Thursday, February 6, 2020

Healing the controversy of the healing priest

This article was first published in the defunct Philippine Online Chronicles last March 2014. I am posting here as a tribute to Fr. Fernando Suarez who passed away on February 4, 2020, 3 days before his 53rd birthday. The word "controversial" was attached to his name as often as "faith healer." But it is said that it's not good to speak ill of the dead. And so let me give my share of writing about the good he has done when he was alive.

I am writing as a witness, a bystander looking through a window or a glassed cage, observing from the sidelines. This story is not about me. It is about Fr. Fernando Suarez, the healing priest.

It is not often one encounters such a phenomenal person in this modern world. I have the privilege of being able to hear a handful of masses of Father as well as participate in an intimate healing session of more or less 20 people. Even if I haven’t talked to him personally, I saw him, up close and personal. And this story is the most objective I can tell.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Cape San Agustin Update

I have written a blog post about Cape San Agustin after I went there for the first time with the hubby way back in April 2016. I updated it in January 2017 after our family brought family from Bulacan in December 2016. You can find it here: Cape San Agustin Caper. From then on, I have gone back three more times! Even if we go back to a place over and over, there is always something new to see or look forward to.

Last December 2018, our family went for a day tour to see if some things have changed since we visited it a couple of years back. True indeed, we were able to go to the rustic beach that's just a stone's throw away from the lighthouses. Well, I guess, it's more like a rock's throw away as it took us around 30 minutes down a path that goes up and down before we could reach the beach. And I thought the path wouldn't end because I wanted to go back halfway through. But I'm glad I didn't because the view that unfolded before us was simply marvelous!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

El Don Resort: A Gift by the Sea

El Don is a newly opened resort and tourist destination in Barangay Pundaguitan in Gov. Generoso (formerly Sigaboy), a scenic coastal town in the province of Davao Oriental. "El Don" means "the gift" so it is touted as the "gift of Gov. Generoso" to the world.

Our family was lucky to be invited to visit it in January 2019 before it formally opened last March 18, 2019. We went there on a cloudy day but we already saw its beauty so I told my husband we should visit it on a sunny summer day so I could see how blue the sky and sea will be. So last week, our family went to take a second look at El Don Resort.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Silip sa Siem Reap (A Glimpse of Siem Reap)

Sunrise at Angkor Wat
This post is long overdue. It was only when I got an invite to write “My ASEAN Story” that I thought of writing about our trip to Siem Reap a couple of years ago and giving you a glimpse of this charming city.

I couldn’t think of anything to write about as an ASEAN story that has changed my life as I am not involved in any of the projects or programs of the ASEAN. So I thought, perhaps a travel post will do. As one who travels frequently would realize, every travel brings a change into a person no matter how insignificant that change may seem.

And so, let me share my ASEAN story.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Eight kinds of Facebook users

Photo from Google

Facebook is here to stay, at least in our lifetime, unless something better that catches the people’s fancy will come along. I am a returning Facebook user as I have deleted my account in 2014. It was called “Lakwatserang Paruparo” as many of you who had been my friends in that account would know. I’m back but I’m quite choosy now as to who I will be friends on Facebook because I don’t want to crowd my day with reading and scrolling down my News Feed to update myself of what’s going on in other people’s lives. I’d like to call myself a rehabilitated Facebook junkie! Haha!  [Please check out my blog post: Facebook junkie no more!

In the course of my Facebook usage through the years, I have observed the following kinds of users. Let’s use the acronym F.A.C.E.B.O.O.K. to describe each kind and let’s see if you consider yourself in any of the categories mentioned. Hey, I wrote this just for fun, okay? No offense meant if you feel stabbed in the chest with this as I am also guilty of being in one of these. Haha!

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