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Reflections of Our Time

Does a million social media followers can be considered as believers? This is a timely question that we may need to reflect especially today’s Holy Thursday and Friday till the Easter. Person of public stature boast a significant number of followers who’s interest to everything the subject person has are followed thoroughly using the social media. It’s like a pyramid sort of cascading shared info or updates through virtual representation.

Are those people following us do also believe in what we’ve been doing? In how do we see things and appreciate our surroundings? Do they subscribe to the same idea we believe into? Do they seriously take time to contemplate on every post we do before they click the LIKE Button ?

Nobody can tell but the very person alone. Whether through clicking the button to like means the same as believing in what they see, read and understand can be likened  to the clouds we see and believed that we could scooped with, using tin can once were up near it. Believers are not the same as followers as it is either due to superficial adoration that they follows you in the social media or just wanted to be in the loop thinking your million followers might rub unto them. Be the most simple but admirable one as nobody got time to ask you if you believe the way they believe of things around you.

Reflect, repent and resurrect your faith to the Almighty. Have a safe Holy Week. – Paquito

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Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag …… Trip Up North in Manaoag Pangasinan, Philippines

Devoted Roman Catholics make their daily trip to one of the most miraculous church in the northern part of the Philippines, the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag in Manaoag Pangasinan which is under the administration of Archdiocese of Lingayen-Pangasinan. People from all walks of life or status seeking divine intervention… healing of the sick and asking guidance through strong prayers were found true according to those who have manifested and became ardent devotee and follower after receiving the requested favors and petitions. You must attend a mass before receiving the holy communion and seeking grant to your petition/s.

Getting there is now made easier than ever as new highways interlinking the major thoroughfares from Metro Manila are already in place, and for only half an hour and two the 200 kilometer is the fastest with the usual traffic. Having the Quezon City Memorial Circle as the starting point, head north to Mindanao Avenue and straight to the very first toll gate of the North Luzon Expressway or NLEX and pay the minimum toll fee (45 Php). Go straight and take the exit SCTEX/Clark Airport (+/- 300Php) then had towards an interchange and take right to follow Clark North/Hacienda Luisita/Tarlac City/Baguio /TPLEX… you wont get confuse here as this is the only expressway leading to the last exit point of TPLEX which is the Binalonan Exit (+/-300Php). It’s just another 10-15 minutes drive going to Milo Street where the basilica is located to your left. I suggest you take the same route for a hassle free travel in going back, as bridge going to Urdaneta is under construction. As for the food, it’s up to you since there are a lot to choose from, but i can’t help but tell you that a small tupig vendor located downstairs to the left of the basilica is the probably the best i’ve ever tasted!

It’s an amazing spiritual experience and going back is an option as the Lord have paved the easiest and safest way to the basilica minor. For more of Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, check Google and see the history, other options to go directly and communication details.

In prayers we seek thy blessings, in humility we act courageously. – Paquito