QUEZON CITY’S NEXT VICE MAYOR: JOY BELMONTE: Ms. Joy Belmonte, the lone daughter and youngest child of Mayor Feliciano Belmonte and now the front-running candidate for vice mayor in Quezon City, is pushing for the establishment of a free computer-education system that would make the youth in the city computer-literate.
Joy told Noel Pabustan and Jun Ilagan Lazo, the hosts of the program “Mga Birador ng Bayan” (aired daily at BATAS INTERNET RADIO and BATAS INTERNET TV thru www.batasradio.com at 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.) in an interview Monday, January 04, 2010, that this is necessary to enable Quezon City youngsters to become world-competitive when they seek overseas jobs.
This project is brilliant, if you ask me, considering that there is no more place in the world which does not require computer knowledge as a pre-condition for better overseas employment.
Ms. Joy Belmonte should be allowed to pursue her dream relative to this, and the first step is voting for her as vice mayor of the city ruled by her father for nine years. Recent surveys indicate that she is on her way to realizing victory for her first-ever run for a political position.
“HANDBOOK 2010”: A GUIDE FOR LIVING: Blyth Fielding, a colleague of mine in the Rotary International Public Image Resource Group for Zone 7 (for Philippines and Indonesia), sent me a wonderful email that should be a must-reading for everyone as we start New Year 2010. Here is the email, entitled “Handbook 2010”:
“Health: 1.Drink plenty of water. 2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. 3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. 4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
“5. Make time to pray. 6. Play more games. 7. Read more books than you did in 2009. 8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. 9. Sleep for 7 hours. 10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
“Personality: 11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. 13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
“14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip. 16. Dream more while you are awake. 17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness. 19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
LIFE’S PRINCIPLES TO LIVE BY: “20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present. 21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. 22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime. 23. Smile and laugh more. 24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
“Society: 25. Call your family often. 26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything. 28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6. 29. Try to make at least three people smile each day. 30. What other people think of you is none of your business. 31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
“Life: 32. Do the right thing! 33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything. 35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 37. The best is yet to come.
“38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it. 39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy. Last but not the least: 40. Please Forward this to everyone you care about, I just did....”
DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: The third “Glorious Mystery” in the Holy Rosary of the Roman Catholic Christians concerns itself about the “descent of the Holy Spirit”. This mystery is no longer a part of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but of the Book of Acts.
In its Chapter 2, verses 1 to 41, the Book of Acts tells us that while the disciples of Jesus were gathered in one place on the day of Pentecost, a sound like the blowing a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
Then, the disciples saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them, filling them with the Holy Spirit, enabling them to speak in other tongues and languages. The Jews who saw and heard them speak in their own dialects were amazed.
Some however made fun of them, saying the disciples were simply drunk. Peter then addressed the non-believers, disputing that they were drunk for it was then only nine o’clock in the morning.
He also delivered an impassioned talk about salvation of sinners by repenting and being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, resulting in the conversion of about three thousand people as believers of Jesus.
This event also concretizes the promise of Jesus that He would send the Holy Spirit to those who believe in Him, as promised by the Father in heaven (Luke 24:49).