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WEEKLY REFLECTION | Romantic love is part of God’s concern

“Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.” – I Corinthians 13:4-7

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | The Betan Paddle

Established in the late 1960s, recruitment of new Betans stopped years shortly after deposed President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in September 1972. It is hoped that the Beta Gamma Phi will reestablish itself with the new members, the scholars, carrying on with the fire.

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | Jesus’ ethics of love

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your friends; hate your enemies.’ But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – Matthew 5:43-44

ALL THAT FITS | Justice for Randy Felix Malayao

Last night under the biting chill and purple sky, we joined the condemnation of Randy’s extrajudicial killing at UP Baguio, part of the nationwide action in the different UP units. Young activists, fraternity brothers, fellow writers in the Northern Dispatch and some fellow alumni from CEGP and UP. We are mourning now. We express our deepest condolences to Randy’s family and kin and the communities he served.

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | Joma Sison can do the Cha-Cha

Joma could have opted to live a ‘normal’ life after being released from prison when Ferdinand E. Marcos was toppled from his dictatorship. Joma chose to continue hitting the status quo and was invited to lecture in other countries until his Philippine passport was revoked and he had, not really to his liking, to seek asylum in the Netherlands. He had been invited to return home several times by past administrations and President Rodrigo Duterte but CPP comrades had advised for him not to come due to strongly assumed danger to his life.

MAKAN A LA PINOY | Zucchini-mangga-letsugas ensalada

Ti zucchini (American) wenno courgette (British) wenno summer squash ket maysa a klase ti karabasa a mabalin a dumanon iti maysa a metro iti kaatiddogna no matangkenan. Ngem kadawyan a maburasen no naganus pay a kasla kadakkel ti pipino.

BANDILLO | On the Delisting of 600+ in the DOJ Proscription Case versus CPP and NPA

As a peace advocate, I view the original and the newly amended proscription petition as a stumbling block in peace building. Proscription poses constraints for the CPP and the NPA to return to the negotiating table thus putting the possible resolution of the roots of the armed conflict even more difficult, complicated if not altogether impossible.

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | When religion becomes Opium

“What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion in this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world” – James 1:27

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | Team Duterte vs Team Filipinos

Nonetheless, in spite of increase in pay bribery, there should be military men who still have the integrity to really stand by the Philippine Constitution and join the Team Filipinos, eventually. Yes, indeed, even just the increasing prices of goods and services should be enough for the final score to be against Team Duterte. Yes, indeed, future history has already been written. In which team are you in?

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | The wise men must be Filipinos

“…some men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the East, and we have come to worship.” – Matthew 2:1-2