my photo entry

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Date: Aug 24, 2006 4:36 PM
Subject: peace photo contest

Secretariat of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines-
Monitoring Committee (GRP-MC), Office of the Presidential Adviser on
the Peace Process (OPAPP)
6TH Floor Immaculate Conception Multi-Purpose Building
41 Lantana Street, Cubao 1111
Quezon City, Philippines

September is National Peace Consciousness month and the United Nations
celebrates September 21 as the International Day of Peace.

In pursuance of promoting public consciousness on peace possibilities
in the country, the Government of the Republic of the Philippines-
Monitoring Committee (GRP-MC) is coming up with a peace photo gallery,
which will be launched within September/October 2006.

GP-MC is inviting students, professionals, photography enthusiasts and
others to submit photo works exploring themes related to peace.

Works can explore answers to questions such as:

How do we achieve peace in the Philippines?
What is your vision of peace?
Where or with what does peace start?
What will make peace possible in the Philippines?



September 2, 2006
The Fort, Taguig

A new born symbolizes freedom.


Armless Warrior
August 29, 2006
Gil Puyat LRT station
Gil Puyat, Makati City

Been to Manila Cathedral for photo shoot. Upon going home, there I saw her.
I’d like to figure out what the child maybe thinking: “Your coins are nothing but a piece of metal. Give me a book and I gain knowledge, will power, and a sense of peace. My peace I give you.”

Education liberates us from poverty and ignorance. Thus a person can appreciate more the value of peace and freedom if he lives with dignity.


Divine Logo
January 25, 2006
La Luz, Batangas

Sky in blue has always been an emblem of peace. Literally, it is. With that scene, who won’t be allured of that beach?


January 26, 2006
La Luz, Batangas

In the silence of the heart does peace reside.


January 26, 2006
La Luz, Batangas

Love conquers all things. When love exists, peace follows.


The Language of the Divine
November 7, 2004

Seldom can we experience a 5-day old baby smiling. It is said that one way of God’s sending us His message is through the infants. So much that God maybe telling “May joy and peace be to this home.”


Soaring High
July 2, 2005

It is “Peace” when winged species can freely fly high beneath the blue sky.



February 19, 2005
Bulusan Church
Bulsuan, Sorsogon

How joyful can it be for a girl to be taken to a long red carpet.
Her smile assures a peaceful sanctuary for the morrow.   

NASA and the Bible

 e-mail forward


For all the scientists out there, and for all the students who have a hard time convincing these people regarding the truth of the Bible, here’s something that shows God’s awesome creation, and that He is still in control.

Did you know that the space program is busy proving that what has been called “myth” in the Bible is true? Mr. Harold Hill, President of the Curtis Engine Company in Baltimore, Maryland, and a consultant in the space program, relates the following development :

“I think one of the most amazing things that God has done for us today happened recently to our astronauts and space scientists at GreenBelt, Maryland. They were checking out where the positions of the sun, moon, and planets would be 100 years and 1,000 years from now. We have to know this so we won’t send up a satellite and have it bump into something later on in its orbits. We have to lay out the orbits in terms of the life of the satellite and where the planets will be so the whole thing will not bog down.”

They ran the computer measurement back and forth over the centuries, and it came to a halt. The computer stopped and put up a red signal, which meant that there was something wrong with either the information fed into it or with the results as compared to the standards.

They called in the service department to check it out, and they said, “What’s wrong?’ Well, they found there is a day missing in space in elapsed time. They scratched their heads and tore their hair.

There was no answer.

Finally a Christian man on the team said, “You know, one time I was in Sunday School, and they talked about the sun standing still”.

While they didn’t believe him, they didn’t have an answer either, so they said, ‘Show us.’

He got a Bible and went to the book of Joshua where they found a pretty ridiculous statement for any one with ‘common sense.’ There they found the Lord saying to Joshua, “Fear them not, I have delivered them into thy hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.” Joshua was concerned because he was surrounded by the enemy, and if darkness fell, they would overpower them. So Joshua asked the Lord to make the sun stand still! That’s right…‘The sun stood still and the moon stayed and lasted not to go down about a whole day!’ (Joshua 10:12-13)

The astronauts and scientists said, ‘There is the missing day!’ They checked the computers going back into the time it was written and found it was close but not close enough. The elapsed time that was missing back in Joshua’s day was 23 hours and 20 minutes… not a whole day.

“They read the Bible, and there it was ‘about (approximately) a day.’ These little words in the Bible are important, but they were still in trouble because if you cannot account for 40 minutes, you’ll still be in trouble 1,000 years from now. Forty minutes had to be found because it can be multiplied many times over in orbits.

“As the Christian employee thought about it, he remembered somewhere in the Bible where it said the sun went BACKWARDS. The scientists told him he was out of his mind, but they got out the Book and read these words in 2 Kings that told of the following story:

Hezekiah, on his deathbed, was visited by the prophet Isaiah who told him that he was not going to die. Hezekiah asked for a sign as proof. Isaiah said ‘Do you want the sun to go ahead 10 degrees?’ Hezekiah said, ‘It is nothing for the sun to go ahead 10 degrees, but let the shadow return backward 10 degrees.’ Isaiah spoke to the Lord, and the Lord brought the shadow ten degrees BACKWARD!

“Ten degrees is exactly 40 minutes!
Twenty-three hours and 20 minutes in Joshua, plus 40 minutes in Second Kings make the missing day in the universe!”
Isn’t it amazing?
Joshua 10:8 and 12, 13 and 2 Kings 20:9-11.

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.


 As You Travel Through Life….

 — Author Unknown —

As you travel through life there are always those times
When decisions just have to be made,
When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce,
And the rain seems to soak your parade.

There are some situations where all you can do
Is simply let go and move on,
Gather your courage and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new dawn.

So pack up your troubles and take a step forward –
The process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead
If you can be stalwart enough!

There might be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the next bend,
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can’t yet comprehend!

Perhaps you’ll find friendships that spring from new things
As you challenge your status quo,
And learn there are so many options in life,
And so many ways you can grow!

Perhaps you’ll go places you never expected
And see things that you’ve never seen,
Or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds
And wonderful spots in between!

Perhaps you’ll find warmth and affection and caring
And somebody special who’s there
To help you stays centered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.

Perhaps you’ll find comfort in knowing your friends
Are supportive of all that you do,
And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They’ll be the right choices for you.

So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
And taking your life day by day…
There’s a brighter tomorrow that’s just down the road –
Don’t look back! You’re not going that way!

bulusan parish



church belfry. erected since the spanish regime


old church ruins



convent’s lawn

A memento

what friends are for?

sounds, like a song huh! seems not related to the subject… hehe…

for the past days, i have been tackling about friends.


it is always good to nurture good friends. good friends are our second number one fans… next to the family!

yesterday, i visited tony alimaza, and his family (bing, his wife; and netnet, 1yr & 5 mos daughter.) tony is a bestfriend since highschool, in the seminary- Our Lady of Peñafrancia Seminary, Sorsogon. he was my mentor in all subjects. a good model, i may say. tony earned the best seminarian award. and, surprsingly, me too! only in first year though!… hehe…

i was in first year, and he was in third year. i always compared grades with him. especially in math! we were the seminary contenders then for math olympiad, an interschool math competition. we were the bet of the seminary, plus some others. edu, tony’s classmate, was one. (he’s now fr. edu and currently the rector of the minor seminary. too young to be a rector huh!).

i also competed grades with tony in english, spanish, and latin! subjects, which were thorns among us in highschool! our priest-professors for the subjects were real tough!

fr. arwyn diesta, our english prof, always reminded us, “you cannot be good in other languages, unless you’re good in english.” he always told us to speak english even during simple conversations with friends outside the seminary. english rule then was imposed in the minor. so even in the basketball courts, we could not speak other languages, otherwise, we would pay 1 peso per word during dinner time. every seminarian was tasked to catch violators. it was real fun! it’s how we learned the craft.

fr. ding caindec was for me the best prof in spanish and latin. “unus, duo, tres, quatuor, quinque, sex, septem, octo, novem, decem.” counting latin words, that echoed to our ears. until now!…hehe… he recited them with great intonation and voice exageration. his words, “speak the word according to its language of origin.” so that, “vice-versa” is pronounced as “viche-versa.” it’s a latin word.

as usual, tony and i shared ideas, views about life, principles, politics, philosophies, business, work, literature, etc. sharpening our minds. having mental calisthenics. grinding the ultimate capacity to think and learn new ideas. just as the knife, how sharp it maybe, becomes dull if not being used. so we need to harness also our minds. tony is a friend whom i can battle mind with.

but of course! we had spirits! hehe…what’s a talk without spirits huh?!..;-)

while the night was passing, he showed me his bible. he said it was a gift from his cousin, erik amponin. (erik, was my classmate by the way. he is now a dentist.) i was impressed when tony showed the back page of the bible. in there were printed, all the names in our batch including our addresses. (note, for a batch in the seminary means a class. maximum of 30 students. filtered from all the boys in the province. so the students here are the best. they are the ones who pass the entrance exam.) i do not even know the exact number of our house in the province! hehe!… nice one erik!

our batch:
Erickson Amponin, Benigno Del Barrio, Jeffrey Chua, Dexter Co, Michael Co, Kahlil Diño, Rogelio Endaya, Allen Erestain, Roy Estillero (deceased), PaulF, Dan Grefal, Gerald Guevarra, Manuel Gutlay, Mark Guirindola,Ernesto Lim, Edgar Magbanua, Gerald Narvadez, Ral Rocha, Philip Renovalles, Mark Marbella (deceased), Christian  Zaragoza, Joseph Yao

thanks boro tony for the good time. till next! (“boro” is how we call each other. it means brother.)

boro is working in PCSO. supply officer III, admin dept. so guys, if you have kins or friends who have difficulty paying hospital bills, just inform me, and i will refer them to him.

a memento… a bible…

Thoughts about finding the right person

i was browsing for my articles and compositions. but i passed over this. it’s worth sharing. this is one of my collections from e-mail forwards. so i do not know the real author.


Somebody once told me that “Finding the right person is very hard and very wrong….it is best to be the right person for the one you love and start from here… you’ll always end up disappointed when you set standards and define a “right person” for you.

Don’t rush things…. coz somewhere somehow God is preparing somebody for you.” You can never be perfect… the person you love can never be perfect too…but both of you can be perfect through love and prayers, and your love can be perfect through the both of you. But, no relationship is complete without God….. that’s why we have marriage.. it’s a bond not only between you and your loved one…. but also with God.

Our relationships fail not because (s)he’s not the right person….it’s because we expected too much and we decided on our own. Let God do the work… you may call it waiting time…. but while you are waiting… pray. Let God guide you always… He knows better. No, He knows best. Love is not what you think it is….

Sometimes we mistakenly feel that our first relationship will be our last. Because we are overwhelmed with joy and romance, we forget to learn the meaning of true love. Some are saying that love is unselfish, blind, unconditional or simply denying oneself for the sake of someone very important in our life. Others are saying love is immortal and can never be defined.

when we think we’re in love the first thing we almost wanted the whole world to know is that our love for someone very special can never be taken away from us. We say this phrase: “You are the most wonderful gift from GOD I have ever received…” After a terrible fight or sometimes even a petty quarrel we then say “You are the biggest mistake I’ve ever made for my entire life!!!”. Now, how do you say and spell the word L-O-V-E? Are you really deeply into it?

Nobody can tell what love really is until experience speaks and whispers right into our ears. Most of the time, these love promises “Forever, Till Death do us apart, etc.” would end up “Never” and “We should part ways, I’m no longer happy with you! My love for you is DEAD!!!” Many times we thought after having committed to someone and your trust too drops down to zero degree.

“S/He ain’t the right one. I should probably wait for the right one to come.” But the big question anyone could not answer is “Is she/he the right one?” “When is the right time?” That made us stick to whom we are with. Will you always be waiting for the right person to come and the right time to commit? A big YES is the answer. Don’t be in a hurry to get into a relationship because you can never find love if you insist that you are already into it. Try to find time to really understand your real feelings, to know who you really are and what you really want in a relationship. You’re right, There is no such thing as a perfect relationship, but there’s a compatible partnership that goes along with it. If you already knew that you’re too big to fit into a small sized t-shirt, don’t give it a try. You’ll probably break it and pay for the damages you have made.If you knew and felt that the relationship will not last, don’t go deeper into it. You’ll just suffer the consequences and live like hell the rest of your life. It’s really hard to say goodbye though, but you can’t make it any better by just pretending you still have the same feelings. Try to let go and give yourself a chance to live life to the fullest. Give yourself a chance to grow and give your heart a much needed attention.Then you will find that you have made the right decision and you made it all by yourself.

More frequently than not, we all act in a hypocritical manner for some reason. We call it love when we can’t leave someone and see them crying as we try to let go. We are wrong, it’s just pity. We call it love when we’re too attached and think that losing the one we love will somehow make us weak and unable to face the storms of life. We misunderstood, its just that we’re too much dependent on them. We call it love when we give our whole life to them, the wholeness of us and imagined that if they leave, no one would accept us and our past. We are mistaken, it’s just insecurity. But no matter what the definition is, the truth still remains that love isn’t something you can buy nor beg. It is real and existing. You can’t touch it but you can feel it in your heart. You can’t find it, but it will knock before you when you least expect it to come. It can make you the happiest soul in heaven, but don’t forget that it also can make you the most miserable person in the whole galaxy.

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