On the Second Day of 2019

We should never be content to rest in the mists of the valley when the summit of Mount Tabor awaits us. How pure is the dew of the hills, how fresh is the mountain air, how rich the good and drink of those who dwell above, whose windows look into the New Jerusalem! Many saints are content to live like people in coal mines, who never see the sun. Tears sadden their faces when they could be anointed with heavenly oil. I am convinced that many believers suffer in a dungeon when they could walk on a palace roof, viewing the lush landscape and Lebanon. Wake up, believers, from your lowly condition! Throw away your laziness, sluggishness, coldness, or whatever is interfering with your pure love for Christ. Make Him the Source, the Center, and the One who encompasses every delight of your soul. Refuse to be satisfied any longer with your meager accomplishments. Aspire to a higher, a nobler, and a fuller life. Upward to heaven! Nearer to God!

 

Thank you, sir C.H. Spurgeon.

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Thankfully, God made me stubborn

I have yet to overcome my deepest insecurities thus there will be herein no specific mention of any. But I must say they have eaten up so much time and opportunities from me. I got swallowed together with my itsy bitsy confidence more than a lot of times. I am quite determined to plan how to confront them this year by stepping up to the challenge. That’s it. Thankfully, God made me stubborn about quitting. And no, it’s not dieting. LOL Though I better step up on that one too. Ha!

Happy New Year everyone! May this year be the most daringly fruitful year yet.

PS This is not a resolution but a plan with a timeline.

Strictly Legal: LNB sa Pilipinas is under DILG Supervision

Note to self:

Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas is under the supervision of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. This was settled in the case of Bito-Onon vs. Judge Fernandez, G.R. No. 139813, January 31, 2001 and reiterated in the case of Liga vs. Paredes, G.R. No. 130775, September 27, 2004.

Case digest to follow on the next update.

“Does the Presidents power of general supervision extend to the liga ng mga barangay, which is not a local government unit?[20]

We rule in the affirmative. In Opinion No. 41, Series of 1995, the Department of Justice ruled that the liga ng mga barangay is a government organization, being an association, federation, league or union created by law or by authority of law, whose members are either appointed or elected government officials. The Local Government Code[21] defines the liga ng mga barangay as an organization of all barangays for the primary purpose of determining the representation of the liga in the sanggunians, and for ventilating, articulating and crystallizing issues affecting barangay government administration and securing, through proper and legal means, solutions thereto.[22] The liga shall have chapters at the municipal, city, provincial and metropolitan political subdivision levels. The municipal and city chapters of the liga shall be composed of the barangay representatives of the municipal and city barangays respectively. The duly elected presidents of the component municipal and city chapters shall constitute the provincial chapter or the metropolitan political subdivision chapter. The duly elected presidents of highly urbanized cities, provincial chapters, the Metropolitan Manila chapter and metropolitan political subdivision chapters shall constitute the National Liga ng mga Barangay.” (Bito-Onon vs. Fernandez)

“The rationale for making the Liga subject to DILG supervision is quite evident, whether from the perspectives of logic or of practicality. The Liga is an aggroupment of barangays which are in turn represented therein by their respective punong barangays. The representatives of the Liga sit in an ex officio capacity at the municipal, city and provincial sanggunians. As such, they enjoy all the powers and discharge all the functions of regular municipal councilors, city councilors or provincial board members, as the case may be. Thus, the Liga is the vehicle through which the barangay participates in the enactment of ordinances and formulation of policies at all the legislative local levels higher than the sangguniang barangay, at the same time serving as the mechanism for the bottom-to-top approach of development.” (Liga vs. Paredes)

Pause

“Is there any note in all the music of the world as mighty as the grand pause? xxx Even in the fastest wheel that is turning, if you look at the center, where the axle is found, there is no movement at all. And even in the busiest life, there is a place where we may dwell alone with God in eternal stillness.” Nov. 24, Streams in the Desert, L.B. Cowman updated by Jim Reimann

Melodic Whispers in the Morning

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Your voice is the sound of hope in the morning.
Your breath is life in my lungs.
You are closer than the air I breathe.
You’re in me. I’m in You. We are one.

Yet let this line speak of my humanity
coz I’m about to ask what is already given.
If any, it is I that did not listen.
Will you let me hear you once again?

Your voice is the sound of hope in the morning.
Your breath is life in my lungs.
You are closer than the air I breathe.
You’re in me. I’m in You. We are one.

Momentary bliss

Parked under one of those flyovers in EDSA, you turned your engine and AC on. It was around 6:00 in the evening. You had a rough first half of the day at work. So you decided to lean back the driver’s seat and watched that classic chic flick your male colleague, who’s going to marry soon, recommended you to see. You got on Youtube to check “Sleepless in Seattle” trailer and you realized how much pop culture you missed. “How is it that I’ve missed something so mainstream?”

Your car’s bluetooth sound system was working perfectly. You leaned back your driver’s seat a bit more. It was pretty dark except for the horizontal lights from moving cars in your periphery. Jimmy Durante went singing “…moonlight and love songs, never out of date, hearts full of passion…

For a moment, it felt more like time was passing by. And you… you lingered through.

It was when you knew again the bliss in solitude.

Jimmy D ironically continues:

“It’s still the same old story,
A fight for love and glory,
A case of do or die,
The world will always welcome lovers,
As time goes by.”