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Thansgiving dinner…

It’s been ages!  Happy thanksgiving to all!  My son Daniel asked me this morning, “Mom, what’s the plan?!

No matter what you prepare for Thanksgiving it still simply means what are we thankful for this year…

I am thankful that it’s my Mom’s birthday too… Thank you mom for being my mom… for loving me unconditionally. I love you Ma.

Songs to relate to! Someone like you… I’m not surprised why she bagged so much awards… the song have so much emotions already and the way she sang it seems so fresh with pain and emotions.

If ever your in my arms again… great rendition

Revisiting Rizal…

I never felt there was much significance when I took my Rizal courses in college until we had our Revisiting Rizal event here in the States again in line with Fil-Am History Month. After morethan a decade out of college and passing Rizal as one of the college subject, I never really paid much attention to it specially when I almost just passed the subject then by Prof. Roda… Oh believe me, if there was a way to get away with it I would have skipped it then… But in the event we had here from yesterday, it strucked in a different manner. I almost realized, “Hey! How come I never thought Rizal can be an interesting Filipino Masteriece?!” The words, the talents and the charisma of this man have radiated yesterday… is it because we are far away from our native land? Or is it now that we had the chance to really pay much attention?

Rizal was our national hero and as we explored organizing the event project he was adorned in other countries too… he have his monuments not just in Luneta. And as Prof. Mike Gonzalez mentioned not just he love the Philippines but the women too but hey, maybe then having 14 girlfriends is too much but nowadays it didn’t matter. He was a charming intelligent man that it was easy for him to entice women to fall for him. He is a poet and we all know being “makata” at that time is a huge advantage.

But you know? It’s not just the women which was significant… it was his love for his country to lift our pride all these years which makes his legacy alive… I totally savored every single word in the poems and songs that became alive to me yesterday made huge impact. It’s not just mere words uttered but you can see his heart and soul with it… how every single poem and story were written. I wanna give it as well to the readers, singer and musicians how much life they gave to bring us back to the emotions Rizal had at the time he wrote these master pieces…

He surely is making me feel much proud to be a Filipino… His words left a fire of keeping my Pinay spirit alive rekindling the love of my country.

To the Bayanihan Movement Inc I thank you for the opportunity to Revisit Rizal once again…

Mabuhay tayong Pilipino!

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