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Archive for October 7th, 2011


It was a lovely day alright – celebrating  the Feast of Our Lady of  the Rosary, touching base with friends and just enjoying the cool weather without rain.

Did I tell you that October is my favorite month? It’s for the simple reason that it is my birth month. It’s twenty days more to go and I’ll be turning 54 55 56. Never mind, I don’t feel like I am turning 55 anyway. They always say that age is just a number besides your name. Trite as it may sound, having added numbers to your age does not guaranty that you are matured and wise enough to face life.  Life  should be  lived  day by day, no matter how difficult it may seem. There is always something to look forward to, something to reminisce and something to enjoy. Friends do play important roles in one’s well-being. And friends somehow make our day complete.

This morning, I went to LBC  Express to send a rosary to a friend. I promised her the last time we saw each other that I’ll make one in her favorite color which is pink. She asked me why I chose today to send it to her so I just said, it’s kind of fitting for her to have another one on the Feast Day of the Holy Rosary. The girl at the counter of LBC was smiling when she asked me the content of the envelope lined in bubble wrap.   We talked about our devotions to Saint Padre Pio and she told me that she goes to the St. Padre Pio Chapel  to hear mass with her son. Then she said, “Swerte naman ng friend niyo ma’am, may nagmamahal sa kanya”. I laughed and when I left she said, “Ingat po.” How nice to meet people who have ready smiles on their faces, friendly enough to talk to and never hesitate to say thank you. Such simple gestures that could really make your day.

Four years ago today, I met a friend online through Friendster.  He is a friend of my daughter , met him during their college days in UST back in 2001. So I sent a few lines via text to remind him of how we met.

“It’s been four years since someone asked, “How can I help you”? over at Friendster and that was the start of a beautiful friendship. Do you remember?”

And he texted back, “Haha, happy friendship day! Things are still vivid to you. It is just like yesterday. Maraming salamat sa presensya.”

Back in 2007, Friendster was the only social media that I knew and while my daughter was scanning her friends’ list, I saw Lovell wearing a cassock so I looked at his profile and he politely inquired how he can be of help. So I told him that we met back in 2001 when they had their trip to Davao with my daughter sponsored by the university. He was still a college student then and that’s how it started. After four years, I now have another son because we have adopted him into the family. He told me once that I am his spiritual mother although I could not completely grasp what that means. He is now a Dominican brother and will probably be ordained soon.  I am praying hard for him that he realizes his dream of becoming a priest.

Going to the mall won’t be complete without visiting National Bookstore. I saw Samantha Sotto’s book Before Ever After. I was curious about the book since I read one of my friends’ book review and how she  met Samantha Sotto and had an interview with her.  Samantha is a Filipina,  great-granddaughter of Sen. Vicente Sotto. Before Ever After is her first attempt at writing a book. So there it was on NBS’ Bestseller list. I was thinking, I could buy it as an advance birthday gift for myself. At the price of P499.00 , a trade paperback edition, it’s reasonable enough.Then one of the staff of NBS saw me and she said there will be a three-day sale at the mall starting October 16 so she suggested that I come back since they might mark it down a bit. I waited all these months to get a copy so another week won’t make a difference. And it’s a good reason to justify a little splurge on books since I intend to add a copy of one of Max Lucado’s .

It’s my birthday after all!

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It’s another year of celebrating  the Feast Day of  the Holy Rosary. Last year, I found this wonderful picture on the net and blogged about it. Today however, Fr. Louie made and posted this lovely profile picture at our catholic site.

I found another lovely prayer composed by Saint Aloysius Gonzaga and I wish to share it with you.

Prayer Commending Oneself to Mary

O holy Mary, my Mistress, into thy blessed trust and special blessing, into the bosom of thy tender mercy, this day, every day of my life and at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and body; to thee I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life, that through thy most holy intercession and thy merits, all my actions may be ordered and disposed according to thy will and that of thy divine Son. Amen.

I sent a rosary today to a friend at our group, AFCC Tambayan via LBC. Then she asked me, did I wait for today to send her one?  She said how special today is because someone gave her a rosary. You are welcome Charlene, I really hope you’ll enjoy using your pink, pink rosary. It was a special request that I make her one with pink beads.

Happy Feast Day!

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