Saturday, December 27, 2008

A day at Blue Jaz

I spent Christmas day with my entire family at the Blue Jaz Beach Resort and Waterpool. The beach is located in Samal Island, Davao del Norte. Hope you'll enjoy these photos I am sharing.

At the field area..
Overlooking beach front and the waterpool..

the waterpool area..
the close cottages..

we left the place after sun set..

and yours truly..ahehe!:D

Have a blessed and fruitful New Year to come everyone!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

DaiLY RemiNdErs

1. Most important in life- JeSus
2. Most beautiful attire- SmILE :)
3. Greatest asset- FaItH
4. Most powerful force- LOvE
5. Best daily exercise- PrAYer

May we be truly able to live by
the true spirit of CHRISTmas!

Maligayang Pasko po sa inyong Lahat!:-)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What a Christmas tree stands for

My recent post makes me wonder what makes a Christmas tree symbolic at Christmastime. And I wish to thank Titov for giving me these great ideas about the significance of Christmas tree to our Christian faith. He wrote this under my comment box and I wish to repost it for everybody to know.

Here are the reasons why we have Christmas tree:

1.More and more frequently families are blessing their Christmas trees. It is good to remind children that "the tree" relates to many aspects of our faith. For example, we are reminded that our first parents were not allowed to eat from one tree, and that Christ paid the great price for our redemption by hanging on a tree (cf. Acts 5:29-32).

2. And it should be noted that Christianity has externally borrowed from pagan customs -- e.g., wedding rings, bouquets, brides wearing white, Christmas trees, and Easter eggs -- but has transformed their interior meaning to conform with Christ. Just as the Church baptizes pagans and makes them into Christians by God's grace, Christians can give old customs good, new, and richer meaning, e.g., Christmas and Easter replaced pagan feasts associated with winter and spring, respectively.

3. Pope Gregory I, who reigned from 590-604, said, "Let the shrines of idols by no means be destroyed. Let water be consecrated and sprinkled in the temples, let altars be that the people, not seeing their temples destroyed, may displace error and recognize and adore the true God....And because they were wont to sacrifice to devils, some celebration should be given in exchange for this...they should celebrate a religious feast and worship God by their feasting, so that still keeping the outward pleasure, they may more readily receive spiritual joys," quoted in John Greenway's Folklore of the Great West (Palo Alto, California: American West Publishing Company, 1970), p. 384, emphasis added.

4. On the winter solstice (December 21), pagans celebrated the feast of "Sol Invictus," the "inconquerable sun" that waned in winter-shortened days but was not "overcome" by the darkness. Christians chose to keep the natural timing of the holiday and replace its pagan meaning with the Christian message, the inconquerable Son (Jn. 1:5).

5.There are many different stories which attempt to explain why we use a tree at Christmas. For instance, St. Boniface in the eighth century gave the balsam fir tree to the Druids in place of the oak tree, the symbol of their idol. He said, "The fir tree is the wood of peace, the sign of an endless life with its evergreen branches. It points to heaven. It will never shelter deeds of blood, but rather be filled with loving gifts and rites of kindness."

6.The Jesse tree tells about Christ's ancestry through symbols and relates Scripture to salvation history, progressing from creation to the birth of Christ. The tree can be made on a poster board with the symbols glued on, or on an actual tree. For further information read, Advent and Christmas in a Catholic Home. [1]

7. The Jesse tree reminds us of Jesus' Davidic ancestry (cf. Mt. 1:1). For a greater understanding of the relationship between the house of David, Jesus, and the Catholic Church's divine origin, see CUF's FAITH FACT: "Rock Solid: The Salvation History of the Catholic Church."

God bless us all!:)

Thursday, December 11, 2008


When I was a child, the idea of Santa Claus never surprised me. In fact, I didn't know about Christmas stockings to be put on the door so that Santa will fill it with gifts while I am asleep. I hadn't visualized Santa having reindeer and him making children amazed with his sleigh loaded with gifts. All I knew about Christmas was that, it's a celebration that the baby Jesus is borne. And that gifts are plainly coming from my parents and godparents. Though we were raised in a little town near the city lights, vague if i may recall, I could not recount someone ever told me tell-tales of gifts coming from a Santa. Well, somehow it did good..because I had no expectations at all. No false hope coming my way. However,I still couldn't help but wonder if I'd ever experienced the wonder of Christmas. Because some say, to make children believe that Santa is real is to never let them lose the wonder.

Now that I'm a grown-up, I am just content and happy to let children around me believe that Santa is coming our way at Christmastime! And the golden rule: NEVER LOSE THE WONDER!:)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

this Christmas tree

This is Davao's giant Christmas tree. At times I wonder what makes a tree symbolic during Christmas. All I know is the star that brought to the three Magi to where baby Jesus was borne and the "belen" signifying our Lord's nativity. But I have no idea what a Christmas tree stands for.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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