Summer Fun at Pangasinan XPo Part I☀️🌊

Hello there! It’s official: summer in PH is here! And when the heat is blazing, you know what it means, too: the Province of Pangasinan has to celebrate the annual Pista’y Dayat (Feast of the Sea). Ha-Ha! Pardon me for my translation.

Pangasinan Tourism and Trade Expo is a part of the annual Pista’y Dayat celebration, situated near beachfront, Lingayen, Pangasinan – the capital of the province.

Colorful food carts and landscape entries align the hallways; banners and light bulbs complement the theme; and bougainvilleas in mixed tones complete this set.

If you are looking for a copacetic place to dine in or just stop-by, consider ‘Pangasinan Expo’ as one of your choices. You can find lots of mementos here, I am telling you.

Anyway, I’ll be posting the second set of photos on my next blog. Stay posted! 🌈

Thanks for dropping by!

💌,
SAM

On Fire

Yes, even the Church is at war.

It was my first time to witness an electricity brownout while the Mass was ongoing which started right in the middle of the readings. Of course, everyone was anxious. As for me, my heart skipped a beat and silently prayed for the current to come back for the Gospel. There it goes. Lectors had to doubly increase their voice…I could also see our parish priest wiping his forehead. He seemed to be in deep thought, but, still, confident that what was gone would come back. My mother closed her eyes while praying. And I, I was doing the same thing.
When the moment came for Gospel reading, a servant brought a battery-operated speaker. We all breathed a sigh of relief. Whoa. To much of our surprise, the electricity came back in full force when our priest would be reading the Gospel. So I whispered to Mom, “It’s so amazing! Bumalik n’ong Gospel reading.” My mind says, “The Lord is so powerful. He can work miracles. If this was the devil’s work, God can show to His people that He never loses His battles.” 

During the Homily, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Socrates Villegas’ Message was, instead, read to us. It’s about the Church’s standing to the restoration of Death Penalty.

“An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.” is no longer at hand, it says. When Jesus came to this world, He had overpowered this brutal punishment of early church leaders. Not because He violated Moses’ law, but He has given life to God’s immense love. For even Moses is subject to Jesus. Jesus took all our iniquities, He was nailed on the cross, and He gave us eternal life. As Christians, we are among those people who value the sanctity of life. We don’t need capital punishment to avenge ourselves from our brothers and sisters who had wronged us, no matter how grave it was. For they, too, are our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is better to have them change, instead of killing them and forcefully erasing their existence into this world, like an oblivion.

The restoration of the Death Penalty in the Philippines is contrary to the avowed duty of the State to comply with a treaty obligation. Philippines is one of the signatories of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which prohibits the imposition of capital punishment because it recognizes life as a basic human right. Hence, in Section 19, Art III of the Constitution, it stresses that the Constitution, already completely, abolished death penalty from the statute books.

Last Ash Wednesday, the lower house has approved the bill restoring death penalty on the third reading. The lawmakers’ voice was softened by fear of the unknown, particularly the iron-clad hand of a not-so-mighty-ruler.

One senator who “claims to be a Christian” was skillfully-sidestepping the Bible by saying that since capital punishment was in the Bible, it’s rightful to impose it. Wow! It’s as if New Testament never existed at all. He has based his argument on a wrong premise. Just because a thing existed in the Bible, are we justified to bring it back? All crimes also existed in the Bible but the point is, these were written to warn the next generation. He should have read the Bible by NOT cutting down verses, but read it as a whole. Seriously, man, I regret voting for you. WALA KANG SARILING DESISYON. You had disappointed your fellow Christians for going with the flow. You are not a Christian at all because you submit not to Jesus, but to a human authority. Tsk, tsk…

The letter concluded with (if I can remember it right) a statement of continuing Church’s battle with death penalty. Until I got home, I couldn’t wait to encourage and awaken other Christian-Catholics to be aware and fight for life. I hope this post would somehow help.

It is not, yet, too late to stand up for life. The bill will, still, be reviewed and amended by the upper house, the Senate. And so long as Jesus’ life lives in us, we will continue praying and urging our lawmakers to be in line with God.
Thank you for reading!

💌,
SAM

An “Olympus” Getaway

You might be asking why I named the title, “Olympus.” The answer is just so simple: we used an Olympus camera for taking the photos here. (Silly, eh?)

As you can see at the photo captions, they were taken on May 19, 2012 – they day in which I was supposed to be sponsoring to my friend, Angelica Joy’s debut. I was baffling, then, when I learned that we’ll be going here to attend another birthday party. For that, sorry, Angelica. 😦

With my sister and my cousins, I had fun! There were so many photographs, still, that I would share soon.

DAY 1

Photos by: TJ Ynzon, Shiella Mae De Guzman, Triny Ynzon and yours truly, Samantha De Guzman.

(But the most were photographed by Mr. Pogi, TJ Ynzon.)

Photos taken at: Lohas Hotel –  New Well Being Spa Resort in Clark, Pampanga

I bet the suite was a Korean Hotel. If you know how to read what’s on my left and right side, then it was.
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The two “Pisceans,” Shiella and TJ.
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This is Ate Triny. (Every time we enter the hotel, we never forget to take a photo of us at the doorway.)
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TJ, can you help me read that? Look, Ate Triny will always be on the background. (Was that a mandatory for her?)
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“Pathway to Heaven.” I really love the hotel’s ambiance! Even the light colors complement the place.
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You just see Shiella’s look here. It’s like, “Ate, come on! No more changing of suits. Let’s jump and swim!” (Peace, sis!)
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“Grabeeeeeh.” This, I think, was our first expression when we got a view of this. It’s on the center of the suites.
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All right. I take account of what I said earlier. Forgive me, the look on my face was a blithe, too.
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At the hotel’s resto. It was overwhelming to know that we were the first ones to arrive here and nobody’s eating aside from us.
SMILE and conquer the resto!
This was a Korean suite but I didn’t know that before we ordered here. Ha-Ha.
Photo by: TJ Ynzon
The menus look inviting, don’t they?
Photo by: TJ Ynzon
Have you ever been tied up to that Cafeteria Mia menu, Shiella?
Photo by: TJ Ynzon
The most impressive “strawberry shake” I saw in my whole life!
“SWEET & SPICY CHICKEN.” One thing I loved most about the hotel’s resto was that, their servings were king-sized! And that was an individual order, for goodness’ sake! I still remember it when I was already full after eating 3pcs.
P.S. We didn’t know that there were fries included in every order! Bonus! 
These two Pisceans look like “balikbayans.” Mafeeling! Ha-Ha 
That calamansi juice I was holding there was actually from the resto. We asked the crews if I can brought it with me at the hotel room. 
Here’s the story behind this blurry photo: The chefs and crews were all looking and smiling at us here while we were taking photos…that sort of freaked us out! 
One last shot before we enter the hotel…
Hooooray! After a tiring day comes a relaxing view. Hmmn…why I am taking photos of these two? I, too, must be taking a rest now.
“Click clack away.”
“My adorable sister, Shiella.” Beauty is fierce. It is up to us how we give people the perception of what we got.
Photo by: TJ Ynzon 
Of course we are tired. We really are!
The Big Bang smile and The Big White Remote Control. 
“The Golden Chandelier.” TJ accidentally took this while he was wandering around and looking at the ceiling. The luminous effect is magnificent! (unedited photo)
Another shot of “The Golden Chandelier” by TJ Ynzon. I told you, he’s a good photographer! 
“Mirror, mirror on the wall. If you stop looking at me when I take photos, I’d better give a bet to you.”
Spot the “GHOST!”
I am “SAMthing Extraordinary!”
The “3 Marias.”
At the birthday event. Look at the balloons at the ceiling! Black, yellow and gray was the motif! You can take a grip and pop those balloons – they have prizes. But dang, I already popped 3 balloons and killed the audience’ eyes, WALL A PA REIGN. Gets? Ha-Ha 
Going back to the hotel room. We bought Mogu Mogu drinks for the evening!

These would be all for now. And as what I have promised, I would be posting more photos of us in our “Olympus” getaway soon. Pardon me for the early publishing of this post, yesterday. There was an Internet connection problem so I didn’t finish the post. Thanks to the autosave button, though. It was a big help!

P.S. Thank you for the continuous likes! Welcome to my new followers. =) Have a splendid day to all!

by: Samantha C. De Guzman

(NO PLAGIARISM)