The ‘New Normal’: How military reserve, police cope with COVID-19

When President Rodrigo Duterte called on the uniformed personnel to help strictly enforce the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), there was an uproar from the public, especially since the information came out first from a leaked memorandum, instructing “all personnel to prepare for strict implementation of extensive ECQ” or a “martial law-like” implementation. The public wasContinue reading “The ‘New Normal’: How military reserve, police cope with COVID-19”

Abito Series: It’s never too late to become a priest

Take it from Fr. Eldrick S. Peña, 42 years old, of the Diocese of Antipolo, who revealed that he already felt his ‘calling’ at an early age but tried to dismiss it thinking it would just go away, but it didn’t. They refer to them as ‘late vocation’, but Fr. Eldrick said that’s the widelyContinue reading “Abito Series: It’s never too late to become a priest”

Black Saturday thoughts

I’ve been singing for our church during Holy Week celebrations for nearly 20 years now, but it was only last April 11, 2020 when I felt like it was my first time – first time to sing in a dark and empty church, except for the presence of the three priests who officiated the celebration,Continue reading “Black Saturday thoughts”

How my devotion to Mama Mary started

I was born and raised as a Catholic. We’re the type of family who’d go to church every Sunday, pray the rosary every day at 6:00 pm, especially during October, the month of the rosary; pray the Angelus, attend Black Rosary crusades in our village, and would complete 9-day novena masses for the Our LadyContinue reading “How my devotion to Mama Mary started”

Abito Series: When God’s plan prevails

The journey to the priesthood of Rev. Fr. Rodrigo “Ric” Eguia For many priests I know, becoming a priest has always been a childhood dream or a vision in their younger years. But not with Rev. Fr. Rodrigo “Ric” Eguia, parish priest of the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Rodriguez (Montalban),Continue reading “Abito Series: When God’s plan prevails”

My 10 go-to churches for Visita Iglesia

The seven churches visitation has been a tradition of Filipino Catholics during the Lenten season. It is usually done on the evening of Maundy or Holy Thursday, after the last supper mass.  Born and raised as a Catholic, I got used to doing VIsita Iglesia with my parents usually after attending Chrism Mass at theContinue reading “My 10 go-to churches for Visita Iglesia”

4 things I learned about life this 2017

I honestly don’t know how to start this post. I agreed to participate in this collaboration since this is our last for this year, but I seriously don’t know how to begin, what to say or how to say it. This post should talk about my reflections about 2017 – what happened, what I achieved,Continue reading “4 things I learned about life this 2017”

Lord, help me to dream again

American singer-songwriter, rock musician, and multi-instrumentalist / record producer once said, “Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” I used to dream and daydream a lot when I was a kid. I remember keeping a dream dictionary atContinue reading “Lord, help me to dream again”

4 tips on how to survive LDRs

It’s not easy to be in a long-distance relationship (LDR). Obviously, you don’t get to see and be with each other and even if you see each other on cam, it’s not same as holding them, kissing them, or hugging them for real. I’ve always believed that if there’s a way, there’s a will. RelationshipsContinue reading “4 tips on how to survive LDRs”

9 things I’m grateful for this year

It’s hard to be grateful when you’re feeling down, hopeless, and feel like the world’s against you, but if there’s one thing I learned during hard times was to be grateful in whatever circumstances I am in. Whenever I feel like ranting about how bad my day was, I try to be grateful first andContinue reading “9 things I’m grateful for this year”