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  • It is with gratitude to God that the movie-project is finally set to start shooting this coming March 3, 2010.  The movie is written and directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya, a multi-awarded film maker and director.  Lead roles will be played by Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo, Marvin Agustin, Christopher de Leon, Vivian Velez, and a boy-a newcomer in the industry-

  • I NEEDED A TAXI to go from Makati City to the domestic airport.  Before I could sit comfortably at the back seat, the driver told me that I had to pay 250 pesos.  I told the driver that I was getting off the car if he would not use the taxi meter.  When the meter was flagged down, I felt more at ease.

  • I HAVE SPENT a whole day with the members of the Caceres Lay Institute for Mission (CLAIM) at La Playa (Stella Maris Renewal Center), Tigaon, Camarines Sur in order to have a day of prayer, reflection, and sharing.  I was struck by the lay missionaries' simplicity of faith yet profound experiences of God in their lives in spite of the big and small trials.  What gave me much joy was how they saw their trials in 2009, especia
  • THE TITLE OF THIS COLUMN is from the poem of Chiara Lubich.  The homily of the Jesuit Father Catalino Arevalo during President Corazon Aquino's funeral mass spoke of her selflessness, faith, and love for her family.  I think great men and women lived their lives with a great sense of sacrifice, with a tenacity of purpose and a consistency of life that finds its source from an ardent love of God and neighbor.  I would like to dedicate this poem to President Corazon Aquino who was not only an icon of democracy but a living witness of faith.
  • MAPPING THE FUTURE is actually envisioning the future in visual terms.  James Canton's book, the Extreme Future (Penguin Group 2007), that gives a picture of the top trends that will reshape the world in the next 20 years, has powerfully captured the need to welcome the extreme future prepared.  Canton writes: "Maps are so much revealing, though, when they're studied closely in the context of when and where they were
  • MANY PEOPLE who have been affected by the economic downturn or have simply lost their jobs due to retrenchment have realized the importance of spending wisely every single centavo in their pockets.  The basic question is always "Do I need to buy this?"  Need becomes the criterion for spending.  Instead of buying clothes, shoes and other stuff, many are becoming more conscious to prioritize food, medicine and utilities in thei
  • THE YEAR FOR PRIESTS, announced by our beloved Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the death of the saintly Curé of Ars, St. John Mary Vianney, is drawing near. It will be inaugurated by the Holy Father on the 19th June, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests.
  • WORKING PEOPLE usually look forward to a day off in which they would be away from the regular working schedule and be able to find time to rest and to have a respite from the more difficult and demanding tasks of daily life.

    I heard a story about a conversation of a priest and an old lady parishioner at a bus terminal.  The priest was working in a remote parish and after a month of hectic schedule, he decided to have a day off.  While waiting for the bus to leave for the city, a parishioner who frequented daily masses saw him at the bus terminal and asked him politely where he was going.  The priest simply said that he was going for a day off.  The lady parishioner said: "Father, why do you want a day off?  The devil does not have a day off."  The priest retorted: "That is precisely the reason why I want a day off.  I don't want to become a devil."