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French Song: Tous les garcons et les filles

I find myself humming this song in my idle moments. It’s a french song originally sung by Francoise Hardy in 1962…and for some funny reason, even if the message of the song is quite sad, I find it comforting. Weird? Yeah, I can take it. :)

Just thought I’d share it because it is really quite charming, even if the melody of the song sugarcoats the dire realities of life and love. It’s a bonus, too, that the girl on the video sang it so well and so faithfully close to the original version. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. :) …continue reading French Song: Tous les garcons et les filles

French Competence and Talent Visa

Just when I thought that the French are rather not embracing globalization, ah…they continue to surprise bystanders like me. The French Embassy in Manila is looking for 100 qualified professionals to whom they will issue Competence and Talent Visas. This particular visa is issued to professionals, who, to quote the official announcement by the French Embassy in Manila, “contribute to the intellectual, economic, scientific, cultural, humanitarian or sportive impact of France in the world, and directly or indirectly of the Philippines”. Such visa will allow you to legally work anywhere in France…what a treat! As of writing, 1 Euro is equal to 69.93 Philippine Peso. Need I say more?

Applying is easy and will not cost you a cent. Just submit a letter of intent to the French Embassy in Manila, detailing your educational and professional qualifications, your employment prospects in France, and your plans upon setting foot in their country. I personally think that it would help a lot if you make mention that you plan to study French, as language competence will help you assimilate in France. You can start by enrolling yourself at Alliance Francais de Manille, and continue studying at Alliance Francaise Paris. With your letter of intent, you are supposed to attach documents which will help establish that you are indeed a highly skilled professional. A representative of the French Embassy will call you in a week or two if you are considered for the Competence and Talent Visa. Très facile! …continue reading French Competence and Talent Visa

Pilgrimage Tour to Europe: October 2008

We have a special affection for Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, the priest who carried the stigmata for 50 years. So many wonderful stories of faith, healing, and forgiveness surround his simple life, with most stories bordering on the impossible. It is pure grace to be reading the stories that surround his life, and I swear, even a full-pledged atheist will find his religion in the presence of a great spiritual leader that is Padre Pio.

My insatiable quest for more Padre Pio stories led me to a beautiful chapel in Libis, Quezon City called The Philippine Center of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. When I entered the chapel, rows and rows of testimonies of Padre Pio’s intercessions for people from all walks of life lined its walls. A cloth from his blood-soaked glove, along with his life-size statue were made part of the altar. There, you can kneel down and write him a letter to empty your heart’s burden. Truly, it is a place of sanctuary for anyone who wants to seek Padre Pio’s intercession, as I have did a thousand times over.

I will soon dedicate an entire post to introduce Padre Pio; I have so much to share about this controversial priest. But for now, let me just help The Philippine Center for St. Pio of Pietrelcina promote their 2nd Grand Pilgrimage Tour to Europe which is scheduled on October 1 – 18, 2008.

The said tour will have Fr. Emmanuel Victor Clemen as Pilgrimage Chaplain. The cost of the whole tour is $4,178 per person, and will have the following itinerary:

…continue reading Pilgrimage Tour to Europe: October 2008

Amazing Find: Travelife Magazine

One rainy weekend, my sister brought home an old magazine which caught my attention. On the front cover, it read, “10 Best French Restaurants (Outside France)”.  Food and France had always been, and will always be, a delightful combination for me. I liken this combination to a freshly baked baguette from a nearby boulangerie (bakery) with a perfectly seasoned pesto. One is no good without the other. :wink:

So, this magazine which caught my undivided attention the whole weekend is Travelife. I tell you, its articles on travel were so diverse it was as if I went continent-hopping while sitting on our good old comfy sofa. The bed weather added drama to my discovery of this wonderful travel magazine. I was so mesmerized with this magazine that I decided then and there that I shall add it to my roster of magazine subscriptions. At present, I am subscribed to Real Living and Yummy, both of which are well-decked with creative inspirations for an otherwise normal girl like me.

What made me super interested in this magazine? I could go on and on about the single issue that I’ve read, but I don’t think that I’ll give enough justice to Travelife magazine. So, I decided to just just lift from their website (verbatim) what you can expect to see in this magazine. Here goes: …continue reading Amazing Find: Travelife Magazine

G Boys and Gerry Esquivel on My Mind

I did not graduate from Ateneo; I only worked for Ateneo for a couple of months. In fact, that was my first job fresh out of College. But I must say that I hold this school close to my heart and I regard it with high esteem, not because they have produced countless VIPs, but because of what I see in most ateneans I have encountered in this lifetime. Nope, not all of them are successful nor VIPS in their own right. I have even met some ateneans who are a lot older than me but remain as clueless as gradeschoolers. My respect for these men comes from their immense effort of trying to figure out what to make of their lives so they can one day return to Ateneo and offer back to their mentors what they have become. I put a premium on “trying” as I believe that there is more to learn in the journey than when we have reached our destination. It is the little pebbles that we pick up along the way that makes our pockets heavy, right?

While I am not an atenean, I am married to one. My husband belongs to a high school class who calls themselves G Boys…simply because they were from section G. Hehehe. I have known these men for 10 years now and have witnessed how much they care, not only for each other, but for other people as well. They are in full-force in each one’s weddings, kids’ baptisms, christmas party, etc. But more importantly, they would give an arm and a leg for a fellow G Boy who needs help or support in whatever way. Fresh out of College, these boys struggled to put up a foundation called “G Educational Opportunities (GEO)” with whatever little money they have. This same foundation has helped a handful of kids to continue with their basic education, and has even taken into consideration the kids’ well-rounded development through their varied non-academic programs such as sports clinic, educational field trips, and the likes. Truly, the G Boys are my personal benchmarks of an “atenista” — men for others in every way.

I wish to elaborate on my thoughts, but I think Arch. Gerry Esquivel sums it up beautifully on his Commencement Speech to the Ateneo High School Batch 2008. It is so simple yet profound that I had to literally find time to write a post about it…amidst my thesis and french class. Hehehe. I leave you with Arch. Esquivel’s empowering message, and may you pick up pebbles of life lessons from it. …continue reading G Boys and Gerry Esquivel on My Mind