Friday, July 30, 2010

Ur Sunday Dose: Does Money Really Matter? (18th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 01, 2010
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lk 12,13-21


I remember somebody who has been my friend once. He was a son of a very rich family, very rich because they hold one of the biggest fishing consignacions here in Navotas. They always have good food on the table, latest gadgets, and everything my friend wishes, his parents would grant it. However, it is only I who could bear his attitude. He has only a few friends because he was very selfish. He does not give to those in need, in fact he ridicules them down to their bones. Everytime I borrow his iPod, he makes sure that I would only borrow it inside their house, and not to take it outside for fear of theft.

At times, he would realize and ask himself why he has only a few friends. I always tell him, “kung gusto mong dumami ang mga kaibigan mo, dapat mas lalo kang maging bukas sa kanila. Ikaw naman kasi, iniisip mo lang ang sarili mo, pinagmamayabang mo sa akin, sa amin, yang mga bagong gamit mo, pero ni piso hindi ka makapagbigay sa namamalimos. Nanlalait ka pa! Malaki nga bahay nyo, sagana ang huli, pero hindi sa lahat ng panahon, ganoon. Matuto kang magbigay sa kapwa mo. Huwag kang magmataas. Bahala ka.” I gave all my effort to persuade my friend, but all in vain.

One night, when everybody’s sleeping, somebody stole all their riches hidden inside the family vault inside his parents’ room. His family was totally shocked of the event. His mother had the gravest shock, she had nervous breakdown. His father tried to cope up with the situation, but because of the ban in the Pacific Ocean, the situation worsened and the father cannot cope up already. The house was sold out, including their gadgets. Debts turned the situation even worse. As far as I know, they are already living in the suburbs of Tondo. The last time I talked to him, he told me that he is really ashamed of himself. “Nakinig na lang sana ako sa iyo, naging mapagbigay sana ako, kami. Di sana nangyari ito. Ngayon, alam kong pinarurusahan kami ng Diyos dahil sa mga kamalian namin.” He said this in tears, though I know that those tears are already late.

Everything happened because (sorry for the term) they are excessively rich, and it had gone up to their nerves. They never thought of their neighbor, and continued to have possessions purely for their own personal perusal.

In the Gospel of the day, we hear Jesus telling his disciples the Parable of the Rich Fool. A very rich man had produced a bounty of harvest. He does not know what to do. Then, he tore down his barns and replaced them with bigger ones. He’d put everything in it, and began to eat, drink and make himself happy, knowing that he would have a reserve of aplenty for the coming years. However, God came that night and took his life. The end result: nobody took care of his harvest. Everything rot. At the end, Jesus said, “Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”

This is very evident in our day. People tend to be laxed enough with what they have for themselves. They, or WE, do not think of others anymore. Para bang makahawak lang tayo ng kaunti, parang wala na tayong kilala. We spend money on worthless things: imported bags, new cellphones, you name it, you have it. We have no time for others. We don’t care for them anymore. We always think of ourselves. We spend a lot for our own well being. Para sa ganito ko, para sa ganyan ko. Dapat, meron AKO nyan.

That’s where Divine Justice enters. Everything is swept away. It may be through the hands of a robber, or the sweet kiss of the flames. Worse, it may come on our own hands when we spend and spend, never thinking that what we have is carefully lessened. Makikita na lang natin isang araw, ubos na. And, like my friend who was once rich but is now poor, we tend to be sorry but it is too late. That’s our reality. That’s the cycle.

When we have something, it is but a test, to see until where are we loyal to God. It may sound odd, but this is true. Money and material things – they are just an aid for our well being, and for others. But as said, Ang sobra, nakakasama. Money is never to be considered as a god, though it rarely happens.

Hindi masamang magkaroon ng kaunting kayamanan, basta marunong tayong gumamit nito para sa ikabubuti natin at ng ating kapwa. When we have something, do not forget our poor brethren. We are given for us to give. Never be selfish. Never think for yourself only. The more we think of ourselves, the easier the money would be taken away. The more we give, the greater we would have.

Finally, there would be no greater message than this: No man is an island, no man is alone.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I've been busy making and editing my COF Album for two months now. Some had been criticizing it, considering it as worthless. For some, it is just vain time editing pictures of your so-called "COF-Circle of friends" or as I put it, "Calokang Oval (Hindi Circle) ng aking mga Friendshops."

Well, I've been asking myself, why edit?

It all started when I am editing my picture, when I came up with the ides of editing some pictures of those who I consider as friends. From one, they became three, until they became 26 (as the number of pics today indicated). They come from the different spheres of my life. From my CCS Family, to my Xtr@Rice, to classmates and Ghoy Ghang, down to those people who had been a part of my petty life.

It became my joy to edit my friends' pics, especially if they are really close to me. It is so because they are a part of me. This is my way of appreciating them for being a simple part of my colorful life.

I also consider this as a way of killing idle time. rather than doing something which could be boring enough like strolling or sort, I devote my vacant time to editing pics, aside from making blogposts, and studying.

Ok, gotta go! I'm still editing pics. Anyway, if you would like to see the pics, you can view them by clicking here. This would direct you to the album. Ciao!

KuyaZeke,ccs_072810 :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

ZEKE XX: Bitoy's 100 Truths

(Actually, this is just a bare repost from my Facebook Site. However, I revised my answer to some questions to make it accurate with the situation. Enjoy reading.)

1. last beverage = tubig.
2. last phone call = matagal na yun. I remember it's Fra. Dave.
3. last text message = ewan ko, matagal na rin akong walang cp.
4. last song you listened to = Alaala Mo (White Lies)
5. last time you cried = my last confession.

6. dated someone twice = nope, never gone to a date.
7. been cheated on = yah.
8. kissed someone & regretted it = OO. Sobra!
9. lost someone special = naman.
10. been depressed = ngayon depressed ako, kapag nakikita ko ang taong nagpapasama ng loob ko.
11. been drunk and threw up = nung Fiesta last year. It was a drinking spree! Unforgettable!

12. black
13. white
14. blue

15. Made a new friend = naman.
16. Fallen out of love = pwede.
17. Laughed until you cried = ay talaga!
18. Met someone who changed you? = yes.
19. Found out who your true friends were = oo.
20. Found out someone was talking about you = oo. napakasakit nga eh.
21. Kissed anyone on your fb friend's list = maybe 1 or 2.

22. How many people on your fb friends list do you know in real life = a lot. Merong mga friends na hindi ko pa nakikita, pero kilala ko.
24. Do you have any pets = 3 Askals, 1 Shihtzu.
25. Do you want to change your name? = open for negotiation.
26. What did you do for your last birthday = nagpakain nang walang humpay.
28. What were you doing at midnight last night = I did not reached midnight last night. I slept early.
29. Name something you CANNOT wait for = my birthday. I'm turning 20!!!
30. Last time you saw your Mother = kanina, may tinanong siya sa akin.
31. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life = my face, especially my lips.
32. What are you listening to right now = When I'm Gone (Albert Hammond).
33. Have you ever talked to a person named Tom = i just encountered him in a story in Gay Lit.
34. What's getting on your nerves right now = the attitude of some guys out there.
35. Most visited webpage = FB, Youtube, and my Blogsite. Actually, you are also here!!!
37. Nickname = Wewe (my first; coined by my elementary classmate), Bitoy (my second; coined by some jejemons at Tanza), Zeke (my latest, coined by my friend, Shawynn).
38. Relationship Status = taken na ni Bro!
39. Zodiac sign = Grand Lion.
40. He or She? = he. walang kokontra!
41. Elementary = ICPS-Malabon
42. High School = ICPS-Malabon
43. College = CMU, ???
44. Your motto= "Happiness does not come. It is worked for."
45. Weight= mga 54 kgs.
46. Height = ewan.
47. Do you have a crush on someone? = xempre!
48: What do you like most about yourself? = somebody who likes the mix of oldies and newbies..
49. Piercings = wala.
50. Tattoos = wala rin.
51. Righty or lefty = righty

52. First surgery = pwede ba ung time na tinuli ako?
53. First piercing = wala.
54. First best friend = The name's Kim. ewan ko kung asan na siya ngayon.
55. First sport you joined = Badminton. Pero I'm not that fond.
56. First vacation = Baguio.
58. First pair of trainers = ...?

59. Eating = nope.
60. Drinking = nope rin.
61. I'm about to = answer this question.
62. Listening to = When I'm Gone (Albert Hammond).
63. Waiting for = me to call this a day.

64. Want kids? = perhaps.
65. Get Married? = I'm a professed lay.
66. Career? = teacher/businessman.

67. Lips or eyes? = whatever strikes my eyes first.0
68. Hugs or kisses = hugs muna para safe.
69. Shorter or taller = tall is all.
70. Older or Younger = younger. mas masaya pa nung bata ako.
71. Romantic or spontaneous = whatever.
72. Nice stomach or nice arms = nice stomach.
73. Sensitive or loud = i want a jive of those two.
74. Hook-up or relationship = relationship. mahirap ang biglaan.
75. Trouble maker or hesitant = let me look at the gal first. Wherever he/she may look better, I would accept it.

76. Kissed a stranger = oo.
77. Drank hard liquor = oo rin.
78. Lost glasses/contacts = hindi naman ako nagsasalamin eh.
79. Sex on first date = ni sa panaginip nga hindi pa ako nakipag-date!
80. Broken someone's heart = yes..
81. Had your own heart broken =yes rin.
82. Been arrested = para namang pagkasama-sama ko...
83. Turned someone down = yah.
84. Cried when someone died = naman!
85. Fallen for a friend?= yep.

86. Yourself = depending on the situation.
87. Miracles = Yes. If you have faith, you can create a miracle.
88. Love at first sight = yah.
89. Heaven = naman!
90. Santa Claus = kay Bro na lang.
91. Kiss on the first date = ... ewan nga!
92. Angels = of course! I know somebody's guiding me.

93. Had more than one gf/bf?= hever never.
95. Did you sing today? = Sunday ngayon, nagsimba ako. Tural, kumanta ako ng mga kanta sa misa.
96. Ever cheated on somebody? = yah.
98. If you could pick a day from last year and relive it, what would it be? = the day when... naku! andami pala!
99. Are you afraid of falling in love? = yah.
100. Posting this as 100 truths? = yah. However, to make it more appropriate with the series, I would add some pomp to the title.

KuyaZeke,ccs_072510 :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

How do you Pray? (Ur Sunday Dose: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 25, 2010
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fil-Mission Sunday
Lk 11,1-13


Every time we pray, we usually pray to ask something. It is just seldom that we do not pray this way. We always ask God to grant us something we need or direly ask.

Lord, pahingi ng ganito. Lord, pahingi ng ganyan. Lord, sana po manalo na kami sa Lotto, etc. etc. etc. That is the usual manner of our prayers. Madalang kang nakakarinig ng flow ng dasal na iba sa ganito.

Cute thing is that we often hear parents telling their children to pray in this manner: Lord, penge po ng pe-pe. (Pe-pe is a pinoy baby term for Pera or Money.) Even kids adopt this pinoy style of prayer. Lord, sana po magkaroon ako ng laruan para sa Pasko, o ng pera para pang-computer ko.

Funny. Really funny. It's like we are telling God to grant us something because he has a bodega full of material things that he can give us. He is like a genie who can give us everything we wish. That is the drastic Filipino way of prayer. Very personal, yet very selfish to the ear.

In today's Gospel, we hear Jesus talking about prayer, teaching his disciples what the world would come to know of as The Lord's Prayer. We hear this prayer every single day, especially when we go to Mass. We even sing it to the top of our lungs, hands outstretched, with eyes closed. We call God as Our Father.

We consider God as our Father, and because of this, we ask him every single thing we could imagine. Kahit anong ating pwedeng hilingin, hinihiling natin kasi alam nating ibibigay ng Diyos. Kaso minsan, umaabot sa puntong ang hinihingi natin sa ating mga dasal ay purong para sa maka-sarili nating hangarin. We pray for our own benefit alone, not for those of our brothers and sisters. We ask God to forgive us of our many sins, but do we even lift a finger of forgiveness to somebody who has done something which has hurt us? We ask God not to lead us to the test or to the evil one, and yet we lead our own feet and those of others to our own harm.

We pray, but do our lives pray with our words? Rarely does it happen.

Kapag tayo ay natutuwa, halos lahat ng bahagi ng katawan natin ay nakakaramdam ng saya. Ganoon din kapag tayo ay nalulungkot, nagagalit, o natatakot. Hindi lang natin ito naidadaan sa salita lang, damay-damay na pati ang lahat ng bahagi ng ating katauhan.

Same thing goes with prayer. Kapag tayo ay nagdarasal, hindi lang tayo nag-aalay ng salita lang. Kasama ng mga salitang ito, iniaalay rin natin sa Diyos na ating Ama ang lahat ng ating katauhan. We offer our life. We are a living irony if we pray to God for long life, but we abuse our bodies with drinking, smoking or drugs. We pray for good fortune, yet we spend our money on waste. We pray to God with every beautiful word we know, and yet we curse and tell vulgar words to our neighbor, or child, or mother. If we are these kind of people, praying yet not living according to our prayer, then we are Living Irony.

Nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa. If we ask God to forgive us, we must also know how to forgive others. If we ask God of something, we must know how to manage it and use it for our good and for the good of others. If we pray for safety, we also know that we must follow safety rules every time and everywhere. We pray, but we are also responsible.

God listens to every prayer, but we must also see to it that what we seek, ask or knock, whatever we pray him, must be in accordance with what we are capable of. We must also be patient. Hindi siya magbibigay ng bagay na hindi natin kailangan. Everything He gives us is enough for our use. He also gives our need in the right time. Kaya hindi dapat tayo manhinayang sa isang bagay na hinihingi natin sa Diyos ngunit hindi natin nakakamit, kasi alam ng Diyos na hindi ito para sa atin, at kung ito ay para sa atin man, hindi pa ito ang panahon upang ito ay tanggapin.

When we receive, we must also give. That's the secret of graces. We pray God to grant our petitions. But we must remember that when the time comes that he gives us the grace we need, we, in turn, must also give what we have received to those who are in need. Wag lalaki ang ulo kapag nakamit na natin ang ating mga dinarasal. May mga kapatid pa na nangangailangan ng mga bagay na meron tayo.

Finally. When we pray, don't just ask something. Above all, give thanks! If our life if filled with many petitions, we can say that our life is one without contentment. If we know how to pray with thanksgiving and praise for everything we have, everything would come flowing without any hard deal.

Real prayer is a prayer where we consider ourselves as nothing in God's eyes. We ask His grace for us to live according to His will. We give thanks for everything we received. We ask forgiveness because we are sinners. We ask for everything we need according to His will.

That is real prayer. But this becomes more powerful if our life is patterned after our prayer. We pray, and we live.


Ur Sunday Dose

Starting this Sunday, July 25, 2010, I shall also group myself among those bloggers who make it a habit to write Sunday Gospel Reflections on their blogs. For me, I shall give it a title:

USD: Ur Sunday Dose

USD: because for typical Netizens like us, going to church on the Lord's day is a difficult thing to do. USD was formed in order for those on-the-go and for those who could pass by my site to have some weekly dose of the Word of God, words of hope for the despaired, and encouragement for those who are in their down moments.

I am not really a master in giving my own reflections, especially when we are talking about the Sunday Gospel. Well, we'll see about that on Sunday when we begin USD-ing.

Hindi ko sana makatamaran ang paggawa ng reflection! hehehe. Besides, The Word of God is something we must put our focus on. All these on TSS on Blogger, One With You.

KuyaZeke,ccs_072310 :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ZEKE XX: My life after the resignation

After two months, this would be the first time that I would speak about the resignation I had from the Parish Pastoral Council - and with that is my total removal of self from my ministry- of Santa Cruz Parish.

In the first place, I keep asking myself, Am I worthy enough to resign? The whole parish community needs me. When I leave the Council, they would have a loss of a guitarist, a lector, a secretary, a formidable brain. Why leave?

But my answer was worth it. I must leave for me to show something to the people there...

They can live without me, and they always will be.

Yes, that could possibly be the reason. For the past years, I wholeheartedly served the parish community, from being a simple legionary, to being the secretary of the Worship Ministry; from being a server to being a lector; from being a simple churchgoer to somebody who is in-charge of some sorts in the parish. Yes, it is hard work, but it is work done without any regret for it is done for God's greater glory.

But at one point, there are senseless scandals that hit the airwaves. From being a bloodsucker of the priest, to being a garlic clove (amm, sa tagalog: ma-papel) which always fits and trying to fit any work done in the parish, some of which doesn't require my presence.

That served as the turning point. For the past six months, I experienced a hard time coping up with some of the members of the PPC - even Fr. Junjun himself - who, despite my efforts to be good, are still pinching me at the back.

Much worse is the words of remorse I heard from somebody who was once close to my heart. I tried to give my all, to the point of six failing marks in class, just to give my prim and prop to the parish. At the end of the day, he has the strength enough to tell me that I'm his cross all the while.

That gave me the signal.

I should stop.
From my dreams, aspirations, and my tell-alls with the parish community. I should stop with my hallucinations that I'm the superserver. Everything ends here.

I must go on
. With my silent life, a kind of life that I have not experienced for the past six years of service. Something which is new to me.

What's life been after the resignation? Let me give you a glimpse...

I returned to my Neo Catechumenal Community after a year of despising them. Just in time for the Shema. Now, I have no regrets, and I feel like God has brought me to the right path. Seems like this is my way of life now.

I focused more on studies. I'm under MoA with the Admin of the College where I'm in, and I strive hard now to finish my course, and to be a future teacher sometime.

I became more focused to the CCS Brothers, especially with my fraters at the CAMANAVA Community. A resolution was passed last Sunday, which would serve as a guide for us here to live rightly in holiness.

Most of all, I'm sleeping hard, cleaning hard, and doing back my worth at the house. My family has been waiting for me for all this time, and for them, this means something. I still love my house, my home, my comfort zone.

In shorter terms, life after resignation was like the most relaxing time for me, a time for me to rest. I now know that there are still plenty to give focus on. And to the goes my full attention now. a time to sit down, relax a bit, and work for things that really needs my focus the most. No regrets, I even got chubby! :P

Now, everything is clear. Though I experienced hard time within the past year, Seems like clouds are coming clear. At the end of the day, I would never regret the moment I listened to God speaking in my heart. It spoke and said,

It's to late to have your realizations...
but it is never too late to change and fix yourself.

KuyaZeke,ccs_072110 :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ZEKE XX: What it is without water?

As I was passing by the market on the way to school, I read the headline in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. It says there, "JUNE WAS HOTTEST MONTH EVER."

According to the news, the global land and ocean temperatures reached 61.1 degrees farenheit (or 16.2 degrees celsius), a way higher than the recorded temperature in 1880.

That could possibly explain why I was drenching on my own sweat while resting on those hot afternoons in the house, or why my professor's voice get drenched out while teaching Remedial Instructions in English.

But most of all, that would explain the main reason why the Angat Dam fell - and is still - on its record low level. That's the reason why we are thirsting for water, when we cannot have access to it. That's the reason why there are pails and drums parked in the streets, waiting for the ration for water. That's the reason why there is the so-called WATER SHORTAGE.

Now, look at what we've done.

For somebody who have put their life in water so much that he abused it, now look at the outcome. At one point, we blame the people in-charge of the water supply, why they have let the supply go a drastic low. They blame the in-charge of the dam for negligence, and the blaming continues. Look at the blame comedy!

But at one point, there are still reason to blame us commoners for this catasthrophe. For how many times throughout the last two or three decades, we are told to conserve water, to take care of our environment, and to suffer the consequences if we do not take action for this.

Well, it seems as if we opt to choose the third option, to continue our wrongdoings against Mother Earth and sit down and wait for the hitback.

Ladies and Gents, here is the outcome we have all been waiting for. Continue to sit there and do nothing? Wanna help these old women lift their heavy carriage? All these, they suffer because of our wrongdoing.

Don't just sit there and do nothing. Save water while there is still a supply worth for you!


Monday, July 19, 2010

ZEKE XX: 19 is equal to...

my 19th year was the most colorful of all my teenage years, and it is by far my year of lessons and blessings.
For one, it is just a year of my many pitfalls, but for me, it is a year of many firsts. So many, I cannot count them all. If I can, I may forget the date or something.
However, I would let you take a glimpse of all these firsts as I give you my very first blogpost for ZEKE XX.

...Nineteen is equal to...

the first time I was treated to a foodielicious feast before, during, and after my BDay. (Aug. 18-20, 2009)
...the first time I had a bicycle of my own. Its name is red. (September 2009)
...the first time I took a month leave from parish work, out of my own decision. (September-October, 2009)
...the first time I slept in my Director's quarters in KNL. Worth! (February 2010)
...the first time I received a gift in Christmas Eve, during the Mass, from a priest. (Dec. 24, 2009)
...the first time we ate fish for Media Noche. I just ate the salad, hindi kasi ako sanay. (Jan. 01, 2010)
...the first Living Rosary held in our Parish with me as member of the Team heading it. (October 2009)
...the first time I had a MP4 after years. Included with it is the first time I ever had a get-up: a big headset worn around my head, like a DJ! ROCK ON!!! (Summer 2010)
...the first time we ever held a Caracol in the Parish in celebration of the Fiesta. Isa rin ako sa mga nanguna rito. (May 08, 2010)
...the first time I ever held a Linux. We changed to Vista because of its being complicated. (March-May, 2010)
...the first time I ever received my best summer gift: 6 failing marks! Bummer of all bummers! (March, 2010)
...the moment I came back to the Neo Catechumenal Way, the First after two years, and just in time for the Shema. (May, 2010)
...the first Time I served as MC of the Parish. A Fulfilling moment in my life as a server. (Holy Week 2010)
...the first time I wholeheartedly took charge of the store, amidst all the intrigues. (May-June, 2010)
...the first time I answered a question in (April, 2010) first year in Facebook! (June, 2010)
...the first time I resigned in the PPC to make way to my studies. First, because hindi naman ako used sa mga bagay na ito. (May, 2010) first time to handle a class. Ang saya ng Field Study, and I miss my students at MNHS-Longos! (January-February, 2010)
...the first time to drink HOT SAUCE and CHILI SAUCE bottoms-up, to win in a challenge! (July, 2010) first time to drink liquor because of tight problems. (May, 2010) first time to flirt good. I used the term wisely. Flirt means socialize ha! (Summer, 2010) first time to judge a dance contest. Well, kamusta naman ang overnight? (May 05, 2010) first time to meet a great composer, Mr. Vehnee Saturno. (May 11, 2010) first time to have a singing icon as my sister. Keep it up, dete! (May 06, 2010) first time to see Noynoy Aquino personally after Tita Cory's demise. This time, he's running for the Presidency. (Feb. 25, 2010)
...the first time I had a good fight with my son, Diosdado. We split up. (May 2010)
...the first resolution I made for the brothers at CCS-CaMaNaVa. (July 18, 2010)
...the first time I made a day-out because of house problems. (July 01, 2010)
...the first liturgical book I personally typed for the parish. My "Legacy..." (March 2010) first encounter with Asian Youth. YASIA FIESTA!!! (November, 2009) first time to host the birthday program for a parish priest. (November 08, 2009)
Most of all, first time to experience desertment. a complete desertment. (Summer 2010)
...and my recovery afterwards. Thanks God for getting me up from the dirt! (May-June, 2010)

These, among others, are the things I experienced first-hand through my nineteenth year of life. I would never turn out to be who I am right now, if not because of the experiences I had.

Now, that I'm already on my last month as a 19-year-old-er, there would be pahabols. We'll post it later.

This is just the FIRST post. More will follow throughout the course of 31 days. Be with me, guys!


ZEKE XX: The Opening Post

With this post, I officially begin the series of anticipation posts for my BDay on August. Let me reminisce and share with you my trials and triumphs throughout the past year of giving it out, sharing it all, and living it up.

Be with me, guys! ZEKE XX IS SIGNING ON!!!