Monday, January 24, 2011

SANO on the Move..

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BICOL USA Houston Chapter Inc. Induction of Officers & Dinner Ball on January 22, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

SANO Christmas Party 2010

Batch '87

Seated: Bernie Donor,Renato Badong Marcial,Gerald Frejas Angeles,Joey Lasala,Augusto "tootsie" Cubias,Mark Gerald Guirindula,Bebet Demate,
Back Row: Cesar Escobedo,Ariel Ante,Noel Dreu,Ryan Tom Sementela,Meneleo Dimaano,Joey Cubias,Salvatore Sanchez,Jim Caguia,Arturo Lee,Adrian Alegre,Den de Vera,Gerard Decano,Toffee Garcia,Jong baloloy,Lloyd Lopez,Fr. Wiwin,Jude Estrellado,Eman Ayo

Friday, November 12, 2010

Soi Boyet nasa Texas!

A classmate and a good old friend.

Boyet, Mene and Msgr. Al Maullon

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fighting the Catholic Church is inutile!

"Fighting the Catholic Church is inutile!”
“Agnostics who acknowledge no God,” and “eclectics who simply choose what they want to believe as their own private and personal choice” will never be able to understand the authority of the Catholic Church and its stand on social issues."
“Let it be said that it is only the Catholic Church that is found existing and operative in all the known continents of the word, There is not a single entity in the whole universe that is as one and universal, that has remained that global and vibrant as the Catholic Church.”

Archbishop Oscar Cruz

Friday, June 18, 2010

Catholic Church excommunicates fake priest

MANILA, Philippines - In an act rarely done, the Catholic Church excommunicated a former seminarian who disguised himself as a priest.

Xavier Eubra de Borja was excommunicated by the Catholic Church through a diocesan circular signed by Cubao Chancellor Fr. Frederick Edward C. Simon on June 2, 2010.

De Borja was sentenced under ferendae sententiae excommunication, or excommunication declared by an ecclesiastical court, which took effect on May 31, 2010 “for having disguised as a Roman Catholic priest,” a press release stated.

Identifying himself as Dom X, de Borja posed as a member of France-based Canons Regular of St. Augustine and claimed to be on vacation before returning “to his current assignment in Russia.”

He heard confessions and conducted retreats and recollections as a "guest priest" in the Christ The King Parish at Greenmeadows.

De Borja raised funds and claimed to have been tasked to put up a community for the Augustinian group in the Philippines. It was later found out that he was not assigned in the Mary Mother of God Mission Society in Vladivostok, a city located in southeastern Russia.

Once excommunicated, clergies are prohibited from receiving communion, officiating masses and holding ecclesiastical office.

The Catholic Church in the Philippines rarely bestows excommunication to an erring member. The most recent incident was Alejandre Galias of Sorsogon after he broke the seal of confession in 2007.

Contrary to popular belief, priests are not the only ones who can be excommunicated. In the past, famous leaders who were banned by the Catholic Church were Fidel Castro, Juan Peron, Martin Luther, and Queen Elizabeth I.


Further, the Diocese of Paranaque warned about Joseph Sorongon who claimed to be a Deacon from the Order of St. Benedict from the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

According to diocesan chancellor Fr. Benjamin D. Molina, Jr., Sorongon "is a fraud and impostor."

“The Chancery, after careful research and investigation, found out that Mr. Joseph Sorongon is not a deacon nor is he a member of the Order of St. Benedict, as confirmed by Fr. Savio Ma. Siccuan, OSB, Prior of the Monastery of the Transfiguration,” Fr. Molina wrote in in a circular released on Wednesday.

Molina cautioned Catholics against fraud priests and to ask for a certificate of ordination issued by their Chancery of their diocese and religious congregations to verify such claims.

There are no definite reports if criminal charges were filed against de Borja and Sorogon. -

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Paradise Lost

“The world has been passing the Philippines by, literally. Back in 1960, the country had the second-highest per capita income in Asia, lagging behind only Japan. But by the following decade, South Korea and Taiwan had surpassed it, and by the 1980s, Malaysia and Thailand had, too. China overtook it in the late 1990s. And now—an event that many Philippine elite thought they would never live to see—Indonesia has sailed past the Philippines….
The Philippines was billed in the 1950s and '60s as Asia's most promising story, alongside Burma and Sri Lanka. Now a somber reminder of how long-term projections often go awry and why economic catch-up is not inevitable, even for a country rich in human capital and natural resources. From Brazil in the 1970s and '80s to Thailand more recently, history is littered with instances of countries that lose their way following a few years of success because of weak institutions and the lack of political will to enact tougher reforms. After growing at an average pace of 6 percent in the 1950s and '60s, the Philippines missed out on the successive waves of -investment-led booms in the region due to constant political instability and failure to liberalize the economy. Investment as a share of GDP is merely 15 percent—the lowest in its post–World War II history. Although the economy has expanded at an average 4 percent annually in the post-Marcos era, it has translated into little progress for a nation with a population growth of more than 2 percent a year…
A free and fair presidential election would be a start. The agenda for a new government is fairly clear-cut. Investment has long been the missing component in the growth equation, so the government needs to begin by creating a better environment for investment. This means stronger contract enforcement, less judicial interference, and breaking up the stranglehold of some oligarchs in key businesses. An important measure of the country's success will be if it manages to slow the pace of emigration. More than 10 million Filipinos have left the country since the early 1980s for better prospects abroad. The country needs some of that talent to return home and add to the economy's underlying productivity.” -Newsweek Jan 22, 2010-