Fr. Escaler: When Jesus came to be baptized in the River of Jordan by John the Baptist, it was not meant to cleanse his soul from the sins of Adam and Eve for Jesus is sinless unlike all creatures, but it was meant to satisfy His thirst for His people’s love and become one of us in body and spirit. He thirsts for our love for fellowmen, especially the destitute, those who help victims of calamities, natural disasters and violence, he also thirsts for the love and concern of people who give whatever they can afford despite being poor themselves and destitute.
Cousins Malou Toga-Esmeres (left) and Ines Gabion with NDB’s Pert Toga and Carl Decleene from Colorado, USA pose for souvenir after the Biernes Santo (Good Friday) pilgrimage from the first station of the Cross in Brgy. Tangub to the 14th station in Brgy. Sum-ag last April 18, 2014.* (James Toga photo)
Christ is thirsty for those who have nothing but can manage to help the most needy people who live simply but do not hesitate to give anything at all for the survival of the poor and hungry in their midst who experience the sad and miserable among their fellowmen. They are special in the heart of our Lord Jesus.
Thanks to the management of Robinsons for giving me the opportunity to once again entertain their guests. I was given by Ms. Precious Doble, in charge of events, 12 days in April and 12 days in May. As usual I start at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
It’s been one year since Cosette passes away but friends don’t forget her.
Lately, an old friend came in from Canada, Leon Ibrado, one of the first Tawag ng Tanghalan champion. The pride of Sagay told me in a harsh voice, "Tigulang na gid ta" (I’m old already) he was complaining of so many illness.
Among the highlights of the notable reflections of the seven last words by the religious preachers:
Rev. Donasco: Ang gugma kag pagpatawad sa Makakasala duna sa aton Ginuo. Apang ang wala naga ako sang kasal-anan kag nagapangayo kapatawaran, wala sang pagbag-o kag tuyo sa pagliwat sang sala, wala man sang kapatawaran.
Guests on Good Friday. Relatives and members of the Toga and Gabion families with American friend, Mr. Carl Decleene, a retired US Army officer from Denver, Colorado, USA. The early morning visitors at the Toga residence in Fiesta Homes, Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City joined the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) annual religious pilgrimage from the first station of the cross in Brgy. Tangub to the 14th Station in Brgy. Sum-ag, a 5km distance.* (James G. Toga photo)
Fr. Ledesma: Those who make sincere admission of sinfulness and confession of wrongdoing, acts of renewal of wholehearted desire to be renewed and promise to sin no more like the thief (Dimas) who admitted his sin and acknowledged the sacrifice of Jesus to die for the sins of Man, could now hope to receive the promise of Christ when he tells the thief on his right side that "today you will be with me in Paradise," The other thief (Barabas), instead mocked Jesus and refused to acknowledge his misdeeds, thus was not forgiven.
The seven young priests who are mature in their insights and understanding of religious aspects towards family life, human relations and spiritual emancipation in contemporary times, took turns during the Good Friday (Biernes Santo) rites in the three-hour interpretation and reflection on the Seven Last Words (Siete Palabras) uttered by our Lord and savior Jesus Christ as he hanged on the cross to redeem the sins of mankind.
Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra, D.D. (left) poses with NDB Ed-in-Chief Pert Toga after the Bishop blessed the faithfuls and wished them Happy Easter at the close of Holy Mass which the Bishop officiated yesterday at the San Sebastian Cathedral.* (Babes Gantalao photo)
The priests of the Bacolod Diocese, with their indepth mastery of the scriptures, expressed in beautiful and understandable Negrense (Ilonggo/Hiligaynon dialect), by elucidating the call of the times for all mankind to pray and reflect on the need for all Catholics and Christians alike to reconcile and live a life of holiness and a return to decency, Godliness and fellowship.
I’ve only flown them once - on a short hop from Delhi to Lahore in the 1990s. But one flight on Pakistan’s national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), was quite enough. It went immediately on my list of airlines to be avoided in future.
So it came as no surprise to read recently that PIA has fired 300 employees - including pilots, cabin crew and engineers - for producing fake degrees.
The sacked pilots had flown thousands of hours for the airline including one who had recorded 25 years of service.
The scandal first broke in 2012, when a number of employees of the airline were accused of having submitted fake degrees.
The strength of Class 1989 is the undying support and bond of EACH OTHER. Each and every one imparts and does our share…whether it is great or small, whether monetary or labor, NO matter how far or near, everybody helps and get involve. Our goal is to have a very successful hosting of our homecoming.
The donated steel gate of host batch Class '89 hopes to inspire other class to continue what they started.*
The formula is very simple…2P + H + U + T = Success…lots of Prayers, Patience plus Hard Work, Unity and Teamwork = Success.
The name Nicholas Loney seems to evoke a strong reaction in many people in Negros. As a foreigner, married to a Bacoleña, who has come to know Bacolod quite well over the last four years, I have been quite surprised at how his name often produces a negative response. Many educated people I have spoken to seem to have low opinion of Loney but, when pressed, they have to admit that they have not personally considered the evidence. They have simply adopted what became the received wisdom based on inadequate research and sweeping statements of thirty years ago. Loney was blamed for many of the problems that beset the Negros sugar industry in the second half of the 20th century and, as he had been dead for more than a century, he was an easy fall-guy who could not speak up for himself.
In some publications in the 1980s, Loney was accused of being the cynical destroyer of local industry, particularly weaving in Iloilo. It has been alleged that he arrived here with instructions from the British government to flood the market with British manufactured cotton goods and send back ships to Britain laden with sugar. If this were so, then he would indeed merit the bad name which he seems to have in some quarters. The problem with this interpretation is that it is not supported by the research evidence.
For children who love animals and who want to experience what it’s like caring for them, the Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation (NFEFI) is staging another of its highly popular Junior Zookeeper Workshops.
The NFEFI workshops are designed for children who are keenly interested in animals. It’s also a great stepping stone for those youngsters thinking of pursuing an animal-related profession.
A Visayan Warty Pig
The next Junior Zookeeper Workshop will be held at NFEFI Biodiversity Conservation Center (BCC) at the Provincial Lagoon, Bacolod City, from April 21 - 25 every afternoon from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
- He was born on November 3, 1898 at Balamban, Cebu.
- He migrated to Honolulu, Hawaii on March 5, 1914 and worked at Koloa Sugar plantation, Island of Kauai, Hanapepe County and he was known in the community as "Lario Largo" meaning a tall person
- He went to San Francisco, California on December 6, 1915 and at Karlock, Alaska in 1916 to work in salmon factories.
- He volunteered to go to France when the U.S. declared war against Germany on April 2, 1917 but he was refused admission because he was under age.
- He worked under then Food Administrator Herbert Hoover, an appointee of Pres. Woodrow Wilson.
- He studied at Lowell High School, California and became a member of the Oratorical and Debating Team. After finishing High School and College, he enrolled at the College of Law, University of Southern California. His favorite subjects are: Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Corporation Law.
- He worked as a part time librarian at the County Law Library, Los Angeles and he was selected as Poet Laureate in law school.
- He was engaged in a journalistic controversy with Mr. Carlos P. Romulo, then journalism student at Columbia University, New York.
- In 1921, he handled a case involving a Filipino who was not allowed to marry a white person. He won the case.
- As a law student in 1922, he was allowed to practice before the Municipal and Justice of the Peace Courts. He defended Mexican, Chinese, Negro and Filipino cases.
- In 1923, he graduated from law school. He took the California Bar examinations but his test paper was not corrected because he was not an American citizen.
- In 1924, he founded, published and edited a monthly publication entitled NEWS SERVICE. It was later named FILIPINO NATION.
- In 1925, he wrote a book entitled DIVINITY OF WOMAN.