November 2009

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Fr Domie Guzman's Message during PCS@97 Mass -- Part 3



We come to the third line:

(3) Strengthening a Community of Peace and Justice

Initiative for goodness, for excellence, for fullness of life – visions of Jesus, Son of God who came to be Son of Man – made relevant today means championing Peace and Justice. These are what everyone prays for… what everyone sees as need and want.

Fellow PACONIANS, listen to what St Paul in the First Reading today wrote: “I am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you are filled with goodness, that you have complete knowledge…” (Romans 15:14). One book I read which I could not forget is one with the title: “All We Have to Know, We Learned in Kindergarten.” Exactly, what is Peace? What is Justice? What is a Community of Peace and Justice? PCS with its well-rounded Christian education has given us a lot of paradigms – moral standards, religious and Christian thoughts, social norms – that make us see what peace is, what justice is, what community of peace and justice.

PCS@ 97 calls us to recommit to the concrete cause of building communities, being peacemakers and doing justice… at a time when in this country we lament how injustice and corruption are many times initiated and engineered by graduates of prestigious Catholic educational systems!

We just have to let that complete knowledge, that goodness in us flow…

How? This is the big question.

Our Gospel today about Jesus praising the dishonest manager for his plans and actions – I tell you – presented me a problem. How can I link it with the theme of our PCS@97… Sustaining the Mission of Jesus Christ the Son… Strengthening a Community of Peace and Justice!!! What has a dishonest manager in the Gospel to teach us about sustaining Mission… about Strengthening a Community of Peace and Justice?

Jesus solves the problem and gives us the answer. Jesus praised the dishonest manager because although dishonest, he was brave to do everything to save himself, his future. He risk bravely for this.

Yes, St Paul rightly says: “I am convinced you are filled with goodness and complete knowledge.” But what we also need is the boldness to risk – for goodness, for peace, for justice.
Everytime I go home to my parents’ place – in that apartment at Jose F. Nieto Street where I grew up… I pass by that small bridge along Apacible Street… between Leroy Street and the buildings of Justo Lukban Elementary School. That bridge means much to me… because I crossed it 4 times a day every school day… from my parents place to PCS. I could stop there a little to see bancas and small boats passing under the bridge to bring goods to the Paco Market. I was sad seeing the canal disappear… because of shanties that have mushroomed. I wonder whether I would be able to see at least the waters of the canal unhampered by unsightly shanties and a rather unruly crowd of settlers. One Sunday, I went home and I saw: cleaning has begun… someone has got the brave heart to risk… to initiate… and it became possible.

Fellow PACONIANS, this is what PCS @ 97 challenges us: yes, thank we must our God for nobility, for distinction, for history that makes us proud… but forward we must move with brave hearts and clear vision to live what we have learned about Jesus, about his Gospel of goodness, peace and justice… WE HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO RISK.

THE PROMISE OF A BEAUTIFUL AND MEANINGFUL CENTENARY 3 YEARS FROM NOW – PCS@100 – IS FOR THOSE WHO, LIKE THE MANAGER IN TODAY’S GOSPEL, RISK ALL TO MAKE THEIR VISION COME TRUE.

DOMIE GUZMAN, SSP



Fr Domie Guzman's Message during PCS@97 Mass -- Part 2




The second line of the theme reads on --

(2) Sustaining the Mission of Jesus the Son…

Our celebration of the Eucharist, especially the proclamation of the Word of God, reminds us: our program is not to just to count days and years and say “Yehey… we’ve come this far.” (Tutunga-tunganga… resting on our history… and laurels.)

Jesus’ words from the parable of today echoes and re-echoes: “Give me an account of your service…” These verses from the lessons of God’s Word in our Eucharist bring home to us the familiar lines of our PCS motto: Noblesse Oblige! – Your Nobility, your Dignity is great and great, therefore, is your responsibility.

PCS @ 97, PCS @ 100 less 3… is a call not just to thanks… but to account… to be committed to what makes PACONIAN a dignity. The spirit invites us to also move to commitment.

What commitment?
And what makes being a PACONIAN a dignity?

I revisited and flipped through the pages of the commemorative souvenir edition of “PCS Gazette” that my batch – Batch 1978 – issued during our Silver Jubilee homecoming on December 6, 2003 (6 years ago). I opened my Facebook Account and tried to browse the profiles of my batch mates whom I have reconnected with through the current technology of the internet. From these, came my impression – what makes a PACONIAN a nobility and a dignity:
- Living Faith that makes us believe in God and goodness wherever life brings us
- Dynamic Faith that makes us joyful as we go and shine at our own places of destiny, and corners of competence
- Faith that makes us go for excellence in everything – in family life, career, etc.

This is the Vision and Mission of Jesus the Son: He who is God became Man, Son of God and Son of Man… so that Man may see fullness of life… and he said: “I came that you may have life, life to the full” (Jn 10:10).

PCS @ 97 – starting from the celebration of Jesus’ memory in the Eucharist – reminds us: as Jesus says – DO THIS IN MEMORY – so… LET THE MEMORY OF WHAT IS UNIQUELY PACONIAN LIVE AND BE RELIVED… sustain the mission of Jesus: fullness and excellence of life.

We are called to re-commit…
Like the enterprising manager in the Gospel of today: let not the bad times overwhelm us. Pessimism or Pragmatism is not enough for a true-blooded Paconian!

Like the enterprising manager in the Gospel of Jesus – we should be committed to the initiative of goodness.


... to be continued


Fr Domie Guzman's Message during PCS@97 Mass -- Part 1


From kinder to 4th year high school, I only went to one school, Paco Catholic School.

Last week, my alma mater celebrated its 97th Foundation Day. With it, I want to share the a wonderful homily of Fr. Domie Guzman (PCS Class '78) during the Eucharistic Celebration of PCS Foundation Day last Friday, November 6. Aside from Thanksgiving for PCS@97, he calls on Paconians to come together in 2012 to celebrate PCS@100.

It's rather a long homily so I will be breaking it down into 3 parts. The next 2 parts will be posted in the next 2 days.


PCS @97
Friday , 31th Ord (Yr 1)

Romans 15:14-21
Psalm 98:1, 2-3-4
Luke 16:1-8

One thing I learned in taking exams is that at least not to get “O”… one must follow instructions. When I received the invitation of the Board of Trustees, Msgr Cirilos, the Admin, the Faculty and the Staff of PCS, I read: on the welcome page of the invitation… a three liner theme… the spirit of celebration. So, let me follow instructions and draw my reflections along those three lines.

The first line in the three-liner theme says –

(1) PCS @ 97

What could this probably mean for us?

EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION is how we refer to this first “activity” of Day One in our anniversary program. A common English word that we use in church-oriented circles, this word – we know very well – was Greek. Rooted on “Efkaristein” which means thanksgiving – pasasalamat.

PCS @ 97 means this – SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING. PAGLINGON, PASASALAMAT.

Indeed, there are many things that make all of us offer “Efkaristein” to God this first moment of our two-day program. One, we thank God for the weather. Unpredictable a lot of times and threatening for us who have experienced Typhoon Ondoy, weather this morning (though not entirely pleasant) has made our gathering possible. Two, we thank God for the blessings of health… seeing that a good number of important attendees this morning are not that young! Three, we thank God for the gift of seeing each other – alive. While the month of November is traditionally a month to commemorate those people who have departed (and this year, we include Fr Carlos into that list) , these two days of November (6 and 7)we celebrate Paconians who have come to say: we are alive, we are well, we are doing well.

We gather in thanksgiving this morning, above all, because as the first line of the three-liner theme states: PCS@97. Yes, PCS is 97 years old. This is not just adding another year to PCS history. This is telling us: we are moving ever closer to a countdown to the centennial… yes, PCS is 97 years … and we are just 3 years away from the important landmark: PCS @ 100. 3 more years. So… we say: Thank you, Lord… and as we thank you this morning, we come with the hope and the prayer… may we all – all of us who are here -- come to experience that fullness of time, that great foundation day, the jubilee of all foundation days. May we come 3 years from now to gather and thank you for PCS @100.

This is what makes this morning special
This, I believe, is the first movement of the spirit for us.


....to be continued

Shorttask.com

While visiting and reading blog posts yesterday, I came through a post about ShortTask.com. Being someone who works at home, I got curious about it and checked the website.

ShorTask.com is based on the idea that there are still many work at home jobs that cannot be fully replaced by technology. There may be many websites that offer online jobs, but it isn't enough, there are still many companies or businesses looking for people to work with them doing short assignments or short tasks.

To use ShortTask

1. Find tasks that suit you
2. Work on whichever task you choose
3. Get money for the work that you do

This is my trial post for ShortTask. I hope that I would get paid doing this task. If I do, I will be working on their other tasks.

If you are interested, you can register as Solver (someone who do the tasks) or a Seeker (someone looking for someone to do their task) at Shorttask.com

Give in to Giving with 24 Cups with The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf


My friends and I frequents Starbucks and Coffee Bean every time we meet. There wasn't a time that we don't go to either of these coffee shops after dinner or after movie.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has a promo entitled "Give in to Giving with 24 Cups with The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf"


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Anyone can take part in helping to different advocacies. Every time you complete a ticker card you get to enjoy a Limited Edition The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal.

Mechanics:

1. A minimum single-receipt purchase of any Original Ice Blended, Coffee-based, Tea-based beverage qualifies you to get a stamp card. Each card consists of 12 boxes, with corresponding drink assignments. These are as follows:

-- 1 Original Ice Blended (any flavor, regular or large)
-- 1 Tea Latte (any flavor, regular or large)
-- 1 Caramel Macchiato (hot or iced, regular or large)
-- Any 9 Regular or Large Original Ice Blended, Coffee-based or Tea-based beverage.

* A portion of the total sales of these drinks will be donated to the store's partner advocacy at the end of the promo period.

2. Your ticker card must always be presented so that a box may be stamped whenever its corresponding drink assignment is purchased.

3. Once all 12 drinks are stamped and completed, you can now claim The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Giving Journal. You may choose from any of the 3 specialty designed The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Giving Journals.

4. The completed stamp card should be presented and surrendered to the branch wherein the Giving Journal was claimed. The cashier will punch the stamp card to prevent reuse.

5. Promo period is from November 4, 2009 to January 31, 2010

6. Giving Journals may be claimed all throughout the promo period until 60 days after the promo period has ended.

A notebook for you means your help for others.



The Green Sea Turtle

Being part of WWF-Philippines, I usually get updates in my email and my mail about their projects or anything about the environment. This time, I receive a postcard about the "Green Sea Turtle"

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The Green Sea Turtle is one of the few marine species that eats seagrass. Through constant but controlled browsing, they keep grass beds pruned and trim. This encourages new growth and ensures that seagrass beds, vital nurseries for juvenile fish and invertebrates, are kept healthy.

Unfortunately, the Green Sea Turtle might not be around long enough. Their population has dwindled down due to centuries of hunting, land development, marine pollution and accidental fisheries bycatch. It is now classified by both IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) as endangered and is protected by Philippine law. Without the Green Sea Turtles, the marine food chain unravels. And we will have no fish, no food.

WWF has been continuously acting to protect the Green Sea Turtle in the Philippines and throughout Asia Pacific. WWF guards against the hunting and collection of turtles and their eggs in the Turtle Isles, the Philippines' largest sea turtle rookery. WWF also works to reduce accidental turtle bycatch. It was found that simple, inexpensive changes in fishing technology, like convincing tuna long-line fishermen to shift from lethal j-hooks to safer circle hooks, can drastically reduce sea turtle mortality. So far, over 144,000 circle hooks have been deployed, saving many turtle's lives.


WWF-Philippines
Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas, Inc.
http://www.wwf.org.ph


Congratulations, you are a Top 25 Provider on oDesk!

I got this email yesterday from Odesk. Good thing I always check my spam folder, if I haven't, I wouldn't have read this email.

Odesk is a a Marketplace and a Workplace. oDesk solves the core challenges faced by online workteams.

If you have read my past posts, I have been working through Odesk for one year and seven months now. I have worked on different assignments already: data entry, market research, project management, link building, image editing, etc.

I am so happy to know that I am one of the Top 25 Virtual Assistant on Odesk.

The email they sent me:

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The post at Odesk:

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The badges I can post here at my blog or anywhere:

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BF asked me what do I get for being part of the Top 25. I said "bragging rights, of course! hehe!" and being a part of it would mean a plus point for my profile, I can land more assignments and projects.

Congatulations to my fellow Filipinos who are also part of the Top 25 Virtual Assistants! Way to go everyone!

Thank you Odesk!

Thank you also to my past and current Buyers who have trusted me to work on their projects and I promise that I will continue doing my best on every project assigned to me.



Top Entrecard Droppers - October

I have been busy and at the same time a bit lazy to post and to drop EC cards lately.
This is to thank the Top Entrecard Droppers for my blog for the month of October.
Thank you for continuously visiting my blog and dropping ECs.
Thank you also for my constant visitors.

1. Jean sQuared - 30 drops - Sometimes it’s the smallest decision that can change your life forever

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2. Wirez and Circuitz - 26 drops - computers, internet, technology, gadgets, movie trailers free downloads

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3. My Thoughts, My Heart, My Turf - 24 drops - Take a look inside my thoughts, my heart and my hobbies. This is me...so sue me.

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4. Funky Town Disco Music - 23 drops - Funky Town Disco Music 70s 80s Funky Soul Jazz Pop Music, Old Vinyls Record. If you do not like the usual music, this is the right blog, welcome. Who was born with this music, hardly forget..and others,enjoy.


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5. Ramblings of a Haemophiliac - 23 drops - I post about everything I like. My blog is the only place where I am not a disabled.

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6. A Woman Remembers - 18 drops - The life and love of a woman. A womans journey as she lives a life in sweetness and serenity. Words shared by a mom who loves life, her family and her children. Thoughts and feelings of a woman reflecting her experiences, her views, her passion and everything else in between.

A Woman Remembers

7. Grampy and You! - 17 drops - A Christian Grampy Blog. Almost retired finding new projects to do and share.

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8. Big Love Blog - 16 drops - My Bubba and I

Big Love Blog

9. Lohman Trading - 15 drops - Focus is on Rubber Stamping, Handmade, Green, ECO, Scrapbooking, Crafts, Etsy, ArtFire, and eBay.

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10. The Last Reflex: Deja - 15 drops - explore our deja experience

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