Zuckerberg: PH a successful test bed for internet.org initiative with Globe partnership

BARCELONA, Spain — Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg keynotes this year’s Mobile World Congress with the theme “Creating What’s Next.” Zuckerberg is joined by renowned technology journalist David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World.” In his speech, Zuckerberg shared his vision of a […]

Visiting Pinoys

SunStar visitFilipinos based in the US (from left to right) Rose Atienza, Aurea Atienza, Sancho Jacinto, and Gloria Belmonte paid a visit to Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex) office in Cebu City on Friday, February 28, 2014.

Sunnex is the new media department of Sun.Star Publishing Inc.  It is managing the Sun.Star website at www.sunstar.com.ph.

Photo by Kim Yuhico/Sunnex

Caragan Festival 2014

Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales and the City Council headed by Vice Mayor Christian Halili announced Wednesday that Mabalacat City’s widely acclaimed Caragan Festival will be institutionalized to prevent it from suffering the fate of the similarly popular Ibon Ebon Festival of Candaba, Pampanga.

In a breakfast forum at this Freeport, Morales stressed that he will ask the City Council to pass an ordinance making the festival an annual activity. Continue reading–>

Bicol Canada Community Association Inc. officers

Bicol Canada associationThe officers and members of the board of directors of the Bicol Canada Community Association Inc. headed by President Rafael Nebres (seated 4th from left) will be serving from 2014 to 2015. Others in photo (seated from left to right) are Jess Cabrias, director; Virgie Manaog, director; Aida Dolores Lagarde, assistant treasurer; Jojo Taduran, vice president for government relations and membership; Naty Gutierrez, director; and Ching Ragos, treasurer.

Standing from left to right are Nestor (Von) Canton, director for special projects; Ronnie de la Gana, director for special projects; Ely Olayon, director; Noli Aquino, vice president for sports and youth development; Helen Lopez, director; Monsie Royong, assistant secretary; Arlene Martirez, secretary; Larry Bercasio, director; Fely Ortega, director; Estrella Dilla Carpenter, vice president for public relations; Bobby Achacon, director; Benhur Llacer Salcedo Jr., director.

Not in photo is Raul Tarin, director. (St. Jamestown News Service/PR)

KCCC honors volunteers, sponsors

Mama Ching Quejas, president of KCCC (Kalayaan Cultural Community Center) honored the active Volunteers and regular Sponsors, with a Volunteer evening at KCCC Mississauga, recently.

KCCC is a non-profit charitable organization founded on Dec.8, 1997 to serve the community. They moved to their KCCC building at 5225 Orbitor Rd. in Mississauga on December 15, 2005.

KCCC and some sponsors who attended: Left Photo: Merla Carbonell, Rowena Sancho, Dolly Poblete, Judy Hontiveros (KCCC), George Poblete and Resty del Rosario (KCCC). (Contributed photo)

KCCC and some sponsors who attended: Left Photo: Merla Carbonell, Rowena Sancho, Dolly Poblete, Judy Hontiveros (KCCC), George Poblete and Resty del Rosario (KCCC). (Contributed photo)

Founding President Lady Ching Quejas built this organization to its present large and successful one, with the support of sponsors and hundreds of active volunteers.

Right photo seated: Ching Quejas, Dolly Poblete, Rafael Nebres, Standing: Rowena Sancho and Merla Carbonell. (Contributed photo)

Right photo seated: Ching Quejas, Dolly Poblete, Rafael Nebres, Standing: Rowena Sancho and Merla Carbonell. (Contributed photo)

Lady Ching will be 90 years old in May. Due to poor health, Mama Ching may step down from her position on February 23. (PR)

Conductors finalize Marriage Preparation Course

THE Marriage Course conductors of the Prince of Peace Church in Scarborough finalized their schedule for the 20 couples who will be attending the course this year.

The six-week course is geared to guide the couples, who will get married in the church this year, on how to handle the various situations and important subjects they will encounter in their married life, particularly in their early years of marriage.

The Marriage Course Conductors for this year. (Seated) Dolly Poblete, Nina Wijangco, Cynthia Acayan and Malou Andrada. (Standing) are George R. Poblete, Ed Wijangco and Rommel Acayan. (Not in the photo are Deacon Eustace and Gloria Beausoleil and Rene Andrada) (Contributed photo)

The Marriage Course Conductors for this year. (Seated) Dolly Poblete, Nina Wijangco, Cynthia Acayan and Malou Andrada. (Standing) are George R. Poblete, Ed Wijangco and Rommel Acayan. (Not in the photo are Deacon Eustace and Gloria Beausoleil and Rene Andrada) (Contributed photo)

These marriage course conductors, who are all happily married for over 35 years, will explain the important subjects on marriage and discuss with them on how to handle possible problems they may encounter in their married life. (PR)

Filipino journalists 2014 reunion worldwide

Journalists reunionPhoto shows Tony Sicat (middle), former editor-in-chief of Pilipino Star, together with veteran journalists Willie Jose (1st from left) and Jojo Taduran (extreme right).

They met recently at The Village Roaster, 3452 Kingston Road (Corner Markham), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as they plan the 2014 Reunion of Filipino Journalists both active and retired throughout the world.

Sicat left for the Philippines some few days ago to closely coordinate with the National Press Club of the Philippines and other publications in the Philippine in connection with the planned reunion of Filipino journalists.

For more information, please communicate with Jose at williejose1@ gmail.com. (PR)

Tell it to Sun.Star: Of faith and the talking Niño

By Crischellyn Abayon

IT WAS a normal Monday for me and as I tuned in to Balitang Bisdak, a particular news item caught my attention: A Sto. Niño talked to three kids in Lapu-Lapu City. As Vic Serna was reporting and giving the viewers a walk-through of the situation in Sitio Saac II in Barangay Mactan, I could not help but be amused by the devotion of the people lining up just to get a glimpse, wipe their hankies and kiss the image. At first glance, it is easy to be swoon by such a sight but as Bobby Nalzaro put it: Do not believe such claims right away.

This news story has received ample air time in a span of days. There are claims of miracles, of being healed, of simply expressing their faith and of hopes that their prayers would be answered too. But just after a few days, the media released the interview of Sto. Niño Parish Priest, Fr. Benjamin Balsamo, saying that the kids may have lied about their claims that the image talked to them. Did that change the situation in the neighborhood?

The lines of devotees still sprawl from the tiny chapel to the main road and asked if they felt discouraged about the kids “lying,” the answer of most is still a resounding “No.”

For a nation composed mostly of Catholic church-goers and a background of 300 years of Spanish colonization, such fervent devotion is expected. Filipinos are a faithful people albeit calamities and crises test it.

The story of the talking Sto. Niño image broke just a few days after the annual Sinulog festival. The closeness of the events may have been interpreted by some as a miracle in itself. Some may even theorize that the Sto. Niño has a message for the Cebuanos and the world. But could it be that God has a message to tell that He allowed the image to talk to children ages 6, 4 and 3? Do we need such an occurrence to pause and intently listen?

As a people, the Filipino also loves oddity. It is when the rarest things or the toughest times happen that we often remember a Supreme Being trying to intervene or at the very least, we believe that we are in no way in control of all things that happen to us. We then kneel and submit ourselves to the will of God, hoping for the best and accepting the worst. But how often do we have to hear news stories of a dancing sun, healing dead or talking image? What would it take to believe and still be logical?

Does healing always have to involve flocking to far places to hold an image or wipe a piece of cloth in it? Will it do the sick good if they are brought to these places under harsh weather conditions? Is it not that the true measure of faith is extending a hand to those who need? Of listening to those who are never heard? Of being a good person?

It is a matter of belief, many people would say. Perhaps, no one can really fathom the depth of one’s faith and belief. No one can question either.

As for an observer and a believer, the talking image should not be the measure of our faith. It is not church attendance or the amount we drop on those baskets being passed around mass that measures how much we believe in God. It is not lining for hours under the scorching heat either. Faith is shown best when, amidst of the storms of life, we manage to utter words of thanks that we get to see another day. Healing happens when we learn to accept that even with a health woe or a broken heart, we are allowed to experience life and feel the love of those that surround us.

I believe that if God has something to tell us, it would be to love each other more. Love does heal and in love we can share our faith and let His church flourish.

 

 

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Panagbenga Festival 2014 opens

The long weekend will definitely be fun-filled for residents and tourists with 11 participating schools highlighting the opening Panagbenga 2014 festivities today.

Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. chief of staff Evangeline Payno said the participating schools include Kias Elementary School, Josefa Cariño Elementary School, Quezon Hill Elementary School, Baguio Central School, Jose P. Laurel Elementary School, Mabini Elementary School, Emilio Aguinaldo Elementary School, Lucban Elementary School, Fort Del Pilar Elementary School, Doña Aurora Elementary School and Baguio SPED Center. Continue reading–>