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WEEKLY REFLECTION | Healing our land

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” — 2 Chronicles 7:14

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | A whole week without Wi-Fi

I lost it. I mean my Wi-Fi connection. I lost it as soon as we reached the open sea on a boat from Batangas bound for Odiongan in Romblon. We anchored off the port at around 5:00 p.m. An hour later, right after a video message chat with a friend, I lost it. My handheld Globe Wi-Fi, just loaded with Php250.00, could no longer be reached by its mother transmitter.

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | Red scare vis-à-vis red tagging

Whether it is red scare or red tagging in the Philippines, they mean be afraid of communists. However, one of them is scarier for one who is being tagged. While to be scared means just that, be scared; to be tagged could virtually mean be sentenced to death not only as being red but also being a terrorist defined out of context of a real terrorist.


“If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest; and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.” – Mark 10:43-45

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | A grieving episode

On a bunk in a boat bound for Romblon, I woke up sobbing. At first, I didn’t really know why. When I closed my eyes again, the face of my late only brother, Ces, floated in my mind. He was smiling.

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