The Grandest Philippine Fiesta – Aliwan

You should not miss the Biggest, the Most Colorful and Most Exciting Annual Festival event in the Philippines – Aliwan Fiesta.

Since 2003, it is always the Grandest Fiesta of Philippine Festivals and it’s official website: http://www.aliwanfiesta.com.ph says “it is a showcase how religion, culture, and tradition are woven into the fiber of our existence. Traditional fiestas, which are held annually to commemorate the foundation of a town or province, or honoring its patron saint, are brought together en masse to highlight the Pinoy’s indomitable and ebullient spirit, together with his mien for creativity and innovation. With most major fiestas rooted in the pre-colonial period, there is understandably a festival sector that celebrates Nature’s bounty. Our Filipino forebears worshipped pagan gods who, to them, were responsible for bountiful harvests on land and sea.”

This year, two Leyte contingents tightly competed for the grand champ title in the Street Dance category – the Buraburon Festival of Burauen failed to defend it’s 2018 champion title against Pasaka Festival of Tanauan now the 2019 Grand Aliwan Festival Champion. Manggahan Festival contingent of Guimaras placed 3rd.

In the Float Competition category, Tacloban’s ‘Through the Years’ float hailed as the Champion, while Cebu Sinulog’s IPI 60th year and Palabuni-bunyan of Parang, Maguindanao, placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Ms Sinulog Festival bet Nicole Vance Borromeo crowned as the Reyna ng Aliwan 2019.

WATCH!!! Aliwan Fiesta 2019

Always check the Aliwan’s official website for updates and other announcement: Aliwan Fiesta

First Visits To Sacred Places in Holy Week 2019

Holy Week is always a good chance to unwind from very stressfull daily working routine.

The most we can do is reconnect ourselves to the Divine thru prayers, contemplation and meditation.

On my part, I spent my Holy Week with yoga retreat and spiritual visits at Ma-Cho Temple In San Fernando, La Union and Mount Tabur In Tagudin, Ilocos Sur.

It’s my first visit to Ma-Cho or Mazu Temple – a Taoist Buddhist temple dedicated to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu though venerated also in the temple are other Buddhist goddess – Tu Di Gong or Tho Ti Kong (earth god) Kuan Yi Ma or Mother Guanyin (goddess of mercy) and Chinese Saints carved in stone statues.

I personally believe that spirituality is not limited only to any traditional religion like Catholicism or Christianity because it is important that we tune in to the Divine.

I am a Catholic but I respect other religious practices such as Buddhism considering it’s one of the ancient spiritual practice systems in the world.

Another first visit was to the Mount Tabur located in Barangay Bio, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. Locals believed that this is the counterpart of Mount Tabor in Israel where Christ changed his in front of his disciples Peter, John and James. Mount Tabur is considered a sacred place for prayers and meditation but you need to climb up with more than 300 steps to reach the surface.

One of the best part of my Lenten break is the Yoga retreat with some yoga buddies. I always encourage everyone to try yoga not only to get fit and in good shape but learn to attune or be receptive to energies of nature and realign to the Universe.

Watch Video: Yoga Retreat

Are ET Beings Real? If so..Why Can’t We See Them?

People keep asking if Extra-Terrestrials or ET beings real or not?

I normally answer such question with another question. Do you really want to know if they’re real or not? Now if the answer is yes, then we can proceed and let’s explore the world of the ETs also known as aliens. 

The ETs I know are non-physical beings. They vibrate at another energy level or dimension. Definitely, they cannot be seen by most of us, only those clarivoyants (psychics or gifted people who can see spirits or nonphysical beings) or ET contacts can see or hear them.

Though there were instances that ETs can communicate using our modern day communication equipment (phones, radio receivers) and even television with antennas. But people who are known as ‘channels’ can connect with ETs telepathically or in trance state.

I can categorically state here that ETs are around us, living among us, roaming among us, so I don’t think there’s a need to send astronauts into outer space to make ET contacts. They are already here since the ancient times if we also consider those artifacts, ancient writings, mysterious places and other evidences as featured in alien encounters documentaries such as ancient aliens tv series.

The only thing we should do to make contacts with them is we learn to tune in to their frequencies thru telepathy, and channeling though others can even hear their voices. How can we achieve this? I think meditation is the first step to train (tame) our mind. Thru meditation, we can clear or ‘declutter’ our mind from useless thoughts.

Beware of Social Engineering Attacks

We admit the real fact today, most of us people depend our lives on social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr among others.

As we hook ourselves on social media sites, most of us unconsciously or deliberately forget to protect our privacy and we post all details of our personal information and daily routine of our lives.

Mostly people are using social media as their diary, posting their every minute day-to-day life from waking up in the morning until bedtime in the evening.

Social media is very useful to get information for personal gains, sharing and getting news updates but very risky when it comes to giving out your personal information especially when engaging with on-line sellers and always make sure you only deal with legits and not scammers.

We cannot really stop scammers use the social media like facebook, twitter, instagram, and others but I think the best way is we have to control (stop) ourselves sharing our personal information such as location, bank/credit card accounts, passwords, etc.

Not to mention those deliberate attacks to sneak in to your private life and steal your personal media files and ruin your lives by spreading some ‘scandalous videos and photos’.

I think the best way to prevent social media attacks is to know what these attacks are:

Phishing – this is the most common social media attacks using emails, social media at instant messaging and SMS to trick victims to provide sensitive information or visiting malicious URL.

Watering Hole – this type of attack consists of injecting malicious codes into the public web pages of a site that the targets used to visit. The method of injection is commonly used by cyber criminals and hackers. Once a victim visits the page on the compromised website a backdoor trojan is installed on his computer. This method is used for cybere espionage operation or state-sponsored attacks.

Whaling Attack – this is an evolution method of phishing attacks using sophisticated social engineering techniques to steal confidential information, personal data, access credentials. 

Pretexting – the term itself indicates the practice of presenting oneself as someone else to obtain private information by creating fake identity and use it to manipulate the receipt of information.

More information on social engineering attacks: https://resources.infosecinstitute.com/common-social-engineering-attacks/#gref 

 

Rain Dance at ‘Oratio Emperata’ para Umulan, Epektibo ba?

Mga ka-Misteryo ngayong may krisis sa tubig ay iba’t iba ang naiisip na paraan. Siyempre dun muna tayo sa mas siyentipikong paraan tulad ng cloud seeding para umulan at may inaayos ding problema ang Manila Water, Maynilad at ang MWSS sa hatian ng tubig sa Angat Dam.

Maging ang Simbahang-Katolika ay nabahala na sa ganitong sitwasyon kung kaya’t mismong si Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ay nagpadala ng liham sa mga parokya na manalangin na para malutas ang krisis sa tubig.

Tinatawag itong ‘Oratio Imperata’ ay katagang Latin ng Obligatory Prayer na inuusal tuwing misa ng mga pari sa panahon ng pangangailangan tulad ng kalamidad.

Kung epektibo nga ba ito ay depende kung sino ang naniniwala sa kapangyarihan ng panalangin, pero kung ako ang tatanungin, kapag bukal sa puso’t isipan ang pagdarasal ay garantisadong magkakaroon ng katuparan.

Narito ang Panalangin para Umulan na ibinahagi ni Cardinal

Tagle sa mga mananampalataya na kailangan pangunahan ng mga pari sa kanilang misa.

“Hilingin natin sa Panginoon na ipagkaloob ang biyaya ng ulan na siyang matinding pangangailangan lalo na sa Luzon ngayon upang ang pinsala sa mga pananim at kabuhayan at ang napipintong krisis sa tubig ay maiwasan. Manalangin po tayo.

Ngayong panahon ng krisis, himukin nawa ng Panginoon ang ating mga puso upang matutong magbahagi sa ngalan ni Hesus at mamulat sa ating pananagutan sa kapwa, at sa lahat ng biyayang ipinagkatiwala sa atin. Manalangin po tayo.”

Bukod sa panalangin ay meron ding iba na gustong subukin ang ‘rain dance’, isang katutubong sayaw para umulan. Ito ay ginagawa ng mga katutubong Igorot, Aeta at iba pa. Tulad ng Oratio Imperata kailangan lamang na bukal at walang pag-aalinlangan ang sinuman pag ito ay ginawa.

Naniniwala ang mga katutubo na sa pamamagitan ng seremonya ng Rain Dance ay agad na tutugon ang Kalikasan at magbubukas ang kalangitan para umulan.

Para sa akin ang Rain Dance ng mga katutubo at Oratio Imperata ng Simbahan bagaman magkaiba ng pamamaraan ay magkatulad lamang ang layunin para hilingin sa Poong Lumikha at Kalikasan para umulan.

Gayunman, hindi naman tayo dapat umasa lamang sa himala dahil dapat umaksiyon din ang tao. Solusyunan ang problema.

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A ‘Deja Vu’ Sight of Manila Bay (After 44 Years)

After 44 years of not seeing people swimming in Manila Bay, it seems like ‘deja vu’ to me last February 5, 2019 when local residents were seen strolling, taking selfie shots and enjoying the sun set with their families along the shoreline.

If I remember right, I was 7 years old when my parents took me and my younger sister to a shallow dip and walked along Manila Bay. That was a tradition of most Filipino families before during 70’s and early 80s especially during Black Saturdays and Easter Sundays.

Now in 2019, with the efforts of Duterte administration to once and for all rehabilitate the Manila Bay, some improvements were seen since the declaration of war against bay polluters and for the first time in the past 4 decades, I;ve seen again kids and adults swimming, floating and playing on Manila bay waters (even if still not safe).

Eventually, authorities strictly prohibited swimming and totally closed some portions of Manila Bay to give way to full rehabilitation. I hope people will follow and establishments along Roxas boulevard MUST comply first with the required water treatment facility and other safety requirements before allowing them to operate especially those located in reclaimed areas of Manila and Pasay cities.

WATCH!!! Video footages by DZRH Reporter 29 Misael Boy Gonzales

 

 

Media Men in Philippine Practical Shooting

Practical Shooting Sports is now gaining popularity and caught the attention of media practitioners in the Philippines.

This is the very reason why the Practical Shooting Association of the Philippines (PPSA) created the PPSA Media Bureau.

PPSA Media Bureau Shooting Team is now actively participating practical Shooting events in the country to encourage fellow journalists to engage in practical Shooting events not only as sports but for self-defense against any threat.

Any media practitioner (radio, tv, print, social media) can join the PPSA Media Bureau and the starting point is learn first the basics of gun safety, be a responsible gun owner and how to use it for sports and protection.

The first nationwide media Shootfest has been launched last year 2018 and I hope this will continue this year – 2019. Thanks to the unconditional leadership of PPSA VP for Media Raoul Esperas.

See you all at the range brothers in Philippine Media. “Don’t be the next victim, Shoot Back!”

Devotion (Traslacion 2019)

Belief strengthens Faith,

Faithfuls travel to witness and experience the Divine,

For healing, protection and strong devotion,

Believe in miracles, believe in the good fortune,

Believe in Divine intervention,

Believe in the Power,

To overcome the obstacles and hardships of Life,

To be peaceful, to be enlightened, to ascend,

With the masters, the guardians, the Divine Creator.

– – Rev. Rey T. Sibayan, B. MSc.

 

Misteryo sa Abante Tonite: Bagong Taon, Bagong Pagkatao

Isang masaganang araw mga ka-Misteryo. ‘Saktong tatlong araw na lang bagong taon na naman. Naka-ilang bagong taon na ba tayo sa ating buhay? Natural depende yan sa inyong edad at kung ano ang inyong namalayan.

Abala na naman tayo sa paghahanda, karaniwan ay todong paglilinis sa bahay, pagsasa-ayos ng mga kagamitan at paghahanda ng masasarap na pagkain para sa mas masaganang buhay sa pagpasok ng 2019.

Iba’t ibang paraan ng paghahanda tulad ng paglapit sa mga eksperto sa feng shui o geomancy, psychic readers at ang iba ay DIY na lang -mismong mga may-ari ng bahay ang gumagawa ng paraan para maaliwalas ang kabahayan sa pagpasok ng taon.

Tradisyon na sa atin ang pag-iingay sa pagsalubong sa Bagong Taon bagaman hindi naman kailangan na magpaputok tayo dahil delikado ito hindi lang sa kaligtasan ng tao lalu na sa ari-arian na sadyang mapanganib sa sunog.

Kahit anupaman ang gawin nating paghahanda kung ang ugali ng tao o mga nakatira sa mga bahay ay hindi magbabago ay balewala rin ang lahat ng pagod.

Check out more on this article:

Bagong Taon, bagong pagkatao

Don’t Be The Next Victim, Shoot Back! The First Nationwide Media Shootfest

The Nationwide Media Fun Shoot was being initiated by the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, Philippine Practical Shooting Association Media Bureau, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and National Press Club to awaken the awareness of practicing mediamen in the Philippines against possible threats, considering that many journalists have been killed ‘in the line of duty’ during the previous years.

Based on the Annual Kill Report of International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Asia Pacific Region had the most reporters killed in 2017, with a total of 26 journalists from at least a total of 81 reporters, 93 journalists killed while doing their job in 2016, and a total of 146 media practitioners have been killed from 1990-2015.

IFJ reported that the ‘Philippines is the worst offender within the SouthEast Asia, tying for 6th worst in the world with Pakistan’.

The Strait Times Singapore, listed Philippines as the 5th Most Dangerous place for media practitioners based on the latest press freedom report of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

With these alarming numbers of media killings in the Philippines, I fully support PPSA Media Bureau advocate to strongly encourage local journalists to arm themselves for protection and promote practical shooting sports in the country.

The Nationwide Media Fun Shoot was simultaneously took place in 3 different locations – QCPD Firing Range at Camp Karingal, QC for Luzon; Cebu Talisay Aqua Gun Club for Visayas; and Armscor Range for Mindanao.

During the Nationwide Media Fun Shoot, then Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza told journalists “if you want to be boldly truthful to write or broadcast. You must also be ready to protect yourself.”