Boracay Island, Philippines

Monday, August 31, 2009

That's My World Tuesday. National Heroes Day. Jose P. Rizal

Dr. Jose Rizal
(1861-1896) Physician, poet, novelist, artist, scientist, historian, educator, nationalist, and internationalist.

Today is our National Heroes Day. It is celebrated every last Monday of August. See Philippine Holiday.

Jose P. Rizal ancestral house at Calamba, Laguna

I was in Calamba last weekend ( long weekend), so I might as well dropped by here

The Last Poem of Rizal

His friend Mariano Ponce gave it the title of MI ULTIMO ADIOS, as it originally had none

(Original In Spanish)

Farewell, my adored Land, region of the sun caressed,
Pearl of the Orient Sea, our Eden lost,
With gladness I give you my Life, sad and repressed;
And were it more brilliant, more fresh and at its best,
I would still give it to you for your welfare at most.

On the fields of battle, in the fury of fight,
Others give you their lives without pain or hesitancy,
The place does not matter: cypress laurel, lily white,
Scaffold, open field, conflict or martyrdom's site,
It is the same if asked by home and Country.

I die as I see tints on the sky b'gin to show
And at last announce the day, after a gloomy night;
If you need a hue to dye your matutinal glow,
Pour my blood and at the right moment spread it so,
And gild it with a reflection of your nascent light!

My dreams, when scarcely a lad adolescent,
My dreams when already a youth, full of vigor to attain,
Were to see you, gem of the sea of the Orient,
Your dark eyes dry, smooth brow held to a high plane
Without frown, without wrinkles
and of shame without stain.

My life's fancy, my ardent, passionate desire,
Hail! Cries out the soul to you,
that will soon part from thee;

Hail! How sweet 'tis to fall that fullness you may acquire;
To die to give you life, 'neath your skies to expire,
And in your mystic land to sleep through eternity!

If over my tomb some day, you would see blow,
A simple humble flow'r amidst thick grasses,
Bring it up to your lips and kiss my soul so,
And under the cold tomb, I may feel on my brow,
Warmth of your breath, a whiff of your tenderness.

Let the moon with soft, gentle light me descry,
Let the dawn send forth its fleeting, brilliant light,
In murmurs grave allow the wind to sigh,
And should a bird descend on my cross and alight,
Let the bird intone a song of peace o'er my site.

Let the burning sun the raindrops vaporize
And with my clamor behind return pure to the sky;
Let a friend shed tears over my early demise;
And on quiet afternoons when one prays for me on high,
Pray too, oh, my Motherland, that in God may rest I.

Pray thee for all the hapless who have died,
For all those who unequalled torments have undergone;
For our poor mothers who in bitterness have cried;
For orphans, widows and captives to tortures were shied,
And pray too that you may see your own redemption.

And when the dark night wraps the cemet'ry
And only the dead to vigil there are left alone,
Don't disturb their repose, don't disturb the mystery:
If you hear the sounds of cittern or psaltery,
It is I, dear Country, who, a song t'you intone.

And when my grave by all is no more remembered,
With neither cross nor stone to mark its place,
Let it be plowed by man, with spade let it be scattered
And my ashes ere to nothingness are restored,
Let them turn to dust to cover your earthly space.

Then it doesn't matter that you should forget me:
Your atmosphere, your skies, your vales I'll sweep;
Vibrant and clear note to your ears I shall be:
Aroma, light, hues, murmur, song, moanings deep,
Constantly repeating the essence of the faith I keep.

My idolized Country, for whom I most gravely pine,
Dear Philippines, to my last goodbye, oh, harken
There I leave all: my parents, loves of mine,
I'll go where there are no slaves, tyrants or hangmen
Where faith does not kill and where God alone does reign.

Farewell, parents, brothers, beloved by me,
Friends of my childhood, in the home distressed;
Give thanks that now I rest from the wearisome day;
Farewell, sweet stranger, my friend,
who brightened my way;

Farewell, to all I love. To die is to rest.


Monument at Luneta Park, Manila.

Taken on August 2, during the Walk for Sight I participated.

"Rizal was the greatest product of the Philippines and that his coming to the world was like the appearance of a rare comet whose rare brilliance appears only every other century.”
Fernidand Blumentritt (please click)

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Blue, Macro and Mosaic Monday. Sapphire

A Blue Sapphire Birthstone.

"Surrounded by bits and pieces..
Amidst uncertainties..
You will always there to find us..
and will never leaves us, as you promise."
by Regina

Taken at home

"O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted,

behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours,
and lay thy foundations with sapphires." Isaiah 54:11

This blog still celebrating its 100th Post and sharing it with.

Blue Monday
Hosted by Smiling Sally
Macro Monday
Hosted by Lisa
Mosaic Monday
Hosted by Mary at Little Red House
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Monochrome. Countryside

Enjoying the countryside.

Taken along Subic, Clark, Tarlac Expressway

This blog still celebrating its 100th Post.

Monochrome Weekly
Hosted by Aileni

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Pink Saturday and Today's Flower. Appreciation

Philippine Small Flower
( Fuchsia Pink)

To appreciate His greatness
in every corner of our world..

To stop for a while and look at the flower...
By Regina

"I love to think of nature as an unlimited
broadcasting station, through which
God speaks to us every hour,
if we will only tune in."

George Washington Carver

"When you take a flower in your hand
and really look at it,

its' your world for the moment."

Taken at National Bilibid Prison. Where we conducted a Livelihood Project. More photographs next post. Still celebrating 100th post. Thank you all.

Thanks Beverly of
How Sweet The Sound
Thanks to Santilli, Denise, Pupo and Valkyrien

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

SkyWatch. Pastel Sky, Part I

Pastel Sky

"Take Time to laugh , it is the music of the soul

Take time to be friendly , it is the road to happiness."

Taken just outside my window

See things in the eyes of the Creator. Enjoy the colors of life..

This blog is still celebrating its 100th post.

More wonderful skies around the world at..
Thanks to Sky Watch Team, Klaus, Sandy, Ivar,
Wren, Fishing Guy and Louise
Happy Weekend!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Camera Critters; Watery and Outdoor

Playful Dolphins.

A sight to behold on the way to Camiguin Island. Misamis Oriental. South of Philippines.

" Some went off in ships,
plying the trade routes of the world.
They, too, observed the Lords power in action,
His impressive works on the deepest seas."

Psalms 107:23-25

Photo Credit: My cousin Joey

till Celebrating my 100th Post. Thank you all!

Sharing 101 Th Post with..

Camera Critters
Thanks to Misty Dawn

Watery Wednesday
Thanks to 2sweetnsaxy

Outdoor Wednesday
Thank you Susan

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

100th Post. Pink Saturday and Today's Flower

100th Post ( A Celebration)
"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance,
all things are attainable."
Thomas F. Buxton

I am sharing this with all the Weekly Themes I am participating! Thank you so much to all the wonderful hosts and team!
Philippine Pink Ixora

This blog is almost seven months old. I am so thankful because from the span of my 100th Days Blog ( My Confessions) and now my 100th Post. I can say that I have learned a lot and still more to learn. I'm not a photographer nor a writer but I exerted so much time and effort . And to be a part of this phenomenon is worth it.

Pink Saturday

Thanks Beverly  @  How Sweet The Sound
Today's Flower teaSantilli, Denise, Pupo and Valkyrien

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Friday, August 21, 2009

SkyWatch. A Tower On A Hill And Sky

Our High Tower

This is my ninety ninth (99th) Post. Thank you to all friends and followers.

" God is our fortress and high tower"
2 Samuel 22:3, Psalm 9:9

Taken at Subic Expressway

More wonderful skies around the world at..
Thanks to Sky Watch Team, Klaus, Sandy, Ivar,
Wren, Fishing Guy and Louise.

A Great Weekend To All.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Walk. Watery and Outdoor Wednesday

About two weeks ago. I participated with my civic group in an annual ,
"Walk for A Cause". To commemorate the Philippine National Sight Saving Month. From Cultural Center of the Philippines to Jose Rizal Monument at Rizal Park (Luneta).

It was a dark cloudy morning. But it drizzled only for a few minutes after the walk.

Manila Bay, August 2, 2009

Dragon Boat at Manila Bay

Blooms all around

Roxas Boulevard ( formerly Dewey)

A boy at the Manila bay

People jogging and walking

The walk ended here with Wreath Laying ceremony. Our national hero was an eye doctor.

Monument, at Luneta Park

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Thank you Susan
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Flower In The Field

We are like a flower in the fields..

Consider the lilies of the field how they grow.
They neither toil nor spin."
Matthew 6:28A

Thank you to all the wonderful hosts!
Have a great week everyone!
Today's Flower XVII,
Hosted by Santilli, Denise, Pupo and Valkyrien
Mosaic Monday
Hosted by Mary at Little Red House

Macro Monday V I,
Hosted by Lisa
Mellow Yellow Monday,

by Drowsey Monkey

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pink Saturday. Thoughts and Prayers

Thoughts and Prayers..
Amy Dawn daughter of Debbie There's An Angel On my Front Porch
Anna of
Nature Trail

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