"Where there is peace, God is." ~George Herbert

"Carve your blessings in stone." ~Anon
"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." ~William Penn
"Dictum sapienti sat est - A word to a wise person is sufficient." ~Cicero Ovid Seneca


Henry Parkes - PEACE

"Surely what the Americans had done by war, the Australians could bring about in peace." ~Henry Parkes
(During his long political career, Parkes represented nine different electorates, several in rural areas, including from 1882 to 1884, the seat of Tenterfield. Now he was looking for an opportunity to breathe new life into the campaign for federation.At a banquet held in the Tenterfield School of Arts, Parkes made the case for a national government for the colonies of Australia and New Zealand).


Peter Counsell Quotes

"A camping spot becomes special when you want to return again and again." ~Peter Counsell, from the beachside campsite, Durras Park North

"Falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves makes for a relaxing getaway." ~Peter Counsell

"True camping is having plenty of bush around you, being woken up in the morning by a chorus of kookaburras, or being disturbed at night by possums searching for food." ~Peter Counsell

Source: Australian Geographic, FB, November 2016

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Henry Parkes - PEACE

"Surely what the Americans had done by war, the Australians could bring about in peace." ~Henry Parkes

(During his long political career, Parkes represented nine different electorates, several in rural areas, including from 1882 to 1884, the seat of Tenterfield. Now he was looking for an opportunity to breathe new life into the campaign for federation.At a banquet held in the Tenterfield School of Arts, Parkes made the case for a national government for the colonies of Australia and New Zealand).

Source: State Records NSW, FB

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: from Osho - journey of life

"You have to save yourself from so many good-intentioned people, do-gooders, who are constantly advising you to be this, to be that. Listen to them, thank them. They don´t mean any harm — but harm is what happens. You just listen to your own heart. That is your only teacher. In the real journey of life, your own intuition is your only teacher." ~Osho


Inspirational: from Positive Minds

"The most beautiful people you'll ever meet aren't always the ones who catch your eyes first. No, the most beautiful are the ones that can never be figured out. The one you could talk with for many hours and still have a million things to ask. The people who have mind so lovely and special, you can help but fall in love with them." ~Positive Minds

Henry Steele Commager - history

"For a people to be without history, or to be ignorant of its history, is as for a man to be without memory - condemned forever to make the same discoveries that have been made in the past, invent the same techniques, wrestle with the same problems, commit the same errors; and condemned, too, to forfeit the rich pleasures of recollection. Indeed, just as it is difficult to imagine history without civilization, so it is difficult to imagine civilization without history." ~Henry Steele Commager(1965), American Historian

Claro M. Recto, Jr Quotes

"Nationalism is nourished by a sense of history. It is of its essence to know profoundly the past, so that we may be in complete openness with the men who made that history and in intimate communion with their thoughts, their deeds and their noble lives." ~Claro M. Recto, Jr (8 February 1890-1960 - National Historical Commission of the Philippines)

"Sentimentalism and emotionalism should not play a part in international relations. It is folly to expect any nation to ever sacrifice its welfare and security to pure idealism or to sentimental attachments. As Filipinos, we must look out for ourselves, because no one else will. That is the essence of our independence.” ~Senator Claro M. Recto

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Bruce Villafuerte Rivera Quotes

"I live in the Philippines not Metro Manila." ~Bruce Villafuerte Rivera, GRPundit, November 30, 2016 GRPundit

"Ordinary citizens who cannot afford to control a media company, influence people, create powerful organizations or lobby to hate. But we can feel their pulse. They are no longer buying all the information you were once feeding them." ~Bruce Villafuerte Rivera, November 30, 2016 GRPundit

"The rich do not feel the gains of this administration because to the bubble of Metro Manila, it is all discomfort. They will not feel the drop in criminality kasi walang snatcher sa Forbes Park. They will not feel efficient governance kasi may pumipila sa kanila para kumuha ng lisensya sa LTO. They will not feel the good effects of lowered corruption kasi kahit nung una, priority sila sa infrastructure. They will not notice how ordinary citizens feel special because they are now the ones who are taken in the same genus as ordinary citizens." ~Bruce Villafuerte Rivera, November 30, 2016, GRPundit

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Dr. Delmar Topinio Taclibon - sovereign nation

"From 1898 to 1946, is inscribed in World History as an epoch of the United States of America’s Hegemony in the Philippines; from 1946 to 2016, the American Empire extended their colonial control and command over our leaders and people until such time that a “Moro/Indio” President emerged and reverberated the naked truth to the whole wide world about the atrocities, human rights violations and exploitations done to us by our supposed protector and big brother – which is a fallacy leading to hoax. Enough is enough; we should now be free from the bondage of foreign oppression and so from the trammels of our development as a sovereign nation. Now we are free!" ~Dr. Delmar Topinio Taclibon, Ph D (Oct 30, 2016)

Stanley Abram KARNOW - bewildered identity

"The United States of America should be blamed for remoulding the Filipinos in their own ‘Image’ and depriving them of their ‘Soul’ – an experience that have left the ‘Bewildered’ about their ‘Identity.’ “They (Filipinos) are Asian People not Asian in the eyes of their fellow Asians. Not Western in the eyes of the West.” ~Stanley Abram KARNOW, In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines

Van Ybiernas Quotes

"Rizal's role in history is his efforts to endow the country with a firm sense of nationhood. The retraction, if genuine, will NOT change that." ~Van Ybiernas, on Rizal Course: Using Rizal's life, works and writings TO STRENGTHEN THE FILIPINO YOUTH'S NATIONALISM. November 28, 2016

"True historians are fair, not blind." ~Van Ybiernas, 28 November 2016

"Truth cannot be suppressed, especially in this day and age where access to information is dispersed and uncontrollable. ... do not let the loud voices of the vociferous drown out your own voice. Do not out-shout them. There is no need to shout back. But do not let them drown out your own voice. .......In time, all of our voices will be heard." ~Van Ybiernas, FB, November 28, 2016 on the topic of Rizal

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A THOUGHT TO PONDER: Self-control by Nelson Mandela

"He had caused me to violate my self-control and I considered that a defeat at the hands of my opponent." ~Nelson Mandela from Long Walk to Freedom, talking about a prison warder, 1994, LivingTheLegacy

Josh Cyganik - respect

"I am not a hero. I was raised to respect the people who came before you, to help others out who don’t have much." ~Josh Cyganik (, a Union Pacific railroad inspector) On A guy heard teens laughing at a 75-year-old man's house. Source: Bright Side, FB


Jim Dongiapon - IMPOSED TRUTH

"The reason why foreigners have a hard time understanding our President and the situation of our country is that we have a lot of spin doctors here who feed the imposed truth to the international media." ~Jim Dongiapon, FB on mainstream media

Carlos Munda Quotes

"Duterte's message of a public servant actually serving the public resonates, not just among Filipinos, but with every woking-class person anywhere in the world. Because it is a concept that they understand – an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. The President has always said that he will do what he has been paid to do, which is to fix the problems of the Philippines. He never wanted to run, but since the people elected him, then he will just have to faithfully perform the job of the President of the Philippines." ~Carlos Munda, MindaNation: Duterte is one of us, that’s why we love him (And they hate him, because he will never be like them), 10 September 2016

Sadly this pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to leadership can never be understood nor appreciated by those who are used to sophistication and finesse. For them appearance is worth more than substance and Duterte’s crass behavior is a sure sign of low-breeding, stupidity, ignorance, and a thousand other snide remarks that all add up to one thing – he is not sosyal enough to suit their tastes." ~Carlos Munda, MindaNation: Duterte is one of us, that’s why we love him (And they hate him, because he will never be like them), 10 September 2016

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"Nobody seems to recognize that the root of the divide is more due to different political priorities. Why are we always talking at cross purposes? Because at the top of your list are EJKs and the burial of Marcos at Libingan. At the top of my list is a move toward efficient and effective government, one that is sincere in its service to the people. I am for tax reform, higher fiscal spending and opening up to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). I believe what Lee Kuan Yew said about the Philippines is true: that the US-style setup of government has failed us even before Marcos tried to change it, and I believe we should move to a parliamentary and federalist system. We need to break up our huge archipelagic country into more manageable and governable federal states. I am concerned that the corruption we have always seen in Philippine politics may have links to drugs—narcopolitics, in other words. I am for peace in Mindanao and a tough stance on terrorists and outlaws. I feel all these things are closer to happening with this administration. Duterte gets all of this and is the best chance we have had since...forever." ~Charles Englund, FB, 2016

Alexander von Humboldt - worldview

"The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world." ~Alexander von Humboldt

Yukio Mishima - dignity of life

"We tend to suffer from the illusion that we are capable of dying for a belief or theory. ... that even in merciless death, a futile death that knows neither flower nor fruit has dignity as the death of a human being. If we value so highly the dignity of life, how can we not also value the dignity of death? No death may be called futile." ~Yukio Mishima on Hagakure : The Samurai Ethic and Modern Japan (1977)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Immaterial treasures

“With a keen appreciation for the immaterial treasures that bring us closer to God, let us continue to pursue an agenda for genuine change that will be for the best interest of our people. I hope that we cherish with fondness, love and gratitude the spiritual inheritance left by our ancestors and loved ones on their special day." ~Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Philippines, November 1, 2016

Susan Boyle - anonymity

“When you’re famous, you give up your anonymity. It comes with the territory really." ~Susan Boyle on her new album A Wonderful World, November 25, 2016

Steve Wentworth Quotes

"Never laugh at anyone's misfortune, because one day, you may find yourself in exactly the same situation." ~Steve Wentworth

"Why do some people hurt you and then act like you hurt them? ~Steve Wentworth

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J.A. Shedd - Thanksgiving

"He who thanks but with the lips Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving Comes from the heart."
~J.A. Shedd

Rocky Gonzalez Quotes

"From being washed out and threadbare because of corruption, PDu30 and his administration weave new and positive stories into our collective national experience. We are the thread that will limn the Philippine tapestry with brighter images and themes." ~Rocky Gonzalez, MindaNation (November 24, 2016)

"The moral fabric of society has been well worn by the personal interests, greed and politics of the people who are supposed to guide and protect us like the government, the military and police, and the church." ~Rocky Gonzalez, 24 November 2016

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John Griffith - signs and sounds

"But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called -- called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come." ~from THE CALL OF THE WILD (1903) by John Griffith


"The only animal that harbors hate is mankind." ~A.D. Williams

Perfecto Yasay Quotes

"I am honored and humbled in dedicating my life as part of the (incoming) Rodrigo R. Duterte Administration to make change a liberating reality and in shaping a brighter future for our country and people." ~Perfecto Yasay, 18 June 2016

"In pursuing an independent foreign policy it is our duty to uphold the Constitution that mandates the renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy, adherence to the generally accepted principles of international law, peace, equality, justice, freedom and amity with all nations." ~Perfecto Yasay, 18 June 2016

"Let us not be bound by outside standards, concerns or objectives in pursuing the paramount national interest within the context of our democracy, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, even as we respect every country's right to self determination in accordance with their national interests." ~Perfecto Yasay, 18 June 2016

"We must protect the fundamental right of the people not to be deprived of life, liberty and property without due process. In our commitment to defend their sanctity as God's most wondrous creation, we must be firm in swiftly dismantling and eliminating by every possible means under the rule of law, the harsh conditions and structures that breed inequality and suffering in derogation of their dignity as human beings." ~Perfecto Yasay, 18 June 2016


Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

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Carl von Clausewitz - special calling

“Every special calling in life, if it is to be followed with success, requires peculiar qualifications of understanding and soul,” ~Carl von Clausewitz in his opus On War.
(Being accepted in Leiden University’s MA in International Relations will further sharpen my understanding of the theoria and praxis of international politics. The courses I have taken at LUC, as well as at University of California, Los Angeles.)

Manny Pacquiao Quotes

"No matter where life takes you... don't forget where you came from." ~Manny Pacquiao

"Strength of mind overcomes weakness of body." ~from Manny Pacquiao

"Use your smile to change the world, don't let the world change your smile." ~Manny Pacquiao


"He is like a sponge... picks up knowledge and common sense by osmosis." ~Dennis Garcia on Manny Pacquiao (Fight against Jessi Vargas, in Las Vegas, November 6, 2016)

"Manny Pacquiao's win is an example of hardwork, faith in God and unadulterated Filipino courage. Great example for those who aspire!" ~Senator Richard Gordon, November 6, 2016

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W. T. Purkiser - thanksgiving

"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of thanksgiving." ~W.T. Purkiser


Chaim Potok - listen to silence

“I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” ~from THE CHOSEN by Chaim Potok


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The One Who Walks In

"When you are up in life, your friends get to know who you are. But when you are down in life, you get to know who your friends are. There will be many people who will be great to be around when times are easy, and when there are no worries, instead take note of the people who remain in your life when times are hard. The friends that are willing to sacrifice their time and the resources they have in their life that could easily be used in their lives, to help improve yours, those are your real friends. A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." ~from Hugs and Kisses

Anthony Brandt - change

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family." ~Anthony Brandt


John Bevere - lens of experience

"Don't interpret God's Word through the lens of your experience. Interpret your experience through the lens of God's Word." ~John Bevere, Driven By Eternity

Bill Richardson - working together

"We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together." ~Bill Richardson

Edison Reyes - discernment

"God's word guides us to discern who are the true ministers in our government officials in spite of their imperfections." ~Edison Reyes, FB, 15 November 2016


Leonard Mlodinow - illusions

“We judge people and initiatives by their results, and we expect events to happen for good, understandable reason. But our clear visions of inevitability are often only illusions.” ~from THE DRUNKARD'S WALK: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow

Alex Elic - survivor

"You are not a victim for sharing your story. You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth, and your raging courage." ~Alex Elic


"Ang tunay na nagsisilbi sa bayan ay ang mga taong hindi gutom sa kapangyarihan." ~Mocha Uson, 14 November 2016

"It is my opinion that you must first understand what led us to the decision to vote for President Duterte. We are tired – tired of the same kind of politicians. Tired of the same promises. Tired of the slow processes in government departments. Tired of the slow response of the government to problems that affect the ordinary people. Tired of corruption. Tired of rampant drug abuse and other heinous crimes committed by drug addicts. Tired of drug pushers and drug lords walking the streets while they destroy our country.... We have given a lot of chances to politicians who are more concerned with their public image than acting on the country’s problems, but now, we’ve had enough. This is why we chose a leader who is not like the other politicians, a leader who shows his capability through actions, and a leader who understands the needs of the common people because he is also a commoner." ~Mocha Uson Blog on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, FB, 15 November 2016

"We have been divided into different colors because there are solid supporters of the previous administration who are blind to the tangible achievements of this administration, and yet I’m the fanatic? If these yellow forces are trying to bring down this administration, must I just turn a blind eye? Or must I make a stand and show them that there are people who will not let them succeed in destroying this administration just to put their political party in power once again." ~Mocha Uson Blog, 28 November 2016

"While it is a must that we unite in order to achieve a better future, we must first learn that we are all equals, our opinions are equally important, and that belittling the ordinary people is not a part of the privileges given to the elites. Do not use your social status to put common people down, use it to help in bringing them up." ~Mocha Uson Blog, FB, 15 November 2016

Source: FB

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Sass Rogando Sasot Quotes

"A scholar once told me to have the courage to make bold predictions. Because with every bold prediction comes great mistakes, and with every great mistake comes great learning." ~Sass Rogando Sasot (2016: THE YEAR OF THE COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORS, FB, 20 November 2016)

"... count your mistakes, they are your blessings in life." ~Sass Rogando Sasot, FB, 20 November 2016, 2016: THE YEAR OF THE COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORS

"Freedom of speech comes with consequences. If you can't handle the consequences of your speech, then don't speak. But if you want to speak in public, grow a damn spine. That's not a false dilemma but reality." ~Sass Rogando

"... I realised that there are more important things than sounding like a statesman, like strategy, cunning, and political will." ~Sass Roganda Sasot, FB, 20 November 2016, 2016: THE YEAR OF THE COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORS

"If you are going to lead a nation, your memory should be the memory of a nation. You shouldn't be president if you have an impoverished understanding of the history of your people. The history of our people didn't start from Martial Law and stayed there. Our history is more than that one episode. Duterte's historical awareness is impressive. Not perfect, but certainly much better than Aquino's. He went to China with an understanding of our bilateral history that goes beyond our conflict over rocks, islands, and a shoal. He knew that this conflict is nothing compared to hundreds of years of our people's good trade relations with China. By looking back, Duterte is fulfilling the lesson of the most well-known Tagalog proverb: ang hindi marunong lumingon sa kanyang pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan. The Rajah of Butuan, the Sultan of Sulu, the former mayor of Davao and now president of the Philippines are all from Mindanao, and they represent different periods in our bilateral relations with China since time immemorial." ~Sass Rogando Sasot (October 23, 2016)

"You don't let anyone fight your own war. Why? Because after each war, the spoils need to be divided among the parties - winners and losers. And just like during peace time: the strong do what they can, while the weak suffer what they must. No country will go to war for you and give you the bulk of the spoils of that war. No such thing as a free war." ~Sass Rogando Sasot, on Dividing the Spoils, FB, 29 October 2016

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Jody Doty - Gratitude

"Gratitude is a sacred state of being, a peaceful acceptance, a graceful opening of the heart and joyful connection with the soul." ~Jody Doty

Inspiration for Today: Faith and Courage by Imelda Deinla

"Only the soft whisper of the wind reminds us how faith and courage serve us through the test of times." ~Imelda Deinla

Sierra DeMulder - soul mate

"A soul mate is not the person who makes you the happiest, but the one who makes you feel the most." ~Sierra DeMulder

Thought For Today: healthy relationships

"In healthy relationships, conflicts are normal, arguments are not. Big difference. When two different people come together to live a good portion of their days in each other's company, conflict happens. They, before meeting, had entire lives, lessons learned, manners taught (or not), and were shown "the way things are done" by all those family, friends, and strangers who they ever encountered before meeting each other. " ~Happiness In Your Life

Arturo D. Brion - judge of history

"The Court, of course, is not blind to history but is not a judge of history; it is a judge of the interpretation and application of the terms of the Constitution." ~Associate Justice Arturo D. Brion on SC decision/ruling to allow FEM's burial in LNMB, November 2016


Bernard Roth - Flip the switch

"Whenever anyone makes an important change, it’s because a switch has flipped. Someone who has struggled her whole life with her weight finally decides to get fit. Someone who has put up with an abusive boss for years finally has enough and quits. Someone who has harbored a secret crush finally takes the plunge and asks her beloved out for coffee. A shift has happened that has made action favorable to inaction. You can sit around in the dark waiting for the light to come on, or you can get up, walk across the room, and flip the switch yourself." ~Bernard Roth

Carol P. Christ - solitude

"The choice of solitude is not so much a rejection of community as a recognition that certain experiences and truths are so alien to ordinary consciousness that the individual must withdraw in order to experience them." ~Carol P. Christ

Bernard Meltzer - silent place

"Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best." ~Bernard Meltzer

Farrel Droke - overcome adversity

"Every great personal story you have to tell involves overcoming adversity. If you shy away from adversity, you take away your ability to tell new stories." ~Farrel Droke

Catherine Fenwick - body, mind and soul

"Your body cannot heal without play.
Your mind cannot heal without laughter.
Your soul cannot heal without joy."
~Catherine Fenwick


"It's not what we become in life that's important. It's what we overcome in life that's important." ~A.D. Williams