Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Death Of Emperor Augustus Caesar


Emperor Augustus Caesar looked to the dark southern sky on the balcony of his palace in Rome one early evening, as he had done in two nights before. He was spending the past two nights simply gazing at the dark southern sky.
His wife, who had accompanied him at their palace balcony for the past five nights, wondered why the emperor had been constantly gazing at the southern sky. The palace balcony faced the southern section of the imperial city of Rome.
“What’s on your mind?” his wife Drusilla asked.
The emperor looked at his wife.
“What do you mean?” he asked her.
“You have been gazing at the sky during the past nights. And now, you are doing the same thing. What’s on your mind?” the emperor’s wife asked him again.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Saints And Angels In The Second Coming


“The Lord Jesus Christ will be accompanied by His army composed of the saints and the angels when He will return to earth from Heaven,” Reverend Kent
Hutcheson told the students of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City during their Bible study in the front lobby of the Institute of Mass Communications (IMC) building.
All the members of the Bible study group were male students from UP Diliman.
Only one of them came from the University of the East (UE) in Manila – Rodolfo Rudy Bucsit.
The initial members of the Bible study group were Rey de los Reyes, Edgar Hao, Larry Yap, Art Guina, Philip Tarroja, Bert Mercado, Mar Santos, Gerry Argosino,
and Rudy Bucsit.
Then, Tony Gacad and Bryan Manongdo joined them.
The latest additions to the group were Adonis Gorospe, Ven Aduana, Rene Saquing, and Nathan Ong.
The Bible study group met regularly at the front lobby of the IMC building every Saturday, from four to six in the afternoon.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

One Autumn Night In Rhine Falls


It was one autumn night in 1984 when Carl proposed marriage to his beloved Linda.
“Let’s get married in December,” Carl appealed to her.
They were looking at the exhilarating sight of the Rhine Falls, with resplendent lights beaming on the rushing noisy waterfalls.
“What did you say? I can’t understand you. Why should we get worried in December?” Linda said with a laugh. Of course, she was just joking.
“I said, let’s get married in December,” Carl stressed.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Miracles Never Stop


Jerusalem Angela Mercado was not so sure if she was prepared to take the 2016 Medical Board Examinations in Manila, Philippines after her classes in a review center in Manila ended in January 2015.
When her father, Norberto, asked her if she would take the physician’s examination the following month, she couldn’t readily reply to the former’s query. She was, in fact, speechless.
“How did you fare in your review class?” her father asked her. It was breakfast time in their house.
She squirmed. “Very bad, Papa. Some of the lectures were poorly given, and the lecturers were sometimes absent. I don’t think I’m prepared to take the exam this coming month. If I do, I may flunk it,” Jerusalem said.
“That’s bad. If you fail in your first try of the medical board, it will be a poor record on your medical career, even if you land in the top ten on your second try,” her father said.
Jerusalem was silent. She realized that what her father said really counted.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Seeds In San Manuel


“Good morning, Maestro,” a mother who wanted to enroll her ten-year old son in grade five in San Manuel Elementary School greeted the teacher, Aurelio Mercado.
It was enrollment day in the largest public school in the town of San Manuel, the northernmost town of Tarlac bordering the barrio of Carmen in the town of Rosales, in the province of Pangasinan.
Maestro is the title given to a teacher...

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Lady From Saint Lucia


Nadine Joseph, a lady from Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, was one of the more than 200 students and speakers of English as a second language who were listening to the speaker in the conference in Baguio City. It was held in a big hotel in the summer capital of the Philippines.
Nadine used to work in the United States before she came to the Philippines to study in a school in Silang, Cavite. She was tall, had beautiful eyes, a well-proportioned nose, and a dark tanned complexion. She was intelligent and witty.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Towns I Love So Well


There is an adage which states most aptly that home is where the heart is. This is true for me.
An American president also once said, “I love them more whom I loved first.”
I say this is true, even for places. San Manuel and Moncada are towns I loved first because these are the towns where I grew up.
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