Original: Pinocchio Kills the Cricket, the Fairy is a Walking, Talking Corpse and Pinocchio Dies
In the very first version of Pinocchio, the marionette is punished by death for being such a naughty boy. Pinocchio teases Gepetto mercilessly and runs away, Gepetto chases him but is caught by a police officer who throws the old man in prison, believing he is abusing the puppet. When Pinocchio returns to Gepetto’s house he meets a hundred year old cricket who tells him naughty boys turn into donkeys. Pinocchio throws a hammer at the cricket and kills it.
Pinocchio ends up nearly getting burned as fire wood, he then bites off an evil cat’s paw and meets a beautiful blue haired fairy who tells him she is dead and waiting for people to take her body away. Pinocchio then gets hung from a tree by the cat with the mutilated paw and the cat’s companion the fox, and they watch as Pinocchio suffocates to death. The End.
The editors weren’t too happy with this ending, so the author added a second part to the story. Here, the beautiful dead fairy rescues Pinocchio and they start living together, but Pinocchio takes up his wicked ways again and eventually turns into a donkey. He is sold to the circus, where he goes lame.
Pinocchio is then brought by a musician, who desires to kill him, skin him, and turn him into a drumhead. The musician ties rocks to the donkey’s neck and lowers him into the ocean to drown. As he drowns, fish eat the flesh off his bones, and the wooden marionette skeleton is left. Pinocchio swims away, but is swallowed by a giant shark, in whose stomach he finds Gepetto sitting at a table trying to eat live fish which keep wriggling out of his mouth. After they escape, Pinocchio busies himself with caring for Gepetto, and eventually as a reward for being a good lad, looking after his father and working hard, he is rewarded by being turned into a real boy.
Dismemberment in Aladdin
Original: Cassim Gets Dismembered
Who the hell is Cassim you ask? Cassim is Aladdin’s long lost father in Disney’s direct-to-video third Aladdin movie; Aladdin and the King of Thieves. In the movie, Cassim, who is the leader of the infamous Gang of Forty Thieves, gives up his wicked ways to attend Aladdin and Jasmines long awaited wedding. Some concepts for the movie were inspired by Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, a tale from 1001 Nights.
In the original version, Ali Baba learns the secret words into and out of the Forty Thieves magical secret treasure trove. Ali Baba reveals the words to his brother Cassim, who rushes to the trove to greedily collect as much gold as he can carry. In his excitement though, he forgets the magic words to get out of the cave. The thieves return, find Cassim and kill him. They divide his corpse into quarters and place the dismembered portions outside the opening of their cave as a warning to future robbers.
When Ali Baba discovers the macabre warning sign, he collects the portions of his brothers’ body and carries them home with him. He asks a slave girl, Morgiana, to make it look as if Cassim died of natural causes. Morgiana finds a skilled tailor, who expertly sews the pieces of Cassim’s corpse back together. The thieves discover where Ali Baba lives, but the slave girl ends up tricking them into killing two of their own, and she kills the rest by pouring boiling oil into the jars where they are hiding. The leader is the only one left, and Morgiana stabs him to death during dinner at Ali Baba’s house. Now that’s one loyal slave!
Original: Cinderella Kills Her Step-Mother
By now, most of us know about the Grimm’s version of Cinderella, where the Prince spreads tar on the palace steps in the hopes that Cinderella will get stuck as she tries to flee. His plan fails however, and only her shoe is left sticking in the tar. Her sisters, who are “beautiful but black of heart” both attempt to fool the Prince into marrying them. One sister slices off her big toe so that she may fit the slipper, the other slices off her own heel. Their deceit is unmasked when Cinderella’s enchanted birds point out the blood on their stockings to the Prince. The sister’s eyes are pecked out as punishment for their cruelty and deceit. Though this is an excellent version of Cinderella, this is not the version Disney actually based their movie on.
Disney’s Cinderella was based on a very tame story by Charles Perrault, published 1697. Perrault’s version plays out almost exactly like the Disney version. However, both Perrault’s and Grimm’s versions contain elements from The Cat Cinderella, published in 1634, by Giambattista Basile. Though tame for a Basile fairy tale, it is worth noting that in this version, Cinderella confides in her seemingly kind Governess about the cruelty of her step-mother. The Governess tells Cinderella that to fix her problem she will need to kill her step-mother by slamming the lid of a large wooden chest down on her step-mothers throat, which will break her neck.
Cinderella must then convince her father to marry the Governess. Cinderella kills her step-mother and the marriage goes ahead. It turns out though that the Governess was hiding her own seven beautiful daughters out of sight, and when she produces them, Cinderella’s father loses interest in his own daughter. They all start to mistreat Cinderella, abusing her and calling her names, and she is sent to the kitchens to work as a servant (she is now given the name ‘Cat Cinderella’. previously her name was Zezolla). The rest of the story carries like a traditional Cinderella tale, and actually has a happy ending all round, but it’s nice to know that Cinderella wasn’t always so innocent.
I remember the very first time I met Maricar Reyes (Mars). It was the 1st quarter of 2010 when Caress Caballero ( one of the staff of Cornestone Talent Mgmt) went to our house with her. I heard that she was an actress and a commercial model, but I didn’t realize how famous she was until…
Pag mabigat na ang lahat, pag magulo ang isipan, pag maraming kailangan gawin, pag nag-papanic na ang puso, at pag gusto mo na mag-give up:
REMEMBER JESUS. Remember how He has sustained you in the past. Remember how His grace is sufficient. Remember your assured victory in Him. Remember what He has done for you in the Cross. Remember how His love is able.
"I, yes I, am the one who comforts you.
So why are you afraid of mere humans,
who wither like the grass and disappear?
Yet you have forgotten the Lord, your Creator,
the one who stretched out the sky like a canopy
and laid the foundations of the earth.
Will you remain in constant dread of human oppressors?
Will you continue to fear the anger of your enemies?
Where is their fury and anger now?
It is gone!
Soon all you captives will be released!
Imprisonment, starvation, and death will not be your fate!
For I am the Lord your God,
who stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar.
My name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
And I have put my words in your mouth
and hidden you safely in my hand.
I stretched out the sky like a canopy
and laid the foundations of the earth.
I am the one who says to Israel,
‘You are my people!’”
Isaiah 51: 12-16 NLT
Thank You, Jesus! Thank you that OUR VICTORY is assured in You. :)
Relationships with the opposite sex is tricky! We know that we have boundaries, but sometimes, we are just really confused if our actions are still “inside the boundary” or not. We question if our treatment of the opposite sex are still honoring God.
I like how Heather Paulsen asks herself these three questions whenever she is dealing with the opposite sex:
Would I be treating him this way if his wife is here? (for the guys: Would I be treating her this way if her husband is here?)
Would I be thinking about him/her if I were married?
Would I be saying this if my husband/wife were here?
When I first read that, I was mind-blown. I realized that even if I am single right now, I am promised to just ONE man. Even in my early age, I must think ahead and see that playing around with emotions is not an option for me. First, it’s tiring and hurtful, and secondly, because someone out there is waiting patiently for me! I want to start serving and honoring that person by also patiently and actively waiting for him.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:12
It is so explicit how the woman of noble character is described in that verse! The woman brings her husband good, all the days of her life! She didn’t just start when she knew who her husband was, she started waaaaay before she even met him.
Anyways, I hope those three questions helped and will help you in dealing with your relationships! :)
I’ve been handling a small group for atleast 2 years now. It’s been quite a journey especially since there were many bumps along the road. I’ve made so many mistakes, but thankfully God was able to redeem every mistake I’ve made.
But today I just wanted to talk about something I’ve most certainly encountered more than once in my walk as a counselor/victory group leader/discipler. It’s about being frustrated when the discipling process doesn’t go our way.
Have you had times when the people you were discipling were doing stuff that were obviously against the teachings of the bible and/or is doing stuff that are lacking in wisdom? Cause honestly, I’ve handled a lot of cases like that. Inside of my heart, I wanted to instantly correct and rebuke them. I want to quote scriptures just so they would see that what they were doing wasn’t right. I wanted them to.. see how I saw things.
I’ll be honest, I’ve rebuked the ladies in my small group for their actions in many occasions. I succumbed to the thought that I would be able to change their ideas and perception just by my mere speech and counsel. I reasoned to myself, what I’m doing is for their betterment. I just want them to grow more in their walk with God and on their relationship with others. I just want them to start being more responsible. If only they would listen to me!
I kept repeating those sentences in my head whenever I am frustrated with the people I’m discipling. The more that i invest my time and love to them, the more that they go on paths that I did not imagine them to be in. It frustrates me so much!!!
But reading The Lego Principleby Joey Bonifacio made me realize that all the frustrations that I had were a result of a wrong mindset that I have. I treated and acted on discipleship as a "duty" that I had to perform. It was frustrating because I expect that as I do all the necessary things that was expected of me as a leader, the people I am discipling would automatically do their parts as well. Discipling was work, work, work, sacrifice, sacrifice, and sacrifice for me. Yet even though there was dedication and love, the relationship I had with the women I discipling were lacking. I kept treating my small group as a task that I need to perform, instead of a relationship that I want to celebrate and treasure.
What a beautiful truth set before my eyes~ Discipleship is first and foremost a relationship.. with God and then with man. I can disciple others because God lets me see that people are worth it, that they are a treasure, and valuable to Him.
I don’t need to change the people I’m discipling. That’s not my job. My job is to keep my relationship with God and with them. My security comes from the fact that it will not be me who will grow them, but it will be God who will.
I need to say this over and over again: I cannot change people. Only God can change people.
That’s why when I invite people to go to the services, but they reject the invitation, it’s okay. When I ask them to go to the small group, yet they don’t show up, it’s okay. When I tell them the Gospel but they shut it down, it’s okay. I don’t have to push my belief in them because I know that I did my part in sowing the seeds, and God will be the one to make it grow.
I just need to wait on God, obey, and keep enjoying my relationship with God and others. :)
I leave you with this scripture:
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who ACTS on behalf of those who WAIT for him. -Isaiah 64:4
Especially when I tell them that I can’t help but smile whenever I hear the name of Jesus.I just have to close my eyes and stop whatever I’m doing. It cannot be helped.
His name, it brings power to my decaying body. His sweet name, it gives me hope that tomorrow will be all right for He is with me. That whatever happens, He will never leave me nor forsake me. With just His name, all my fears are gone. Oh, how powerful is your name, Jesus!
The same name who gave me peace, is the same name that ransomed me from the punishment of death! Imagine, I was supposed to go to hell FOREVER, but now I am free and I can live with His presence living in me!
Call me crazy, it’s okay! :) Crazy as seen by many, but within me I know I am changed forever because of Him! I have peace, I have joy, and I have a relationship with Jesus. The best thing about it is that no one could ever take this away from me! Haha!!
I am forever in awe and reverence of Jesus! :) Ayayayayaya! :)
I like being pursued. I enjoy the specific and exclusive attention given to me when someone pursues me. I feel.. special. Out of all the women that can be pursued, ako ang napili? Wow, there must be something I have that no other has!
Pero based from my past experiences, the pursuit of a woman is a temporary phase for ALL men. Lahat ng lalakeng nanligaw sakin, ultimately ay sumuko rin at naghanap ng iba. Yung mga sinagot ko naman nuon, after kong sagutin ay naging kampante at tumigil sa panunuyo saakin.
Ang masakit pa, minsan nalalaman ko na they just pursued me dahil lang sa physical qualities ko. Once nalaman nila ang aking character, naiirita na sila sa mga weaknesses ko!
All the more na nanghihina ang luob ko kasi feeling ko hindi ako worthy to be pursued kasi yung physical qualities ko naman pwede mag fade. Paano pag tumanda na ako? Paano pag pumangit at tumaba na ako? Hindi na ako pwede pursued?
Pero yan ang same reason kung bakit SOBRANG thankful ako kay Jesus. Dahil alam kong kung ano man ang ganda ko ngayon, bukas pwedeng mawala, pero mahal niya parin ako. I think of the past 21 years of my life, and I realize that God was there for me ALL the time. In those 21 years, I became an agnostic, an atheist, a rebel to God, and I did a lot of things that the bible says as sin. But you know what? All through those years, God was with me. Even if I did not believe in Him, He was there to comfort me in the painful consequences of my rebellion.
Now I realize, I’ve been pursued and loved by God ever since I was born. In fact, iniisip niya na ako kahit nung hindi pa ako pinanganak. Sabi nga sa Romans 5:8,
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Two thousand years ago, He died for me already. Alam niya na I will grow up a rebel. He knew I will disobey Him numerous times in my life. Alam na niya yun, pero namatay parin siya para saakin. Ang mas matindi pa, kahit alam niyang sasaktan ko siya, araw araw niya parin akong iniinvite na bumalik at makilala siya.
My mind is going to explode, just trying to reason out why an Almighty God would constantly pursue and love me, even if I have rejected Him so many times! But now I am thankful, because He never gave up on me. Even if I am an empty soul, he deemed me deserving to be saved. When He set His eyes on me, He gave me my worth.
His love for me is personal. His attention for me is on 24/7. He will never reject me. He pursues me everyday, not because of any good I’ve done but because of what He is. He pursues and loves me! I will never be empty. My cup will always be overflowing, because when God gives, laging SOBRA!!!
If you want that kind of love and security, then call unto God. He is never busy for you.
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. -Jeremiah 33:3
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.”—1 Timothy 6:17-18 :)
Hello ate! I just want to say sobrang nakakamove ang mga blog posts mo. Nakaka-encourage to go deeper in faith with Him. He's really amazing. I remember my plans dati pero it turned out na for me to know Him more. I'm really thankful to read your posts na sometimes, I find out that God says something to me especially sa acads, org and other stuff. Hope to meet you sometime in person! I miss attending Link. :( Anyway, again, thank you so much and God bless!
Hello! I hope you didn’t go anonymous, because I’d really love to know who you are and get to know your story deeper.
Anyways, thank God for that revelation in you! My main reason of blogging, aside from self-expression, is to encourage people to know God more and understand him a bit better through my personal encounters with Him.
Continue pursuing, loving, and honoring God. :) If ever you read this, do drop by your name and number. Let’s go to Link together. :)
I’ve been talking to you all my life. Most of the time, I think I only talked to you because I had no other choice. Sometimes, I talk to you out of fear or desperation. I think I was that bitchy girl that turned to you whenever she ran out of bad choices to choose from. But even from that perspective, you were the only good choice I had ever gone to.
Thinking back, whenever I did turn to you for help, you never failed to help me. Though my motives were selfish, you always proved yourself to be faithful to your people. I know I said I love you before, but I think it was all lip service. Now I see that I was a foolish, naive, and young girl who only wanted to be the center of attention.
But look where we are right now, Lord! I talk to you, not just because I am in a desperate position, but because I want to talk to you about life and everything else in it. We’ve come so far, my love. This year’s Christmas would be our 3rd Christmas together. I feel like it was just yesterday when I was wasting away my life on temporary things here on earth. But now, I have you. The only eternal and lasting component in my life.
I know we’ve come a long way, more than I thought I’d ever be in this life. But I am hoping for so much more. A more wonderful relationship with you everyday would be something I’d always want and need. To have a genuine and deeper relationship with you is all I could ever ask this Christmas. Everything else is relative.
Thank you, my love, for loving me and your people. Thank you for coming down here on earth as a humble babe, so that you could fulfill the greatest sacrifice that man would ever know. I will celebrate this season with joy knowing that I am celebrating a great love story that happened 2000 years ago–one that is between me and you.
The Voice:I was the Lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the Horses new strength of fear for the last mile so that you should reach King Lune in time. I was the Lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to the shore where a man sat, wakeful at night, to receive you.
Shasta:Who are you?
The Voice:I am Myself.
Commentary by beth:I'm crying because this part of the book reminded me that in and out of season, in sadness, trouble, and in joy, He is always with me.
I think we should stop equating material blessing, recognition, and comfort as automatically the fruit of Christianity.
Those things are nice but they’re not what the Bible calls the fruit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, grace, gentleness, and self-control. If my small group grows, if my business profits, if my star rises, if my pastors commend me, yet I do not love, have peace, practice patience, if I am unkind, if I am evil, especially to those I can take advantage of, if I am self-justified, if I am harsh, and if I have no discipline, how can I say that this is the will of God?
God is definitely visible. I read your testimony ate :))
Hi josh-na-taga-davao! :)
Yes, sobra. :) I’m thankful nga rin. HAHAHAHA. Parang ngayon pinapakita ni Lord saakin how life is so much sweeter and better with Him. :) Dami ngang nangyari na. It’s been a long road, but we’re still not finished! hihi
Heard this song a few times before at Victory Alabang. Pero last sunday ko lang siya na-digest.
Was once wounded but now you removed all stains! Cleansing me with tender mercy.. I will abide in you.
It reminds me of who I was before, and of who I am now, thanks to Him who has given me His mercy and love. It’s important talaga to go back to the basics everyday. Preach the Gospel to yourself and be in awe and admiration of what He has already done for you. Mahirap gumawa ng “right things” dito sa mundo, lalo na when you don’t know why you’re supposed to keep yourself that way.
But the sacrifice that Jesus has done on the cross.. that’s our motivation. That’s my motivation, my north star, my guiding path. I can love others, because God first loved me. I can forgive people, because God first showed me forgiveness and mercy for all my sins. I can obey my parents and do good at school, because God gives me the peace that what I’m doing now. Though seemingly in vain, it is working for me a great harvest for the future.
Was encouraged to post in a groups in FB, so I wrote this down again. Now, focused on my relationship with my dad and the other people I met.
"My earlier life was a mess.
I wasn’t really close to my dad. He’s very moody, proud, fickle, and maybe I just don’t really understand him the way I understand my mom. He’s very strict with me, and I lived a legalistic childhood of forced obedience without understanding why I was doing what I was doing. I often times fail him, so I felt unaccepted into the family. Parang lagi nalang akong MALI. I have three brothers, but they also don’t talk to me unless it’s about an argument. So when my mom left for work in manila, I felt very lonely(we were living in davao that time). At dahil hindi ko mahanap ang acceptance na hinahanap ko sa bahay, I looked for it at school. Sa school ko, I was very very active! I was in the dance troupe, I worked hard for good grades, I tried hanging out with the coolest people, etc. Pero kahit na sikat ako sa school namin, I didn’t make lots of friends. Actually, ang pangit ng reputation ko sa school ko. I realized na sa sobrang galit ko sa tatay ko, na-transform na ako into the same person that I didn’t want to be—proud, fickle, and moody. Sobrang maldita ko lang, to the point na takot ang mga tao na kausapin ako. I made a lot of enemies. I felt unaccepted sa bahay at sa school. Parang kahit saan nalang walang may gustong maging parte ako ng buhay nila. Kaya napunta ako sa “barkada”(with quotations kasi pa bago bago ang sinasamahan kong barkada. Para akong social butterfly na walang permanent place). Sa barkada, natuto ako ng mga bagay na sana hindi ko natutunan. Nagpatuloy yun hanggang college. I learned to smoke, to drink, and I did that EVERYDAY. Sa umaga, late ako sa class. Sa gabi, pupunta sa party, iinom, at mag-good time. But even though I did all that, I felt so lonely and empty inside. I had a barkada, but they were just there pag iinom na. Wala akong masabihan ng mga tunay kong saluobin ng hindi nag-woworry na I will be judged and looked at with disgust.
Then I met ate Ysa. I was a loner(remember, masungit at moody at pangit ugali ko nuon kaya walang lumalapit saakin), but she approached me. After nun, kahit na masungit ako, she treated me with love and patience. Tapos siya pa yung nagsasabi sakin kung pwede ba daw niya akong makasama kasi she likes my company. Iniinvite niya ako mag-dinner dates, mag-kwentuhan, etc. Nagulat ako, syempre! First time ko kasi magkaruon ng taong gusto akong makita at gusto ang aking presence sa buhay niya. Then one Friday night, sabi niya kain at kwentuhan daw kami sa isang lugar malapit sa school. Umokey naman ako, pero sabi nya may dadaanan daw muna kami. Habang naglalakad papunta sa place na “dadaanan lang” naming, nakarinig ako ng loud music! Sabi ko, wow, baka party! Tas pagdating ko sa luob, ang energetic ng mga tao! May mga sumasayaw, may mga kumakanta. Then I looked sa lyrics. SHOCKS NASA ISANG YOUTH SERVICE PALA AKO! I don’t like being invited to “religious” gatherings kaya talagang sobrang nabigla ako nun. I wanted to go out, I was panicking, pero I just froze there looking at the lyrics of the songs. But then came the preaching. At the end of it, I was crying buckets of tears. Nung na-realize at na-understand ko fully kung anong nagawa ni Lord sa buhay ko, I felt so liberated. Pinakita ni Lord saakin na yung ACCEPTANCE at LOVE niya, hindi ko kailangan i-earn by doing “good stuff”. Hindi rin yun nababawasan tuwing hindi ko siya nasusunod or pag na-fail ko siya. Yung love niya para sakin, complete and free, because of Jesus. If I ask of Him, He is willing and able to fill every area of my life that I think is empty or lacking. With Him, my joy can be complete.
That truth led the start of the revolution of my life. I was a changed person. But ofcourse, si God, laging may little surprises para satin. One of the first few things that He told me to do was to ask for forgiveness from my dad. Ano daw, ansaveh? I will ask for forgiveness from a man that hurt me? It wasn’t easy and I was struggling. But God taught me how to forgive, just as he has towards me. So, I called up my dad and asked for his forgiveness. I said sorry for hurting him, for disobeying him, for disrespecting him, for doing things that made his life harder.. and many more. With a heartful cry, he replied with a “hay salamat anak. Ok na yun. I love you no matter what.” After that conversation, I felt like a lot of baggage on my back was lifted and everything was so light. Si God lang talaga nakakagawa niyan.
Now, I am a 5th year student, graduating next year(YAY!). God changed me, little by little, ever so patient. God also taught me how to be a friend to others, and how to keep friends and your relationships healthy. I now enjoy biblically sound friendships, and I enjoy sharing this joy with others. I now have this great mission to share this joy and freedom with others, so that they may also taste and see the goodness of our Lord. :)
Jesus said, "If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also."
I’ve figuratively given my left and my right, and I have endured all insults, negativity, bitchiness, rudeness, and I have taken it all in, uncomplaining and silent. All the while, I gave chance upon chance on people to see that even if what they are doing are hurtful, I am able to endure because I have Someone greater than I who he heals me after.
Even when I speak so calmly and peacefully, they attack with viciousness in the dark. But lately, they have taken into light their actions, doing the things they once only did on the dark noticeable and clear… to me.
They laugh on the way I conduct myself. I do not personally know what aspect, but they laugh with heartiness on the aspects that I am lacking. Oh boy, and they don’t even mind that I am only inches away from them, aware and capable of hearing what they are talking about. I applaud your courage!
And then there are the rumors. Rumors that may or may not be based on true facts. Rumors that are based only on one side of the story. Rumors that may be only based on what they see, and not what they truly know. Rumors that they heartily feast on without regard for the person’s honor and dignity. Even without hearing the whole story, judgment is laid on my shoulders. Believing only their own feelings and predicament, they have harbored anger and dissent upon me.
Now tell me, is this not true? Could they honestly say they have not done so?
I know my own lacking and weaknesses, but there are some which I do not know of but only they can see. Instead of addressing the situation towards me privately, they have sought to tell it to everyone else.. but me. I am a professional woman, and I am able to take criticism for my work if it is lacking or incomplete. That’s constructive criticism.
But since they have been already offended by my initial lacking, and without them addressing the offense properly, all the other things that they think I did wrongly or badly piled up and made them even angrier and more furious. Whatever was a simple mistake or misunderstanding that could be easily solved by civil talk, has now become this.
And could I just blurt it out? It’s so beneath me!
But though it is beneath me, it has troubled me for the past weeks. Do you know why? Because I genuinely cared for them, and did my part in reaching out to them whether I am wrong or not. Yet, this happened. I have lost appetite, lost interest in studying, couldn’t focus on working, and too weak to even function like a normal human being. If this was their original intent on treating me so badly, then congratulations! I, for a moment of time, lost interest in living life.
However, I have realized lately that there is a thin line on being nice and being a pushover. I certainly am not a pushover. So I summoned and awakened my feisty persona, to help me in this situation.
So people should be forewarned: I am fighting back. Fortunately for me, I have nothing else to lose in this because they have already crushed and thrown away every bit of dignity I have.
But what’s more amazing and reassuring for me is this: though I will stand up for myself, I will give to God the amazing responsibility of avenging me. So if they are not afraid of me, then it’s okay. I know God has His unique ways of avenging me.
Lastly, I know the victory is with me. I know at the end of the day, I am the winner in this bout. Because I have forgiven, and I can leave with peace. The burden of living everyday feeling that I have to prove something or that I have to be likeable to everyone is gone. When they face me, I can smile and not have my heart be troubled inside.
The littlest things in life can really trigger the most passionate desires of our soul.
I just had an exam(again) a while ago on my subject FS 128 (post-harvest and food processing). The bonus question was quite intriguing. It asked us of the specific educative goal that we think are actively promoted in class.
Just a brief history(so that you’d understand better the context of this post) first. I study in UP Diliman, under the program of Food Technology, which is in the College of Home Economics. In our college we have educative goals, 7 of them, which are supposedly our core values and guiding principles in which our learnings are founded upon. This educative goals are:
Love of God
Love of Country
Belief of the Integral Role of the Family
Pursuit of Excellence
(source) Please do check on the source and read more about it!
Moving on, FS 128 dwells on practical applications and implications of technology on food products and commodities. An example would be on the post-harvest loss experienced by our local farmers. Would you believe that tons of produce are lost because of mishandling and poor technology? Let me show you some data for the Phillippine scenario:
What does it mean? It means that for every 1000kg of harvest, for example in mangoes, 400kg could be lost because of mishandling, poor technology, diseases, and pests! Can you imagine how much loss that means for our farmers? In a year where they toil endlessly, their once in a year harvest is diminished by almost 40% (for mangoes)!
Why so much loss? Let me explain further using mangoes as an example(hehe mango is my favorite fruit nowadays). There are many stages on which losses could be attributed to. One very common scenario would be on the transport of goods from the farm to the markets. Do you notice how produce like mangoes are transported? They are usually placed in (paper) lined baskets that are stacked on top of another. Here’s a picture:
What could be the problem here? Well, mangoes are easily bruised! When they are bruised, they are more susceptible to microbial deterioration! They also transfer pest infestations and diseases easily. So if you stack them one on top of another and transport them, for example from Guimaras to Divisoria, it would have to suffer so much! So imagine the situation of the farmers: They harvested 500kg of mangoes but when it’s about to be sold, about forty percent of the produce are rejected by the consumers since it’s moldy, deformed, bruised, or infested! Ouch!
It pains me so much that our Filipino brothers and sisters toil so much under the heat of our humid environment, only to be greeted by such woes. They work while they are hungry, in the middle of the unbearable heat!They eat less than what they harvest because they’d rather sell it to gain a few pesos for other needs that they have to attend to. But rather than helping them, the common scenario is that the powerful exploit them further and bring them down to worse poverty (teary eyed). If only those who are knowledgeable would train the farmers how to practically employ academically sound principles for their betterment, then what a beautiful scenario it would be!
But who would risk studying 5(or more) years of intense chemistry and laboratory work, so that they can go to the farms in remote places, live there, teach the farmers, and earn so little compared to big food-industry salaries? Who would be brave enough to choose the road less traveled and less talked about?
Well, I believe this is a possible answer:
“Dedication to serve the Filipino people, with preference for promoting the welfare of disadvantaged groups and the interests of the greater majority of the population. It begins with a recognition of a community beyond one’s self, kin and profession. It is expressed in advocacy and manifested by participating competently in the present society while working to improve it.” -Social Responsibility, as defined in the Educative Goals of the College of Home Economics
Our college aims to produce students who are socially responsible, who think beyond the self, and is selflessly devoted in the service of the Filipino people. I have to admit, I never really cared about the Philippines so much before. I would sing our national anthem, of our freedom, wear nationalistic colors and clothes, but I never had that passion to digest its meaning or study it further. But I thank God that my college helped me realize the importance of acknowledging one’s self as a part of the society, connected and not independent, bearing in mind that with great knowledge comes great responsibility. I honestly find myself tearing up just thinking about our fellow brothers and sisters who are in dire need of help. I find myself having this fire and passion to serve and help them with the knowledge I have.
So, in response to the bonus question I had to answer a while ago, it took me one full page just to answer it (haha it was longer than some of my essay answers). But atleast I was honest, and I expressed myself in a matter that best reflects my current sentiments.
I shared this all because I want to inform and educate everyone how important it is to be socially responsible, to think beyond one’s self, to START helping our fellow filipinos, and (on the slightly lighter side) to value the food that comes to your table. Please always finish your plate! I know the popular saying would be, “Maraming nagugutom sa (insert impoverished place here)!” and they would say, “Eh bakit, wala naman tayo dun ah!” Yes, true. You may not be experiencing a shortage of food, but what you just wasted could have been distributed somewhere else where it could have been more appreciated. Always think that your demand for food is always in competition with someone else.
I hope I left you with something to ponder about. Goodnight! :)