Saturday, August 30, 2014

August 31 - Cebu Priests Perform in Panorama City, CA & One Hail Mary for Pope Francis



Here are a couple of announcements:

1. THE HOLY FATHER MAKES A REQUEST FOR PRAYERS THAT GOD PROTECTS HIM AND GIVES HIM FORCES TO MEET THIS DIFFICULT TASK ... SO BE IT!! 

Our goal is to reach ten million Hail Mary's for Pope Francis. 
This campaign started today. Send this message to all Catholic friends or even to those who like him 
We pray for the Holy Father that the heavenly Mother intercedes for him and protects him in his ministry:

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Do not forget to forward this message to as many friends. We want to reach ten million Hail Marys.



2. Tomorrow, some priests from Cebu will be performing in Panorama City, California to raise funds:
Saulog: An evening with the Cebu Clergy Performing Artists
 
Anyone who loves a good show will not be disappointed with the SAULOG CONCERT on Sunday, August 31, at the St. Genevieve's Catholic Church (14061 Roscoe Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402) starting at 7:00 p.m.
 
A group of singing priests dubbed as the Cebu Clergy Performing Artists will be in town to reach out "to our Filipino brothers and sisters there, who, because of their love for their families and their faith in God's abiding presence, have risked their lives to seek for greener pastures in a foreign land," said an endorsement of the show signed by the Most Reverend Jose S. Palma, DD, Archbishop of Cebu.
 
The head of the Catholic Church in Cebu who is also the president, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, added that the singing priests' 2014 US-Canada tour "would be a tribute to our very own Filipino Saint, Pedro Calungsod, who exemplified his great love and faith in God by reaching out to others sharing the Good News and sacrificing his own life for God."
 
'Saulog' is Cebuano word for Celebration. A suggested $10 donation for an evening of fun wholesome entertainment will also go a long way to help a good cause. For tickets, please contact Danny, 323-252-4991 or Terri, 818-645-6068.
 
An item in the Cebu Daily News mentions that "these singing priests have already performed in several places and have gained popularity with their hilarious acts and comic singing style." In another article, they were praised for their "well-blended voices and terpsichorean skills."
 
The group consists of Reverend Fathers Arven Pretila, Rudy Ibale, Kipling Agravante, Zachary Zacarias, Joselito Gutierrez and Msgr. Guillermo Gorre. The San Fernando Valley leg of the current tour is coordinated by the Santo Nino De Cebu Association Of Southern California, Inc., the Mandaue Association of Southern California, Inc., and friends and supporters of the faith.
 
Proceeds of the Saulog Concert will help rehabilitate some churches in the homeland damaged by the devastating earthquake not too long ago. Funds will also be sourced from it to renovate the seminary of the Archdiocese of Cebu in preparation for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress that it will host.
 
According to a knowledgeable source the singing priests had already performed in Texas, Arizona and in Northern California. In Southern California, they had performed in the  St. Michael's Church in San Diego on August 21 and 22. The next day at 7:00 pm they performed in the St. Mary's Catholic Church in National City.

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Have a great weekend,

Friday, August 29, 2014

Southern Novelist, Eve La Salle Caram - Lunch and Excerpt from her novel





The novelist Eve La Salle Caram and I did some catching up over lunch at  El Caserio's in Silver Lake. I thought I'd share the beginning of one of her novels, Wintershine, which portrays the early childhood of Beatrice Merrill in the foothills of the Ozarks. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Syria Iraq War: Obama's Statements About ISIS's Murder of James Foley




"Our message to anyone who harms our people is simple. America does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done. We will do what is necessary to capture those who harm Americans, to go after those who harm Americans, and we'll continue to take direct action where needed to protect our people and to defend our homeland.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ISIS (ISIL) Recruiting in Mindanao, Philippines




A senior official of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Mindanao, Southern Philippines, stated it is possible that ISIS is recruiting in Mindanao. Sunni preachers have reportedly been conducting recruitment there, according to Habib Mujahab Hashim, Chief of the MNLF's Islamic Command Council. The MILF, the largest Philippine Muslim rebel group, has signed a peace pact with the Philippine government.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Literary Cats Reading Isabel Allende's "The House of the Spirits"



Oh no! My cats, Che and Tesla, got a hold of my signed copy of The House of  the Spirits by Isabel Allende. However, they are taking good care of it and say they love this novel. They've developed a taste for magic realism.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Taking a Break in Cambria, California


We had dinner at the Sow's Ear in Cambria, in the Central Coast of California. It's a good restaurant to go to if you're in the area. The filet mignon with lobster sauce and the chicken fried steak were good. I love the bread in a flower pot!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Travel: In Search of Catholic Ireland



When I was growing up in the Philippines, there were many Irish priests and nuns; I knew that Ireland is a Catholic country that sends many of their sons and daughters to far corners of the world as missionaries. When we visited Ireland, I looked for the "Catholicism" in this small country - the Emerald Isle as it is aptly called because indeed there are fields and fields of vivid green grass with grazing sheep and cattle.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Writing to Interpret Your Dreams


Some people believe that dreams are messages from God. In some cultures dreams are discussed or considered carefully. I also think dreams are important and pay attention to them. 

I don't remember all my dreams, but some are very vivid. On rare occasions, my conscious self is even aware that I'm in a dream, which is a strange sensation, but which indicates to me that the dream is important.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Filipino Cooking: Recipe for Carol's Cornbread Bibingka

 Recipe for Carol's Cornbread Bibingka

Carol Ojeda-Kimbrough shares with us her recipe for Bibingka Galapong, a favorite Filipino "cake."
Carol says she arrived at this recipe by trial and error, by playing with different recipes until she got the taste and texture just the way she likes.




Monday, August 18, 2014

Garden: Cuttings from my Pitcher Cannibal Plant



Finally I did it. I made cuttings from one of my Pitcher Cannibal plant (or Nepenthes). Here's how I did it.  Take a look at the picture above. There are two cannibal plants. And both of them are starting to have vines. I took the plant on the right side with two vines, and I cut off one vine. I felt sad doing this because the vine had a lot of lovely pitchers, but it seemed time to propagate.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PRAY for Peace in Iraq and Syria!!!

Pope Francis has appealed to the Church throughout the world to join in prayerful solidarity for the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace to Iraq. The Iraqi people have been subject to horrific violence in recent months and Christians in Iraq have been mercilessly persecuted.

U.S. Catholics have been invited by the Bishops to unite in prayer on Sunday, August 17. The following prayer was written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako:

Lord,
The plight of our country is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives, and to grant us patience, and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.
Amen.
- See more at: http://www.pacatholic.org/day-of-prayer-for-iraq-on-sunday-august-17/#sthash.lNePtkA9.dpuf
Pope Francis has appealed to the Church throughout the world to join in prayerful solidarity for the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace to Iraq. The Iraqi people have been subject to horrific violence in recent months and Christians in Iraq have been mercilessly persecuted.

U.S. Catholics have been invited by the Bishops to unite in prayer on Sunday, August 17. The following prayer was written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako:

Lord,
The plight of our country is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives, and to grant us patience, and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.
Amen.
- See more at: http://www.pacatholic.org/day-of-prayer-for-iraq-on-sunday-august-17/#sthash.lNePtkA9.dpuf
Lord,
The plight of our country is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives, and to grant us patience, and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.
Amen. - See more at: http://www.pacatholic.org/day-of-prayer-for-iraq-on-sunday-august-17/#sthash.lNePtkA9.dpuf


Sunday, August 17 is the Day of Prayer for Iraq and Syria in the US;
Monday, August 18 is the Day of Prayer for Iraq and Syria in the Philippines

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tea with Writers Brian Ascalon Roley and Marilyn Alquizola





Brian Ascalon Roley, who was visiting the Los Angeles area, stopped by for tea and Marilyn Alquizola joined us. We had a lovely time talking about literature, writers, and our current book projects. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Santa Monica, California: Coyotes in My Neighborhood!


I saw this sign in my neighborhood. It's a warning that a coyote or coyotes have been spotted in the area and have been preying on small animals.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Iraq, Syria War: Muslims Condemn ISIS (IS or ISIL)


 I will admit, dear Readers, that the persecution of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq, has kept me awake at night.

The actions of ISIS (or IS or ISIL) are repugnant to many people. Civilized people do not engage in beheading, stoning, raping of women, killing of innocent children, committing genocide --- the list goes on. And to say these actions are done in the name of God is breathtaking, because I cannot imagine a God who condones such violence and hatred.

Sunday August 17 - DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

US DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE IS SUNDAY, AUGUST 17

PHILIPPINE DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE IS MONDAY, AUGUST 18



Responding to the persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria, Pope Francis requests prayers for peace in Iraq and Syrian.  This specific appeal was generated in the Philippines, and the date for the Day of Prayer there is on Monday, August 18. In the US, the Day of Prayer is on Sunday, August 17, Our Holy Father, Pope Francis request people of all faiths to pray. Please join us in praying.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Syria War: What Happened to the Syrian Revolution



This is a good analysis of the situation in Syria. The article by Bassillios Zeino is titled, "How the Syrian Revolution Was Beheaded" and published by Al-Monitor.  I'm posting excerpts from the article. 

 "The absence of self-criticism, censure and immediate accountability, as well as the Syrian intellectuals' and politicians' betrayal of their historical role, are factors that have served to symbolically decapitate the Syrian Revolution before truly being decapitated by the armed jihadist battalions. ...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Kerala, India - Vasco de Gama, Syrian Church, River Cruise




 Recent news about Chaldean Christians who have been persecuted by ISIS in Iraq, made me pause. (The Chaldean Christians, which are part of the Catholic Church, had broken off from the Assyrian Church of the East.) I recalled visiting a Syrian Church in Kerala in India, but it turns out that the the members of the Syrian churches in Kerala are different from the Chaldean Christians. I quote from Wikipedia:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Creative Writing: Exercise for Sensual Writing Using Pictures



Here are pictures to use as writing prompts. Choose one picture, imagine that you are in that picture. Feel the temperature, sniff the air, put your hands out and touch, discover what you can taste, listen to what's around you, look at all the details, the light, the shadows, shapes. Use your five senses. Now write, without thinking too much. Try not to correct yourself. Just write.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Philippines, Marcos Dictatorship: Guest Blogger Carol Ojeda-Kimbrough's "Salvaged Love"


Carol Ojeda with son, circa 1980s

Our Guest Blogger, Carol Ojeda-Kimbrough, shares with us her personal history during the turbulent Marcos years in the Philippines.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Carol moved to the US in 1975 with her six-month old son to escape the Marcos dictatorship. Her son's father was killed in 1976, summarily executed by the military in a process called "salvaging." His body was never found.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Nonfiction: The Truth About Filipino Old Timers by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard



 The following nonfiction piece is part of the anthology Filipinotown: Voices from Los Angeles, edited by Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier, Gerald C. Gubatan, and Gregory Villanueva. This collection of essays about Los Angeles in California was released earlier this year and is now in its second edition (with teachers' guide). Thanks to the editors for including my work. The book is available at Amazon.com. 


The Truth About Filipino Old Timers

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

            The very first O.T. (Filipino Old Timer) I heard about was the man who returned to Cebu to marry my mother’s friend, a spinster advanced in years. During afternoon meriendas, I overheard the development of this alliance.
            A crusty lady set in her ways, my mother’s friend refused to migrate to America and the newlyweds lived in her seaside town. It was a poor place which relied only on the sea’s yield and he quickly grew sick of eating fish and rice. He longed for steaks, broccoli, and asparagus; he wanted them both to go to the United States. She adamantly said no and finally he returned to America alone. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Maryknoll College, Quezon City: Lunch for Meldee Lopez in Southern California


Some Maryknollers from Southern California got together to have lunch at the Tokyo Cafe in Orange for Meldee Perez Lopez who's visiting the area.  The picture above shows standing l-r: Chona Preston, Lorna Cruz, Maria Ciocon, Natie Mendoza, Cecilia Brainard, Meldee Lopez; seated l-r: Ollie Yujuico and Lucy McGinley.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Movie Review of the Irish Film "Calvary"


















My husband suggested seeing a movie and asked me to choose from three movies:

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Is Peace in Sight for Muslim Philippines?




The Philippines has a 5% Muslim minority population of around 4.3 million. Before the Spanish colonization, the area north of Indonesia (which the Spaniards named Las Islas Filipinas) had a growing Muslim influence, with established populations in Mindanao and Sulu and outposts in Cebu and Luzon. The Spaniards Christianized the archipelago, although the southern part of the country remained Muslim. It remained so during the American occupation at the turn of the century. There is a story that the Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol was created by the Americans as a weapon against the Filipino Moros or Muslims.


Even after World War II and Philippine independence, southern Philippines (southern and western Mindanao, southern Palawan, and the Sulu Archipelago) continued to have a large Muslim population. This situation remains up to now.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Garden Update: How My Cannibal Pitcher Plants Are Doing



Do you remember my Cannibal Pitcher Plants, the Nepenthes Ampullaria, which I've named the Sirens?

I am pleased to report they are doing just fine. Their pitchers have turned bright red, and they have vines that are growing out from the top.