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The Importance of Beauty and Dignity at Mass: Corpus Christi Sunday 2015

There is no other major world religion on the planet that finds its source and inspiration in a rite that enables its God to become united with His people under the species of bread and wine. Today, Catholicism celebrates the … Continue reading

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A Sunday Afternoon in Manila

There’s more to Manila than its monstrous malls and its faddish crazes. Although there is much to be desired from our heritage sites, they are still there – needing both badly needed maintenance and visitors. Several Sundays ago, my sister … Continue reading

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Viajes de Manila: Minore Basilica de San Sebastián, Quiapo, Manila

This long weekend, try visiting Quiapo, Manila and see for yourself Asia’s only all-steel, pre-fabricated church, the Basilica Minore de San Sebastián. The neo-gothic shrine to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is found in a swampy place formally known as … Continue reading

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A Gem in Manila: Santa Ana Church and its Camarín de la Virgen

In 1578, the Franciscan friars established the first mission church outside the protection of Intramuros. It was named Sta. Ana in an effort to place under the patronage of Mary’s mother a former Tagalog kingdom settled in that area near … Continue reading

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Sta. Clara and the Rainy Days of August

Yesterday was the feastday of Sta. Clara de Assisi, famed virgin and partner in mission of the Seraphic saint of Assisi, Francisco. My personal devotion to this saint has been long and memorable, her serving as one of my patronesses … Continue reading

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Manila’s Edge: Its Geography

“Manila has the bay of Naples, the river of Paris, the canals of Amsterdam. If these advantages are properly developed, Manila can equal the world’s greatest cities.” If one looks at a map of the Philippines, one notices that Manila … Continue reading

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UST: Pride of Sampaloc, Pride of the Filipino People

Last Saturday, right after my 8:00 AM – 12:00 noon Immersion recollection at the Ateneo, Kid, Paolo, Marie Laure, her friend Chloé, and I made our way to Sampaloc, Manila to visit the oldest Western-type university in the whole of … Continue reading

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