Feast of Santo Niño at San Agustin Seminary

Feast of Santo Niño at San Agustín Seminary

I attended Mass today at the San Agustin Seminary [Fisheries St., off Visayas Ave., Quezon City] and the Mass celebration of the Feast of the Santo Niño¹ was GRAND! [Asistí a la Misa hoy en el Seminario de San Agustín en Quezon City…lo pasé en grande, pues se celebró la Misa para la Fiesta del “Señor Santo Niño” por todo lo alto!]

We began with the traditional Procession with the Image of the Santo Niño along the “esplanade” (driveway, actually, which was long & winding) along with the traditional “Sinulog” ceremonial dance by some “ati-atihan” dancers.  [Se empezó con la procesión tradicional con la imagen del “Señor Santo Niño” que se ha venerado en Filipinas desde que se evangelizó Filipinas en los años 1500.  A la imagen suele acompañarla una multitud llevando también imágenes del Niño Jesús, a quien nos confiamos para que aprendamos a amar la voluntad de Dios Padre…]

…todo el tiempo nos acompañaba la música viva de los tambores…

The line of Ossuaries or Columbaries along the [processional] way…

Upon entering the Church… [A la entrada de la Iglesia…]

Una fotos de la solemne entrada en la Iglesia…

The Processional Hymn [El Canto de la Entrada]

Viva Santo Niño! Pit, Señor! (4X)”

Luego de la lectura del Evangelio, el director espiritual de la Cofradía del Santo Niño de Cebú [sección Centro de Estudios de San Agustín] instaló los nuevos miembros de la Cofradía…

The Dominican Priest, Father Enrico, reminded us about “Mission and Responsibility” during the Homily, on commenting on the passage “The Kingdom of God is in your midst!” [El sacerdote que presidía, Padre Enrico, dominicano, nos recordaba de la responsabilidad que lleva consigo la misión que se nos ha confiado…]

During Offertory, the choir sang “Gozos – Batobalani sa Gugma” = Magnet of Love.²

Al final de la Misa, se procedió a la bendición de los niños y los bebés…

When the Mass was done, we were invited to witness the performance of the Sinulog by the First Year batch Seminarians.  [Luego, los Seminaristas de la primera promoción actuaron la danza ceremonial Sinulog en honor del “Señor Santo Niño…]

Siempre hay un bailarín principal que lleva y baila con la imagen del Santo Niño…

Con los monjes…y todo el mundo…en una ‘danza de clausura’…

Antes de salir, pude saludar a los seminaristas JAY y NASH [mi familia financia, en parte, sus estudios en este Seminario]: provienen de la ciudad de Iloílo, que ofrece mucha promesa para darnos muchas vocaciones…de religiosos…de sacerdotes…vocaciones para la Obra… 🙂


¹ [Taken from the ‘Perpetual Novena to Sto. Niño de Cebú’] On April 28, 1565, Juan Camus, a sailor in Legaspi’s fleet, found in a modest house of the then village of Cebu the image of Sto. Niño which at the time all agreed had been brought from Europe.  Deeply impressed by this finding and aware of its significance, Legaspi ordered an official inquiry; the document, drawn on May 16 of the same year and still extant in the archives of the Sto. Niño Convent of Cebu, tells us from the testimony of eyewitnesses that the image was found inside a small pine box, preserved in almost perfect condition; it had on a little shirt and a cap; two of its right hand’s fingers were raised in a gesture of blessing, while the left hand held a globe symbolizing the world.

In solemn procession the Image was carried to the provincial Church the Augustinian Fathers were using at the time; later, another Church was built on the exact location where the Image had been found.  This is the site of the Sto. Niño Church where the Augustinians have cared for the Image and the Filipino people have venerated it through the centuries.

An earlier authenticated entry in the journal of Pigafetta, clerk in the Magellan expedition, explains the origin of Santo Niño; the the day Queen Juana was baptized by Father Pedro Valderrama, Chaplain of that expedition, Pigafetta himself presented her with the Image.

During the last World War, a bomb fell inside the Church but the Image was found unscathed.  It was one of the numberless miracles and powers attributed to the Holy Image.

In 1965, the interior of the historic Church was renovated for the observance of the Fourth Centenary of the Christianization of the Philippines held in Cebu City.  It was during this celebration that the Church, on April 1, 1965, was elevated to the rank of Basilica Minore by the Sacred Congregation of Rites with all the rights and privileges accruing to such title.

With the full cooperation and support of the Filipino people and sanctioned by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the Augustinian Fathers have built a marble chapel inside the Basilica.  Construction of the chapel started in August 1975.  This fitting shrine of Santo Niño now serves as the center of devotion of Catholic Philippines.  Here the miraculous Image of the comforter of the first missionaries and now Patron of the Philippines is being honored and venerated.

To preserve our religious and cultural heritage, President Ferdinand Marcos had, since August 1, 1973, declared the Basilica and Convent of the Santo Niño as National Shrine together with other historical places in the Philippines.

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² Gozos – Batobalani sa Gugma (Hymn):


Batobalani sa gugma,  sa daan tawo palanga
Magnet of Love, Who is loved by people of old times

To us, we hope you be merciful  (Have mercy on us)

who/that to you plead

Dinhi sa siudad sa Sugbo, ang matahum larawan
here in the city of Cebu, the beautiful image

sa unang mga misionero, sa usang balay hipalgan
of the first missionaries, in a house they found

Kanila ikaw nagpakita, gikan da sa imong gugma
to them You revealed Yourself, coming from (out of) Your love


Have mercy on us who plead to You

Giludhan ikaw gisingba
Those who adore You (go to mass)  kneel before You

niadtong mga kaparian, sa tanan nga katawhan
the priests who come, to all peoples

sa mga ponoan nila: kay sa pag-tan-aw kanimo
to/from their… origins?   because by seeing You

Kristianos sila nahimo.

they become (are made) Christians


Have mercy on us who plead to You

Ang singbahan gipatindog niadtong mga tawhana

The church built by the people who came

aron ang larawan nimo dunay usang puluyanan
so that Your image may have one.. birthplace / home

ug didto gihangyo nila nga kaluyan nimo sila
and there they plead that You have mercy on them


Have mercy on us who plead to You

Nangayo kami kanimo nga ang matahum mong larawan,
We beseech You that Your beautiful image

sa sulud sa kalag namo
inside the spirits of ours (within our spirits)

makahimong puluyanan,
make a… birthplace? or home?

kay sa tanan kinahanglan ikaw ang among dalangpan
because all in need (who hunger), You are our refuge


Have mercy on us who plead to You

[Thanks to my brother, for providing the translation to English…]

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Basilica del Santo Niño Official Website:


YouTube – Cebu’s SINULOG Festival:


[Music Background originally sung by Cebu’s Sheryn Regis entitled AMONG GABAYAN and composed by Father Jed. The song is about true devotion and prayers to  Señor Santo Niño.]

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Viva Santo Niño! Pit, Señor!

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Technology and Innovation

Technology and Innovation

Talk “Strategicness of Technology for Business”,

by Ms MAOI ARROYO (Hybridigm)

Thurs., Jan. 7, 11.30-1,

College of Business, UP Diliman



Hybridigm was founded by Maoi Arroyo.  Ms. Arroyo was a member of the inaugural class of the Master’s in Bioscience Enterprise, a professional practice program funded by the Cambridge-MIT Institute. This program has been developed by the University of Cambridge, in association with the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) and the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Spanning the worlds of science, technology and business, this one-year multidisciplinary Master’s degree provides a global perspective and unparalleled educational experience for the next generation of bioentrepreneurs.

After obtaining her Master’s degree, Ms. Arroyo worked for American, German and Asian biotech firms.

Ms. Arroyo is a recipient of a British Chevening Scholarship and obtained her first degree in Biology (BS) from the University of the Philippines.



To experience the fulfillment of fostering the growth of a Philippine biotechnology industry.


Create a biotechnology consulting firm like no other, which provides strategic planning and expertise throughout each phase of the transition from science to enterprise by offering full support and high-value services for nascent bioentrepreneurs and existing investors.


  • Given that the Philippines is still largely a basic-products-and-services kind of an economy, there is a need for a more highly entrepreneurial and innovative culture, to catapult the country to developed status.
  • Technology can greatly help in this regard.  But we need to understand the inter-meshing of technology, business (read “cash flows”), and innovation.
  • Innovation means: desirability of the product or service + its possibility with technology + its viability in the marketplace.
  • Thus, Innovation = Invention + Commercializability.
  • There are various “stages” of innovation: There’s (1) Product innovation, (2) Process innovation, and (on the CONSUMER side) (3) BUSINESS MODEL innovation.
  • Take the example of Ford (motor vehicle innovation): If Ford weren’t ‘innovative’, it would’ve simply offered or ‘invented’ a faster horse.  But, no, it gave the world the MOTOR VEHICLE.  So, in a sense, Ford worked on a technology-push, but at the same time, a marketplace-pull.
  • Usually, true business model innovations work on the basis of: (a) Overserved Customers, and/or (b) Non-Consumers.
  • Important point (about us as consumers):  “We are great buyers, but we hate being sold to.” There are many implications here: one is that marketers have the challenge of marketing better (how do we design marketing programs and taglines better?).
  • OBSTACLES to a truly “Innovative Spirit”:
  • Internally: those organizations who wish to be innovative:
  1. are not as fast as they want to be;
  2. are not as successful as often as they’d want to be;
  3. are too fragmented across too many different projects;
  4. are not well-aligned organizationally.
  • External Environment: Challenges are:
  1. New Competition;
  2. Intense, and increasing, price & cost pressure;
  3. Ever shrinking product life cycles;
  4. Increasing globalization;
  5. Major technology shifts.

–> which are also the principal obstacles to profitable and sustainable growth.

  • REALITY: (1) Rate of success in innovation is quite low: approx. 25% (2) 90% of firms cannot maintain adequate growth to sustain above-average shareholder returns for more than a decade.
  • Concretely, the PROBLEMS are:
  1. Time & cost overruns;
  2. Competing development priorities;
  3. Poor upfront market research;
  4. Failure to gather sufficient or relevant end-user input;
  5. Poor inter-departmental communication.
  • Can YOU succeed? Yes you can! …IF you follow the 7 basic rules:
  1. Exert strong LEADERSHIP (in innovation strategy & decisions)
  2. Integrate innovation into the very lifeblood of the company
  3. Align innovation (to business type & vision)
  4. Manage the natural tension between innovation & commercialization [* Recall speaker’s funny, amusing, real, practical way of describing the differences between Biotech R&D people and Accountants 😀  😀  😀 ]
  5. Neutralize organizational antibodies that interfere
  6. Fundamental building block of innovation is a network of people AND knowledge
  7. Develop the right metrics and rewards for innovation.


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Information Systems class – NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

This is the ‘New Year Resolutions’ essay of my student Jenny Dayao.

The guide question was: “Out of the ‘3 overarching themes’ of this course [Corporate Governance, Computer Security, & Enterprise Risk Management], choose one, then (a) set a particular objective for yourself in line with that theme, and (b) write out 1 or 2 resolutions in relation to that objective.

I really liked this one!  Thanks, Jenny!

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New Year’s Resolution ♥ BA 121 Class Exercise

Signing up for my right to vote on the last day of the dreaded yet mobbed voters’ registration was doubtlessly one hell of a looong ride. Over 5 and a half hours of patiently lining up, waiting, cussing and sweating in the heat of an aluminum roofed top floor of an unventilated building, I am finally a registered voter. Haha. Can’t stop me, sweat! I’m not a UP student for nothing. XD The longest of the longest of queues in the whole world cannot dampen the spirit of this brave soul. 😀 UP is indeed the University of Pila– where I got my special skill and endless patience.

So lately, I have realized that these unfavorable sights can be avoided had I woken up a bit early and planned the day ahead. Year in and year out, punctuality has always been the problem I’d rather not find the solution. It’s either I’m too lazy or too busy or I was essentially made to procrastinate. Missed long and short quizzes, unmet paper deadlines and lost potential sponsors are some of the fruits of my tree of tardiness.

(Risk) Management, one of the overarching themes of BA 121, is one of the things I would want to be good at this 2010, well, aside from Accounting and AIS, of course. 😀 Matched with proper self-control and willpower, good management skills can take me as far as beating Carlos Yu for the top spot and making Raf Dela Costa feel he is unloved by Accounting.

So, back to the objective of this article. As every teacher from gradeschool, or even college professors (grabe! haha), would threateningly demand, aside from How I Spent My Summer Vacation, here are My New Year’s Resolutions:
2. Adjust my body clock
3. Be late for only 10 mins max (from Karl)
4. Be realistic
5. Cut my daydreaming time in half
6. Be not kuripot sa load
7. Smile more often

Here’s to a lucky and metallic 2010! Rawr! <3