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Shadow of the News Today

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A shadow is a region of darkness where light is blocked by an object.

Darkness behind the light…The News Today – whether you watch the daily news or hear them on the radio, still the same result…you will be disturbed and get annoyed! The news are supposedly casting the light upon certain issues but behind the news is a dark shadow much larger than the light…

Some examples:

The SONA – SO NOT!!!

I admit, I didn’t watch the SONA held last Monday, July 28, 2008…Why? Because I seriously think that it’s just all BS!!! The “good news” presented in it are all polished to make it shiny so that the Filipino people will be dazzled by it and somehow forget the reality behind it all!

I can’t blame those people who went out on the streets to protest against the SONA, they are only a FEW of the people who wants to see the REAL SONA and not the polished ones. I can’t help but laugh when a news report was done about the certain neighbors of the President who themselves didn’t listen to the SONA.

For more reports about the SONA, click these links below:
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/109902/SONA-2008-significance
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/109901/SONA-2008-Surveys-say

RAMPANT CHILD ABUSE

As defined, CHILD ABUSEphysical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment or neglect of children by parents, guardians, or others responsible for a child’s welfare.

What would you do when you learned that your own relative to whom you gave your trust to take good care of your children while you are away will be the one who will hurt them and abuse them? I can’t think of any good words to come out of my mouth when I saw this news about the 7yr old girl that was beaten to almost death by her own grandmother! OMG, what has happened to this people?

And I can’t help but think why two of these news about physical child abuse came from this province of Cavite! I know that CAVITEÑOs are known for their valour during the Spanish era…but can’t they just use their bravery to defend the young and not use their strength to abuse them?!

And how about the rampant leaving of fetuses and babies? There was this news about a fetus left inside a fruit basket in front of the church altar! And those babies that are left to die in the garbage dumps or canals, and the one that was thrown out of the Taxi window! How can you deal with these kind of news? Though it’s so depressing, I just keep in mind that it’s better for them to die now than to die in the hands of the unworthy people! And to those parents of those fetuses and babies that were left behind, MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS!

OIL PRICE HIKE

It’s like we’re all drowning now in this big puddle of quick sand where every week news about another oil price hike is what you can hear! More and more Filipinos now are not using their cars anymore and are now commuting just to save their hard earned money! Though this maybe good for the environment, you know less emission of poluting carbon monoxide, still the fact remains, an oil price hike means higher transportation expenses since the transport groups want higher fares just to at least have an extra more income for their families! And also, higher transportation costs means higher prices of the basic neccessities of man, especially FOOD!

If I can remember this correctly, there’s a Filipino inventor who designed a car that uses WATER as fuel. Mr. Daniel Dingel, who claimed that he made a car engine that is fully functional and runs using water as it’s fuel and has been using it since 1969! Now you wonder what happened to this invention which is really a great addition to the Filipino pride? Nothing! The government didn’t support this project and now other countries are benefiting from this kind of invention! Like Japan for instance, they have a car that uses water as fuel! Water, as we all know can be found everywhere, our planet is made up of 70% water! What this Filipino inventor needs is the government funding to fully develop his invention and who would benefit more from this, WE ARE! So what’s keeping the government from granting this inventor the funds he needed? Of course, what income will the governmet gain from water? Unlike with oil fuels, there’s VAT and there’s income for the government to spend, God knows where!

NATIONAL RICE SHORTAGE

Oh, come on now! Is it not that the Philippines used to be one of the top rice producers in the Asian Region? Then why are we having this kind of shortage? What happened to all of those rice fields that used to be producing high quality rice grains?

Oh, I know! Those rice fields have become endless lines of subdivisions and golf courses! I just wished that they could give those houses and land areas to the poor but NO! Those houses and golf courses are only for those who have more than the average income earners! And now, our contry is one of the top importers of rice! OMG!

How much is the cheapest rice today? Not including the NFA rice, you can buy the Php36-38 per kilo of rice BUT if you see the quality of the rice grains even the dogs wouldn’t want to eat it! How long shall we endure this kind of torture?!

So much more to rant about…so little time! I can only pray that someone can do something to lessen the agony of the Filipinos…despite of it all, I still believe that “God will make a way when there seems to be no way” (quoting Don Moen).

Sources: http://www.gmanews.tv/
http://www.txtmania.com/trivia/inventions.php
http://danieldingel.com/

My poem, his sounds…One Phenomenal Song!

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It started when Eliad asked a bunch of us in the conference to listen to their first recorded single (titled Home) of their band, the Eve of Dawn. We gave our comments about it, positive or negative MAHAL KO KAYO!!! Oooops! Wrong number! hahaha…. joke!

Then I asked him if he could put some music to one of my poems, he told me that he really wanted to ask me this before when he first read my poems from my other blog site (rhixyray01.blogspot.com) and so BINGO! I suggested that he start with my poem “Whenever I See Your Charming Face” which I wrote when I was still in college, supposedly a song for a band that we wanted to form. And if I’m not mistaken, within a week or two he came up with the sounds and he recorded it with his sister, Eres, singing the song! I noticed the guitar chords he used for that song, and it’s almost the same chords I used before and I really love the beat that came out from the strumming. I told him that this song will be much nicer if it was sung by a guy, not that I am saying I don’t like Eres’ version of it but it will be just nicer since the lyrics are more of a guy thing.

Then after a few days of me teasing him to make a version of his, he finally gave in and made some revisions of the lyrics, from the word “charming” he made it “lovely”, but it worked, it really worked! And we, the Rushers from the YM conference who heard this song for the first time, thought that this can be a HIT! So I uploaded the song to some of the uploading sites and posted it to one of my websites, I even made an improvised album cover from one of his pictures and entitled it “Your Liyadness” (courtesy of DoorNextDGirl).

If you want to hear the song sample, just click the links below the pictures. Now here I will show you the first version of the song FACE with the “album cover” I stole ( 🙂 stole not borrowed! hehehe…) from Eres’ Friendster account:

CHARMING FACE – Eres Pacete

And here’s the latest version with Eliad’s picture he dug out from his “deleted” files 🙂 :

FACE – Eliad Pacete

I hope you like it as much as we. Please leave a comment about the song, it will be much appreciated! Thank you again, Eliad, for the music of this song! And thank you to all of you who listened and loved the song! 🙂

Watch out for more! WooHoo!!!

THE SPECIAL GIFT Of A FRIEND

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“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23 (NASB)

A friend of yours came to surprise you with a gift, what would you do? Will you reach down your pocket and take some bills to pay for the gift? Or you will accept the gift and thank your friend for the very nice surprise? Of course you will accept the gift and not pay for it because if you do, you are insulting your friend.

This is very similar with what God is offering you, a free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ! He’s giving it to you and you cannot pay for it. Why? Because we are sinners, even if we’re not born yet, we have the curse of sin from our forefathers, even from the first man and woman that walked the earth, hence, we are not perfect.

“…everyone has sinned and is far away from God’s saving presence. But by the free gift of God’s grace all are put right with Him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free. God offered Him, so that by His blood He should become the means by which people’s sins are forgiven through their faith in Him. …” – Romans 3:23-26 (TEV)

As it is said, we can only be worthy of the gift of eternal life if we believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to God. Eternal life means living in the presence of the Lord in heaven after your life on earth has ended. You cannot save yourself for you have to be perfect to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. That’s why God solved this problem by giving His only Son to be our Savior.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 (NASB)

If you die today, do you know where your soul will be? Wouldn’t it be nice to know that even while you are still alive you may have the assurance that you will go to heaven after you die? God has already given you the answer, He is giving you His gift of eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ.

Now, do you want to accept this free gift that God is offering you?

First, you must believe (have faith) that Jesus Christ is Lord, the Son of God, and He is the only way to have eternal life. You must put your trust in Him totally, 100%, and accept that you cannot save yourself.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9 (NASB)

Second, you have to ask for forgiveness of all of your sins, old and new, hidden or exposed. We have to repent from doing anything that is not acceptable in the eyes of God. Repenting means to never go back, turning your back away from sin. And God will cleanse us from all of our sins.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1John 1:9 (NASB)

Third, invite Jesus Christ to come into your life as your Lord and your Savior, acknowledge that without Him you are nothing. He has given His life for you, died for your sins on the cross and rose again to prepare a place for you in heaven. Jesus Christ is waiting for you to accept Him into your life.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” – Revelations 3:20 (NASB)

Now if you are sure that you want to accept this free gift that God is giving you, you can pray this prayer of acceptance, as heartfelt and as true, for this is the greatest gift that you will ever receive.

“Lord God. I come to You a sinner and I humbly repent of my sins. I believe that Jesus is Lord and I believe You raised Him from the dead. I ask that Jesus will come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. I receive Jesus to change and take control of my life that I may live for Him from this day forth and from now on. Thank You Lord Jesus for saving me and cleansing me with Your precious blood. In Jesus name, Amen.

If you have truly prayed this prayer and you truly believe that Jesus Christ is now inside your heart and you have received the gift of eternal life, you are now a child of God, forever!

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.” – John 6:47 (NASB)

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name..” – John 1:12 (NASB)

Now, you must be watchful because the demon will attack your thoughts and will deceive you, it will try to persuade you that you are not yet saved. You must read the Bible to strengthen your faith. I recommend that you start with the Gospel of John. And if you can find a church that is teaching the Word of God using the Bible, you can join them to learn more and to give praises to the Lord, they can also help you strengthen more your faith in the Lord.

You may also send us your name, your address and your prayer requests so that we can pray for you. You may write to us or visit us here:

Imus Conservative Baptist Church
Sampaguita Village 1, Gen. Aguinaldo Highway, Imus
4103 Cavite
Philippines

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD! May the Lord God bless you always!

A NEW WORLD RECORD for MANNY PACQUIAO!

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June 29, 2008 (Philippine Time) – Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao emerged victorious over David “Dangerous” Diaz in their “Lethal Combination” bout last Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This is a new world record for Manny Pacquiao for he is the first Asian and the first Filipino boxer who have won 4 Major Title Belts, from Lightweight, Featherweight, Bantamweight, and Flyweight. Worthy to be the host of “Pinoy Records”, a program in GMA Kapuso Network.

By the 9th Round, Pacquaio made sure that Diaz won’t be able to regain his strength to last until the 12th Round, Pacquaio won by knocking-out Diaz.

One thing not very normal though, when Pacquaio saw that Diaz fell down, he approached his opponent to check if he’s still breathing and alive. And Diaz was such a real sport about the fight. This is one hell of a good fight between two good people. Hooray for both of them!

For more information, please visit Manny Pacquaio’s website: http://www.mannypacquiao.ph/

And for the detailed news, please visit: http://www.gmanews.tv/index.html