Monday, November 23, 2015

BORAWAN ISLAND: More Than Expected

There was much excitement as the third week of November ushered in. With the height of the APEC Summit held in Manila, came the indulgence of having four days of vacation. This is to reduce traffic especially along the places where meetings are to be held (or did it really reduce?). Syempre, because it's vacation time, people working in the Metro went to different places to enjoy the once-in-a-while vacation. For us teachers, it was more of another Sem Break, so we really spent it going somewhere and taking four days-off.
After thinking where to go, my friends persuaded me to join them in going on a trip down south. I even thought of not joining them to save money, pero ang ending, I called them a few hours before departure. I joined them for four days of sun and sand along the beaches of Quezon.

And so, we have the island beaches of Borawan, Puting Buhangin and Dampalitan in Padre Burgos, Quezon. This was actually my first time to join them in their adventures. And for an unplanned trip as this, it was more than expected.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


#ako is an unusual walk-in recollection featuring the different faces of poverty within us. As we enter the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, we are invited to take a closer look inside ourselves, and enter those spaces of poverty, which we neglect most of the time.

The recollection-cum-exhibit runs until December 20, 2015 at Garden of Saints, San Jose de Navotas Parish, M. Naval St., San Jose, Navotas City. (click the address for the Map)

Shots Ni Benefactius is the Official Photographer of this activity.

Thursday, November 05, 2015


God has created me to do him some definitive service; 
he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. 
I have my mission - I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. 
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. 
He has not created me for nothing. I shall do good. I shall do his work. 
Therefore, I will trust him, whatever I am. 
I cannot be thrown away. 
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him; 
in perplexity, my perplexity may serve him; 
if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him. 
He does nothing in vain. He knows what he is about. 
He may take away my friends. 
He may throw me among strangers. 
He may make me feel desolate, 
make my spirits sink, 
hide my future from me - 
still he knows what he is about. 

- John Henry Cardinal Newman

Monday, November 02, 2015


(Fruit of Contemplation from my Silent Retreat, Oct 30-Nov. 01, 2015)