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Father’s Day In The Midst Of The Pandemic 2021

Happy Father's Day 2020 - Chesz Dylan

It’s true that when you become a parent yourself, there will be realizations wherein you would only understand once you are at that phase in your life. Until then will you only understand the deeper meaning of the love of the parents? Regardless if you came from a bad parenting or a traumatic childhood experience, I believe, there are still some great facets of your parents that you would like to carry out as a parent yourself – ideally or maybe partially.

Happy Quarantine Father's Day 2020 - Chesz Dylan

Being a father is not similar to being a mother. Sometimes if not oftentimes, these dissimilarities affect or contribute to the welfare of the children. God created fathers and mothers for a specific role and specific purpose in the different areas of child development. However, with the breaking of the norm in the past decades, these roles are impacting most of the millennial children and Gen Z children of today. These impacts are affecting the sociological, intellectual, and emotional views both in positive and negative ways.



With the ongoing debates in child psychology, more children have shifted to a more pronounce and lax upbringing. Gender roles and expression, conservative and strict disciplining, gender equality, privacy, personal choices, and politically motivated ideologies among college students are some of the issues that have long been circulating. However, this era unlike its predecessors has been more liberating and expressive, breaking the stereotypes while challenging these issues.

SEE ALSO:

https://www.cheszdylan.com/2019/06/10/16-fathers-day-gift-ideas/

During The Covid 19 Crisis

Covid 19 pandemic have invaded not just the health sectors in the government and communities, but it invaded the livelihood and financial stability of each family, to the point of losing jobs and income, and soon bankruptcy. Who is most affected by this? Who are mostly the breadwinners of the families? The fathers, the foundation of the family. I know some of you might raise a brow, but I just want to be more general, we all know that most of us have had fathers.

This pandemic (aside from the previous pandemics like Spanish flu etc) is something I might assume as the most difficult time for millennial fathers. This is the most burdensome event in raising a family, in sustaining finances and needs for the family, more stressful than the combined recession and losing a job.

Dads In Different Clothing

I didn’t literally mean the clothes worn by our dads. These are the single moms (or parents, father figures) that are working hard by themselves and at the same time raising their children. Like the fathers, they too carry the weight on their shoulders on how to provide for their families needs during this crisis. With dads having difficulties in these trying times, what more are these moms who are working their asses off to meet everyday needs?

The Essence Of The Father’s Day

Despite all these challenges, we should be thankful that our families have no coronavirus and are thriving every day. I know how hard it is to remain positive while listening to all the bad news and saddening covid 19 updates in different countries. I know how hard it feels to avoid giving alms, instead of helping other people. I know how tough it is to look for financial aid or jobs that will get you through the day for the past 3 months or so. These are possible because of the dads and father figures who are working hard to live especially during this crisis. Those efforts can never be done unconditionally, but it became possible by our dads.

So today, as we celebrate Father’s Day,  I would like to at least encourage you my dear readers to tap your dads, maybe on their shoulders or backs, and tell them how grateful you are for having a special and hard-working dad like them. Most dads might not reciprocate since men are biologically created to show fewer emotions or father figures don’t want to show their frailty but I am definitely sure it was highly appreciated.

   
Father's Day 2020 In The Midst Of The Pandemic - Chesz Dylan

Happy Father’s Day to all dads and father figures around the globe. Dads, you are appreciated, you are loved, you are doing great in providing your family’s needs. You are your children’s superhero, your wife’s shoulder to lean on and your daughter’s first guy best friend. Please remain strong, positive, and happy despite the challenges of the covid 19 crisis.

5 Historical Shows To Binge-watch This Philippine Independence Day 2021

Independence Day 2020

Celebrating one of the Philippines’ national holidays this June 12 is the historical 122nd anniversary of the Philippine independence. However, unlike the previous years, and while the threat of the covid-19 crisis is rampant, it’s common knowledge that Filipinos will be celebrating it indoors, at the comfort of their homes.

With the softer General Community Quarantine (GCQ) guidelines in the NCR, it’s highly likely that many Filipinos would go out to celebrate the historical event (or at least in the areas with zero covid cases and less stringent protocols). For those Filipinos that would just stay home, do not fret, there are other ways that would make the celebration productive and enjoyable – that is binge-watching.

Sunset in Mindanao

With more online transactions and activities during this pandemic, binge-watching some historical shows and films would make it worth your day and a well-spent Independence day. It’s also worth noting the importance of live streamings like Netflix, Iwant TV, and Iflix as it became the movie and show hub of the boring species. Of course, food is just one call away through Grab Food, Food Panda, Lalamove, and other home delivery services, that’s convenient!



We listed five (in no particular order) of the most recent Philippine Independence historical series and films that are worth your time, money, and effort. These series/films showcase the rich culture of the Philippines since the Pre-Spanish era, the courage of our ancestors, and the patriotism of our national heroes towards our freedom, our independence against all the countries that colonized our nation.

SEE ALSO:

https://www.cheszdylan.com/2019/06/12/4-places-to-visit-this-independence-day/

5 Series And Films That Will Capture The Heroism In You

Ilustrado (GMA)

The series is about the life of Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonzo Realonda a.k.a Jose Rizal portrayed by Alden Richards. Dubbed as the Philippines’ National Hero, he hid under the name of Jose Rizal in order to avoid the pursuit of the Imperial Spanish government against his mother, Teodora Alonzo, and his family. Jose Rizal, known also as Jose Mercado and Pepe, went to Spain to continue his education in college where he met other national heroes such as the Luna brothers, and Marcelo H. Del Pilar to name a few. During his stay, he and his fellow Filipinos managed to establish an organization, La Solidaridad that condemns the ruthless and inhuman acts of the Spanish armies in the Philippines, the geopolitical issues between the two countries, injustice, the tyranny of the friars, and the slavery of Filipinos under the Spanish regime. Jose Mercado later founded La Liga Filipina, a secret organization composed of another fellow Filipinos in La Solidaridad that aims to dismantle the rotten political system of Spain and end the oppression.

Ilustrado Philippine Independence Chesz Dylan
GMA

He wrote two books, the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo which aims to show the gravity of oppression and the unjust practices between Indios and peninsular. These books created strong indignation that led the Indios together with the Philippine heroes to uprise and defend the Philippines’ independence against the Spanish regime.

With its great story and cinematography, it took home a finalist certification from PromaxBDA Global Excellence Award, a certificate in 2015 US International Film and Video Festival, 2015 NAMIC Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA), won in PromaxBDA Asia 2015, and finalist certificates in 2016 New York Film Festival Awards.

Katipunan (GMA)

A series that tackles the history of the Philippine society Katipunan. It’s an organization of Indios against the tyrant Spain that took place when Jose Rizal’s second book El Filibusterismo was published. Helmed by Andres Bonifacio (Sid Lucero) who also attends secret meetings of the Freemasons. Tension escalates as Indios were awakened from Spain’s oppression of the natives, they started a revolution to end the grueling and rotten political system of Imperial Manila and defend the democracy.

Katipunan Philippine Independence Chesz Dylan
GMA

This series took home a nomination and award from Asia Image Apollo Awards and a finalist certificate at the 2015 New York Festival.

Ang Babae ng Balangiga (ABS-CBN)

A hidden heroine in the face of adversity that played an important role in the Philippine – American war. This documentary narrates the story of a Visayan heroine named Casiana Nacionales in the historic encounter at Balangiga in 1901. This documentary earned a certificate under the documentary history category in the recently concluded US International Film and Video Festival.

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ABS-CBN

Heneral Luna

Played by John Arcilla, this film depicts the story of Antonio Luna. A general that led the Philippine Revolutionary Army against the American colonization in the Philippine – American war. He has received awards in a variety of major categories at the Luna Awards and the 39th Gawad Urian Awards.

Heneral Luna Philippine Independence Chesz Dylan

Lapu – Lapu

Dubbed as the first Filipino hero who led the native army at the Battle of Mactan against Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan which was said to be wounded in the leg with a poison arrow. Datu Lapu-Lapu (played by Lito Lapid), was the rival of Humabon during that time. Facts about the life of Lapu-Lapu were recorded in the Aginid chronicle. The film received a few awards from different categories at the FAP Awards.

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With all the political, social, and health issues that the Philippines is facing right now, it’s important to be unified. Everyone has a say on something. However, let us not forget the essence of independence and the lives that were slain, all in the name of freedom. Let us not be divided by our personal ideology just because we think we are superior or we think the government is anti-poor or vice versa. Let’s support the importance of meaningful discourse with the government and come up with timely solutions and/or suggestions. Let’s respect both sides of the fence. The battle for oppression and injustice will continue unless we have the unity to counter it all together, the unity to be heard in a peaceful manner, and the unity to achieve the reality we want the future generations to live, as a unified Filipinos. We are better than this.

5 Historical Shows To Binge-watch This Philippine Independence Day

What historical series or films have you watched? Let’s chat in the comment section below.

Black Lives Matter: Does It Matter? A Christian Take On The Issue

Black live matter christian perspective

I see churches that are in favor of black lives matter. I just want to share my opinion about this. Bear in mind that I believed in the separation of state and church. And I am against racism. You see, there are underlying problems within the agenda itself. You may not agree with what I will say but since some churches agree with the black lives matter agenda, I assumed that you are also in favor of riots, destroying of properties, looting, and stealing? And that is never Christ-likeness. We all know that this incident is not known given the previous issues surrounding this movement, right? There are recorded incidents that happened prior to this Floyd incident, right? So, I assumed you are aware of it?

Black Lives Matter Christian View
Proverbs 29:18 ESV
Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.

Church, how are you? I know I am not in the position to say this. I am not a pastor. My faith is currently not on fire and I am nowhere denying that I don’t commit sins or whatever. That is not the issue. But is becoming relevant is now a part of the “new church normal”? I get the point that we have to pray for them, pray for the family of Floyd. Love all races. There is no discrimination against God. Jesus loves his children regardless of color. These are all true. But what you are doing is conniving with the schemes of the devil. The devil will attack in ways that we thought are good and pleasant. This black lives matter movement is a perfect example of it.



Matthew 15:14 ESV
Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

We should stand for the faith we believed in. But standing for a worldly agenda is something that is against the will of God. Especially if the cause is not pleasing to God when it has a bad reputation and representation to some and could cause division within the Christian communities. This movement has been shrouded with diversionary schemes and propaganda pitting the democrats vs liberals, black vs white, pro vs anti-government, state vs religion, morals vs justice, and pagans vs Christians to clash. That is nowhere in the Bible.

1 Peter 2:13-17 ESV
Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Some religious groups would do prayer vigils. That is much better. That’s what we Christians should do in these times of covid and chaos. I don’t condemn churches that explicitly support a worldly cause. But I want to ask you a personal question, what do you think will Jesus do in times like this?

SEE ALSO:

https://www.cheszdylan.com/2019/06/25/when-to-rebuke-and-when-to-judge/

How To Address This Issue As A Christian

With the Black Lives Matter controversy, Christians are torn on how to address this kind of issue. How to react in this situation without compromising your faith? How to show God’s love without offending anyone?

1- Remain Calm.

Matthew 6:27 NIV
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

I get that the protest has gone viral and it’s all over the internet. It has taken social media by storm after the unjust treatment of George Floyd from police brutality suffocating him to death. However, Jesus Christ is not reckless when it comes to His emotions. Quoting the verses of Matthew 21:12-13 where Jesus overturned the temple tables of the money changers might have gotten Jesus to react irrationally, but it’s only because it violated the essence of the church not because of the social issues happening outside the synagogue.

2- Pray Without Ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV
pray without ceasing

This has been the Christ-like answer of many Christians when it comes to dealing with personal battles, for the church and for the world. Pray for one another, pray for revival, pray for the world towards its destruction that was already written in the book of Revelation. Christians, praying is our strongest weapon. Jesus showed his disciples every day how He prayed early in the morning before He do any miracles before He preaches the gospel, and ending His day with prayer. It’s our communication and communion with God. We often hear these phrases, “the battle is not yours but God.” It is, and it will remain infinite.

3- Control Your Emotion.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Just as how Jesus controlled Himself when Satan is luring Him into temptation with the promise of great credibility and convincing spectacle of worldly riches and dominion. Jesus didn’t allow the snare of the devil to influence Him. He is God in the first place and He could just get all that riches by Himself or show His superiority against the devil. But instead, He controlled His emotions and didn’t allow Himself to be tempted.

4- Express With Love And Compassion.

Acts 10:34-35 NIV
Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
   

With all the riots, and the unwanted situations such as looting, stealing, destroying of properties, and an account of death, it’s inevitable not to feel remorse or mad with the protesters. That is our difference as Christian. I know that sometimes it’s hard to show love and compassion especially when we are in a heated commotion, but just as how we treat our brethren, we should also show the same love and compassion to other religions, beliefs, and races. Christians should never tolerate racism. In the same manner, Christians shouldn’t tolerate bad behaviors, especially when it is a threat to peace and order or chaos to other people and to the community. We can sympathize with their agenda for the ongoing black lives matter, but we should also draw the line.

5- Do Not Conform To The Secular Standard.

Romans 12:2 NIV
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Being relevant doesn’t necessarily mean bad. However, as Christian, we should be relevant by sharing the gospel using modern methods and any means of helping others. If being relevant means doing the same secular things, acting in a manner of how the world is doing it, and engaging in a protest that would compromise your faith, I believe you should reflect on yourself and pray that God will see your motives. Because instead of taking them to church, sharing them the gospel, and encourage them, it would go the other way around? This world is under its destruction. We are at the last age and Rapture will take place anytime soon.

FINAL NOTE

As Christian, we can sympathize and show compassion by praying for them, sharing the gospel, make Jesus known to them for salvation, and if we could help in other ways, then do so. However, doing the things they do, joining in the protest, participating in their agendas, and going with the flow just to be relevant is never pleasing to God. We love the sinners but hate their sins. In the same way, we show them the Christ-likeness not conniving with their worldly scheme. That is why Christians are the salt and light of this world. Furthermore, it has always been said that state and church are two different entities. We should abide by the authority in the land because Jesus said so in the Bible. We could also express our freedom because it is our right. However, we should also be mindful of others.

Romans 13:9 NIV 
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Black Lives Matter: Does It Matter? A Christian Take On The Issue

In this regard, I pray for the family of George Floyd, and all the victims of all races brought upon by the riots and anarchy that took place in the United States. Remember that Jesus loves all the races, and in the same way, we Christians love them too.  You matter with Christ. All people matter!

Happy Quarantine Mother’s Day 2020: What Better Gifts to Give for Moms 2021

Happy Quarantine Mothers Day 2020

It was late in December 2019 when the dreaded covid-19 virus or coronavirus took the world into its pandemic dominion. The world is severely crippled and every sector has its shares of depreciation, fluctuations, and bankruptcy. Coronavirus may not have stopped all businesses from ceasing, but it put a major damper to all major facilities, to the people, and to the world’s economy.

Even all crowded places have become deserted. People are forced to either stay at home or work at home. Social distancing and other preventive measures that were once a choice became mandatory and failure to do so could land a person in jail. We are now experiencing a different norm, and it is even said that it will be the new norm after this. Mommy duties have become more chaotic and tedious since all the family members are at home.



Since the covid outbreak, many private occasions, public gatherings, and national holidays have been suspended and canceled which are likely to be move until next year or never at all. This dilemma has caused a lot of health fear which outweighs greater than celebrating birthdays, or national holidays such as Mother’s Day.

However, just because we are in the middle of this health crisis doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the Mother’s Day occasion like usual. Since all department stores are closed, it’s likely that you wouldn’t have a present for your mom. It’s understandable, however, there are alternatives that can be done and given. Luckily, delivery service has been handy for most of us who stay at our homes. Frontliners like them have been helpful, and they are highly appreciated these days including our nurses, doctors, soldiers, and other local government units.

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Gifts For The Moms This Mother’s Day

There are realizations that have been meaningful in this covid crisis. Going back to the basics and the essence of being alive is already a gift from the almighty. What more if your mom is safe and healthy during these trials. But putting it into a list, these are simple alternative gifts you could give to your mom this Quarantine Mother’s Day.

A Packed Food from A Delivery/Drive-Thru Service.

I know this may sound boring or for some, it might have been a regular day, but this applies to those families who are on a tight budget or cannot go out to spend the occasion at a diner or fancy restaurant. We all know that if there is the busiest person during this crisis aside from the frontliners, it would be our moms or your wives. And giving them the food they are craving is beyond deserving. It doesn’t hurt to cut a little budget for this occasion, what matters is that you treasure her importance in these times.

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https://www.cheszdylan.com/2019/05/12/blog-twenty/

Cook an Edible Arrangements.

This might be an advantage for the cooks and chefs at heart. With a lot of cooking videos, and tutorials circulating on social media during this covid pandemic, cooking or baking edible arrangements with the use of chocolates and other creative ingredients are not just a nice gift for the moms and wives. It also relieves you from stress and anxieties brought by staying at home and being unable to do anything if you are not an introvert type.

A Flower from Your Garden.

Wouldn’t it be nice seeing your plants bloom? But wouldn’t it be nicer, if you give these flowers to the most important woman in your life? The first flower in your garden would be great, however, if you don’t have a garden, you could stroll down in your village and search for any decent-looking flowers. Giving it to your mom or wife when she wakes up, in addition to a hot coffee and a little note of greeting is bliss for them.

A Greeting Note from Your Children.

Teaching our children in celebrating Mother’s Day with a greeting card is so classic but memorable. Tell your children to write a note for their mom the day before Mother’s Day. This way, you don’t only teach your children to be empathetic, but you are teaching them (especially your sons) the importance of a woman and how they should be treated and respected. You are setting an example for your children.

However, with the use of technology, there have been meaningful alternative ways. Personalization like E-card has become more creative. Tell your children to text their moms or create a simple artwork from your mobile app and send it on Mother’s Day. Create a TikTok greeting, a Snapchat video, a slideshow, or an IG/Facebook post and tagged them in. Add it with a personal message, and it will be all worth it.

Arrange a Netflix Date.

With the scarcity of resources due to the covid pandemic, a Netflix date is more convenient than a dinner date. Don’t get me wrong, dinner date has always been one of the most worth noting ways in occasions such as Mother’s Day.

However, this year is incomparable to the previous years, we are facing an invisible enemy. We are stuck in our homes. We can’t just easily buy anything even luxuries regardless if we have all the money in the bank. Set up your room or set up the porch with your flat-screen television. You should have known beforehand the movies that your mom or wife enjoyed watching. If you don’t like the movie, at least sit beside them or her to know that you are sincere in giving them or her the best Netflix quarantine Mother’s Day celebration coupled with her favorite snacks, and drinks.

Be The Mommy for The Day.

This has always been the most effective way of appreciating your mom or wife during Mother’s Day. Let them or her take a day off. Do all the chores and lets the mommy sit on the couch all day, sleep, or rest. With how many days she has been busy taking care of you and your children during this covid crisis, this is her special day. This is advisable for those dads or husbands that don’t usually help in the household chores. Be the momma for the day!

Alone Time Together.

I get that this might be debatable for some, or don’t like the idea since the couple has been together ever since the covid. However, family time is different a couple time. You could just celebrate Mother’s Day with your children but it would be greater if you have included your alone time together. Believe it or not, there are couples who have been divorced or got separated because they don’t have time for each other. During this covid-19 crisis, spend all the time possible together especially if you are a workaholic husband, or father. This is the time you could rekindle or explore each other’s passionate desires. This is the only time you could make it all up for your wife. But, please avoid filming it regardless of whatever purpose.

Putting the sensual way aside, there are things that you could do for that alone time together. Give her a full-body massage, read a book together, engage in a meaningful conversation together, have great laughs about your previous Mother’s Day memories together, do your devotions together or sit with each other especially when you haven’t done this because of your busy schedule.

Happy Quarantine Mother's Day 2020: What Better Gifts to Give to Moms

It’s always nice to go back to the basics. This covid 19 crisis took all of us to the whirlwind mayhem that allowed us to realize some things or meditate our lives. It may not be the usual and fancy Mother’s Day celebration, but it gives us a more emotional approach, hopeful, healthy and family get together that are memorable and priceless. Realizations that occasions like this are worth more than luxurious gifts, worth more than the countries we visited together, and more than fancy restaurants we dined together. This quarantine Mother’s Day celebration is not your usual Mother’s Day celebration, and it will change that norm from Today, onward.

At the end of the day, appreciate your moms and wives, and all the everyday sacrifices they do. Happy Quarantine Mother’s Day 2020 to all!

What have you been planning to do or Mothers Day gifts during quarantine? Share it in the comment section below.

5 Perfect Gifts To Give This Valentines And The Importance Of The Occasion

lycklig Alla hjärtans dag, Hyvää ystävänpäivää, Alles Gute zum Valentins Tag, Valentines dydd yn hapus, Kekasih hari gembira, Joyeux Saint-Valentin, Masayang Araw ng mga Puso or Feliz Dia De San Valentin. These are words with the same meaning, but spoken in different languages — Happy Valentine’s Day!

A tradition that is mostly celebrated every 14th of February, Valentine’s Day is as special as an anniversary for married couples or in a relationship. Lovers tend to be aggressive and overly romantic during this day. It’s likely that you would bump into many couples along your way and if you are single, you’ll be dying in envy. For many, this is the only day where they can explicitly express their love to their crush or partner. In some countries, you won’t be surprised if hotels and restaurants are fully booked. That is, you know what comes next after the date, right? However, there are also couples who aren’t as enthusiastic and aggressive. There are anti-social couples out there who don’t bombard their newsfeed with their romantic getaways and cheesy Valentine ideas.



How Countries Differs in Valentine Celebration

See also: No Greater Love

JAPAN

Tokyo

Japan has one of the most peculiar Valentine celebrations. It may be known to some, but in case you haven’t known, every Valentine’s Day, it’s the woman that gives chocolates or sweets to the guy. Sounds interesting? Well, while most of the countries’ traditions portrayed men as the shining armor, the gentlemen and romantic that give gifts to women, Japan, however, gave chances to women to show their creativity and artistry in chocolate making and wrapping by showing their affection to their guy crush, guys they admired or boyfriends (Honmei-choco). However, if you are the type of Japanese woman who doesn’t know how to bake, the only thing you can do is buy ready-made chocolates at the candy shops which you can give to your male office mates or guy friends (Giri-choco).

PHILIPPINES

The Philippines

While most Filipinos tend to celebrate Valentine’s Day similar to Americans — with all the flowers, chocolates, eating at the restaurants, and booking for hotel suites, one thing that stands out in Philippine Valentine tradition is the Valentine event of the year. It may be a party like the sponsored event Loovapalooza, where couples kiss their partners simultaneously, or a government-sponsored event such as the grand mass wedding, where hundreds or thousands of couples come together for matrimony.

ARGENTINA

Argentina

While most of us are celebrating Valentine’s Day specifically only during February 14th, This passionate nation managed to add a bit of spice to their tradition. Other than the one-day Valentine celebration, they have this whole week which they called the “Sweetness Week” sometime in July where kisses are exchanged for some sweet treats. Isn’t that sweeter?

SOUTH AFRICA

Capetown

South Africa followed the history of Valentine’s Day. Lupercalia, where it was celebrated as an ominous ritual for many centuries happened to coincide with Valentine’s Day. Thus, this ominous ritual consists of “sacrifice or act of sacrifice” became part of Valentine’s Day. While it’s still debatable and unclear for historians whether it has something to do with Valentine’s Day or if there is a relationship between the two, the Lupercalia festival is known as its earliest festival ancestor. The early festival was intended to enable fertility and is also associated with the matchmaking lottery, thus, why the correlation hypothetically existed.

Valentine’s Day was widely associated with St. Valentine, a Roman saint in the third century that was commemorated on February 14. He is the patron saint of epilepsy and his Saint’s day was traditionally associated with courtly love. Thus, where the celebration name originated. Today, we are celebrating this romantic occasion all over the world. What’s the best way to celebrate it is to give presents like chocolates and flowers to your loved ones.

However, as there were spikes of creativity among different individuals, there are other extraordinary gifts you can give to your partner or spouse without following the norm. These alternatives can add additional affection, or sweetness factors to the relationship.

See also: Chivalry Should Not Be Dead

5 Perfect Valentine Gifts

PERFUME

Most women like to have their own scent. The scent that will be remembered by their partner or separate them from the other girls. With variants similar to the sweet smell of chocolate, velvety vanilla, or as fragrant as the flowers, it will surely attract leaving a lasting impression.

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SHOPPING

Every women’s dream and men’s nightmare (pun intended). Shopping has been correlated to women and men shouldn’t dare to contradict. Whether it’s a piece of jewelry, a trendy dress, branded shoes, and bags, you name it. It’s every women’s must-haves. Give your girlfriends or wives a lot of lovin’ by giving them your credit card or some cash and you already survived the Valentine’s Day horror.

BOOK OR JOURNAL

Books are great presents especially when the recipient loves to read. These are turn-ons for your bookworm partners whether your partner is into business books or fictional characters. Women tend to use journals than men, they are more organized when it comes to schedules and timely tasks than men.

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TRAVEL TOGETHER

No more dinner dates at the restaurants or one night in hotels. Traveling together is beneficial for both of you. Will it be better to relax and escape the busy city life with your partner this Valentine’s Day? Whether it’s a local or flights international, being together while traveling will strengthen the relationship.

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ESSENTIALS

Health is the most underrated concern of most couples. It’s always best to look your best and be at your best state. That way, both of you will become more confident with each other and live longer without being stressed out because of your relationship. Why not give your partner a new fitness machine, a supplement, a massage or enroll together for a new diet plan?

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See also: The Love of a Father

Valentine’s Day celebration doesn’t have to look grand and spend a lot of money. Your love isn’t defined by how much money you spent or how much is the present worth. Sometimes, couples don’t always need material things. And these non-materials things are priceless.

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8 Alternative Places To Spend Your Christmas In The Philippines


These places are perfect alternatives for that boring and usual Yuletide celebration at home every year.

Christmas is in the air, and many people are traveling to their provinces to spend the Christmas celebration with their families. In the Philippines, you know it’s Christmas once the BER months entered. Why? Because it’s the moment where you will hear LSS Christmas songs (Good luck with that!). It has become partly a tradition that Christmas songs are played by the local radio stations and on-air. Even in the rural areas, you will hear Christmas songs played in most establishments and stalls. That’s why the Philippines has been known even by some foreigners and long-time tourists that the Philippines is celebrating a long Christmas festivity starting from early September to the celebration of the Three Kings in the first week of January.

There are also some tourists who prefer spending the holidays here in the Philippines. There is always a heart-warming feeling on how Filipinos tend to celebrate this joyous occasion once every year. Immigrants and those who have  Filipino spouses will attest to it. With many places to offer, the Philippines is among the busiest countries with a lot of tourists and immigrants during December. However, it also comes with a disadvantage as tickets are ridiculously expensive in the whole month of December. So, if you are planning to spend the holiday here, better to book ahead of time or check your local travel agencies for flight deals and promotions.

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Alternative Places To Spend The Holiday

Known to many, Christmas is also a day to travel and spend the vacation in other countries. Some wealthy Filipinos and frequent travelers are taking this opportunity to travel to their favorite destinations and spend the holiday there. This is in a way their meditative routine to detoxify from the whole year’s workload.

For the average Filipinos, their home is simply the only place they will spend Christmas Eve. With their relatives returning home from the city, it became a reunion and a get-together from distant relatives and long-time friends who haven’t seen each other for a while. Family ties among Filipinos are tight, thus, it’s a culture that makes the Filipino tradition unique and that you wouldn’t find in other nations.



There are actually many places in the Philippines that could be an alternative to the usual Christmas home celebration. Some of the places might not be new to you. But for those who don’t, we round up some places that might be an alternative and will eventually break your usual holiday celebration.

Boracay

Boracay at sunset

Boracay has been known both as a local and international tourist destination spot. It has been included in the world’s best travel destination numerous times even landed in the top spot according to a famous travel magazine. Famous destination of local celebrities not only during Yuletide season but also in national holidays like Holy Week and summer breaks. Who wouldn’t try a Christmas Eve under the stars, sands, and open seas?

Rizal National Park

If you are a city dweller, chances are you have spent your Christmas Eve in this park at least once in your life. Famous for other heritage sites, Rizal Park or Luneta Park always have that “family get-together vibe” outside your homes. Manileños will just bring with them their packed holiday meals, picnic baskets and assemble them in the area as they watch fireworks prepared by the local government on the eve of Christmas day. However, be ready to face a crowd of families that will also spend Christmas with you. With that being said, thousands of locals from far-flung provinces dreamt ongoing in this famous park in Manila. And would it be nice if that lifelong dream can achieve this holiday season?

Burnham Park

One of the most well-loved famous destination spots in the north, Baguio City. The famous city of pines should be on your bucket list. For international tourists, the weather in Baguio City reaches 16°c dropping to a 10°c record from this December until March next year. Burnham Park, similar to Rizal Park in Manila is a famous park in Baguio City and a great alternative to the city’s humid atmosphere. There is always something on a cold Christmas day. It gives that holiday chill effect of the winter like the other countries but not as freezing since there is no snow. Great when you are with your partners, spouses, and first Christmas together for newlyweds.

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Mall Of Asia

Dubbed as one of the biggest shopping malls in the world, it’s likely that city dwellers might see this as a perfect alternative from Rizal Park. With a lot of events within the stretch of Mall of Asia on the eve of Christmas, plus the view of an open sea along the seaside area, the smell of the sea almost seems perfect to start the midnight of December 25th or end the Christmas evening.

Mt. Apo

This is probably the most adventurous Christmas you will ever have this year. Wait! This doesn’t mean you have to spend Christmas on top of Mt Apo. A match made for those who are thrill seekers who love adventures and outdoor fun. Why not rent a cabin near the site? Enjoy the chill of the pre-Christmas celebration in the mountainous region of Davao and start the whole day holiday celebration hiking with your friends greeting the sunrise of the morning of the 25th.

Palawan

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Another of the famous international beaches in the Philippines next to Boracay and home to the UNESCO heritage site as one of the seven new wonders of nature, the Palawan Underground River. Similar to Boracay, Palawan has a lot to offer for both local and international travelers in events such as Christmas. If you find Boracay as a crowded spot, why not book your holiday in Palawan instead?

Siargao

One of the treasures of Mindanao and dubbed as the surfing capital of the Philippines. Currently among one of the top 20 Best Destinations in 2019 according to Conde Nast. For sea lovers who love the waves and the growling of the open sea. Spend the Christmas evening with a wine-drinking under the moon with your significant others.

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Pilgrimages

Christ the Savior, Alaminos Pangasinan

The Philippines is known as one of the countries with a lot of Catholic devotees, different denominations, and religious beliefs. Pilgrims have the option to bathe in the presence of God contemplating and thanking God for the blessings that happened for the entire year. Catholic devotees could spend the Yuletide season in historical churches in the Philippines, the pilgrimage of Christ the Savior in Hundred Island National Park in Alaminos, the St Vincent Ferrer Statue in Bayambang, Regina Rica in Rizal, Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Quezon, Monasterio de Tarlac in Tarlac, the pilgrimage in GarinFarm Resort in Iloilo. And there are also prayers mountains like Mary Ridge Retreat House in Tagaytay, Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain in Antipolo Rizal, Tamayong Prayer Mountain in Davao, and TAYAK HILL in Laguna. It always refreshing to spend Christmas and end the year in a religious manner.

Wishing you all a blessed Yuletide season and a hopeful year ahead! God bless you!

What other places have you been that are not included in the list and would like to share with your fellow readers? Comment in the section below so people will include it in their Christmas must-haves.


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The Essence Of Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving Day 2019

Wishing everyone a peaceful Thanksgiving celebration!


Celebrated every fourth of November in the United States while it’s the second Monday of October in Canada, this is a festive national holiday celebrated with different turkey entrees, desserts, and wines. However, most people are looking forward to the day next to it, which is tomorrow, Black Friday, famous for its Black Friday Sale event where thousands gather in Target, Walmart, and other stores for the grand promotional items.

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Thanksgiving represents the blessing of the harvest. Similar to Christmas in other countries, this is the opportunity for many Americans to meditate and look back to all the blessings that happened the entire year while looking optimistic about the next year ahead.

Turkey Of This National Holiday

There are many stories on why turkey had been the favorite roasted meat on Thanksgiving Day. Some said that it was because of Alexander Hamilton, while others believed that the turkey is large so it could feed many people. Regardless of its rich history and tradition, be thankful for all the blessings the entire year and appreciate all the people who have helped you endure the entire year.



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For that, I want to get this opportunity to thanked you guys, my dear readers for all the support and continued love. My sincerest thanks from the bottom of my heart. Please support me in my future endeavors. Enjoy the holiday. God bless you all!

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The Fate of Huawei and Hongmeng OS

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Google might have triggered an impending new monster that will eat them whole, depending on the outcome. This is a make or break move from Huawei. It is inevitable due to the ban that the US government imposed to Google. In a different perspective, Google had announced its universal OS in the works, the OS Fuchsia since 2016. Hongmeng OS or Project Z (according to some sources) of Huawei was just confirmed recently, although it is said that it is in the works since 2012. A Huawei executive has foreseen this scenario following the aggressive move of the US government about the never ending spying debacle. 

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In some reports, it was allegedly already being tested in some phones, hiding behind the curtain. Both OS Fuchsia and Hongmeng OS are running under universal operating system. It is actually a great innovation in mobile industry as there hasn’t any big companies to explore this region. There are related news that Microsoft has been exploring this in their Windows OS and Samsung has taken a pinch of this through their Continuum feature. 

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While this is expected to happen, the risk is high and Huawei is at stake here. Huawei has its own track record of innovation these past few years and they wouldn’t dethrone Apple in the #2 position if they aren’t doing a great job. Whether we like it or not, this has a benefit to us consumers and in the mobile technology. This would lessen the Mobile OS duopoly, and a new OS will be born from China that will compete directly against Google. 

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In the meantime, Huawei was given 3 months after the US government temporarily lifted the ban after news broke in the internet yesterday. Still, Huawei confirmed that it will still push updates to the old models and incoming new models and that the consumers wouldn’t be affected much. After which, Huawei will either comply or the US government will impose the ban in a full swing. As the recent leading OEM innovator, let’s see how Huawei will handle this. Hongmeng OS has its potential but still, it is a make or break for the company and for Google.

ELECTION AFTERMATH

Eleksyon-2019

Election period had ended. Local officials were proclaimed while the national positions are under tallying. Some voters were discouraged of the outcome, crying out rigging of votes; throwing out low blows against their opponents even before the campaigning period started. To the extent of filing a lawsuit because of the personal damages these candidates incurred to one another. While for some, they are celebrating for the victory of their candidates. This is the typical scene you will see every election in the Philippines.

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Typical drama, typical narratives, typical promises and agendas that might become a wishful thinking after they took the government office. Compared to the previous election albeit the shove-at-your-face irregularities, this year’s election gained enormous success and confidence from the people. This is the undeniable outcome of support from the pro-administration to the government. Of course, the opposition or the losing side would react to this statement. Take in mind that we have different opinions. Whether we like it or not, whatever the outcome the Comelec will declare, that is final. But just a little throwback, especially if you are aware of the dirty politics in some parts of the country, thanked God because it wasn’t bloody nor disaster this year.  

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Fast forward, the school grounds was left with a pile of garbages from the voters. I believe, this is not just a clean-up work that should be done by the local government units but a volunteer task from the winning candidates, if not all people.  

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Fast forward now that they were elected, these questions should be taken in mind: How should I start, and what should I do to fulfill my promises and agendas to these constituents?What are the real problems that should be addressed immediately?What are the initiatives that should be implemented in order to attain progress?How can I be more of a help, a role model, and a great leader to these people?What ordinances and laws should be prioritize?What project layouts and infrastructures are needed to gain economic wealth, invite investors and  attract tourists?  

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Working as a government official comes with a great responsibility, accountability, and sincerity. It is indeed a hard work, if your interest is for the welfare of your constituents. But it is also a pocketful source of wealth, if your interest is lobbying and corruption. The politics in the Philippines is gross, multi-faceted, fanaticism, patronage, troupe of clowns, religiously influenced and venal system. Qualifications are overbearing but donwright ineffectual. Experience is a must but morally tainted. A century-old system that should be abolished. This new breed of officials should initiate the change in accordance with this current government’s mandate of a corruption-free, competitive economy and a progressive country. Regardless of color and political affinity, we should aim for unity, and not a division. Pray for the welfare of our country and its leaders. Be a productive citizen of this state!

The Boy Who Never Had a Mom

Mothers-Day-2019

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Today is a special day for mothers around the world. Flowers, gifts and social media greetings everywhere. Of course, it will not be special if I didn’t post my personal greeting to the special woman, the mother of my daughter– Evelyn. 

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MOTHERLESS 

I also knew for a fact that some of my readers are aware in my personal relationship. Well, for some who don’t, let me tell you a short description of my life. My mom left me and my sister when I was around one-year old. My aunt was the one who brought me to the province. She said that I was turning dark, sickly and I might die because of an illness. I don’t know the real reason and it might be unclear but the relationship of my parents wasn’t in good terms at that time.



My mom can’t manage to take care of us. My grandmother , back when she was still alive told me that when I was brought at the hospital, she told my grandma that she needs to go to her mother in the province but she’ll be back. So, she left me and my sister in my grandmother’s care. After that, I never saw nor heard from her ever again.

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When I was growing up, I was forced to depend on myself. I learned to lean on no one. I don’t know how to express it but in all honesty, I never looked for her. In the same way, I never felt any anger or hatred against her. Of course, there was once a longing. There was once a pain of not seeing her, but that’s just it. I grew accustomed of having no mother. I learned the art of not giving a f*ck towards her. I learned to not show any emotion.

Every mother’s day, I write a letter to my grandma or my aunts. Well, whenever I have a mother’s day project in school, that is. It was a cycle. I don’t know why my mom doesn’t want to look for us. Or even just an attempt to do so back then. That is, if she is still alive somewhere out there. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

There will always be a longing. There will always be a void in my identity, my being that only my mom can fill. I don’t know how it feels to have a mother. I am glad that my daughter never experienced it. I don’t know if she is still alive. I don’t know if she is looking for us. I don’t know if that might come, to see her personally. I will never know what was she thinking back then. What was her reasons for leaving me behind. I don’t know if there will ever come a time that we will cross paths. I don’t know if I want to see her. I don’t know if I love her. I don’t know if aborting me is much better than leaving me behind. Those are the many “I don’ts” that I have in my life, that I might never know the answers.

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Mothers, love your children. Let them understand what you are feeling. Let them feel that they are loved. Don’t let them suffer the consequence of your decisions. They never wanted it, they don’t deserve it.

Happy Mother’s Day to all! Thank you for the life you had given us- your children.


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