Showing posts with label Events and celebrations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Events and celebrations. Show all posts


Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's day to all great, loving, caring and awesome Mothers out there..special greetings to my beloved Mamang, Lola Puri+ and Lola Inar+, my Aunties, sisters, cousins, friends and classmates! I love you all! Thank you so much especially to my Mamang for all the wonderful things and for bringing me in this world. God bless us all!

Nobody knows of the work it makes
To keep the home together.
Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
Nobody knows-but Mother.


Greetings To Dear Mother

I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks to the greatest Mother of the world. Her name is Rosa. She brought me to this world. Thanks a lot Mama Rosa for everything. I also would like to greet all Mothers out there. Congratulations to all of your for raising your children. God bless you all. Here is a pot of flowers to all of you.
I wish I could give this to my Mother personally. Sad to say, I am thousand miles away from home. God bless you Mother. May you have many more days to enjoy your life!


Bouquet of Flowers for Earth Day

Do you remember what day today is? Thanks to the power of internet who help me remember about the celebration of Earth Day today. That is also the reason why I am offering this bouquet of flowers as an offering to Mother Earth and Mother Nature. I just hope that we always learn to take care and take awareness of our environment even in just simply ways. I had started it for along time by planting plants and flowers in our garden and many more other ways.
Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is celebrated in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Earth Day Network, a group that wishes to become the coordinator of Earth Day globally, asserts that Earth Day is now observed on April 22 on virtually every country on Earth. World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5 in a different nation every year, is the principal United Nations environmental observance. Many communities also celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of environment-related activities. wikipedia


Happy Fourth of July To All American Friends

I wish all American people a wonderful and safe celebration of the 4th of July. Have fun everyone! More power to America!

“As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.”
George Washington


Have A Blessed Day To All Mothers

"Let's praise the Lord for mothers who not only care for their children physically but also nurture them spiritually. Mothers like that are indispensable."
Herb Vander Lugt

Such great words from the Author. That is the reason why I would like to congratulate all Mothers who have done their best in taking care of their children not only physically but spiritually as a whole! You're are all great heroes!
To my dear Mother, thanks a lot for everything!
I love you Mamang!
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God has conferred on motherhood a true nobility,
and she who gladly fills that role
can shape man's destiny.
D. De Haan

thanks to Joy for greeting me with the above flower....even though I'm still not a mother..that's why I am also passing it especially to all loving Mothers in the whole world. God bless you always!


What is Good Friday

Just sharing for now about Good Friday! have a meaningful and blessed Easter! here it is;

Good Friday, also called Holy Friday, Black Friday, or Great Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by adherents to Christianity commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Golgotha. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and often coincides with the Jewish observance of Passover.

Based on the scriptural details of the Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most probably on a Friday. The estimated year of Good Friday is AD 33, by two different groups, and originally as AD 34 by Isaac Newton via the differences between the Biblical and Julian calendars and the crescent of the moon.


What is Maundy Thursday

To have more understanding about Lenten Season especially the celebration of Maundy Thursday, I have here an article about it..just to let you know ..have a blessed Holy Week to all!

"Maundy Thursday

The feast of Maundy (or Holy) Thursday solemnly commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and is the oldest of the observances peculiar to Holy Week. In Rome various accessory ceremonies were early added to this commemoration, namely the consecration of the holy oils and the reconciliation of penitents, ceremonies obviously practical in character and readily explained by the proximity of the Christian Easter and the necessity of preparing for it. Holy Thursday could not but be a day of liturgical reunion since, in the cycle of movable feasts, it brings around the anniversary of the institution of the Liturgy. On that day, whilst the preparation of candidates was being completed, the Church celebrated the Missa chrismalis of which we have already described the rite (see HOLY OILS) and, moreover, proceeded to the reconciliation of penitents. In Rome everything was carried on in daylight, whereas in Africa on Holy Thursday the Eucharist was celebrated after the evening meal, in view of more exact conformity with the circumstances of the Last Supper. Canon 24 of the Council of Carthage dispenses the faithful from fast before communion on Holy Thursday, because, on that day, it was customary take a bath, and the bath and fast were considered incompatible. St. Augustine, too, speaks of this custom (Ep. cxviii ad Januarium, n. 7); he even says that as certain persons did not fast on that day, the oblation was made twice, morning and evening, and in this way those who did not observe the fast could partake of the Eucharist after the morning meal, whilst those who fasted awaited the evening repast. more infos here


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Are you familiar with St. Patrick? I read a newspaper last weekend about St. Patrick's Celebration in Munich, Germany. They will be having a parade today to commemorate this celebration. For those who are not familiar with St. Patrick, here is a little information about him.

Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), colloquially St. Paddy's Day or simply Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa AD 385–461), one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17.

The day is the national holiday of Ireland. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Montserrat. In Canada, Great Britain, Australia, the United States, and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday.

St. Patrick's feast day was placed on the universal liturgical calendar in the Catholic Church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding[2] in the early part of the 17th century, although the feast day was celebrated in the local Irish church from a much earlier date. St. Patrick's Day is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland. The feast day usually falls during Lent; if it falls on a Friday of Lent (unless it is Good Friday), the obligation to abstain from eating meat can be lifted by the local bishop. The church calendar avoids the observance of saints' feasts during certain solemnities, moving the saint's day to a time outside those periods. St. Patricks Day is very occasionally affected by this requirement. Thus when March 17 falls during Holy Week, as in 1940 when St. Patrick's Day was observed on April 3 in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and again in 2008, having been observed on 15 March.


Have a Lovely Valentine's Day

I wish you all a happy and lovely Valentine's day!! have fun!!

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Have a Great Birthday Dearest Father

(my three sisters and my dear Father)

I would like to extend my warmest greetings to my dearest Father...
a happy and memorable birthday! here are my wishes for you..

May you have many many more birthdays to come.
May you be blessed with good health always.
May all your wishes come true.
And may God bless and always protect you from all harm and danger.
I wish you a happy birthday my dearest Father.

Your one of the greatest person in my life.
I would like to let you know that your always in my heart.
Thanks a lot for everything.
happy 72th birthday!!
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Halad Festival in Midsayap, Cotabato

I miss my birthplace Midsayap. Yesterday was the Halad festival in my birthplace. I know how this festival is always celebrated not only by Midsayapeños but also with people from different parts of the Philippines and the the world. When Cebu celebrates Sinulog, Midsayap also feasts about halad. I hope I can visit again this beautiful place. Above photo are the participants with colorful and festive customs. Here is a little info about Midsayap halad Festival.

Annually, the people of Midsayap prepares for the grand celebration of the town fiesta popularly known as Halad sa Sto. Niño Festival which is held every third Sunday of January. The Halad Festival, celebrated in honor of the town's patron saint Sr. Sto. Niño, is highlighted by the colorful street dancing and parade competition. Groups from various towns in Cotabato Province as well as from Cotabato City and neighboring towns of Maguindanao Province troop annually to Midsayap to participate in the contest and try their luck to win the top prize.

The festival gained national recognition when the 2003 Halad champions, all students of Alamada National High School, represented Region XII in the national street dancing competition and won the P1 million grand prize in the Aliwan Fiesta held in May 2003 in Intramuros, Manila. Inspired by their back-to-back wins, the group participated again in the Pamaskong Aliwan Festival in December of that same year and won the P1 million grand prize. Both festivals were part of the Visit Philippines 2003 program of the Department of Tourism.



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The Last Candle of Advent

I finally lighted the last candle of advent today. Christmas is on our way! may you have a great one in this Yuletide season!! Again and again, I want to greet each and everyone a very Merry Christmas and a More Bountiful New Years!! Cheers!!

Happy Third Advent Sunday

Hi to all! It is the third Sunday of Advent already. Advent is celebrated by Christians who prepare for the coming of the Birth of Jesus. It is derived from Latin word adventus which simply means "coming ". It is also the time or period before the coming of Christmas. This morning I already lit the third candle in our advent wreath while taking my breakfast. I am alone this weekend since my husband have to go to work.

Some more days and Christmas is almost coming. I hope you will have a memorable and joyous one!!

Here is an example of advent wreath. I wish you an enjoyable Sunday!!

What is Advent

Advent (from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming") is a season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus, in other words, the period immediately before Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western Christian year and commences on Advent Sunday. The Eastern churches begin the liturgical year on 1 September.[1] The Eastern Christian equivalent of Advent is called the Nativity Fast but it differs both in length and observances.

The progression of the season may be marked with an Advent calendar, a practice introduced by German Lutherans. At least in the Roman Catholic calendar, Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25; in other words, the Sunday between November 27 and December 3 inclusive.

Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming. Christians believe that the season of Advent serves a dual reminder of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting that Christians today endure as they await the second coming of Christ.


Halloween in London

it is almost Halloween as we visited London..sometimes you see people with Halloween customs in the street...just like in this photo taken near London Eye, this guy had a skeleton custom...isn't it cool!! hope to share more photos next time...please also visit my other blogs for more updates!! I also would like to extend my apology to all my blogger friends...hope to visit you once I am back to Germany...special thanks to dae Loy for everything especially for the touring and accommodation!!! appreciate it!!

Belated Happy Birthday Renate!!

a photo with my husband's relatives. The lady with the white collar is the birthday celebrant and just turned 60 yesterday.

How would you feel if you reach the age of 60 ?? Are going to be thankful for reaching this age in your life!! For me, It is already a big accomplishment when somebody reach the age of 60 especially if you live a happy and contented life.

This post is especially dedicated to my husband's cousin, Renate who had her 60th birthday yesterday..I just wish that may you have more birthdays to come and always stay happy and healthy. "Live life to the fullest" as the saying goes!!

wish everyone a happy day today!!...enjoy the first day of the month!!
please also visit my other blogsites for more updates!! thanks in advance!!

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the best part of the party!!! eating time!!

the birthday cake...yummy.. taste very good!!

How I just wish I also reach this age and God's will and grace!!


My Daily Nourishment...Family and Friends!!! Thanks a Lot!!

I really don't know exactly how to say this...but First of all I want to say..thanks a million to all my friends out there especially to those who sent birthday greetings and wishes in Friendster...I really appreciate it guys!!! Special thanks also to my family who give me all the love, support, encouragement and determination to go on in this life...I have nothing to ask for in my life. I know I am blessed with all the basic things a person can have..I am blessed for having such good friends, a family and a very good and loving husband!! I know that with all the trials, temptations and testing in my life, slowly by slowly I will overcome all of these..I know and believed God will keep on giving me the strength, courage and power to face all those trials... I am born to fight especially for the right...All my close friends and family know about that..They all know what I had been through in my life...and I will keep on fighting!!! I always try to live a happy and good life. God knows how I always strive to do all my best for my friends especially to my family....I knew God had made me an instrument to help and support esp. my family..I am just thankful to God that my sisters whom I sent to school had made it all!!! I am proud to all of you my beloved sisters!!

I also want to thanks my Beloved Mother and Father for bringing me into life in this world...Pang and Mang without your good upbringing, I would not be here..Thanks a lot for everything!! Appreciation to my Beloved Husband who is always there for good and bad times!!! Danke Schatz fuer alles!!! Ich liebe dich sehr!!

Lastly I want to thank the Lord God Almighty for giving me another year in my life.. I just keep on praying and hoping that he will give me, my family and friends good health always, more blessings to come and more candles to blow esp. for me...wink!!!!! Thanks a lot Lord for all the blessings and graces!!

I have below the names of some friends, former classmates/school mates and kababayans who especially greeted me in my natal day!! Thanks a lot for remembering!!

Please also visit my other sites for more updates!! thanks a lot!!

  • Regie (My Sister)
  • Posted 08/4/2008 3:15 am
* Rachris (Las Vegas...mah sistah)
* Posted 08/4/2008 8:46 am
* elow sister happy b-day...wish u ol d best next time na sad...take care...
  • ESMAILE (Philippines..kababayan in Midsayap)
  • Posted 08/5/2008 1:47 pm
  • oo ate ruby, at ty sa greetings ha!!! naalala kita dati sa pci midsayap. Ksma mo ba sila ate mona,at levi? thanks and belated happy bday din sau. Ingat!!!
* Amor (Ontario,Canada....friend back in Midsayap)
* Posted 08/5/2008 12:49 pm
* hi,ruby happy happy sorry belated na pala..ingatz! God Bless You

* Gloria (Philippines)
* Posted 08/4/2008 3:14 am
* Happy Birthday, Ruby!

Vilma Zaayenga (Germany)
08/3/2008 10:04 pm
* Hi! Ruby, Happy Birthday to you! Wish you all the best in this world from today and all the days ahead in your life. Ingat...

Cherryl (from Sweden...College friend)
08/3/2008 4:57 pm
* Hi Rubz, Happy happy to you! may you have many many more years to come and more blessings and success in life...God Bless and take care!

Nazareth Erezel (Canada...friend in Midsayap...ka-banker)
08/3/2008 4:25 pm
* Hi rub, Happy birthday miga. May you have many many more birthdays to come. May God Bless you and your family as always.

lOvel(-.-)vE (Saudi Arabia- my sister's classmate)
08/3/2008 1:56 am
* hApi bdAy..GOd blEss u mOre!!!

NEYLA VERONICA ( ever beautiful kababayan from Midsayap)
08/3/2008 12:48 am
* Hi, RUBY!!! Happy birthday!!! May God keep you in HIS loving arms always & bless you with all the good things you well-deserved. No matter what, enjoy your day & have fun!!! Keep shinin'!

Rachel ( classmate in high school)
08/2/2008 2:30 am
* happy birthday.wish u all the best things in life!tc

Ruben (Australia...kababayan from Midsayap)
08/2/2008 1:49 am
* HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! and ALL THE BEST TO COME!!!where ever you are today,enjoy the most of it!-greeting you from OZ the land downunder!Regards!




Happy Easter Sunday!!

The English term, according to the Ven. Bede (De temporum ratione, I, v), relates to Estre, a Teutonic goddess of the rising light of day and spring, which deity, however, is otherwise unknown, even in the Edda (Simrock, Mythol., 362); Anglo-Saxon, eâster, eâstron; Old High German, ôstra, ôstrara, ôstrarûn; German, Ostern. April was called easter-monadh. The plural eâstron is used, because the feast lasts seven days. Like the French plural Pâques, it is a translation from the Latin Festa Paschalia, the entire octave of Easter. The Greek term for Easter, pascha, has nothing in common with the verb paschein, "to suffer," although by the later symbolic writers it was connected with it; it is the Aramaic form of the Hebrew pesach (transitus, passover). The Greeks called Easter the pascha anastasimon; Good Friday the pascha staurosimon. The respective terms used by the Latins are Pascha resurrectionis and Pascha crucifixionis. In the Roman and Monastic Breviaries the feast bears the title Dominica Resurrectionis; in the Mozarbic Breviary, In Lætatione Diei Pasch Resurrectionis; in the Ambrosian Breviary, In Die Sancto Paschæ. The Romance languages have adopted the Hebrew-Greek term: Latin, Pascha; Italian, Pasqua; Spanish, Pascua; French, Also some Celtic and Teutonic nations use it: Scottish, Pask; Dutch, Paschen; The correct word in Dutch is actually Paasen Danish, Paaske; Swedish, Pask; even in the German provinces of the Lower Rhine the people call the feast Paisken not Ostern. The word is, principally in Spain and Italy, identified with the word "solemnity" and extended to other feasts, e.g. Sp., Pascua florida, Palm Sunday; Pascua de Pentecostes, Pentecost; Pascua de la Natividad, Christmas; Pascua de Epifania, Epiphany. In some parts of France also First Communion is called Pâques, whatever time of the year administered.



Why Do The Station of the Cross

The most important reason for reviving the practice of making the Stations of the Cross is that it is a powerful way to contemplate, and enter into, the mystery of Jesus' gift of himself to us. It takes the reflection on the passion out of my head, and makes it an imaginative exercise. It involves my senses, my experience and my emotions. To the extent I come to experience the love of Jesus for me, to that extent the gratitude I feel will be deep. Deep gratitude leads to real generosity and a desire to love as I have been loved. First, just a note about the history of the stations:

The History:

From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection. When pilgrims came to see Jerusalem, they were anxious to see the sites where Jesus was. These sites become important holy connections with Jesus. Eventually, following in the footsteps of the Lord, along the way of the cross, became a part of the pilgrimage visit. The stations, as we know them today, came about when it was no longer easy or even possible to visit the holy sites. In the 1500's, villages all over Europe started creating "replicas" of the way of the cross, with small shrines commemorating the places along the route in Jerusalem. Eventually, these shrines became the set of 14 stations we now know and were placed in almost every Catholic Church in the world.

Why Put Them On the Web?

We do this for the same reason we have done the Daily Reflections and the Online Retreat on the web - accessibility. It would be wonderful if each of us would find the time to explore our church, or a classic church in town, and make the stations there, going from station to station. However, it is much easier to imagine almost anyone with a computer going through these stations, any time, day or night.
What if I have never made the Stations before?
Go to the page on "How to do the Stations" and see how simple it is. On the web, it's easy. I can do one a day, for two weeks. I can do several at a time, and just do them, when I get a chance. I can do all 14 at a time, and return to them in my prayer and imagination as I do them.

The most important thing to remember is that this can be as personal as I'd like it to be. One of our common religious struggles is to realize that we are not alone. The Good News is that Jesus entered into our life's experience completely - even suffering and death - and that he fell into the hands of a Loving God, who raised him from death to life. We can have complete hope that suffering and death have no complete hold on us. We will all share eternal life with him, if we can fall into the hands of the same Loving God. And, along the way, we are not alone. Jesus is with as one who knows our suffering, and the death we face. That can be deeply consoling.

So try the stations, and experience the consolation they offer. And return often, to be renewed in this intimate experience of Jesus' solidarity with all humanity in our way of the cross each day.