In the Catholic tradition, going back to the Middle Ages, the celebration honoring fathers and fatherhood is on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph’s. However, most countries in the world now, including the Philippines, have adopted the American practice of celebrating Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. The story is that the celebration started in the early 20th century, after several failed attempts. Its early advocates were motivated by a desire to celebrate fathers to complement Mothers’ Day which naturally came first. As a proud father of two daughters – Tanya and Aina, and one son – Roel, I definitely agree that fatherhood deserves to have a day of celebration. I thought it would be fitting to share with my readers a couple of fathers’ poems and reflections to mark this occasion. Mahfooz Ali from India graduated with an M.A. in Economics and took postgraduate courses in journalism and mass communications. He … [Read more...] about Poems and reflections on Father’s Day
Mother s day messages
MANILA – Kobe Paras on Sunday shared his first-ever public Mother’s Day greeting for his mom, former actress Jackie Forster. In an Instagram post, Paras referred to Forster as his best-friend, twin, shopping buddy, other half, and super mom. “I have never felt so complete in my life. If you know me, you’ll understand. Being able to call you my mother is the best thing ever! I am so grateful that God has blessed me with the best mother in the whole universe,” he said. Paras then went on to thank Forster for never giving up on his and his brother Andre, and for always fighting for them and praying for their well being. “You have the strongest heart, the most beautiful mind, the most charming personality, and the prettiest frickinnnnn face in the world!!!!” he wrote. Promising he will never let his mom go, Paras said: “Today is your special day and I just to say that I love you so damn much!” “You’re my inspiration and my … [Read more...] about News ‘I will never let you go’: Kobe’s sweet Mother’s Day message for Jackie Forster
Mother’s Day treats for the techie mom Jan Milo Severo (philstar.com) - May 12, 2018 - 3:06pm MANILA, Philippines — What do “Star for all Seasons” Vilma Santos-Recto love to receive as gifts? “My mom is an in-denial techie,” confessed Vilma’s son, TV host Luis Manzano. So, for special occasions like Mother’s Day, Luis usually gets his mom a new phone or a cool new gadget. It turns out, like mother, like son, because Luis said he is also “quite a techie” like Vilma. In a recent interview with Philstar.com, Luis confessed that he always checks out the latest gadgets in online shopping sites. He said he usually multi-tasks by online shopping while watching TV. Among the online shopping sites Luis visits for gifts, gadgets or whatnot is Lazada, which celebrates its 6th anniversary by offering an assortment of over 45 million items, and new features such as instant … [Read more...] about Mother’s Day treats for the techie mom
Until my good old-model Nokia was broken beyond repair (after it fell from my back pocket), my ringtone was…you didn’t guess it, did you?...Let It Be, the hauntingly beautiful song written by Paul McCartney. Perhaps like some of my fellow Beatlemaniacs, I presumed that the Mother Mary in the song referred to Virgin Mary — you know: When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me/speaking words of wisdom, let it be, let it be! “No,” my good friend, bookworm Robin Tong, told me, “the Mother Mary mentioned in the song is not, contrary to what you thought, the Virgin Mary.” As proof, Robin sent me an interesting excerpt from the book The Right Words At The Right Time by Marlo Thomas and Friends (pp. 217-219, Atria Books, New York, 2002), in which McCartney tells the story behind the song. That was in 2008 (how time flies!), but did you know that many of my friends haven’t heard or read about the truth behind Let It Be up to … [Read more...] about So who is Mother Mary in Let It Be?
By Ellie Advice Columnist Sat., March 24, 2018 I’ve known my fiancé and his family for over two years. They’re all aware that I’m a vegetarian. He invited me for a special dinner at his mother’s house (five people total). We arrived at 1 p.m. and dinner was served around 5 p.m. There were no vegetarian dishes served except for white rice. His mother said that she’ll look for something for me, and found corn on the cob. The corn was mouldy and tasted disgusting (she said it was “freezer burn”). I ended up having tea. My fiancé defended his mom, saying she didn’t know I was coming till the last minute. Article Continued Below Even so, she could’ve said something as soon as she knew, instead of waiting till dinner was served. I would’ve picked up takeout or brought something with me had I known there was nothing there for me to eat. I think my fiancé should’ve … [Read more...] about I fought with my boyfriend after he wouldn’t defend me to his mother