February 2017

Consulate fluffs but workers pay
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): It is a double whammy for overseas foreign workers,” Dolores Balladares, from United Filipinos Hong Kong, said of the failure of the Philippine Consulate General to ensure migrant workers filled out the correct forms for the Hong Kong Immigration Department when renewing their job contracts.

The contracts need to be processed by the Philippine authorities before they can be sent to the Hong Kong...

My favourite sport
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

My favourite sport is volleyball. I came to know this sport when I was in high school because it was included in the physical education lessons. I found it really interesting. But I have not been able to practice volleyball since I came to Hong Kong as I do not have enough time.

 — Minda Ricardo...

Light in the darkness
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

When I was seriously ill, 

I was completely in the darkness.

So I went to church.

Suddenly I realised that nothing is important.

Riches, power, authority, beauty

or even health, family, friends

Only my God, my...

Our watchdogs
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the Devil

prowls around like a roaring lion looking for
someone to devour
(1 Peter 5:8).


Our two brother dogs are Jojo and Bruno,

Both of them are watchful and never say, ‘no!’

God has made them to...

Seventh Week of the Year
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of the day (green).
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48.

Mass of the day (green).
Readings: ...

A call to be perfect
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

Lord I am not worthy”—we repeat before receiving communion, aware that I know I can’t become bread broken, blood shed without strength from you, for the brethren. 

I know that I will not have the strength to let myself “be consumed” by them. “I just come to beg your Spirit.” 

The first reading begins with an invitation from...

Like father like children
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

Kasabihan na ito, “Like father, like son.” O kaya’y “Kung ano ang puno, siyang bunga.”  Ibig sabihin, nagmamana tayo ng mga ugali natin sa ating mga magulang. O kaya’y dapat na tumulad ang mga anak sa mga magulang: sa tamang pag-uugali, kilos at pakikitungo sa kapwa.  Ito ang buod ng panawagan ni Kristo sa ating lahat, “Kayo’y maging ganap, tulad ng inyong Ama sa langit.” Dapat daw...

Cybersex fortress of The Philippines
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

A photograph of the who’s who of Philippine commerce is in itself a kind of pornography, as they represent the 0.0001 per cent of the population that determine how much can be spared for the support of the other 103 million people in the country.

The Philippines has 21 billionaires, according to Forbes Magazine, with 2016 creating a record for that number And the daddy of them all, retail and...

The gift of confusion
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

We live as if our lives should last forever. But this is not the case. Even though we are aware of our mortal destiny, we continue to focus on extremely small things, even on our religious journey.

I am curious to speak with a deceased person, someone who was once as concerned as I am about the trivial things of this world. I have a feeling that their perspective would be more balanced than my current one,

When we develop symptoms that...

Catholic but not Christian?
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

MANILA (SE): The Philippines is widely hailed as the only Catholic country in Asia, but despite being Catholic, it is struggling to live out its Christian values.

In recent months, Archbishop Socrates Villegas has lamented the silence of his flock in the face of the mass killing of the poor instigated by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, saying that it is the complicity of silence from the pews that has enabled the massacre...