Browsing All posts tagged under »poverty«

Simbang Gabi Homilies: Day 5 with Fr. Raymund-Benedict Hizon, SJ

December 20, 2011


It is not easy to preach today. Not with news of people missing and dying and bodies decaying. Not with a shortage of food and water — not in Africa or some other faraway place that is simply out of our reach or out of our league. This time, and so close to Christmas, suffering […]

Simbang Gabi Homilies: Day 4 with Fr. Norberto Bautista, SJ

December 19, 2011


What mostly attracts me, really, in the Annunciation story is not so much the grand plan of God through the angel for Mary to become the mother of the Son of God, or the fortunate fate of Mary as the one He has chosen. What I find touching here is the littleness of Mary – […]

Riches and stocks: good or bad?

July 13, 2011


Is it good or bad to get rich or to own stocks? St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, says this on the use of worldly goods. From the first Jesuit general’s “Principle and Foundation”: “The human person is created to praise, reverence, and serve God Our Lord, and by so doing […]

If only we saw the first Nativity scene

December 24, 2010


This season of glitters, gifts, and lights paints for us a neat and romantic picture of the first Christmas night. But if we had lived 2,000 years ago — without the preconditioning that the baby who was born will eventually heal the sick, raise the dead, and die and rise from the dead himself — would we have believed?  Jesus, in the […]

Things that people do for Willie

November 10, 2010


To help her mother regain her missing one thousand pesos, a 13-year-old girl from Bulacan took a bus to Manila last Friday, without her parents’ permission, to try her luck lining up to be a ‘Willing Willie’ contestant. The TV5 newscast ‘Balitaang Tapat’ reported that the girl survived on P30, as well as water and candy, as she […]

The price of working in media

November 3, 2010


I have often been asked why I choose to stay in media despite the low pay. If only it didn’t need a long explanation, I have always wanted to say, “But shouldn’t we be the ones paying for this privilege?” It is an exaggeration, but I hope it drives home the point that working in media […]

Game shows over news

October 28, 2010


The sad truth in the Philippines, as Maria Ressa points out tonight on ‘Storyline,’ is that “Pinoys will not say, ‘I want to be empowered.’ They will say, ‘Kayo na po ang bahala.'” The statement of the outgoing news chief of ABS-CBN proves true even in the viewing habits of many Filipinos. I long for the […]