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Constable of Ravens1/26/2010 9:33:32 AM
Mindset1/24/2010 10:06:50 AM
"Give us this day our daily bread"1/22/2010 8:13:33 AM
Looking Back1/21/2010 9:05:50 AM
Spreading the Word1/20/2010 7:14:53 AM
It is a Different Time1/20/2010 7:02:12 AM
St Augustine School Alumni International (SASAi)1/19/2010 6:12:49 AM

 Constable of Ravens
1/26/2010 9:33:32 AM

When birds gather they call it a flock of birds. When sheep gather they call it a herd. When girls gather they call it gaggle. When Ravens gather they call it a constable. How about when compares, compadres, kababayans gather? What do you call it then? There was such a gathering of men, mostly senior citizens, veterans of foreign wars and other conflagrations that gathered in a MacDonald's fast food restaurant for morning coffee, chit-chat and small talk. At first, these gathering of men made the place sound and look festive. Over time though some things that were not so good surfaced. Among these observations included the alarming rate with which condiment packets, toothpicks, napkins, coffee creamer, hand-wipes, salt and pepper packets were disappearing that didn't match the sales receipts. The restaurant franchisee looked into the matter further and found out that these men who were congregating purchased only a cup of coffee per person but were replenishing their cups all morning long and buying nothing else extra. The situation was likened to a garden getting visited daily by a horde of devouring locusts, who ate all the forage but gave nothing back to sustain the garden. In fact, the reality of this losing proposition was illustrated exactly by the locust parallel. The owner of the MacDonald franchise let it be known that those men were no longer welcome to hang out and use the place as a meeting venue unless they bought food and beverages. True to form, the barkada of Pinoy veterans moved their meetings to the local nearby Dennys. It remains to be seen how long it will take them to bring this establishment down as well.

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1/24/2010 10:06:50 AM

The word mindset is defined in the dictionary as "a fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations. Another definition goes, "An inclination or a habit."

I went home for vacation five years ago. As the bus entered the province of Ilocos Sur I saw great signs of improvement all around. Not only were the roads in good condition, the homes that stood by the roadside looked new, their metal roofs all painted red and some gray, the yards thickly populated with mango trees their canopies shading most of the yard. The homes had hollow block fences with ornate designs, complete with wide swinging gates and wrought iron arches.

My hometown was totally transformed. From wooden houses with scallop shell window panes to rising concrete edifices with plate glass windows. The whole place seemed like a marvelous showpiece from a well planned community. The old open market was moved to a more spacious complex by the main highway. No more clogged streets in front of the municipal hall. No more congestion. The transformation was spectacular, i.e., from a flea market bazaar to a mall.

It speaks well of the Ilocano trying to improve his lot. A little bit of help from the OFW remittances... and look what they have done. Compared to the shanty towns of Mexico right across from the southern border, the province of Ilocos Sur can take great pride in the mindset of the people - Ilocanos all over the world - in their industriousness, prudence and frugality... and their patriotism.

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 "Give us this day our daily bread"
1/22/2010 8:13:33 AM

I wonder how many times we have recited the Lord's Prayer and really took the time to deeply speak the words and with much faith offer it to the Father. One doesn't have to be an overly religious person to recite this beautiful prayer. In fact it is almost conversational. We are after all asking our Father to listen to our pleas and accept our supplications. The one part that gets me all the time is the part that says, "Give us this day our daily bread." The operative word here for me is "daily". No other amount of time is suggested or even implied; just a day. Our Lord was true to his word that none of us can add a minute to our lives by worrying, or by becoming anxious, or by clamoring for more of this or of that, or by lusting for more power and status. He flat out uses the birds in the sky to illustrate his point, or the lillies of the field arrayed more colorfully than Solomon in all his splendor, to point out that God takes care of these - how much more us his children whom he loves so much? Settling for our daily bread is not because we are complacent. It is not because we lack ambition, aspiration, and the desire to uplift our lives. It is because we have faith in that God ultimately takes care of us and provides us with all our needs.

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 Looking Back
1/21/2010 9:05:50 AM

In my youth I did things without thinking. Not questioning; I was just obeying. My parents bought me my first pair of leather shoes. I wanted to wear them but couldn't. I was told to save them for graduation. Meanwhile I could carry them on my shoulders so they won't get muddy. I obeyed. Reflecting on the memory now I have come to the conclusion that I should have asked questions. "Why have shoes if you can't wear them?" But going deeper into the reflection I now know also why I was told to save my shoes for graduation. At that ceremony my shoes were the only pair that looked brand new. Spit shined, even the school principal expressed nuanced envy, "I wish I had shoes like those," he intimated half smiling. A pair of shoes lasting over four years of high school? That was unheard of but our family's economic situation dictated that such austere approaches to life were justified. What did I learn from that experience? That wisdom is not always easy to understand at first. It ages over time and like fine wine, it improves over time.

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 Spreading the Word
1/20/2010 7:14:53 AM

What is the most effective form of advertising? Some say, "Word of mouth".

"Oy, intay mangan diay Sabali..." cuna tay maysa.

"Ania dayta? Sabali?" dinamag met diay nacangngeg.

"Wen. Adda baro a panganan. Sabali ti nagan na."

"Ayan na cad dayta?..."

And the conversation goes on until the two find themselves ordering food at Sabali, the newest restaurant in town. Word of mouth works.

Let me ask you: Do you know of any needy families in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur who may be praying for some financial assistance so that they can send their 6th grade child on to high school? Here's the deal. SAS Alumni International (SASAi) has a few scholarship packages slated for the school year 2010. It is a four-year scholarship. The basic requirements are that the 6th grader must be attending St Augustine School in Tagudin proper or in the Barangay Schools and would plan to attend high school there at that same St Augustine High School. The family must be poor and needy and the student must possess the academic skills in order to apply for this scholarship package. Time is of the essence and SASAi accepts hand written applications.

If you know of such a needy family seeking help, refer them to the SASAi Scholarships today. Thank you.

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