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A PUBLICATION OF THE HYEHWADONG FILIPINO CATHOLIC COMMUNITY IN SEOUL ARCHDIOCESE

Volume 16 Issue 02 FEBRUARY 2011

What’s Inside … Eucharistic Ministers Hold


A Disciple in Manila Arrives in SK · 3
Dreams and Ambitions Amidst the
Public Speaking Seminar
By: Sis. Melody Palana
Waves ········································ 3
Caring, Loving and Respectful ········ 4
HFCC Bowling Fellowship ············ 4
Kahalagahan ng Migrant’s Ministry..5
In Search Of/Job Openings ············ 5
Likhaan ······································ 6
Unconditional Love ······················ 7
El Shaddai Holds Recollection ········ 7
Choosing Life Rejecting RH Bill ····· 8
Puso sa Puso...Buwan ng Pagibig ···· 9
POEA Restores Validation of Exit
Clearance ···································10 The seminar participants with the speaker, Mr. Francisco Ilo.
History of Valentine’s Day ············11
Ulat Komunidad ·························12 The Eucharistic Lay Ministry held a Seminar El Shaddai Holds Retreat
Announcements ··························13 for Public Speaking last February 6, 2011 at the By: Sis Mel Palana
Frequently Called Numbers ··········14 3rd floor of the Filipino Catholic Center which The El Shaddai Prayer Partner in Seoul
Daily Mass Readings (ORDO) ·······14 started at 4:30 pm and ended at 6pm. South Korea held a Recollection last February 4,
2011 at the basement of the former Mission
Birthday Greetings ······················14 The guest speaker was Mr. Francisco Ilo, a
House Office in Bokwang Dong from 5:00 pm
Eucharistic Lay Minister in Hyehwadong Church
until 10:00 pm.
in South Korea and the husband of Mrs. Rosario
HFCC Reaches Out to Waegwan Ilo, the Philippine Embassy Welfare Officer. The The activity started with joyful songs led
Filipino Community (WFC) opening prayer was led by Bro. Jimmy Villaflor, by the gospel choir ministry. It was emceed by
Emely Dicolen- Abagat, Ph.D. HFCC (Hyehwadong Filipino Catholic Commu- Sis. Norma Liquido and Bro. Arnold Alo.
Bro. Tony Sacapanio, introduced the first
T he Waegwan Filipino Community nity) Vice-President. The said seminar was par-
(WFC) had a spiritual recollection on ticipated in by the members of the Misnitry and topic which is about Understanding Our Calling.
some HFCC volunteers. He emphasized that our call will naturally blos-
February 4, 2011, from 10:00 in the morning som in our heart. And in response to that, we
to 6:00 in the evening at the at the Waegwan A workshop was given first which served as an should prepare ourselves and fully entrust our
Benedictine Abbey. The recollection was unfreezer in preparation for a more comprehen- life to Him. He cited that as a volunteer worker,
facilitated by Fr. Arvin Mosqueda, MSP and sive discussion of the topic and to provide a one needs to be a Living Witness, an Ambassa-
Prof. Emely Dicolen-Abagat. About 20 dor of Goodness, a Light and Salt of the Earth, a
venue for interaction of the participants.
members of the WFC attended the recollec- Peacemaker and can be Appointed to go and
tion through the leadership of Mr. Luis Ma- Bear Much Fruit.
pay, the President of the Filipino Commu- (Continued on page 7)
(Continued on page 7)
nity. This was organized by Fr. Bartholo-
maeus Henneken, OSB, the priest in charge
of the Filipino community.
The whole day recollection focused on the
theme ―Our Hearts are Restless Until They
Find their Rest in You.‖ The first session on
―God‘s love‖ was discussed by Fr. Arvin,
MSP. In his talk, he emphasized the uncondi-
tional love of God, that even though we are
sinners He still loves us and accepts us un-
conditionally. The second session on ―Man‘s
Search for Life‘s Meaning‖ was elaborated
by Prof. Emely giving focus on man‘s varied
ways of searching for what gives meaning to
one‘s life. Fr. Arvin Mosqueda,MSP with the Waegwan Filipino Community (WFC)
(Continued on page 3)

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A Disciple from Manila Dreams and Ambitions Amidst the Waves
(Story of Christopher Corporal)
Arrives in South Korea
Sis. Mel Palana
F or the itinerant Filipino, there is probably
nothing more promising than working
abroad and the opportunity to earn dollars
our ship and the homesickness that dampened
our spirits. We also had to adjust to the nature
and the climate of the countries we visit in
overseas. I am no different. Like all others who transit, as well as to the individual peculiarities
wished for better lives, I convinced myself that of our coworkers. Sometimes there were also
working in faraway shores is my ticket for occasions that could not be avoided which led
change. I was once a simple blue collar worker to conflicts, even with fellow Filipinos. This
from Mindanao who ended up working for one may be natural given the differences in terms of
of the world‘s most prestigious maritime race, nationalities, religion and culture. There is
companies. I have been with the company for also denying about discrimination between and
just to years but I feel truly fortunate to have among colleagues – issues which could have
Bro. Antonio “Tony” Sacapanio, the new mis- been chosen for the position. It was stroke of been avoided by observing proper
sionary sent to South Korea by the El Shaddai luck really. The company where I used to work communication and mutual respect.
PPFI. happened to have a need for BS Hotel and
Restaurant Management graduates to be Filipinos are known for putting their families
assigned as chefs and cooks in their cargo first before anything else. We are also known
On January 20, 2011, one of the assistant ships. These are the part of ship‘s non-maritime for being passionate about matters that we
elder disciples of El Shaddai DWXI Prayer personnel who will work on board on an value most like family, traditions and keeping
Partner Fellowship International in Manila experimental basis. I did not even have to go our pride as people. We are also known for
arrived. Bro. Antonio Sacapanio, known as through the hassles of lining up at Luneta to being positive thinkers and for our resiliency in
Bro. Tony, was given an order to be a mis- wait in vain for job vacancies at shipping facing life‘s most difficult challenges. This
sionary to Seoul South Korea Chapter. does not mean, however, that self-control,
companies.
perseverance, and self-awareness will not
Bro. Tony is happily married to Mrs. Admittedly though, it had been my childhood change a person‘s perspective. Participating in
Josefina Sacapanio and blessed with only dream to work overseas and earn lots of money recreational activities on board, watching
one daughter. He is the second of six sib- to ease me and my family out of poverty. The movies with coworkers, listening to music and
lings, born in Paranaque City but lived in youngest child in the family, I grew up under playing sports also help in driving away
Makati City. He took up Electrical Technol- the care of my paternal aunt after my mother boredom and homesickness. Familiarity also
ogy at the Technological University of the died 25 years ago. Currently, I am the only one leads to social gratification and a safer working
Philippines in Manila. working overseas; my sister and two brothers environment. But making regular overseas calls
He worked in Saudi Arabia for 7 years. are all married and have families of their own. I to friends and families remain to be the most
While he was there, he got confused of his have always considered this job as a dream powerful cure for loneliness. For someone who
religious belief. He didn‘t know that it was come true. I always regarded it as the start of a has gone away from home long enough,
God‘s manifestation of calling him as one of purposeful and exciting life. That was until I nothing is sweeter than hearing the voices of
his disciples. He attended several Christian heard the sad news that my father has passed those he loves. Shore leaves when the ship
Renewal Seminars but what made him an- away and I was not there on his final moments. docks at port for a short period also provides an
swer his calling was a prayer meeting he Even now I still ask myself if I really made the opportunity to exchange news with fellow
attended in Prayer Partner. From then on, choice to be here instead of being home to be at Filipinos.
that changed his life forever. my father‘s side when he needed me most. All I
could do was to remain strong, consoling It is said that a dream remains to be a dream
For 51 years of existence, with a joyful myself while I stared at the vastness of the without the desire to really become successful.
and contented heart, he served the ministry ocean. I had wanted to go home but my family Like many, I too was once anxious to follow
for about 20 years. His first deployment as a objected. They said it would not be practical. my dreams, convinced that no significant
missionary was in Taiwan from year 2000 to They told me it was best to just accept the factchange in my life will ever take place. I came
2002. Followed by Hongkong in the year and finish my contract. They said that the from a low middle class family and was only
2005 where he stayed for only 4 months. money I sent and the phone calls I made were able to finish college by working part time for
Next was in South Korea in 2009 for only 2 enough to ease the sorrow. And it was not long my tuition. I dreamt as fervently as I prayed. I
months. He came back again this year with admit almost giving up on this futile dreaming
that I realized there was no better choice but to
the mission order given through Bro. face life‘s new challenges, leave the past but not once did I ever lose faith in God. I may
Mariano ―Mike‖ Z. Velarde, servant leader not be as zealous or passionate about my beliefs
behind, and work hard to achieve my dreams.
of El Shaddai PPFI, with the help of Fr. but one thing is certain – there is God who
Alvin Parantar, MSP, HFCC Chaplain. He is As a seafarer, I had been to many places and listens to our prayers, a God who gives the
now one of the assistant elder disciples and met a lot of new faces in the course of my blessings we truly deserve.
head of PFCC (Provincial Formation Coor- travels. Indeed, it was both fascinating and
dinating Center) in the Diocese of Manila. exciting. But it was not easy either. Everyday Taken from the book of Philippine Migrants
we had to contend with the big waves that rock Rights Watch (PMRW)
He also previously served the Diocese of
Imus and San Fernando Pampanga. He is
(Continued from page 11 - History of ...) (Continued from page 1 - HFCC Reaches Out ...)
sometimes a broadcaster in some of the
radio programs of DWXI Delta Broadcast-
ing such as Daily Bread, PFCC Hour, Coun- world. One of the earliest valentines was sent inIn the afternoon session, Prof. Emely started
1415 AD by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his on exploring different ways of responding to
seling and Prayer Over. He is also part of
wife during his imprisonment in the Tower of God‘s call giving each participant a chance to
the Education, Training and Deployment.
London. The card is now preserved in the have some quiet moments for reflection as a
He is also one of the Board Members of El
Shaddai Brother‘s Keeper Multipurpose British Museum. preparation for the next session on
Cooperative for 2 terms in 4 years. There may be doubts regarding the actual ―Reconciliation‖ by Fr. Arvin. They were in-
identity of Valentine, but we know that he vited to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
His mission is to unite all that was lost
really existed because archaeologists have and celebrated the Eucharist as a community.
with God‘s providence for the glory of God.
recently unearthed a Roman catacomb and an The whole day reflection ended with an
He believes the verse from the Bible
ancient church dedicated to a Saint Valentine. agape with the members of the community.
(Romans 8:28) that says, ―God is in control
of everything and He works for the good.‖ Source: http://www.theholidayspot.com/
valentine/history_of_valentine.htm

Volume 16 Issue 02 One community living up the Gospel through the service of the Lord and our fellow men Page 3
CARING, LOVING, and RESPECTFUL
Sharon Yasis-Kim All blog entries are written in Korean to en- ful. My husband is the most respectful and
hance my skills in writing using Korean lan- caring person I have ever seen in my life.
I met my husband in a big event in the Philip-
pines, January 2007. But we started going
out February of the same year. I was 26 then
guage. I am also attending a Korean class for
multicultural families to be connected to other
Friends told us that we are like a newlywed
couple because we are always excited to see
foreign housewives. I think meeting other for- each other and exchange sweet phone talks and
and my husband was 35. We became friends eign housewives is one of the best ways to messages. They are always asking about our
since I also work in that event. Anyway, to adopt and adjust as a Korean spouse. Because secret. And I always tell them that it is nothing
make the long story short, one day, he told me, of these activities, I discovered that South Ko- than pure true love with an extreme amount of
―I like you a lot", in Korean. Communication rea is a wonderful country with lovely people, respect. The first thing he taught me when I
was not that easy since I can speak only basic rich culture and healthy food. I even voiced out arrived here in Korea is to always display re-
Korean and his English is not enough to ex- in a Korean newspaper (Korean Herald, Eng- spectful gestures and use polite Korean expres-
press deeper vocabulary. But I felt that
sions.
we were in love. He asked me to marry
him and move to Korea. I said yes to With this kind of man, what else can I
both. I didn‘t feel any hesitation about ask for? Married life with him is amaz-
living with him in another country. I ing. I am very grateful that God gave
consider myself mature enough to live this kind of man to me. Even though
the married life. So, as a result, I moved there is no such thing as perfect, to me
and arrived in Korea in the same year he is truly a perfect husband and soul
that I met him. mate. Perhaps, he is not very smart and
romantic but he has three adorable
I am aware of the adjustments that I qualities – CARING, LOVING, and
have to do as soon as arrived in Korea. I
RESPECTFUL.
learned from the Daughters of Saint
Paul (a Catholic congregation in the As for the tips to other foreign house-
Philippines) that in order to learn, one wives, I think one of the best ways to a
should unlearn first. I kept this principle successful marriage is to spend time
in mind to help me in my adjustment to together to know each other‘s character.
a new country and a new phase in life. No one can tell you how to keep the
The biggest challenge for me as a marriage stronger because each person
spouse of a Korean is to know South is different regardless of race.
Korean culture. Some of the arguments
during my first year of stay in Korea As for me, I have concrete ways to
were caused by the difference in culture please my husband: (1) I always say ―I
The author, Sharon Yasis-Kim and her hubby Hee Chan Kim. love You‖ before sleeping; (2) I always
specifically the language. So, I really
gave my best effort to know this coun- give him a kiss and a hug before he
lish, and they published it in 2008) about how I goes to work; (3) I always greet him with sweet
try.
love South Korean food as well as my willing- smile when he comes back home; (4) I always
Now, I am completely into Korean culture ness to love this country for the sake of my use the polite Korean expressions to him even
and language. I am maintaining a website husband. in the house (he told me to do so and he is also
c a l l ed Ko r e anFo od101 . com ( h t tp :/ / using polite expressions to me; (5) I do not go
Now, my husband and I have been together
www.koreanfood101.com) to educate and moti- out with friends if my husband is at home.
for over 3 years. We are still in love with each
vate myself about Korean food and its culture.
other. It‘s not that we do not fight. Sure we Lastly, the best way to be successful in eve-
It is more exciting than I expected. I am also
have little arguments, and even big ones, but rything is to give your 100% and that is what I
maintaining a blog called ―Living in Ko-
the way to handle problems should be respect- am giving to my husband now.
rea‖ (http://blog.daum.net/ksharon) at Daum.

HF CC Bow ling Fel l ow ship Ga me 2 011


By: Ma. Teresa Solis

S ince there was a big holiday in Korea be-


cause of Seollal or Chinese New Year,
volunteers of the church had a time off. Aside
from the usual prayer activity, we also had the
chance to enjoy other activities. There was a
bowling fellowship game held last February 3,
2011 at Seoul Bowling Center in Dolgoji Sta-
tion. The activity started at 1pm until 4 pm.
HFCC, PPFI, Daerim community and some
guests participated in the said activity.
There were two teams who competed in
Women"s Division: HFCC versus Taerim Com-
munity, the latter team won the game. In Men's
Division, four teams competed and HFCC team
won the first prize. Each team received trophy,
gift set, rice and noodles.
Everyone enjoyed the activity especially the
first timers. Ms. Rose Ilo, Welfare Officer of
Philippine Embassy in Seoul also joined the
fun.

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Ang Kahalagahan ng isang Migrants’ Ministry
Bro. Allan Rodriguez pagkawasak ng pamilyang OFW o ang maging sosyal, pangpamilya, pangpulitika, at kung ano
biktima ng illegal recruitment o human pa mang puwedeng ikakabuti at ikakaunlad ng
A ng usapin ng pag -aabroad o trafficking bilang bahagi ng mas kilala sa tawag
pangdarayuhan ay isa sa mga
napapanahong isyu ng ating bansa sa ngayon.
na social costs of migration.
buhay ng bawat migrante sampu ng kanyang
pamilya na naiwan sa Parokyang kanyang
kinabibilangan.
Ang tinatawag na Overseas Filipino Workers o Ano naman ang tugon ng ating simbahan?
OFW na dulot ng pangingibang bansa ay isa sa Sa Migrants’ Ministry, maraming
mga lumalaking sector o grupo ng mamamayan Dahil sa mga epekto ng pag-aabroad ng
magagawa.
sa Pilipinas. Sa kasalukuyan, ang mga Pilipino pamilyang OFW at iba pang mga pang-aabuso
sa ibang bansa ay umabot na sa 8.09 milyon at sa karapatan at dignidad nila bilang tao, Maraming magagawa ang sinumang lumahok
naka-deploy sa 197 bansa sa mundo. Halos minarapat ng Simbahan na bigyang pansin ang sa Migrants‘ Ministry. May mga iba‘t ibang
10% ng populasyon ng Pilipinas ay nasa hanay mga ito. Ang kautusan sa pagsasagawa ng mga programa ang simbahan na puwedeng
ng OFWs. Ang mga Pilipino sa ibang bansa ay programa para sa migrante ay binigyang diin ng susubaybayan o paglilingkuran ayon sa
nahahati sa tatlo. Una, ang grupo ng contract Vatican sa pamamagitan ng Pontifical Council kakayahan ng nais sumali. Maaaring
workers o OFWs – 3.60 milyon, pangalawa, for the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant maglingkod o mag-volunteer sa Information
ang permanent residents – 3.19 milyon at People. Sa isa sa mga pahayag nga ni Pope Dissemination Program (IDP). Maaari ding
pangatlo ay ang undocumented – 1.3 milyon. John Paul II, sinabi niya, ―Ang nandarayuhan sumali sa pag-oorganisa ng mga pamilyang
Tumataas taun-taon ang nagnanais at gustong (migrants) ay hindi dapat ituring na isang migrante at pagbuo ng isang kooperatiba na
pumunta sa ibang bansa. Sa statistics, umaabot instrumento lamang ng produksiyon, bagkus kung saan ang mga kasapi ng pamilyang
isang nilalalang na dapat mapagkalooban ng migrante ay maaaring mag-aral ng
sa 3000 katao ang umaalis bawat araw.
may kabuuang dignidad bilang tao.‖ Ang pagnenegosyo upang lalong mapaunlad ang
Ano ang dulot na epekto ng pag-aabroad? kautusan mula sa Vatican ay ibinaba sa iba‘t kanilang kabuhayan. May mga regular na mga
ibang Episcopal Conferences at sa Pilipinas ay pagpupulong na puwedeng salihan ang bawat
Masasabing may dalawang mukha ang sa Catholic Bishops Conference of the kasapi kagaya ng capacity building program at
pangingibang bayan: isang maganda at isang Philippines (CBCP) at Episcopal Commission iba pang mga programa para sa ikabubuti at
pangit. Nakikita ang kagandahang dulot ng for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant
ikakaunlad ng bawat miyembro.
pangingibang bansa sa pag-asenso ng People (ECMI). Mula sa CBCP-ECMI ito ay
pamumuhay. Katunayan nga, malaki ang ibinababa sa mga Diyosesis hanggang Para sa karadagang kaalaman, makipag-
naitutulong nito sa paglago ng ekonomiya ng ugnayan lamang sa mga sumusunod:
makarating sa bawat parokya.
Pilipinas buhat sa mga bilyong dolyar na
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may pangit na dulot din ang pag-aabroad. Ang Ministry? Desk International Coordinator, Seoul, Korea
mga ito ay hindi masyadong nakikita dahil sa 2. Allan Rodriguez – MSP Migrants‘ Desk,
sinasabing ayaw ipakita o ipaalam ng mga Bukas ang ating Simbahan sa sinumang Philippines
naapektuhan ang mga pangit na karanasan nila. interesadong tumulong sa pagtataguyod ng mga Tel. No. 63 2 532-7756
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Volume 16 Issue 02 One community living up the Gospel through the service of the Lord and our fellow men Page 5
IKAW ANG AKING PUSO BALIW NA PAG-IBIG
Bro. Joel Tavarro
Sis. Ervie Glory
Batid namang puso ko‘y sa‘yo nakahabilin, nakasanla
Sa puso mo ba ay may umusbong na pag-ibig?
Paka-ingatan mo sana at huwag hayaang mawala
Pag-ibig na mahirap malimutan at di malirip
Sapagkat siya lang ang tanging buhay, lakas at pag-asa
Puso‘y sumisigaw, umiiyak, dibdib ay nagsisikip
Kung sa kamay ay makaaalpas, paano na ang tadhana.
Ibig mong makalaya, takasan, pag-ibig na malupit.
Ikaw lamang giliw, ang babaeng diwata sa paningin
Sadyang ganito ba ang baliw na pag-ibig?
Hindi magagawang lumingon, mata‘y di ibaling ang tingin
Bawal at kasalanan, bakit puso‘y di mapigil
Baka masilaw sa kaakit-akit na ganda at ako‘y hampasin
Sa araw at gabi, laman siya ng panaginip
Lambing na handa kong tanggapin, kahit na kurut-kurotin.
Minamasdan ang larawan, ngalan ay sinasambit.
Puso kong mapagmahal, kailangan pa bang subukan?
Ah kabayan! baliw na pag-ibig walang patutunguhan
Sa pag-ibig na nakalulunod, ikaw ay nag-aalinlangan?
Pamilya ay nalilimutan sa iyong kabaliwan
Nag-aalala‘t nag-iingat, bawat sandali, handa kang ipaglaban
Buksan ang puso mo, damdamin at kaisipan
Pag-ibig kong nag uumapaw hindi pa ba sapat na katibayan.
Landas na tinatahak, magdudulot ng kabiguan.
Di lingid sa‘yo na malaki ang pagkatakot sa mga kababaihan
Ngayon ay araw ng mga puso, puso‘y linisin
Sapagkat minsan ng iniwan, puso ko‘y palaging sinasaktan
Lumapit sa Panginoon at paka-lilimiin
Damdaming nagdurugo, mahabang panahon ding luhaan
Kabiyak ng puso ay huwag balewalain
Kaya naman ngayo‘y hiling na h‘wag naman sanang sugatan.
Mga supling, silbing kuwintas ng kayo‘y pag-isahin.
Humilom na ang sakit na sinapit sa mahapding nakaraan
Happy Valentine sa dalaga‘t binata na magkasintahan
Binibining kay ganda, puso ko‘y kanyang nilapastangan
Gayun din sa mag-asawa tunay na nagmamahalan
Ngayon, ikaw ang aking puso at sa langit ay tila dinuduyan
Sa mga kaibigan at mga kapatid sa sambayanan
Wala nang mahihiling pa sa tinatamasang kaligayahan.
Mga anak na nagmamahal sa kanilang magulang.

NGAYONG NANDITO KA
Ni: Michael B. Balba

Sa dinami-rami ng aking minahal,


Maraming beses na akong nasugatan,
Araw ni Kupido Ang abang puso ko palaging luhaan,
Amie Sison-Genova Pagkat ang kaniig itong kabiguan.
Ang pag-ibig na kay sarap pagkwentuhan Kahit na nga ako tapat kung umibig,
Dahil sa nakakakilig na mga karanasan Hindi maiwasan ang dusa't pasakit,
Kahit sino man ay tiyak masisiyahan Itong kapalaran minsan ay kaylupit,
Kung ang relasyon tunay na nagmamahalan. Sapagkat ang dulot ay kaba sa dibdib.
Kahit saan man marating ang bawat tao Sa sakit at dusa na aking natamo,
Ipinagdiriwang ang espesyal na araw ni Kupido Tuluyang namanhid itong aking puso,
Tila namumula ang bawat sulok ng mundo Sa aking sarili ang naging pangako,
Nagaapoy na pagmamahal at saya nagmumula dito. Hindi na iibig ng hindi mabigo.
Napaka swerte ko na kung aking iisipin Nang makilala ka ako'y naguluhan,
Ang makasama ang taong nagmamahal sa akin Tibok ng puso ko hindi napigilan
Simpleng saya ang pinagsasaluhan namin Kahit na ang takot ay nararamdaman,
Sa hirap at ginhawa may ngiti sa labi namin. Ang ika'y ibigin hindi naiwasan.
Hindi dahil Valentine‘s Day ay dapat magmahalan Ngayong nandito ka muling lumigaya,
Sa bawat relasyon na may tungkuling namamagitan Mundo'y nagkakulay at puso'y sumigla,
May alitan man, dapat magka ayos at mapag usapan Ngayong nandito ka tanging nadarama,
Laging iisipin ang pangakong binitiwan. Ang kaligayahan sa tuwi-tuwina.

Ngayong nandito ka parang nasa langit,


Sa bawat sandali puso'y umaawit,
Ngayong nandito muling nanumbalik,
Ang ganda at kulay ng buong paligid.

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U n c o n d i t i o n a l L o v e
By Sis. Mel was terribly hurt by her past. She had the pain a once loved. They were in a Prayer Meeting-
long time ago, she went far and thought that she when a preacher asked them to embrace those
T o err is human, to forgive is divine. In- had forgiven that someone. Only to find out
deed! that she did the same pattern of mistake for the
people who cause them so much pain. God
knows she had forgiven him but she‘s just hesi-
She‘s a sweet young lady who fell deeply in second time. tant to show, and so that person was the one
love with a guy who promised her the world, who approached her and ask for reconciliation.
With divine intervention by God, she was led They embraced with overjoyed of forgiveness.
but ended up only hurting her. Lost and all to real forgiveness. And it is to forgive herself
alone, couldn‘t find her way back home. And first and the rest will follow. Renouncing our They settled to be remained friends...until now.
only to patch up the ache immediately, she‘ll pain is filling us as His empty vessel ready to All are not exempted of pain. And the real
use a temporary aid. I bet you heard this same be filled with God‘s grace of mercy and love.cause is our own wrong decision. Therefore,
story before. Oftentimes, we fail to resolve the Sometimes, pains and heartaches are the roads
love is not a feeling but it‘s a decision. Always
real pain because we weren‘t able to recognize for success. It depends of how we look at it. It
be reminded that God took our pains first and
the real cause. might mold us if we see it positively. foremost so we can overcome the hurts of this
I had a good friend who licensed me to talk world. Let‘s decide to bring and show divine
By the way, she told me her extraordinary
about her love story but she preferred to be experienced about her encounter with a guy she love to everyone.
made unknown. She‘s a very simple lass who

(Continued from page 1 - El Shaddai DWXI … ) (Continued from page 1 - Eucharistic Ministers … )
The activity started with joyful songs led by
the gospel choir ministry. It was emceed by Sis.
Fr. Alvin Parantar, MSP delivered the The speaker identified three parts of an Effec-
Norma Liquido and Bro. Arnold Alo.
second topic. He imparted a verse from Mat- tive Public Speaking. First part entails the
thew (5:18-22) that our primary calling is to Bro. Tony Sacapanio, introduced the first QUALITIES OF AN EFFECTIVE SPEAKER
become fishers of men. Renewed life must topic which is about Understanding Our Calling. which are as follows: First, is having SELF
possess the following characteristics: love, joy, He emphasized that our call will naturally blos- CONFIDENCE or having adequate trust in
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gen- som in our heart. And in response to that, we oneself. Secondly, is the MASTERY OF THE
tleness and self control (Gal. 5:22-23). should prepare ourselves and fully entrust our
TOPIC, meaning a speaker must have a sub-
life to Him. He cited that as a volunteer worker,
Workshop followed with the aim of dis- one needs to be a Living Witness, an Ambassa- stantial knowledge of the topic he is going to
covering the character unknown to us but are dor of Goodness, a Light and Salt of the Earth, discuss. Followed by PHYSICAL APPEAR-
known and seen by others. a Peacemaker and can be Appointed to go and ANCE, which should be observed and it is
imperative that a speaker should be in appropri-
Bro. Tony presented the last talk. He Bear Much Fruit.
ate attire. Fourth, is POSTURE OF STATURE
emphasized that ―Only sons can truly serve‖. Fr. Alvin Parantar, MSP delivered the sec- or STAGE PRESENCE, in which the speaker
He cited a verse from the Bible (Phil 2:5-8). It‘s ond topic. He imparted a verse from Matthew
all about imitating Christ‘s humility. That being (5:18-22) that our primary calling is to be- must be able to present himself to the audience
humble is learning how to die for ourselves. as a person with authority or competence. The
come fishers of men. Renewed life must pos-
last but not the least is having an AUDIENCE
Bro. Tony led the prayer intercession, as sess the following characteristics: love, joy, CONTACT wherein the speaker must be able
the final part of the activity. All participants patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gen- to connect or make his audience feel that he is
were drenched with the gifts and fruits of the tleness and self control (Gal. 5:22-23). really talking to them.
Holy Spirit at the end of the activity. Workshop followed with the aim of discov-
ering the character unknown to us but are The second part was learning the ESSEN-
known and seen by others. TAIL INGREDIENT OF PUBLIC SPEAK-
El Shaddai Holds Bro. Tony presented the last talk. He em-
ING. Under this topic are the following: GES-
Recollection phasized that ―Only sons can truly serve‖. He TURE or the body language. CHOICE OF
By: Sis Mel Palana cited a verse from the Bible (Phil 2:5-8). It‘s all WORDS or the words that are common but
about imitating Christ‘s humility. That being properly used in the context of the topic. ADE-
humble is learning how to die for ourselves. QUATE PREPARATION should also be ad-
The El Shaddai Prayer Partner in Seoul
South Korea held a Recollection last February 4, hered. And the last one is VOCAL QUALITY
Bro. Tony led the prayer intercession, as the or talking in a modulated voice.
2011 at the basement of the former Mission final part of the activity. All participants were
House Office in Bokwang Dong from 5:00 pm drenched with the gifts and fruits of the Holy The last part he imparted was the EFFEC-
until 10:00 pm. Spirit at the end of the activity. TIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING AS A
PREACHER. He differentiated preacher from
any other speaker who is speaking in public.
Although the earlier discussion can be very
helpful, there are some essential elements to
make it more highly effective. The speaker
must have strong FAITH in God. SINCERE,
HUMBLE and mostly be PRAYERFUL and
always asks guidance from God.
A workshop was held after the discussion to
give the participants a chance to speak in pub-
lic.
Fr. Alvin Parantar, MSP made the Closing
Remarks by thanking the guest speaker Mr.
Francisco Ilo and everyone who attended the
seminar. He also led the closing prayer.
The speakers and participants of the El Shaddai Recollection held on February 4, 2011.

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Choosing Life, Rejecting the RH Bill
(http://www.cbcpnews.com/?q=node/14472 — A Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines)
Our Filipino Brothers and Sisters: can choose, according to the spirit of the age. religion. How misguided this so-called ―new
Some it accepts, others it does not accept. Un- truth‖ is! For, indeed, as created by God our
T he State values the dignity of every human fortunately, we see the subtle spread of this post
person and guarantees full respect for hu-
man rights (Art. II, Section 11). The State rec-
-modern spirit in our own Filipino society.
bodies are given to us to keep and nourish. We
are stewards of our own bodies and we must
follow God‘s will on this matter according to
ognizes the sanctity of family life and shall Our position stands firmly on two of the core an informed and right conscience. Such a con-
protect and strengthen the family as a basic principles commonly shared by all who be- science must certainly be enlightened and
autonomous social institution. It shall equally lieve in God: guided by religious and moral teachings pro-
protect the life of the mother and the life of the vided by various religious and cultural tradi-
(1) Human life is the most sacred physical gift
unborn from conception (Art. II, Section 12). tions regarding the fundamental dignity and
with which God, the author of life, endows a
Background human being. Placing artificial obstacles to worth of human life.
prevent human life from being formed and Advocates also say that the RH bill is neces-
We begin by citing the Philippine Constitu- being born most certainly contradicts this fun-
tion. We do so because we intend to write you damental truth of human life. In the light of the sary to stop overpopulation and to escape from
on the basis of the fundamental ideals and aspi- widespread influence of the post-modern spirit poverty. Our own government statistical office
rations of the Filipino people and not on the in our world, we consider this position as noth- has concluded that there is no overpopulation in
basis of specifically Catholic religious teach- ing less than prophetic. As religious leaders we the Philippines but only the over-concentration
ings. of population in a number of urban centers.
must proclaim this truth fearlessly in season Despite other findings to the contrary, we must
We are at a crossroads as a nation. Before us and out of season. also consider the findings of a significant group
are several versions of a proposed bill, the Re- (2) It is parents, cooperating with God, who of renowned economic scholars, including eco-
productive Health bill or sanitized as a Respon- bring children into the world. It is also they nomic Nobel laureates, who have found no
sible Parenthood bill. This proposed bill in all who have the primary inalienable right and direct correlation between population and pov-
its versions calls us to make a moral choice: to responsibility to nurture them, care for them, erty. In fact, many Filipino scholars have con-
choose life or to choose death. and educate them that they might grow as ma- cluded that population is not the cause of our
At the outset we thank the government for ture persons according to the will of the Crea- poverty. The causes of our poverty are: flawed
affording us an opportunity to express our tor. philosophies of development, misguided eco-
views in friendly dialogue. Sadly our dialogue nomic policies, greed, corruption, social inequi-
What We Specifically Object to in the RH ties, lack of access to education, poor economic
has simply revealed how far apart our respec-
Bill and social services, poor infrastructures, etc.
tive positions are. Therefore, instead of build-
ing false hopes, we wish at the present time to Advocates contend that the RH bill promotes World organizations estimate that in our coun-
draw up clearly what we object to and what we reproductive health. The RH Bill certainly does try more than P400 billion pesos are lost yearly
stand for. not. It does not protect the health of the sacred to corruption. The conclusion is unavoidable:
human life that is being formed or born. The for our country to escape from poverty, we
Moral Choices at the Crossroads -- at EDSA very name ―contraceptive‖ already reveals the have to address the real causes of poverty and
I and Now anti-life nature of the means that the RH bill not population.
Twenty five years ago in 1986 we Catholic promotes. These artificial means are fatal to In the light of the above, we express our clear
Bishops made a prophetic moral judgment on human life, either preventing it from fruition or objections:
political leadership. With this prophetic decla- actually destroying it. Moreover, scientists have
ration we believe that we somehow signifi- known for a long time that contraceptives may 1. We object to the non-consideration of moral
cantly helped open the door for EDSA I and a cause cancer. Contraceptives are hazardous to a principles, the bedrock of law, in legislative
window of political integrity. woman‘s health. discussions of bills that are intended for the
good of individuals and for the common good.
Today we come to a new national crossroads Advocates also say that the RH bill will re-
and we now have to make a similar moral duce abortion rates. But many scientific ana- 2. We are against the anti-life, anti-natal and
choice. Our President rallied the country with lysts themselves wonder why prevalent contra- contraceptive mentality that is reflected in me-
the election cry, ―Kung walang corrupt walang ceptive use sometimes raises the abortion rate. dia and in some proposed legislative bills.
mahirap.‖ As religious leaders we believe that In truth, contraceptives provide a false sense of 3. We object strongly to efforts at railroading
there is a greater form of corruption, namely, security that takes away the inhibition to sexual
the passage of the RH bill.
moral corruption which is really the root of all activity. Scientists have noted numerous cases
corruption. On the present issue, it would be of contraceptive failure. Abortion is resorted to, 4. We denounce the over-all trajectory of the
morally corrupt to disregard the moral implica- an act that all religious traditions would judge RH bill towards population control.
tions of the RH bill. as sinful. ―Safe sex‖ to diminish abortion rate is
5. We denounce the use of public funds for
false propaganda.
This is our unanimous collective moral judg- contraceptives and sterilization.
ment: We strongly reject the RH bill. Advocates moreover say that the RH bill will
prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. This goes 6. We condemn compulsory sex education that
Commonly Shared Human and Cultural against the grain of many available scientific would effectively let parents abdicate their
Values – Two Fundamental Principles data. In some countries where condom use is primary role of educating their own children,
prevalent, HIV/ AIDS continues to spread. especially in an area of life – sexuality – which
Far from being simply a Catholic issue, the is a sacred gift of God.
RH bill is a major attack on authentic human Condoms provide a false security that strongly
values and on Filipino cultural values regarding entices individuals towards increased sexual What We Stand For
human life that all of us have cherished since activity, increasing likewise the incidence of
HIV/AIDS. ―Safe sex‖ to prevent HIV /AIDS is On this matter of proposed RH bills, these
time immemorial. are our firm convictions:
false propaganda.
Simply stated the RH Bill does not respect
moral sense that is central to Filipino cultures. Advocates also assert that the RH Bill em- 1. We are deeply concerned about the plight of
It is the product of the spirit of this world, a powers women with ownership of their own the many poor, especially of suffering women,
secularist, materialistic spirit that considers bodies. This is in line with the post-modern who are struggling for a better life and who
morality as a set of teachings from which one spirit declaring that women have power over (Continued on page 10)
their own bodies without the dictation of any

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P U S O S A P U S O … B U WA N N G PA G - I B I G
Bro. Joel Tavarro
“Kung ako man ay may kakayahang maghayag ng salita ng Diyos at umunawa sa lahat ng hiwaga, kung mayroon man ako ng lahat ng kaalaman at ng malaking
pananampalataya anupa’t napalilipat ko ang mga bundok, ngunit wala naman akong pag-ibig, wala akong kabuluhan.” ( Corinto 13:2 )

K apag usaping pag-ibig tiyak ang


karamihan ay interesado. Sino nga ba ang
hindi? Sapagkat isa itong usaping ikaw mismo
naipupudar tayo. Subalit kung minsan marami
ang nagiging kapalit, nawawalan tayo ng
pakialam sa ating paligid. May kasabihan nga
sabihin ng ―skopos‖ ay pagtuunan ng malaking
atensiyon! Suriin, pagnilayan at magpokus ka
sa kanilang damdamin, hindi sa pangyayari.
ang makapagsasabi na ikaw ay kinikilig at na ―Aanhin mo pa ang damo kung patay na ang Ang bawat isa sa atin ay may taglay ng
nakararanas na tila nasa alapaap ang kabayo‖ simple lamang subalit may kaugnayan diperensiya sa katawan o katauhan. Subalit
pakiramdam. Ang pag-ibig ay isang tila din sa pag-ibig. Sa valentines lang ba nakatuon kapag nagmamahal ka hindi mo nakikita ang
enerhiyang napakahirap pigilan na kahit nasa ang panahong ito? Hindi…! sa buong buwan at kapansanan ng iyong kapwa. Ano ang saysay o
malayo o nasa kabilang bahagi ng pader na bawat pagkakataon para sa mga umiibig! Ito halaga ng lahat ng bagay kung wala naman
makapal ang minamahal ay nadarama mo pa rin lamang ang panahon o araw ng mga puso, tayong panahon sa pag-ibig? Huwag mong
ang pag-ibig para sa kanya. Isang puwersa na Malayang makapagpahayag ang iyong puso na sayangin ang panahon na maipadama ang iyong
tunay napakalakas ang epekto sa atin upang pagmamahal baka sa bandang huli ay mapag
maging masaya o malungkot sa buhay. May isip-isip na mahal mo pala siya o sila kapag
mga estilo ang mga matatanda noon kapag huli na. Ngayon na ang tamang panahon
sila ay nanunuyo sa isang dalaga, anila: ― upang maipabatid sa mga mahal at makipag
Handa kong pitasin ang mga bituin. Pigilan -ayos sa kanila. Ngayon na! ―Walang taong
ang pagpatak ng ulan at ang karagatan ay nakakita sa Diyos kailanman, ngunit kung
patutuyuin upang malakaran‖ nakalulunod na tayo‘y nag-iibigan, nasa atin siya at nagiging
wika na kapag nasasabihan ang mga babae ganap sa atin ang kanyang pag-ibig.‖ (1 Juan
ay tila kinikiliti ang puso kahit nababatid 4:12)
nilang isa lamang pambobola madaling
naantig at sila ay tuwang-tuwa. Ang puso mo Tayong mga nangingibang bayan ay
naibibi ga y n ga na tin ang mga
ba ay marunong din magmahal?
pangangailangan sa ating mga pamilya
Sa isang relasyon, ang pagmamahal ay subalit hindi natin natutugunan ang
hindi nasusukat sa tagal ng samahan, kundi sa pagmamahal na kailangan talaga nila. Sa
dami ng problemang nalalampasan; hindi sa Simbahan o fellowship na pinagkakatipunan
pagpapabaya, kundi sa malawak na pang- o kinabibilangan dito ay ibinibigay ng Diyos
unawa; hindi sa pagpaparaya, kundi sa alam ang pag-ibig na kailangan natin upang punan
mong pakikipaglaban sa alam mong tama. ang pagmamahal na may pagdamay. Sa
Maraming pag-ibig na mas pinipili ang mas bulwagang pinagkakatipunan tayo ay
nakaaangat sa buhay sapagkat umaasa silang hinuhubog, pinagkakasundo at pinagkakaisa.
makatutulong na maiaangat sila sa kahirapan. Ang pinakamahalagang bagay sa buhay natin
Kung pagninilayan, ito‘y hindi tama. ay matutong magmahal o umibig hindi
Binigyan tayo ng puso upang tumibok ng lamang sa ating sarili. Bakit pinagsasama
malaya, may isip na magdedesisyon kung tayo sa isang bulwagan sa kabila ng mayroon
sino ang pipiliin, subalit ikinukulong natin tayong kaibahan sa isa‘t isa? Ang pagbibigay
ito sa maling pamamaraan. Sa bandang huli ng panahon at oras ay kailangan sa
tayo din ang nagsasakripisyo sa dulot nito. nagmamahalan. Kapag hinahanap mo ang
Talaga bang marunong kang magmahal? mga taong nakapaligid sayo dahil sa
nakasanayan ng makita ibig sabihin mahal
Buwan na naman ng mga puso… usaping mo siya dahil kay Kristo. Ang pag-ibig sa
kaysarap pakinggan at pinoproblema natin kung nais niyang iparating. Sa magsing-irog lamang
ba? Hindi…! kahit sa mga nakaalitan o Diyos ay maihahalintulad sa saranggola na
ano ang ating ibibigay sa ating mga minamahal isang manipis na pisi lamang ang nag-uugnay
na asawa o kasintahan. Pinapahalagahan din nakatampuhan ito ang akmang pagkakataon
upang pag-usapan ng puso sa puso na may sa atin. Maibabaling kung saan man naisin.
natin ito sapagkat naging kaugalian na. Maaaring pababain o pataasin depende sa kung
Nagkakaroon ng kabuluhan ang ating buhay. mahinahong pagpapalitan ng saloobin upang
ano ang maibigan. Hawak ng Panginoon ang
Kung walang pag-ibig marahil siguro puro na maisaayos ang anumang naging problema.
pisi at sa kanya lahat nakasalalay. Mahigpit ang
lang kaguluhan. ―Ipamigay ko man ang lahat Binanggit ni apostol San Pablo sa banal aklat pagkakahawak ng Diyos dito at kapag nasa
kong ari-arian, at ialay ko man ang aking na: ―Ipagmalasakit ninyo ang kapakanan ng iba, kanya ka magtiwalang nakatitiyak na nasa
katawan upang sunugin, kung wala man akong hindi lamang ang inyong sarili.‖ (Filipos 2:4) mabuti kang kamay. Kapag lumagwa ito ibig
pag-ibig, walang kabutihang maidudulot ito sa Sa Ingles, ―Look out for one another‘s interests, sabihin ikaw ang bumitaw sa kanyang dalisay
akin!‖. (Corinto 13:3) not just your own.‖ Sa wikang Griego, ang na pag-ibig at hindi Siya! Sa panahong ito
Ibinigay sa atin ang lahat ng bagay dito sa salitang ginamit para sa ―look out for‖ ay binati mo rin ba si Kristo ng ganito: ―Lord
lupa. Ang mga ari-arian ay bunga na lamang ng ―skopos.‖ Dito rin kinuha ang mga salitang Happy Valentine‘s Day!‖
ating pagsisikap. Mainam din na may Ingles na telescope at microscope. Ang ibig

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(Continued from page 8 - Choosing Life ...) from the moment of conception and call upon NEWS RELEASE—February 9, 2011

must seek it outside of our country, or have


all other legislators to join their ranks. POEA restores validation of
recourse to a livelihood less than decent.
3. We thank the great multitude of lay people
all over the country, and particularly the dedi-
OFW exit clearance at NAIA
2. We are pro-life. We must defend human life cated groups who made their presence felt in terminals
from the moment of conception or fertilization the halls of Congress, to defend and promote
up to its natural end. our position. We call upon other lay people and Starting March 1, 2011, Overseas Filipino
adherents of other religions to join the advo- Workers (OFWs) leaving the country
3. We believe in the responsible and natural cacy to defend and promote our commonly
through Ninoy Aquino International Airport
regulation of births through Natural Family
shared ideals and aspirations. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 will have to pass
Planning for which character building is neces-
sary which involves sacrifice, discipline and 4. We call on our government to address effec- through POEA‘s Labor Assistance Center
respect for the dignity of the spouse. tively the real causes of poverty such as corrup- (LAC) for validation of their exit clearance.
tion, lack of social and economic services, lack POEA Administrator Carlos S. Cao, Jr. said the
4. We believe that we are only stewards of our of access to education and the benefits of devel-
own bodies. Responsibility over our own bod- validation of OFW documents at the
opment, social inequities.
ies must follow the will of God who speaks to airports is necessary to ensure that only workers
us through conscience. 5. We call for the establishment of more hospi- who are properly documented or
tals and clinics in the rural areas, the deploy- have passed through the legal processes are
5. We hold that on the choices related to the ment of more health personnel to provide more
RH bill, conscience must not only be informed access to health services, the building of more allowed to leave the country. With the
but most of all rightly guided through the teach- schools, the provision of more aid to the poor validation system in place, POEA is able to
ings of one‘s faith. for education, and the building of more and check on workers who are carrying
6. We believe in the freedom of religion and the better infrastructures necessary for develop- tampered or fake travel documents secured
right of conscientious objection in matters that ment. through illegal means, Cao added.
are contrary to one‘s faith. The sanctions and 6. We echo the challenge we prophetically Through electronic connectivity, validation of
penalties embodied in the proposed RH bill are uttered 25 years ago at EDSA I and call upon
the exit clearance (overseas
one more reason for us to denounce it. all people of good will who share our convic- employment certificate (OEC) or e-receipts) of
Our Calls tion: ―…let us pray together, reason together, OFWs can be done in less than a
decide together, act together, always to the end
As religious leaders we have deeply and that the truth prevail‖ over the many threats to minute. More validation machines will be put in
prayerfully reflected on this burning issue. We human life and to our shared human and cul- place for a speedier service to the
have unanimously made the moral judgment – tural values. average of 3,500 OFWs who leave the airports
to reject the RH agenda and to choose life. daily.
We commend our efforts against the RH bill
1. We call for a fundamental transformation of (or the Responsible Parenthood bill – its new Administrator Cao also emphasized that the exit
our attitudes and behavior towards all human name) to the blessing of our almighty and lov- clearance which has been validated
life especially the most defenseless, namely, ing God, from whom all life comes and for
human life being formed or being conceived. whom it is destined. at the NAIA terminal shall be valid only up to
The cheapness with which many seem to con- the date of the confirmed flight.
sider human life is a great bane to our religious- For the Catholic Bishops‘ Conference of the Re-validation shall be allowed only for a flight
oriented nation. Philippines. that has been cancelled or
2. We call upon our legislators to consider the +NEREO P. ODCHIMAR, D.D. re-scheduled for valid reasons.
RH bill in the light of the God-given dignity Bishop of Tandag POEA will put up special lanes for OFWs
and worth of human life and, therefore, to President, CBCP deployed by recruitment agencies which are
shelve it completely as contrary to our ideals January 30, 2011
and aspirations as a people. We thank our legis- recipients of performance awards, Cao added.
lators who have filed bills to defend human life ###

Monthly
MINIMUM WAGE Per hour
Daily
In 2011 (8 hours) 40-hour work week 44-hour work week
(209 hours) (226 hours)
All the business and workplaces 4,320 won 34,560 won 902,880 won 976,320 won
Probational period within 3 months 3,888 won 31,104 won
Cases
applying Surveillance or intermittent job after
reduce employer obtained an approval from 3,456 won 27,648 won
wage the Minister of MOEL (20% by
2011)
* Application period: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2011 Employer’s responsibilities provision lower than minimum standard, sub-
1. Notification responsibility (1 Mil KRW pen- contractor and contractor have joint liability
* Applies to all the business and workplaces alty) - Employer has to post ‗Minimum wage on it.
across the nation without any regional and oc- guideline‘ or inform employees in a proper 4. Pay responsibility more than minimum
cupational difference. and efficient way wage - (If violation happened, 3yrs jail con-
2. Contents - Minimum wage / Payroll items finement or less than 20 Mil KRW penalty
* Exceptional cases: family business hiring ony not included in minimum wage / Type of are sentenced, Class differential applicable.)
family members, housework employees, and workers not applicable for minimum wage Employer has to pay more than minimum
seamen and ship owners. Low work capability announcement. salary and are not allowed to reduce the level
due to mental or physical disability (limited to 3. Joint Liability with contractor - If subcon- of wage level.
the companies of MOEL permitted). tractor pays less salary than minimum * In case wage is set lower than minimum, the
amount since the contract made between wage in the contract become invalid and noti-
contractor and sub-con contains Labor Cost fied minimum wage should be paid.

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H i s t o r y o f Va l e n t i n e ' s D a y

F ebruary has long been a month of romance.


It is the month associated with Valentine's
Day celebrations. We have, time and again,
of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had
prohibited marriage for young men and was
executed by the latter. During the lifetime of
Valentine," a phrase that lived ever after. As
per another legend, Valentine fell in love with
the daughter of his jailer during his
heard the name St. Valentine being uttered Valentine, the golden era of Roman empire had imprisonment. However, this legend is not
before us in this season of love. But just who is almost come to an end. Lack of quality given much importance by historians. The most
this St. Valentine? Why is this month administrators led to frequent civil strife. plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is one
associated with love and romance? Learn about Education declined, taxation increased and not centered on Eros (passionate love) but on
St. Valentine, how Valentines day came into trade witnessed a very bad time. The Roman agape (Christian love): he was martyred for
practice as it is today. The origin of this lovers empire faced crisis from all sides, from the refusing to renounce his religion. Valentine is
day goes back as early as 270 A.D and started Gauls, Slavs, Huns, Turks and Mongolians believed to have been executed on February 14,
with the clash between a kindly priest and a from Northern Europe and Asia. The empire 270 AD.
mighty ruler. had grown too large to be shielded from Thus 14th February became a day for all
Every year, the fourteenth day of the month external aggression and internal chaos with lovers and Valentine became its Patron Saint. It
of February has millions across the world existing forces. Naturally, more and more began to be annually observed by young
presenting their loved ones with candy, flowers, capable men were required to to be recruited as Romans who offered handwritten greetings of
chocolates and other lovely gifts. In many soldiers and officers to protect the nation from affection, known as Valentines, on this day to
countries, restaurants and eateries are seen to be takeover. When Claudius became the emperor, the women they admired. With the coming of
filled with couples who are eager to celebrate he felt that married men were more emotionally Christianity, the day came to be known as St.
their relationship and the joy of their attached to their families, and thus, will not Valentine's Day.
togetherness through delicious cuisines. There make good soldiers. He believed that marriage
made the men weak. So he issued an edict But it was only during the 14th century that
hardly seems to be a young man or woman who St. Valentine's Day became definitively
is not keen to make the most of the day. forbidding marriage to assure quality soldiers.
associated with love. UCLA medieval scholar
The reason behind all of this is a kindly cleric The ban on marriage was a great shock for Henry Ansgar Kelly, author of "Chaucer and
named Valentine who died more than a the Romans. But they dared not voice their the Cult of Saint Valentine", credits Chaucer as
thousand years ago. protest against the mighty emperor. The kindly the one who first linked St. Valentine's Day
bishop Valentine also realized the injustice of with romance. In medieval France and England
It is not exactly known why the 14th of the decree. He saw the trauma of young lovers
February is known as Valentine's Day or if the who gave up all hopes of being united in it was believed that birds mated on February
noble Valentine really had any relation to this marriage. He planned to counter the monarch's 14. Hence, Chaucer used the image of birds as
day. The history of Valentine's Day is orders in secrecy. Whenever lovers thought of the symbol of lovers in poems dedicated to the
impossible to be obtained from any archive and marrying, they went to Valentine who met them day. In Chaucer's "The Parliament of Fowls,"
the veil of centuries gone by has made the afterwards in a secret place, and joined them in the royal engagement, the mating season of
origin behind this day more difficult to trace. It the sacrament of matrimony. And thus he birds, and St. Valentine's Day are related:
is only some legends that are our source for the secretly performed many marriages for young "For this was on St. Valentine's Day, When
history of Valentine's Day. lovers. But such things cannot remain hidden every fowl cometh there to choose his mate."
The modern St. Valentine's Day celebrations for long. It was only a matter of time before By the Middle Ages, Valentine became as
are said to have been derived from both ancient Claudius came to know of this "friend of popular as to become one of the most popular
Christian and Roman tradition. As per one lovers," and had him arrested. saints in England and France. Despite attempts
legend, the holiday has originated from the While awaiting his sentence in prison, by the Christian church to sanctify the holiday,
ancient Roman festival of Lupercalis/ Valentine was approached by his jailor, the association of Valentine‘s Day with
Lupercalia, a fertility celebration that used to Asterius. It was said that Valentine had some romance and courtship continued through the
observed annually on February 15. But the rise saintly abilities and one of them granted him Middle Ages. The holiday evolved over the
of Christianity in Europe saw many pagan the power to heal people. Asterius had a blind centuries. By the 18th century, gift-giving and
holidays being renamed for and dedicated to the daughter and knowing of the miraculous exchanging hand-made cards on Valentine's
early Christian martyrs. Lupercalia was no powers of Valentine he requested the latter to Day had become common in England. Hand-
exception. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius turned restore the sight of his blind daughter. The made valentine cards made of lace, ribbons, and
Lupercalia into a Christian feast day and set its Catholic legend has it that Valentine did this featuring cupids and hearts began to be created
observance a day earlier, on February 14. He through the vehicle of his strong faith, a on this day and handed over to the man or
proclaimed February 14 to be the feast day in phenomenon refuted by the Protestant version woman one loved. This tradition eventually
honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who which agrees otherwise with the Catholic one. spread to the American colonies. It was not
lived in the 3rd century. It is this St. Valentine Whatever the fact, it appears that Valentine in until the 1840s that Valentine's Day greeting
whom the modern Valentine's Day honors. some way did succeed to help Asterius' blind cards began to be commercially produced in the
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, daughter. U.S. The first American Valentine's Day
there were at least three early Christian saints greeting cards were created by Esther A.
When Claudius II met Valentine, he was said Howlanda Mount Holyoke, a graduate and
by the name of Valentine. While one was a to have been impressed by the dignity and
priest in Rome, another was a bishop in Terni. conviction of the latter. However, Valentine native of Worcester. Mass. Howland, known as
Nothing is known about the third St. Valentine refused to agree with the emperor regarding the the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate
except that he met his end in Africa. ban on marriage. It is also said that the emperor creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful
Surprisingly, all three of them were said to have tried to convert Valentine to the Roman gods pictures known as "scrap". It was when
been martyred on 14th February. Howland began Valentine's cards in a large
but was unsuccesful in his efforts. Valentine scale that the tradition really caught on in the
It is clear that Pope Gelasius intended to refused to recognize Roman Gods and even United States.
honor the first of these three aforementioned attempted to convert the emperor, knowing the
men. Most scholars believe that this St. consequences fully. This angered Claudius II Today, Valentine's Day is one of the major
Valentine was a priest who lived around 270 who gave the order of execution of Valentine. holidays in the U.S. and has become a booming
AD in Rome and attracted the disfavor of commercial success. According to the Greeting
Meanwhile, a deep friendship had been Card Association, 25% of all cards sent each
Roman emperor Claudius II who ruled during formed between Valentine and Asterius'
this time. year are "valentine"s. The "valentines", as
daughter. It caused great grief to the young girl Valentine's Day cards are better known as, are
The story of St. Valentine has two different to hear of his friend's imminent death. It is said often designed with hearts to symbolize love.
versions - the Protestant and the Catholic one. that just before his execution, Valentine asked The Valentine's Day card spread with
Both versions agree upon Saint Valentine being for a pen and paper from his jailor, and signed a Christianity, and is now celebrated all over the
a bishop who held secret marriage ceremonies farewell message to her "From Your (Continued on page 3)

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MGA LIBRENG KONSULTA MINIMUM WAGE IN 2011 IS KAILANGAN SA
AT GAMOT CONFIRMED AT 4,320 KRW PAGPAPABINYAG
Doty Hospital - 42-5 Eung-am-dong, Un- PER HOUR 1. Birth certificate ng batang bibinyagan
pyeong-gu, Seoul 122-906, tel. no. (02)385- 2. 2X2 ID pictures (2 pcs)
1477 The rate will apply to all the business and 3. Application form (kumuha sa center)
Joseph Clinic - 423 Yeungdongpo-dong, Ye- workplaces across the nation for one year from
January 1st, 2011. Kailangan ipasa ng mag-asawang magpapa-
ung dongpo-gu, Seoul 150-030, Mon.-Fri. 1pm- binyag ng anak ang ―application form‖ at su-
9pm, Tel. No.(02)2634-1760 The Ministry of Employment and Labor de- mailalim sa ―interview‖ sa Catholic Center
Raphael Clinic - inside Tong Song High cided to confirm the minimum wage per hour isang linggo bago dumating ang takdang araw
School, every Sun. , 2-6 pm. at 4,320 won for the year 2011 and plans to ng binyag.
National Medical Center– Dongdaemun Tel. promulgate it as of August 3, 2010.
Ang mga magulang, ninong at ninang ay
No. 2260-7062 to 7063 This is after the Minimum Wage Commis- bibigyan ng katekismo sa binyag na ginaganap
Seoul Medical Center– Gangnam Tel. No. sion concluded to raise the minimum wage per tuwing ika-10 ng umaga, araw ng linggo
3430-0200 hour by 5.1% from 4,110 won this year to (mismong araw ng binyag). Tanging ang mga
4,320 won on July 3, 2010 (refer to Labor To- pangalan ng mga nakadalo ng katekismo ang
MIRIAM COUNSELING day No. 704) and the Ministry made the rate mailalagay sa Baptismal Certificate. Ang bi-
public for ten days from July 9 to gather differ- lang ng mga ninong at ninang ay hindi dapat
CENTER For Migrant Women ent opinions but didn‘t receive any objection lalabis sa dalawampu. Ang lahat ay pi-
50-17 Dongsoong Dong Chongrogu Seoul from the labor and management sides. nakikiusapang isaisip ang angkop na pananamit
110-809 near Maronnier Park. Tel #(02) 747- para sa okasyon.
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Office hours: Mon-Fri. 11 am-5 pm Sat. day workplaces across the nation from January 1st
to December 31st, 2011 without any regional
off Sun. 3 pm-6 pm Activities: Emotional/
and occupational difference. However, it does-
PANAWAGAN PARA SA MGA
spiritual counseling Woman’s rights and
labor issues Korean language/culture study n‘t apply to family business hiring only family NAGPAPABINYAG
members, housework employees, and seamen
(men and women are welcome).
and ship owners. Tinatawagan ang pansin ng lahat ng mga di
pa nakakakuha ng Baptismal Certificates ng
As the rate is set at 4,320 won per hour, daily kanilang mga anak.
MIGRANT CENTERS minimum wage is 34,560 won (8-hour work),
monthly minimum wage is 902,880 won and Maaari ninyong kunin ang mga ito sa Catho-
Guri Pastoral Center 031-566-1141 976,320 won under 40-hour workweek and 44- lic Center tuwing linggo sa ganap na alas 9:00
Ansan Galilea Center 031-494-8411 hour workweek respectively. The minimum ng umaga hanggang ika 12:00 ng tanghali, at sa
Suwon Emmaus Center 031-257-8501 wage only includes basic pay and fixed allow- ganap na ika 4:00 hanggang ika 5:00 ng hapon.
Friends Without Borders Counseling Office ances which are paid regularly, but overtime Maliban po lamang sa tuwing ikadalawang
032-345-6734/5 pay, annual and monthly leave allowance, lingo ng bawat buwan. Makipag-ugnayan po
Gasan, Song-uri International Community housing allowance, meal allowance, etc. are not kay Rebeck Beltran (010-8671-2761) o kay
031-543-5296 included. Edison Pinlac: (010-2906-3109) o sa kahit na
Uijungbu, Nokyangdong Migrant Center sinong Lay Minister.
On the other hand, the minimum wage can
031-878-6926 cut down to 90% of the normal level for a pro-
Masok Chonmasan Migrant Center bationary worker. It can further go down to
031-593-6542 80% for workers of surveillance or intermittent KAILANGAN SA
Bomun, Seoul Foreign Workers‘ Labor Coun- job such as a security guard, janitor, facility
seling Office 02-928-2049/924-2706 PAGPAPAKASAL
manager, etc. after their employer obtained an
approval from the Minister of Employment and 1. Birth Certificate ng mga ikakasal
MGA IMPORTANTENG Labor. 2. Status of singleness from Census
PAALAALA (notarized)
Mga kailangang dokumento sa paga-asikaso ng (see page 10 for more details)
3. Parents‘ consent as proof of singleness
mga reklamo tungkol sa sahod: (notarized)
1. Pay Slip or any other proof of payment of 4. Baptismal Certificate for marriage purposes
salary HFCC Volunteer Invitation 5. Confirmation Certificate for marriage pur-
2. Daily Time Record (DTR) if available, or Inaanyayahan po ang lahat ng interesadong poses
self-made record of daily work attendance maging volunteer sa mga sumusunod na grupo. 6. Passport (xerox copy)
specifying Regular Working hours, Over-
time, and Night Differential. CHOIR - nangangailangan po ng miyembro sa 7. Pre-Cana seminar na gaganapin bago ang
3. Labor Contract Alto, Soprano, at Tenor. Makipagugnayan la- takdang araw ng kasal. Makipag-ugnayan
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Guidelines on Dual Citizenship How to Apply for ePassport
Recently, South Korea passed the dual citi- issued Birth Certificate, for applicants born Schedule an Appointment starting 15 July
zenship laws and will take effect in January abroad; 2010. Only fifty (50) ePassport applications
2011. Former Filipinos who have become natu- 6. Marriage Certificate for married women;
will be entertained per day.
ralized citizens of South Korea are advised to
prepare the necessary documents so they can 7. Certificate of Naturalization in a foreign Call the APPOINTMENT HOTLINE
apply for retentions and reacquisition of Philip- country; NUMBER 010-9385-0535 ( from 9:00am to
pine citizenship when the law takes effect. 8. Foreign issued passport; 5:30pm M-F) OR you can send an email to
Dual Citizenship FAQ epassport@philembassy-seoul.com and give
9. The taking of an Oath of Allegiance (in pre-
your full name including middle name, date
The Philippine Embassy in Seoul wishes scribed form) before the Consul General.
and place of birth, your old passport number
to inform that Petitions for Retention and Re- 10.Fee of US $ 50.00 and US$ 25.00 for each
and mobile number in Korea.
acquisition of Philippine Citizenship may be dependent. (Payment can be made in Ko-
filed at the Embassy pursuant to Republic Act rean Won) Requirements:
No. 9225 otherwise known as the "Citizenship  Old Philippine Passport and a photocopy of
Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003" and 11.The Petition together with the supporting the passport data page, last page showing the
Memorandum Circular No. AFF-04-01, "Rules documents plus a copy of the Oath of Alle-
giance is forwarded to the Commissioner of name and signature of the signing officer,
Governing Philippine Citizenship Under Re-
the Bureau of Immigration; and the page with the date of last entry to
public Act (R.A.) No. 9225 and Administrative
Order (A.O.) No. 91, Series of 2004" issued by 12.The Embassy shall issue an Order of Ap- Korea
the Bureau of Immigration. proval, Copy of the Oath of Allegiance and  Passport application form
Who are eligible? Identification Certificate (IC)  Remember your Appointment Reference
All natural born Filipinos who have lost their What are the requirements if minor children Number
Philippine citizenship due to naturalization as a are included in the Petition?
 ePassport fee – US$ 60.00 payable in cash
citizen of another country may file a Petition The petitioner may include in the application only.
for Retention and Reacquisition of Philippine children of minor age (i.e., less than 18 years
Citizenship on their behalf and that of their old) as dependents. The petitioner must include Procedure on Date of Appointment:
unmarried minor children below 18 years of the following: Step 1:
age.  Original and two photocopies each of the  Check your name on the list of applicants
What are the requirements for retaining or following documents. The original docu- with appointment
reacquiring Philippine citizenship? ments must be shown to the Embassy for
 Complete all information on the passport
Requirements to become eligible verification
application form
 Birth certificate of each dependent. If the
1. The applicant must be a former natural born Wait for your name and number to be called
Filipino; dependent was born outside of the Philip- 
pines, the Report of Birth issued by the Phil- at Window 4
2. Loss of one's Philippine citizenship must be ippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate in  Submit the application form and present your
due to naturalization in a foreign country; the country where the child was born. old Passport and photocopies
The dependent/s of the principal who are re-  Old Philippine passport of each dependent
taining or reacquiring their Philippine citizen-  OPTIONAL : If you wish to avail of the
ship must be a) minor, and b) unmarried and  Certificate of Korean Citizenship of each courier service, get a courier form and write
below 18 years of age dependent your name and complete return address. Get
 Korean passport of each dependent a copy of the courier form. Payment will be
Procedural Requirements made upon delivery of your ePassport. Have
1. Complete the Petition for Retention and Re-  Four (4) passport-sized colored photographs your old passport canceled by the consular
acquisition of Philippine Citizenship; of each dependent. The photograph must be
officer.
recent (taken within the last three months)
2. The Petition must be made under oath; and have a royal blue background. The pho- Step 2:
3. The Petition must contain the applicant's tographs should not show applicant in sleeve-  Go to cashier and pay the exact amount of
latest address; less or revealing attire and eyeglasses should
US$ 60.00 in cash. No check may be
be removed.
4. Four (4) recent 2" x 2" photographs of the accepted
applicant/s (front view over royal blue back- Processing Time :
 Keep your receipt and show it when you
ground); The Philippine Embassy will accept all re- claim your ePassport in person after 6 weeks.
5. Philippine issued Birth Certificate, for those quirements and submit application for evalua-
tion by the consular officer. Once approved, Step 3:
born in the Philippines, or; original copy of
the Report of Birth (filed with the appropriate the Oath of Allegiance and will be scheduled  Go to the encoder for encoding of data,
Foreign Service Post) and copy of the foreign within 5 working days. picture taking, taking of thumb marks and
digital signature. Applicant should be in
decent attire. Both ears should be shown
Exemption from re-entry permit
 Keep your receipt of payment and bring your
The Philippine Embassy was informed by the enter and depart from Korea without a re-entry old passport for cancellation to claim your
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea permit for one year within their permitted pe- ePassport. You can also authorize a
on the notice by Korea Immigration Service, riod of stay on visa. If the period of stay is less representative to claim your passport by
Ministry of Justice regarding exemption from re than one year, the exemption is valid for the giving authority at the back of y o u r
-entry permit for foreigners upon arrival and duration of the period of stay. In the case of claim receipt.
departure from the Republic of Korea. permanent residents (F-5), their exemption will
NOTE:
remain valid for two years after their departure
According to the Korea Immigration Service, It takes about six (6) weeks to process the
date.
the re-entry permit system has been revised to ePassport as the approved applications are
provide convenience for foreign residents in The exemption on re-entry permit takes sent to a central processing facility in the
Korea. effect on Wednesday, 01 December 2010. Philippines.
Filipino residents of Korea with valid pass- Atty. Felicitas Q. Bay
ports and alien registration cards, are free to Labor Attache

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Editor-in-Chief : Emely Dicolen-


Abagat, Ph. D.
News Editor : Ma. Teresa Solis
Literary Editor : Bro. Allan Rodriguez
Bro. Joel Tavarro
Catholic Faith Editor /
Lay-out Artist : Roberto Catanghal
Webmaster : Engr. Rogelio Domingo
Contributors : Amie Sison
Michael Balba
Johnny Maliglig
Ervie Glory
Felipe Lagunda
Lyn Laurito
Pete Rahon
Circulation Manager : Fr. Arvin Mosqueda,
MSP

HFCC MINISTRY CONTRIBUTORS


Eucharistic : Rebeck Beltran
F e b r u a r y — M a r c h 2 0 1 1 Lectors &
Commentators : Jovito Gonzales Jr.
1 - Cecille C. Slish 19 - Vel Cielo FMAA : Tess dela Cruz
3 - Fr. Salvador V. Marcaida 20 - Nilo Cultura Choir : Elisea Torres
8 - Maria Acala 20 - Erwill Catanghal Sports & Recreation : Mike Panlilio
8 - Ma. Teresa Solis 22 - Joel Tavarro
IT : Ma. Teresa Solis
9 - Marina Pena 23 - Liway A. Prades
10 - Czarjeff Laban 23 - Luz Tolomia Youth : Weng Santos
11 - Don Balayo 24 - Primitiva Palana Prayer Partners : Sis. Melody Palana
11 - Fr. Arvin Mosqueda 28 - Theo Camo LRC and CWI : Mhar Gonzales
12 - Rhey Selin 28 - Melody Candia
13 - Gemma Cantutay ———
14 - Renard Jamora 1 - Lisa Colis
14 - Cyril Sindac 1 - Patrick Pasagi Fr. Alvin B. Parantar, MSP
14 - Joie Perfas 5 - Nancy de Loyola Adviser/Chaplain
16 - Benjie Del Mundo 28 - Jadd Nelson Guanzon

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Pictures above: HFCC Seollal Fellowship Bowling Games/ 03 February 2011/ Seoul Bowling Center/ Dolgoji, Seoul.
Pictures below: Public Speaking Seminar for Lay Ministers/06 February/Filipino Center/Seongbukdong, Seoul.

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