Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Thoughts: The CJ Corona Impeachment Trial

Photo from here.
It is 20-3, ladies and gentlemen. The Guilty Camp had more than 2/3 of the votes to have Chief Justice Renato Corona impeached. The honorable judges who gave Guilty verdicts were:

1. Sen. Edgardo Angara
2. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano
3. Sen. Pia Cayetano
4. Sen. Franklin Drilon
5. Senate Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada
6. Sen. Francis 'Chiz' Escudero
7. Sen. Teofisto Guingona III
8. Sen. Gregorio Honasan II
9. Sen. Panfilo Lacson
10. Sen. Manuel Lapid
11. Sen. Loren Legarda
12. Sen. Sergio Osmena III
13. Sen. Francis 'Kiko' Pangilinan
14. Sen. Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III
15. Sen. Ralph Recto
16. Sen. Ramon 'Bong' Revilla, Jr.
17. Senate Majority Leader Vicente 'Tito' Sotto III
18. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV
19. Sen. Manuel Villar
20. Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile

The three judges who voted otherwise were:

1. Sen. Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr.
2. Sen. Joker Arroyo
3. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I was not able to watch the entire 43 days of the impeachment trial but I believe that the majority of the judges who convicted Corona made their decisions based on logic and facts. It is not a matter of who gave better arguments, but, how the evidences were presented to be as credible as possible. The 20 judges found that Corona clearly violated the Constitution by failing to declare his real assets, liabilities and net worth through the SALN which is a mandatory form to be filled out by all government officials.

A SALN is but a form to others that tests the honesty of government officials. I believe that above all, more than the Constitution, it is the public trust that was violated by Corona by failing to disclose $2.4 million in his SALN. Whether or not it was clean money, still, he should have declared the amount.

Corona was terminated from his position as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

May this trial be a reminder that still, no one is above the law.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Santa Cruzan

St. Helena with Constantine.
Each year, during May, in almost every town in the Philippines, there is a Santacruzan. It is a parade commemorating the pilgrimage of Reyna Elena (St. Helena) to Calvary, together with other reynas including Mary Magdalene, in finding Jesus' cross. This Catholic tradition is usually celebrated every 3rd week of May.

The Tres Marias.

Reyna De Virgines.

Reyna Divina Pastora.

Traditionally, the Santacruzan is arranged in this order according to WikiPilipinas:

Methuselah - a bearded old man cooking grains of sand in a pan over fire. He represents the transient of life... the return of all things to ashes and sand.

Reina Banderada - a young woman wearing a red gown and carrying a triangular flag that represents the coming of Christianity.

Aetas - they represent the Filipino pagans before the coming of Christianity.

Reina Mora - represents the dominant religion before Christianity.

Reina Fe - represents faith and carries a cross.

Reina Esperanza - represents hope and carries an anchor.

Reina Caridad - represents charity and carries a red heart.

Reina Abogada - defender of the poor and oppressed. She wears a black toga and carries a book.

Reina Sentenciada - represents the innocents and unjustly convicted. She is bounded by a rope and guarded by Roman soldiers.

Reina Justicia - represents justice. She carries a sword and weighing scale.

Reina Judith - represents Judith of Pethulia. She carries a head of a man and a sword.

Reina Sheba - represents power and riches. She carries a jewelry box.

Reina Esther - the woman who saved her countrymen from death and destruction. She carries a scepter.

Samaritana - she carries a jug to her shoulder. She represents the woman to whom Jesus spoke with at the well.

Veronica - the woman who wiped Christ's face with a cloth on his way to Calvary. She carries a a bandanna with Christ's face imprinted.

Tres Marias (Mary Magdala, Mary the Mother of Christ, Mary the Mother of James) - they carry a bottle of perfume, a handkerchief, and a bottle of oil respectively.

Marian - represents the different titles of Virgin Mary. They wear white dresses and carry each of the letters of Ave Maria.

Divina Pastora - the divine shepherdess. She carries a staff.

Reina de las Estrellas - the queen of stars. She carries a wand with a star.

Rosa Mystica - she carries a bouquet of roses.

Reina Paz - the queen of peace.

Reina de las Propetas - the queen of the prophets. She carries an hourglass.

Reina del Cielo - the queen of heaven. She carries a flower and is surrounded by angels.

Reina de las Virgines - she carries a rosary and is surrounded by angels.

Reina de las Flores - the queen of flowers. She carries a bouquet of flowers.

Reina Elena - Queen Helena (St. Helena), the discoverer of the true cross. She carries a cross and is escorted by the young Constantine.

The devotees follow the parade holding candles while reciting the Rosary.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New Book: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne


It's time for me to go back to the classics... I was actually inspired by my son who never gets tired of watching Journey to the Center of the Earth. We have seen Journey to the Mysterious Island and we liked it a lot! I could not understand why I haven't read Jules Verne's book... but, anyway there is still a chance for me to do so. I am starting with Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas that I bought from a book sale last Friday. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Favorite Photo of the Day: The Bible Bearer


I was a proud mom yesterday. My son was a Bible bearer for a friend's wedding. Although he was having tantrums because he doesn't like to wear his suit, he still walked down the aisle and made friends with other members of the entourage. He was such a darling!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happiness

Photo from here.

Happiness is that moment when you finally say, "Lord, enough please! One more and I'll go bonkers!"

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Avengers


Finally!

After a week of waiting for a day off, I finally had the chance to watch The Avengers with my son, sister and nieces. It was absolutely fantastic! I hope they will launch it in 3D!

Who is your favorite Avenger?

My son and I favors Capt. America while my sister and nieces adore Iron Man. Of course the rest of them were great. Thor is the hottest demigod (I should have watched the movie), Black Widow is bad ass babe, Hulk is adorable despite being green and Hawk Eye is so mysterious. I love all of them! 

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