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Dec.08.2009
My brother told me this story. One Sunday afternoon, a man was about to attend Mass when a young vendor suddenly approached and pleaded him to buy candles. The vendor was a scrawny boy, about ten years old, wearing a sweat-stained shirt, and his eyes were teary probably due to fatigue or dearth of...
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Nov.25.2009
I am not really a religion buff, but the loads of testimonies I have read about Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag awakened my curiosity bone. Thus, one early morning, I decided to pay a visit to the Lady of Manaoag. I can’t deny that my trip to the shrine of the miraculous image was...
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Mar.17.2009
Etymologically speaking, iconoclasm is the destruction of images or statues as a protest against the doctrines of a certain religious group. But in its real definition, iconoclasm is any act of disrespect to the foundations and symbols of a certain belief. Thus, an iconoclast damages a belief by...
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Jan.28.2009
As a mediaman, I have to deal with different kinds of nerve-wrecking personalities - a persistent collage of spit-spraying egocentrics. Sometimes, I feel like cutting their heads off or dicing their faces or stabbing their owl-eyes or burning their souls for damned hell's fury. But - whew! - why...
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Jan.22.2009
I stood in front of the mirror and checked my wet and naked body. I checked my legs, hips, abdomen, chest and chin – then I felt my lips issue an impish but victorious smile. It was almost two months ago when I started my own weight loss program: no rice, no sweets, minimum meat, maximum fruits and...
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Dec.29.2008
The word “bully” was synonymous to my name during my seminary days. Though most of my fellow seminarians were taller than me, my childhood of street fights and group clashes clipped their advantage. Hence, whenever a seminarian was hurt then, physically or emotionally, accusing fingers were...
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Dec.18.2008
When I was five years old, a group of teen-agers held regular weekend classes for the children in our neighborhood. They built a makeshift classroom in a vacant lot. Then they furnished the improvised school with old chairs and battered blackboards – either borrowed or smuggled from the trash....
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Dec.09.2008
A co-worker guffawed when he accidentally saw these things in my work bag: broken Rosaries, an old medallion of Our Lady of Manaoag, a chipped laughing Buddha, faded marbles, a small toy car, batarangs from Batman’s utility belt and a Kung Fu Panda figurine. “You are the oldest kid I have ever seen...
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Nov.03.2008
Here are Iluko terms for some home furniture and other things:  Lamisaan (Table) Tugaw (Chair) Aparador (Cabinet) Estante (Shelf) Katre (Bed) Sopa (Sofa) Ikamen (Mat) Indayon (Hammock) Pungan (Pillow) Ules (Blanket)
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Oct.30.2008
Charity is the virtue of the heart, not of the hand. - Joseph Addison  Seasoned with sincerity or not, services to the poor always come with a blessing.   But it is also a fact that the proliferation of “fake servants” in our community blights the true meaning of charity. It is now very hard to...
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Oct.28.2008
Here are Iluko names for some undesirable people in the community:  Switik / Ulbod (Liar) Sadot (Lazy) Buntog / Naginad (Sluggish) Pangas / Naparammag (Braggart) Natangsit (Arrogant) Naulpit / Nadawel (Cruel) Manangirurumen / Narungsot / Naranggas (Abusive) Nangiwat / Tarawitwit (Talkative/Noisy)...
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Oct.22.2008
Halloween is just around the corner! Here are Iluko names for some members of the scary spirit world:  Di-kataw-taw-an (Supernatural beings) Al-alia / Ar-aria (Ghost) Ansisit (Dwarf) Kaibbaan (Green dwarf) Mutya / Sansilmo / Anselmo (Jumping ball of fire that waylays travelers) Atros (Flying...
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Oct.19.2008
Out in the cold  I braced myself for another cold, lonely walk in these tired streets of despair.   It’s been a while since love held my hand on my way back home kissing away my pains.   I braced myself for another cold hug of memories of her last burning touch.   It’s been a while since love laid...
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Oct.19.2008
The following are the Iluko terms for the parts of the face:  Muging (Forehead) Pispis (Temple) Kiday-kiday (Eyebrow) Mata (Eyes) Kurimatmat (Eyelashes) Agong (Nose) Pingping (Cheeks) Ngiwat (Mouth) Bibig (Lips) Timid (Chin)  Vocabulary:  Rupa (Face) Parte (Part) Paset (Part) Isem (Smile) Misu-...
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Oct.16.2008
Wanna play? Here are some toys with their Iluko names:  1. Ullaw / Illaw (Kite)  2. Sunay / Tarampo (Top) 3. Lastiko (Rubber band) 4. Daldali / Dali-dali / Munmunieka / Manyeka / An-annak (Doll)  5. Bolintik (Marble)  6. Balay-balay (Play house)  7. Palto-paltog / Palpaltog (Toy gun) 8. Kotse-...
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