Up Periscope on Palawan!

BYAJAYRO

Everything you read about Palawan talks of stunning seascapes and incredible sunsets etc etc, but the reality is that it’s all true.

We charged around the island in a hire car which we got from Plong Car Rental (http://www.palawanselfdrivecarrental.com) but there are lots of shared van hire options if you don’t want to do that. We loved the independence it gave us and a few unexpected detours onto unmade roads courtesy of Goggle Maps idea of the fastest route! 

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset Google Map’s  suggested fastest route….funny 🙂

One of the other great things about the place is there are still areas of unspoiled natural beauty. The “longest white beach in the Philippines” the Long Beach of San Vicente, has practically no commercial development (as yet) and you can literally be the only human on a stretch of virgin sand and crystal clear water as far as the eye can…

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Faith Should Never be Wavered by Hatred Toward Some Priests and Nuns

Faith Should Never Be Wavered

By Hatred toward SOME PRIESTS AND NUNS

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

It is worrying to note that lately, many faithful in whatever spiritual leanings are becoming more vocal about their hatred toward their parish priest, minister and other church leaders, including nuns. In this regard, their emotion should not affect their steadfast Faith, as they have the liberty to choose which congregation to join. After letting go of their pent up emotion, they should move on. If they do not want, for instance, to see the face of their parish priest, they should attend Mass somewhere else. They have the choice in the meantime, and just go back if another parish priest has been assigned after the hated priest’s tour of duty. If they believe in the power of prayer, they should pray that the hated parish priest be transferred posthaste to another area for reasons that only the Bishop knows. Meantime, I admire the guts of those who openly denounce their parish priest due to his unbecoming acts.

 

ALL Christian-based churches are monogamous and teach the goodness of the same God which in this regard, even Islam does…. they are there for our appreciation. Hatred should never be nurtured in one’s heart, especially, if it has been triggered by a hated religious leader. In this regard, the Catholic Church should never threaten members with “ex-communication”, just because they love Duterte and advocate sex education. This issue is founded on the glaring choice between: slow death caused by the evil drug and poverty due to uncontrolled sex, especially, among the impoverished… or saving the future of the youth and affording comfort to the financially deprived.

 

Faith is innately set in our heart, and manifested at the right time through action as dictated by our consciousness as we grow. For some religious denominations, it is dictated by the parents, hence, the baptism of the infant several days after he or she has been born. Other denominations wait until the child has come of required age before baptism is done. For the Catholics, there is a so-called “Confirmation” ceremony for the kids, but I have observed that not a single baptized child has “denounced” the dictated Faith. Understandably, it is because the kids have not yet experienced and observed the unbecoming acts of SOME priests, specifically, their parish priest. As they grow, observations are stored in their consciousness until the time of their crucial decision to attend Mass at another parish, or even move to the fold of any Christian Churches that have proliferated lately, due to spiritual awakening.

 

All Churches should focus on their spiritual responsibilities and shy away from politics. Special mention can be made on SOME Catholic priests and nuns who join political rallies against the present administration, denouncing the killing of drug lords and pushers. But I doubt if they have ever handed out a piece of 2peso bread to a child begging on the street, or give a 10peso recycled plastic bag to a homeless elderly couple to sleep on the sidewalk or to protect them against the pelting rain. If these hypocrites would say that it is not their duty, but DSW’s as they are corporal matters, then why dip their finger into the dirty politics?  If they insist that the DSW and other related agencies are staffed with paid workers out of the people’s tax, they should bear in their wormed mind that churches live on the tithes or donations of their members, for them to do their spiritual duty. Still, if they tenaciously insist that their conscience dictates that they must denounce Dueterte in front of TV cameras, then…IT IS HIGH TIME FOR THEM TO REMOVE THEIR HABITS (UNIFORM DESIGNATING AFFILIATION TO A RELIGIOUS ORDER OR WHATEVER), AND SHOUT THEIR OUTMODED COMMUNISTIC SLOGANS WITH THE LEFTISTS TO THEIR HEART’S CONTENT. IF I SEE ANY OF THOSE “RELIGIOUS” KUNO ON BROADSHEETS AND TABLOIDS WITH TIGHTLY-CLOSED FIST AND AGAPE MOUTH IN STREET CLOTHES, THEN, I WILL BE OBLIGED TO PRAISE THEM IN A BLOG!

 

Finally, the noise from these misled and religious misfits (to be clear, only SOME), should not add up to the discontent which peoples around the world are harboring against the Churches, and which even made many of them openly declare their being Atheist. These religious kuno – spiritual hypocrites, are practically leading people away from God by confusing their mind. Their mandate in joining Religious Orders is to propagate spirituality and NOT TO FOMENT UNREST AMONG THE EXPLOITED AND ALREADY CONFUSED PEOPLE.

 

Salvador Caburian, Jr….”Cabu” ng Philippine Airlines

Salvador Caburian, Jr.

…”Cabu” ng Philippine Airlines

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Ang unang pag-usap namin ni “Cabu” ay nangyari noong bigyan niya ako ng Trip Pass papuntang Tablas station na first assignment ko nang matanggap ako sa PAL. Akala ko ay istrikto siya hanggang biruin niya ako tungkol sa unang karanasan ko sa pagsakay sa eroplano. Nagkuwento pala sa kanya si Ludwig “Bud” Aseoche tungkol sa kung paano akong gininaw ng todo sa flight mula Davao dahil wala akong jacket na suot noon, kundi manipis na t-shirt lang. Si Bud ang “escort” ng mga recruit galing sa Davao at mismong sa tabi niya ako nakaupo. Sa awa niya, ay pinagamit niya sa akin ang suot niyang jacket. Mga fresh graduates kami noon at dahil nag-alala rin siguro para sa amin si Mr. James Hannen na Director ng Mindanao Sales Area, ay pinasamahan kami kay Bud Aseoche.

 

Nang mag-apply naman ako sa Tours and Promotions ay kay “Cabu” ko ibinigay ang mga dokumento ko para i-submit sana kay Mr. Vic Bernardino, pero iniwala naman niya, kaya lalong hindi ko siya nakalimutan. Ang sama ng loob ko ay nawala nang malipat na ako sa Manila dahil nalaman kong maawain pala siya. Ang Tours and Promotions Office ay nasa lumang Domestic Airport, at ang Regional Office naman kung saan siya nag-oopisina ay katapat lang ng Administrative Offices Building (AOB) na ngayon ay Data Center Building (DCB) na. Madalas akong pumunta sa kanya para kumuha ng Trip Pass na gagamitin sa mga biyahe ko bilang Editor ng TOPIC Magazine. May mga pagkakataong wala akong pocket money dahil umasa lang ako sa regular per diem na mawi-withdraw ko sa istasyon kung may nabenta nang mga tiket, kaya pinahihiram niya ako ng kahit kaunting halaga.

 

Pinapayuhan din ako noon ni “Cabu” tungkol sa mga istasyong pupuntahan ko lalo na ang mga maliliit upang makapaghanda ako tungkol sa mga pwede kong makain. Alam kasi niyang kung isda ay hanggang sapsap o dilis lang ako. Lalo akong napalapit sa kanya nang lumipat ang mga opisina namin sa Vernida building 1 (Legaspi St., Greenbelt, Makati) mula sa AOB dahil siya ang nagbibigay sa akin ng tip kung nasa mood si Mr. Paloma na pumirma ng mga dokumentong “handcarried”, hindi na kailangan pang ilagay sa “incoming tray”. Alam din kasi niya ang ugali kong apurado at makulit. Nang ipakita sa akin ni Mr. Paloma ang mga na-clip na contributions ko sa mga diyaryo at magazines, sinabi niyang si “Cabu” ang ang nagbanggit sa kanya tungkol sa mga ito kaya inutusan niya ang secretary niyang si Bill Trinidad na palaging mag-check sa mga sinu-supply na mga diyaryo sa office niya. May mga pagkakataon din noong hindi ko natututukan ang mga Travel Order na dapat mapirmahan agad ni Mr. Paloma, kaya sa kanya ko pinagbibilin, at panatag ang loob ko dahil kahit nakauwi na ako, kinabukasan, siguradong ang mga ito ay nakapaloob na sa brown folder at nasa ibabaw na ng mesa ko.

 

Si “Cabu” na Administrative Manager ang pinaka-“kanang kamay” ni Mr. Paloma noon na Regional Vice-President naman ng Philippines and Guam. Ang hindi ko alam ay popular din pala siya sa iba pang opisina sa Vernida Building 1, kaya kilalang-kilala ang tandem nila ni Mr. Paloma. Sa puntong ito, ewan ko lang kung maaalala ng pinakahuli kong boss na si Mr. Archie Lacson, nang sabihan niya akong alalayan ko siya….ako kunwari ay si “Cabu” at siya (Lacson) naman ay si Mr. Paloma o “Tatang”. Kapo-promote lang ni Mr. Lacson noon bilang Regional Vice-President ng Philippines and Guam. Dalawa kasi sila ni Mr. Dave Lim (ngayon ay Senior Vice-President), na Director naman ng ISP ang pinagsisilbihan ko bilang Assistant. Gusto ni Mr. Lacson na sa kanya na lang ako mag-concentrate sa pag-alalay dahil sa nadagdag na trabahong sumasaklaw sa mga domestic stations.  Dahil sa nangyari ay nakiusap naman ako sa namayapa na naming kasama na si Miguel Estrada na pumalit sa puwesto ko upang umalalay kay Mr. Dave Lim.  Nang banggitin ni Mr. Lacson si “Cabu” ay noon ko lalong naunawaan ang impact ng kanyang pagkatao dahil pati si Mr. Lacson ay napabilib niya. Mula noon ay pinandigan ko na lang ang naging tradisyong tandem nina Mr. Paloma at Mr. Caburian…na ipinagpatuloy namin ni Mr. Lacson, at sa palagay ko ay hindi naman yata kami napahiya.