MANILA, Philippines — It was in the summer of 2007 when Tsinoy businessman and philanthropist John Go Hoc opened his almost 2,000-square-meter property in historic Intramuros to informal settler children in Manila. What was supposed to be a week-long Bible study ended up as a full-fledged learning institution after a handful of students returned, “wanting some more.” “We had a summer Bible school then. It ended Saturday and my students, about seven or eight of them, came back on Monday and said they want some more. But the thing was it’s already finished, I told them; if you want I can give you some practical lessons in English and Mathematics, something like that, and also drawing,” the 80-year-old Go Hoc, founder of Joy Kiddie Center, tells STARweek. From an initial seven students, the population grew to 50 and to as high as 200 in the past years. That was the time Go Hoc decided to look for more volunteer teachers. For … [Read more...] about There’s joy within these walls
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Sotto: Stop invoking Jesus in death penalty debates (Philstar.com) - August 7, 2019 - 12:19pm MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Tito Sotto appealed to his fellow senators to avoid invoking the name of Jesus Christ in debates on the proposed reimposition of the death penalty in the country. The Senate leader made this statement after a heated debate between Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon in the death penalty. "I wonder what would've happened to the Christian world and redemption of (Pontius) Pilate crucified Barabbas instead? KIt Tatad and I debated on that already in 1993," Sotto said in a statement Wednesday. Sotto noted that while the Bible is a good source of insights, "trying to chance the story of redemption is not fairish." Pacquiao delivered a privilege speech on Tuesday, where he said that he subscribes to what the Bible says about submission to governing authorities. "I can … [Read more...] about Sotto: Stop invoking Jesus in death penalty debates
Dare you ask for the Spirit? “Ask and you will receive,” Jesus promises us in our Gospel today. But let’s be real and go deeper: How many times have you prayed for a particular favor only to be disappointed? What do you do when you ask but do not receive? The way I used to make sense of the times when I did not get what I begged for was to balance “Ask and you shall receive” with what Jesus also says later in our Gospel today: “What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?” Perhaps getting what I wanted would not be good for me. Maybe what I was asking for was a snake or a scorpion – something that would hurt me, something dangerous for me and those close to me. For a time, I was content with this explanation, but then I was assigned to be a chaplain in the Philippine General Hospital. I met many saintly patients: kind-hearted mothers … [Read more...] about Dare you ask for the Spirit?
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he believes in a "universal minder" as he quoted a Bible verse to explain his stand on the West Philippine Sea. Duterte, who in past speeches questioned the existence of God, the creation story in the Bible, and other Church doctrines, said he believes in a "universal minder". "They say I do not believe in God. Who says? I am a believer of a universal minder. I do not believe a god so perfect would create hell for his creation. What kind of God is he? He is not my god," he said. He also quoted Ecclesiastes 3 as he defended his position to stand up against China in "due time." "There's a time for everything. A time to negotiate and a time to quarrel. With your enemy, with your political opponents, with your wife. That is why some lives are... and a time to antagonize, and a time to make peace, and a time to go to war, and a time to live, and a time to die. That's Ecclesiastes 3," Duterte said. Duterte has said he is a deeply religious … [Read more...] about Duterte says he believes in ‘universal minder,’ quotes Bible
The colours are bold and the designs sleek. Serene red and orange backgrounds contrast with the blues and yellows of a fantasy world, roads spiraling through star-clustered galaxies, Ferris wheels and roller coasters dissect the canvas. Not very much like Yangon, unless you’re on LSD. The paintings are the work of the artist Bart Was Not Here (Ko Kyaw Moe Khine). Borrowing from the disagreeable character Bart Simpson from The Simpsons cartoon, Bart’s mischievous nature is on display here, his first solo exhibition. Bart paints vivid dream-like worlds, but he does so with such clarity – it’s a welcome holiday for the senses and, in the gallery space, a contrast to the outside world. This was part of Bart’s motivation for painting, whose work is influenced by the fantasy worlds of comic books, music videos and computer games. Wanting to escape the drab world of urban Yangon life, he found solace in comics and music as a boy. Combining … [Read more...] about Grafitti artist’s imaginary complex