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The end of the Mass as a beginning

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'Be Happy. Remember, You Have A Smile'
'Go, The Mass Is Ended' by Gloria
By Frank A Hilario29 April - Today's pastoral text from Fr Reuter is this: There is no one so poor that he can not give to others at least a smile, a kind word, a helping hand, love ... and these are the finest gifts of all! Since I now want all my blogs illustrated with either a photo or a graphic, preferably the first, that started me on a search into folders of my photographs for a smiling soul or two. I did find one, from a man with a cigarette in his mouth, the beginning of a smile (I had surprised him with the camera, as I like my shots candid), but I don't smoke, so I passed him by.Then I remembered that on 5 April, Maundy Thursday, I had gone out on another photo expedition with my daughter's digital camera (a Sony Cybershot DSC S60). I had positioned myself on the steps of Robinson's Town Mall in Los Baños facing the San AntonioParishChurch, waiting for the (human) traffic t…

Genuine Unity vs TEAM Opposition

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GO, Fight The GOOD Fight!By Frank A HilarioBrothers, I urge you to GO GOOD on Election Day, 14 May, a Monday. Good, as in 'Every Christian is involved in the good fight of faith' (NIV, 1st Timothy). As in 'the good fight of peace.' As in the PLAN Co REVOLT 'against corruption and poverty' maybe? As in 'the good fight of MaS PARA SA KiDZ Mo perhaps?The Genuine Opposition (GO) slogan 'PLAN Co REVOLT' has two meanings. One is as the acronym of the GO senatorial candidates: Pimentel, Lacson, Alan, Noynoy, Coseteng, Roco, Escudero, Villar, Osmeña, Legarda, Trillanes. The other is as a message in itself; literally, it means 'My plan is a revolt' (against corruption and poverty).The TEAM Unity (TU) slogan is 'MaS PARA SA KiDZ Mo' - it too has two meanings. One is as the acronym for the senatorial candidates supported by GMA: Magsaysay, Singson, Pichay, Angara, Recto, Aquino-Oreta, Sotto, Arroyo, Kiram, Defensor, Zubiri, Montano. The other …

At UP, the poor need not apply!

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Ryan's Lament: 'Check Your Grammar.'
'Girls In Black, UP Los Baños' by Gloria
By Frank A HilarioAt the University of the Philippines, as in the whole country, there is a clash of values: social vs financial. But it's not obvious to many, including school officials.This morning, I attended a testimonial for the graduates of the Crop Science Cluster of the College of Agriculture of the University of the Philippines Los Baños at the Seniors' SocialGarden. I can't forget Ryan, a cum laude, a funny fellow, telling little stories of himself and his professors. He said, among other things, he learned not to give answers that go round and round and not to the point - he was sure to get a grade of 5. (Laughter) At one point, he said Prof G always wrote on his test paper 'Check your grammar.' (Laughter)During the merienda, I mentioned to Dr P about Ryan's lament, and he said it was true. The English of UP Los Baños students has sunk to lower grounds. I …

The genius of Chavit Singson

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Manila?
Textured Chavit Singson (Photoshop)By Frank A HilarioChavit Singson visited by me last Sunday and again, today. In two different places.Today, more than 200 km from my hometown of Asingan, I was re-reading Kerygma and on page 3 of the March 2007 issue of the magazine, the name of the author & editor, Rissa Singson, reminded me of Chavit Singson. Are they related? I don't know. Chavit has charm, Rissa is good-looking, that's all for now.Chavit Singson intrigues me. He wears a checkered suit - I mean he lives a checkered life - and now he's running for Senator. He's not ashamed of being an Ilocano, and neither am I. He is known as the Father of 7171 (Virginia Tobacco Law), which is good for all tobacco farmers and not only Ilocanos. But I know him as the Godfather Who Brought Down the House; gambling with his own life, Chavit almost singlehandedly battled Joseph 'Erap' Estrada who was then President of the Philippines. …

David Halberstam, Historian of the Present

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He Wrote On Wars More As Changes
'Changes Or Changing?' - clipart by Publisher, artwork by Gloria
By Frank A HilarioOn 23 April, an Infiniti crashed onto the passenger side of the car he was riding - and now David Halberstam belongs to Eternity.He was the journalist who was the first to write about the Vietnam War as he saw it - an American error in terror (my coinage). (And so must I say about Iraq.) He won a Pulitzer Prize for such journalism in 1964.'David will be remembered as the best historian of contemporary events in our lifetime,' says William F Winter in an email to Rick Cleveland (25 April, The Clarion Ledger).Tim Rutten (25 April, Los Angeles Times): 'David Halberstam ... was one of the greatest among a pivotal generation of reporters and writers who reshaped the intellectual and stylistic landscape of American journalism in the 1960s and early 1970s.'David Steele writes about 'the genius of Halberstam' (23 April, Baltimore Sun): 'He was a…

David Halberstam, Historian of the Present

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He Wrote On Wars More As Changes
'Changes Or Changing?' - clipart by Publisher, artwork by Gloria
By Frank A HilarioOn 23 April, an Infiniti crashed onto the passenger side of the car he was riding - and now David Halberstam belongs to Eternity.He was the journalist who was the first to write about the Vietnam War as he saw it - an American error in terror (my coinage). (And so must I say about Iraq.) He won a Pulitzer Prize for such journalism in 1964.'David will be remembered as the best historian of contemporary events in our lifetime,' says William F Winter in an email to Rick Cleveland (25 April, The Clarion Ledger).Tim Rutten (25 April, Los Angeles Times): 'David Halberstam ... was one of the greatest among a pivotal generation of reporters and writers who reshaped the intellectual and stylistic landscape of American journalism in the 1960s and early 1970s.'David Steele writes about 'the genius of Halberstam' (23 April, Baltimore Sun): 'He was a…

A different Internet: Values for sale

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Hybrid Rice In Rich Soil
'Bicycle, Rice & Power' by Gloria
By Frank A HilarioIn the last 3 days, in my hometown Asingan in Pangasinan, in the midst of the town fiesta, I have been talking to 3 millionaires all in a row, 'selling' Mr T, Mr C and Mr M about my ideas of technologies packaged with the franchise idea of Michael Gerber in his book E-Myth Revisited (2001, HarperCollins). Mr T and Mr C are Balikbayans. This is the one-page printout I presented to them:(1)Hybrid Rice in Rich Soil: The Prize Is Right!Hybrid rice is one of the priority programs of government. The Philippines has successfully adapted the technology from China so that one can earn a net of P500,000 in 200 days (at P250/kg, minimum, as SEED GROWER. Price is guaranteed by government; all produce is bought by government to be distributed to farmers at a subsidized price. Local supply of hybrid rice seeds for farmers to plant is utterly lacking. And Japan and Indonesia are two countries that want to …

Science for the people.

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13 Guides To Sci-Pop Writing
'Reflections On A Fishpond' by Gloria
By Frank A HilarioI thought 'Science For The People' equals 'Popularizing Science.' Why was I wrong? Click here and see for yourself.Can you equate 'Development Communication' with 'popularizing science' more or less? Never mind what I thought. I think you'll be surprised at what you find out in the Internet; click here, Devcom Training Catalogue, if you're in a hurry to discover for yourself. 'Popularizing science' is not so popular a term in the Internet: I googled and got only 29,900 English pages of it. One of the most popular popularizers of science was Carl Sagan, the astronomer, who loved to talk about the wonders of the universe and especially about the possibility of life on other planets. There must be something we can learn from Carl Sagan. And Stephen Hawkings who can excite you about black holes. And George Gamow (Russian), also a cosmologist. What…

The massacre at Virginia Tech

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The School That Failed Cho Seung-Hui
'School Bars Do Not A Cushion Make' by Gloria
By Frank A HilarioIf we allow the Virginia Tech Massacre to assassinate Reason, that would be the greater tragedy.From what I gather from the thousands of online reports on the Virginia Tech Massacre, we have forgotten that something like that doesn't happen overnight. That shooting was the last act in the short drama of life of Cho Seung-Hui, the 23-year-old South Korean-American who on Tuesday, 17 April, massacred 30 fellow students and 2 professors of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and then killed himself. He knew his solution was not a solution.Matt Apuzzo (18 April, 570 News) reports that in between the two shootings, Cho sent a video as his manifesto and photos to NBC headquarters in New York at 0901 hr Monday, about an hour and 45 minutes after he first shot randomly at people at a high-rise dorm, and later shot more in a classroom. In that video, he said:You had a hundred billio…