Araw Ng Kagitingan : The Day Of Valor

Yes, Araw ng Kagitingan is also known as the Day of Valor, in the Philippines it occurs on April 9. Aside from it was named as The Day of Valor, it was also known as Bataan Day, or Bataan and Corregidor Day. The Day of Valor is a long weekend for us here in the Philippines; it commemorates the fall of Bataan, the heroism of Filipinos and American soldiers when Japanese occupied Philippines during World War II.

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Major General Edward P. King surrendered more than 76,000 American, Chinese and Filipinos soldiers at dawn on April 09, 1942. Japanese possessed forcefully the belonging of these starving, disease ridden soldiers. The soldiers were forced to march 140 kilometer to Camp O Donell in Tarlac. Many of them died during the march due to starvation, dehydration and disease before they could even finish it. Only some were able to survive, they could not even count the exact soldiers who died in the march because some prisoners managed also to escape from their guards.

Despite the defeat, the soldiers remained strong until  they eventually retook the Bataan Peninsula on February 08, 1945. The Day of Valor was a national observance but eventually they made it national public holiday to honor and pay tribute to those Filipinos who fought for freedom and democracy.

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What Is Lenten Season?

Lenten season is according to Wikipedia is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar. It will start in Ash Wednesday where people wear a cross on their forehead out of the ash and from that day on will not or should not be eating pork. Ash Wednesday is the start of the Lenten and is followed mostly by Catholics. This tradition was originally from Jewish, they do penance and fasting during and will start on Ash Wednesday.

Why wearing the cross on the forehead? It symbolizes the dust that we were made from. Remember that when the priest applies the ash on our forehead, he would say “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.

Today is the Holy Thursday, and what should we remember on this day? It is the last supper of Jesus Christ to his 12 disciples. He established the Holy Communion before his arrest. Jesus Christ celebrated the dinner as Passover feast. Jesus Christ was given the task to fulfill his being a Christian and to sacrifice himself to save the world from sin. And he can only save us by doing the final sacrifice.

During the Passover meal Jesus Christ utter this word “This is my body which will be given for you”, while breaking the bread and shared it to his disciple.

This Lenten season, I am looking forward for doing my task but I think it is impossible to do it now while I work during wee hours on Friday. I miss those days that I can do it without minding any work later, but GOD sacrifice everything and why can’t I sacrifice a little of my time to do this task while I know that there is Shrine where I can do the way of the cross even on my own, so irresponsible.

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Itinerary Of Pope Francis

Pope Francis went back to Rome last Monday, Catholics surely miss her and since I was not able to post something last few days. This could be a little throw back but here is the itinerary of Pope Francis from the day he arrived until the last day that he stayed here in the Philippines.

January 15, 2015 Thursday: 5:45 p.m. Pope arrived in Villamor Airbase.

January 16, 2015 Friday: 9:15 a.m. courtesy to the president motorcade to the Cathedral and 11:15 a.m. Holy Mass in Basilica Immaculate Concepcion in Manila. 5:30 p.m. meeting with the families, Mall of Asia Arena

January 17, 2015 Saturday: 8:15 a.m. departure to Archdiocese of Palo, 9:30 a.m. arrival at Tacloban airport. The Pope supposed to stay in Tacloban the whole day, he supposed to depart at 5:30 p.m. going to Manila but since there was a signal 2 because of Typhoon Amang. The pilot insisted to bring the Pope back at 1:00 p.m. in Manila. It was a short visit however it was all worth it.

January 18, 2015: 9:45 a.m. a short meeting with the leaders of other religion and meeting of the youth in University Santo Tomas. 3:00 p.m. Holy Mass in Rizal Park.

January 19, 2015 Monday: 10:00 a.m. departure to Rome.

Will he visit us back? I hope though in 2016 and he would visit us here in Mindanao, particularly in Davao City and I would surely attend all his events.

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Pork Barrel: Spare Our Students

Due to Pork Barrel Scam, my niece Moreen scholarship is at stake, recently she heard that the Dean of their school announced that there will be no scholarship in the next semester. She was worried about this, she is under of a politician scholarship and now they would also include abolishing it.

Some politicians are debating to abolish the Pork Barrel, I don’t understand though because others said that the scholarship will not be affected but how come they seems like including it as well? Dick Gordon is somewhat right to just send the funds for the scholarship to the State Universities and will not be going through to the politicians’ funds however this application is not yet approved. What would happen to those students who are defending of the funds for them to go to college, they will also be freeze?

My niece has all the potentials to become successful; she is actually the hope of her family yet what will happen now? Due to poverty her family could not even support her daily fare and I am the one shouldering it but because I also have 2 daughters that I am supporting plus our daily expenses, how can I support fully to my niece. I hope this will resolve very soon and while they are trying to clean what has been mess up with our government, how I wish they would spare our scholars who are striving so hard to finish college, provide them the funds that they deserved.

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