Monday, November 30, 2009
You see, receiving Gifts is not my love language. Nor is it my son's. But it is the love language of my wife, whom I love very much.
Receiving Gifts as a love language requires something material. That's the "bad" news. But that material thing does not have to be expensive. That's the "good" news. But then make no mistake about it: it must be sincerely given the way love ought to be expressed.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Men keep their emotions private, by design of nature. It's the way we're made. We're like electric submarines that surface from time to time to recharge, and dive again to the deep for months.
Monday, November 23, 2009
What if this path of Pinoy fatherhood leads to mediocrity? What if our sons grow up not asking questions because they KNOW something bad happens. Then we have a country that's easily intimidated by warlords, exactly what we're seeing nowadays. Not good.
My son has brains (as I believe every boy has). Moreover I think my son has street-type brains. He has the precious gift of expressing himself when he missses us, and he has developed the knack of developing his cases about why he should sleep on our bed with us tonight, why he should come with us to community gatherings, etc.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The whole great thing about Sun Duo is that I don't have to worry about additional phone bills for these calls. None. Zero. Believe it or not.
I subscribed to Sun Duo primarily to save costs in starting up a business and to allow business contacts with landlines to call me anytime, as if I'm in an office. It also allows me to call my partner who uses a different network for FREE. I did that by dialing the landline number of his Duo subscription in his network. Sun Duo to me was (and is) a great deal!
Monday, November 16, 2009
To people speaking other love languages, the funny thing about Quality Time is it's intangible. If it's intangible, how can we give it? That guestion have driven many people mad.
Someone whose love language is Words of Affirmation will find Quality Time people absolutely difficult to spell. While poems and songs can make world class singers envious, these won't mean much to the Quality Time person unless these are recited or sung by the loved one himself, and with no one else around to distract that magic moment.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Next to that in the List were:
- prepare powerpoint presentation, do flipchart version (just in case)
- do analysis of ROI, review pricing scheme, factor in seasonality
- get two more sales people, repost vacant position in JobStreet
- etc etc etc
Monday, November 9, 2009
Anyhow, take a look!
Physical Touch is about hugging and kissing family and friends. Among women, that usually means a lot of "beso beso." Among men, that can mean a lot of high fives, low fives, round-house fives, etc. We see this all the time, with slight variations depending on the region of origin.
Friday, October 30, 2009
These roles lie deep in the subconscious of every Filipino male. These roles are also the source of a Filipino male's dilemma.
Let's dissect one these roles just a little bit today, that of the Father's Business #1: Providing for the Family. There are four dimensions where a Filipino Father provides for his family: the material, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
You may simply click the following links to access those posts:
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
|The words "mano po" are strong words of affirmation for the parents from |
children. We return such honor by saying, "Mabait na bata." (Good Kid!)
Photo extracted from "revcruz" at flickr.com/photos/revcruz/3273660240/
How does one speak that language? How do we communicate with him?
Friday, July 17, 2009
"Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace. It is a force that has its origin in God, Eternal Love and Absolute Truth."I won't go into an in-depth theological discussion. There are sites for that. What I seek to write about is its implication on parenting in a family setting, the basic social unit of every society (of course you already know that, don't you?).
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The Five Love Languages was a book written by Gary Chapman. It is available in National Bookstore, Power Books or Fully Booked. What a gift to people serious about parenting!
Monday, July 6, 2009
But then he said further, "I just want to be a full-time father." That froze me for half a second.
He turned out to be a Filipino father working overseas, while his family stays in the home country, the Philippines.*
I told him, "Rest tonight my friend with the thought that you are a purposeful father."
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Now, stay with me. If I sound weird, this is because you don't hear people discuss this in schools, much less in the companies where you work 10, 20, 30, 40 years! No, they don't.
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If truth be told, they don't even normally discuss this in the Church! They tell you to get in touch with God. They tell you to know Jesus. They tell you to pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. They're all setting you up to the right path.
But what is it that makes you move?
Monday, June 29, 2009
|General Douglas McArthur was a great general in world history. You have an idea what made this general cry? (Photo courtesy of publicdomainclip-art.blogspot.com.)|
You may revolt and say, "What!?! What question is this? Who0ooo cares, man? Who cares?"
If you have nothing to cry about in this world, what sort of life would that be? Won't it be a kind of existence that's boring, annoying and meaningless? Is that how life should be lived? Tell me.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
No father wants to cry, much less be seen crying, especially by his children. Among children, I guess no one wants to see their father cry.
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But truth be told, it does happen. Believe it or not. A father cries. You have been warned, so be prepared.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Later I asked myself why I found that article very funny, but that's getting ahead of my story.
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Do you care to know what the funny article said?
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Being a Father of 3, I'm starting to appreciate the celebration of Father's Day. As I reflect on the last 4+ years of raising two boys and expecting a new baby, I would like to share with you the 8 Things I learned as a Father:
Saturday, June 20, 2009
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Let me share two stories today.
Edward Lee, CitisecOnLine.com. Edward's father once tearfuly pleaded with him to reform his happy-go-lucky ways. He was very lazy in school. In high school, he was kicked out. But never did his father waiver in his unconditional love for him.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Most of us may define the word "Father" according to our experiences of our own father. Conversely, we are the embodiment of the word "Father" to our kids. What do you think your kids see? What do you think your kids feel?
Hard questions, aren't they?
Friday, June 12, 2009
Today is Philippine Independence Day. June 12, 1898 is a date Filipinos remember as the day when then 28-year old General Emilio Aguinaldo declared the independence of the Philippines from Spain.
It was a very short-lived independence though. The Americans whom Aguinaldo thought to be his allies turned out to have other ideas. It colonized the Philippines and ran after Aguinaldo as a bandit. It wasn't until July 4, 1946 when the Philippines had its "real" independence.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Pressing on, I confessed to myself that hugs and appreciation from my family will be great enough for me.
But then maybe it is just me who wanted that, I thought. So, I sent a question to friends of mine who are also Dads...
"What ONE THING would you want on Father's Day?"
I got a handful of responses, all of them very interesting.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
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Not too fast. Keep your TV right where it is. Just throw away the antenna or cancel your cable subscription. Then focus on more productive ways of using your TV.
Here are some ideas you might relate well with...
1. REPLACE TV Programs with Wholesome Movies via DVD/VCDs
Of course everyone watches DVD/VCDs these days. But I'm talking here about substituting TV programs with your favorite movie on DVD or VCD as a habit! That way, you have absolute control over what your TV spits out into your home. That's the ultimate "parental guidance" for kids, especially very impressionable boys.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The reasons why we do not really need a TV tuner at home varies from the practical to the profound. Let's start with the practical ones and progress to the more profound.
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1. Who's really having a great time with your TV? and I mean, really? Traditional TV (the "CRT") is becoming obsolete, while the expensive LCD TV is becoming the "IN" thing. Getting one is not cheap. Question is, who really watches your TV as you labor to get it paid? Is it YOU? or your househelp?
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Well, I'm 40, and I do have my own share of these derived impressions about Filipino women.
But there was one thing my father said when I was around ten that I could never forget. He said, and these were the exact words, "Women are strong. In fact, women are sometimes stronger than men."
That didn't make any sense to me then. But having heard it from my own father, I could not just dismiss it. Thirty years later, that conversation came to my mind again.
|Illustration of Malakas and Maganda. The first man and woman in|
Philippine folklore, came out from a giant bamboo.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
So, how on earth can we bond well with our boys who model us (whether we like it or not)?
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Taken largely from my own experience (and I hope you share yours too here), let me share some of the ways I bond with my five-year old son:
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
How many of us remembered? How many of us greeted the mother of our sons that day?
Interestingly, thanks to the wonders of the internet, there's one more way of greeting our wives and mothers on Mother's Day.
Click on the image below.
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Cool, isn't it?
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Michael Pardiñas shares with us his story. He is a thirty-some business owner of Recipe Food Manufacturing, Inc. that operates in Balagtas, Bulacan. He lives with his family in Quezon City. He's married to Christine, and he has two boys namely Miguel (8 y/o) and Lorenzo (1 y/o).
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I met Michael for the first time as a fellow member of Epsilon Chi Fraternity in UP Diliman. While I was basically a visiting brod that time, I had this impression of him as a private person. This was decades ago.
It was therefore a pleasant surprise when Michael graciously agreed to an interview about what he discusses with his kids on the dinner table (the same interview I gave to Bo Sanchez earlier). I made it clear to him that the interview will be published, and he was OK with the idea.
So, here we go...
Monday, May 4, 2009
Do you think so?
We have a matricentric society. But are we matriarchal? That is the question.
I found interesting discussions about this in the net too:
- The word "matriarchal" is used loosely by commenters "The Saint" and "Ira" to refer to their experience about gender biases in schools and in corporations;
- Commenter "Annabelle" used the word "matriarchal" because we have a woman for a President;
- Commenter "Fatherpose" (obviously a non-Filipino) used the word "matriarchal" to impress their perception that Filipino men are "wimpy"
- A Wapedia entry entitled "Religion in the Philippines" debatably interprets the major roles played by women in pre-colonial Filipino history to mean that the Filipinos are basically matriarchal.
Monday, April 27, 2009
You see, Bo speaks on Sundays live at the Kerygma Feasts in front of thousands of people, writes a lot of books, have TV and radio programs here and there, runs many NGOs, runs many websites (KerygmaFamily.com, BoSanchez.ph, TrulyRichClub.com, PreacherInBlueJeans.com, etc.), sits down shoulder-to-shoulder with bishops and cardinals and and does many other stuff you'd think only Superman can do.
|An updated photo (2013) of the Sanchez Family.|
Source: Catholic Filipino Academy website
Well, he actually did! Now we have a peek about what goes on at the Bo Sanchez dinner table on meal time.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The book "bringing up BOYS" pulled me like a powerful magnet one day in a bookstore in Greenbelt, Makati. It was written by James Dobson, an unfamiliar name. The cover design wasn't attractive to me either. So I was sure it was the title that mercilessly tugged me that day.
After hovering around the shelf for 30 minutes and inspecting the book three times, I decided to buy it. After all, I had a 3-year old boy that time (now the boy's five years and nine months old). This boy was (and is) very much like me...and deep inside I was desperate about how my wife and I should raise him up into the kind of person we wanted him to be.
Maybe a little education would help, I thought. Forget about being stingy for the time being.
Was this feeling of being at a loss about sons a normal feeling among fathers? or was it just me?
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
|Father and son, one Sunday morning at the|
University of the Philippines Diliman grounds
Either way, I hope many of us have discovered that father-son relationships are the most special in the world of parenting. Yet there doesn't seem to be a lot of literature covering this subject.