Just few days left before December and I already feel the breeze and cold weather (although there’s no snow in the Philippines) as the Christmas is getting closer and closer. Because it’s just few days to go before Christmas, there are lots of Christmas carols sung by either young kids or adults to solicit at every home. Speaking of that, in most public malls elsewhere, you hear the sweet Christmas songs from Filipino legend Jose Mari Chan such as A Perfect Christmas and Christmas In Our Hearts in which both of these are my favorites during Yuletide season. And of course, when we watch TV, you’ll watch the beautiful and memorable Christmas station IDs (SID) of the TV networks here at the Philippines (despite of having “dirty” competition called “Network War”). In the past several years, the two biggest TV networks have their own Christmas station IDs to remind our Filipinos the spirit and the meaning of Christmas. Although I’ve never watched TV nowadays because I refer to watch internet live streaming from the United States most especially live sports events, I just refer to watch ABS-CBN, called as the “Family” Network, rather than other TV networks. The station has created Christmas SIDs every year making our Filipinos so memorable and cheerful. Continue reading “My Top 5 Most Memorable Christmas Station IDs”→
Episode 108 – Thursday, November 24th, 2016 (7268)
Happy Thanksgiving! Although I’m not living in the United States, I just still remind that occasion despite that I haven’t eaten turkey for a long time (I already ate the turkey meat when I was in the U.S. way back in 2004), and it is not a holiday here at my home. While the Americans are celebrating for their feast, however, this is my second Thanksgiving that I’m… single and loveless. Continue reading “What If… There’s a Female Version of Me?”→
Last week, most of my friends from the Feast Laguna went to SMX Convention Center for the Kerygma Conference (KCON) 2016: Forward where they attended 9 selected classes for three days and the Grand Feast which was recently held last Sunday. Some of them volunteered to be servants for this year’s KCON. I checked the news feed on Facebook where they posted their photos while happily attending and serving at the KCON. Well unfortunately, I was not able to go there despite that I already had my ticket for the biggest charismatic and spiritual event. I was not envious to them though, but I had some reasons why I couldn’t attend there for the classes.
Unlike last year where I was able to attend and to serve for the KCON, it was really unfortunate for me to not go there even though I was not too much busy at my work. I didn’t make myself into laziness or having lost of appetite, but there were some reasons why I decided to not attend. Continue reading “Reasons Why I Didn’t Attend KCON 2016”→
Episode 106 – Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 (7260)
While we, the ordinary people, are watching TV, we can hear what the presenter speaks on a particular program. We can hear the sound effects and the music shown on TV. However, not all have sense of hearing including deaf and hearing-impaired people. Here at the Philippines, there are lots of deaf Filipinos around there, and sadly they don’t have accessibility on watching TV. They can watch, but they can’t hear the sounds from the TV set. Unlike in some (first world) countries, there’s closed captioning that flashes on the TV screen for the deaf and hearing-impaired people.
In the observance of Deaf Awareness Week (even though I’m no longer in “Deaf World”), I’ll discuss about Closed Captioning (CC) in the Philippines. Continue reading “Captioning”→
The Feast is where the happy servants, the atmosphere, the love, the worship songs, the powerful speakers and preachers, and the friendship that I have right now are present. That’s why it is called the happiest place on earth. We can never miss the Declaration of Abundance and then Thy Word, and the preacher starts to share the talk and the topic of the series that lasts up to four weeks. While we’re singing, we raise our hands then lift up our Novena to God’s Love booklet where we write down our dreams and wishes. And before we leave, we give our prayers on the Love Offering to have more blessings and abundance from the Lord. Sometimes after the Feast, we join the Light Groups especially the Singles Ministry (a sort of “singles”) and all other ministries that we can join to serve just like I am serving for Media Ministry (LCD Operator). And we can’t miss without attending special and big events such as Kerygma Lenten Recollection (KLR) which is held every holy week, the retreats, seminars such as Jesus Encounter, and the biggest inspirational event – Kerygma Conference (KCON) which will be held on its 10th year this November. Of course, we love God, and we love to hear the powerful messages from its founder, Bro. Bo Sanchez, and the builders elsewhere all over the country and some parts of the world. Continue reading “What If… The Feast Never Came into My Life?”→
Episode 104 – Thursday, November 10th, 2016 (7254)
Last October 2nd (that’s actually a long time ago), when I was about to prepare to serve for Media Ministry in The Feast SM Santa Rosa, I saw a group of students who surprisingly communicated using their hands, as in they used sign language because they’re deaf. After the session, I was hesitated at first to meet some deaf students; however, I just met some of their teachers and staffs from Ephphetha School for the Deaf Inc. in Santa Rosa, Laguna. When I was introduced by some of my Feast friends to them, I just talked with them both oral and sign language only few minutes before they left the cinema. However, I didn’t meet the deaf students who already left. Although I have knowledge to use sign language, it’s somewhat obsolete in my present life in “Non-Deaf World”.
Anyway this week, the deaf community (where I was belonged before) holds the long-week celebration called Deaf Awareness Week (DAW, anu daw? Hehehe). It is held around second week of November of every year (November 10 to 16) by the virtue of Proclamation No. 829, and this observance aims to support public awareness for the deaf and hearing-impaired people. When I was studying at the Philippine School for the Deaf (PSD), I was the one to participate the celebration every year from 1994 to 2003. In fact, in 1998, I joined in a quiz bee contest with other deaf students from different deaf institutions competing against non-deaf students during the DAW celebration in Mandaluyong where we didn’t win against them. However, since my life was shifted to “Non-Deaf World”, the DAW celebration has been no longer involved in my life right now. Continue reading “Meeting Deaf People in Post-Deaf World Era”→
The anticipated presidential election in the United States is now coming.
The American people will decide this coming Tuesday to choose between Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. This will be the 58th quadrennial presidential election in the U.S. which was started in 1789. As the incumbent president, Barack Obama will be illegible to re-elect for the third term in the accordance of the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Thus, either Clinton or Trump (or as well as other third-party candidates) will be the 45th U.S. President after the election. Continue reading “U.S. Presidential Election 2016”→