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2013 Filipino Of The Year — Fr. Jojo Zerrudo!

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Me and Yeyette with our spiritual hero at the Holy Family Church in Roxas District, Cubáo, Quezon City where he currently serves as parish priest. (08/04/2013)

For this year, FILIPINO eSCRIBBLES and ALAS FILIPINAS are so proud to bestow their (not-that-famous-yet) Filipino of the Year award to Fr. Michell Joe Zerrudo!

Fr. Jojo truly deserves this soon-to-be-prestigious online award (wish) not because he officiated that classic “Wedding of the Year” in San Pedro Tunasán (which has just become a city, by the way), La Laguna province last September. It’s because he has exemplified through his life, thoughts, and works the virtues of what a COMPLETE Filipino truly is. He has also been featured several times by the media throughout the year, making curious folk sit up and take notice of this humble servant of the Lord. In that regard, may they all be inspired by him to become better persons the way he has inspired the owner of the above-mentioned blogs, together with his family, to become better Christians.

My disappointment was that in teaching high school, I realized that the students (even of Catholic schools) have the impression that the Spanish friars were all corrupt and they did nothing good for us. I always ask: give me a name of a Spanish friar you know… and they will all say in unison: “Padre Damaso”. Padre Damaso??? A fictitious character of Rizal’s novel??? Students do not know how to discern fact from fiction. Even if they say that Rizal recanted just before his execution, his Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo continue to exert his Masonic influence on young minds.

—Fr. Jojo Zerrudo—

That’s a courageous “against-the-flow” remark from the ranks of today’s much-maligned. Sa totoó láng, isáng tunay na Filipino na lamang ang puedeng macapágsalita ng ganián ñgayón. I bet even Rizal himself would have agreed with him. ‘Nuff said.

Congratulations, Fr. Jojo! May this award win you and your “TLM Team” a trip to Amanpulo! 😀

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  1. I am currently a Public Administration student and that one thing that changed my thought was that my professor in Public Policy told us that even the friars during that era served as Public Developers. It is then one of the great reasons why Filipinos love the Catholic clergymen so much. But the problem is, some of the history professors demonized in their teaching the friars just because of Rizal.

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  2. I dont want this to be an apologetic page but this

    “I realized that the students (even of Catholic schools) have the impression that the Spanish friars were all corrupt and they did nothing good for us”

    for a student of history this is also my thinking until it entered my mind that……

    Why was it that Filipinos still cling to the Catholic Church? When they have an opportunity to be either a protestant since we have idolized the Americans so much or even an Aglipayan whose leader is the charismatic and former Catholic priest Aglipay?

    That sent me thinking that maybe just maybe the whole population really experienced something good with the friars in general

    Thanks

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