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WHY CEBU CITY IS A BIG CHINATOWN

Posted: February 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

Why Cebu doesn’t really have a Chinatown. 🙂

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AS the Chinese Lunar New Year waxes more fully, Cebu City begins to sway to the rhythm of the Lion Dance. But a visitor will wonder where its Chinatown is. Searching the surface, he will not find one, frustrating even the most perceptive traveler who sees all signs of Chinese presence yet finds no heart of a Chinatown. Cebu, in truth, has had two Chinatowns. This is history, for the direct trade between southern Chinese ports and the island of Cebu existed since at least a century before the Spanish conquista. It was the increased opportunities in the island’s trade and commerce that brought Chinese settlers to its shores, especially at the onset of the Galleon Trade in which Cebu was involved from 1594 to 1604. The Galleon Trade fully realized the Chinaman’s role as a middleman, a role whose potential for profit proved irresistible. The Parian The early Chinamen…

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The Social Significance of AlDub

Posted: September 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

Source: The Social Significance of AlDub

Of fishpoles and waterfalls…

Posted: September 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

“What are we going to do in Barili?” (more…)

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It’s kinda embarrasing to read about pastors resigning because of moral failures. I can’t really speak on what happened to these men but rather be reminded that Satan is really on a double time to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). I wouldn’t deny that I followed these guys online. I think we need hard hitting speakers but yes, we have to watch our life and doctrine closely (1 Tim. 4:16).

Instead of joining the crowd in stoning preachers who fell, I think we, as individuals, should not go on a bashing spree, but rather, this is the time to step up as Christians. We should ask, how should we respond in light of these issues? (more…)

Sinulog 2015

Posted: January 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Reblogging from a fellow sojourner! 🙂

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At the end of my second week here, I participated in Sinulog 2015. It is a an annual and cultural festival that celebrates that coming of the Santo Niño and the acceptance of Christianity (specifically Roman Catholicism) to the Philippines. Since it’s religious beginnings it has evolved to become a huge city-wide celebration that starts at 1pm and ends at 3am or later the next day. The party is very much like a daytime rave with people spraying beer, throwing paint, and just dancing it out. It was definitely an experience I won’t soon forget.

The delightful people who braved the crowds so I could experience Sinulog. FtoB: Toby, Joel, Victoria, Marijim, Aja, Gabo, me (missing: Jam) The delightful people who braved the crowds so I could experience Sinulog. FtoB: Toby, Joel, Victoria, Marijim, Aja, Gabo, me (missing: Jam)

IMG_0870 This picture isn’t an accurate representation of the crowds. They were insane.

My Sinulog experience made me think of all the people that come to these events.

We live in a world that…

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Baptism in a shower room

Posted: May 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

I’m tired. Full schedule on a Sunday which meant I was working late last night (a Saturday) and sometimes I feel so drained. Like right now, I feel exhausted.

But what lifts my spirits is seeing a man, advanced in years, wanting to go for a water baptism. Even with his health complications, this did not stop him from getting baptized. (more…)

Serve Day

Posted: May 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

I would begin with a line I heard somewhere…

Christians are created for service. The question is, who are you serving.

Sometimes, I feel that we keep on doing things but we really are not making an impact in our city. We keep on doing ministry but not really hitting the target. Serve day is an opportunity for the church (and to every individual) to rise up to the challenge and help out a school, in terms of cleaning and painting the rooms.

This takes a lot of faith. We really didn’t know where to get the supplies but God provided and the manpower just came.

I am grateful for the opportunity of being able to serve.