past, present and future

looking those  timeworn photos
recounting sad, happy past
worth remembering all the love
sweet and sour memories buried
aching hearts gasping for fresh air
the songs, the prison visits
the exposure in communities
the marches and the rallies
the buddies, all comrades surround
counting 6-10 in line holding each other
the past approaches the present
a real dream like a vision from above
but the present becomes different
as we envisioned in the past
what passes will not be the same
past, present and future are circumstances
both connecting and disconnecting
in life grinding, high to low, flat and ascending
the struggles are unending, lingering
looking back and looking forward
captured political prisoners, released!
but there are still coming in
languishing in dungeon like quagmire
making the past a lesson, a reminder
a challenge to never give up
for today, a brighter tomorrow
keeping the hope, an inspiration
let the past a beautiful memory
keep moving, positive judgments
sweet thoughts for the present
oh my, it is nice to reminisce
listening Joey Ayala’s Sta Felomina, Mortal
Haring Aguila, Walang Hanggang Paalam…
the most requested through the evening
I am, still I am so much in love
with the music of the masses
holding on to the unending struggles
of the heart, of the mind, of the people
of the world, of the environment
and the whole universe in lamentation
hugging and releasing both, breath in and out
the past and the present to hold and keep
a future of total liberation for all those
believers of John Lennon’s IMAGINE
a brotherhood, a sisterhood, a neighborhood
hope and pray, someday we will join together
knitted and sewn like rainbow colors
like patchwork of love and justice as one
past, present and future for all the humans
a generation of new converts , advocates
prophets working for a just humane world
living peacefully, humbly and justly
in total abundance from the earth’s blessing
both a promise and a fruit of intense labor
where everyone dances in harmony
rising together in rhythmic cadence
beneath the rising sun in the east
very grateful, a beautiful world for us all to live

good morning friends 🙂
August 19, 2016 @ 2:37 am
edited August 22, 2016 @12:52 am

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Women’s Tears and Courage

For all the women who fight for freedom, this is my salutation for all of you. I want to include all the mothers also who bless their daughters and sons and the wives as well who let their husbands go, all  with tears and courage in their hearts with hope and prayers that those who leave may return alive. BLESS YOU ALL!

Despite of what you face, you can still smile.
Thanks for the courage and bravery you offered
for your people and to the world as well.
Women of faith, you are good examples to all the women.
What you did is both a heritage and a legacy:
women liberate, free the people.
My heartfelt gratitude that I have seen you,
even in pictures only, in my lifetime.
I feel so proud that I am a woman.
May your tribes increase, influence other women
in the whole world to fight for freedom, for rights and
for life so that the next generation may live,
to have a just life, living in peace and harmony.
Thank you for offering your lives.
Long live courageous women of faith.
Please be safe and try to be able to return alive
to your families and love ones, I pray.

Again thanks to all the women  who overcome the pains of leaving,  longings, separation and even death. My heart has full respect for all of you, BRAVE WOMEN!

A Woman’s Prayer

All Embracing Mother God, with grateful hearts we continue to say THANK YOU for all the blessing  you bestowed upon us especially the breath of life,  the sisterhood, the friendship, the fellowship and our womanhood.  The delight we feel and enjoy with each other amidst sacrifices in life, as we endure to share each other’s load amidst life struggles for decent living; to end all kinds of violence inflicted unto us, our children and  environment.

Continue  to touch others collectively to enable us to break our silence; without ceasing we will gyrate our hips and bodies to express our very strong resistance for the injustices and violence of this world.

Dearest Loving and Caring God, we thank you for keeping us united-spirited-women of faith stronger,  being resilient despite of typhoons and storm surges we experience in our lives; jubilant  even with tears in our eyes  as we continue to listen, to hear, to feel  each other’s  life stories, and life experiences encountered in our daily lives.

You continue to inspire us with your Great Example through your persistent call to serve the least of our brothers and sisters; to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with you, O God; reminding us daily the divinity you shared to each one of us to use it, to express it, to complete the fullness of our humanity in order we can experience bounty, just and peaceful living.

We bow our heads; we fold our knees in supplication, we entreat you, our Parent God to keep us going; to keep us moving.

Continue to give us the willpower to say NO to all the injustices occurring in our individual lives, in the churches, in the communities, in the whole world.

Enable us to bring our heads up, to acknowledge our womanhood and the courage to salute and even to raise our hands into fists.

Give us the strength to bring our murmurs, our laments,  our cries into an explosive shout of RESISTANCE! Through prayers, poems, songs and dances and our struggles.

With you in our midst, we can surely face life’s challenges because you never keep your distance from us, you are our life’s companion; you let us feel your guidance and presence, and make us aware of our strength; ever affirming us that we are also your God’s image and likeness.

Thus, we are always grateful to you, our Creator God because you created us, WOMEN into this world; not only to make love,  to produce babies and to fill the word with humans; not only to care the children, but to nurture them into responsible men and women;  not just as entertainers, domestic helpers nor low-paid labourers; not just being women to please men;  men to please women.

You invited us to your sacred places, altars and holy of holies ; You share us the calling of servanthood in all aspects of life.

You want us to be genuine instruments of your Love, Mercy and Service.  You call us to be bearers of the Good News to the whole wide world.

Make us. Move us. Gather us in your arms. Let us rise together in one accord celebrating the wholeness and fullness of our WOMANHOOD with the rest, those in need of truth in a just, loving, peaceful and abundant  world: the promise of SHALOM, SALA’M!

Continue to lead us,  O God of all heavens, vast universe, and the whole world.  Continue to bless each one of us for another blissful year and many years to come with your inexorable love for all.  AMEN.

YES WE CAN!

We can sweetly SMILE even our hearts are in pains

We can heartily LAUGH while keeping tears inside

We can daringly SING even out voices are out of tune

We can gracefully DANCE either on the right steps or not

We can happily JUMP like our kids when overjoyed

We can warmly HUG and let them feel belong

We can honestly COMFORT especially those in needs

We can intently LISTEN when stories are told

 

We can ardently LOVE with no conditions

We can fairly CARE our families and for others

We can gladly VOLUNTEER cleaning, washing, all the housekeeping

We can DO household chores the whole day till morning

We can fortunately BE A MOTHER for many

We can always be BEST FRIEND of our children and love ones

We can gently FEEL other’s pains

We can readily SHARE and lighten other’s burdens

 

We can willingly WRITE our life’s stories and experiences

We can strongly WITHSTAND betrayal, neglect, disloyalty

We can strongly FACE rejection, denial, put-downs

We can calmly EXPRESS our anger like the Ilonggos

We can also BURST our disgust like thunders and lightning

We can cheerfully WALK with our buddies and friends

We can eagerly RUN for miles to keep fit and trim

We can bravely TALK and DISCUSS issues without needing alcohol

 

We can confidently ASK  questions when not clarified

We can easily ARGUE to find solutions

We can fearlessly RAISE our fist when needed

We can firmly SAY NO when our rights are violated

We can willingly BLOW candles and fire when our loved ones got hurt

We can courageously STRUGGLE with all the struggling people

We can willingly TAKE UP arms if need be

We can joyfully SERVE  the people especially the least

 

God listened to us, God comforted us

God gave us strength, God sent us genuine friends

God keep us tenderly in her loving embrace

God allow us to CRY our hearts OUT to Him!

That is why we can CONTINUE TO BREATH

With COURAGE, with the ENERGY of our inner wings

We can solemnly SOAR high, touching ground

CELEBRATING LIFE a hundred years to live

 

Yes we can, with all the positive vibes and with certainty

With our womanhood, sisterhood, motherhood and life’s bonding

Yes, we can do more even far beyond our dreams

Yes, we can do something even from out of nothing

Yes, we can without doubt because we are also called

Like Hagar in the Old, was told  a promise to keep

Like Mary and Martha, Jesus taught them the value of listening and doing

Yes, we can!  We are WOMEN of faith created in God’s image.

 

NOTE: This is a late post, a draft two years ago.  🙂  As we step to another month, April, leaving Women’s Month awaiting for next year, I would like to share a poem I wrote last March 4, 2014.  First it was  for my self. Originally, I was used instead of WE. But as I continue to thank God for keeping me strong for all the challenges I have in my lifetime, all the trying times these past years, months and days… without God, my children and God-sent-friends I can not remain as beautiful-stronger-person as I am today. Grateful to Our Loving Creator, soon I will  be celebrating my fifty-borrowed-years, a life bestowed to be enjoyed and to be shared with others.  I would like to dedicate this poem to all the women who dare to continue breath and offer lives in solidarity for  those who struggle life abundance for everyone, for all.  Yes, we can!

Slow learner

for hours and minutes
I really tried hard
to make some changes
on the appearance
of my blog, now
my eyes are drooping
but my mind refuses
to stop and go to sleep
I am dying to know
how did I make it
publish to my fb account
the last post I write
my vision is getting blurred
but I still don’t
want to give up
OMG very slow
my learning is very
far from a pro
no one I can ask what to do
shall I retire now
and get back tomorrow (time check 1:02 am)

so sleepy, eyes dropping

so sleepy, eyes dropping

SALUTE TO A PROPHET

TAM bustHis Eminence  The Most Reverend Tomas A. Millamena
Obispo Maximo 10th                                     Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI)

 

In many names, you were called:

Mentor
by those who claimed
you have helped them nurtured and
be matured by their faith

Theologian
for your ability to discern and translate
the IFI’s faith into a lived-ministry
from spoken and written words into actions

Leader
for taking your flock with care and nurture
amidst crises, factions, confusions and self-interests
you make your presence be felt

Peace-builder
for you wholeheartedly understand with depth
the genuine work for peace is based on justice
not just on tables, papers nor amendments

Ecumenical person
for crossing bridges and cutting the gaps
with and among Christian Churches
other faiths and those who have no religion

Revolutionary
for your innovative attitude
risk taker and unending outlook
to the known and the unknown for others

Activist
transforms words into engagements
from your office into streets and mountains
your soft words into daggers of concrete walls

So many attributes afforded to you, Your Eminence
church leader, ecumenical forerunner, audacious writer
street parliamentarian, activist by heart
peacemaker, Third Depository Party among others

Who really are you, OM TAM 10th?

You are an ordinary person like the rest
who dreamt of a better, secure, just, peaceful world
to be lived by many, NEVER of the “blessed” few
sharing the abundance Creator God bestowed

You are an ordinary father like the rest
who longed to be with his family but cannot do his best
though your vocation had made you father to all
your presence with your love ones remained a wish TAM suare

You are an ordinary man from Antique
who in your lifetime was able to make
so many extraordinary things, a total bliss for many
where others, cannot even take the first step

You were a soft-spoken one who roars the world
gets heard and bites the mighty with your pens,
speeches, sermons and other writings
really created and generated a change

I want to describe you, in just one word: PROPHET
a prophet in today’s modern world
called to serve, you responded more and beyond
had touched many lives and influenced a million

We are fortunate knowing you in our lifetime
grateful of the minute spent with you
a pose that brings sweet memory recalled
great leader like the rest but unlike you: a prophet

In loud voice, we thank you for your life and
service offered to the Iglesia Filipina Independiente
we are humbled by your example and presence
in silence, allow us to offer SALUTATIONS from our hearts

 

Revd Erahvilla M. Maga-Cabillas
IFI UP-Parish of the Holy Cross
Diocese of Greater Manila

June 13, 2014
5:00 am

Note: OM TAM X ordained me to priesthood on May 6, 2001 at the IFI National Cathedral with Rev. Rex RB Reyes, Jr, preaching.

YES, WE CAN!

We can sweetly SMILE even our hearts are in pains

We can heartily LAUGH while keeping tears inside

We can daringly SING even out voices are out of tune

We can gracefully DANCE either on the right steps or not

We can happily JUMP like our kids when overjoyed

We can warmly HUG and let them feel belong

We can honestly COMFORT especially those in needs

We can intently LISTEN when stories are told

We can ardently LOVE with no conditions

We can fairly CARE our families and for others

We can gladly VOLUNTEER cleaning, washing, all the housekeeping

We can DO household chores the whole day till morning

We can fortunately BE A MOTHER for many

We can always be BEST FRIEND of our children and love ones

We can gently FEEL other’s pains

We can readily SHARE and lighten other’s burdens

We can willingly WRITE our life’s stories and experiences

We can  strongly WITHSTAND betrayal, neglect, disloyalty

We can strongly FACE rejection, denial, put-downs

We can calmly EXPRESS our anger like the Ilonggos

We can also BURST our disgust like thunders and lightning

We can cheerfully WALK with our buddies and friends

We can eagerly RUN for miles to keep fit and trim

We can bravely TALK and DISCUSS issues without needing alcohol

We can confidently ASK  questions when not clarified

We can easily ARGUE to find solutions

We can fearlessly RAISE our fist when needed

We can firmly SAY NO when our rights are violated

We can willingly BLOW candles and fire when our loved ones got hurt

We can courageously STRUGGLE with all the struggling people

We can willingly TAKE UP arms if need be

We can joyfully SERVE  the people especially the least

God listened to us, God comforted us all along

God gave us strength, God sent us genuine friends

God keep us tenderly in her loving embrace

God allow us to CRY our hearts OUT to Him!

That is why we can CONTINUE TO BREATH

With COURAGE, with the ENERGY of our inner wings

We can solemnly SOAR high, touching ground

CELEBRATING LIFE a hundred years to live

Yes we can, with all the positive vibes and with certainty

With our womanhood, sisterhood, motherhood and life’s bonding

Yes, we can do more even far beyond our dreams

Yes, we can do something even from out of nothing

Yes, we can without doubt because we are also called

Like Hagar in the Old, was told  a promise to keep

Like Mary and Martha, Jesus taught them the value of listening and doing

Yes, we can!  We are WOMEN of faith created in God’s image.

NOTE: This is a late post, a draft two years ago.  🙂  As we step to another month, April, leaving Women’s Month awaiting for next year, I would like to share a poem I wrote last March 4, 2014.  First it was  for my self. Originally, I was used instead of WE. But as I continue to thank God for keeping me strong for all the challenges I have in my lifetime, all the trying times these past years, months and days… without God, my children and God-sent-friends I can not remain as beautiful-stronger-person as I am today. Grateful to Our Loving Creator, soon I will  be celebrating my fifty-borrowed-years, a life bestowed to be enjoyed and to be shared with others.  I would like to dedicate this poem to all the women who dare to continue breath and offer lives in solidarity for  those who struggle life abundance for everyone, for all.  Yes, we can!

relationship

flower sinacaban

should never be an enslavement
but a joy of growing and developing together openness to new ideas, visions and dreams
honest sharing of joys and frustrations
as couple, discussion of problems, finding solutions
no lies, no betrayal but should there ever be
apply honesty as the best policy, no hesitation
admit and ask forgiveness when one commits wrong
cry and laugh like children with arms link
talk as best friends and enjoy the friendship
the one-ship and together-ship
never feel shame to speak what is right and correct
have always courage to correct the wrong and rectify
forgiving and accepting back is easier, with comfort
re-discovering of one-self, other-self, the whole-self
holding hands and holding on tightly in prayers
overcoming differences and embracing commonalities
finding deeper meaning of life-lived together
savouring all the moments spent together
continue to dream and never stop nor ever give up
if there is still love and trust remain to flame and to enrich
life is more relevant and meaningful when shared together
not only for the both of you but as well as for others
go on loving and caring together with spirit-filled intentions
express more in words coupled with actions
reaching out more, touching depth of one’s heart
stretching wider horizons and possibilities a hundredfold
let the caring, loving and trusting each other ever flowing daily
in God’s grace with bountiful bliss, spread both wings
unfold your inner-selves like flowers blooming in fields
share nakedness without shame, enjoy the gifts of humanity
tasting the sweets and saltiness of bodies’ sweats and tears
it is by truly being YOU as ONE that really counts
looking deeply without seeing the windows to your souls
feeling tightly in one’s sweat embrace, smelling and laughing
smiling, stirring the innermost part of each other’s mind
moving unto the inner chamber of one’s heart
effortless glide in loving oneness, dance of life

relationship is…

 

relationship is …

should never be an enslavement
but a joy of growing and developing together
openness to new ideas, visions and dreams
honest sharing of joys and frustrations as couple,
discussion of problems and solutions as one
no lies, no betrayal but should there ever be
apply honesty as the best policy, no hesitation
admit and ask forgiveness when one commits wrong
cry and laugh like children with arms link
talk as best friends and enjoy the friendship and oneship
never feel shame to speak what is right and correct
have always courage to correct the wrong and rectify
forgiving and accepting back is easier and with comfort
re-discovering of one-self, other-self and the whole-self
holding hands and holding on tightly in prayers
overcoming differences and embracing commonalities
finding deeper meaning of life-lived together
savouring all the moment spent together
continue to dreams and never stop nor ever give up
if there is still love and trust remain to flame and to enrich
life is more relevant and meaningful when shared together
not only for the both of you but as well as for others
go on loving and caring together with spirit-filled intentions
express more in words coupled with actions, reaching out more
stretching wider horizons and possibilities a hundredfold
let the caring, loving and trusting each other ever flowing daily
in God’s grace with bountiful bliss
unfold your inner-selves like flowers blooming in fields
share nakedness without shame, enjoy the gifts of humanity
tasting the sweets and saltiness of bodies’ sweats and tears
it is by truly being YOU as ONE that really counts
looking deeply without seeing the windows to your souls
touching the innermost part of each other’s heart

relationship is…

by erahvilla maga-cabillas

Aside

Relationship

should never be an enslavement
but a joy of growing together
openness to new ideas and dreams
honest sharing of joys and frustrations
no lies, no betrayal but should there be
apply honesty as the best policy
admit and ask forgiveness when wrong committed
cry and laugh like children with arms link
never feel shame to speak what is right
have courage to correct the wrong
forgiving and accepting back is easier
re-discovering of one-self and other-self
finding deeper meaning of life together
holding hands and holding on tightly
savouring the moment spent together
continue to dreams and never stop
life is more relevant and meaningful
when shared together not only for
the both of you but as well as for others
go on loving and caring together
express in words coupled with actions
relationship is….

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