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The last of the wise men

Posted: October 6, 2014 in Shorts, Theology

It’s almost Christmas. In the Philippines, people start hanging out Christmas stuff such as the tree, the wreath, lanterns and other ornaments when the “ber” month comes. When December approaches, people would be panic buying and traffic would be really bad. The main characters during Christmas would be Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, angels and of course, the wise men. For today’s discussion, let’s look at the wise men (see Matthew 2:1-12) when they were looking for Jesus. There are three important lessons we can learn from them. (more…)

Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Posted: September 30, 2014 in Shorts
Taken from the Facebook page of Chai Tallo.

Taken from the Facebook page of Chai Tallo.

A group of painters used to gather every evening in Cafe Guerbois in the neighborhood of Batignolles, Paris. The ringleader of the group was a guy named Edouard Monet. With him was Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre – Auguste Renoir. This group of painters would paint one another, paint next to each other, and supported one another financially and emotionally. They would go on and invent modern art with the movement known as Impressionism. At their time, this group would go against the norms of society by not submitting to the prestigious Salon, a group of traditional artists in which France would determine which painting is of good quality or not. The group of painters in Cafe Guerbois would not paint like the rest of the artists, who painted French history or mythology. They would paint everyday life (Malcolm Gladwell, David & Goliath, 72-73).

Fast forward to 2014, In Cebu Normal University. A group of students performed in a theater in which the play was breaking the norms of a school play. First, the students chose to use a language that the Cebuanos could relate to. They used Bislish, a mixture of Cebuano and English. Normally, a play would either use English, or Cebuano, but this is the first time that this writer attended a play where the language was understandable because of the colloquial usage of the language. Just like a Renoir or a Degas who has a fine impression on an image before 3D ever existed, the play came alive because of the familiarity of the vocabulary to the ears. There was not a dull moment as the audience would look forward to how the play was unraveling. (more…)


Posted: September 14, 2014 in psalms, Shorts, Theology

Read: John 9

For years, he was blind. He couldn’t describe the colors for he was born without the gift of sight. He had to use his other senses to get him around. Everyday, he would beg for food, for what else could a blind man do.

One day, he heard some guys talking.

“Teacher, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (more…)