Mother's Days Special

Tagbilaran, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 15:04:26


Sweet 18

Turning 18 punctuates an individual's social milestone in her life. Happening only once in a lifetime, a debutante's 18th birthday bash is an affair to rejoice, especially among the alta sociedad.

Beautiful, well-spoken lass Marietta Asuncion M. Tecson will be celebrating her 18th natal day on May 13 at the posh O' Connor residence in Sonculan, Dauis, Bohol.

The final judgment is on Monday, April 14. As early as now, I'm sure the politicians are now busy (either praying or doing something) to win in this elections.

How much is your vote? This was de Ers (a psychologist and political analyst) question when he was asked by people (who consult his wisdom).

Here's de Ers:

With the synchronized national and local elections just around the corner, it may be helpful for voters to be reminded of several important things to consider in choosing a candidate.

Uwan-uwan will definitely pour out like that during the Biblical time of the great flood when Noah built his arch. Well, am not discouraging people to refuse the "gifts" but amidst the frustrating reality, I hope that above all else, the morality of the candidate should come first in the list of qualifications of our choices.

When you choose a candidate, please be aware of the significant issues that had happened in the past. Review how this candidate had live his/her life. Do a check on the projects and activities where these candidates has participated in?

Had this candidate initiated immoral projects like those promoting promiscuity, abortion and other concerns that opposed the teachings of the church? If yes, you may accept his/her "gift", but please allow your conscience to guide you when u cast your vote. Anyway, nobody will know whom you actually have voted for.

Do not be deceived by those incumbent officials seeking reelection who are boasting for awards for their awards often times gloss over the issues that they have been implicated.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, an election watchdog started by Catholic parishioners, emphasized clean-living, telling devotees: "Thou shalt not vote for candidates living an immoral life".

With this, I am making my call to all Christians. Please do not forget the issues that have afflicted the morality of our community. Please look back in 2005. Please try to reckon what significant moral issues have taken place that year.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), an election watchdog initiated by lay members of the Church more than a decade ago, has come up with a list of criteria packaged as "10 Commandments for Responsible Voting." These are:

  1. Thou shalt vote according to the dictate of your conscience.
  2. Thou shalt respect the decision of others in choosing their candidates.
  3. Thou shalt seek to know the moral integrity, capabilities, and other personal qualities of the candidates you will vote for.
  4. Thou shalt strive to understand the issues, platform, and programs of candidates and parties seeking your vote.
  5. Thou shalt not sell your vote.
  6. Thou shalt not vote for candidates using guns, goons and gold.
  7. Thou shalt not vote for candidates with records of graft and corruption.
  8. Thou shalt not vote for candidates just because of "utang na loob" (debt of gratitude), popularity, or "pakikisama" (camaraderie).
  9. Thou shalt not vote for candidates living an immoral life.
  10. Thou shalt put the welfare of the country above all else in choosing the candidates you will vote for.

We’re sharing the photos about mothers and motherhood. These are from the participants of the 2006 Regional Schools Press Conference held in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. There were no names of the contestants for photojournalism Filipino category-elementary division. When the lecturer-photographer Melchor Daniel told the kids to look for any story in Tagbilaran area they wished to capture, surprisingly, most of the kids had these photos taken: photos of mothers. Is this an indication that mother’s love is true?

The captions are in Tagalog, just point your mouse at them for English.
Paggalang sa Nakatatanda: Minana pa natin
sa ating mga ninuno, hindi mapapawi kailanman.

May 13 is Mother's Day. Mom. Mama. Mommy. Nanay. Inay. Inang. Nay. Mamita. Mama. Mother. Ermat. Nana. Mamang. Momsy. We might call it by different names and celebrate it in different ways, but all to honor the irreplaceable person is our lives: Mother.

The beginning of Mother's Day can be traced back in 1872 in the United States. But before that, the earliest Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600's, England celebrated a day called "Mothering Sunday". Celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter*), "Mothering Sunday" honored the mothers of England.
Kinakargang Anghel: Isang musmos na lubas na nasisiyahan sa mga
bagay na nakikita niya habang kinakarga siya ng kanyang mahal na ina.

During this time many of the England's poor worked as servants for the wealthy. As most jobs were located far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. On Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the mothering cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch.

In the United States Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace. Ms. Howe would hold organized Mother's Day meetings in Boston, Mass ever year.
Walang katumbas na anumang halaga
ang pagmamahal ng isang ulirang ina.

In 1907 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.

Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessman, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother's Day. It was successful as by 1911 Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

While many countries of the world celebrate their own Mother's Day at different times throughout the year, there are some countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium which also celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.

Mothers know best, as the saying goes, but when it comes to honest-to-goodness, unadulterated description of mothers, ask the kids. Children are noted to be an honesty, lot, they tell exactly the way things are. They see red as red and blue as blue, and there's no doubt about it.
Ang ugoy ni Nanay sa tabi ng daan.

Mothers would not be mothers without the kids that came from their wombs. And that's the only thing that distinguishes a mother from a, well, would-be mother.

We don't always like to talk to our mothers. They say something and we grunt in reply. They ask how our day went and we usually say "okay". There are sp many things left unsaid. How grateful we are for everything they've done for us. Our love for them even sometimes we don't know how to show it.

Do you know that it was the cookies that did it?! Well pals, I'm ashamed to admit this, but it had completely slipped my mind that Mother's Day was just around the corner! So there I was chatting with Babie Monton and Kathy yesterday what is the exact date of the celebration. I remember my Mama Inday who with her sewing machine we were able to live life with dignity. I remember how many punks I got from her not that I was a spoiled brat but because as kid I was free to do things. And whenever I had something to ask, my Mama was always there for me (until this time even though am no longer a kid). My sisters Arlene and Rowena are already mothers and I know they know what a mother is. Oh, those were the days! Thinking back about my growing years still brings tears of joy to my eyes! How I appreciate the tender love with which you brought us up, Ma! The least I can do is to express my love to her in my column. I can never repay the kindness, but I'll always, always love you, Ma.
Busog sa labas: Payapang-Payapa ang sanggol habang
ipinabreastfeed siya ng kanyang nanay sa labas ng mall.

Even lawyer Veronico Petalcorin, provincial Comelec supervisor (the most popular person this time) expressed his love for his mother. "I will text my Nanay (Mrs. Victoria Gucor Petalcorin). I'm glad that I'm here in this world... Pasalamat ko sa pagmatuto niya, pag-amuma, pagpaeskwela hangtod nga ming-abot ko ani ug paggiya kanako," he shares.

There are moms who are running this coming May. In Tagbilaran City, they are Leah Magno, Kit Oppus and Elvie Macalandag. In Trinidad, Judith "BB" Cajes, Elsa "Dakka" Tirol in Buenavista, lawyer Sylvia Adame of Dimiao, Nila Montero of Panglao, Malou Dumaluan, Amalia Tirol and Corazon Galbreath.

Happy Mother's Day to Sunday Post mothers: Madam Neria, Janet Villarojo, Kathy Laquinta and Babie Monton; SK mothers: Naty Gualde, Netnet Gulle; US-based mothers Betty Veloso-Garcia and Wincesa Araoarao; Fiel Angeli Gabin, Sonieta Labasan; also to Cristeta Tirol, Barbie Ong, May Imboy, Wilfilda Collins, Evelyn Fullido, Elma Teruel, Marina Cimfranca, Generosa Labastida, et al

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers who were, are and will be.

What can I do to make Mother's Day special for my mom?

There are all kinds of things you can do to make Mother's Day special for your mom. Here are a few suggestions from

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Leo P. Udtohan