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Baguio City and Raymund's Birthday
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This post is a little overdue, but it's better late than never. Anyway, son Raymund celebrated his 10th birthday on November 10. As per his request, we went to Baguio City. It used to be when my husband and I just go to Baguio on a whim. And when its Baguio, it meant going through the parks, communing with nature and bringing home Baguio products together with lots of vegetables. Just staying in Burnham Park for several minutes, munching pop corn or whatever is being sold by ambulant vendors nearby, while enjoying the cool breeze and watching kids play is relaxation enough for hubby and me. But those were the days. Now, when we say Baguio, SM mall always come to mind, especially with the kids. SM to them means a fun filled day which includes playing computer games, a little shopping, and eating in fast food restaurants, which we actually did.

Our original plan is to choose one restaurant for our lunch, one we haven't visited yet. And then go to Sbarro for our snacks before we drive home in the afternoon. We failed to find a good restaurant for lunch because we cannot make up our minds on what we really wanted to eat. And so we settled for an all Filipino food, which was being served by Dencio's. We ordered crispy kangkong, crispy crablets, pinakbet, calamares, sisig, and pancit guisado. In general, the food at Dencio's was okay but not good enough to meet our standard. So that means never to go back there again.

It's also bad to find out that Sbarro at SM Baguio had closed. We were quite disappointed because it was my and hubby's favorite way back our student days, when celebrations were at Sbarro, SM North Edsa.

Did the birthday celebrant enjoy his day? Yes, very much, though not in terms of a birthday party. He spent the money alloted for his birthday playing, buying toys and new clothes. He badly needed new clothes as he is really growing fast and getting bigger and bigger. Oh, my young boy is slowly turning into a young handsome man. Soon enough he will have a life of his own.

I still vividly remember those days when I carried him in my womb. I was having abnormal bleedings (threatened abortion) so I had to stay in bed until I gave birth. I earnestly prayed for his safety and my safe delivery so that even just with one child, it would be okay for hubby and me. And we had Raymund, so cute as a baby, bringing extreme happiness to the family.

Raymund was a precious child. I had to forget being a doctor just to be able to attend to his every need. I was with him every minute of the day, taking my own personal needs on the side, unmindful of the outside world. For two years, he was my life. I taught him everything that a child his age should know. Our interactions consisted of reading alphabets and numbers, listening to and reciting-singing nursery rhymes and songs. And that was how he interpreted the word "play".

I went back to work when he entered school at La Marea Academy. He turned out to be a very intelligent and loving child. He never fails to show his love to us and how grateful he is for having us as his parents. Now in grade four, his class standing has not changed. He still is able to maintain good grades, though a bit more playful now than before. He cannot leave the school grounds until he played basketball with his classmates. He already sustained multiple scratches on his legs because of play, and he even went home one day with a deep lacerated wound on his right knee that needed suturing, all because of playing basketball. And this basketball thing has ripped most of his long pants, prompting me to buy him a new set again. Well, I guess basketball is really the thing for young boys like him.

Belated happy birthday, anak.
Here's wishing you good health and more blessings for the days to come. TSUP!

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 1:13 PM   0 comments
Senor Divino Tesoro is In Our House
Sunday, November 25, 2007

The replica of Senor Tesoro arrived in our house yesterday without prior announcement. It came as a surprise to the whole family as we were about to leave the house to attend the anticipated mass. I gladly welcomed him as I am a devotee since my childhood. I was told that he will stay with me for one week after which He will be transfered to another neighbor's house.
I positioned Him in my altar together with the images of Jesus Crucified, Santo Nino, and Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Senor Tesoro is the most divine image of our Lord Jesus Crucified, whose shrine can be found in the town proper of Calasiao, Pangasinan. As a young girl studying in Edna's School, Dagupan City, I frequented His place where millions of devotees and recipients of His divine help flock to ask for and give thanks to all the blessings He showers. He used to stay in the municipal hall of Calasiao. Stories about Him say that He was supposed to have been transferred in the shrine constructed for Him somewhere in the town proper but nobody was able to because the people cannot carry Him. They believed that He refused to be transferred and that place became His shrine to this date.

For those who are not familiar with Senor Divino Tesoro, here is His story:

I read from the prayer book which comes with the Image that Senor was owned by Don Francisco Paramio, a resident of Calasiao. He was a childless widower who lived alone in his nipa hut with only the Image as his companion. Don Francisco devoted his precious time while still alive taking care of the Image so that nothing bad befell him during his entire life.

One day when Don Franciso was no longer around to take care of the Image, strong winds and heavy rains destroyed the roofing of Don Francisco's old house. A carpenter and a neighbor of Don Franciso whose name is Joaquin, came to the nipa hut to inspect the Image. To his surprise and disbelief, he found the image with no sign of wetness. He intended to take the Image to his house but later on changed his mind. The next day he related the incident to the Gobernadorcillo, the highest town official during that time, who immediately ordered the transfer of the Image to the municipal hall. Senor Tesoro then became the patron saint of Calasiao, Pangasinan.

Countless stories were told about the miracles of Senor Tesoro, and many devotees bear witness to the many graces and answered prayers they receive. This is why many devotees even coming from far-flung places come to Calasiao to visit and worship Him.

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 2:12 PM   1 comments
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