Friday, December 26, 2008

Shining Pototan

One of the mark of the Season of Christmas are the lights that are abundantly hanged almost everywhere, however with the high Patay Electric Company charges (14 pesos/KwH-one of the highest in the country) here in Iloilo people are not really very enthusiastic in lighting lights in their houses. Unlike outside the city, where electric cooperatives are the one selling electricity at a lower price you could see people take time and effort to really decorate their houses with shimmering lights.


Last December 22, we visited the municipality of Pototan. Labelled as the Christmas capital of the Visayas, it boasts of the well decorated plaza with fairs, rides and other goodies. They even have a "Kubota Tractor" train the cruises around the plaza at 10 pesos per passenger...at least you get to get a brochure.

There are a lot of stalls that sell gift items and garments at a lower price compared to the one here in the city. They also have my all-time favorite "puto bungbong" cooked straight from the bamboo tube.

Together with Tita Debbie, Tito Alex, Karen,
Happy, Magic and Ali and friends we took time to go around the municipality of Pototan...

Yuletide Blessings


Yule or the Winter Solstice is one of the eight Sabbats celebrated by Pagans around the world. It tells us the story of the birth of the sun god and the return of Light in the world. Yule means the wheel in reference to the Wheel of the Year. It is also the longest night of the year and the point where the days begin to lengthen again.

This celebration is sacred to all the infant Sun or Son gods like Belanus, Baldur, Apollo, Shamash, Horus and Mithras. It is a sacred celebration dedicated to the Horned God as the Winter King. In the Pagan literature, it is the god-king who is the gift of the Great Goddess to the world, one that will bring light to all.

Pagans and Witches in the Philippines may celebrate this by doing a ritual to welcome the sun god. Though there is no snow in the country, a Solstice is a Solstice and it can be felt and observe by all. The celebration of the Sabbat can also be done even though there are no holly or mistletoe here in the country, the more important thing is we celebrate it with a festive spirit.

Image from bookofdays.com

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Art of Defying Destiny


A lot of people said that life has so many things that cannot be defied. Things that are written in the stars, in the shape of your face or the lines in your hand. However in my opinion there is no such thing as luck, we make things happen either by sheer determination, hardwork or even Divine Intervention. Many events happen in our lives and many of them are undesirable. When something bad happen we blame it on Fate, if something good came up we credit ourself for it. Why can't we be responsible individuals who will credit everything that happened to our own doing. Whether we unconsciously or consciously made it happen...it is us, its always us!

The very nature of a human being to choose, is affecting the course of this so-called destiny. Some of the choices though are said to be planned out, a face up card, but again choices are there to direct us to which path to tread.

The choice is yours and yours alone. In the movie "Evita" , Madonna sang Lament-"
The choice was mine, and mine completely. I could have any prize that I desired, I could burn with the splendor of the brightest fire...Or else, or else I could choose time
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pic from the internet