Religion and Salvation

                  By Vic Odarve

Nearly almost all religious leaders in all eras of history claimed that by following their religion would mean your salvation. That is why followers are advised their adherence to their rites and customs that go along with their teachings, inculcate a strong belief that their denominations profess to be “the only true way to God, and build to believe that outside the stack has no salvation. Thus, whether the holy books have been twisted, misinterpreted, and perverted the real message, they have one thing in common; their own denomination would save their soul and lead to the eternal life.

Salvation and mathematics must be taught in school

As always in our observations, these religious rituals and customs develop the lives of the followers’ greater depth of understanding and direction toward spiritual perfection. And since we have various denominations around the globe, each group differs on their own beliefs and practices. With these practices, it is believed that followers understand the ultimate purpose of life. With greater understanding on what they live for, significant numbers of followers embraced their religious teachings. Thus, customs and rituals become the significant features on religion and on salvation.

With the latest trends of teachings around the globe, religious leaders often inculcate to their followers the strong belief that their denominations profess to be “the only true way to God”. They lead the flocks to believe that their salvation is being sourced from heavenly teachings with all sorts of heavenly grace. This belief gives rise to a follower with extreme behavior or extremists, irrespective of religions… Hinduism, New Age, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity. Today, these extremists vowed to fight people that do not belong to their group. Worse, they often have a belief that killing people who opposed their religion is a statement of their martyrdom. But we must think it over that with many religions around the world, they can’t all be right, and more likely only one serves God.

Jagna Cathedral, Jagna, Bohol

What is ironic is that almost all of them claimed that outside their own religion, there is no salvation. They have on their minds that God favors their denomination over the others. What is more intriguing is that each of these religions has sects with differing beliefs and wants to save during the judgment day. Protestant and Islam religions, for instance, take in different denominations claiming to be the genuine followers of their God. Because of these differences, religious wars break out. Nowadays, in the Middle East, Islam religion is fighting with each other due to misconceptions of the teaching from their holy book. Each one claimed to be the favored ones.

Whatever the beliefs and differences might be brought about by these different religions, one matter is clear; that, that everyone must serve their Lord, your Lord, and my Lord. It is a matter of being one with your Lord and Saviour, the Maker and Redeemer of all matters.  There are good people in all sorts of religions, and it is a matter of being one with whom you believe your God and Saviour by following the true teachings of the holy book.

This beautiful scenery is the work of thy hands

There are complexities along the interpretations and understanding of the word of God breeding confusion among the people. The books of God can be interpreted either directly or indirectly by the different religions and may still result to salvation. Just like in mathematics, there are many methods in finding the roots of an equation, but draw different steps to draw similar answer. God’s infinite wisdom cannot be fully understood by mankind that like mathematics, different religious beliefs may end to the same result…salvation to the believers. Bible verses explain to us by the Apostle John.

John says (2:24) that Jesus “knew all men,” and then adds (2:25), “and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.” 

 Romans 10:9-13.

 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Today, we live in a society that has many cultures and many religions and denominations, and we are to treat each with respect. It is good to be tolerant, but that does not mean that we have to agree with everyone in their religious belief.Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:10.

Then, can religion save us? The belief is ours when it is the time to meet the One sitting on the throne.

 

 

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Tell-tale Signs That Heaven and Hell Exist

By  Vic Odarve

It was not an ordinary day. Final exams proceeded as scheduled and everybody seemed busy. But not for this student! I had seen him following me for several days until we met at my office and he asked me this question,” Sir, do heaven and hell exist?’

San Pedro Cathedral Church -Davao City, Philippines.

I was dumbfounded! I did not expect an engineering student asking this question. Maybe he forgot that I was not handling theological courses. At first, I hesitated to entertain but he looked serious! Then I remembered Sir Isaac Newton. Like Newton, this student was trying to investigate the geographical location of heaven and hell. Or if these things really exist! Newton, unique among scientists, devoted the final part of his life, finding the location of hell and heaven. He failed to find until his demise!

Pilgrimage Center, Madonna University, Nigeria

This school is run by priests and nuns. As expected the doctrine of hell and heaven is taught. The subject may be incorporated in other courses such as theology, philosophy, logic, etc. But, to my mind, the same thing; that all Christians must know if hell or heaven exists!

LOCATION OF HEAVEN AND HELL

The Bible does not give an exact place or location. Our common belief is that hell and heaven are places where departed loved ones reside. That is after death!  Off limits for the living! That’s why we are just imagining the existence and these things remain a mystery. These are unseen for the living! Things unseen can exist if you believe it. It is through faith that things unseen works. It is the strong faith of life after death that hell and heaven existence really depend on. Others consider afterlife as myth or superstitious! But the Bible, written and inspired by infinite wisdom, describes hell and heaven.

Saint Pedro Calungsod, Malbog, Jagna, Philippines

Hell is believed to be the eternal state of punishment for the sinners after death. It is also the place for the wicked people- with the fire that never goes out. Sinners including angels are confined here until the Day of Judgment. It is a place of real torment.

Heaven, on another hand, is opposite. It is a perfect place of supernatural happiness where God, angels, and other heavenly beings reside. In his spiritual vision in the Book of Revelation, John describes heaven as follows;

22 I saw no temple in the city for the Lord God, Master of the universe, and the Lamb are themselves its temple.

23 The city has no need of the light of the sun or the moon since God’s Glory is its light and the Lamb is its lamp.

24 The nations will walk in its light and the kings of the earth will bring their treasures to it.

25 Its gates will not be closed at sunset, for there will be no night there.

Heaven and hell are places for spiritual existence. It could just be in our imagination because these exist in other dimensions. It’s another plane! In mathematics, it is another coordinate system of life. It is through death that gives birth to this dimension. Like Mathematics, logarithm and Laplace transformations give birth to another realm of the mathematical plane. But God taught us these things in advance so that we can prepare for the next level of existence. It’s another life plane. For as long as man is breathing, hell and heaven exist in our imagination. But as a man passes death unto life, hell and heaven are real places!

Jagna, Bohol Cathedral

TELL -TALE SIGNS THAT THEY EXIST

With the advance of technology, many things that cannot be seen and difficult to understand are slowly coming to our perception in a clearer picture. These are telltale signs that they exist! Blackhole, for instance, could not be seen as even light cannot escape its immense gravitational pull. It is the bending of light which showed that they exist. Dark matters and dark energy, too, exist like black holes. Gospel writers like Matthew, Luke, Mark, Paul, and John in revelation showed that in their time, had seen the heaven opened. Book of Revelation describes more what heavens are all about!

Spiritual connection builds better mathematics

Dreaming, a mental activity that occurs during sleep allows departed beloved to communicate the living. This is one way the two parallel level of existence interacts! Though mathematically, no intersection is possible on two parallel lines, spirit beings and the living beings intersect dramatically through dreams. Remember the biblical Joseph and Daniel? Both communicated God in their difficult trying times through dreams! God- the spirit being communicated mankind- the living flesh! Existing in two separate planes of dimensions!

The Bible is the only book that discloses the way going to heaven and the gate going to hell. So what shall we do? Read the bible now! Do not delay! Learn its wisdom to be wise and practice its doctrine to be safe- for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! In heaven, poor and rich live in harmony! Be there and see the One sitting on the throne! Jesus invites you!

 

 

Do Not Worry;Be Happy

By Vic Odarve

Happiness is the universal feeling that God has given to mankind; hence, we all aspire to experience more of it. Happy people are productive and the actions of one happy person can create a ripple effect that can eventually influence others. Happiness is a matter of choice; by changing perspective in life, you can make every moment a happy moment. Do not worry; it is your right to be happy!

Mayana ricefields are the works of thy Hands

God gives this feeling of happiness that mankind will experience, feel and enjoy the beauty of His creation; that is why the psalmist often rendered songs of love and joy and praises for His great works. Nature is an ornament of His wondrous works of thy hands; from great fields and valleys, sparrows and water lilies, and into the vast cosmic ocean where heavenly bodies form an enormous web that spreads out in all directions of the universe and beyond. It is the feeling of happiness that humbles ourselves before the Maker and worships Him as great creator and the source of all things. It is a universal feeling. Whether you are born from wedlock, broken homes, abandoned families, etc.…. it is your right to be happy!

Happy people have better relationships with friends, family members, and loved ones, and doing healthier lifestyles. It can influence others. In the recently concluded SEABA Championship held in Manila, Philippines, when the Gilas Pilipinas basketball team reaches quarter final, they are optimistic that they become a champion – a belief that generates the whole team and in the end, they became champions; hence a pure joy and excitement for the players. Happy people often take an effort to spend a time to recreate, relax, and dine with friends and loved ones. Happiness, indeed, influences others to have more likely to accomplish the goal in life.

All must be happy during fiesta celebration

Happiness is a matter of choice; but, that being happy does not mean all are perfect. If something went wrong, find out why and there is always a way in going right. And one thing that counts; that being still here, alive and kicking, it is wise to spend every moment a happy moment. You can have flaws and misfortunes, storms and fatigue in the relationship, but you learn from all these failures. You can build up confidence and courage and learn that to be happy is not to have a perfect life.  In addition, there are many people who love you unconditionally and depend on you. They want to see your life happy. Choose to be happy and enjoy life!

Even the holy Bible, God tells us not to be worried. The bible puts it in Matthew 6:25-30

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Jagna town panoramic view from Barangay Malbog

Never give up on happiness, for life is a God-given gift to mankind.
There is no better way than loving every minute because it is your right to be happy; you live today and gone tomorrow. You never know… any of us could wake up tomorrow realising we lose someone we love! Nobody knows!

So, do not worry; be happy it is your right!

Fake Christians; Saying One Thing and Doing Another

By Vic Odarve

From neighborhoods and elsewhere these Christians are saying one thing and doing another!

They manage illegal businesses, exploits people, and corrupt; yet pious outside but rotten inside. With just a few months from illegal business such as drugs trafficking and money laundering, they become an instant millionaire. More or less of these businessmen exploited their workers by paying low or underpaid salaries or under contractual status. Still, others are corrupt by not paying due taxes to the government. But observe them during religious rites and ceremonies, they give offerings and talk like a true Christian; that is, saying one thing but doing another. They are fake Christians!

       Pilgrims attended the celebration. Some are fake christians!

Several pieces of research showed that most millionaires were traced from illegal businesses such as drug trafficking. Their unexplained wealth and various acquired properties cannot be drawn up with proper documents. Such was the case of Senator Leila de Lima which many people believed that she has received millions from the drug lords operating inside the Bilibid to finance her campaign during the election. To date, she is languishing in jail. Being a religious person, she has already forgiven the “Judases” in her life, including her former driver and lover, Ronnie Dayan, who has turned against her. “I commend these sinners to God almighty and offer them mercy,” the senator stated.

In employment, working class people which are the driving force behind the capitalist production, are exploited by having low salaries and contractual status. Although they contributed profits in the business operation and considered as the core builders of beautiful palaces and buildings, their employers seldom give them incentives and benefits enjoyed by permanent employees. Dubai, for example, a city renowned for glitz and boast the world’s tallest building, migrant workers who build its grandeur are paid below the standard wages.  These low paid migrant workers are often housed in filthy conditions and treated like a slave during the dark ages. In the Philippine setting, the end of contract scheme employed by some employers deprives the workers and their families of enjoying the benefits given in the law.

Very religious

There are millionaires who often donate large sums to religious activities and politicians during the campaign period, acquired more profit from their businesses by not paying the right taxes to the government. To date, various business magnates are under reviewed by the government. To name few, Tan has almost P30 billion tax deficiencies, the Mighty corporation has an estimated excise tax liability of P 9.564 billion, and Dunkin doughnuts have also billions of unpaid taxes. But when questioned by media men, they seemed philanthropic but are practising another.

A novel interpretations of Christian doctrines teach that saying one thing and doing another are persons with questionable credibility. Credibility is our own choice of path in our life. It is a commitment; to be a liar or not. In math, it is a domain, the lower and upper limits in integral Calculus, representing the area that covers your life. It is believability. If credibility is questionable, a “credibility gap” is said to exist. Nobody wants to befriend you except people with the same colour as yours!

Today, there is spate of fake Christians; saying one thing but doing another!

 

Lying and Checkmated!

                              By Vic Odarve

Lying has been known to downgrade moral values and destroy one’s credibility necessary to lead others, yet public officials and the country’s leaders choose to lie simply to amass wealth, personal satisfaction, and conceal their futuristic plan for glory and power. In order to acquire more wealth in addition to their income, police officers and their cohorts resort to abduction on wealthy businessmen for ransom. Still, some public officials while enjoying their position in the government involve in an illicit love affair and drawing money from drugs.  In order to get what they want, whether to rebuild their lost empire and conquer the world, some world leaders resort to military adventurism but did not reveal their true intentions. At the end, these people are caught lying and some are eventually checkmated in prison and received public condemnation.

These students from Madonna University learned that lying is a sin

In order to get an extra money for being law enforcers, police officers and their cohorts resort to abduction on businessmen for ransom; when caught, they tried to deny their involvement even though caught red handed. Still, some police officers lied their involvement in some premeditated killings, but when investigated, they justified their actions in order to cover up the details of the information. Such was the case of the abduction of Korean businessman Lee and the killing of Mayor Espinosa.

During the Korean businessman Jee abduction investigation, the committee showed a closed circuit television footage that captured policeman Sta. Isabel and his accomplice, one alias, “Jerry,” taking cash as ransom payment from an ATM account traced to Jee. Sta. Isabel denied the allegations, saying he was just framed. On the killing of Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa at a sub-provincial jail in November 2016, government investigation revealed that there was a conspiracy among policemen. This led to the indictment of respondent policemen, led by former Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region 8 (CIDG 8) chief, Supt. Marvin Marcos, for two counts of murder. Despite the CCTV footage of the Sta Isabel withdrawing the money, and the findings that the killing of the mayor was a conspiracy, these law enforcers tried to lie but in vain. The policemen are found lying and are now checkmated to their prison cells.

          Senator de lima and Dayan

Still, some public officials while enjoying their position in the government are making illicit love affair and drawing money from drugs.  Claiming that she will fight back, De Lima always denied the accusation made by the president that she has had a relationship with his driver Dayan and collected money from drug lords. She stated that the accusation was a pattern of character assassination and requested the president to double-check the data. She even used her being a woman to defend herself from critics. But sensing that there are no rooms to hide, she recently admitted her involvement with the married man. She was not telling the truth!

At the world’s stage, some leaders resort to shadowy moves by lying to the world about their true intentions of their actions. World leaders, for instance, opt to lie in order to pursue the own agenda; cover up strategic plans, especially on security matters; attain their selfish end and use to gain a strategic advantage over another country. Lying might be a smart and savvy move because often an explanation of their action is done later to ease public condemnation and disappointment. That is what happened to Assad, Putin, and Hitler.

         Superintendent-Marvin-Marcos

When the US bombed Syria with cruise and tomahawk missiles for alleged chemical weapons attack against its own people, thereby crossing the red line set by Obama, Assad said the Syrian military had no chemical weapons and that it would not use them if it did. “We gave up our arsenal three years ago,” he said. “We have never used our chemical arsenal in our history.” However, a recorded conversation from US intelligence and medical findings from the victims showed otherwise. Definitely, Assad is lying.

During his press conference on March 4, 2014, Putin informed the people that he had no intention to annex Crimea. But what happened on the referendum on March 16? The people had the option that Crimea is part of Russia. A tricky maneuver! Thus Crimea was annexed and became a part of Russia. He was lying to the world! Hitler, too, was lying. Barely after 6 months of his promise not to take anymore Czech territory after the Munich Pact, he grabbed the rest of Czechoslovakia on the pretext of protecting the German-speaking population. He was also lying to the world.

Univ. of Immaculate Conception students are taught that lying is not an accepted norm

In human history, lying seems the easiest formula the world leaders and public officials have to use in order to attain their hidden objectives.But God, in no instances, encourages lying would be an acceptable thing to do. But rather, it teaches us that we are hurting ourselves by lying. It’s in the Bible,

“Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves.”- Ephesians 4:25

Some people think that lying is an accepted in our society. Lying downgrades moral values and destroy one’s credibility necessary to lead others. Some public officials after investigations are now checkmated in their prison cells.

Control Your Big Mouth, Please!

                           By Vic Odarve

It is better to control your talkative mouth for your own safety, avoid embarrassments, and unwanted troubles. Too private and confidential information must not be divulged especially in public for safety reasons. Public speeches, whether done in private or public, must be spoken with care and control, avoiding ambiguous words with too many interpretations to various listeners. Unsolicited discussions, comments, and the information are done in a casual conversation or in the public forum must be controlled to avoid unpleasant reactions. Control your big mouth, please!

President Rody Duterte

Personal and family activities, as a rule, is more beneficial to keep private for safety reasons. An orchestrated highway robbery, daring daylight abductions, and assassinations of top officials are among the few results by not keeping them secret. Summer and Christmas vacations which usually involve travelling with a huge amount of money must not be posted on Facebook for these often give second thoughts to scoundrels and scalawags. Nowadays, unwanted incidents in one’s life due to careless revelation are on the rise. It is better to control your big mouth, please!

 Speaking engagements or speeches, whether done in private or public, must be spoken with care and control. That is, talking without thinking! If possible, avoid ambiguous words or jokes with too many interpretations for the audience, press corps, and other people of different races to understand. What is considered acceptable in one culture or language usage may be considered an insult to another. That is what happened to President Digong. In one of the interviews, he openly admitted that he killed three criminals while being a mayor in Davao city. The news amplified and grew rapidly like a wildfire! This prompted the U. N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to launch murder investigations into President Rodrigo Duterte. This also prompted the Magdalo group to file an impeachment against the president. Whether it is just a joke, an excitement or to give colour to an occasion, the speech destroys the credibility and backfire on his personality. As a result, the president has to argue with all his might to reason out and resorted to “bad mouthing” UN and other agencies on human rights who condemned him in both local and international media forums. His political adversaries even urge him to resign being a criminal. Control your big mouth, please!

Worst yet, unsolicited discussions, comments, and information in a casual conversation or during ambushed interviews or public forum sometimes draw various negative reactions from the audiences and the media. Last December when PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa announced that Duterte has allocated P100, 000 to P400, 000.00 for each top cop, it was greeted with joy. But a few days after, Christmas bonuses were cancelled. The reason might be that the Palace became discouraged due to his earlier announcement and due to the numerous queries cropped up. All these things brought an unpleasant atmosphere to his working environment.

Biblical story, too, reminds us that it is better to keep some of the things in our life unsaid. Abraham kept his mouth shut for the day he received the message to sacrifice Isaac until the final moments when the angel intervened.

Life is what we make it. Perhaps some intimate details in our lives are better left unsaid. Keep it from public knowledge! Even to our best friends! Or make second thoughts if we want to divulge! By keeping some vital information to ourselves is a safer option than risking ourselves to the outside world. We will soon realize that this world is much wider than just what we know to be our own.

Control your big mouth, please!

Both Excited and Terrified by Duterte’s Presidency

                                                           By Vic Odarve

Fed up with traditional politicians and driven for strong choice for a change by Duterte’s leadership, Filipinos are cautious for the coming years…both excited and terrified. People are excited to see a leader who can decide and execute the laws of the land effectively to curb drug abuses, bring corrupt government officials down to their knees, and improve the standard of living. But at the same time, these people are cautious, if not terrified, because of his governance style coupled by his character deficits, and hawkish foreign policies.  It is indeed terrifying and exciting!

President Rody Duterte

President Rody Duterte

 As known from his campaign trail which draws millions of his followers that gave him election victory, immediately after elected to office, he pounced down illegal drugs and gave an ultimatum to all drug lords, users, and pushers. After visiting China, Japan and other Asian countries, Duterte have brought investments to the country to propel our economy, and offer job opportunities to millions of jobless. He further cleaned up cronyism to his cabinet and other government posts, and even challenged the whole Energy Regulatory Board personnel to file their resignation due to corruption. These actions have been met with immense positivity from the population and signaled to the country that he was not only committed to his cause but also serious about cleansing government scalawags.

These kids have an illusion of better Philippines

These kids have an illusion of better Philippines

But not all are happy. As the wind changed its course from the traditional politics to unorthodox method, his governing style was saddled with his character deficits, and hawkish foreign policies which drew an ire from some of his supporters from both branches of the government. Some legislators believed that his foul mouth is wrecking the Philippine economy and scaring away investors; his conflicting statements on foreign policy is baffling lawmakers on what direction he is heading to. Further, repeated curses to US President Barack Obama, the United Nations and the European Union for questioning his tough anti-drugs crackdown affected our international relations. The ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, he called it “obviously wrong” and the way he treated the Marcos burial are among the few of his pronouncements that reveal his personality. Most people are terrified!

Food shortage due to El Nino

Food shortage due to El Nino

Though the future seems uncertain as he journeys on his presidential term to complete, there have been always a negative and positive reactions. Like a Newton’s law of motion, there is always an equal and opposite reaction. Duterte cannot do the job alone considering the various problems the country is facing. People believe that presidential advisers may brilliantly steer him into a success and to keep him on right track and away from doomsday leadership.

Despite of these uncertainties, people from all walks of life are drawn to him because they want a change and they are tired of all sweet-talking, fork-tongued politicians who are very religious and often promises reform but corrupt. We have demonstrated for the past 30 years that traditional leadership did not work.  That’s why Filipinos have to go abroad to find greener pasture. Can Duterte rise to the occasion and lead this nation to greatness again?  The answer is yours and the way events turned out people are both excited and terrified.

Old Photographs; Images of our Life

Old photographs reopened eyes to our past, re-discovered roots, and experienced its beauty and culture of our ancestors. It gives picture where we come from and see our place where we have spent our childhood years. It builds deeper connection to the past; the ancestors, great grandparents, relatives, and friends. And knowing where we come from enable people to experience the beauty and culture from old folks tread to the new generation. Old photographs are images of our life.

Field trips and seminar Chocolate hills-Bohol

Field trips and seminar
Chocolate hills-Bohol

Old pictures remind us the beauty of the places where we have spent our childhood days, playing with our childhood friends…flying kite, running, walking along the mountain trails where our grandparents used before.  These are the places where the generations of our families were born, lived and died. Pictures captured these places vividly which enable the present generation to visit and wonder how their lives were spent before.

Inspiring and imaginative, iconic old pictures teach us how to remember those we miss most, no matter how long they’ve been gone . These are the people we miss in our life, and all they still mean to us. Though most photographs are black and white, they still brings the vivid pictures the lives of our ancestors. Some of us may have inherited their physical features …the curve of our nose, and the color of the skin and eyes. Some of us are the crystal clear image of our grandparents…a living blue print from the old generation.

Great great grandparents

Great great grandparents

With their photographs we learned how our old folks lived and spent their lives. Their important events captured in the pictures…showcased how their beautiful culture and tradition flourished in their time. There are also pictures showing working together or bayanihan… a tradition which for now is seldom practice.

Yes, old pictures say a thousand words as camera captures everything. It is like a narrative of your life which you are a part of the generation; rekindle our thoughts to remember those we miss most, no matter how long they have gone. These old photographs also encourage the present generation to visit the land of their birth; attend the great annual festival or fiestas of the villages to rediscover their lost ancestral roots. Old pictures are really the images of our life.

 

Vote for my Presidential Candidate,Please!

             By Vic Odarve

As the executive branch consists of several departments, a candidate for president must be an experienced leader who has a strong authority to manage and direct the activities; take quick action on problems facing the nation, such as corruption and hardened criminals, and must have a strong character to react smartly and cleverly under stressful conditions. Leadership experience, tough in fighting corruption and criminals, and strong character to hold up pressures attribute a great president. So, on this coming presidential derby on May, vote for my candidate, please!

Presidential candidates debate- Philippines politics

Presidential candidates debate- Philippines politics

A presidential candidate with considerable leadership experience can propel the direction on his decision intelligently on various issues; run the country with authority in harmony with other government branches, and understand to what extent are his duties and responsibilities.  He can rely not much on his advisers as with traditional politicians usually do; establish a reputation of not favoring the elite few. As a seasoned leader, he must be strong and decisive; widely seen as better able to handle the responsibilities of being commander in chief, and more often align with people views on important issues facing the country. His leadership experience counts!

A would be president must be a proven leader in fighting corruption and criminality which every leader always promises but failed significantly for the past several decades. With various syndicates on drugs and criminal elements eluding the justice system, a candidate must be tough, iron-fisted, and fear no one whether these persons are bigwigs and famous in the society. Likewise, he must have a  will and determination to bring corrupt government officials to justice irrespective of party’s affiliation. These corrupt public servants are known as the “looting machine” explain why this country is not rising. So, we need a tough president to address corruption, crime, and drug problems.

Campaign promises

Campaign promises

As the job requires decision-making both domestic and international issues, the position takes a special kind of person with a strong character… someone tough, smart, and driven. These attributes are necessary allowing him to implement laws and hold up the working situation in its order under the pressures of  various peppering problems plaguing the nation such as  the South China Sea, terrorist attack, secessionist, and economy. He may not be a gifted speaker like Hitler and Mussolini but could drum up support for his policies from congress and draw big followers from the common masses. He should promise to tear up the feudal lord system and make the country great again. He must have a strong backing from the nation’s minorities, and argue for realistic solutions to problems, rather than rhetoric, and above all, bring unity.

As the campaign period about to end with various trends shown in the surveys and social media who are on the top standing, the result may twist and turn  different comes the election day. Believe it or not, people are tired of criminals and corrupt public officials, weak and indecisive leaders, and traditional politicians with the same campaign promises since the beginning of the democratic elections. People need change; a leader who could chase and eliminate these perennial problems and display mature composure in the decision making while under pressures.

Duterte's banner

          Duterte’s banner

With proven background experience in curving criminality and drug problems, unblemished record in graft and corruption as public officials, spend less for election-related activity, and draw a large crowd during the campaign trail, he will be the next president of the Republic of the Philippines. He is not fighting for his own glory but to bring hope to the countless masses of people who are poor, hungry, oppressed, and without a future.

 Only one politician claimed to be… Mayor Duterte. Vote for my presidential candidate, please!

Secrets Why Students Excel in Math

                   By Vic Odarve

 Math intimidates and frightens the students but there are few who did excel or perform far better and more consistently than their peers. Simply, they have their secrets…put a regular effort in their studies, hang with classmates with similar goals, and build a reputation for excellence. By keeping regular study on the notes after the class develops good retention of the subject; associating with fellow good learners can improve time management and developing positive attitude in order to excel. No wonder, these students are on the top of their Math class.

Engineering Students 200 level

Engineering Students 200 level

The study showed that the first in a two- hour lecture is the most effective period for memory retention. Faced with this dilemma, a review after the class is needed to recover part of the time where memory retention was least. Reading the notes for a few minutes after classroom strengthen further your memory. Any lapses and misunderstood notes can be easily corrected. Develop this habit regularly makes math understanding perfect!

Another behavior among students who excel in mathematics is that they select their friends. By keeping in a company and hanging around with good classmates or friends who always study mathematics in their school also bring a tremendous change in their behavior, lifestyles, manners, and actions. Oftentimes students slowly and slowly emulate one’s friend’s way of living in one way or another. Look, associate, and surround  only  with friends that give with positive influence; hang only to those that are supporting and enhancing their life, and filter their background and stick to one with the same mission and ambitions in their life. Select friends that are good math performers; they belong to their tribes. Top math performers have good time management for a study and outside classroom activities. They often hang with them.

Madonna University, Elele Campus, Rivers State, Nigeria

Madonna University, Elele Campus, Rivers State, Nigeria

Lastly, these students build a proper attitude to excel in mathematics. They do always the best that they can. In a classroom, they listen intently how teachers did the steps in solving math problems and think mathematically more than memorizing of facts. They often spot patterns in solving problems; systematically seek why and prove the steps. They always strive for the best grade. With competent teachers, coupled with a positive attitude, these students develop a kind of flexibility and creativity; hence, excel in mathematics.

With proper motivation and empowerment from a competent math teacher coupled with these behavioral tips and secrets from students who excel in math, more students will be no longer intimidated and frightened in mathematics.