Keeping the Faith and Heritage

Kalayaan, Laguna, the Philippines

November 13, 2011

The church in Barrio Longos stands as a vigilant sentinel of centuries past; its baroque stone facade and belfry, blackened by the elements and overgrown with weeds, bear witness to the ravages of time and circumstance. The church appears forgotten, yet additions such as a wooden main portal, a door awning, and latticed windows – palliative attempts to evoke its lost grandeur – show that it has not been completely abandoned.

Fr. _____ , Parish Priest of San Juan Bautista Church, Longos, Kalayaan, Laguna
Fr. Gabriel Ma. Delfino, Parish Priest of San Juan Bautista Church, Longos, Kalayaan, Laguna

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Merry Mom

Quezon City, the Philippines

November 9, 2013

What can be more fabulous than ushering in the Christmas spirit with lights and music? A year ago, dazzling lights dancing to yuletide carols beckoned Mom and me to Ayala Triangle in Makati. This year, we don’t have to go far. The first light and sound show in Quezon City has recently opened at TriNoma, Ayala Malls’ premiere shopping-dining-entertainment center in our home city. I have received an invite to attend the launch of Merry Musical Lights Show, an event made for a mommy date.

Amazeballs Mom @ TriNoMa Merry Musical Light & Sound Show
Mom @ TriNoma Merry Musical Light & Sound Show

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Eastern Charm

Shanghai, China

October 19, 2013

In the wee hours of October 19, 2013, China Eastern Airlines lands on Philippine soil for the first time. The maiden flight has arrived on schedule from its hub, Shanghai. Airline officials and staff are on hand to welcome both passengers and crew with bouquets and photo ops. I will soon have the same privilege of being among the first passengers from Manila to board flight MU212 departing for Shanghai at 4:55 AM.

China Eastern Airlines Flight MU212 from Manila arrives @ Pudong International Airport

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