A Prayer for the Philippine Independence Day…

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A Prayer for Philippine Independence Day…

May The Lord Grant my fellow Filipinos the Independence they have fought for,

the Independence they truly deserves.

Free from all the Inhuman, Greedy and Corrupt officials,

that are still and will be occupying positions in our government.

Free from all oppressors

that are trying to manipulate our Country’s resources,

and claiming it as their own.

Free from all the mockery and bullying

that makes us believe in ourselves less.

That we may be free from poverty

And work hand in hand to climb the ladder of Greatness.

May we know in our hearts that where ever part of the world we may be,

our Filipino blood will always shine through.

And may we continue to help, inspire, love and support each other

For our Country and for our people.

Amen.

Love Month ♥♥♥

February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. The month has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years.

February is the third month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, February is the seasonal equivalent of August in the Northern Hemisphere (which is the third month of summer), in meteorological reckoning.

February starts on the same day of the week as March and November in common years, and on the same day of the week as August in leap years. February ends on the same day of the week as October every year and on the same day of the week as January in common years only. In leap years, it is the only month that ends on the same weekday it begins.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February

As for me:

Love month as they call it, February seems to awaken people’s yearning  for “LOVE”. People feel obligated to have a special someone, to buy expensive flowers and chocolates and to go out on a date which results to a tremendous and horrifying  traffic. I’m not being cynical about the Love month but I don’t get it! Why do you need to wait for February just to give your girl a bunch of flowers that is already 3x pricey. And if you are single, why force yourself to go out with someone you don’t really like just for the sake of showing people you’re with someone.

Love should be celebrated everyday! Love should be spontaneous and consistent. You don’t need to wait for February to show someone they are special. You can do it everyday. A simple kiss on the cheek, a hug before you leave, a stroke on her hair, cooking his favorite meal and a tight embrace before you go to sleep are just things you can do to make her/him feel special.

Flowers dry up, Chocolates melt and expensive meals get flushed on the toilet. Small gestures of love are lasting memories that will be treasured for life. I choose to give and receive the gestures. Be ready for a million hugs from me :) Happy Valentines!

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As we bid our Goodbye to Nelson Mandela…

 

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A Brief Introduction…

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionarypolitician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. An international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted in 1990 amid escalating civil strife. Mandela published his autobiography and opened negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994, in which he led the ANC to victory. As South Africa’s first black president Mandela formed a Government of National Unity in an attempt to defuse racial tension. He also promulgated a new constitution and created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses. Continuing the former government’s liberal economic policy, his administration introduced measures to encourage land reform, combat poverty, and expand healthcare services. Internationally, he acted as mediator between Libya and the United Kingdom in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial, and oversaw military intervention in Lesotho. He declined to run for a second term, and was succeeded by his deputy, Thabo Mbeki. Mandela subsequently became an elder statesman, focusing on charitable work in combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life. Denounced as a Marxist terrorist by critics, he nevertheless gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Soviet Order of Lenin and the Bharat Ratna. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or asTata (“Father”); he is often described as “the father of the nation”.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela

As For Me: 

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As  we bid our Goodbyes to the man who inspired us all to live a fearless and just life,

Let us evaluate ourselves

And  make sure that all his teachings and encouraging words

Will not go to waste.

There will only be one Nelson Mandela,

And there will only be one you.

Make a mark for yourself by doing wonderful and selfless things,

Rather than pointing fingers on other people’s faults.

Start within yourself and hopefully

The world will trail around with you

As the World did to Nelson Mandela.

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