October 31, 2011

A Million Roses for the World


Lyrics:

We dream of a world at peace.
We dream of a world of love.
We dream of a world at prayer.
A world at peace, in love with God!
I have a mother in heaven
I have a queen in my heart.
My mother's name is Mary
Blessed handmaid of God!
We pledge to pray her rosary
That peace may reign supreme
A million roses of prayer
A million roses for peace!
Ave Maria!
Gratia Plena!
Viva Maria!
Viva Madre Mia!

Lyrics by The Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas / Music by Ryan Cayabyab
Voice by Ms.Loudette Banson

A million roses for the world and  peace song is an offering for Mama Mary and for the rosary in many schools in the Philippines.

St. Paul University Manila animating the crowd in the pre-program of the launching of A MILLION ROSES for the WORLD - FILIPINOS AT PRAYER at UST grounds last October 8, 2011. The students of ST. PAUL UNIVERSITY MANILA are the official animators of the theme song. Soon the video will be uploaded so other animators can teach it to their youth volunteers.

Video was uploaded by  

October 30, 2011

The Canon Photomarathon 2011


The Canon Photomarathon 2011 Manila Leg will be held on November 12, 2011 at the Philippine Trade Trading Center, PTTC Bldg, Sen Gil J Puyat Ave cor Roxas Blvd, Pasay City. This will be the final leg of the country’s biggest photography event.



Registration starts on October 28, 2011 at 8:00 PM as announced on Canon Philippines’ Facebook page

Check out Canon Photomarathon 2011 website for details.

October 28, 2011

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

We dream when we fall asleep. We dream many different things. And we live as we dream. The best dreams happen when we are awake. To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only dream but also believe.  Wherever you go, go with all your heart. You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. However, we may have to work for it. Dreams come true when we wake up in them. As we dream, so we become. As we create our wishes, so they create us. I know God will not give us anything we can't handle.  Our lives will be changed, will be better and be exactly what we dream and we wish.

I have my dreams, i believe that my dreams will come true.  And my dream - is a wish my heart makes.





A dream is a wish your heart makes

When you're fast asleep

In dreams you lose your heartaches

Whatever you wish for, you keep

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true


Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" is a song written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston for the Walt Disney film Cinderella (1950). In the song Cinderella (as sung by Ilene Woods) encourages her animal friends to never stop dreaming, and that theme continues throughout the entire story.

JASON MRAZ LIVE IN MANILA: A Special Acoustic Evening with Toca Rivera

                                   


American singer-songwriter Jason Thomas Mraz live in Manila!  

JASON MRAZ LIVE IN MANILA: A Special Acoustic Evening with Toca Rivera
at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City , Philippines on October 30 (Sunday).

Mraz’s international breakthrough came with the release of the single 'I’m Yours' from the album We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things.  The single peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Mraz his first top ten single.

Mraz’ worldwide journey will see him celebrating music’s lasting power to inspire change and help others through global citizenship.

Seats and Ticket Prices:
Patron / Lower Box (Reserved Seating) Php 3710
Upper Box A (Reserved Seating) Php 2650
Upper Box B Php 1590
General Admission Php 850

For ticket sales and inquiries, please contact Ticketnet 911-5555 or visit their website at www.ticketnet.com.ph


Jason Mraz - I'm Yours (Live On Earth Single Video)





October 27, 2011

Guinness World Records : Philippines gets world's largest Ten Commandments



A building-sized edifice carved with the Bible's Ten Commandments was unveiled Wednesday in the Philippines, making it the largest tablet of its kind, according to Guinness World Records.



The world's largest tablet of the ten commandments supposedly handed down by God to Moses on Mount Sinai was inaugurated by city officials on a hill overlooking the northern Philippines resort city of Baguio.

A local religious group, donated the imposing 152.90 square meter (1,650 square foot) tablet to the city as they were presented a certificate from Guinness World Records. "This beautiful and divine edifice will serve to drive away the evils of spirits that time and again emerge," said Baguio Congressman Bernardo Vergara at the inauguration.


"May it drive away evils of illegal drugs, gambling, prostitution."

The religious leader who sponsored the project, Grace Galindez-Gupana, topped her previous world record, attained in 2009 when she built a similar 65-square-metre tablet on a hill outside Manila.






A Social Network Christmas





This is one of the best clips I've seen in Facebook! I am moved and enjoyed watching about the Nativity, FB style.

This video is an artistic take on how the story of the nativity might have read had a social network existed at the time of Jesus's birth. Follow this historical period as it unfolds as a digital narrative. This vignette is great for highlighting the truths and circumstances of our Savior's birth in a fresh, unique way.

This project is completely relevant to the times we live and yet gives a simple yet clear version of the Christmas story. One of the best on the site. Godly creativity at it's best. One of the most creative videos in some time.

The sweet irony of this piece is that it uses the internet-context of how we share our personal lives, experiences, doubts, fears and joys today to humanize and make relevant an eternal event from 2,000 years ago.  At least the Social Network Christmas focuses on the story as real, and it spends some time thinking about the social consequences for Mary and Joseph too. Surely if we’re going to do any outreach beyond the “happy make feel nice” level at Christmas, we need to be telling it as a story that actually happened? 

This have the right combination of biblical text and modernisms. Great song behind it , "O Come O Come Emmanuel."

O Come O Come Emmanuel Lyrics

O come, O come, Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times didn't give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.  





October 26, 2011

El Gamma Penumbra , a world class performance!

El Gamma Penumbra, the shadow theater group from Batangas City, could have been the Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Grand Champion. The group had a shadow theater performance based on the “Piliin Ang Pilipinas” , Choose Philippines tourism campaign.


El Gamma Penumbra

PGT Celebrity judge Kris Aquino said about their presentation  “timely,” it was different from the rest. The best part of which was when they showed an image that represented peace between Muslims and Christians.


Many people wished to have El Gamma Penumbra as the Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Grand Champion. El Gamma Penumbra was the crowd favorite to win during the weekend because their performance showcased not just creativity but nationalism , with Philippine events and historical scenes.


El Gamma Penumbra , a  world class performance!  We hope Department of Tourism appreciates how this group can promote the Philippines. Mabuhay Ang Pinoy... Truly proudly Pinoy!


The Maasinhon Trio was declared the winner during Sunday final night. The Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT) Season 3 Grand Finals winner result created controversy among fans, and El Gamma Penumbra is among the other grand finalists being favored to win.

ABS-CBN has released an official statement regarding this matter.

“The winners of “Pilipinas Got Talent” are determined by the number of text and online votes that they receive during the grand finals. All 12 grand finalists are talented and deserving to win, but in the end, it was the Maasinhon Trio, who got the most votes from the viewing public followed by Khalil Ramos and the Bringas Brothers. ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’ is a celebration of the many talents of Filipinos. The voting public has spoken and let us respect the decision of the viewers. We congratulate the winners and the other grand finalists.”
Bong Osorio
ABS-CBN Corporate Communications Head




El Gamma Penumbra on PGT Season 3 Grand Finals


Philippine Graphic Design Awards 2011

Established in 2010, the Philippine Graphic Design Awards (PGDA) is the first and only programme that awards Filipino designers for their outstanding work in the field of graphic design.


Its mission is to enrich the local graphic design landscape by empowering and inspiring Filipino designers to create cutting-edge pieces of work, and seek support from the design community to nurture and sustain professional practices in the country. Through its activities, the PGDA wants to establish a reference for Philippine graphic design among its regional counterparts.


The competition comprises 13 categories, including identity, direct print, poster, publication, packaging, retail, environmental graphics, applied graphics, outdoor graphics, print advertising, illustration, typography, digital artwork, web, and motion graphics.


Mark your choice for the adobo magazine award (People's Choice) from the 17 professional and 7 student finalists of the Philippine Graphic Design Awards 2011. Like the entry that shows off the best in Philippine graphic design. Share with your contacts. Voting closes at 6pm on October 31, 2011.




























Visit the following facebook website.


http://www.facebook.com/PGDAwards
http://www.facebook.com/adobomagazine




Regular Holiday Throughout the Country, in Observance of EIDUL ADHA on November 7

November 7, 2011 (Monday) was declared a regular holiday in the country. Eid'l Adha is an important Muslim religious holiday and celebrated on this day worldwide. 


Proclamation No. 276:
MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 276

DECLARING MONDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 2011, AS A REGULAR HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, IN OBSERVANCE OF EIDUL ADHA (FEAST OF SACRIFICE)

WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 9849 provides that Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a regular holiday;
WHEREAS, Eidul Adha is one of the two greatest feasts of Islam;
WHEREAS, the date of the festival based on the declaration made by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body is on 6 November 2011;
WHEREAS, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) recommended that the observance of Eidul Adha be on 7 November 2011 and the Eidul Adha prayer held on 6 November 2011;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Monday, 7 November 2011, as a regular holiday throughout the country, in observance of Eidul Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 20th day of October, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Eleven.


(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
By the President

(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA JR.
Executive Secretary

Source: Official Gazette, Office of the President of the Philippines




Disclaimer: This is for informational purposes only.

October 25, 2011

The Book Biography "Steve Jobs"


The first authorized biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hits bookstores on Monday.

The 656-page book, titled "Steve Jobs," is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs over two years. It also includes conversations with his family, friends, colleagues and competitors.

According to publisher Simon and Schuster, Jobs cooperated with the book, but never had the chance to read it before he passed away on Oct. 5, 2011.

Jobs biography is very interesting, because this is the first biography approved officially. This biography also contains excerpts Best Jobs.


The book is written by former CNN chairman Walter Isaacson.

The Steve Jobs Reading List :Books that influenced and transformed the Man


The books Jobs read, particularly as a teen and college student, helped expose him to the ideas and experiences that would serve as Apple's foundation years later.

Walter Isaacson's 571-page biography of Jobs, a copy of which was purchased by The Huffington Post, provides an unprecedented look at the texts -- by writers ranging from William Shakespeare to Paramahansa Yogananda -- that influenced Jobs; "required reading" for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the visionary.

"I like living at the intersection of the humanities and technology," Steve Jobs said once.


Clayton Christensen's 
 "Innovator's Dilemma," which Isaacson writes, "deeply influenced" Jobs.

Ron Rosenbaum's 1971 Esquire article "Secrets of the Little Blue Box," a profile of hackers who could tap into phone networks that later gave rise to Jobs’ first collaboration with Steve Wozniak, who went on to become Apple's co-founder.

LSD, Bauhaus and Zen Buddhism shaped Apple's pioneering products as much as anything that took place on the assembly lines, were among Jobs' greatest influences and they shaped his attitudes toward design, business and innovation.

"I started to listen to music a whole lot, and I started to read more outside of just science and technology -- Shakespeare, Plato. I loved King Lear," Jobs recalled of his teen years. Isaacson notes that "Moby-Dick" and Dylan Thomas' poetry were among Jobs' favorite works at this point in his life.

During his freshman year at Reed College, Jobs befriended Daniel Kottke, who went on to work at Apple, and together they devoured books such as Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind," Chogyam Trungpa's "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism" and Paramahansa Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi," a book Jobs read and re-read many times during his life.

Throughout his life, Jobs embraced numerous extreme, even obsessive, dietary regimes. He fasted periodically and, at various points, was a vegetarian, vegan and fruitarian, though he made an exception for unagi sushi while in Japan. This attitude toward food began to take shape in college after Jobs read "Diet for a Small Planet" by Frances Moore Lappe in his first year at Reed.

"That's when I swore off meat pretty much for good," Jobs told Isaacson, who adds Jobs became "even more obsessive" about food after reading Arnold Ehret's "Mucusless Diet Healing System."
One book in particular stayed with Jobs his entire life, and Isaacson noted that it was the only book Jobs had downloaded on his iPad 2: "Autobiography of a Yogi," "the guide to meditation and spirituality that he had first read as a teenager," Isaacson writes, "then re-read in India and had read once a year ever since."

Yet no discussion of the artists who influenced Jobs is complete without mentioning the music that made the man.

Jobs called Bob Dylan "one of my heroes" and had over a dozen Dylan albums on his iPod, along with songs from seven different Beatles albums, six Rolling Stones albums and four albums by Jobs' onetime lover Joan Baez.

Jobs likened The Beatles' creative process to Apple's own. While listening to a bootleg CD from one of the band's recording sessions, Jobs remarked, "They did a bundle of work between each of these recordings. They kept sending it back to make it closer to perfect ... The way we build stuff at Apple is often this way."

He also framed his motivations and the principles that drove him forward in terms of Dylan and The Beatles.

"They kept evolving, moving, refining their art," Jobs said of the artists. "That's what I've always tried to do -- keep moving. Otherwise, as Dylan says, if you're not busy being born, you're busy dying."

Jobs found himself deeply influenced by a variety of books on spirituality and enlightenment, most notably Be Here Now, a guide to meditation and the wonders of psychedelic drugs by Baba Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert.

"It was profound," Jobs said. "It transformed me and many of my friends."



October 24, 2011

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and MCA Music bring Greyson Chance to Manila this November!


The excitement can no longer be contained with only less than a month to go before 14 year-old singer-songwriter and pianist, Greyson Chance invades Manila for a promo tour on November 18 to 22! Be further enthralled by his impeccable voice and amazing talent and catch Greyson ‘live’ during his meet & greet and... showcase on November 19 in Eastwood Mall Open Park at 7pm and on November 20 in Venice Piazza Mall in Mckinley Hill at 7pm. Enjoy sweet serenades from MCA Music’s freshest teen acoustic-pop duo, Krissy & Ericka and acoustic sweetheart Sabrina who will also perform in these series of mall shows. 

Greyson Chance Live In Manila is presented to you by MCA Music and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls. Also by our valued media partners, MYX- the official music channel of Greyson Chance in Manila; today’s best music, Magic 89.9-the official radio station of Greyson Chance in Manila; Yahoo Philippines- the official online partner; Total Girl Magazine, Business World, HerWord.com, ETC, JackTV, 2nd Avenue, Juan Manila Express, Social Plus Magazine, Astroplus, Orange Magazinetv.com, Odyssey Music and Video and Eastwood Richmonde Hotel-the official residence of Greyson Chance in Manila. 

October 23, 2011

I Have A Dream, a song to sing.

I like this song very much. I always listen to this song and hear different versions of a talented and wonderful groups and singers. I like the words , I have many dreams, I have fantasy, I believe in angels . . .  and so I want to sing and cope up with many things ! :)



"I Have a Dream" was recorded before they adopted the name Libera and were using the name Angel Voices. I think it's okay because they sing just like angels. Libera, a boy's group from the UK.

"I Have a Dream" is a song by Swedish pop group ABBA. The song was written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and was taken from the group's 1979 album. I always take the time to listen to these beautiful lyrics, I just love Abba and their beautiful voices, sang with love and from the heart!



Also Westlife released a cover of "I Have a Dream" in December 1999, twenty years after ABBA's original release. It is in Unbreakable - The Greatest Hits Vol I.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy4QFwDPb9o


I Have a Dream Lyrics: 

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream

I have a dream, a fantasy
To help me through reality
And my destination makes it worth the while
Pushing through the darkness still another mile
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream








October 22, 2011

Hitman Returns: David Foster and Friends at The Araneta Coliseum on October 25, 2011


The Hitman Returns: David Foster and Friends at The Araneta Coliseum on October 25, 2011 Tuesday!

With live performances from David Foster, Philip Bailey, Russell Watson, Michael Bolton , Ashanti and  Charice.

Ticket Prices:
S-VIP 101 & 103(A TO M) (Reserved Seating) – Php 15900
VIP 101 & 103 (N TO Z) (Reserved Seating) – Php 12720
PATRON (Reserved Seating) – Php 8480
S-LOWER BOX (Reserved Seating) – Php 8480
LOWER BOX (Reserved Seating) – Php 6360
UPPER BOX A (Reserved Seating) – Php 4240
UPPER BOX B – Php 2120
General Admission – Php 850

For ticket inquiries, call 911-5555 or visit www.ticketnet.com.ph for online ticket reservations.



Have Yourself a Very Michael Buble CHRISTMAS!

Michael Bublé has a special holiday gift for his naughty and nice fans this year. On October 24th, the multi Grammy Award winning Canadian will be releasing his new album called CHRISTMAS. 

“Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year for me and my family so naturally it’s been a dream of mine to make the ‘ultimate’ Christmas record. Even though it was summer and 95 degrees in LA we totally got into the spirit of the holiday. Of course we decorated the studio with Christmas lights in the middle of July and that was a big help. One more thing, my mother told me it’s the best record I ever made,” commented by Bublé.

CHRISTMAS, produced by David Foster, Bob Rock and Humberto Gatica, was recorded primarily at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood and The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver. The CD includes guest performances by Shania Twain on ”White Christmas” and The Puppini Sisters on “Jingle Bells.” Bublé also put his unique take on such classics as “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” In addition, a Bublé original “Cold December Night” will be included on CHRISTMAS.





Album tracklisting:

1) It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
2) Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
3) Jingle Bells (Feat. The Puppini Sisters)
4) White Christmas (duet with Shania Twain)
5) All I Want For Christmas Is You
6) Holly Jolly Christmas
7) Santa Baby
8) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
9) Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
10) Silent Night
11) Blue Christmas
12) Cold December Night
13) I’ll Be Home For Christmas
14) Ave Maria
15) Mis Deseos/Feliz Navidad (duet with Thalia)

Special Edition Bonus Tracks
Winter Wonderland
Frosty the Snowman
Silver Bells [featuring Naturally 7]


Michael Buble's cd 'Christmas' will be out on October 24,2011.




Blessed Pope John Paul II

Karol Józef Wojtyła, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Krakow, on May 18, 1920. He was the youngest of three children born to Karol Wojtyła and Emilia Kaczorowska. His mother died in 1929. His eldest brother Edmund, a doctor, died in 1932 and his father, a non-commissioned army officer died in 1941. A sister, Olga, had died before he was born.

He was baptized on June 20, 1920 in the parish church of Wadowice by Fr. Franciszek Zak, made his First Holy Communion at age 9 and was confirmed at 18. Upon graduation from Marcin Wadowita high school in Wadowice, he enrolled in Krakow’s Jagiellonian University in 1938 and in a school for drama.

The Nazi occupation forces closed the university in 1939 and young Karol had to work in a quarry (1940-1944) and then in the Solvay chemical factory to earn his living and to avoid being deported to Germany.

In 1942, aware of his call to the priesthood, he began courses in the clandestine seminary of Krakow, run by Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, archbishop of Krakow. At the same time, Karol Wojtyła was one of the pioneers of the “Rhapsodic Theatre,” also clandestine.

After the Second World War, he continued his studies in the major seminary of Krakow, once it had re-opened, and in the faculty of theology of the Jagiellonian University. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Sapieha in Krakow on November 1, 1946.

Shortly afterwards, Cardinal Sapieha sent him to Rome where he worked under the guidance of the French Dominican, Garrigou-Lagrange. He finished his doctorate in theology in 1948 with a thesis on the subject of faith in the works of St. John of the Cross (Doctrina de fide apud Sanctum Ioannem a Cruce). At that time, during his vacations, he exercised his pastoral ministry among the Polish immigrants of France, Belgium and Holland.

In 1948 he returned to Poland and was vicar of various parishes in Krakow as well as chaplain to university students. This period lasted until 1951 when he again took up his studies in philosophy and theology. In 1953 he defended a thesis on “evaluation of the possibility of founding a Catholic ethic on the ethical system of Max Scheler” at Lublin Catholic University. Later he became professor of moral theology and social ethics in the major seminary of Krakow and in the Faculty of Theology of Lublin.
On July 4, 1958, he was appointed titular bishop of Ombi and auxiliary of Krakow by Pope Pius XII, and was consecrated September 28, 1958, in Wawel Cathedral, Krakow, by Archbishop Eugeniusz Baziak.

On January 13, 1964, he was appointed archbishop of Krakow by Pope Paul VI, who made him a cardinal June 26, 1967 with the title of S. Cesareo in Palatio of the order of deacons, later elevated pro illa vice to the order of priests.
Besides taking part in Vatican Council II (1962-1965) where he made an important contribution to drafting the Constitution Gaudium et spes, Cardinal Wojtyła participated in all the assemblies of the Synod of Bishops.

The Cardinals elected him Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. On 22 October, the Lord’s Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle. His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years.
Driven by his pastoral solicitude for all Churches and by a sense of openness and charity to the entire human race, John Paul II exercised the Petrine ministry with a tireless missionary spirit, dedicating it all his energy. He made 104 pastoral visits outside Italy and 146 within Italy. As bishop of Rome he visited 317 of the city’s 333 parishes.

He had more meetings than any of his predecessors with the People of God and the leaders of Nations. More than 17,600,000 pilgrims participated in the General Audiences held on Wednesdays (more than 1160), not counting other special audiences and religious ceremonies [more than 8 million pilgrims during the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 alone], and the millions of faithful he met during pastoral visits in Italy and throughout the world. We must also remember the numerous government personalities he encountered during 38 official visits, 738 audiences and meetings held with Heads of State, and 246 audiences and meetings with Prime Ministers.

His love for young people brought him to establish the World Youth Days. The 19 WYDs celebrated during his pontificate brought together millions of young people from all over the world. At the same time his care for the family was expressed in the World Meetings of Families, which he initiated in 1994.
John Paul II successfully encouraged dialogue with the Jews and with the representatives of other religions, whom he several times invited to prayer meetings for peace, especially in Assisi.

Under his guidance the Church prepared herself for the third millennium and celebrated the Great Jubilee of the year 2000 in accordance with the instructions given in the Apostolic Letter Tertio Millennio adveniente. The Church then faced the new epoch, receiving his instructions in the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio ineunte, in which he indicated to the faithful their future path.

With the Year of the Redemption, the Marian Year and the Year of the Eucharist, he promoted the spiritual renewal of the Church.

He gave an extraordinary impetus to Canonizations and Beatifications, focusing on countless examples of holiness as an incentive for the people of our time. He celebrated 147 beatification ceremonies during which he proclaimed 1,338 Blesseds; and 51 canonizations for a total of 482 saints. He made Thérèse of the Child Jesus a Doctor of the Church.

He considerably expanded the College of Cardinals, creating 231 Cardinals (plus one in pectore) in 9 consistories. He also called six full meetings of the College of Cardinals.

He organized 15 Assemblies of the Synod of Bishops – six Ordinary General Assemblies (1980, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1994 and 2001), one Extraordinary General Assembly (1985) and eight Special Assemblies (1980,1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998 (2) and 1999).

His most important Documents include 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic Exhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions, 45 Apostolic Letters.

He promulgated the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the light of Tradition as authoritatively interpreted by the Second Vatican Council. He also reformed the Eastern and Western Codes of Canon Law, created new Institutions and reorganized the Roman Curia.

As a private Doctor he also published five books of his own: “Crossing the Threshold of Hope” (October 1994), “Gift and Mystery, on the fiftieth anniversary of my ordination as priest” (November 1996), “Roman Triptych” poetic meditations (March 2003), “Arise, Let us Be Going” (May 2004) and “Memory and Identity” (February 2005).

In the light of Christ risen from the dead, on 2 April a.D. 2005, at 9.37 p.m., while Saturday was drawing to a close and the Lord’s Day was already beginning, the Octave of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church’s beloved Pastor, John Paul II, departed this world for the Father.

From that evening until April 8, date of the funeral of the late Pontiff, more than three million pilgrims came to Rome to pay homage to the mortal remains of the Pope. Some of them queued up to 24 hours to enter St. Peter’s Basilica.

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October 20, 2011

Modest is Hottest



Modest is Hottest, Ladies. "I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do an interview with photographs people desperately want to change me - dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes. I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me. I feel uncomfortable. I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn’t do that. Personally, I don’t actually think it’s even that sexy. What’s sexy about saying, ‘I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything I’ve got?’ My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder. 

- Emma Watson

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress and model who rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger



October 18, 2011

Count on Me by Bruno Mars



Count On Me Lyrics
If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of the sea
I'll sail the world to find you
If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can't see
I'll be the light to guide you

Find out what we're made of
What we are called to help our friends in need

You can count on me like one, two, three
I'll be there and I know when I need it
I can count on you like four, three, two
And you'll be there 'cause that's what friends
Are supposed to do, oh yeah, ooh, ooh

If you toss and you turn and you just can't fall asleep
I'll sing a song beside you
And if you ever forget how much you really mean to me
Everyday I will remind you

Find out what we're made of
What we are called to help our friends in need

You can count on me like one, two, three
I'll be there and I know when I need it
I can count on you like four, three, two
And you'll be there 'cause that's what friends
Are supposed to do, oh yeah, ooh, ooh, yeah, yeah

You'll always have my shoulder when you cry
I'll never let go, never say goodbye

You can count on me like one, two, three
I'll be there and I know when I need it
I can count on you like four, three, two
And you'll be there 'cause that's what friends
Are supposed to do, oh yeah, ooh, ooh

You can count on me 'cause I can count on you . . . . 



I saw this cute video in Youtube. This is song by Bruno Mars. I enjoyed the melody and the wordings. Some thoughts played in my mind the whole day. I thought that when someone needs a help , to talk with and  assistance. When someone is sick , or in trouble.  Or he/she needs a shoulder to cry on. Well, that's what  friends are for. What's  loving family members are. That's what we are supposed to do with each other. To be there , to be count on you , to be count on me. 

I want to sing this song to my family,  love ones and best friends. 





October 17, 2011

Life can begin at 40/50/60/70, it is all in your hands !



Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 40/50/60 years of age owing to the diminishing importance given to them and their opinions. But it need not be so, if only we understand the basic principles of life and follow them scrupulously. 

Here are ten mantras to age gracefully, make life after retirement pleasant, enjoy and treasure the elders years of wisdom and intelligence at its best.

1. Never say ‘I am aged': There are three ages, chronological, biological, and psychological. The first is calculated based on our date of birth; the second is determined by the health conditions and the third is how old you feel you are. While we don't have control over the first, we can take care of our health with good diet, exercise and a cheerful attitude. A positive attitude and optimistic thinking can reverse the third age.

2. Health is wealth: If you really love your kids and kin, taking care of yourself and your health should be your priority. Thus, you will not be a burden to them. Have an annual health check-up and take the prescribed medicines regularly. Do take health insurance cover.

3. Money is important: Money is essential for meeting the basic necessities of life, keeping good health and earning family respect and security. Don't spend beyond your means even for your children. You have lived for them all through and it is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse. If your children are grateful and they take care of you, you are blessed. But never take it for granted.

4. Relaxation and recreation: The most relaxing and recreating forces are a healthy religious attitude, good sleep, music and laughter. Have faith in God, learn to sleep well, love good music and see the funny side of life.

5. Time is precious: It is almost like holding a horse's reins. When they are in your hands, you can control them. Imagine that every day you are born again. Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is ready cash — use it profitably. Live this moment.

6. Change is the only permanent thing: We should accept change — it is inevitable. The only way to make sense out of change is to join the dance. Change has brought about many pleasant things. We should be happy that our children are blessed.

7. Enlightened selfishness: All of us are basically selfish. Whatever we do, we expect something in return. We should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us. But our focus should be on the internal satisfaction and happiness we derive by doing good to others, without expecting anything in return.

8. Forget and forgive: Don't be bothered too much about others' mistakes. We are not spiritual enough to show our other cheek when we are slapped in one. But for the sake of our own health and happiness, let us forgive and forget them. Otherwise, we will be only increasing our BP.

9. Everything has a reason. A purpose: Take life as it comes. Accept yourself as you are and also accept others for what they are. Everybody is unique and right in his own way.

10. Overcome the fear of death: We all know that one day we have to leave this world. Still we are afraid of death. We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand our loss. But the truth is no one is going to die for you; they may be depressed for some time. Time heals everything and they will carry on.

Regardless How Far The Journey Is Or How Capable We Are, We Do Our Best To Reach Our Goal. 
This Is Perseverance At Its Best ...

—Anonymous




October 16, 2011

"Thankful" by Rumer

I have listened to this tune very first time. It's beautiful warmth so much in each word. I love the sound of her voice, something melancholy and graceful. This is from her album Seasons of My Soul.  
Rumer is the professional name of the British female singer-songwriter, Sarah Joyce.
  



Lyrics to Thankful :

It's the first breath of springtime*
And a warm wind picks up the fallen blossom
And sails in circles down the street.
A lady cycles past with her hair in braids
As they're pulling down the awning to the train station cafe

I'm alive and I'm thankful
For this time

Six o' clock, summer afternoon
Next door's kids are playing in the yard
I'm doing the dishes at the window and the radio's playing 'Superstar'
And the sun falls down on the garden next door
But two young boys are fighting, till a woman appears at the door

And the fires and the fog and the falling leaves
Under October skies
You walked me home in the cold after closing time
As the leaves rushed by

How I want to be loved
How I need to be loved
Now that I've found you, I'd do anything for you

In the Forest of Angels that's where we laid you down
And I can hear whispers
When the first frost falls on the ground

You're alive, just be thankful
For this time.






What Tree Did You Fall From?

Find your birthday and then find your tree. This is in line with Celtic astrology.

Dec 23 to Jan 01          -        Apple Tree
Jan 02 to Jan 11           -        Fir Tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24           -        Elm Tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03          -        Cypress Tree
Feb 04 to Feb 08         -        Poplar Tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18          -       Cedar Tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28          -       Pine Tree
Mar 01 to Mar 10         -       Weeping Willow Tree
Mar 11 to Mar 20         -        Lime Tree
Mar 21 (only)               -        Oak Tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31        -        Hazelnut Tree
Apr 01 to Apr 10         -         Rowan Tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20         -        Maple Tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30         -        Walnut Tree
May 01 to May 14       -        Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24       -        Chestnut Tree
May 25 to Jun 03         -        Ash Tree
Jun 04 to Jun 13          -         Hornbeam Tree
Jun 14 to Jun 23          -         Fig Tree
Jun 24 (only)               -        Birch Tree
Jun 25 to Jul 04           -        Apple Tree
Jul 05 to Jul 14            -        Fir Tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25            -        Elm Tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04         -        Cypress Tree
Aug 05 to Aug 13       -        Poplar Tree
Aug 14 to Aug 23       -        Cedar Tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02       -        Pine Tree
Sep 03 to Sep 12        -        Weeping Willow Tree
Sep 13 to Sep 22        -         Lime Tree
Sep 23 (only)             -         Olive Tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03        -       Hazelnut Tree
Oct 04 to Oct 13        -        Rowan Tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23        -         Maple Tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11       -         Walnut Tree
Nov 12 to Nov 21      -         Chestnut Tree
Nov 22 to Dec 01      -         Ash Tree
Dec 02 to Dec 11      -        Hornbeam Tree
Dec 12 to Dec 21      -         Fig Tree
Dec 22 (only)            -         Beech Tree

YOUR TREE (in alphabetical order)

APPLE TREE (the Love) - of slight build, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination.

ASH TREE (the Ambition) - uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be egotistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over the heart, but takes partnership very seriously.

BEECH TREE (the Creative) - has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.)

BIRCH TREE (the inspiration) - vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

CEDAR TREE (the Confidence) - of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, likes to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

CHESTNUT TREE (the Honesty) - of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

CYPRESS TREE (the Faithfulness) - strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, content, optimistic, craves money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic, and careless.

ELM TREE (the Noble-mindedness) - pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

FIG TREE (the Sensibility) - very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a social butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

FIR TREE (the Mysterious) - extraordinary taste, dignity, sophisticated, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to them, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious, uncontented lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.

HAZELNUT TREE (the Extraordinary) - charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest, and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

HORNBEAM TREE (the Good Taste) - of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and acknowledgement in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

LIME TREE (the Doubt) - accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress, and labor, dislikes laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous but loyal.

MAPLE TREE (Independence of Mind) - no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

OAK TREE (the Brave) - robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

OLIVE TREE (the Wisdom) - loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

PINE TREE (the Particular) - loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, everything disappointments until it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.

POPLAR TREE (the Uncertainty) - looks very decorative, not very self-confident, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

ROWAN TREE (the Sensitivity) - full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

WALNUT TREE (the Passion) - unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

WEEPING WILLOW (the Melancholy) - beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.

I'm from an APPLE TREE !   This is really cool and somehow an accurate with what describes me ! :)

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