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Perhaps one of the most vivid pictures that have been imprinted in my mind when I was a child was the image of a marine soldier standing guard at the Rizal monument.

It was a such a wonder for me to think of how they stay motionless… rain or shine..never a blink of an eye..never minding the itch… not a flicker of motion.

           Don’t they just grow tired?

           Soldiers… I just thought… that’s what they made of… always on the ready. Men who don’t have 8.5 work days, men who go on seemingly endless marches, men who fight for the last drop of their blood.

            But what if the soldiers go tired? Their iron wills would turn rusty? Their uniforms fade from wear and tear? Do they grow weary? What if their loneliness burns them in their foxhole of solitude? What if the harshness of the reality seems not to equate with the ideals of their profession?

            True, there will always come a time when they seem grow tired of their uniform, when the pace just seems to be too fast and they want to surrender. Sometime they just figure out that this is not exactly what they signed up for. This is not just kind of life worth fighting for. And quietly, they seem to sink in their own disillusions.

               So much is expected of a soldier. And fairly, it should always be.

              A soldier is the warrior citizen in a country, where everyone just seems to grow tired of everything. It is the soldier who must always remain standing. For how could nation a free nation exist if its own soldiers just grown tired and desert their posts? How could we know of true freedom, if everyone else is just doing what each wants to do? And no one does anything to stop those who already stepping upon the freedom and liberties of their fellowmen? How can we preserve order and the whole of civilization if all the soldiers just grow tired of their discipline?

                So much of the burden of soldiery. Every time a soldier bear his arms; he bear the sacred duty to be a pillar for his fellowmen. He must always remember the creed of a warrior, that is, the strong will protect the weak. And he must always remain strong, even when everyone else has become weak. In fact, he must remain strong for the weedy so that the feeble may draw strength from him.

                 How noble it seems but we must realize that soldiers are also human. They feel what others feel… hunger, thirst, pain, weariness, loneliness. They’re not exempted from those. Of course, soldiers would need rest. But to rest is to keep going. Gen Douglas Mc Arthur’s words gave more power meaning to this notion. ” Old soldiers never die, they just fade away,” that even on death soldiers don’t rest for the sake of rest. They respite only to keep moving. They may die today, but when they do, they still live only to enlist in the army that is in the afterlife.

                So again, they find themselves in this tiresome situation. Sometimes we feel that they have had enough and they want to put down whatever they have. But it is not for them to grow weary; it is not for them to look tired and be pessimistic. They must still look strong though they are weak.

                 One of the greatest fears a soldier may have is that they will grow tired of the harsh realities that plague their profession and their society. When the ideas that have been motive upon them seem to blurry to realize; when to break up and just”go with the tide,” when they get tired of the ideas that shape them, it is then that they must never let go of their ideas. They must hold for this are the ideas that make them who they are.

            Rest, and rest with optimism and prayer. Keep in mind that their work is not nearly in the battle field. Their greatest battles are in the fields of their conscience. And it is their victory in these battles. That makes them men… that which makes them soldiers….

                  “Even soldiers need to rest….”

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ASK WEDNESDAY

At the beginning of Lent, on Ash Wednesday, ashes are blessed during Mass, after the homily. The blessed ashes are then “imposed” on the faithful as a sign of conversion, penance, fasting and human mortality. The ashes are blessed at least during the first Mass of the day, but they may also be imposed during all the Masses of the day, after the homily, and even outside the time of Mass to meet the needs of the faithful. Priests or deacons normally impart this sacramental, but instituted acolytes, other extraordinary ministers or designated lay people may be delegated to impart ashes, if the bishop judges that this is necessary. The ashes are made from the palms used at the previous Passion Sunday ceremonies. — Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year, Msgr. Peter J. Elliott

The act of putting on ashes symbolizes fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of God. Far from being a merely external act, the Church has retained the use of ashes to symbolize that attitude of internal penance to which all the baptized are called during Lent. — Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

From the very early times the commemoration of the approach of Christ’s passion and death was observed by a period of self-denial. St. Athanasius in the year 339 enjoined upon the people of Alexandria the 40 days’ fast he saw practiced in Rome and elsewhere, “to the end that while all the world is fasting, we who are in Egypt should not become a laughing stock as the only people who do not fast but take our pleasure in those days.” On Ash Wednesday in the early days, the Pope went barefoot to St. Sabina’s in Rome “to begin with holy fasts the exercises of Christian warfare, that as we do battle with the spirits of evil, we may be protected by the help of self-denial.”

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My Emotion :(

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Never Be Sad

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Cuyo Fort in Cuyo, Palawan

During the early Spanish period, purposely to protect the Cuyonon from sporadic Moro attack, Fort of Cuyo was constructed and finished in 1680. The original complex of stone and mortar was a square with four bastions. The present complex, which occupies at all. Another fort was started at lucbuan seven kilometres away on the east side of Cuyo Island, but it was never finished. In 1873, the capital of Paragua (present day Palawan) was transferred to Cuyo from taytay.

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Cuyo, Island

An hour and 30 minutes by air and 24 hours by sea from Manila, Cuyo is a municipality composed of 17 barangays. With a population of 18,257 people (2000 census). it is one of the unexploited island in the country. Home to a fort, which shelters a church and a convent in its high stone walls, constructed during the Spanish period to protect its population from Moro pirates, Cuyo has one of the most ancient forts in the Philippines. Incidentally, Cuyo become the second capital of Palawan from 1873 to 1903. Access to Cuyo Island : Planes from Manila Airport (Terminal two) toPuerto Princesa or Iloilo. Boat service several times a week from Puerto Princesa and Iloilo to Cuyo Island and back. There are also weekly boat services from Manila to Cuyo Island

for more info. of history of Cuyo Island browse my post here about Cuyo Island Palawan Philippines

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PAMALICAN ISLAND, THE PHILIPPINES Amanpulo is located on the private island of Pamalican, set among the Quiniluban group of Cuyo Islands, 360km south-west of Manila. Lying along the trading routes from Southern China to Borneo, the Sulu archipelago and the Spice Islands, the Cuyo Islands have been known to sailors and traders since pre-Spanish days. The Cuyo archipelago has been largely forgotten since then. The people of these 40 islands live mostly by fishing and seaweed cultivation. Tourism has scarcely touched the islands. Seven square kilometres of reef surround the island. Beyond are sandbanks and a channel
where whales, dolphins and sea cows have been glimpsed. At its widest point, the 5.5km island is only 500m across.
Accomodation
ACCOMMODAT ION Amanpulo’s native style of dwellings enhances its exclusive island allure. There are 40 casitas fashioned after a Philippine bahay kubo: a centuries old South-East Asian rural archetype where family life was played out beneath steep pitched roofs on timber frames. Amanpulo’s 29 Beach Casitas each have private paths that lead through a tangle of bush directly onto the soft white beach. The beach is an uninterrupted wide stretch of fine sand with views over the neighbouring islands. The four Treetop Casitas are above the tree-line on higher ground. The five Hillside Casitas have unimpeded sea views and the resort’s two Deluxe Hillside Casitas feature spectacular prospects of the Sulu Sea and neighbouring islands with both sunrise and sunset views.

Private holiday villas located just a few metres from the sea are available for rent at Amanpulo. There are eight 4-bedroom Villas, two 2-bedroom Villas and one 1-bedroom Villa. Each features a private swimming pool, separate bedrooms, living and dining pavilions, outdoor lounge and a kitchen. All villas include a cook, maid, and a buggy for each bedroom. Villa guests enjoy full use of all Amanpulo facilities and services.

Location
LOCATION Amanpulo (peaceful island) is surrounded by white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and seven kilometres of coral reef commencing just 300m offshore. The coral island’s attraction lies in the pristine beauty of its environment and its complete exclusivity. Guests are greeted in Manila and flown by a 19-seat twin-engine plane, landing on the island’s private airstrip. With
views of the ocean and surrounding islands, there is nothing on Pamalican but the resort of Amanpulo, its 40 casitas and two villas.
Facilities
THE BEACH CLUB – A garden walkway leads down from the pool to the white-sand beach and Amanpulo’s Beach Club. The open air pavilion is a tranquil setting. Mattresses and pillows are spread out on the deck, facing the sea. Shade umbrellas and reclining lounge chairs line the beach. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and refreshments are also offered at the Beach Club. Fresh seafood and Spanish cuisine are specialties.

LAGOON CLUB – is located on the east side of the island and functions as an alternate beach club with similar features and amenities. Dinner is served and Vietnamese cuisine is a specialty.
PIZZA @ THE WINDSURF HUT Enjoy a large variety of pizzas cooked in a home-built wood-fire oven. Guests can relax in this tranquil environment with their feet in the sand. The Windsurf Hut opens for lunch.

PRIVATE DINING in a guest casita is available 24 hours. Private picnics and barbecues may be organized at Shigerino’s Place, Lagoon Sala, Shark’s Point Sala and the floating Kawayan Bar. Guests can also take picnic baskets on an island hopping trip or on a visit to the Sandbar. Picnic baskets may also be delivered to guest casitas. Other special venues for a barbecue are the guest
casita beachfront, Gary’s Nest and Island Cave.

THE LIBRARY is stocked with novels in several languages, travel guides, newspapers, magazines and coffee-table books on Philippine art, design and culture. DVDs and CDs are available. Internet and Wi-Fi are available.

THE BOUTIQUES specialise in woven rugs, baskets, jewellery, pottery and other crafts from the Palawan region, as well as Asian antiques, furniture and island beach wear.

MASSAGE AND BEAUTY TREATMENTS can be taken in two air-conditioned Spa Casitas, the open-air Garden Sala or in the privacy of your own casita. Manicures, pedicures, facials and body treatments are also available.

MEETING ROOMS can be arranged at the West Villa Clubhouse for small gatherings; audiovisual equipment is available upon request.

THE GYM is located beside the tennis courts and surrounded by a lush tropical forest. Cardiovascular equipment is available.

THE SWIMMING POOL Amanpulo’s 30m Swimming Pool is bordered by two high bougainvillea trellises. The pool’s aquatiles mirror the Sulu Sea. Three spacious open-air salas are situated around the pool and feature generously-sized mattresses for all-day
lounging.

TENNIS Four synthetic grass, floodlit tennis courts are available with rest pavilions for refreshments. Two courts are located adjacent to the Clubhouse and two are located adjacent to the West Villa Clubhouse. Complimentary tennis balls, rackets and playing partners are available.

SEA SPORTS HUT Adjacent to the Beach Club, the Seasports Hut offers a variety of water sports equipment as well as information on boat charters, water sports, snorkelling and scuba diving sites and sea conditions.

Activities
WEDDING BLESSINGS Renew your vows with a sentimental ceremony performed by a Filipino wedding official. A variety of romantic settings are available, including Amanpulo’s white sand beach at sunset, the outdoor chapel otherwise known as the ‘Grotto,’ beneath the bougainvillea-decked poolside trellis or at sea in a boat festooned with island flowers. Blessings include a guitar serenade, champagne, wedding cake, a decorated wedding car and a flower bouquet.

STARGAZE from the Bar’s terrace; the canopy of evening sky is generally clear and awash with stars. Pick out your favourite constellation over dinner or drinks. Study the night-sky and planets through an 1800 x 150mm astronomical refractor telescope. Several times per week, trained members of staff are pleased to guide guests through the galaxy.

NATURE WALKS around the island’s silky sand beaches will take about 1½ hours. There are also a number of bush paths and two modest hills to explore. At high tide, baby sharks chasing bait fish are sometimes seen in the shallows at Pamalican’s southern end.
White-breasted wood swallows, kingfishers, black-naped orioles, sea eagles, egrets and two dozen other species make their seasonal home on Pamalican and its surrounding shores. Pamalican is a nesting site for green and hawksbill turtles. Every year from March until October, females come up to the beach at night to lay their eggs.

SAILING The brilliant blue waters of the Sulu Sea are superb cruising grounds. Amanpulo keeps a variety of boats for island hopping, fishing and lazy-day sailing. The resort fleet includes a twin-hulled Hobie Sports 17, as well as smaller catamarans and two
Lasers. Sailing lessons are available. Dolphin I, Amanpulo’s 31ft fiberglass Gulf Craft, handles everything but the longest charters. A later version, Dolphin II, is three feet longer and equipped with a E-TIC Johnson 250HP twin engine. Dolphin II can take up to 8 guests
on half-day and full-day charters. Rounding out the fleet is a fast-planing fibreglass boat and a spacious, double-decker pontoon boat, ideal for snorkelling and sunbathing, as well as sunset cruises and cocktails.

WIND SURFING is available for novice and experienced windsurfers alike. Amanpulo’s sand-bottom blue lagoon, located on the windward side with gentle waves, makes for world-class board sailing from December through April. During this period the northeast
trade winds average about 20 knots. Amanpulo is able to provide top-of-the-line equipment from 3.6-m wave sails to 6.5-m V6 slalom sails along with various slalom boards and rigs. Amanpulo’s Windsurf Hut is located under a canopy of trees just back of Pamalican’s east-coast beach. It’s on this coast, where the barrier reef breaks the Sulu Sea’s momentum, that the region’s winter trade winds are best tackled.

FISHING Guests may bottom fish for snapper and grouper at one of Amanpulo’s favoured fishing spots or troll for wahoo, tuna, bonito and mackerel. The resort’s 25ft centre-console game boat is equipped with a six-line spread for game fishing.

CRUISES are available for guests to explore the waters surrounding Pamalican, including the sunset cruise, moonlight cruise, and the island hopping cruise. Guests can arrange for a private beach barbecue dinner after their excursion.

SNORKELLING There are twice-daily scheduled snorkelling trips via the pontoon boat. Snorkelers can also take a Malibu ocean kayak, tie up at one of several buoys and take to the water from there. The reef facing the Beach Club is a popular stop. Hawksbill and green sea turtles, parrot fish, rays and a wide array of coral fish live in these waters. Snorkelling can also be enjoyed from the beach.

SCUBA-DIVING Eureka, Amanpulo’s associate dive company, is a PADI Dive Centre offering courses from introductory to Divemaster levels. All equipment is provided at Amanpulo’s Dive Shop. Underwater lights, underwater digital cameras and diver propulsion vehicles (DPVs) are also available. Divers must be at least 8 years of age. For novice divers, Amanpulo is a welcoming retreat, with glassy seas in front of the Beach Club and a gentle drop-off to deeper waters. For certified divers, there are a number of fine sites on both sides of Pamalican, all within easy reach by dive boat. (Certified divers should bring their certification cards or
dive log book with them).

Dive Sites
DIVE SITES are plentiful. Facing the Beach Club, the House Reefs are ideal for beginners or divers not wanting a long boat ride. The reef starts as shallow as 3 metres (10ft) and ends in a sloping area at about 12m (40ft) before dropping down to around 20 metres (60ft). A wide array of coral and fish can be found. It is not uncommon to catch sight of turtles in this area. Fan Coral,
known for its beautiful gorgonian fan corals jutting out the wall, is perfect for divers who love diving walls and seeing a variety of corals of all shapes, sizes and colours. Only about 500m (545yds) from shore, opposite Casita 40, is a dive site blessed with hard and soft corals, many colourful tropical fish, turtles, rays and the occasional Napoleon wrasse. The Tip at the south-eastern end of the island is where divers can swim among black-tip reef sharks, tuna, jack and rays. Some barrel sponges and a stunning variety of hard and soft corals are visible. The Pier is a beautiful site where one can explore the rock formations with an abundance of marine life and a few ships anchors. There is a large sandy area where rays and turtles are often seen. Windmill is located at the northeastern end of Pamalican, facing Concepcion Island, and is rich with coral in pristine condition. The reef starts around 10 metres (30ft) with a steep slope to a depth of around 30 metres (100ft), but divers need not go this deep to enjoy the sights.
Other Information
IMMIGRATION Visitors from most countries do not require a special visa, with stays of up to 21 days granted upon arrival provided there is a valid ticket for their return or onward journey. Passports must be valid for at least six months from date of entry. Please check with the Philippine embassy or consulate in your area for further information.

CLIMATE The climate is tropical. As the island is situated outside the typhoon belt it enjoys less rainfall than the rest of the Philippines. Generally, the dry season runs from November to May, with scattered rain-showers from June to October. January is usually the coolest month, with temperatures averaging about 25°C (77°F) and May the hottest, with an average at temperature of
about 28°C (82°F).

LANGUAGE More than a hundred dialects are spoken in the Philippines, with eight dominating. The official languages are English and Tagalog, the national language. English is the language most commonly used for business.

CURRENCY The Philippine currency is the peso. It is divided into 100 centavos. Bank notes are available in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000. Coins are available in 1, 5 and 10 pesos and 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos.

HEALTH No vaccination is required unless you come from a cholera or yellow fever-infected region, in which case a certificate of vaccination is required. Pamalican is a malaria free island.

T RAVEL TIPS Electricity is 220 volts/ 60 cycles. The Philippines is plus eight hours Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Casual, lightweight clothing with good walking shoes and a wide-brimmed hat is the most comfortable way to travel in the Philippines.

 

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Happy Heart Day

Happy happy Heart day to all people around the world. Me i don’t have my valentine dates hehehe. maybe someday i can find the right person who can love me and accept me who i am and never leave me anymore. it’s sad to think almost a year waiting someone and waiting that they can love me in return as i love them, but it’s not what i expected…. but it’s okay life is must go on and if they can give the love what i expected there have lot of people around. anyway Happy happy valentines day to all. God bless

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