession
And complimenting ego?

The knights do not run away from God
They walk side by side with Christ
Absorbed in the pursuit of His Example
The Knights can offer nothing
But the gift of his sins to Christ
And the Knights wins thereby
The Love of Christ!

Letter to Pedro, U.S Citizen, Also Called Pete

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by Rene Estrella Amper

Pete, old friend,
there isn’t really much change
in our hometown since you left.

This morning I couldn’t find anymore
the grave of Simeona, the cat we buried
at the foot of Miguel’s mango tree,
when we were grade four,
after she was hit by a truck while crossing
the street. The bulldozer has messed it up
while making the feeder road into the mountains
to reach the hearts of the farmers.
The farmers come down every Sunday
to sell their agony and their sweat for
a few pesos, lose in the cockpit or get
drunk on the way home.

A steel bridge named after the congressman’s wife
now spans the gray river where Tasyo, the old
goat, had split the skin of our young lizards
to make us a man years ago.

The long blue hills where we
use to shoot birds with slingshot or spend
the summer afternoons we loved so much doing
nothing in the tall grass have been bought
by the mayor’s son. Now there’s barbed wire
fence about them, the birds have gone away.

The mayor owns a big sugar plantation, three
new cars, and a mansion with the gate overhung
with sampaguita. Inside the gate
are guys who carry a rifle and a pistol.

We still go to Konga’s store for rice,
and sardines and sugar and nails for the coffin.
Still only a handful go to Mass on Sundays.
In the church the men talk, sleep, the children play.
The priest is sad.
Last night the storm came and blew away
the cornflowers. The cornfield are full of cries.

Your cousin, Julia has just become a whore.
She liked good clothes, good food, big money.
That’s why she became a whore.
Now our hometown has seven whores.

Peter old friend,
every time we have good reason to get drunk
and be carried home in a wheelbarrow,
we always remember you. Oh we miss
both Pete and Pedro.

Remember us to your American wife,
your lucky bastard, Islaw, your cock-eyed
uncle, now calls himself Stanley
after he began wearing clothes you sent
him last Christmas.

P.S. Tasyo, the old goat,
sends your lizard his warmest congratulations.

Taking care of your nails

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* I decided to make random posts in this blog more often just to make it updated and active. ­čÖé

Filipinos have this bad habit of ┬ánail biting┬áwhenever in face of boredom or when we feel anxious about something. It is very common habit of humans. Nails are actually more fragile than skin so we must know how to take care of it. Here are some tips that I think will help you in taking care of your nails. The following Do’s and Dont’s are based on my own knowledge and experience. If you have any corrections or other advice don’t hesitate to comment it here. ­čÖé

Do’s:

  1. File your nails whenever needed.
  2. Use a sharp nail cutter in cutting it.
  3. Wash your hands including your nails.
  4. Only use a nail polish that is in good condition.
  5. Remove the nail polish gently with a cotton.
  6. Only get a nail art in a trusted salon or manicurist.
  7. Soak your nails in lemon juice to make it healthy and clean.
  8. Soak your nails in vinegar before adding your nail polish to make it last longer.
  9. File nails starting from its sides to the center.

Got this image from Google

Dont’s

  1. Use a scissor or blade in cutting your nails.
  2. Bite it.
  3. Use it to scratch something hard.
  4. Leave it dirty.
  5. Keep it too long.
  6. Over use acetone or nail polish remover in your nails.
  7. File your nails back and forth.

Origin of Filipino Culture

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The Filipino culture is a summation of indigenous forces and foreign influences that had come to bear upon the people in varying degrees during the last centuries.

  1. Malays – Malays are known for being nice, pleasant and law-abiding by virtue. The Filipinos adapted this very well as their temperament.
  2. Chinese – Filial piety between parents and children, the flexibility to go along with other people of the Filipinos is due to the┬áChinese┬áinfluence.
  3. Spanish heritage – Social, political organization and religion was brought into Philippines by Spaniards.
  4. Americans – Democracy, liberty, equality, importance of education as well as political community is a great influence from Americans.
Philippines is rich in culture because of the foreign influences that other countries introduced to Filipinos. Filipinos are flexible and can easily adapt to their environment. Their culture is a proof to that. ­čÖé

Calgary Province of Alberta, Canada

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My cousin lives in one of the Calgary apartments in Alberta, Canada. Canada adapts the same American tradition wherein when someone reach his/her 17 or 18 years of age, they can live independently. Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and is considered as the cleanest city in the world and the 5th best city to live in.Calgary is one of the highly recommended cities because of its rich culture, industry, education and environment.

Image is taken in google.

If I were to live in Canada, I would like to live there. The only downside of the city is their weather. The summer there is really hot and the winters are extremely cold but the economy? It is booming and it is doing well in the job market. You can never go wrong in living in a city that have a lot to offer. Opportunities will be knocking at your doors. It is the richest province in Canada with the lowest unemployment rate. It is also one of three places in the world that has warming winds in the winter (Chinook). It is a native word for snow eater. It comes in over the Rocky Mountains and settles on the Calgary area warming the city.

3 Different Social Classes in Philippines

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During the Pre-Spanish Period in the Philippines there were 3 Different Social Classes in the Philippines.  The social classes describes land distribution in the Southern Philippines that is very unique from the pagan system.  It was the Muslim system that was introduced by the Indo-Malayan race.

  1. The Nobles – could own their own land and were free from tribute payment.
  2. The Serfs – entitled to cultivate certain lands, but were required to pay an annual fee of one-half of the yield of their crops to the Datu.
  3. The Slaves – simply serves the Datu or the Nobles and were owned by them. They can be sold or traded.
*Credits to Introduction to Economics by Roman D. Leano Jr. and Ronald M. Corpuz and to Wikipedia.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines)

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Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or BSP is a government agency that is responsible in implementing policies pertaining to money supply. They uses monetary policies to regulate money through credit and banking system in order to attain monetary stability conducive to economic development. It was established last January 3, 1949.

The objective of Monetary Policy are the following:

  1. To maintain internal and external monetary stability in the Philippines.
  2. To foster monetary, credit and exchange conditions conducive to a balanced and sustainable growth of the economy.

Tools of Monetary Policy

  1. Required Reserves
  2. Rediscounting
  3. Open Market Operations
  4. Selective credit control
  5. Moral suasion
*The following information is from my economics book entitled “Introduction to Economics (With Land Reform, Taxation and Cooperatives) written by my professors Roman D. Leano Jr. and Ronald M. Corpuz.