Mommy Dionisia, did you know?
Mrs. Dionisia Pacquiao, you are one hell of a story of survival, and how a heart of steel and a humorous predisposition can wing it through the hardships in life. Many sing praises to your son Manny, the boxer. Every time he fights, the whole nation, or at least a big majority, joins him. People rejoice with every blow he inflicts on, even as they feel the pain of every blow he receives from, his enemies in the ring.
West Philippine Sea: Can we negotiate with China?
Nowadays, any serious discussion on China has become increasingly contentious. While scholars who choose to highlight the great achievements and civilizational sophistication of the country tend to be branded as “pro-China” and “naive”, sober analysts of Beijing’s rising territorial assertiveness, in turn, tend to be branded as “warmonger” and “pro-Western”.
The Paschal Triduum: a celebration of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection
In the whole Christendom, the most solemn celebration each year is the Paschal Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter) or the celebration of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. The Paschal Triduum is the very core of our Christian faith, proclamation and witnessing. It is a celebration very much akin to ‘three-in-one”’ coffee. They all go together and we cannot be choosy which one to attend and which one to miss.
Film and the politics of faith: “Son of God,” Pope Francis and the conservative Catholic Church
After watching the film “Son of God,” it dawned on me that Pope Francis needs all the support and prayers he can get in the face of a Roman Catholic Church that has become dominated by the modern day descendants of Caiaphas, the high priest of the Jewish Sanhedrin which indicted Jesus to be crucified. But this is getting ahead of my story.