Thursday, August 18, 2011

Next World Youth Day: BRAZIL!

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Estimated to have gathered 2 million pilgrim youths around the globe, Pope Benedict XVI enjoyed what was never said in news media about Catholic Youths-- vibrant and up for the Church' call to holiness.

Deeply impressed by the discipline showed by Catholic youths the Mayor of Madrid exclaimed:

“I have been mayor of Madrid for 16 years and never in my life have I met people so willing to help out and follow instructions.. Madrid has never put on an event as challenging as this one...

“One thing is that it is amazing that an 84-year-old man can bring together more than one million young people.

“We should focus on the faith and not on a person, but we live in a world in which the abstract needs to be made personal by someone and in which young people need to affirm their willingness to set aside their routines in order meet others like themselves, and be open to getting excited and sharing about a message... (A)nd that is what Benedict XVI has done."

I can only rejoice by the fact that the World Youth Day in Madrid was a success! Truly, as Blessed John Paul II said, our youths are the future of the Church.

So let's look forward for the next World Youth Day outside Rome: BRAZIL!!! YOU are invited to submit YOUR Slogan with the theme: Go and make disciples of all nations. (Mt. 28:19)

The Pope Showered with Confetti

The Pope is showered with confetti when his Popemobile passed by the streets of Madrid for the World Youth Day.
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FUN: Take that Catholic Quiz

It's fun to take this Catholic Quiz. Out of 15 I got only 14 because some questions are very tricky. Try it! It's really fun!

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Batanes: Country's Leading Organic Producer says DA Secretary Alcala

Batanes to become the leading organic producer in the country
by Jerome Carlo R. Paunan

QUEZON CITY, June 20 (PIA) -- So promised the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Proceso Alcala when he visited the northernmost tip of the country.

The DA recently invested P20 million in the island province of Batanes (658.37 kilometers north of Manila), the country’s northernmost province with a rich agri-fishery potential as identified by the agency.

Secretary Alcala said that of the P20 million worth of projects, P6 million had been earmarked for the construction of a seed storage and integrated plant and animal laboratory service building in the capital town of Basco, in Vatan island.

The facility will benefit some 1,400 farmers engaged in high value crop and livestock production.

The facility, funded under the DA’s High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), will feature a cold storage facility to store indigenous seeds and planting materials, including turmeric, garlic, onions, rootcrops, and fruits; a freezer to store semen for artificial insemination services; and a warehouse for palay and crop seeds, and farm inputs like bio-organic fertilizers, Alcala said.

The DA, through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), will also put up a P5-million agri-fisheries center and regional office in Basco, near the provincial capitol, he added.

Alcala also committed an additional mechanical dryer at the warehouse of the DA’s National Food Authority, and a rice mill for the town of Itbayat. The two facilities are worth roughly P2 million.

During a recent forum at the Itbayat Central School, Sec. Alcala distributed about P2-million worth of farm and fishery projects and inputs to benefit hundreds of farmers and fishers in five barangays. These include small scale irrigation systems, a windmill-operated pump, greenhouses, fishing nets, vegetable seeds, and livelihood assistance.

He also committed to distribute to qualified farmers 70 head of draft carabaos with farm implements, and one sheep module (one buck and nine ewes). The livestock animals are worth about P1 million.

The DA-BFAR will also implement a “Kabuhayan sa Karagatan” program, worth about P1M, that includes the establishment of crab hatcheries, processing enterprise for flying fish, and seaweeds, and conduct of training on how to catch tuna.

In Sabtang island, Alcala distributed about P750,000-worth of farm and fishery implements, vegetable seeds, greenhouses, drip irrigation equipment, a liquid quick freezer, fish nets, vacuum packers, smokehouses, plastic sealers, and bottles for sardine-making.

The agriculture chief also committed to provide P1 million for the ‘Kababaihan’ livelihood project in Raele, Itbayat, to train women how to produce and process breadfruits, guavas, cashew nuts, onions, garlic, coffee, and other indigenous crops.

The DA will also encourage and teach Batanes farmers to produce early-maturing crops like mongo, sesame, and soybeans.

He said the province is a good source of organic products. Hence, the DA will assist farmers and fishers to produce and export to local and international markets. “We will make Batanes a leading organic producer in the country,” he said.

Likewise, to encourage Batanes youth to engage in farming and fishing enterprises, Alcala committed to sponsor 10 students as scholars to enroll in agriculture and fishery college courses. (DA/RJB/JCP-PIA NCR)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Iran's Paranoid over London 2012 Olympic Logo

2012 London Olympics Official Logo
The OLYMPIC GAMES fever is here again.  Next year 2012, the prestigious international Olympics which is held every Leap Year will be in London (UK).  Four years ago, the Olympics were held in Beijing (in 2008), China. It was met by much opposition from human rights activists such that China's political dissenters were imprisoned or subjected to severe communal services. Also religious freedom was strictly controlled by the state that even the Catholic Church split into two. One is officially recognized by the Chinese government but undermines Vatican's authority over Church's matters and the underground Catholic Church where its bishops and priests suffered discrimination and torture at the hands of Chinese authorities.

For sure, the 2012 Olympics is not free from issues. But at this time, it's Iran doing the problem.  Because of the 2012 London Olympics Logo, Iran team is threatening to boycott the game. For them, the logo seems to mean "racist"?
"Iranian officials believe the logo, which comprises primarily of the number '2012' in a distinctive font, also spells out the word 'Zion' - a term often used to describe Jerusalem and the Jewish state of Israel, of which Iran and a number of other Islamic countries in the area are sworn enemies."-ESPN UK
Iran's Olympics Committee chairman Mohammad Aliabadi wrote a formal complaint letter to the International Olympics Committee (OIC). Said in the letter: "Unfortunately, we all are witnessing that the upcoming Olympics... faces a serious challenge, definitely spawned out of some people's racist spirit. The use of the word Zion by the designer of Olympics logo the emblem of the Olympics Games 2012 is a very revolting act... [it] affect the participation of several countries, especially like Iran which insists on following principles and values."

But Aliabadi's letter was received with equal harshness. Said the OIC's spokesperson: "The London 2012 logo represents the year 2012, nothing else. It was launched in 2007 following testing and consultation, we are surprised that this complaint has been made now".

This is not the first time Iran and its players acted so childish and racially discriminated fellow players just because they are Jews/Israelis. In 2010 Weightlifting competition Mir Rasool Raisi, Head of Delegation to Iran’s Weightlifting Team, and Hossein Khodadadi, a veteran weightlifting champion, objected standing beside the Israeli champion and refused a hand-shake from the Israeli player. Both have been banned from all sport activities for life.

Now, British Prime Minister David Cameron fires back against Iran. "It's completely paranoid. If the Iranians don't want to come, don't come - we won't miss you."

Mr. Cameron warned any athlete/country refusing to compete with Israel, "You shouldn't have that approach to sport. If you were going to come to the Olympic Games, you take part against everybody and if you're going to behave like that you're not welcome."

Government spokesperson reiterated the message, "Any country participating in the 2012 Games will be welcomed, but it is absolutely essential that they embrace the spirit of the Games."

Israel is becoming paranoid. I hope they will not come to the Olympics. It will be better for the Olympians and it will be better for Olympics Committee!