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21st Century Google Babies A Look on How Technology Changed the Way Taga-West Learns

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Text by Katrina Mae O. Sencil Illustration by Rother Johann R. Dadivas

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Early in your life, you had to copy everything written on the board by your teacher. Usually, during our pre college days, we have spent an entire lecture on writing down things alone. But with the advent of websites, Facebook groups and class blogs, uploading and downloading hand outs and slideshows are the new way of life. On the plus side, it gives teachers the

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Gone are the days when you unshelved tons of books in the library just to search for a single topic related to your thesis statement for your term paper.

ability to give a greater wealth and depth of information about what she teaches. The downside is, students like you become so dependent on technology that the learning process of investigation and taking the time to think and let what you’ve learned sink in is crippled by the blackhole of distractions sucking your every time you get online. The contrast is striking, isn’t it? Nostalgia has a way of creeping in and you thank our friend in Microsoft and Apple for making our lives a little better. However, you must recognize the upsides and downsides of technology to your education. You become so reliant on electronic information sources that the idea of cracking open an encyclopedia and writing footnotes manually rather than cutting and pasting from a website is like asking you to walk across burning coals. While it's great that you can get instant answers to any question under the sun and read books online for free, you are also being unchallenged and reliant on this type of convenience. What you gain in speed of delivery and convenience, you often lose in quality of information, not to mention the most intangible benefit of the way we used to get information: seeking it out slowly, wondering, theorizing, discovering and feeling fulfilled in learning. The true scholarly endeavor of digging up information in the library and inhaling the sweet scent of lignin infused in old-age books. The raw, unadulterated experience of learning and accomplishing things first-hand by seeing, tasting, touching, feeling… Don’t you just miss that?

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Our professors will always remind you how you have it all easily with your word processors. In their days, they have spent sleepless nights typing away their thesis in a typewriter – how their lives have been dictated by a single typographical error, tons of correction fluids, and of course, the icky noise that comes with pressing each key. It astounds you how they have survived the thesis experience without a statistical software like SPSS or a scientific calculator to do the calculations that would have taken the entire course of your existence in the university. How did they draft their page numbers, tables and charts are unknown mystery. Now soft wares and applications are here to stay to help pave your way to higher learning.

In elementary, you had encyclopedias. In highschool you had Encarta installed in your bulky desktop computers. In college, you have the internet. Oh, how you love the internet. You’d probably give your arm for a lifetime connection. Wikipedia, Sparknotes, EBooks, PDF files, and web pages of every topic we can ever imagine can be surfed, browsed, and searched in the World Wide Web with just a few strokes and few clicks. WVSU has availed of a research database via ProQuest which enables researchers to easily access thousands of studies. The entrance of internet into our lives marked the golden age of knowledge, communication and procrastination. Just as everything have their downsides, the internet is so vast a space that we often get lost to the multitudes of websites and soft wares – not to mention Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, that we can run in it.

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Imagine the days of agony and nights of sleeplessness when you used manila paper to make your presentations and visual aids for a report. Imagine the minutes wasted on cutting out bullet points from colored cartolinas, broken stencils and the notso-scotch taste of scotch tape when you used your front teeth as a tape dispenser. Now, thanks to Powerpoint, those days are over. Pages of virtual slides can now be projected into an LCD screen for your classmates to see. Illustrations and tables can be designed with pre-made templates.

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Then and Now Let us walk down memory lane as we explore the continued involvement of technology into our lives. • Gone are the days when you unshelved tons of books in the library just to search for a single topic related to your thesis statement for your term paper. Today, more often than not, the first stop for a paper is Google. Technology makes it easier for you to look up information and find out what's going on in the world. A few presses on the keyboard, a single click, voila, millions of results to help you to write that paper.

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he times are changing. Twenty years ago almost no one had cellphones. Today, you swear, you cannot live without checking them every ten minutes. Your use of computers has now grown rapidly that you are in college. All your course related official communications take place over your class’ Facebook group. You prepare notes by ‘googling’ keywords. You give presentations using a projector and a laptop. You admit that wi-fi is rapidly shifting from unreasonable luxury to absolute necessity. You swear that the mere presence of your obedient laptop or notebook computer sitting in your bunk bed already brings you some degree of assurance that you will, in one way or another, finish your thesis before graduation day.You hate to admit it, but without them, your college life would have been ten times more of a torture than it is now.

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June-October 2012

The Heart of

Student Activism By Ian Leoj M. Gumban; Illustration by Rother Johann R. Dadivas

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ou have seen them in television, on the internet, and in the very streets where you stepped at. You may have even been with them during their mobilization activities while marching on the streets, raising their hands in tune with their cries of determination, aimed at urging the people and the government to hear their needs. “Why do activists waste their time walking on the streets, shouting on the top of their lungs? These people are worthless citizens of this country. Wala utang na loob. Reklamo lang ubra”. In the past, this was how Education student Krisma Niña P. Porquia viewed activism. Now, she is already a full-time student activist and a member of Anakbayan Organization. “When I was in second year, there was a directive which required the bingo cards and raffle tickets to be compulsory. As servants of the people, we conducted several actions to counter this. The following semester, our enrolment was put on hold,” Porquia cited while sharing the difficulties that she had endured in the past because of her beliefs. She shared that it is the ruling class’ idea to label activists as the “evils of the society” so that others will not join their cause for social change. Similarly, those who are affected by the misleading labels will stop

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on being activists and just stick to the status quo. This is where the hope for change wanes according to her. West Visayas State University has been a cornucopia of different ideas. Student leaders from the University also took part in the 1986 People Power Revolution, contributing to the cause in their own ways. But as time went by, taga-West also changed their perception towards activism. Nowadays, it is the dream of student activists at WVSU that someday the University will be politicized. According to Porquia, the life of an activist is a happy one. Only then when she embraced activism that she realized and experienced what life should be. “I think a normal life is one that is lived not only for one’s own self but one that has the interest of the majority in mind. I believe that Jesus Christ was one of the activists in his time. He served the people, sacrificed himself. He sacrificed his selfish interest over the interest of the majority,” she added. As she struggles for change and freedom, Chinkai deems her life as a whirlwind ride. “Diri mo mabal-an ang tuod gid nga meaning sang ‘serve the people’,” she relayed. Most of the time, Porquia lives in fear. But, what keeps her pursuant is the simple desire to fulfill her life’s purpose of making a difference.

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An Unfathomable Affair By Krezyl Joyce V. Pugna and Sheila Mae H. Toreno; Illustration by Rother Johann R. Dadivas

She had relationships with guys before but she grew deeply in love with her closest friend whom she also treated like a sister before. She admits that at the start, she has no romantic feeling for the girl but due to their constant sharing of thoughts and time, she accidentally fell in love with her. The process for the two of them was tough for they both underwent the stages of denial, shunned communication, brief separation and awkwardness until they felt that they need each other, thus they decided to make things officials for the both of them. Now, she affirms that she learned the virtues of humility and patience from such commitment. Partly Fulfilled, 18

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of social acceptance are just some of the problems that exist in such relationship. Thirst for social acceptance is the common struggle of most people involved in same sex relationships most especially that they live in a society founded by conservative Filipino values.

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Those who are involved in same sex relationships are experiencing extreme joy, care and completeness being together. As same sex, they understand each other’s preferences and loopholes. They exhibit the same rights and expectations. On the other hand, insecurity, jealousy, infidelity and lack

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He was a persistent and an optimistic suitor for eight months before but all his efforts to win the girl’s heart went into nothing. He had stopped doing so and he finally realized that he cannot go well with the girls’ tantrum. Now, he is happy with his one-year relationship with a guy and in fact, they already have the definite plan of migrating to a country where same sex marriage or relationship is construed to be both legal and moral. Once Broken, 20

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The Testimonials Her dad’s objection to her high school love affair with a boy is the prime reason why she engaged with same sex relationship. Though she knew that her dad only wanted to guide her not to go into a relationship for she is still young, she still pursued such commitment. She confessed

to a priest about her case and she was told that such attraction might be because she needs attention in lieu of that of her parents who are working abroad. She belongs to a family of boys, a fact that could also testify why she longs for a sister-like acquaintance. She knows that same sex affair is against the law of God and the church, but she affirms that their relationship has nothing to do in ruining other peoples’ lives. Deprived , 20

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omehow, respect is now a difficult value to practice. Today’s society is filled with people who usually give non-constructive criticisms to the situations and things they deemed to be improper or something that is not acceptable to moral standards. Now, there are only few who could respect individual differences and who could see reasons beyond what is visible. Though oftentimes pressured and disgraced by the moralists’ notions, many homosexuals today opt to pursue the happiness that they want and need. A very timely social issue on homosexual relationships is depicted in the film “This Guy Is In Love With You Mare”. It is portrayed in the film that boy to boy relationship is possible, however, there are struggles attached in such commitment that usually cause the couple’s short-lived relationships. Environment and heredity are the two major things that affect one’s choice of identity roles. Peer pressures, media influences, solitude, brokenness from previous love affairs and lack of parental guidance are just few of the many stimuli that affect the impulse of homosexuals to enter a relationship that moralists believed to be inappropriate.

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Though the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) Program and the National Youth Commission, the author was able to visit Minamisanriku on April 11 to 12, 2012.

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By Raimer Gel G. Caspillo; Illustration by Mark Andrew P. Ituriaga

The Fukushima prefecture where the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant can be found is just behind the Miyagi Prefecture where Minamisanriku can be found. Despite the radiation hazard, Amelia stayed in the town as she thought that the town that she learned to love needed her the most. She embodied the unsinkable optimism of the Filipinos. In the evacuation shelters, she never showed a lonely face and kept herself busy instead. Aware that the people are suffering from Tsunami Syndrome, she would talk to them so that they can relay their blunders to her. More than a year after the disaster, Minami-sanriku still remains as a barren land. The whole town was erased except for the houses built in the hilltops. Numerous wrecked buildings are still present in the site and clearing operations are still ongoing. To recover below zero, Amelia first looked for a job. The evacuees, still at the temporary shelters, have put up the Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village. Stalls selling food, clothes, plants and souvenir items are found to give them alternative sources of living. In overcoming the dreadfulness of the tsunami that hit her town, Amelia and the town’s people became symbols of resilience. They have embodied optimism and ingenuity. As they recover in a fast pace, they start to dream and embark a new tale for their town.

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n the wake of the destructions brought by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the Philippine Government had aided the repatriation of its citizens from the Japanese nation. A number of Filipinas in the affected prefectures sought refuge in the Philippines amidst fears for a possible meltdown in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. However, Sasaki Amelia rather chose to stay in the fatally hit coastal town of Minami-sanriku. She never thought of deserting this “small town of people with a very big heart”. On March 11, 2011, a tsunami triggered by a Magnitude 9.0 earthquake changed the face of the town and the fate of its people. Five hundred sixty five residents of Minami-sanriku lost their lives during the disaster while 333 more went missing. Of the 5,362 households in the town, 3, 299 or 62 percent of these were swept away. This would include Amelia’s house and tutorial center. All of her properties were engulfed by the waves. “Everything was paralyzed,” Amelia revealed. The days after the tragedy became too difficult to bear. “There was no sufficient water supply for three months. Neither was there electricity. We were able to eat thrice a day after two weeks,” Amelia shared. “We may have lost everything but gained the love of the people who helped us,” she added. The town’s road to recovery was aided by 61,872 volunteers. Their support came in search efforts, temporary bridge installations, assistance in transporting relief supplies, and removal of tsunami traces. New Zealand, Australia, and Israel have also extended their overseas human support.

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Rizalian Anthology which contains Rizal’s literary works that are not blasphemous to the Catholic faith. The bill’s principal author Senator Claro M. Recto and sponsor Senator Jose B. Laurel Sr. defended it saying that its only objective is to keep the national hero’s memory alive and not to go against the Filipinos’ dominant religion. Heated debates among the legislators arise that even concluded in a fistfight. The bill was later amended by making the reading of the two novels not compulsory to elementary and secondary level students. College students can also exempt themselves from reading the said novels. After these changes, the bill was signed into law. As the highly conservative Catholic Church exists in the post-modern 21st century, some of its adherents are calling for liberalism. In his final interview before his death, former Milan archbishop and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said the Catholic Church was "200 years out of date". A liberal voice in the church, Martini who died at 85 pointed out that the culture of the church had already aged and it must admit its mistakes and begin a radical change. He added that the church should open up to new kinds of families or risk losing its flock. As a consequence, “The Church loses the future generation,” according to him. The changes and statutes rendered by the government have confronted the ideals of the Catholic Church for the past years. Both have become persistent in promoting their causes and beliefs. However, the judgment on what to follow still lies on the people – the adherents that they both serve.

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s the debate over the Reproductive Health Bill continues in Congress, the tension between the Catholic Church and the government also escalates. Some legislators have seen the need to have a policy that shall promote responsible parenthood in the country. However, the provisions on artificial contraception and mandatory sex education have challenged the Catholic faith’s standards on ethics and morality. Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo even cited that the passage of the bill will result to moral, spiritual, social, and economic calamities. The fierce oppositions of the conservatives and the faithful have drawn them to prayer rallies and protests. Issues on plagiarism even sprang out. The conflict between the Catholic Church and government had existed even during the 1950s. Republic Act No. 1425, otherwise known as the Rizal Law, also became controversial before it was signed into law on June 12, 1956. Opposed by some legislators, it was also fiercely objected by the Catholic Church. It mandated the inclusion of courses on the life, works and writings of Jose Rizal in the curricula of all public and private schools, colleges, and universities. This includes Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo – known critical novels against the Spanish friars in the late 19th century. In a pastoral letter submitted by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines that time, it was stated that Rizal violated the Canon Law 1939 which forbids and bans the publication of books that would attack or ridicule the Catholic doctrines and practices. In lieu of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, they have suggested a reading material called

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The two century old lighthouse known as Faro de Punta Luzaran served as Navigational aid to the fisherman and sailors cruising Panay Gulf.

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Guisi Clear Water Resort and Lighthouse

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f you feel the need to get away and be somewhere inexpensive sans the fuss and frills, Guisi Clearwater Beach Resort is the place for you. The beach resort is a classic crescent shape, capped by two heavily forested headlands. You have to go down a stairway in the steep cliff in order to reach the nipa hut type cabanas. The sand starts immediately where the cliff ends and is of a shallow to medium gradient and somewhat coarse grain. The waters are calm year-round and boast magnificent swimming. In the cabanas, you’ll have a good view of the beach and the Guisi lighthouse. It has a common bathroom and toilet for the twin and quad sharing rooms. It has a store where you can buy stuff that you might just need. Be surprised to see a monkey on your way to the reception and be ready to offer a piece of banana. Huge boulders of rocks lie in piles on the beach, forming spectacular grottos that are open to the sea. You might find that these boulders are perfect for picture taking with your friends. The beach boasts calm, clear waters, and the sand is soft and white. Lush, green hills rise up behind the beach, capping off the splendid setting. The sandy beaches are lined with tropical palms, adding to the dramatic effect. Entrance Fee – 20 pesos per person Cabana – 400 pesos Do you have the penchant for old things and ancestries? A fifteen minute walk from the resort will bring you to Guisi Point Lighthouse. According to the official website of the Province of Guimaras, the lighthouse, a 17.5 m (58 ft) octagonal cylindrical tower, was completed in 1896. It was built by the Spanish government in 1894 -1896 as part of the Master Plan for the lighting of the Maritime Coasts of the Philippine Archipelago. The plan was aimed at lighting the Philippine Seas and channels to guide ships in and through the most important sea channels to the ports of Manila, Iloilo, and Cebu. Known as Faro de Punta Luzaran, the lighthouse served as a navigational aid to the fishermen and sailors cruising Panay Gulf. While the original lighthouse is no longer operational a new one has been built by the Philippine Coast Guard.1 The rubbles, pebbles and boulders are covered in vines and lush moss which gives a temperate feel to this ancient setting. You can tour the area with Manong the tour guide who surprisingly knows how to take snaps of your good angles. You can take the spiral staircase to get on top of the lighthouse and swivel inside a rusty barrel that took centuries for time to contrive. On top of the lighthouse, luxuriate as the sun, wind and the sea melds an amazing view of the beach front and the spectacular sunset creeping in the horizon.

Vast clearwaters of Guisi is not only its people’s source of livelihood but also a bounty of enjoyable activities and pride.

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Isla Baboy, one of the San Roque Islets, lies in glorious solitude.

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any beaches today are crowded with people and commercial establishments. But what if you want a place where you could freely unwind and immerse yourself in peace, silence, and solitude? The San Roque group of islands, endorsed by the junior Development Communication students of the West Visayas State University College of Mass Communications, offers you the rare luxuries of a truly relaxing vacation. Located at Barangay San Roque, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, the island can be reached through a 30 minute jeepney travel from the Jordan Wharf to Nueva Valencia and another 30 minute motorcycle ride to go to the San Roque Wharf. At the wharf, a small pump boat can be rented for P400 on the first hour and P150.00 for the succeeding hours. The wharf is situated on a narrow and saltwater river filled with mangroves. Once out of the river, you will see small islands all around with big waves knocking over your boat. It becomes a thrilling ride that will surely scare you. However, the scenery will take away your fears as you become mesmerized by the waves splashing on the rocks. The view of the subterranean river and islets is breathtaking in their pristine state. The islets are Isla Baboy, Barko ni Lolo, Bato Bulog, Puro Pana, Puro Intis, Puro Mutoy, Isla Margarita, Santo Niño, Isla Miguel, La Puerta al Paraiso and Pinabaywan. Setting foot on one of these islets is another story. There are entrance fees to each one. Some of these islets are already developed. La Puerta al Paraiso for example is said to be where celebrities stay in when they visit the province. But as of now, the resort has been temporarily closed due to road constructions. If you want to treat yourself to a relaxing vacation, this is the place for you. Leave all your worries behind, unwind and feel the fresh ocean breeze.

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reberensiya sa Kristiyanismo at katotohanan sa paniniwalang Katoliko sa mga Chamorro. Naging nakakatusak ang misyon nila dahil sa mga masukal na kagubatan, matatarik na mga bangin at malimit na pagsaklob ng mga bagyo na nakakandong sa isla. Ngunit, hindi nagpalupig ang mga misyonaryo at niyakag ang mga sarili na magpursige sa gawain. Nagbunga rin ang lahat nang maipatayo ang unang mga tirahan at simbahan sa pook ng Hagatña sa Isla ng Guam. Ika-15 ng Hunyo, taong 1668 nang dumating ang grupo ng Santo at San Vitores kasama ang lima pang mga Heswita at 30 mga sundalo sa Isla Ladrones na kilala ngayon sa tawag na Isla Marianas. Sa puntong iyon ay pinagbibigkis ang mga Chamorro bilang mga alagad ng paniniwalang Romano Katoliko. Naging mahinahon at nagbigay-lugod ang pithaya ng misyon ngunit nag-iba ito nang magkalat ang maling salaysay si Choco, isang pekeng manggamot na Tsino ukol sa mapaminsala at nakakalason na tubigpambinyag ng mga misyonaryo. Sinamahan pa ng mga imoral na Macanjas at Urritaos si Choco sa pagsapantaha ng maling gawi

“Paano maibubuod ang naging buhay ng isang Santo?” Isang taon matapos ang malungkot na kinahinatnan ng buhay nina San Pedro Calungsod at Padre San Vitores ay itinalaga ang beatipikasyon ngunit para lamang sa huli. Tuluyan namang nakitil ang proseso noong taong iyon dahil sa ligalig sa pulitika at relihiyon. Dahil sa pagkadiskubre sa mga lumang kasulatan ukol sa marubdob na pangyayari, si Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores ay bineyatipikahan din sa wakas. Ito ay nangyari noong ika-anim ng Oktubre 1985 na humantong naman sa pag-alala sa kabutihang-puri ni Pedro Calungsod. Noong 1994, ang arsobispo ng Cebu na si Ricardo Cardinal Vidal ay humingi ng permiso sa Vatican para sa beatipikasyon ni Calungsod. Ang Santo Papa ng mga panahong iyon na si John Paul II ay nag apruba sa beatipikasyon noong ika-lima ng Marso taong 2000 sa St. Peter‘s Square sa Roma.

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na nakapagdulot naman sa pagkawala ng tiwala ng mga Chamorro kina San Pedro Calungsod. Ilan sa kanila na pinagbuntungan ng mga haka-haka ay pinatay at nasawi. Ang pinakarimarimarim na kaganapan ay nangyari noong ika-dalawa ng Abril, 1672. Si San Pedro Calungsod na noon ay 17 taong gulang pa lamang kasama ang iba pa ay naglakbay patungong Tomhom sa Guam upang binyagan ang bagong-silang na batang babae sa nayong iyon. Ngunit, ang ama ng bata na si Matapang, kahit tubong Kristiyano, ay tiwali sa desisyon. Nabinyagan pa rin ang sanggol sa di malinaw na kadahilanan. Tumindi ang naging yamot ni Matapang at napagdesisyunan nitong kitilin sina San Pedro Calungsod at San Vitores sa tulong na rin ng kasaping si Hirao. Namatay ang santo sa pagkakatama ng sibat sa dibdib at sumunod ring nasawi ang pari. Tinali nina Matapang ang mabibigat na bato sa kanilang mga paa at itinaboy sa kailaliman ng dagat ang kanilang mga katawan at hindi na muling nasilayan pa.

arawan ng banal na kasaysayan, kababanaagan ng bukod-tanging serbisyo at paglilingkod sa Panginoon at kapwa, salamisim ng katapatan bilang Katolikong misyonaryo at katiwala — iilan lamang ito sa maaaring maibuod sa naging buhay ni San Pedro Calungsod. Ngunit sino nga ba si San Pedro Calungsod? Anu-ano nga ba ang naging kontribusyon at nilingkod niya bilang isang ulirang binata na may marangal na katungkulan bilang sugo ng Diyos? Si San Pedro Calungsod, sa edad na 14 taong gulang, ay nagsilbi bilang sakristan at misyonaryong katekista kaanib ang Kastilang

Heswitang si Beato Diego Luis de San Vitores. Sinasabing si San Pedro Calungsod ay tubong Bisaya. Ayon sa pananaliksik, ang Molo sa Iloilo, Ormoc sa Leyte, Ginatilan sa Cebu, at Loboc sa Bohol ang mga posibleng lugar na kanyang pinagmulan. Naging mag-aaral siya ng paaralan ng mga Heswita na siyang nagturo sa kanya ng katekismo at wikang Kastila. Nagsimula ang katapatan sa bokasyon ng Santo nang siya ay nabigyan ng pagkakataong sumama kay San Vitores na maglakbay mula Pilipinas papuntang Isla Ladrones (Islas de los Ladrones) sa hilagang-kanluran ng karagatang Pasipiko upang magpulong at magbahagi ng

Noong ika-19 ng Disyembre taong 2011 ay inaprubahan ng Simbahang Katoliko ang pagturing na santo kay Calungsod buhat na rin ng himalang muling pagkabuhay ng isang babae na dalawang oras nang idineklarang patay dahil sa atake sa puso. Si Cardinal Angelo Amato ang nagdeklara ng kawastuhan ng pagkabanal ni Calungsod pati na ang pagsangayon ng Santo Papa Benedict XVI sa petisyon. Itinalaga ng Papa si Pedro Calungsod bilang isang bagong santo sa Ika-21 ng Oktubre ng taong kasalukuyan sa Vatican. Si San Pedro Calungsod ang ikalawang Pilipinong santo na kinikilala ng Vatican. Siya ay sumunod kay San Lorenzo Ruiz. Katunayan ay ipinapatayo ngayon ang simbahan na ipinangalan sa kanya sa Toledo sa Cebu na paunti-unting tinatapos dahil sa kakulangan sa pondo. Ipinagdiriwang ang pista ng enormidad ng pagkamartir ni San Pedro Calungsod at ni Padre San Vitores tuwing Abril 2. www.pedrocalungsod.org www.ignitumtoday.com

Pangontra sa Init

Nina Ian Leoj M. Gumban at Krezyl Joyce V. Pugna

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Like Water for Chocolate:

The perfect concoction of love and family recipes By Jesther Rose L. Rojas

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Mama Elena. She is tasked not to marry the man she loves in order to continue the family tradition of the De La Garza family of having the youngest daughter to stay at their mother’s side to take care of them up to their aging years. Due to this tradition she is forbidden to be with the man she loves, Pedro. All of Tita’s heartaches and hidden dreams were easily forgotten in the kitchen where she spends most of her time with Nacha, their household helper. But even how lucky Tita is in the kitchen she is by far the loneliest girl when she found out that Pedro resolved to marry her older sister. But according to Nacha, he only did it for the sake of having Tita at close proximity. “When you're told there's no way you can marry the woman you love and your only hope of being near her is to marry her sister,

wouldn't you do the same?” Tita’s story is told through a third person perspective and the delicacies she cooked for her family. It could be sweet as Tita’s love for Pedro or bitter as she realized that Pedro had forgotten about her, Esquivel’s technique of writing the story in magical realism is another landmark of a Latin writer as pioneered by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The ending could be exaggerated for many but basing that the novel is written in magical realism, it just signifies that even in the end, Tita and Pedro’s love will go through the ends. If you want a book that

would fill your boring days with family drama and let your imagination run wild, then this one is custom made for you. It is sensual and romantic, uplifting and melancholic. Having to balance these is surely a good thing. Like Water for Chocolate would remind you of a Mexican soap opera you watched during lazy afternoons with the smell of lunch still wafting in the air. The delicacies featured is already an added bonus if you have a penchant for good food and you’re looking for that nostalgic feeling of your childhood days in front of the television and good old dramas were still the trend compared to today’s Asian television series.

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The movie that will find you By Jesther Rose L. Rojas

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MuradHoxha(RadeSerbedzija),Chief of the Albanian Mafia plans to kidnap Mills’ wife and daughter and let Mills watch as he takes away their lives. The film does not disappoint moviegoers who wanted to experience again the action set by the first movie. The fast paced alleyway car chase and the fist fight between Neeson and one of the antagonists is also worth mentioning. The first movie was a surprise hit and the second movie somehow managed to bring in some Taken magic. Although the movie is a good action film and managed to lock in suspense and action in the most elemental of ways, the first one is still considered the best.

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aken 2 is the much anticipated continuation of the standalone box-office hit of 2008. Liam Neeson reprises his role as a retired CIA agent, Bryan Mills. What may have been a stress free family vacation turned out the way it was not expected. One could only imagine how much bad luck can happen to a family at one time. In the first movie, Kim, the daughter of Bryan Mills, was kidnapped in the streets of Paris and was tossed into the dangerous web of human trafficking. In this movie, set in the city of Istanbul, the story revolves on how one father takes revenge for the death of his sons and how another tries to protect his family.

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