Saturday, February 24, 2018


Instruction on Prayers for Healing

Art. 1 – It is licit for very member of the faithful to pray to God for healing. When this is organized in a church or other sacred place, it is appropriate that such prayers be led by an ordained minister.

Art. 2 – Prayers for healing are considered to be liturgical if they are part of the liturgical books approved by the Church’s competent authority; otherwise, they are non-liturgical.

Art. 3 –

1. Liturgical prayers for healing are celebrated according to the rite prescribed in the Ordo benedictionis infirmorum of the Rituale Romanum and with the proper sacred vestments indicated therein.

Population to blame?

WRECKING the Malthusian docks bridging overpopulation and poverty in a 1998 essay titled Too Many People?, economist Jacqueline Kasun unearthed the irony of the Philippine situation to wit: “the government of the Philippines relies on foreign aid to control population growth but protects monopolies which buy farmers’ outputs at artificially low prices, and sell them inputs at artificially high prices, causing widespread poverty.”

Indeed, Kasun, author of one of the most read population-control disclaimers The War Against Population: The Economics and Ideology of World Population Control, may have hit the nail right on its head.

In the Philippines, at least, wrong and outdated economic policies are at the root of the food supply problem.


MULLING over the on-going rice crisis “plaguing” the country, I remembered an old joke, which, I never thought would have been very useful until now, for performing an intellectual exercise such as column-writing.

The joke which ripped my wise-cracking sensibilities ten-fold or so in the past, upon hearing it from gag-show cutups and street alecks alike, was about a mother who often reminds her son to eat “properly” with the gentle prompting: “O, anak, kumain kang mabuti, ubusin mo ‘yan (the food). Maraming nagugutom ngayon. Masuwerte ka ‘di ‘gaya ng ibang bata d’yan.”

Fed-up by this monotonous line from her ever-reminding mother, the good child wittingly, (and somehow uncouthly) retorts: “E bakit ‘nay, ‘pag po ba inubos ko ‘to mabubusog din ba ‘yung mga ibang bata d’yan?”

Not a surgical success after all

A SURGICAL operation is considered a success if the patient does not lose an organ, a limb, and most especially his life while a number of clamps and scalpels traverse through his sedated body on the table. But what if the patient loses his dignity after the operation? Is the operation still a success?

Indeed, the aftermath of going under the knife is as crucial as its precedent. The surgical team’s reputation cannot be questioned if the patient continues to thrive in “tip-top shape” after excruciating interventions done inside the room. The “tip-top shape” in this presumption encompasses not just all aspects of health but also the well-being of a person as a member of this society.

Pagkatapos ng pagtatapos

Himantayon - isang salitang Cebuano na nangangahulugang “pagmamasid”


“ANO NA ang mangyayari sa akin pagkatapos ng aking pagtatapos?”

Manaka-nakang pumapasok ito sa aking isipan ilang araw bago ang aking graduation. Dahil nakatuntong na ako sa entablado upang gawaran ng diploma, kailangan ko na talagang pagbulay-bulayin kung ano na ang mga susunod kong hakbang patungo sa mundo ng mga propesyonal.

Unfinished business

THE PROBLEM with this country, as many political analysts have said, is that it never closes its chapters. Closures to disputes, from the petty to the big ones, are practically unheard of.

Just recently, the Supreme Court upheld the appeal of former National Economic and Development Authority chief Romulo Neri to invoke executive privilege and refuse to answer three questions posed to him by a Senate investigation: whether Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had inquired on the progress of his agency’s review of the proposed national broadband network project; whether he was dictated to favor the Chinese firm ZTE; and whether Arroyo told him to go ahead and approve the project despite the fact that she knew Neri had been offered a bribe.

This decision frustrated many and left people to conclude that the high tribunal was tilting toward the Arroyo administration.


RESURRECTING the dying is certainly a Herculean task.

We recently had the application exams for next year’s batch of the Thomasian Writers Guild (TWG), and during one of our meetings, Carlomar Daoana, one of our advisers, asked me to publicize the comeback of the guild in my column. Honestly, I do not really know much about TWG, for I have only been in it for two years, one of which we were even in a state of coma. But I readily obliged, for I am also eager to have the guild breathing again.

2008 honor roll swells

The Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Faculty of Arts and Letters  and Conservatory of Music yielded the highest percentage of honors per number of  graduates for A.Y. 2007-2008. In contrast, the Faculties of Engineering and Civil Law, and College of Commerce and Business Administration registered the lowest number of honors. V Graphics by CARLO PATRICIO P. FRANCO WITH HONORS or with kindness?

The end of the school year has seen an uptick in honor graduates, but while the University overall has kept the numbers constant in the past five years, there is a trend in some colleges to hand out more and more medals in their yearly solemn investitures.

One professor thinks there has been a “grade inflation,” while others claim the quality of students has improved.

Graduation brings hope to ‘Thomasian’ Aytas

Illustration by Matthew Niel J. HebronaUNABLE to take formal education in his childhood days, Tirso Sumawang once marveled at the sight of other people able to write their names, compute their ages, or even read jeepney signboards.

“I remember an instance when I got lost in San Fernando in Pampanga because I could not read the jeepney signboard. The man I asked whether that jeepney is going to Dapdap or to Capas (Tarlac) made me ride the jeepney going to San Fernando,” Sumawang recalled in Filipino.

Four years ago, Sumawang, 32, had the opportunity to learn to read and write because of UST’s innovative distance learning program which held classes among Aetas via two-way radio.

Rice crisis a myth, experts say

FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS around the University claimed that the rice crisis threatens to kill their business, but experts say the crisis is artificial. Owners of frequently visited canteens outside the campus plan to increase prices of rice servings. However, they said that the charges would still be affordable for students.

But economics professor Emmanuel Lopez, the head of the Department of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Arts and Letters, said the food shortage is caused by panic-buying and other factors that have nothing to do with food supply and sufficiency.

Almer’s Canteen owner Nene David and Fire Up the Grill Food House attendant Sonny Ubac said they would increase their rice servings by one peso.

Also, Teodora Bernardo, Lopez Canteen owner, said that their eatery will be increasing the costs of their meal servings.