Rizal’s Gamble

I stumbled upon Dr. Jun Ynares’ riveting article, “Rizal on Gambling” and thought this might be a good starting point for some of us who are actively engaged with the present issues in our country (and ‘OMG,’ inside our church!) such as gambling. A common definition (usually by Wikipedia)  of gambling highlights the idea that it is “ the wagering of money or something of material value (referred to as “the stakes”) on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods. Typically, the outcome of the wager is evident within a short period.”

Now here’s the opening paragraphs of that article written by the governor of the province of Rizal (full story may be viewed at  http://www.mb.com.ph/node/281369/rizal-gambling.

“In the face of the raging issue on gambling, we can turn to our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, for some enlightenment. With a dash of humor.

Rizaleños and the Rizal provincial government have never supported the idea of small town lotteries and its twin sister, the illegal jueteng numbers game. With strong support from the Philippine National Police, Church groups, local government units, and civic organizations, the province has managed to stay out of the list of places in the country plagued by jueteng.

We had always believed that our national hero, after whom our province was named, would have never placed a bet in his entire life; would have never gambled.”

After reading this article, I thought of my own religious community – where you can find the proverbial ‘righteous brothers.’ But it is sad that Rizal’s Code of Ethics appear more righteous compared with some of our brethren’s supposedly deep ‘faith convictions’ who do not find anything wrong with ‘gambling’ (even by Wikipedia standards) as long as it is used for the ‘glory of God.’  Incidentally, Rizal’s  top 5 entries in that Code are the following:

Number 5: “Don’t be a rabid partisan.” Number 4: “Don’t be cruel in any way.” Number 3: “Don’t break the laws.” Number 2: “Don’t be a drunkard.”

And here is the number 1 entry in Dr. Rizal’s Code of Ethics: “Don’t gamble.”

Another source of this article can be found in http://findarticles.com/p/news-articles/manila-bulletin/mi_7968/is_2010_Oct_16/dr-rizal-investor/ai_n55809631/

 

In the face of the raging issue on gambling, we can turn to our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, for some enlightenment. With a dash of humor.

Rizaleños and the Rizal provincial government have never supported the idea of small town lotteries and its twin sister, the illegal jueteng numbers game. With strong support from the Philippine National Police, Church groups, local government units, and civic organizations, the province has managed to stay out of the list of places in the country plagued by jueteng.

We had always believed that our national hero, after whom our province was named, would have never placed a bet in his entire life; would have never gambled.

 

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9 Tips from Edison

Found these tips from Guy Kawasaki’s (Apple Evangelist) twit which then led me to Laurel Delaney’s article “Get Your Innovation Groove Back: Tips from Thomas Edison.” So if you want to get those creative juices flowing back into your work, she’s suggesting the following:

  • Assess and maintain your current network. Go look at your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Surprised by the number of people in your networks? If you’re like Edison, you’re not. Edison would list his contacts in a special notebook. The intent was “to plan for regularly touching base to solidify relationships within a network.” In Edison’s communications, he focused on something that might interest or benefit the recipient.
  • Keep it personal. With email, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, it’s much easier to stay in touch with people worldwide. But do you want to hear from your spouse, partner or best friend via LinkedIn, especially when it’s your birthday? Edison felt there is no substitute for personal, face-to-face connections.
  • Now for the full article, go to Open Forum.

     

    On Facebook, etc.

    Here’s a quote from the New York Times by A. O Scott, “Does social networking make us more outgoing, or more narcissistic? Does the Web foster happy communities of far-flung, like-minded people, or does it provide cover for predators and scam artists?”

    Well, The benefits at this point outweigh the negative concerns. So far we’ve made wonderful “reunions” with friends and relatives we’ve lost contact with for ages. Old pictures have surfaced which brought both laughter and tears to some of us. But, we’re also warned of the dangers of giving too much information about ourselves. For instance an article by Kathy Kristoff admonishes us of the things we should never reveal on facebook — aah there are always consequences .  .  .  .

    click here for that article in pdf: 6 things

    Lago Di Como

    According to About.com (Italy Travel) source: “Lake Como, Lago di Como in Italian, is Italy’s most popular lake and also its deepest. Lake Como is shaped like an inverted Y giving it a long perimeter. The lake is surrounded by beautiful villas and resort villages as well as hiking paths and it’s popular for boat trips and water activities.  Lake Como, a popular destination since Roman times, is a top romantic travel destination and a great spot for photography.”

    Well, the place does remind me of Lugano, Switzerland which I visited last year. Both have similar landscape since from Como it’ll only take less than an hour to the Swiss border. Another place that comes to mind is the Lake District of England. My family had the chance to see for ourselves the equally fantastic English Lakes in 2003. We stayed in a rented small flat in Windermere then ventured our way to Keswick (the Holiness landmark) and a town called Kendal, famous for its Kendal Mint Cake and hand made butter fudge.

    My guide took me to one of the high points of Como di Lago via an old foniculare (an inclined railway) built as early as the 1800s. Whilst at a viewing deck, I asked a friend to take this picture. Now seeing this makes me think of many things – particularly those that are close to my heart (and head).

    Been thinking of Willie A. too, my good friend, he’s in pain battling with brain tumor. I continue to pray for him and his family, especially Susan.  Willie is scheduled for another brain tumor surgery on Sept. 1st.

    This photo also makes me think of some uncertainties I face in my life. My time in Baguio to a certain extent, shielded me from life’s realities. Real life exists outside of the comfort zones of a highly subsidized lifestyle (both spiritually and materially). Lately, I feel like I’m getting tired having to depend too much on charity. At this stage in my life, it may seem late to think about this having lived this way for the past 23 years working as a pastor, bible school and seminary lecturer, and now a denominational official. Ah, time is too short here in Como to get a better picture of what I can see at the moment, but of course, my faith in God remains my strength in this time of uncertainty – ontological? Not really sure . . . .

    After that brief soliloquy, all I needed was a very delicious Italian gelato. Summer in Italy is slowly fading out but it is still warm during the day. And gelaterias,  I was told, remain open even as late as 11 pm. I have to confess though, I had gelato twice yesterday, hmmnnn, maybe ‘another twice’ before I leave for RP next week. Talking of gelato, did you know that it is “Italy‘s regional variant of ice cream but it differs from some other ice creams because it has a lower butterfat content. Gelato typically contains 4-8% butterfat, versus 14% for many ice creams. Gelato generally has slightly lower sugar content, averaging between 16-22% versus approximately 21% for most ice creams. Non-fat milk is added as a solid. The sugar content in gelato is precisely balanced with the water content to act as an anti-freeze to prevent the gelato from freezing solid. Types of sugar used include sucrose, dextrose, and invert sugar to control apparent sweetness. Typically, gelato and Italian sorbet contain a stabilizing base. Egg yolks are used in yellow custard-based gelato flavors, including zabaione and creme caramel.” (Wiki!)  Now there you are, Wikipedia works with blogs, but not with formal research papers as it sometimes have questionable sources. Wiki gets the credit in this blog!

    Now I wouldn’t say my gelato experience was totally guilt-free. I wish I have my six-year old Jan Isobel with me (Alyssa & Justin too), she’d be on cloud 9 with all kinds of gelati available (and accessible). Our ice cream back home is very sweet and I have been successful in avoiding it (sometimes!). But with gelato, that’s another story . . .

    Stockholm

    Attended the World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education on 22-26 August 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden.  This event was held in conjunction with the Pentecostal World Conference held at the Filadelfia Church. Ah, of course, we were able to find time to explore the city even with limited time. I like the way the free City Guide described the city: “Life here can at times seem like a dream, but rub your eyes, realize that you are actually awake and that before you is a veritable smorgasbord of unforgettable experiences just waiting to happen.” The Old Town, founded in the 1200s, is one of Stockholm’s tourist attraction because of its historic interest and cultural significance. A boat ride tour gives one a “wider” glimpse of the beauty of the city’s landscape.

    KL Lah!

    Had a great time in KL, Malaysia last week (Aug. 16-19, 2010). Seeing old friends meant eating food I missed! Thanks to Lim Yeu Chuen, Tham Wan, Chris Pak & Co., Victor Gonzalez, among others who took me out. The occasion? It was the theological symposium sponsored by the Asia Pacific Theological Association – Theological Commission. There were six papers read from various contexts with “Contemporary Issues in Pentecostalism” as theme.

    Update(s)

    [May 14: GMT London] Been so-mobile lately. Was in Singapore two weeks ago for the AGBC (Assemblies of God Bible College) APTA accreditation visit. Had fun and lots of work. We stayed at Aloha Resort (no beach though) but it was comfy enough for “recharging” purposes. Several meals with AGBC peeps, and kudos to the principal for the A+ hosting then of course to Peter Soh for taking good care of us. Had dinner with Casey and Davina, great time and food (and FEAST memories).

    Was in a meeting last week in London for a meeting (WAGF Missions Commission ) – to a large extent, we planned for the World Missions Congress in Manila next year in May. GS Rey was with me, or actually I was with him but he left almost right after the meeting. I took him to Terminal 4 for his flight back to Manila and had lunch together there.

    In Oxford since Tuesday to work on my book project based on my PhD thesis. Thanks to Wonsuk & Julie Ma for hosting me and also to DJ, one of the resident scholars at OCMS.  Good to be back after almost seven years! As expected, the streets are still recognizable and iconic landmarks considering its very long history but some known places to me are gone: Radcliffe Infirmary (Florence Nightingale used to work in this hospital), the small post office/candy store called “Gimbles” at North Parade, Robert Dyas near Westgate, Alder’s now replaced by Primark and also C & A now NEXT Outlet, Sommerfield in Summertown now Tesco Express.

    I also walked through Summertown, Marston Ferry Road, Frideswide School now part of Cherwell where Justin studied. Took a quick look at 39 Charlbury Road . . .  look the same. Went to 100 Woodstock Road but no one was around (I was supposed to call first not just show up, but I took the chance anyway).

    Last night I was able to book an appointment with Drs Gordon and Ann Johnson (sorry for the surprise). Had a comprehensive update of what happened to the rest of the “gang,” the North Oxford Study Group.