Wearing Green

I like green. Plants, pea pods, fatigue and camouflage. I even collect the 200 peso bills because they are green. Had I been more than 5 feet tall, I would have entered the army just to be able to wear green. But since I am not over 5 feet, I did not even attempt to take the military entrance exam after finishing high school.  Good thing though is,  during high school, we had this Citizens Army Training or CAT. Because of CAT we were able to wear green. Look below, I am wearing a medal.CAT MEDAL What I like about the CAT is we pretend to be like soldiers. Coming from an all girl school, pretend playing is fun, if not a challenge. But what about in  real life? Running around firing guns is not fun specially if you are running to survive.  Again, as much as possible I don’t  want my children to become soldiers like their dad.

I abhor the ranks and the abusive tendencies of those at the so called “top brass”. I had a limited experience of that in my high school. But let’s face it, given the current global situation, wars left and right, CAT comes in handy. Considering that my children are only ages 10 and 8, I decided to give them  a “mini” citizens army training of sorts. At age 3, I taught them how to read. They need to read so that  they would be able to read and decode symbols. It would help also  if you  enroll your child in a day care/ school. But all the hard work and patience would depend on you as a parent. Next, they need survival skills.  At age 7, both boys were already good swimmers.  I have a related article about  swimming  in my article about Army Navy Club.  Currently, as part of their CAT, they are training to be black belts in Tae Kwon Do. In Tae Kwon Do, they are taught discipline and increased pain tolerance.

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My sons are training to become blackbelts.

As part of my children’s CAT, I brought them to Intramuros, Manila. Intramuros (Walled City) is very famous for its rich  Philippine History. If you want to experience Filipino culture at a very low cost, I highly recommend this place.  Children need to understand history. In Intramuros, my children learned that before the Spaniards occupied this fort, this fort was used as  military barracks by the Muslims under Rajah Soliman.

Lastly, another reason why I chose green, is it symbolizes hope. Children must be taught how to think positive. Notwithstanding all appearances of helplessness, hope is all you need to survive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tis the season to be holy.

Living in a predominantly Roman Catholic country, we celebrate holy week this way:

  1. Palm Sunday. The moment you see people scamper to get their palms wet at the church yard, it’s Palm Sunday, the start of the holy week.RG AND MM-PALM SUNDAY 2. No meat week or seafoods galore. Resist eating burgers. Further, your subway sandwich should contain vegetables or tuna or crab stick-only. The funny thing about the no meat policy, the idea is to stave off meat cravings or to sacrifice your favorite meat preparations. However, instead of sacrifice, Filipinos buy and eat a lot of seafood-defeating the very purpose of no meat policy. I must admit, I am soo guilty of this.CRAB3. Visita Iglesia.  This is known as  the Seven churches visitation.This is an ancient Roman Catholic pious tradition which is usually done on  Maundy Tuesday. There are two versions of the Visita Iglesia-one is  you visit a church and pray the traditional stations of the cross or you visit seven churches praying short prayers every time. My family prefers the seven church pilgrimage including the meals  in between-as long as it’s not meat. 

    4.  Sacrament of Confession.This is the act of acknowledging some personal fact/s to a priest which a person would rather keep hidden.This is actually the hard part because some people would like to hold on to their guilt or too ashamed to confess.CONFESSION

     

     

     

    5. Seven Last words. Because of this, I learned the significance of the 3:00 clock prayer.   Because of this, I learned that Jesus died on the cross at 3:00 pm. For reference purposes, here they are:

    “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”Gospel of Luke 23:34

    “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Gospel of Luke 23:43

     “Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.”

    Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.” Gospel of John 19:26-27

    “I thirst.” Gospel of John 19:28

    They put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth.
    When Jesus had received the wine, he said,
    “It is finished;”and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit.  Gospel of John 19:29-30

    Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
    “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
    Gospel of Luke 23:46

    6. Easter Sunday. Egg hunting yehey! Sunday is the last day of the Holy Week thus it should be happy.  I know egg hunting is not the usual Filipino lenten tradition. But somehow I have managed to let my children experience easter egg hunting.Last year, I chose the theme Alice in  Wonderland.Check out my decorations for the tea party.ALICE IN WONDERLANDEGG HUNTING.jpg

Singing Mode

 

My Diva Shot
My Diva Shot

Singing is defined as  the act of producing musical sounds with the voice. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist.

Last May 29, 2015, the best singers within our office nationwide, gathered in one historic event to perform original Pilipino music (OPM). I was very fortunate to represent the legal department. Don’t get me wrong, I am not the only one who can sing in our department. In fact, there were other lawyers who can belt out a tune or two. Anyway, my piece was Till My Heartaches End, originally performed by Ella Mae Saison.  I chose this song because it’s my favorite and  I have been singing this for twenty years.  It  has practically become my master piece in all videoke sessions. Apart from the actual performance, what I enjoyed most in that competition  was the photo shoot a week before. Here are some of the fun shots:

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GROUP SHOT HELIPAD

 

For a week  I felt  more like a diva and less  than a lawyer.  It’s a welcome break. In every singing competition, it doesn’t  matter whether you are pretty or brainy. What matters are you get the proper vocal range, vocal weight, vocal tessitura, vocal timbre, and vocal transition points such as breaks and lifts within the voice. In my case, I have been trying desperately  to sound like Whitney Houston-before her rehab.   Well, my guess is, my desperation  didn’t work because I didn’t win in that contest-hahaha. Nonetheless, I gathered a few fans of my own in our office.

People sing for a lot of reasons.  Personally,  I sing to amuse myself, praise God and sometimes to impress others.  My voice teacher, Prosecutor Cristina Miletta Ongsiako-Zulueta (yes, she is also a lawyer)  previously asked me to guess what her age was. To my head, she looked forty. But when she showed me  the date in her college thesis, she turned out to be fifteen years more than my wild guess. Music does take years off your face.