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why are we here? December 22, 2006

Filed under: nothing more than feelings — munlytobako @ 7:43 am

Christian believes in life after death. But before that happens, let me ask you “why are we here?” We know that God not only created humans but also plants and animals. Maybe the purpose why we are created is for us to take good care and maintain the other creatures, also we lived because of them. That’s the nature and cyle of life. A great power comes with a great responsibility.

But, “Where did you go?” Most of us forget our mission and most of us take it as a joke. Well, it’s not funny. Open your eyes and look what is happening now in our planet. WE MUST BE A CARETAKER NOT A DESTROYER. (mark my word) This is not our planet, we are not the one who created it, so we must take good care of it. People think only how to earn money and how to live in wealth but they did not think of the consequences of their actions. Someday karma will hit them back. No! will hit ‘us’ back because of their actions. The solution?…Take an action… First thing first, we must start on ourselves. Correcting our mistakes and learn from it. Innocent people must be aware of the reality, also the ignorant ones must be educated. Join campaigns and volunteering groups to save the planet. Start now….

 

 

 

coffee and tv

Filed under: video — munlytobako @ 2:01 am
 

World History of Christmas December 19, 2006

Filed under: información — munlytobako @ 3:34 am

The word ‘Christmas’ comes from Cristes maesse, an English phrase that means Mass of Christ.

The history of Christmas dates back over 4000 years. Many of our Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before the Christ child was born. The 12 days of Christmas, the bright fires, the yule log, the giving of gifts, carnivals (parades) with floats, carolers who sing while going from house to house, the holiday feasts, and the church processions can all be traced back to the early Mesopotamians.

 

Many of these traditions began with the Mesopotamian celebration of New Years. The Mesopotamians believed in many gods, and as their chief god – Marduk. Each year as winter arrived it was believed that Marduk would do battle with the monsters of chaos. To assist Marduk in his struggle the Mesopotamians held a festival for the New Year. This was Zagmuk, the New Year’s festival that lasted for 12 days.

 

The Mesopotamian king would return to the temple of Marduk and swear his faithfulness to the god. The traditions called for the king to die at the end of the year and to return with Marduk to battle at his side.

 

To spare their king, the Mesopotamians used the idea of a “mock” king. A criminal was chosen and dressed in royal clothes. He was given all the respect and privileges of a real king. At the end of the celebration the “mock” king was stripped of the royal clothes and slain, sparing the life of the real king.

 

The Persians and the Babylonians celebrated a similar festival called the Sacaea. Part of that celebration included the exchanging of places, the slaves would become the masters and the masters were to obey.

 

Early Europeans believed in evil spirits, witches, ghosts and trolls. As the Winter Solstice approached, with its long cold nights and short days, many people feared the sun would not return. Special rituals and celebrations were held to welcome back the sun.

 

In Scandinavia during the winter months the sun would disappear for many days. After thirty-five days scouts would be sent to the mountain tops to look for the return of the sun. When the first light was seen the scouts would return with the good news. A great festival would be held, called the Yuletide, and a special feast would be served around a fire burning with the Yule log. Great bonfires would also be lit to celebrate the return of the sun. In some areas people would tie apples to branches of trees to remind themselves that spring and summer would return.

 

The ancient Greeks held a festival similar to that of the Zagmuk/Sacaea festivals to assist their god Kronos who would battle the god Zeus and his Titans.

 

The Roman’s celebrated their god Saturn. Their festival was called Saturnalia which began the middle of December and ended January 1st. With cries of “Jo Saturnalia!” the celebration would include masquerades in the streets, big festive meals, visiting friends, and the exchange of good-luck gifts called Strenae (lucky fruits).

 

The Romans decked their halls with garlands of laurel and green trees lit with candles. Again the masters and slaves would exchange places.

 

“Jo Saturnalia!” was a fun and festive time for the Romans, but the Christians though it an abomination to honor the pagan god. The early Christians wanted to keep the birthday of their Christ child a solemn and religious holiday, not one of cheer and merriment as was the pagan Saturnalia.

 

But as Christianity spread they were alarmed by the continuing celebration of pagan customs and Saturnalia among their converts. At first the Church forbid this kind of celebration. But it was to no avail. Eventually it was decided that the celebration would be tamed and made into a celebration fit for the Christian Son of God.

 

Some legends claim that the Christian “Christmas” celebration was invented to compete against the pagan celebrations of December. The 25th was not only sacred to the Romans but also the Persians whose religion Mithraism was one of Christianity’s main rivals at that time. The Church eventually was successful in taking the merriment, lights, and gifts from the Saturanilia festival and bringing them to the celebration of Christmas.

 

The exact day of the Christ child’s birth has never been pinpointed. Traditions say that it has been celebrated since the year 98 AD. In 137 AD the Bishop of Rome ordered the birthday of the Christ Child celebrated as a solemn feast. In 350 AD another Bishop of Rome, Julius I, choose December 25th as the observance of Christmas.


In the late 300′s, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. By 1100, Christmas had become the most important religious festival in Europe, and Saint Nicholas was a symbol of gift giving in many European countries. During the 1400′s and 1500′s, many artists painted scenes of the Nativity, the birth of Jesus. An example of these works appears in the Jesus Christ article in the print version of The World Book Encyclopedia.

 

The popularity of Christmas grew until the Reformation, a religious movement of the 1500′s. This movement gave birth to Protestantism. During the Reformation, many Christians began to consider Christmas a pagan celebration because it included nonreligious customs. During the 1600′s, because of these feelings, Christmas was outlawed in England and in parts of the English colonies in America. The old customs of feasting and decorating, however, soon reappeared and blended with the more Christian aspects of the celebration.

 

IMC Christmas Party December 18, 2006

Filed under: nothing more than feelings — munlytobako @ 4:13 am

Last December 16-17 at Mel’s Place, Villa, Iloilo City, we celebrated the Christmas Party of our “mother-club”, Iloilo Mountaineering Club, Inc. Every year we had this ritual costume that depends on a theme, and this year’s theme is

“Express Yourself in Environmental Accent”. Lots and lots of fun happened. Aside from exchanging gifts, we had a lots of programs: Fashion Show of Costumes, Search for Miss Gay 2006, Intermission Numbers from school-based clubs, Videoke Challenge, lots of challenging games and we put-up a climbing wall for a sport climbing challenge but sad to say that did not work out because of some problems arose. Did I mention skimboarding? Most of us had sleepless nights. Drinking, partying, smoking, joking, eating, sense and non-sense conversations, all of those things need to be done just for us to stay awake. Drink and drink ’til you drop. All-in-one package the fun and laughters. One of the best christmas party ever!

 

im sick December 15, 2006

Filed under: nothing more than feelings — munlytobako @ 9:54 am

Its hard for me to wake up this morning feeling that I have this roller coaster inside my stomach marking its every move and it freaks me out! Confidently due to some acid I’ve taken from this past days: coffee, soda and alcohol. It triggers every seconds of my life.

to be continued..

 

THE PENCIL PARABLE December 14, 2006

Filed under: información — munlytobako @ 4:46 am

In the beginning, the Pencil Maker spoke to the pencil saying,

“There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and you will become the best pencil you can be.”

You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand.

You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but this is required if you are to become a better pencil.

You have the ability to correct any mistakes you might make.

The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.

No matter what the condition, you must continue to write. You must always leave a clear, legible mark no matter how difficult the situation.

The pencil understood, promising to remember, and went into the box fully understanding its Maker’s purpose.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with you; always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.

“House of Israel, can I not do to you what this potter does? Yes, like clay in the potter’s hand, so you are in mine, House of Israel” Jeremiah 18:6

You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.

You will be able to correct mistakes you might make through them.

Above all we need to be taught more affection for the infirmities of life…Both artist and lover know that perfection is not lovable. It is the clumsiness of a fault that makes a person lovable….This is the common theme in the folklore of Arabian Nights: where you stumble and fall, there you find the gold. J. Campbell.

The most important part of you will always be your sense of self-worth, your dignity and your growth to integrity.

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

On every surface you walk, you must leave your mark, make a difference. No matter what the situation, you are called to be true to who you are – a free and responsible being.

You don’t have to be famous to live a heroic life. All that’s
required is having a goal bigger than you are. Who you are has a fuller meaning when you discover the more of life.

Everyone is like a pencil…
created by the Maker for a unique and special purpose. By understanding and remembering, let us proceed with our life on this earth having a meaningful purpose in our heart relationship with God daily.

 

Climate Change December 5, 2006

Filed under: información — munlytobako @ 6:59 am

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS:
A climate of tragedy in the Philippines

Manila, 2 December 2006-Greenpeace today lamented the loss of lives and the extensive devastation wreaked by super-typhoon Reming (international code name Durian) in parts of the Philippines, stressing that the latest extreme weather disturbance to hit the country is a portent of more violent weather events that countries around the world are likely to experience in the future as a consequence of climate change. “The tragic loss of lives and the massive destruction of properties brought about by the super-typhoon deserves immediate attention and sympathy from the international community. It should also serve as a wake-up call about the need for governments to find ways to avert or mitigate the catastrophic impacts of extreme weather events which scientists predict could become more severe because of climate change. We are calling on governments worldwide to act decisively and urgently on climate change because it is poor countries like the Philippineszwho bear much of the brunt from such climate impacts,” said Abigail Jabines, Climate and Energy campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

Reming is the latest in the series of deadly and destructive tropical cyclones to ravage the Philippines in recent years. The typhoon brought 466 millimeters of rainfall, the highest in 40 years. Reming is also the third super-typhoon this year–a first in Philippine history–and the fourth major typhoon in as many months. Typhoon Milenyo (international code name Xangsane), struck the country in September, causing more than P3 billion in damages and leaving more than a hundred casualties. Super-typhoons, Paeng (Cimaron) and Queenie (Chebi) followed in October and November, both adding millions of pesos more to the damages already wrought by Milenyo. Reming´s current death toll is at 388, and the extensive damages it brought to Marinduque, Mindoro and the Bicol region have yet to be fully accounted. Scientists say that as global temperatures rise, the intensity of extreme weather events is likely to increase, and it is possible that in the future the impact of these events will become even greater.

Research by Dr. Leoncio Amadore, one of the Philippines´ foremost meteorologists, showed that the Philippine archipelago has already suffered severely from extreme weather events. His report “Crisis or Opportunity: Climate Change Impacts and the Philippines” ,a indicates that from 1975 to 2002, intensifying tropical cyclones caused an annual average of 593 deaths and damage to property of 4.5 billion pesos (around US$ 83 million), including damage to agriculture of 3 billion pesos (around US$ 55 million).

“The combination of strong typhoons, excessive precipitation and landslides has caused a great deal of death and destruction in the Philippines. If we do not act urgently, climate change will further intensify the severity of extreme weather events,” said Amadore.

Greenpeace is urging governments in the region to use the upcoming 12th ASEAN Summit as a platform to secure critical agreements on urgent measures to mitigate the impacts of climate change across the region. Examples of such measures include the massive shift away from dirty fossil-fuel based energy sources and towards renewable energy systems and the setting of legally-binding targets for drastic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions around the world.

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems to force solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Abigail Jabines, Climate and Energy Campaigner, +63 917 886 4767
Lea Guerrero, Media Campaigner, +63 2 434 7034 loc 104, +63 916 374 4969

A doorway lies half buried in mud after Typhoon Reming triggered a landslide on the slopes of Mayon volcano in Albay, Philippines, 340 kilometers southeast of Manila. Greenpeace lamented the loss of lives and extensive devastation wrought by supertyphoon Reming (International code name Durian) in parts of the Philippines, stressing that the latest extreme weather disturbace to hit the country is a portent of more violent weather events that countries around the world are likely to experience in the future as a consequence of climate change.

A truck tries to pass through a road that collapsed into a river after strong winds and rain from Typhoon Reming battered Legazpi in Albay, Philippines, 340 kilometers southeast of Manila. Greenpeace lamented the loss of lives and extensive devastation wrought by supertyphoon Reming (International code name Durian) in parts of the Philippines, stressing that the latest extreme weather disturbace to hit the country is a portent of more violent weather events that countries around the world are likely to experience in the future as a consequence of climate change.

Part of a bridge has been swept into a river after strong winds and rain from Typhoon Reming battered Legazpi in Albay, Philippines, 340 kilometers southeast of Manila. Greenpeace lamented the loss of lives and extensive devastation wrought by supertyphoon Reming (International code name Durian) in parts of the Philippines, stressing that the latest extreme weather disturbace to hit the country is a portent of more violent weather events that countries around the world are likely to experience in the future as a consequence of climate change.

A man takes stock of his remaining belongings after Typhoon Reming triggered a landslide on the slopes of Mayon volcano in Albay, Philippines, 340 kilometers southeast of Manila. Greenpeace lamented the loss of lives and extensive devastation wrought by supertyphoon Reming (International code name Durian) in parts of the Philippines, stressing that the latest extreme weather disturbace to hit the country is a portent of more violent weather events that countries around the world are likely to experience in the future as a consequence of climate change.

 

 
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