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Traditional Catholic baptism of Junífera Clarita Alas

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After yours truly was married in traditional Catholic rites last 2013 (a first in Southern Tagalog after many decades), local ecclesiastical history has once again been made when, on April 18 of this year (just two Saturdays ago), my daughter Junífera Clarita was solemnly baptized “according to the use of the islands of Filipinas” (Rito Mozárabe) at the Holy Family Parish Church in Roxas District, Cubáo, Quezon City. The last time this ancient baptismal ceremony was held in our country was more than four decades ago! And since the rites were traditional, all the prayers were done in Latin and Spanish.

Rev. Fr. Joe Michel “Jojo” Zerrudo, the renowned exorcist who officiated our traditional Catholic wedding, was once again the officiating priest. Junífera Clarita’s principal godparents were none other than my esteemed friends Gemma Cruz de Araneta (Miss International 1964 who is also a historian and heritage activist) and José Ramón Perdigón (a Spanish historian who manages the Círculo Hispano-Filipino). Click here to read the story!

Welcome to the Christian world, my dear daughter! Always remember: in this part of the world where we live, to be Catholic is to be Filipino and vice versa!


Holy Week 2014 (extraordinary form of the Roman Rite)

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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! 😀

How was Simbáng Gabí celebrated during the Spanish times?

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Have you ever wondered how the Misa de Gallo or Simbáng Gabí was celebrated during the Spanish times? Then come and visit the Holy Family Church in Roxas District, Cubáo, Quezon City from December 15 to 23 at 10:00 PM to witness this historic Filipino-Catholic ritual that is filled with so much “sense of the sacred“! And hey, don’t forget to bring your candles or lanterns (farol with light), OK? You’ll find out later on. 😉

See you there!

No pag-asa in Barrio Bagong Pag-Asa

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Last 16 September, while me and Yeyette were inside an MRT coach with a friend of ours, it slowed down and stopped for a few seconds right in front of one of the largest shanty towns we have ever seen…

A sea of shanties in Barrio Bagong Pag-Asa, Ciudad de Quezon.

Yeyette immediately told me to take a photo of it so that I can feature it one day in either FILIPINO eSCRIBBLES or ALAS FILIPINAS. The photo above was like a premonition, for exactly a week later, violence erupted…

QTV: Violence mars demolition in Brgy Pag-asa, QC – Video – GMANews.TV – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News.

We all know that these squatters have no right at all to live on a property that is not theirs in the first place. Also, it was reported that the government had already prepared a relocation site for them. But it is in faraway Montalbán, Morong (now Rizal province). No wonder why a majority of them refused to let go of their illegal homes (3,000 families accepted to relocate there as against 6,000). They have lived there for many years, and many of them have already adapted to a hand-to-mouth existence within the unfriendly streets of the asphalt jungle, something that would be difficult to replicate in Montalbán.

The demolition was put to a halt. P-Noy Aquino, who was at the US during that time, intervened and ordered to put a stop to it. But a temporary restraining order, even if it is from the highest office in the land, will always be that — temporal.

During his first overseas trip as president, P-noy received some $434 million “grant” from the US government to “help” our country alleviate poverty and fight corruption. Even less than a sixteenth of that amount can help stop the stalemate going on right now in Barrio Bagong Pag-Asa. But I doubt that even a trickle of that “grant” will be directed to it, for the verdict is final: the Quezon City Business District should soon stand on that disputed 340-hectare property.

For the elite-backed government, the urban poor will always be expendables. Useless eaters even (except during election season). I see no hope for these poor city dwellers…

On second thought, there’s Matthew 5:3.

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