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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Bakery Fair 2015- Schedule and Updates

Bakery Fair Philippines is the most anticipated event among the people in the baking and food service industry. From the successful bakery entrepreneurs to small home based bakery owners, from international and local baking related professionals to traders, from students/faculties to bread enthusiasts in different regions of the country, all gathered together to experience this exquisite occasion and for the passion of baking.

Bakery Fair 2015 will run from January 30 until February 1, 2015

Held every biennial in World Trade Center Manila, with more than 13,000 visitors and hundreds of exhibitor certainly the Bakery Fair event is the no. 1 main source of baking supplies and solutions here in the Philippines.

In year 2001, Filipino-Chinese Bakery Association organized the first Bakery Fair with the participation of Bakery and Allied Members along with other baking and food players. All joined hand in hand with one mission and that is to uplift the Philippine Baking Industry.

As of this date, Bakery Fair Philippines has indeed gone a long way by bringing all together the baking pillars, amateurs, key decision makers and visitors in one remarkable event. Giving a quality exhibit that provides traders an endless possibilities and opportunities to reach their target market; and offer visitors a great learning experience and solution for their business needs.



"This coming 2015, as we present the 8th International Exhibition on Bakery, Confectionery, Foodservice Equipment and Supplies tradeshow, Bakery Fair 2015 offers an outstanding line up of exhibitors featuring their finest baked/food products and services that will be available in the market soon.

Bakery Fair 2015 will surely bring a lot of excitement, innovative ideas and creative techniques for each and everyone with baking seminars, product demonstrations, cake displays and competitions from world class bakers and different companies.

We all welcome you to witness this much awaited event in 2015. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate with us and be part of the most comprehensive tradeshow here in the Philippines. Bakery Fair 2015 coming very soon."

Visit the official website, HERE! 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

"Comet" Movie Trailer- showing in Philippines this February

Comet,” stars Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Mystic River”) and Justin Long (“Live Free or Die Hard,” “He’s Just Not That Into You”).

“Comet” is an original modern love story that follows Kimberly (Rossum) and Dell (Long), who first meet at the Hollywood cemetery where they’ve both come to watch a meteor shower.

Kimberly is brilliant and beautiful; Dell is nerdy and pessimistic, but with an incredibly sharp mind and direct manner. While she and he are not a natural pair, they are cosmically drawn to each other and, under a night sky, luminous with falling stars, they begin their epic love story.

As the opening title card states the events “take place over six years (a few paralleluniverses over).”

But what starts as a typical romance quickly turns dreamlike as viewers leap back and forth in time, examining their eventual six-year relationship through the lens of their meeting and four other pivotal moments: a monumental fight at a friend’s wedding in Paris; a break up conversation after Dell has moved to New York; a reconnection on a train ride along the California coast; and finally, when Dell pops in on Kimberlyunexpectedly in her home in the Hollywood Hills.



The leaps between these moments are seamlessly woven together to create a sense that this love story transcends time and space and that Kimberly and Dell are destined to be together, if not in this universe, then maybe the next.

Content Media introduced and screened the film to international distributors for the first time at the 2014 American Film Market (AFM) last November and was then picked up by Solar Pictures, among other films.

“The universal theme and inventive storytelling in ‘Comet’ have us believing that audiences will really connect with the film,” said Content Media President of Film Jamie Carmichael. “We were drawn in immediately and are happy to have this film…”

COMET opens in cinemas nationwide on February 25, 2014 and is released by Solar Pictures.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Salamander amphibious tricycle- Philippine Made

If you're into car customization, the name Atoy Llave will certainly ring a bell. The man behind Atoy Bodykits and the company's aftermarket exterior designs is quite popular among Filipino car lovers. The curious thing you see here in this video--the Salamander amphibious trike--is Llave's latest creation.

According to motoring magazine Top Gear Philippines report, it has a 5kW electric engine and a 250cc gasoline motor, 1 electric and 1 internal-combustion, and a 6-person seating capacity (4 in water).


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Watch Barack Obama State of Union 2015 Live and Replay

US President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20 (Wednesday, January 21 in Manila), the most important speech in the American political calendar.

“So the verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way.”
Live coverage of this event has concluded. Drag the counter along the timeline below to replay. The full video will be posted on the White House YouTube channel momentarily.



Here is the full text and video of the 2015 State of the Union, as delivered by President Obama.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:
We are 15 years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.
But tonight, we turn the page.
Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis. More of our kids are graduating than ever before; more of our people are insured than ever before; we are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years.
Tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in Afghanistan is over. Six years ago, nearly 180,000 American troops served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, fewer than 15,000 remain. We salute the courage and sacrifice of every man and woman in this 9/11 Generation who has served to keep us safe. We are humbled and grateful for your service.
America, for all that we’ve endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this:
The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.
At this moment  – with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production  – we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years, and for decades to come.
Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?
Will we approach the world fearful and reactive, dragged into costly conflicts that strain our military and set back our standing? Or will we lead wisely, using all elements of our power to defeat new threats and protect our planet?
Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another  – or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward?
In two weeks, I will send this Congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan. And in the months ahead, I’ll crisscross the country making a case for those ideas.
So tonight, I want to focus less on a checklist of proposals, and focus more on the values at stake in the choices before us.

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Pope Francis Homily in Luneta Quirino Mass- Transcript

Read below the full transcript of Pope Francis' homily during his final mass in the Philippines before more than 6 million Filipinos at the Luneta Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Sunday, January 18.
A child is born to us, a son is given us ” (Is 9:5). It is a special joy for me to celebrate Santo Niño Sunday with you. The image of the Holy Child Jesus accompanied the spread of the Gospel in this country from the beginning. Dressed in the robes of a king, crowned and holding the scepter, the globe and the cross he continues to remind us of the link between God’s Kingdom and the mystery of spiritual childhood. He tells us this in today’s Gospel: “ Whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it” (Mk 10 :15). The Santo Niño continues to proclaim to us that the light o f God’s grace has shone upon a world dwelling in darkness, bringing the Good News of our freedom from slavery, and guiding us in the paths o f peace, right and justice. The Santo Niño also reminds us of our call to spread the reign of Christ throughout the world.
In these days, throughout my visit, I have listened to you sing the song: “We are all God’s children”. That is what the Santo Niño tells us. He reminds us of our deepest identity. All of us are God’s children, members of God’s family. Today Saint Paul has told us that in Christ we have become God’s adopted children, brothers and sisters in Christ. This is who we are. This is our identity. We saw a beautiful expression of this when Filipinos rallied around our brothers and sisters affected by the typhoon.
The Apostle tells us that because God chose us, we have been richly blessed! God “has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens” (Ep h 1:3). These words have a special resonance in the Philippines, for it is the foremost Catholic country in Asia; this is itself a special gift of God , a blessing. But it is also a vocation. Filipinos are called to be outstanding missionaries of the faith in Asia.
God chose and blessed us for a purpose: to be holy and blameless in his sight. He chose us, each of us to be witnesses of his truth and his justice in this world. He created the world as a beautiful garden and asked us to care for it. But through sin, man has disfigured that natural beauty; through sin, man has also destroyed the unity and beauty of our human family, creating social structures which perpetuate poverty, ignorance and corruption.
Sometimes, when we see the troubles, difficulties and wrongs all around us, we are tempted to give up. It seems that the promises of the Gospel do not apply; they are unreal. But the Bible tells us that the great threat to God’s plan for us is, and always has been, the lie.
The devil is the father of lies. Often he hides his snares behind the appearance of sophistication, the allure of being “modern”, “like everyone else”. He distracts us with the promise of ephemeral pleasures, superficial pastimes. And so we squander our God-given gifts by tinkering with gadgets; we squander our money on gambling and drink; we turn in on ourselves. We forget to remain focused on the things that really matter.
We forget to remain, at heart, children of God. That is sin: to forget at heart that we are children of God. For children, as the Lord tells us, have their own wisdom, which is not the wisdom of the world. That is why the message of the Santo Niño is so important. He speaks powerfully to all of us. He reminds us of our deepest identity, of what we are called to be as God’s family.
The Santo Niño also reminds us that this identity must be protected. The Christ Child is the protector of this great country. When he came into the world, his very life was threatened by a corrupt king. Jesus himself needed to be protected. He had an earthly protector: Saint Joseph. He had an earthly family, the Holy Family of Nazareth. So he reminds us of the importance of protecting our families, and those larger families which are the Church, God’s family, and the world, our human family. Sadly, in our day, the family all too often needs to be protected against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture. In the Gospel, Jesus welcomes children, he embraces them and blesses them (Mk 10:16). We too need to protect, guide and encourage our young people, helping them to build a society worthy of their great spiritual and cultural heritage. Specifically, we need to see each child as a gift to be welcomed, cherished and protected. And we need to care for our young people, not allowing them to be robbed of hope and condemned to life on the streets.
It was a frail child, in need of protection, who brought God’s goodness, mercy and justice into the world. He resisted the dishonesty and corruption which are the legacy of sin, and he triumphed over them by the power of his cross. Now, at the end of my visit to the Philippines, I commend you to Him, to Jesus who came among us as a child. May he enable all the beloved people of this country to work together, protecting one another, beginning with your families and communities, in building a world of justice, integrity and peace. May the Santo Niño continue to bless the Philippines and to sustain the Christians of this great nation in their vocation to be witnesses and missionaries of the joy of the Gospel, in Asia and in the whole world.
And please, don't forget to pray for me! God bless you all!"

APEC 2015 in Philippines

The Philippines is hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation this 2015—and the first APEC 2015 Senior Officials' Meeting is in a week's time! For updates, be sure to subscribe to ‪‎APEC2015‬ on social media.


The main goal of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (established in 1989) is to provide an avenue in creating and maintaining sustainable and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. — Learn more about APEC, and gear up for the first senior officials' meeting next week: http://apec2015.ph/about-apec/condensed/ #APEC2015.


Pope Francis' inscription on the Malacañan Palace guest book

Read the transcript of Pope Francis' inscription on the Malacañan Palace guest book.


Meanwhile, read below the full transcript – in both English and Spanish – of Pope Francis' speech during the Encounter with the Youth event at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila on Sunday, January 18.

ENGLISH (as translated from Spanish by Msgr Mark Gerard Miles):

 Dear Young Friends,

When I speak spontaneously I do it in Spanish, because I don’t know the English language. May I do it? Thank you very much. This Fr Mark, a good translator.

As translated from Spanish by Msgr Mark Gerard Miles

First of all, a sad piece of news. Yesterday, as Mass was about to start, a piece of scaffolding fell and, upon falling, hit a young woman who was working in the area and she died. Her name is Kristel. She worked for the organization preparing for that Mass. She was 27 years old, young like yourselves. She worked for Catholic Relief Services as a volunteer. I would like all of you who are young like her to pray for a moment in silence with me and then we will pray to Our Mother in Heaven. Let us pray.

Leads prayer of Hail Mary…

Let us also pray for her parents. She was an only child. Her mother is coming from Hong Kong and her father is here in Manila.

Leads prayer of Our Father…

It is a joy for me to be with you this morning. I greet each of you from the heart, and I thank all those who made this meeting possible. During my visit to the Philippines, I wanted in a particular way to meet with young people, to listen to you and to talk with you. I want to express the love and the hopes of the Church for you. And I want to encourage you, as Christian citizens of this country, to offer yourselves passionately and honestly to the great work of renewing your society and helping to build a better world.

In a special way, I thank the young people who have offered words of welcome to me.

To Jun and Leandro Santos II and to Rikki, thank you very much. There’s only a very small representation of girls among you. Too little. Women have much to tell us in today’s society. Sometimes we are too “machistas” and we don’t allow enough space to women. But women can see things from a different angle to us, with a different eye. Women are able to pose questions we men are unable to understand. Look out for this fact: she is the only one who has put a question for which there is no answer. She couldn’t put it into words but expressed it with tears. So when the next pope comes to Manila, please let there be more girls.

I thank you Jun for talking about your experience so bravely. As I said, the heart of your question has no reply. Only when we too can cry about the things you said can we come close to answering that question. Why do children suffer so much? Why do children suffer? When the heart is able to ask itself and weep, then we can understand something. There is a worldly compassion which is useless. You expressed something like this. It’s a compassion that makes us put our hands in our pockets and give something to the poor. But if Christ had had that kind of compassion he would have greeted a couple of people, given them something, and walked on. But it was only when he was able to cry that he understood something of our lives. Dear young boys and girls, today’s world doesn’t know how to cry. The emarginated people, those left to one side, are crying. Those who are discarded are crying. But we don’t understand much about these people in need. Certain realities of life we only see through eyes cleansed by our tears. I invite each one here to ask yourself: have I learned how to weep? Have I learned how to weep for the emarginated or for a street child who has a drug problem or for an abused child? Unfortunately there are those who cry because they want something else.

This is the first thing I want to say: let us learn how to weep as she has shown us today and let us not forget this lesson. The great question of why so many children suffer, she did this in tears. The response that we can make today is: let us really learn how to weep.

In the Gospel, Jesus cried for his dead friend, he cried in his heart for the family who lost its child, for the poor widow who had to bury her son. He was moved to tears and compassion when he saw the crowds without a pastor. If you don’t learn how to cry, you cannot be a good Christian. This is a challenge. When they posed this question to us, why children suffer, why this or that tragedy occurs in life – our response must be either silence or a word that is born of our tears. Be courageous, don’t be afraid to cry.

Then came Leandro Santos II and his question. He also posed a good question: the world of information. Today, with so many means of communication we are overloaded with information. Is that bad? No. It is good and can help. But there is a real danger of living in a way that we accumulate information. We have so much information but maybe we don’t know what to do with that information. So we run the risk of becoming museums of young people who have everything but not knowing what to do with it. We don’t need young museums but we do need holy young people. You may ask me: Father, how do we become saints? This is another challenge. It is the challenge of love. What is the most important subject you have to lean at university? What is most important subject you have to learn in life? To learn how to love. This is the challenge that life offers you: to learn bow to love. Not just to accumulate information without knowing what to do with it.. But through that love let that information bear fruit.

For this the Gospel offers us a serene way forward: using the three languages of the mind, heart and hands – and to use them in harmony. What you think, you must feel and put into effect. Your information comes down to your heart and you put it into practice. Harmoniously. What you think, you feel and you do. Feel what you think and feel what you do. Do what you think and what you feel. The three languages...

Can you repeat this? To think. To feel. To do. And all in harmony...

Real love is about loving and letting yourself be loved. It’s harder to let yourself be loved than to love. That is why it is so difficult to come to the perfect love of God. We can love Him but we must let ourselves be loved by Him. Real love is being open to the love that comes to you. The love that surprises us. If you only have information you are not surprised. Love surprises because it opens a dialogue of loving and being loved. God is a God of surprise because He loved us first. God awaits us to surprise us. Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by God. Let us not have a computer psychology that makes us think we know it all. All answers on computers - but no surprises. The challenge of love. God reveals himself through surprises.

Think of St Matthew. He was a good banker. But he let people down because he imposed taxes against his own people to give to the Romans. He was full of money. Jesus passed by, looked at him and said: “Follow me”. He couldn’t believe it. It you have the opportunity, see Caravaggio’s picture of him. Jesus calls him and those around say: “Him? He betrayed us! He is no good! He hoards money!” But the surprise of being loved overcomes him. The day when Matthew left home for work, saying goodbye to his wife, he couldn’t imagine he would come home without money and have to prepare a feast for the one who loved him first. God surprised Matthew more than the money he had. Allow yourselves to be surprised by God. Don’t be afraid of surprises. They shake the ground beneath our feet and make us insecure, but they move us forward in the right direction.

Real love allows you to spend yourselves, to leave your pockets empty. Think of St Francis who died with empty hands and empty pockets but with a full heart. Remember: no young museums, and wise young people. To be wise use three languages: think well, feel well and do well. And to be wise allow yourselves to be surprised by the love of God. That will guarantee a good life.

Rikki came up with a good plan for what we can do in life with all young people’s activities.

Thank you, Rikki, for what you and your friends do. I’d like to ask you a question: you and your friends help others but do you allow yourselves to receive? Answer in your heart.
In the Gospel we just heard, there was a beautiful phrase, for me the most important of all: Jesus looked at the young man and he loved him. When you see Rikki and his friends you love them because they do good things. Jesus says something very important: you lack one thing. Let us listen to this word in silence: you lack only one thing.

What is it that I lack? To all of you who Jesus loves so much, I ask you: do you allow others to give you from their riches to you who have not? The Sadducees, Doctors of the Law, in the time of Jesus, gave much to the people, they taught the people the law, but they never allowed the people to give them something. Jesus had to come to allow himself to feel compassion and to be loved.

How many young people among you are like this? You know how to give and yet you have ever learned how to receive. You still lack one thing. Become a beggar. This is what you still lack. Learn how to beg. This isn’t easy to understand. To learn how to beg. To learn how to receive with humility. To learn to be evangelized by the poor, by those we help, the sick, orphans, they have so much to give us. Have I learned how to beg? Or am I self-sufficient? Do I think I need nothing? Do you know you too are poor? Do you know your own poverty and your need to receive? Do you let yourselves be evangelized by those you serve? This is what helps you mature in your commitment to give to others. Learn how to open your hand from your very own poverty.

There are some points I have prepared. The first, I already told you: to learn how to love and to learn how to be loved. There is a challenge which is a challenge of u. This is not only because your country more than many others is likely to be seriously affected by climate change. There is the challenge, the concern for the environment. And finally, there is the challenge for the poor, to love the poor, with your bishops. Do you think of the poor? Do you feel with the poor? Do you do something for the poor? Do you ask the poor to give you the wisdom they have?

This is what I wish to tell you all today. Sorry if I haven’t read what I prepared for you but there is a phrase that consoles me: that reality is superior to ideas. The reality that you have is superior to the paper I have in front of me.

Thank you very much. Pray for me!"


SPANISH:

Primero de todo una noticia triste: ayer mientras estaba por empezar la misa se cayó una de las torres y al caer hirió una muchacha que estaba trabajando y murió. Su nombre es Cristal. Ella trabajo en la organización de esa misa. Tenía 27 años, era joven como ustedes y trabajaba para una asociación. Era una voluntaria. Yo quisiera que nosotros todos juntos, ustedes jóvenes como ella rezáramos en silencio 1 minuto y después invoquemos a nuestra madre del cielo… También hagamos una oración por su Papa y su mama. Era única hija. Su mamá está llegando de Hong Kong. Su papa ha venido a Manila es espera a su mamá…

En la pequeña representación de las mujeres. Demasiado poco. Las mujeres tienen mucho que decirnos en la sociedad de hoy. A veces somos demasiado machistas y no dejamos lugar a la mujer. Pero la mujer es capaz de ver las cosas con ojos distintos de los hombres. La mujer es capaz de hacer preguntas que los hombres no terminamos de entender. Presten ustedes atención, ella hoy hizo la única pregunta que no tiene respuesta. Y no le alcanzaron las palabras, necesitó decirlo con lágrimas. Así que cuando venga el próximo Papa que haya más mujeres.

Yo te agradezco Shon que hayas expresado tan valientemente tu experiencia. Como dije recién, el núcleo de tu pregunta casi no tiene respuesta. Solamente cuando somos capaces de llorar sobre las cosas que vos viviste podemos entender algo y responder algo. La gran pregunta para todos: ¿Por qué sufren los niños?, ¿por qué sufren los niños? Recién cuando el corazón alcanza a hacerse la pregunta y a llorar, podemos entender algo.

¡Existe una compasión mundana que no nos sirve para nada! Una compasión que a lo mas no lleva a meter la mano en el bolsillo y a dar una moneda. Si Cristo hubiera tenido esa compasión hubiera pasado, curado a tres o cuatro y se hubiera vuelto al Padre. solamente cuando Cristo lloró y fue capaz de llorar entendió nuestros dramas.

“Queridos chicos y chicas, al mundo de hoy le falta llorar. Lloran los marginados, lloran aquellos que son dejados de lado, lloran los despreciados, pero aquellos que llevamos una vida más o menos sin necesidades no sabemos llorar. Ciertas realidades de la vida se ven solamente con los ojos limpios por las lágrimas. Los invito a que cada uno se pregunte: Yo aprendí a llorar? cuando veo un niño con hambre, un niño drogado en la calle, un niño que no tiene casa, un niño abandonado, un niño abusado, un niño usado como esclavo por la sociedad? O mi llanto ¿es el llanto caprichoso de aquel que llora porque le gustaría tener algo más? Y esto es lo primero que yo quisiera decirles: aprendamos a llorar, como ella nos enseñó hoy. No olvidemos este testimonio. La gran pregunta ¿por qué sufren los niños? la hizo llorando y la gran respuesta que podemos hacer todos nosotros es aprender a llorar.

Jesús en el evangelio lloró, lloró por el amigo muerto. Lloró en su corazón por esa familia que había perdido a su hija. Lloro en su corazón cuando vio a esa pobre madre viuda que llevaba a enterar a su hijo. Se conmovió y lloró en su corazón cuando vio a la multitud como ovejas sin pastor. Si vos no aprendes a llorar no sos un buen cristiano. Y este es un desafío. Shon nos ha planteado este desafío. Y cuando nos hagan la pregunta: porqué sufren los niños, porque sucede esto u esto otro de trágico en la vida? que nuestra respuesta sea el silencio o la palabra que nace de las lágrimas. Sean valientes, no tengan miedo de llorar.

Y después vino Leandro Santos. También hizo preguntas sobre el mundo de la información. Hoy con tantos medios estamos híper informados y ¿eso es malo? ¡No! Eso es bueno y ayuda, pero corremos el peligro de vivir acumulando información. Y tenemos mucha información, pero quizá no sabemos qué hacer con ella. Corremos el riesgo de convertirnos en “jóvenes museo”, que tienen de todo pero no saben qué hacer. No necesitamos “jóvenes museos” sino jóvenes sabios.

Me pueden preguntar: Padre ¿cómo se llega ser sabio? Y este es otro desafío, el desafío del amor. ¿Cuál es la materia más importante que tiene que aprender en la Universidad?, ¿Cuál es la más importante que hay que aprender en la vida? Aprender a amar. Y este es el desafío que la vida te pone a vos hoy. ¡Aprender amar! No solo acumular información y no saber qué hacer con ella. Es un museo. Sino a través del amor hacer que esa información sea fecunda. Para esto el Evangelio nos propone un camino sereno, tranquilo, usar los tres lenguajes, el lenguaje de la mente, el lenguaje del corazón y el lenguaje de las manos. Y los tres lenguajes armoniosamente, lo que pensás lo sentís y lo realizas. Tu información baja al corazón, lo conmueve y lo realiza. Y esto armoniosamente: pensar lo que se siente y lo que se hace. Sentir lo que pienso y lo que hago, hacer lo que pienso y lo que siento. Los tres lenguajes. ¿Se animan a repetir los tres lenguajes en voz alta?

El verdadero amor es amar y dejarme amar. Es más difícil dejarse amar que amar. Por eso es tan difícil llegar al amor perfecto de Dios, porque podemos amarlo, pero lo importante es dejarnos amar por él. El verdadero amor es abrirse a ese amor que está primero y que nos provoca una sorpresa. Si vos tenés solo toda la información estas cerrado a las sorpresas, el amor te abre a las sorpresas, el amor siempre es una sorpresa porque supone un dialogo entre dos. Entre el que ama y el que es amado. Y de Dios decimos que es el Dios de las sorpresas porque él nos amó primero y nos espera con una sorpresa. Dios nos sorprende, Dejémonos sorprender por Dios. Y no tengamos la psicología de la computadora de creer saberlo todo. ¿cómo es esto? Un momento y la computadora tiene todas las respuestas, ninguna sorpresa. En el desafío del amor Dios se manifiesta con sorpresas.

Pensemos en san Mateo –recordó Francisco-, era un buen comerciante, además traicionaba a su patria porque le cobraba los impuestos los judíos para pagárselo a los romanos, estaba lleno de plata y cobraba los impuestos. Pasa Jesús lo mira y le dice vení. Los que estaban con él dicen: ¿a este que es un traidor, un sinvergüenza? y él se agarra a la plata. Pero la sorpresa de ser amado lo vence y siguió a Jesús. Esa mañana cuando se despidió de su mujer nunca pensó que iba volver sin dinero y apurado para decirle a su mujer que preparara un banquete. El banquete para aquel que lo había amado primero. Que lo había sorprendido con algo más importante que toda la plata que tenía. ¡Déjate sorprender por Dios! No le tengas miedo a las sorpresas, que te mueven el piso, que te ponen inseguro, pero nos ponen en camino. El verdadero amor te mueve a quemar la vida aún a riesgo de quedarte con las manos vacías. Pensemos en san Francisco, dejó todo, murió con las manos vacías pero con el corazón lleno.

¿De acuerdo? No jóvenes de museo sino jóvenes sabios. Para ser sabios usar los tres lenguajes: pensar bien, sentir bien y hacer bien. Y para ser sabios, dejarse sorprender por el amor de Dios y anda y quema la vida. ¡Gracias por tu aporte de hoy!

Y el que vino con un buen plan para ayudarnos a ver cómo podemos andar en la vida fue Riqui, contó todas las actividades, todo lo que hacen, todo lo que pueden hacer. Gracias Riqui, gracias por lo que haces vos y tus compañeros. Pero yo te voy a hacer una pregunta: vos y tus amigos van a dar, dan, dan, ayudan, pero vos ¿dejás que te den?, contestate en el corazón. En el evangelio que escuchamos recién hay una frase que para mí es la más importante de todas, dice el evangelio que Jesús a ese joven lo miró y lo amó. Cuando uno ve el grupo de Richi y sus compañeros, uno los quiere mucho porque hacen cosas muy buenas, pero la frase más importante que dice Jesús: solo te falta una cosa. Cada uno de nosotros escuchemos en silencio esta palabra de Jesús: solo te falta una cosa”. ¿Qué cosa me falta? Para todos los que Jesús ama tanto porque dan tanto a los demás yo les pregunto: ¿vos dejas que otros te den de esa otra riqueza que vos no tenés?

Los saduceos, los doctores de la ley de la época de Jesús daban mucho al pueblo, le daban la ley, le enseñaban, pero nunca dejaron que el pueblo les diera algo. Tuvo que venir Jesús para dejarse conmover por el pueblo. ¡Cuántos jóvenes como vos que hay aquí saben dar pero todavía no aprendieron a recibir!

Solo te falta una cosa. Esto es lo que nos falta: aprender a mendigar de aquellos a quienes damos. Esto no es fácil de entender aprender a mendigar. Aprender a recibir de la humildad de aquellos que ayudamos. Aprender a ser evangelizados por los pobres. Las personas a quienes ayudamos, pobres, enfermos, huérfanos, tienen mucho que darnos. ¿Me hago mendigo y pido también eso?, ¿o soy suficiente y solamente voy a dar? Vos que vivís dando siempre y crees que no tenés necesidad de nada ¿sabés que sos un pobre tipo?, ¿sabés que tenés mucha pobreza y necesitas que te den?, ¿Te dejas ayudar por los pobres, enfermos y por aquellos que ayudas? Esto es lo que ayuda a madurar a jóvenes comprometidos como Riqui en el trabajo de dar a los demás, aprender a tender la mano desde la propia miseria.

Hay algunos puntos que yo había preparado: aprender a amar y a dejarse amar. Hay un desafío además, que es el desafío por la integridad. Amar a los pobres. Nuestros obispos quieren que mires a los pobres de manera especial este año. ¿Vos pensás en los pobres?, ¿vos sentís con los pobres?, ¿vos haces algo por los pobres? Y vos ¿pedís a los pobres que te den esa sabiduría que tienen? Esto es lo que quería decirles. Perdonenme porque no leí lo que les tenía preparado. Pero hay una frase que me consuela un poquito: “La realidad es superior a la idea” y la realidad que ustedes plantearon y la realidad de ustedes es superior a todas las respuestas que yo había preparado. ¡Gracias!"

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Hillary Clinton lauded Philippines for gender-inclusive peace process

Philippines lauded for gender-inclusive peace process.

"As the Pope calls for greater women’s participation in the Philippines, last December the country was lauded for its gender-inclusive peace process by former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a speech at Georgetown University.

Deles and Coronel-Ferrer were both cited by Clinton for making inclusivity the guiding principle in peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, resulting to the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the final political settlement ending one of the longest internal conflicts in Southeast Asia. The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, the agreement’s legal iteration, is currently under deliberation in both chambers of Congress.


“Consider what has happened recently in the Philippines,” Clinton said. “Hope for peace was all but gone when two strong women, Teresita Quintos Deles and Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, took over the negotiations. They made inclusivity their mantra. And thanks greatly to their efforts, finally a peace was brokered in a historic deal.”

Coronel-Ferrer has already received acclaim as the first woman to sign a major peace agreement in the world under a peace process office whose chief, Deles, is also a woman. They were ‎also joined by a negotiating team that included two more women National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Secretary Yasmin Busran-Lao and National Security Council Undersecretary and Technical Working Group on Normalization chair Zenonida Brosas.

Deles and Coronel-Ferrer have also received awards from N-Peace Network, an organization under the United Nations, which recognizes notable peace workers from around the globe.

Clinton shared the story of the Philippine peace process with women peace leaders from various countries who were gathered at Georgetown’s Institute of Women, Peace, and Security, and emphasized the important role of women in peace-building around the globe, noting that with women involved in the peace process, “entire societies enjoy better outcomes,” and “often-overlooked issues—[such as] human rights, individual justice, national reconciliation, economic renewal—are often brought to the forefront.”

Clinton also said that “women leaders, it has been found, are good at building coalitions across ethnic and sectarian lines and speaking up for other marginalized groups… It’s important to underscore this overriding fact: Women are not just victims of conflict. They are agents of peace and agents of change.”

opapp.gov.ph

Salmiya Makasait is Laban o Bawi 1 Million Winner

Congratulations to the first ever winner of 1 Million Pesos on Eat Bulaga's Laban O Bawi! 

Late last year “Laban o Bawi” became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter shortly after Eat Bulaga hosts announced its comeback. It received positive comments from the netizens and some wishing that Sexbomb Girls could also return to the show.

Congratulations po, Salmiya Makasait!

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