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Ito ang super trying hard kong approach sa pagiging tatay. isa kasi itong bagay na paghandaan man o hindi, pag dumating, gyera na.

Pasko Ng Pagkabuhay 2016

This year’s Holy Week made me see Marikina as a Modern City with an old soul.

Since staycation is my thing this lent, i tried my best to participate in the Catholic Celebrations in our town, Marikina. Yes town, because i still feel the provincial vibe in every corner of the City. It’s pretty much suburban here, being in the outskirts of the National Capital Region. But other than its geographical location, Marikina is home to the oldest catholic families in the country, with one of the century old churches in the Philippines, leading their faith. The Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned, AKA Santuario Y Parroquia del Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados; in its Spanish Era Days and Dambana at Parokya ng Ina ng mga Walang Mag-Ampon in Filipino. (Teddy Locsin Jr. wont approve of the last.)

Our Lady of the Abandoned Church
Our Lady of the Abandoned Church

I had shared the Good Friday Procession. Now this is what I got from the Salubong, the morning mass, where Mary meets her son Jesus after He resurrects from the dead. It started at around 3:30 in the morning, followed by a stage play where the Images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary meet with the participation of angels as performed by the local kids.

A mass then followed where the Tres Marias, three of the most beautiful devout catholics joined in their gorgeous terno. The priest then blessed all the participants, followed by the blessing of the saints to be paraded around the community for the last time this season.

Thanks to the devout Catholic families that keep Marikina’s tradition of faith, this “Prusisyon” in Marikina remains to be one of the most participated an praised, keeping the soul of the city for the next generations to live with.

Here are the “Santo” that went around for the “Prusisyon” this Pasko ng Pagkabuhay.


Ang Pipit na Hindi Marunong Umawit



Sa isang mataas na puno ng sampalok

Lumabas sa isang itlog ang isang kakaibang pipit.

Dahil habang ang kanyang mga kapatid ay sabik na sa awit,

Ibang tinig ang lumalabas sa kanyang bibig,

Tweeek. Tweek. Tweeek.


Nalungkot ang batang pipit.

Hindi kasi siya marunong umawit.

Hindi maganda ang kanyang tinig,

kahit pa anung gawin niyang pilit.


Napansin ng ina ang kanyang kalungkutan.

“Anak, bakit ka nalulungkot? Dahil ba ikaw ay hindi katulad nila?”


“Inay, Hindi po ako marunong kumanta?” sabi ng pipit.

“Paano ko po kayo mapapasaya?”


“Hindi naman lahat ng ibon ay napisa para umawit,” paliwanag ng Ina.

“May iba-iba tayong galing na makakapagpasaya sa iba.”


Kaya’t isinama ng ina ang batang pipit sa paglipad

Nakita nila ang iba pang mga ibon sa buong gubat.


Una nilang nakita ang isang Manok.

May hawak na kawali at malaking sandok.

“Mareng Manok, anong niluluto mo?” bati ni Inang Pipit

“Mayroon kasing salu-salo sa bayan,” Sabi ni Mareng Manok.

“At ako ang kinuha para magluto ng tanghalian.”

At doon naisip ng pipit.

Masarap lagi ang pagkain sa bayan, at si Mareng Manok ang dahilan.

Isang tagaluto si Mareng Manok.

Masaya ang lahat sa masarap niyang inihahain.


Pagdapo ng mag-inang pipit sa Puno, may Kalaw na gumagalaw.

“Aling Kalaw, anu po ang inyong pinupukpok sa puno?”

“Ito ang bahay ng bagong kasal na kalapati,” sabi ni Aling Kalaw.

“Ginawa ko para maging tahanan nilang dalawa.”

At doon naisip ng pipit.

Isang arkitekto si Aling Kalaw.

Napapasaya niya ang lahat sa mga tirahan niyang binibigay.


Nakasalubong naman nila sa langit ang isang Agilang nagbabantay.

“Mamang Agila, ano po ang inyong hinahanap?”

“Wala akong hinahanap,” sabi ng Agila.

“Binabantayan ko ang lahat, para walang gulong maganap.”

At doon naisip ng pipit.

Isang Pulis si Mamang Agila.

Dahil sa kapayapaang dala niya, lahat ay pwedeng magsaya.


Isang puting-puting Kalangay naman ang kanilang nilapitan.

May mga munting ibon siyang ginagamot at inaalagaan.

“Manong Kalangay, para saan po ang gamot na iyan?”

“Ito ang bitaminang pampalakas,” sabi ng Kalangay.

“Kailangang panatilihing lahat ay may magandang kalusugan.”

At doon naisip ng pipit.

Isang doktor si Manong Kalangay.

Masaya ang lahat sa dahil masigla ang kanilang katawan.


Napansin din nila ang napakagandang mga pabo at paboreal.

May ginagawa silang mga disenyo para sa magaganap na kasal.

“Napakagana naman po niyan, Pabo at Paboreal!”

“Kailangang maganda ang mga damit na aming gagawin,” sabi ni Pabo

“Hindi lamang maganda, masarap pa kung susuotin,” dagdag pa ni Paboreal.

Mga mananahi sina Pabo at ang Paboreal.

Dahil sa disenyo nilang magaganda, nagiging masaya ang lahat ng kapwa nila.


Doon naisip ng Batang Pipit na pwede siyang makapagpasaya ng iba

kahit hindi niya kaya ang magandang pagkanta.

“Inay, alam ko na po ang aking gagawin,” sabi niya.

“Ibabahagi ko po ang aking natutunan ngayong araw

sa iba pang ibon na tulad natin.

Tutulungan ko silang alamin

kung ano ang gusto nilang maging sa kanilang paglaki.

Magiging guro ako inay!”


Natuwa ang inang Pipit sa narinig sa anak.


“Magdadala ako ng karunungan. Magdadala ako ng kasiyahan,

Magdadala ako ng pangarap gamit ang aking mga natututunan!”





This is my first attempt in writing a children’s story.

Pwede itong tawaging Pabula dahil hayop, mga ibon ang mga bida.

Sana ay inyong magustuhan.

Comments will be very much appreciated

25 Manners Every Kid Needs by Age 9

I was looking for inspirations for some Children’s Stories i would want to try out writing. Something that my own kids will love and learn good things from. I bumped into this, and surely, this will help big time. 25 Manners Every Kid Needs by Age 9, by David Lowry, PhD.

25 Manners for Kids 1-9
25 Manners for Kids 1-9

Manner #1

When asking for something, say “Please.”

Manner #2

When receiving something, say “Thank you.

Manner #3

Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.

Manner #4

If you do need to get somebody’s attention right away, the phrase “excuse me” is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.

Manner #5

When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.

Manner #6

The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.

Manner #7

Do not comment on other people’s physical characteristics unless, of course, it’s to compliment them, which is always welcome.

Manner #8

When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.

Manner #9

When you have spent time at your friend’s house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.

25 manners for kids 10-25
25 manners for kids 10-25

Manner #10

Knock on closed doors — and wait to see if there’s a response — before entering.

Manner #11

When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

Manner #12

Be appreciative and say “thank you” for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.

Manner #13

Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.

Manner #14

Don’t call people mean names.

Manner #15

Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.

Manner #16

Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.

Manner #17

If you bump into somebody, immediately say “Excuse me.”

Manner #18

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don’t pick your nose in public.

Manner #19

As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.

Manner #20

If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say “yes,” do so — you may learn something new.

Manner #21

When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.

Manner #22

When someone helps you, say “thank you.” That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!

Manner #23

Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.

Manner #24

Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.

Manner #25

Don’t reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.

Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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Just making sure that i have this for my boys as they grow up.

yes, those cute boys and their mommy
yes, those cute boys and their mommy