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The year that ended last night – 2016 – was as a big year for the Philippines. The nation elected a new president but he was not of the same mold as previous leaders of the country. He promised change and in so many areas of the national life, this is what we are undergoing today.

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Be happy

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Aren’t your best pictures the ones in which you wear a beautiful smile? Presentable clothes and a good posture are important to make a person look good, but a smile makes his/her appearance even better!

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Martial Law?

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THE extant photograph in black and white of Senators Salvador Laurel, Eva Estrada Kalaw, Gerardo Roxas etc. standing to the left and right of a bolted Senate door leading to the Session Hall is a sobering reminder, if not a poignant caveat, when Executive authority, displayed in all its naked power, trespasses over a co-equal branch of government.

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IN the ongoing discussion on the death penalty, which President Duterte wants to return so as to strengthen the rule of law, it is useful to note that the world – and the Philippines with it – has long debated this issue in the United Nations.

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The Word

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came to be
through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him. But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.

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The Word

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In the beginning was the Word,/and the Word was with God,/and the Word was God./He was in the beginning with God./All things came to be through him,/and without him nothing came to be./ What came to be through him was life,/ and this life was the light of the human race;/the light shines in the darkness,/ and the darkness has not overcome it./…

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