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What about the RH Bill 5043 (Reproductive Health Bill)?

Alamin muna natin ang nilalaman ng RH Bill bago tayo magreact:



Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. Short Title. – This Act shall be known as the “Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008“.

SEC. 2. Declaration of Policy. – The State upholds and promotes responsible parenthood, informed choice, birth spacing and respect for life in conformity with internationally recognized human rights standards.

The State shall uphold the right of the people, particularly women and their organizations, to effective and reasonable participation in the formulation and implementation of the declared policy.

This policy is anchored on the rationale that sustainable human development is better assured with a manageable population of healthy, educated and productive citizens.

The State likewise guarantees universal access to medically-safe, legal, affordable and quality reproductive health care services, methods, devices, supplies and relevant information thereon even as it prioritizes the needs of women and children,among other underprivileged sectors.

SEC. 3. Guiding Principles. – This Act declares the following as basic guiding principles:

a. In the promotion of reproductive health, there should be no bias for either modern or natural methods of family planning;

b. Reproductive health goes beyond a demographic target because it is principally about health and rights;

c. Gender equality and women empowerment are central elements of reproductive health and population development;

d. Since manpower is the principal asset of every country, effective reproductive health care services must be given primacy to ensure the birth and care of healthy children and to promote responsible parenting;

e. The limited resources of the country cannot be suffered to, be spread so thinly to service a burgeoning multitude that makes the allocations grossly inadequate and effectively meaningless;

f. Freedom of informed choice, which is central to the exercise of any right, must be fully guaranteed by the State like the right itself;

g. While the number and spacing of children are left to the sound judgment of parents and couples based on their personal conviction and religious beliefs, such concerned parents and couples, including unmarried individuals, should be afforded free and full access to relevant, adequate and correct information on reproductive health and human sexuality and should be guided by qualified State workers and professional private practitioners;

h. Reproductive health, including the promotion of breastfeeding, must be the joint concern of the National Government and Local Government Units(LGUs);

i. Protection and promotion of gender equality, women empowerment and human rights, including reproductive health rights, are imperative;

j. Development is a multi-faceted process that calls for the coordination and integration of policies, plans, programs and projects that seek to uplift the quality of life of the people, more particularly the poor, the needy and the marginalized;

k. Active participation by and thorough consultation with concerned non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations (POs) and communities are imperative to ensure that basic policies, plans, programs and projects address the priority needs of stakeholders;

l. Respect for, protection and fulfillment of reproductive health rights seek to promote not only the rights and welfare of adult individuals and couples but those of adolescents’ and children’s as well; and

m. While nothing in this Act changes the law on abortion, as abortion remains a crime and is punishable, the government shall ensure that women seeking care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane, non-judgmental and compassionate manner.

SEC. 4. Definition of Terms. – For purposes of this Act, the following terms shall be defined as follows:

a. Responsible Parenthood – refers to the will, ability and cornmitTrient of parents to respond to the needs and aspirations of the family and children more particularly through family planning;

b. Family Planning – refers to a program which enables couple, and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children and to have the information and means to carry out their decisions, and to have informed choice and access to a full range of safe, legal and effective family planning methods, techniques and devices.

c. Reproductive Health -refers to the state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its funcitions and processes. This implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so, provided that these are not against the law. This further implies that women and men are afforded equal status in matters related to sexual relations and reproduction.

d. Reproductive Health Rights – refers to the rights of individuals and couples do decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children; to make other decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence; to have the information and means to carry out their decisions; and to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health.

e. Gender Equality – refers to the absence of discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex, in opportunities, allocation of resources and benefits, and access to services.

f. Gender Equity – refers to fairness and justice in the distribution of benefits and responsibilities between women and men, and often requires. women-specific projects and programs to eliminate existing inequalities, inequities, policies and practices unfavorable too women.

g. Reproductive Health Care – refers to the availability of and access to a full range of methods, techniques, supplies and services that contribute to reproductive and sexual health and well-being by preventing and solving reproductive health-related problems in order to achieve enhancement of life and personal relations. The elements of reproductive health care include:

1. Maternal, infant and child health and nutrition;

2. Promotion of breastfeeding;

3. Family planning information end services;

4. Prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications;

5. Adolescent and youth health;

6. Prevention and management of reproductive tract infections (RTIs), HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmittable infections (STIs);

7. Elimination of violence against women;

8. Education and counseling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health;

9. Treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers and other gynecological conditions;

10. Male involvement and participation in reproductive health;,

11. Prevention and treatment of infertility and sexual dysfunction; and

12. Reproductive health education for the youth.

h. Reproductive Health Education – refers to the process of acquiring complete, accurate and relevant information on all matters relating to the reproductive system, its functions and processes and human sexuality; and forming attitudes and beliefs about sex, sexual identity, interpersonal relationships, affection, intimacy and gender roles. It also includes developing the necessary skills do be able to distinguish between facts and myths on sex and sexuality; and critically evaluate. and discuss the moral, religious, social and cultural dimensions of related sensitive issues such as contraception and abortion.

i. Male involvement and participation – refers to the involvement, participation, commitment and joint responsibility of men with women in all areas of sexual and reproductive health, as well as reproductive health concerns specific to men.

j. Reproductive tract infection (RTI) – refers do sexually transmitted infections, sexually transmitted diseases and other types of-infections affecting the reproductive system.

k. Basic Emergency Obstetric Care – refers to lifesaving services for maternal complication being provided by a health facility or professional which must include the following six signal functions: administration of parenteral antibiotics; administration of parrenteral oxyttocic drugs; administration of parenteral anticonvulsants for pre-eclampsia and iampsia; manual removal of placenta; and assisted vaginal delivery.

l. Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care – refers to basic emergency obstetric care plus two other signal functions: performance of caesarean section and blood transfusion.

m. Maternal Death Review – refers to a qualitative and in-depth study of the causes of maternal death with the primary purpose of preventing future deaths through changes or additions to programs, plans and policies.

n. Skilled Attendant – refers to an accredited health professional such as a licensed midwife, doctor or nurse who has adequate proficiency and the skills to manage normal (uncomplicated) pregnancies, childbirth and the immediate postnatal period, and in the identification, management and referral of complication in women and newborns.

o. Skilled Attendance – refers to childbirth managed by a skilled attendant under the enabling conditions of a functional emergencyobstetric care and referral system.

p. Development – refers to a multi-dimensional process involving major changes in social structures, popular attitudes, and national institutions as well as the acceleration of economic growth, the reduction of inequality and the eradication of widespread poverty.

q. Sustainable Human Development – refers to the totality of the process of expending human choices by enabling people to enjoy long, healthy and productive lives, affording them access to resources needed for a decent standard of living and assuring continuity and acceleration of development by achieving a balance between and among a manageable population, adequate resources and a healthy environment.

r. Population Development – refers to a program that aims to: (1) help couples and parents achieve their desired family size; (2) improve reproductive health of individuals by addressing reproductive health problems; (3) contribute to decreased maternal and infant mortality rates and early child mortality; (4) reduce incidence of teenage pregnancy; and (5) enable government to achieve a balanced population distribution.

SEC. 5. The Commission on Population (POPC0NI). – Pursuant to the herein declared policy, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) shall serve as the central planning, coordinating, implementing and monitoring body for the comprehensive and integrated policy on reproductive health and population development. In the implementation of this policy, POPCOM, which shall be an attached agency of the Department of Health (DOH) shall have the following functions:

a. To create an enabling environment for women and couples to make an informed choice regarding the family planning method that is best suited to their needs and personal convictions;

b. To integrate on a continuing basis the interrelated reproductive health and population development agenda into a national policy, taking into account regional and local concerns;

c. To provide the mechanism to ensure active and full participation of the private sector and the citizenry through their organizations in the planning and implementation of reproductive health care and population development programs and projects;

d. To ensure people’s access to medically safe, legal, quality and affordable reproductive health goods and services;

e. To facilitate the involvement and participation of non-government organizations and the private sector in reproductive health care service delivery and in the production, distribution and delivery of quality reproductive: health and family planning supplies and commodities to make them accessible and affordable to ordinary citizens;

f. To fully implement the Reproductive Health Care Program with the following components:

(1) Reproductive health education including but not limited to counseling on the full range of legal and medically-safe family planning methods including surgical methods;

(2) Maternal, pen-natal and post-natal education, care and services;

(3) Promotion of breastfeeding;

(4) Promotion of male involvement, participation and responsibility in reproductive health as well as other reproductive health concerns of men;

(5) Prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications; and

(6) Provision of information and services addressing the reproductive health needs of the poor, senior citizens, women in prostitution, differently-abled persons, and women and children in war AND crisis situations.

g. To ensure that reproductive health services are delivered with a full range of supplies, facilities and equipment and that service providers are adequately trained for reproductive health care;

h. To endeavor to furnish local Family Planning Offices with appropriate information and resources to keep the latter updated on current studies and research relating to family planning, responsible parenthood, breastfeeding and infant nutrition;

i. To direct all public hospitals to make available to indigent mothers who deliver their children in these government hospitals, upon the mothers request, the procedure of ligation without cost to her;

j. To recommend the enactment of legislation and adoption of executive measures that will strengthen and enhance the national policy on reproductive health and population development;

k. To ensure a massive and sustained information drive on responsible parenthood and on all methods and techniques to prevent unwanted, unplanned and mistimed pregnancies, it shall release information bulletins on the same for nationwide circulation to all government departments, agencies and instrumentalities, non-government organizations and the private sector, schools, public and private libraries, tri-media outlets, workplaces, hospitals and concerned health institutions;

l. To strengthen the capacities of health regulatory agencies to ensure safe, high-quality, accessible, and affordable reproductive health services and commodities with the concurrent strengthening and enforcement of regulatory mandates and mechanisms;

m. To take active steps to expand the coverage of the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP), especially among poor and marginalized women, to include the full range of reproductive health services and supplies as health insurance benefits; and

n. To perform such other functions necessary to attain the purposes of this Act.

The membership of the Board of Commissioners of POPCOM shall consist of the heads of the following AGENCIES:

1. National Economic DevelopmentAuthority (VEDA)
2. Department of Health (DOH)
3. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
4. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
5. Department of Agriculture (DA)
6. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
7. Department of Education (DepEd)
8. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
9. Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
10. University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI)
11. Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAFI)
12. National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPQ
13. National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW)
14. National Youth Commission (NYC)

In addition to the aforementioned, members, there shall be three private sector representatives to the Board of Commissioners of POPCOM who shall come from NGOs. There shall be one (1) representative each from women, youth and health sectors who have a proven track record of involvement in the promotion of reproductive health. These representatives shall be nominated in a process determined by the above-mentioned sectors, and to be appointed by the President for a term of three (3)years.

SEC. 6. Midwives for Skilled Attendance. -Every city and municipality shall endeavor to employ adequate number of midwives or other skilled attendants to achieve a minimum ratio of one (1)for every one hundred fifty (150) deliveries per year, to be based on the average annual number of actual deliveries or live births for the past two years.

SEC. 7. Emergency Obstetric Care. – Each province. and city shall endeavor to ensure the establishment and operation of hospitals with adequate and qualified personnel that provide emergency obstetric care. For every 500,000 population, there shall be at least one (1) hospital for comprehensive emergency obstetric care and four (4) hospitals for basic emergency obstetric care.

SEC. 8. Maternal Death Review. – All LGUs, national and local government hospitals, and other public health units shall conduct maternal death review in accordance with the guidelines to be issued by the DOH in consultation with the POPCOM.

SEC. 9. Hospital-Based Family Planning. -Tubal ligation, vasectomy, intrauterine device insertion and other family planning methods requiring hospital services shall be available in all national and local government hospitals, except: in specialty hospitals which may render such services on an optional basis. For indigent patients, such services shall be fully covered by PhilHealth insurance and/or government financial assistance.

SEC. 10. Contraceptives as Essential Medicines. – Hormonal contraceptives, intrauterine devices, injectables and other allied reproductive health products and supplies shall be considered under the category of essential medicines and supplies which shall form part of the National Drug Formulary and the same shall be included in the regular purchase of essential medicines and supplies of all national and lord hospitals and other government health units.

SEC. 11. Mobile Health Care Service. -Each Congressional District shall be provided with a van to be known as the Mobile Health Care Service (MHOS) to deliver health care goods and services to its constituents, more particularly to the poor and needy, as well as disseminate knowledge and information on reproductive health: Provided, That reproductive health education shall be conducted by competent and adequately trained persons preferably reproductive health care providers: Provided, further, That the full range of family planning methods, both natural and modern, shall be promoted.

The acquisition, operation and maintenance of the MRCS shall be funded from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of each Congressional District.

The MHCS shall be adequately equipped with a wide range of reproductive health care materials and information dissemination devices and equipment, the latter including but not limited to, a television set for audio-visual presentation.

SEC. 12. Mandatory Age-Appropriate Reproductive Health Education. – Recognizing the importance of reproductive health rights in empowering the youth and developing them into responsible adults, Reproductive Health Education in an age-appropriate manner shall be taught by adequately trained teachers starting from Grade 5 up to Fourth Year High School. In order to assure the prior training of teachers on reproductive health, the implementation of Reproductive Health Education shall commence at the start of the school year one year following the effectivity of this Act. The POPCOM, in coordination with the Department of Education, shall formulate the Reproductive Health Education curriculum, which shall be common to both public and private schools and shall include related population and development concepts in addition to the following subjects and standards:

a. Reproductive health and sexual rights;

b. Reproductive health care and services;

c. Attitudes, beliefs and values on sexual development, sexual behavior and sexual health;

d. Proscription and hazards of abortion and management of post-abortion complications;

e. Responsible parenthood.

f. Use and application of natural and modern family planning methods to promote reproductive health, achieve desired family size and prevent unwanted, unplanned and mistimed pregnancies;

g. Abstinence before marriage;

h. Prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other, STIs/STDs, prostate cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer and other gynecological disorders;

i. Responsible sexuality; and

j. Maternal, peri-natal and post-natal education, care and services.

In support of the natural, and primary right of parents in the rearing of the youth, the POPCOM shall provide concerned parents with adequate and relevant scientific materials on the age-appropriate topics and manner of teaching reproductive health education to their children.

In the elementary level, reproductive health education shall focus, among others, on values formation.

Non-formal education programs shall likewise include the abovementioned reproductive Health Education.

SEC. 13. Additional Duty of Family Planning 0ffice. – Each local Family Planning Office shall furnish for free instructions and information on family planning, responsible parenthood, breastfeeding and infant nutrition to all applicants for marriage license.

SEC. 14. Certificate of Compliance. – No marriage license shall be issued by the Local Civil Registrar unless the applicants present a Certificate of Compliance issued for free by the local Family Planning Office certifying that they had duly received adequate instructions and information on family planning, responsible parenthood, breastfeeding and infant nutrition.

SEC. 15. Capability Building of Community-Based Volunteer Workers. – Community-based volunteer workers, like but not limited to, Barangay Health Workers, shall undergo additional and updated training on the delivery of reproductive health care services and shall receive not less than 10% increase in honoraria upon successful completion of training. The increase in honoraria shall be funded from the Gender and Development (GAD) budget of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

SEC. 16. Ideal Family Size. – The State shall assist couples, parents and individuals to achieve their desired family size within the context of responsible parenthood for sustainable development and encourage them to have two children as the ideal family size. Attaining the ideal family size is neither mandatory nor compulsory. No punitive action shall be imposed on parents having more than two children.

SEC. 17. Employers’ Responsibilities. – Employers shall respect the reproductive health rights of all their workers. Women shall not be discriminated against in the matter of hiring, regularization of employment status or selection for retrenchment.

All Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) shall provide for the free delivery by the employer of reasonable quantity of reproductive health care services, supplies and devices to all workers, more particularly women workers. In establishments or enterprises where there are no CBAs or where the employees are unorganized, the employer shall have the same obligation.

SEC. 18. Support of Private and Non-government Health Care Service Providers. – Pursuant to Section 5(b) hereof, private reproductive health care service providers, including but not limited to gynecologists and obstetricians, are encouraged to join their colleagues in non-government organizations in rendering such services free of charge or at reduced professional fee rates to indigent and low income patients.

SEC. 19. Multi-Media Campaign. – POPCOM shall initiate and sustain an intensified nationwide multi-media campaign to raise the level of public awareness on the urgent need to protect and promote reproductive health and rights.

SEC. 20. Reporting Requirements. – Before the end of April of each year,the DOH shall submit an annual report to the President of the Philippines, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives on a definitive and comprehensive assessment of the implementation of this Act and shall make the necessary recommendations for executive and legislative action. The report shall be posted in the website of DOH and printed copies shall be made available to all stakeholders.

SEC. 21. Prohibited Acts. – The following acts are prohibited:

a) Any health care service provider, whether public or private, who shall:

1. Knowingly withhold information or impede the dissemination thereof, and/or intentionally provide incorrect information regarding programs and services on reproductive health including the right to informed choice and access to a full range of legal, medically-safe and effective family planning methods;

2. Refuse to perform voluntary ligation and vasectomy and other legal and medically-safe reproductive health care services on any person of legal age on the ground of lack of spousal consent or authorization.

3. Refuse to provide reproductive health care services to an abused minor, whose abused condition is certified by the proper official or personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) or to duly DSWD-certified abused pregnant minor on whose case no parental consent is necessary.

4. Fail to provide, either deliberately or through gross or inexcusable negligence, reproductive health care services as mandated under this Act, the Local Government Code of 1991, the Labor Code, and Presidential Decree 79, as amended; and

5. Refuse to extend reproductive health care services and information on account of the patient’s civil status, gender or sexual orientation, age, religion, personal circumstances, and nature of work; Provided, That all conscientious objections of health care service providers based on religious grounds shall be respected:Provided, further, That the conscientious objector shall immediately refer the person seeking such care and services to another health care service provider within the same facility or one which is conveniently accessible: Provided, finally, That the patient is not in an emergency or serious case as defined in RA 8344 penalizing the refusal of hospitals and medical clinics to administer appropriate initial medical treatment and support in emergency and serious cases.

b) Any public official who prohibits or restricts personally or through a subordinate the delivery of legal and medically-safe reproductive health care services, including family planning;

c) Any employer who shall fail to comply with his obligation under Section 17 of this Act or an employer who requires a female applicant or employee, as a condition for employment or continued employment, to involuntarily undergo sterilization, tubal ligation or any other form of contraceptive method;

d) Any person who shall falsify a certificate of compliance as required in Section 14 of this Act; and

e) Any person who maliciously engages in disinformation about the intent or provisions of this Act.

SEC. 22. Penalties. – The proper city or municipal court shall exercise jurisdiction over violations of this Act and the accused who is found guilty shall be sentenced to an imprisonment ranging from one (1) month to six (6) months or a fine ranging from Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) to Fifty Thousand Pesos (P50,000.00) or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court. If the offender is a juridical person, the penalty shall be imposed upon the president, treasurer, secretary or any responsible officer. An offender who is an alien shall, after service of sentence, be deported immediately without further proceedings by the Bureau of Immigration. An offender who is a public officer or employee shall suffer the accessory penalty of dismissal from the government service.

Violators of this Act shall be civilly liable to the offended party in such amount at the discretion of the proper court.

SEC. 23. Appropriations. – The amounts appropriated in the current annual General Appropriations Act for reproductive health and family planning under the DOH and POPCOM together with ten percent (10%) of the Gender and Development (GAD) budgets of all government departments, agencies, bureaus, offices and instrumentalities funded in the annual General Appropriations Act in accordance with Republic Act No. 7192 (Women in Development and Nation-building Act) and Executive Order No. 273 (Philippine Plan for Gender Responsive Development 1995-2025) shall be allocated and utilized for the implementation of this Act. Such additional sums as may be necessary for the effective implementation of this Act shall be Included in the subsequent years’ General Appropriations Acts.

SEC. 24. Implementing Rules and Regulations. – Within sixty (60) days from the effectivity of this Act, the Department of Health shall promulgate, after thorough consultation with the Commission on Population (POPCOM), the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), concerned non-government organizations (NGOs) and known reproductive health advocates, the requisite implementing rules and regulations.

SEC. 25. Separability Clause. – If any part, section or provision of this Act is held invalid or unconstitutional, other provisions not affected thereby shall remain in full force and effect.

SEC. 26. Repealing Clause. – All laws, decrees, Orders, issuances, rules and regulations contrary to or inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly.

SEC. 27. Effectivity. – This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in at least two (2) newspapers of national circulation.


Salbabidang Walang Hangin?

Tiyakin ninyong mabuti kung kayo’y namumuhay ayon sa pananampalataya; subukin ninyo ang inyong sarili. Hindi ba ninyo nadaramang sumasainyo si Cristo Jesus? Maliban nalang kung kayo’y mga itinakwil.

2 Corinto 13: 5 (MBB)


Paano ako/ka gumaganap bilang isang Tinatakan sa Lipunan na aking/iyong ginagalawan?

Marami din akong naririnig na mga nagsasabing madali lang ang buhay auxiliary. Madalas ito’y galing sa mga dating auxiliaries. “Masarap ang buhay auxiliary. Marasap ang buhay Tinatakan.” Ang mga nagsasabi nito, hindi ko maintindihan. (napapangiti)

Siguro mas tamang sabihin, madaling maging Tinatakan, mahirap maging Ganap o Tunay na Tinatakan.

Upang maging Kristiyano, sinasabi ng Banal na Kasulatan, kinakailangang sumampalataya ang isa ng buong puso at ipahayag na si Cristo Jesus ay Panginoon. Kapag nagawa mo ito, Kristiyano ka na. Upang maging Kristiyanong Tinatakan naman, pareho lang din. Sumampalataya ka ng buong puso at ipahayag na si Cristo Jesus ay Panginoon at ang Espiritu Santo ay nagpatawag sa abang pangalang Mahal na Ingkong. Kapag nagawa mo na ito, Kristiyanong Tinatakan ka na. In a nutshell, easy. Chicken feed.

“Kayo ang Aking mga bibig. Kayo ang Aking mga kamay. Kayo ang Aking mga paa. Kayo ang mga liwanag sa Sanlibutan. Kayo ang asin ng lupa. Kayo ay gagawin Kong mga salbabida ng Sanlibutan…” ani ng Mahal na Ingkong. In a nutshell, superhero ng mundo. Di na ito Chicken feed. (napapangiti ulit).

We, Christians and Sealed Servants of Beloved Ingkong are expected to live our lives as He lived His; we endeavour to follow His examples; we are expected to be good disciples; we are called to love our enemies, forgive one another: turning the other cheek, walking the second mile—yung totoo? Kaya mo?

Ok. Sige. Just a simple test through two questions: First Question. Nakikilala ba tayo ng mga kaibigan natin bilang mga Kristiyanong Tinatakan sa ating pag-iisip, pananalita at gawa? Hindi ko tinatanong kung alam ba nila na taga-Apostolic Catholic Church ka. Ang tinatanong ko, nakikita ba nila sa buong pagkatao mo ang pananampalatayang itinuturo ng Mahal na Ingkong at Mahal na Birheng Maria sa Apostolic Catholic Church na kinabibilangan mo? Second Question. May nasagip ka na bang nalulunod na Sanlibutan dahil ikaw ay nagsilbing salbabida niya/nila? Hindi ko tinatanong kung may napabasbasan ka na. Ang tinatanong ko, sa mga napabasbasan mo, ilan ang natira? Ilan ang nagsilbing salbabida din naman ng iba? O sige na nga, may napabasbasan ka na nga ba?

O gusto mo ng mas payak o simpleng test? Sige. I’ll give you a special exam. Ang tanong: kumusta ang pictures, profile pictures, comments at status messages mo sa iyong Facebook account, na siyang mukha mo sa daigdig? Kakikitaan ba ng buhay at aral ng isang Kristiyanong Tinatakan?

Okay. Sige. Pagbigyan. Alam ko at totoo, may iba’t-iba tayong perspective sa pagiging isang Tinatakan. Pero yung mga tanong sa itaas, kung YES ang sagot mo sa mga iyon, may kabawasan ba sa pagkatao mo at sa iyong pagiging isang Kristiyanong Tinatakan? Naiisip ko ang sinasabi mo B2. Hindi ito kabawasan bagkus karagdagan pa nga. Pero kung NO ang sagot mo sa mga nasa itaas, kabawasan ba sa pagkatao mo at sa iyong pagiging Kristiyanong Tinatakan? Isang malaking OO at Check!

Sino nga ba ang dapat magset ng perspective natin kung ano ang mga katangian ng isang GANAP NA TINATAKAN. Walang iba kundi ang Mahal na Ingkong na nagtatak sa atin. Subalit sa kinatagal-tagal ng pagkakaupo at pakikinig ko sa mga mensahe ng Mahal na Ingkong mula noong 1989 hanggang ngayon, wala Siyang ibang bukambibig kundi, “Magpakabanal kayo. Huwag na kayong magkakasala sapagkat kayo ay inaasahan Kong maging salbabida ng Sanlibutan.” FOR THE RECORD, hindi ko narinig at hindi Niya kailanman ipinag-utos, MAGTISURAN KAYO AT MANISOD KA NG SANLIBUTAN O KAPUWA MO MANANAMPALATAYA. Tama? Kung sasabihin mong kaganapan mo ang manisod, sinong nagtatak sa iyo?

SALBABIDA! SALBABIDA! OO IKAW NGA! MAY HANGIN KA PA BA? Kung wala o manipis na ang hangin mo, may alam akong vulcanizing shop kung saan ka pwedeng makakuha ng LIBRENG HANGIN. Doon sa Vulcanizing Shop na ang pangalan ay PAGBABAGONG BUHAY. Di mo alam kung saan yun? Basta DIRETSO ka lang. Sa bawat sangang-daan, huwag na huwag kang kakaliwa kahit maganda, maluwag at hindi mabato ang daan sa kaliwa. LAGING KANAN! Kahit na masalimuot, masikip at mabato ang daan sa KANAN. Kasi ang dulo ng daan sa kaliwa bangin. Sa KANAN, may buhay na walang hanggan.



Ave Maria purissima, sin pecado con su vida! (3X)

Sa pangalan ng Diyos †Ama, Anak at Espiritu Santo. Amen.

O Makapangyarihang Ama sa langit, ipagkaloob Mo po sa akin ang kababaan ng loob upang lubos kong mapagtikahan ang aking mga nagawang pagmamalabis at pagkukulang bilang alagad ng Mahal na Ingkong na mayroong tangi at nag-iisang layunin: ang sakupin at pagtagumpayan ang daigdig sa ngalan ng Espiritu Santo, ang Mahal na Ingkong, sa pangunguna ni Santa Maria at sa tulong ng aking Panginoong Hesukristo. Muli Mong ipadala ang Iyong Espiritu sa aking buhay, at nang ako’y magkaroon ng pakinabang sa pagpapanibagong-anyo ng aking tahanan, paaraalan, tanggapan at ng lipunan na aking ginagalawan. Amen.

Ama namin…

Aba Ginoong Maria…


Ave Maria purissima, sin pecado con su vida! (3X)

Sa pangalan ng Diyos †Ama, Anak at Espiritu Santo. Amen.


Milagrosans Off to Anawangin to Celebrate Christmas

Guys, here are some pics of Anawangin. I hope everyone will be able to come and attend the Gawad. Our fare is 250-350 pesos and will be off there on December 10-11. You can start paying now in your respective districts. Just ask your DChairman for further details! Anawangin! Here we come!

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If your idea of a beach trip is chillin’ out by the beach in a hammock, singing around a campfire with a guitar and climbing beach cliffs to wait for the sunset then you should definitely go to Anawangin.

The Beach Cove
Anawangin is a cove in the town of San Antonio in Zambales. It is a beach that has an off-white sand and an evergreen forest cover near the shore (you’ll rarely see a coconut tree in Anawangin). Behind the forest is a small stream that flows out to the sea (During summer this stream dries up into a shallow pond). There are also two beach cliffs bounding the beach, which you can hike up and enjoy the view.

Getting There
Going to Anawangin will approximately take 6 hours. From Manila, you can drive or take a bus to San Antonio, Zambales. Upon arriving at San Antonio you can hire a boat at Pundaquit that will take you to Anawangin. It is advisable to leave Manila at night so it wouldn’t be hot while traveling.

Best Time To Go

The best time to go would be around February when the weather is not too hot and humid, and there are not as many people camping. Though we like the hippie vibe during the Summer months of April and May, the campsite is just too crowded.
What To Bring
There are no modern facilities in Anawangin; there are only a couple of toilets (without roofs) and water pumps as sources of running water. Bring lots of drinking water since drinking from the water pump is not safe, and the weather tends to be too hot at around 12 noon. Also bring your own food, there are no hotels and resorts that could prepare meals for you. For sleeping, you have to bring your own tent and pitch it under the forest cover where it is much cooler than by the shore.

What to do
Anawangin is definitely Boracay‘s exact opposite in terms of development, but that doesn’t mean you’ll run out of stuff to do during your stay. Here are some suggested activities you could do aside from lying in a hammock by the beach:

1. Bonfire
Gather fallen twigs and light up a fire for warmth during the night. Bring a guitar so you can sing around the campfire. Just don’t forget to put it out when going to sleep.

2. Climbing
The beach is bound by two cliffs in the north and south. The northern cliff is higher and is not adviseable to trek in since it has loose rocks. The southern cliff is gentler and is easier to climb. You can get a great view of the beach at sunset (just don’t forget to bring flashlights so you could see your way down).

3. Trekking
Behind the evergreen forest is a stream (a dry riverbed in the summer) leading to a large hill.

4. Skimboarding
You could bring your skimboard to practice your moves. The beach is great for this activity since it has a fine sand and few rocks.

5. Ultimate Frisbee
Have your group play with you or better yet, invite other campers to join your group for a great game of frisbee.

You can arrange sidetrips with your boatman if you want to go island hopping. Nearby are Capones and Camara Islands. Capones Island is known for its centuries-old Spanish lighthouse while Camara Island is a rock climbing destination. Inform your boatman in advance and clear the details with him since there is no cellphone signal coverage in Anawangin.

Viva! Señor Noemi

Live the Life You Want. NOW!

I can run, but I can’t hide. I am aging.

Isa sa aking mga pinakamatalik na kaibigan (kung pagaganahin ko ang aking pagiging plastic—go Orgazmyx!), si Yvelle Biento Pagsuyoin-Pariñas ay isa nang certified mommy. One cool thing about this friend of mine is that all she ever wanted is to be a mom. Now that she is, I am very happy for her. But on the other side, now that she is a mom, a thought keeps on bugging me: I am not growing younger every waking moment.

Take a look at this pic:

click me

See my post?

“Biruin mo si Yvelle, marunong nang gumawa ng baby. Ang galing. Paano ba gumawa ng baby? Can anyone advise me of the procedures?”

It’s just a joke for others but for me, the gravity of this statement is unbearable. Am I really growing up? Or am I just growing older? Or did I stop growing in the first place? I think I did stop growing up and I am only growing older every day.

I had been living a life bounded by rules and high standards of morality. Parang artista kung baga (kahit hindi mukhang artista), always subject to public’s scrutiny. Mahirap itong sitwasyon ko kala ninyo ba? Although you are getting all praises and thanks from the people I am eagerly helping as a public servant, and kahit pa I am being satisfied by the smiles I see from everyone I inspire (as they claimed), there’s a hole in me that is hard to fill and patch: my dream of living the life I want to be.

I know, some will be commenting (and texting) me again about this. Surely I will be reading on it famous clichés worded by some famous individuals who I think had lived a very unhappy life. But believe me, those people like me who are living a life following rules and standards might be one of the many who wishes and wished  to go back in time and live the life they always wanted to be.

Maniniwala ka ba na I lost track of my age?

In an ambush interview (I consider), my mom asked me, “ilang taon ka na nga this October?” (She is computing the years she’s married with my Dad in prep for December 21). I can’t answer immediately. I hurriedly pulled my mobile from my pocket and started computing using the calculator application: 2010 minus 1986 is 24. I will be at my 24th this October 10 and my parents will be at their Silver Anniversary.

Now, what’s the importance of me sharing this incident? I just want you to know that from this day forward I will still be the same (Querubin) John Albert Dupaya Gurtiza you know but with a little extra. The extra is the real me I always wanted to live hadn’t there been expectations to meet, rules to obey and standards to live with.

Just an advise, consider yourself in living the life you want– not just others. You were born to bring happiness to the world indeed but you were also born to experience happiness.

I got to chat a long lost friend this morning at around 2: 30 on Facebook. As I read his profile, my eyes landed on this which I am lifting from his profile to close this post:

“i am not who i think i am
i am not who you think i am
but i really am
who God says i am”

Just one last advise, in living the life you want, do not ever forget to consider the Giver of Life.

***I welcome your comments here. The comment button is at the bottom.

I am under the weather due to colds. Kindly include me in your prayers to hasten my recovery if it’s not asking too much. God wants us to be happy. We deserve to be happy.

Ang Pagpuputong ng Korona sa ating Mahal na Birheng Maria, bilang Reyna ng Langit at ng Lupa

Ako ay Iyong-iyo, aking Reyna at aking Ina,

ang lahat ng sa akin ay sa Iyo.


22nd of August, 2010 @ Ramos Village, Pasig City

7:30 p.m. Holy Mass

Banal na Pagtatatak


1, 120 PESOS

is our current pot money for our 2, 000 basbasan obligation

as of 2 am, Aug 20, 2010

Itong darating na ika-21 ng Agosto, 2010, sa Pambansang Dambana ng Ina Poon Bato, muling magtotoka sa Banal na Pagtatatak ang mga Kabataan ng Apostolic Catholic Church sa ilalim ng Rehiyon 13: Reyna ng mga Anghel kasama ang Rehiyon 12: Birhen ng Santissimo Sakramento.

Ang bawat toka ay mayroong ambagan na 2, 000 para sa nasabing gawain.

Ipinanukala ng Mga Anak ng Mahal na Ina ng Medalya Milagrosa ang Bayanihan Fund kung saan ang bawat kasapi ay maaring mag-ambag ng anumang makakayanan nila sa ikapupuno ng 2, 000 obligasyon. Ang tinatanggap na halaga ng donasyon ay anumang halaga mula P 25. 00 hanggang P 250. 00.

Mangayaring itext ang inyong pangalan, distritong pinanggalingan at ang halaga ng inyong ambag sa bilang ng cellphone ni Querubin John Albert Dupaya Gurtiza, Region 13 Toka 5 Auxiliary Chairman: 09186698450. Maaari ninyong ibigay ang inyong ambag itong darating na Biyernes ng gabi, Agosto 20 o dili kaya’y kinaumagahan ng Sabado, Agosto 21 sa National Shrine of Ina Poon Bato sa kahit sinong Executive Treasurers o kay Querubin John Albert mismo upang kayo ay mabigyan ng karampatang opisyal na resibo. Kung hindi ninyo ito maiaabot ngayong ika-21 ng Agosto subalit nais ninyo talagang makatulong, mangyaring paki-abot ang inyong ambag sa mga Auxiliary District Chairmen ng inyong distrito pero huwag kalimutang magtext kay Querubin John Albert upang mabilang ang inyong ambag.

Maraming salamat sa mga naunang tumugon sa aming panawagan ng ambagan. Bahala na ang Mahal na Ingkong na magsukli sa inyong kabutihang-loob at nawa ang Mahal na Birhen ng Medalya Milagrosa ang palaging magpala sa inyo!

  1. Monsignor Juan Evangelista – 50
  2. Nanay Maria Urbana – 100
  3. Nanay Maria Cerela – 100
  4. Nanay Maria Rebina – 50
  5. Querubin John Albert – 100
  6. Querubin Rafael – 100
  7. Hija de Maria Corazon – 20
  8. Hija de Maria Michaella – 100
  9. Hija de Maria Rose Carmelli – 100
  10. Hija de Maria Jessica – 25
  11. Hija de Maria Rose Ann – 25
  12. Angelito Gabriel – 50
  13. Apo Celestino – 25
  14. Serafin Paul Bernard – 25
  15. Serafin Dan Christian – 25
  16. Apo Anselma – 25
  17. Apo Celina – 150
  18. Jonathan – 25
  19. Dian – 25

Ang Himala ng mga Banal na Ahas

Ang penomeno ng mga Banal na Ahas ng Mahal na Birhen ay patuloy na nagaganap sa loob ng daang taon tuwing kapistahan ng Ina ng Diyos mula ika-5 hanggang ika-15 ng Agosto sa isang nayon na ang pangalan ay Markopoulo sa pulo ng Kefalonia, Gresya. Ang mga maliliit at itim na ahas na ito ay nagmumula sa simbahang itinalaga sa Panagia ng Langouvarda, sa isang lumang monasteryo ng mga madre.

Sinasabing ang monasteryo ay sinalakay ng mga pirata noong 1705. Ang mga madre ng monasteryo ay taimtim na nanalangin sa Mahal na Birhen upang sila ay maipagsanggalang at ang mga ito ay ginawang ahas di umano nang ang mga ito ay mabihag at nang tangka nang ikukulong.

Di tulad ng ibang mga ahas, ang mga Banal na Ahas ng Mahal na Birhen ay mayroong maliit na tanda ng krus sa kanilang ulunan at ang kanilang mga dila ay hugis krus. Sinasabing ang mga ito ay mula sa lahi ng Telescopus fallax na kilala rin sa tawag na European Cat Snake. Ang mga ito ay nababalitang nakikita sa patio ng Simbahan, sa mga dingding at kampanaryo nito. Kaiba sa mga karaniwang ahas, ang mga Banal na Ahas ay hindi nananakit, magiliwin sa mga tao at kusang humahalik sa icon ng Holy Dormition, na tila baga ito’y tanda ng pagpapakita ng paggalang sa nasabing icon. Hindi ito natatagpuan sa saanman sulok ng isla kung hindi ika-5 hanggang ika-15 ng Agosto ng bawat taon. Ang mga ito ay kusang bumabalik sa kanilang pinanggagalingan matapos ang pagdiriwang sa karangalan ng Banal na Paghimbing ng Mahal na Birheng Maria.

Para sa mga katutubo ng mga nayon, ang mga ahas ay banal at ang mga ito ay inilalagay nila sa pilak na icon ng Birhen ng mga Ahas (Panagia Fidoussa).

Dalawang ulit lamang hindi nagpakita ang mga ahas mula noong ito’y magisnan ng mga katutubo hanggang ngayon. Ang una ay noong World War II at noong 1953 kung saan isang napalakas na lindol ay yumanig sa pulo. Mula noon, naging palatandaan na ng masamang pangyayari o balita ng mga katutubo ang hindi pagsipot ng mga ahas mula ika-5 hanggang ika-15 ng Agosto.

Kung nais ninyo mapanood ang mga videos ng Holy Snakes of the Theotokos, i-click lamang ang mga sumusunod na links:


Ang Pag-aakyat Sa Langit: Kaluluwa Pati Katawan

Maligayang Kapistahan sa Lahat

Dakilang Kapistahan ng Pag-aakyat sa Langit sa ating Mahal na Ina, Kaluluwa pati Katawan (The Assumption) (Western Rite)

Bago ang Banal na Paghimbing (Holy Dormition) (Eastern Rite)