Happy Father’s Day

June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day

Today we’re celebrating Father’s Day. Daddy, Tatay, Papa all this names refers to one person and that is our father. This special day is dedicated to our loving father because they’re truly special. They are our shield, guide and protector. They’re the pillars of our families. They do only the best for the sake of his love ones. They are our shoulder to cry on. They symbolize strength and determination. They give us pieces of advice and teach us how to handle problems. Some fathers are not showy on their feelings but still you can feel the unconditional love towards you. They are not very vocal about it but you can see in their actions. They are really proud when they’re kid achieve something. They are our supporter and they are our number one fan!

Don’t forget that we also had a father up above. The father of all mankind and that is our Heavenly Father. We can express our gratitude to him by following his will and his commandments.

We need to show to our father how grateful we are of having them in our life. Make them feel that they are very important and we can’t live without them. Show them our love and how special they are to us. Follow the things they teach and make them proud!

Happy Father’s Day to my Tatay!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers in the World!

Philippine Independence Day

Philippine Independence Day

Today, we Filipinos are celebrating the Philippine Independence Day. This year marks the 111th year of Philippine Independence from Spanish Government. This is an official holiday so there’s no work, no classes in the Philippines.

The declaration of Philippine Independence Day occurred on June 12, 1898 in Cavite el Viejo but now Kawit Cavite, Philippines. Filipino revolutionary head General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first Philippine President, proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain after the latter was defeated at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.

The declaration, however, was not recognized by the United States or Spain. The Spanish government later ceded the Philippines to the United States in the 1898 Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish-American War.

The United States recognized Philippine independence on July 4, 1946 in the Treaty of Manila. July 4 was observed in the Philippines as Independence Day until August 4, 1964 when, upon the advice of historians and the urging of nationalists, President Diosdado Macapagal signed into law Republic Act No. 4166 designating June 12 as the country’s Independence Day. June 12 had previously been observed as Flag Day.

Every year, millions of Filipinos from all over the world gather around and celebrate this important day.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Declaration_of_Independence

Mother’s Day

May 10, 2009

Mother’s Day History

The history of Mother’s Day is centuries old and goes back to the times of ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods. The early Christians celebrated the Mother’s festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Interestingly, later on a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. The English colonists settled in America discontinued the tradition of Mothering Sunday because of lack of time. In 1872 Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers dedicated to peace. It is a landmark in the history of Mother’s Day.

In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), a Philadelphia schoolteacher, began a movement to set up a national Mother’s Day in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. She solicited the help of hundreds of legislators and prominent businessmen to create a special day to honor mothers. The first Mother’s Day observance was a church service honoring Anna’s mother. Anna handed out her mother’s favorite flowers, the white incarnations, on the occasion as they represent sweetness, purity, and patience. Anna’s hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honor of mothers.

Slowly and gradually the Mother’s day became very popular and gift giving activity increased. All this commercialization of the Mother’s day infuriated Anna as she believed that the day’s sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit.

Regardless of Jarvis’s worries, Mother’s Day has flourished in the United States. Actually, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year. Although Anna may not be with us but the Mother’s day lives on and has spread to various countries of the world. Many countries throughout the world celebrate Mother’s Day at various times during the year, but some such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.

Mothering Sunday

The early Christians in England celebrated the Mother’s festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Interestingly, later on a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. People working out of their homes were expected to return to the “mother” church (the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm). It also became an occasion for family reunions.

What makes my mom special?

Today, we celebrate mother’s day. It’s the right time to thank them and show them how special they are to us. I’m very lucky to have a mother who always thinks what’s best for us. She always cooks for us, fix our things, give our needs and help us in our problems. She’s not selfish, she raised us with good values and education. She always take care of us when were sick. She worries when one of us are not at home yet. She always give her hand in times that we are encountering problems. We are her life and she’s our life too. She’s our superhero, she’s the best mother for me, no things she can’t do when it comes for her family. We love her so much and I hope that God will give her a good health and long life in the years to come. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the world!