My Teacher, My Hero

My husband and I have weekly dates… [been blogging about this activity for several times] Last week, we decided to just eat in Jollibee– a fastfood chain here in our place. As usual my husband had champ burger while I had my favorite rocky road sundae, no pies this time though.

After dining, we left of course. It is not a good place to hang out with, though this franchise store has improved its facility and the dining area. I just noticed this board that they placed near the counter… It says “My Teacher, My Hero” … It caught my attention, because I am a teacher. Somehow, I appreciate their gesture of honoring the teachers in the community. I believe that was made in celebration of the teacher day, which was observed last October 5, 2010.

Here are the pictures I took that night.

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Easter Sunday

In our movement, I serve at the Kids Church Ministry… and last Sunday, I was teaching the preteens.

The class size is 12 but half of them were on vacation I think, yet still i had a great time with the six kids. We talked about the history of Easter Sunday and the significance of Resurrection.

Kids had a great time too… painting their own Easter eggs… from our lesson we all learned that eggs are symbols of new life… it used to be color red because it also signifies the blood of Jesus Christ.

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DANNY F II

My heart was really broken yesterday when a sis- terms we use at church, notified me via YM about our other sis’ dad. Her dad is still missing. Wait! how come? I said…so this sis who chatted with me told me that Danny F II has sunk in the cost of Lebanon due to a bad weather that enraged the sea.

I didn’t even know that there was a ship that sunk… We have been monitoring the news and searching for the list of names of the Danny F II Survivors … as of this time… we could not find any. I wonder why there is no official press release of the survivors… Of course, the online news is my only source of info since I worked online… but still we could not get the list that we wanted. We could only see the number of survivor increasing… like the 40th survivor found after the incident occurred.

Below is an excerpt of the news released online in BBC.

A major rescue operation is under way after a ship carrying 83 passengers and crew and a cargo of livestock sank off the north Lebanese coast in a storm.

The Panamanian-flagged Danny F II capsized 11 nautical miles off Tripoli after sending a distress signal.

At least 25 survivors from the vessel – sailing from Uruguay to the Syrian port of Tartous – have been picked up, officials said.

High seas, strong winds and severe rain are hampering the rescue effort.

One of those saved was from the Philippines and another from Pakistan, a Lebanese rescue official said.

“They were very scared and cold when we pulled them out of the water,” he told AFP news agency.

“If the sea remains calm we hope to find more survivors, but if the storm kicks up again then they have little chance of surviving for more than an hour in the water,” he said.

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Metamorphosis

I have been silent for awhile… I am already in the process of healing… sometimes attack comes but it ain’t that hard as it was. I can sleep without Xanor anymore… and I have to rest whenever I feel tired already to avoid the attack. I am getting a hobby so I can unwind and relax. I drop all the works and we moved in to a new house.

Right now, I am inside my cocoon…  but I am almost ready to come out and fly. I really do not have much to say… but it is doing me good to be still and quiet. In time maybe, I can narrate the whole experience but then again…for now. . . I want to stay silent in this area of my life.

Yellow Ribbon

5580_1215287900668_1182931020_30671111_1983631_nYellow Ribbon. This is not just about the song. This is not even the campaign in Singapore neither the outreach program or campaign in America. The Yellow ribbon has given a new symbol among filipinos. It signifies democracy, freedom from tyranny… and lately refers to the late President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino. Her biography stated:

Maria Corazon “Cory” Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino (January 25, 1933 – August 1, 2009) was a President of the Philippines and an advocate of democracy, peace, women’s empowerment, and religious piety. She served as the 11th president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992. She was the first female president of the Philippines and was Asia‘s first female president. Aquino died on August 1, 2009 after suffering from colon cancer.

A self-proclaimed “plain housewife”,[3] Aquino was married to Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. (1932–1983), a leading figure in the political opposition against the autocratic rule of President Ferdinand Marcos. After her husband was assassinated upon his return from exile in the United States on August 21, 1983, Aquino, who had no prior political experience, became a focal point and unifying force of the opposition against Marcos. She was drafted to run against Marcos in the 1986 snap presidential elections. After Marcos was proclaimed the winner despite widespread reports of electoral fraud, Aquino was installed as President by the peaceful 1986 People Power Revolution. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corazon_Aquino)

And historians have recorded all the accomplishments and the significant things about the late President Cory Aquino. Books, publications, magazines, enews, online articles, were written about her. Indeed, she is one of a kind. She was a very honorable leader and admirable woman. I was still very young when she became president. I did not understand much about politics. I was in grade school and I could not comprehend everything when my parents explained to me what happened to her husband and what brought her into her office as President of the Republic of the Philippines. I recalled those days and now I am retelling the events to my kids. I wonder if they do understand. Perhaps not. But I know later on they will.