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Hello,
I am Julio Bandido and I have a blog https://juliomiguel3.wordpress.com where I wrote an article on February 19, 2015:
A Quick Study on Your Three Kinds of New Year
https://juliomiguel3.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/a-quick-study-on-your-three-kinds-of-new-year/
and I referred to a link:
Brunei targets Chinese New Year in latest crackdown
http://shanghaiist.com/2015/02/17/brunei-targets-chinese-new-year-latest-crackdown.php
that Katie Nelson wrote on February 17, 2015.

The photograph of the DRAGON in the celebration of the Chinese New Year was lifted from my blog and shown in another site.

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Photo credits to Katie Nelson from shanghaiist.com

Please do not thank me or congratulate me on the photograph because it is NOT mine and it is owned by Katie Nelson in the abovementioned article.

Kindly notify your friend(s) who lifted the photograph to respect the intellectual property rights of the rightful owner.

Contact the author of that article or her at emailtips@shanghaiist.com if you have further questions, comments or tips.

(Katie Nelson in News on Feb 17, 2015 10:00 AM)

Thank you.

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A Quick Study on Your Three Kinds of New Year

Happy New Year !!! 

新年快樂 

Happy New Year !!!

שנה טובה

(Happy New Year in Hebrew) 

There are myriads of celebrations for the incoming year, but how much do we know about the three kinds of New Year that most of us are familiar with?

Here’s a quick rundown on these three in the individual calendars that they are based on.

1. The Chinese New Year

In this year of 2017, many Filipinos greeted each other with a boisterous “kung hei fat choi” last 28th of January, while it will again be an official public holiday on the 16th February 2018 next year.

Even beyond Binondo, most shopping malls are often awash with activities related to the Chinese New Year. For some people, they would queue in long lines just to get readings from feng shui experts who would tell them of their fortunes using the animals that symbolize their respective birth years, of various relationships to other people’s animal years, and of how they might be affected by impending events in each coming month.

However, many Filipinos have conflicting beliefs and vague ideas on this Chinese lore.

What then are some details that are not often spoken about regarding this festivity?

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Taboos and Superstitions of Chinese New Year
http://web.uvic.ca/~mroth/438/CHINA/taboos.html

Many of us know the animals representing our birth year, but must we Christians follow and also line-up for our own readings?

Do we ever have notions that our Father God in heaven would approve if we adopt some of these Chinese practices?

In early February, Brunei issued strict guidelines for the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Upon hearing of this news, perhaps many of us Christians reacted against this seeming veiled censorship in our naive belief on freedom and in the name of democracy.

Brunei targets Chinese New Year in latest crackdown:
http://shanghaiist.com/2015/02/17/brunei-targets-chinese-new-year-latest-crackdown.php

After studying Brunei’s restrictions, shall we reconsider and perhaps ponder if we can also implement similar rules?

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Photo credits to Katie Nelson in http://shanghaiist.com

2. The Catholic New Year

At 12 midnight on the eve of every January 01, we shout a joyful greeting of “Happy New Year”, often in the company of our loved ones. For those with Western orientation, they may even sing “The Auld Lang Syne” to bide a goodbye to the outgoing year.

Surely, we are familiar with the Gregorian calendar that we have used for ages, but do we know that it is a recent invention that is inconsistent, full of errors and has been changed many times?

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Image above: Tomb of Pope Gregory XIII celebrating the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar

All major cultures in history had their own calendar that could even be used for complex navigation because these were all based on celestial bodies, but how did the crude and inconsistent Gregorian Calendar succeed and become dominant worldwide?

This article with videos show that the conquering Catholic nations forced their subjects to use and accept the Gregorian Calendar:

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The Truth About the Gregorian Calendar: http://themindunleashed.org/2013/06/the-truth-about-gregorian-calendar.html

So, do we even care that we may have ignorantly sat back and swallowed this Catholic calendar hook, line and sinker?

3. Our Christian New Year

Does our Almighty Father prescribe a specific New Year for us?

We may have read in the Scriptures that our Father God in heaven spoke to Moses and gave dozens of instructions on how and when to commemorate many important events on very specific dates, but do we know what calendar He is referring to for us to use?

The Word of God says that the LORD had assigned to us the start the year:

“This month [shall be] unto you the beginning of months: it [shall be] the first month of the year to you.”
– Exodus 12:2 (KJV)

in Hebrew (Read from right to left):

בחודש זה [יהיה] לכם תחילת חודשים: זה [יהיה] בחודש הראשון של השנה אליך “.
– שמות 12: 2 (עברית)

Kindly read the whole chapter 12 of Exodus for a better understanding.

Isn’t this New Year supposed to be only for the Jews?

This calendar used by Moses is the same one used by Christ Jesus, and is very much in use now, not only by the Jews, but by obedient Christians as well.

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Photo by myphotocreations.com

The year that God had explicitly ordained both for the Jews and for Christians begins NOT on January 01 or anytime close to this date.

In this year of 2017, our Rosh Chodesh (also Rosh Hodesh) or New Year fell on 1 Nissan 5777 or Tuesday, March 27, 2017.
In 2016, New Year was on the Saturday, April 09, and in the coming year of 2018, it will be on Saturday, or the 17th of March.

However, if one looks at all of these dates, he will be confused because he will find a discrepancy of one day with the Gregorian calendar that many are familiar with. Why is there an error?

The Hebrew Luach (calendar) is obviously different from the Gregorian calendar that most of us use. One distinct feature is that the Hebrew day starts at sundown of the previous day, meaning that although our New Year on 1 Nissan 5778 is on 18th of March 2018, it officially starts around sundown at around 06 pm of the previous day of 17 March 2018.

juliomiguel3photo from Simple Luach application

But why must Christians understand the Hebrew Luach?

Christians are often stumped in figuring out the timeline of on these events:
1. the Lord’s Supper,
2. the arrest of Jesus,
3. the Crucifixion of Jesus,
4. the death of Jesus,
5. the burial of Jesus,
6. the resurrection of Christ,
7. the ascension of Christ to heaven,
8. the birth of the infant Jesus,
and other important events.

A proper study of the Hebrew Luach often solves this dilemma.

Knowing this calendar will also make us appreciate the significance of the Jewish Passover and hopefully, we may see our vital connection to these events.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)

Once we have a working understanding of Hebrew dates, we can perhaps start to solve more perplexing puzzles when we read narrations in the Gospels. These are two very crucial questions that will surely come to mind:

1. After Jesus took the Lord’s Supper, he was arrested, then crucified, later died and was buried; but why do we read that all of these events happened on the same day?

2. When Christ died, he was buried for three days and then he rose again, but why do Scriptural accounts show that he resurrected one day ahead of schedule?

That’s correct. Many pastors and priests who quote the Scriptures, say that Jesus died and was buried on a Friday afternoon and then he resurrected after three (3) days at early dawn on the following Sunday?

The first problem should be quite easy to solve but can we untangle the Problem #2 disjunct?

Shall we discover that all the pieces will finally fall into their proper places.

Shouldn’t we now get excited and start looking for these jewels of knowledge that God has hidden in His Word but which He promised to reveal to us?

May the Almighty Father in heaven continue to give us the guidance of the Holy Spirit, in the name of His Son our Lord Christ Jesus.

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Photo by hebrew4christians.com

Suggested study on the Jewish Calendar:
Introduction to the Jewish Calendar
http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Calendar/calendar.html

Your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Next article coming soon:
Counting The Days Of Christ’s Burial.

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Why Must The Muslims Study The Existing IPRA Law?

Many of us love Mindanao.

And almost all of us want peace,
but at what cost?

More than 175 indigenous tribes have painstakingly undergone the laborious task of application to acquire their ancestral lands through the existing Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA). A very laudable provision in this law is the requirement of a comprehensive and viable land and forest management program to be presented and defended by the applying party.

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These people followed Philippine laws and went through the tedious but peaceful process and eventually won their rights to their cherished land without giving the government any headaches;
no bargaining for their own armies,
no insistence on getting their share from the national budget,
no requirements for special laws for themselves.

Many of them are now prosperous with some focused on exports and a few even own their own banks.

This law being strictly implemented by government, why is the MILF now being given preferential treatment? Were we not repeatedly taught (again and again and again) that laws are designed for the common good? Should we even attempt to craft laws that have questionable provisions that contradict the Constitution?

The BBL will bring chaos and NOT peace. Why?

Aside from the Muslims, there are hundreds of thousands of Christians (Ilonggo, Ilocano, Cebuano, Bolanon, etc), indigenous peoples (Bla’an, Bagobo, Subanen, T’boli, Tiruray, Manobo, Molbog, etc) who have been living for hundreds of years inside the vast areas covered by the proposed BBL.

These non-Muslim groups, roughly double in number compared to the Muslims in the current ARMM area, strongly oppose the BBL because once approved, the Muslim Sha’ria Law will be used to govern these vast areas.

They too are well-armed and are tested warriors. Remember that the Spanish, American and Japanese armies failed miserably against them. Now with the aid of the highly-vaunted AK-47 assault rifles from the New People’s Army (NPA), these people are promising war if the BBL is passed.

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Photo credits from security matters.com

Shortsighted Ging Deles has been avoiding this issue, while President Pnoy is silent. Filipinos far from these areas are also ignorant of the realities on the ground.

Should Philippine laws now be allowed to be tailor-fit to suit the friends of the powers-that-be?

Will the rumored ambitious and selfish campaign of Pnoy to win the Nobel Peace Prize justify the passing of the Bangsamoro Basic Law?

Calls for Pnoy’s resignation abound but do we have a better alternative? How can we ensure that we won’t be jumping from the pan to the fire?
Right now, it’s more like
“Between the devil
and the deep blue sea”
at this juncture.

So for now, it’s
No to terrorists.
No to BBL.
Yes to IPRA.

Read the entire
The Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act of 1997 –
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8371
http://www.gov.ph/1997/10/29/republic-act-no-8371/

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From Where Did Valentine’s Day Originate?

Did you celebrate The Day Of Love?

Were you expressing your emphatic “Happy Valentine’s Day!” with overflowing enthusiasm during this February 14 celebration?

Are you sure that you are fully aware of the real significance of this day?

For those who claim that they are Christians, this was surely another day for the ignorant to put Christ Jesus into open shame. Why?

There is a very dark secret where this celebration came from.

Lupercalia is not familiar to most Catholics because they have no idea whatsoever on the origins of their Valentine’s Day.

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Lupercalia most likely derives from lupus, “wolf,” though both the etymology and its significance are obscure[1] (bronze wolf’s head, 1st century AD) Photo from Wikipedia

In ancient times when Rome conquered vast parts of Europe, the pagan masses feared their evil god Lupercus so they celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia from February 13 to 15 in his honor, ostensibly to appease him with much revelry — drunkenness, debauchery, sacrifice of goats, and fornication. Women were raffled off to naked men who would whip these willing women with blood-drenched goatskin from their sacrificed animals. These “lucky” women drawn as their partners remained paired-off to them for the duration of the festival.

The Roman authorities banned this festival but the pagans were unwilling to give up this practice so the Catholic church adopted this pagan ritual and successfully got more converts who were formerly unreceptive to their teachings.

Later in 495 AD, Pope Gelasius I spoke of a certain St. Valentine who was said to have been martyred on February 14 although no records of his life or his deeds were ever found in any Vatican document. This controversial event was conveniently referred to him and thereafter was renamed as Valentine’s Day to mask the protests of those who criticized this pagan festival that was clearly contrary to the teachings of Christ Jesus.

What does God say about this?

“13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.

14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which [are] round about you;

15 (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.”
– Deuteronomy 6:13 > 15 (KJV)

Read the un-Christian details of this pagan festival:
http://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133693152/the-dark-origins-of-valentines-day

The Lupercalian Festival in Rome(ca. 1578–1610), drawing by thecircle of Adam Elsheimer, showing the Luperci dressed as dogs and goats, with Cupid andpersonifications of fertility

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A Colonial Outline By A Filipino Hitler

The New Society:
A Colonial Outline By A Filipino Hitler.

Kindly make your own corrections as I am now writing only from a failing memory, but even if these events happened some 47 years ago, March 18, 1968 stands out very clearly when a brazen massacre was carried out in Corregidor, Bataan.

But first, let us look at the scenario more than fifty years ago:

During the incumbency of Presidents Carlos Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal in the 1950s and early 1960s, the Philippine economy was a shining star. Local and foreign businesses were booming, jobs were so plentiful in thousands of factories that produced myriads of goods not only for local consumption but more for the export market. Many industrial estates had to be created to accommodate numerous investments in manufacturing.

The Philippine peso was 1=1 with the US dollar.

Our military then had the state-of-the-art armaments — fighter jets, bombers, tanks, etc and our well-equipped navy ships patrolled the whole country including the Spratly Island group – known then as the Paracels.

Manila, like what New York is today, was the financial center and the fashion capital not only of the region but of Asia. The first airline in the whole of Asia was the Philippine Airlines. Manila was THE destination for foreigners who were arriving in droves, not of cheap tourists, but more of the world’s jet-set and of big business investors.

We were more than sufficient culturally, socially, economically, politically, and militarily.
Yes, we were the envy of all our Asian neighbors.

What were the tools available to an incoming leader?

When Ferdinand Marcos came to power, the National Media Production Center (NMPC) churned-out volumes and volumes of government propaganda and the Marcos government faired quiet well in that regard. However, the bigger audience was Asia and the world, and because Marcos wanted more fame, he created the Philippine Center for Asian Studies (PCAS) designed primarily to do interdisciplinary studies in the whole of Asia, but Ferdie still had more up his sleeve.

PCAS had an imposing building right next to the UP Law Center in the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, but unlike the respectable institution that it is now, it was said to have been surreptitiously established as a think tank not only to solidify Philippine leadership in Asia, but to ensure Philippine dominance as well.

Operating with PCAS was a political essayist rumored in leftist circles as a CIA operative, Adrian Cristobal’s writing style was not only good but very impressive, but for many critics, the content of his essays were simply controversial. With him was intelligence officer General Jose Almonte, and yes, in this group then was this young typist who is now the newspaper columnist Conrado De Quiroz.

From them came out programs espousing a proud and prosperous Filipino nation with Malakas and Maganda leading the country. There was also this bold move to promote the changing the country’s name Philippines to Maharlika, as it was alleged that King Philip II of Spain, in whose honor this country was named after, was a big error because he was a weak and a syphilitic leader.

PCAS appeared to have been attempting to rewrite the “better” Philippine history. The New Society gave the nation a proud identity. And the Filipinos rallied behind their apparently strong President. Thanks to all the government-controlled television and radio stations, and all print media, the Nation truly looked Great Again.

What extenuating circumstances allowed Marcos to plan ahead?

With the whole Philippine economy already under his grip, specially because he practically controlled most of the vital industries, rumors were persistent that Marcos wanted to “remake” history with programs that looked similar to the “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” designed by Japan to conquer and rule Asia in the 1940s before they went to war.

Like the Japanese, the perverted dream of greatness in conquest may have crept into Marcos who wanted to invade other countries and risk war with our neighboring brothers.

Kindly read this brief:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_East_Asia_Co-Prosperity_Sphere

Then, in a privilege speech at the Philippine Senate labeled the JABIDAH MASSACRE, Senator Ninoy Aquino lit a bomb when he exposed the sinister attempt of Marcos to invade Sabah using military force with 180 Muslims trained as military commandos. This adventurous plan was thereafter aborted when the covert ops was botched and as a cover-up, the Muslims trainees were massacred.

Read this exposé of San Ninoy Aquino in its entirety:
http://www.gov.ph/1968/03/28/jabidah-special-forces-of-evil-by-senator-benigno-s-aquino-jr/

This planned invasion, along with the earlier “Operation Merdeka”, is the linchpin of the megalomaniac ambition of Ferdinand Marcos to expand the Philippine territory by attacking Sabah and then to conquer other parts of the big island. These covert operations were designed to realize the Maharlika program of Marcos, but the massacre sparked the ire of our neighboring countries and our Muslim brothers who thereafter created the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and later the MILF.

Read Wikipedia info on Jabidah Massacre and on Operation Merdeka:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabidah_massacre

Here are additional accounts on the earlier Philippine covert operations inside Sabah before the Jabidah Massacre.

Read Rappler article on Operation Merdeka in Sabah:
http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/24025-jabidah-massacre-merdeka-sabah

This story of an ambitious Filipino Hitler may sound so incredible now and may look like a the theme of a James Bond movie but all these details are now written in our history, not by Ian Fleming, but by scores of our own Filipino writers.

MORE THAN THE VALUE OF THE STORY ON THIS MASSACRE, MARCOS WANTED TO RISK LOSING THE PEACE THAT WE ENJOYED AND BRING THE PHILIPPINES TO WAR WITH OUR NEIGHBORS TO FURTHER HIS MEGALOMANIAC AMBITIONS.

Why Conflicts In The Philippines Elude Peace?

(Sorry but this article is still being written)

Why is the Philippines beset with conflicts that elude lasting peace?

Are we being used as pawns by manipulative powers?

We all know that there is big money to be made in any conflict anywhere in the world. But most of us are not aware on how conflicts are created.

The war industry is a very powerful sector. Even US President John Kennedy was assassinated because he wanted the Vietnam war stopped.

Our very good friend, the USA, wants war in Mindanao and will do anything to create chaos there to justify their meddling into East Asian affairs.

Pera-pera lang yan. World governments are beholden to big business.

Before the end of her tour of duty in the Philippines, why did former Ambassador Christie Kenney break diplomatic protocol and met with the Abu Sayyaf without even informing the Philippines? Was the delivery of arms, including the M50 assault rifle one year earlier than the receipt of the same of the Philippine military included in their secret agenda?

Pera-pera lang yan. World governments are beholden to big business.

Wars are waged in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc for economic and financial gain.

Why did US Ambassador Sonia Brady “innocently” leak out confidential information on the infamous “Brady Notes” that backdoor negotiator Sen Antonio Trillanes went berserk, freaking out and berating her including the whole US government upon learning that, while we were all debating on the rightful sovereignty in the West Philippine seas specially in the Spratly Islands, the Chinese had already been extracting natural gas for two years in the Liwan-1 and Liwan-2 platforms with the surreptitious help of American partners Chevron and CanAm Husky Energy? BTW, Liwan-3 started pumping natural gas in July of 2014.

Pera-pera lang yan. World governments are beholden to big business.

Foreign funders snubbed us for decades, but why are these same entities insisting now that we accept millions of US dollars and Euros, ramming down to our throats huge foreign resources to be used for development projects in the very remote and inhospitable Liguasan Marsh close to Mamasapano even if nobody will benefit from these projects as there are no inhabitants within hundreds of kilometers in all directions? Are there really big reserves of “sweet oil” in these wetlands as indicated by Malaysian and Indonesian studies?

Pera-pera lang yan. World governments are beholden to big business.

Again, our very good friend, the USA, will do anything to “protect” the source of these fossil fuels there to justify their meddling into East Asian affairs.

Who then must the Filipino listen to now?

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
– 2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV)

The Tagalog version is more apt:

“Datapuwa’t alamin mo ito, na sa mga huling araw ay darating ang mga panahong mapanganib.”
– 2 Timoteo 3:1 (Ang Dating Biblia)

May the Lord our God have mercy on our country.