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Lumad: Understanding the Issue.

Published Agosto 4, 2017 by jptan2012

Although, I have made some political forecast on this blog, this blog has never been political. One of the latest ‘political’ forecast I have written is about the 2016 Philippine presidential elections. Both my forecast regarding the presidential and vice – presidential results both came true. As I have said, those are forecast and although it is about politics, the nature of the post is not political.

Today, however, I’m going to write about something that may be perceived as highly political. I want to write about the plight of the Lumads. If you are a Filipino who have watched or been up to date about the current political situation in the Philippines, you would have heard about the Lumads. In fact, the Lumads has supported President Rodrigo Duterte in the last election. However, recently just before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) one of their leaders has come out and blatantly said that they regret supporting PDuts and that it was a wrong decision fro them to do so. Consistent with the President’s personality, if you criticize him, he will attack you, and so he did and said that he will bomb all the Lumad schools because they are run by NPAs. Since the announcement, the DND Secretary has since announced that no such move will be made.

After the SONA, I have heard of people attacking the Lumads, but upon probing they seem not aware of who the Lumads are and what are their plight. And so I have decided to write about Lumads and their sad plight. Please note that some parts of the post might be perceived as critical or as highly political. The truth is as much as I want to avoid being political there are truths that can’t be avoided and I do have to write about it, these truths, unfortunately, are political in nature.

So here’s a brief on the struggle of the Lumads.

Lumad is a generic term for all Mindanaoan tribes but I think this excluded all Muslim tribes. .

As tribes their ancestral lands have been threatened many times, on different issues, and by different groups.

Their usual struggle are with loggers, big and small scale, mining companies, big and small scale, etc. To put it simply, any group or anybody who threatens their ancestral lands is also a threat to the Lumads. For years they are being driven out of their ancestral lands to the point that they no longer have stability and peace. Different groups now reach out to the tribes – religious groups (Catholic and Protestant), International and Local NGOs. Government agencies are not as aggressive in helping, if not totally not felt.

Education is also a challenge because DepEd does not put up schools in remote communities. They expect the IPs (Indigenous People) to walk kilometers on end, and expect them to blend with non IPs.

Aside from the fact that DepEd’s curriculum is not IP friendly. It does not have special subjects on culture, tradition, and other IP related issues, which are very important to help them maintain their identity and culture.

Being so, different groups, in different areas different groups have opened IP schools, with volunteer teachers being given “allowances” only. Some teachers are really LET passers that doesn’t have the privilege of having backers at the DepEd and are unable to get a job. So instead of working as cashiers, store clerk or house maids, etc, they’d rather teach even if they only go home 1x, 2x a month and receive only allowance.

The curriculum in these schools are more sensitive to IPs. Of course, there’s emphasis on environmental protection like it’s not proper to cut down trees, and one should take care of rivers, seas, and mountains.

There are ares where the oppressors are aggressive. Mining companies that have driven out IPs maintain PAGs or Private Armed Groups which co exist with the local Phil Army. PAGs have high – end ammo, sometimes they are even than what the army carries. Several of my friends has seen some of them carrying AK -47.

In areas of Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, mining companies are trying to explore “other” sites, which are ancestral lands of the Lumads. These are also the sites where the oppressors are more aggressive.

Lumads doesn’t have any weapons, unless bolos are counted, but they only use it for their daily life like chopping bamboos.. Lumads are generally peaceful tribes or people. They’re not warriors like the Tausugs. So when threatened, they NEED to look for help. So when they become vulnerable because of a threatening situation, they don’t have much choice but to ACCEPT the help of the NPA. The Lumads also admit that there are a few ‘renegade’ Lumads that are being recruited by the PAGs. Of course, in situations like this, money is involved. These renegade Lumads turn their back on their tribe.

As mentioned Priest and Nuns also help the Lumads. The nuns who sells Turmeric Powder, they usually get it from the Lumad communities.

Of course, each group has it’s own approach. The church usually helps in education, livelihood and spirituality. The NPAs provide protection and security.

At this point I would like to make it clear that there is no way I condole violence and support the ideology of the NPA.

2 years ago, a foreign owned mining company that seems to have ties with a Congressman from Visayasdrove out and burned a community in Surigao which they have been wanting to EXPLORE but the Lumads have tried so hard to protect. Because of this the PAGs killed the executive director and 2 volunteer teachers in Surigao IN FRONT of the whole Lumad community. PAGs with the local Army (of course they denied), gathered the whole community, separated the men, women, children they then slit the throat of the ED, then gun down 2 teachers in full view of the shocked Lumads.

Governor Pimentel (although some say he is also connected with Mining companies) took the thousands of Lumads and housed them for over a year at the provincial sports complex. He challenged the national agencies (NBI, PNP, AFP) to arrest and disarm the PAGs.

The national agencies said, why didn’t the police of the Governor arrest them? But according to the governor the .38 caliber of their police is literally rusty, how can they fight with PAGs with AK47!

Anyway, no apprehension was ever made.

It is sad that lately the Lumads are evacuating the area again because they are being harassed either by PAGs or the Army.

This problem has been existing for quite some time, and it is difficult to put the blame on a single administration. However, it is also clear that mining is one of the main reason of this attrition. But so far, mining continues, despite of the pronouncement that the administration is against it, it does continue to these days. Gina Lopez was supposed to be the hope and savior of the Lumads, but her efforts were put to an end when the Commission on Appointments didn’t approved her, and it is perceived that the president didn’t put pressure on CA to have her approved.

Anyway, so every so often, this is what happens to the Lumads. PAGs will threaten Lumad communities, the church will help, but when violence erupts it really are the NPAs who help them.

The Army is said to hate the IP schools because IP kids become more intelligent and know their right because of the IP schools.

Before I end this post, I would like to state that this is how I understand it, but please feel free to learn more about it by doing your independent research. I would like to stress here, I don’t mean to put what the NPAs are doing in a good light, neither do I support any form of violence, be it from the rebel or from the government. I also don’t support the ideology of the NPAs.

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Saved From Being Deployed to Marawi Because of the Power of Mantras: A Personal Testimony of A Reader!

Published Hunyo 30, 2017 by jptan2012

I’m primarily writing this post not about the Vajrapani Ruel but rather because of the faith and steadfast belief in mantras that my reader Aileen showed.

Unfortunately, the Philippines are currently at war. We have an ongoing war with terrorism. Technically speaking the war is on an isolated area in Mindanao, called Marawi. However, like most of you should know in wars like this we can’t help it but to be affected.

I pray that war will end soon and that the government will be able to drive out the Maute Group, which they say is an ISIS affiliated group, out of Marawi. But before that happens, people are going to be affected and damages and lives will be lost.

It is because of this that my reader Aileen got the worry of her life. Aileen’s partner is a police and not known to many people police are also being sent to Marawi or Iligan to help maintain peace and order.

Aileen first got the Vajrapani Ruel because of a different concern. However, Guru Lama saw a different concern. He also suggested that she gets two Vajrapani Ruel, but because of financial restraints she was only able to get one. Why recommend for her to get two? That is because Aileen and her partner Noel is dealing with several negative energies involving not only of their Bazi or Paht Chee but also because of the energies in their house.

According to Guru Lama, which was validated by Aileen through her friend who has a ‘third – eye’ there is house is habited by some entities and a spirit of a person who became a hungry ghost. For some reason these entities are acting up, and Aileen said she might have ‘hit’ something when she cleaned a certain area in their place. Anyway, according to Guru Lama she will have to be careful, but he also said that she needs two Vajrapani Ruel because that’s the only way it will work to her and to her partner’s full advantage.

After getting the Vajrapani Ruel and doing some ritual, Aileen’s friend who has a ‘third – eye’ confirmed with her that it seems that the spirits or entities are no longer able to enter her place, however, it might be affecting some aspects of her life. Guru Lama also said the same thing. Please note that Guru Lama very rarely would recommend more than one Vajrapani Ruel for a person.

The bad thing that was supposed to happen, however, Aileen’s partner, Noel, did receive some news. He was to be deployed to Marawi. Although as a policeman he took the assignment with open arms, Aileen was worried to death that something might happen to him there. She would have wanted Noel to back out but Noel AWOL-ed from his job before because of a very important reason, and was allowed only to come back if he takes a 6 – month suspension without pay. Noel agreed. But with this assignment in Marawi he cannot request that he be spared to go to Marawi.

When Aileen raised this concern to me and clarified that she is unable to get additional Vajrapani Ruel at the moment, we both agreed that she should just intensify her chanting of mantras. Guru Lama also said that the Vajrapani Ruel should be given to Noel for him to bring.

And so the day of deployment to Marawi came, they were first sent to Villamor to stay there for a couple days. All through out this time, Aileen who chant her mantras really hard, and she would also pray the Catholic way alternately. However, Noel was still one of those who boarded the C130 bound for Cagayan De Oro, and from there they were to take a land trip to Iligan City.

I would think that one of the saddest news that Aileen ever received from Noel is the text message that he aboard the plane bound for Cagayan de Oro (CDO), and the text message that says ‘Touchdown’ on CDO. And so that should be the end of the story.

Nevertheless, Aileen’s prayers and mantra and the fact that she gave the Vajrapani Ruel to Noel must have worked. Because just when Noel got off the plane, it was said that he should ride on the same plane back to Manila because his suspension order, which he knew he has to serve, just came out and so they can’t deploy him to Marawi.

The one who got the most comfort out of this news is Aileen. They know of the suspension but for it to come on the day that he was suppose to be deployed to Marawi is simply a miracle.

I know a Vajrapani Ruel is involved in this story. However, what I think helped for the Vajrapani Ruel to really work is the steadfast belief of Aileen that it will work especially if it is coupled with prayers and mantras!

I know some of you might say a suspension is a bad thing. But let me clarify for a person who loves a person who might be put in danger, a suspension is a blessing. And so it is because of this that Aileen believes her Vajrapani Ruel and her mantras worked for her!

You can also read the following posts about the Vajrapani Ruel:

You can also read other posts in the Chant – A – Mantra series:

  1. Chant – A – Mantra: A Reintroduction to the Wonderful Benefits of Chanting A Mantra.
  2. Chant – A – Mantra (2): When You Need Compassion, Wisdom, and Power!
  3. Chant – A – Mantra (3a): Daily Mantras to Chant!
  4. Chant – A – mantra (3b): Daily Mantras to Chant – The 4 Main Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism!
  5. Chant – A – Mantra (3c): Daily Mantras to Chant – Mantras for Protection, Business and Career, Wealth!
  6. Chant – A – Mantra (3d): Daily Mantras to Chant – Health, Wealth, Liberty from Negativities!
  7. Chant – A – Mantra (3e): Daily Mantras to Chant – Two Powerful Mantras that Brings In Loads of Blessings!
  8. Chant – A – Mantra (3f): Daily Mantras to Chant – Protective Mantras!
  9. Chant – A – Mantra (3g): Daily Mantras to Chant – Wealth Luck, Financial Luck, and Money Luck Granting Mantras!
  10. Chant – A – Mantra (3h): Daily Mantras to Chant – Karma Cleansing and Obstacle Destroying Mantras!
  11. Chant – A – Mantra (4): Effective Mantras to Chant During the Hungry Ghost Month!
  12. Chant – A – Mantra (5): When Experiencing Some Bad Luck On A Project After A Feng Shui Blunder, Chant A Mantra to Bring Back Some Auspiciousness!
  13. Chant – A – Mantra (6): Take Away Your Hindrance to Success, Wealth, and Peace By Chanting the Mantra of Cundi Avalokitesvara.
  14. Chant – A – Mantra (7) & Recite – A – Sutra (8): Additional Protection from the Double Illness Star and Double Wu Wang.
  15. Chant – A – Mantra (8): Creating An Auric Amulet (1000 Days of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Mantra for a Good Prosperous Life and Ultimate Protection)
  16. Chant – A – Mantra (9): Essential Mantras to Chant for Each of the 12 Chinese Animal Zodiac Sign Base on the Bazi Chart, 24 Mountain Stars and Flying Stars Formula of the 2017 Year of the Fire Rooster!
  17. Chant – A – Mantra (10): Earth Store Bodhisattva’s Mantra for Eliminating Predicament Karma!
  18. Chant – A – Mantra (11): For Impossible Financial, Health, and Relationship Problems Chant the Miraculous Response Mantra of Bodhisattva Kuan Yin!
  19. Chant – A – Mantra (12): When You Find Yourself Getting Angry and Want Peace and Harmony to Prevail Chant the Prajna Paramita Mantra!
  20. Chant – A – Mantra (14): For Proper Guidance for Big and Immediate Matters Chant the Alternative Mantra of Bodhisattva Vajrapani!

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Lessons from a Feng Shui Charm Hoarder (1): One’s Evil Wishes Has No Match To The Power of Amulets!

Published Marso 5, 2016 by jptan2012

This is a difficult article to write and post, because of the sensitivities of the topic. However, this is an article that I need to write because of the lesson that we can learn from it.

A little more than a year ago, some readers in Mindanao called me to ask for help for one of their friend. These ladies are all friends and aside from being all mothers they are all also believer of Feng Shui. They have fond nicknames for each other, the one who really called me is called as Feng Shui Mom, one of their friend is call Prada Mom because of her love of the said luxury brand. They are calling me because of their concern with one of their newest friend who they called Jaded Mom. For the purpose of this article we will call this person JM, because of her nickname Jaded Mom.

According to Feng Shui Mom (FSM), they need help to help their friend JM because she is going through a crisis. She said she and her friends are quite concerned about JM because what started as a joke that she is jaded seems to be her truest sense of character.

FSM refuse to tell me the real problem until I have talked to JM and look at her Bazi or Paht Chee chart. When JM called me, she shared with me a little of her problems but I know that she was withholding a lot of things from, and I told her that I will just look at her chart first before we should talk again. When I looked at her chart I can see several concerns some of which will be discussed in the second part of this post, but one thing that stands out that she may have some emotional and physical dependency on men. Meaning, she can’t live without men in her life. The sad thing is even though she is married she might be seeking both physical and emotional dependency from other men.

Feng Shui charms2

Some people hoard Feng Shui charms like they are going to be a Feng Shui charm seller. According to my Feng Shui teacher one must be able to differentiate a Feng Shui charm collector over a Feng Shui charm hoarder. A collector is somebody who believes in the value of the Feng Shui charm or an amulet and knows that there are pieces that may be difficult to find again thus they collect once it’s available. However, most (not all) hoarder like JM, do this because it is their psychological protection that when they hoard a holy or a lucky item they think what they wish for is good, although they really know that in their heart what they are wishing for evil, malicious and very selfish.

In Buddhism, we are taught that no one can judge a person, because at the end even if the act seems wrong no one can really state the true intent of the said act. Meaning no one can judge a person but only karma will make the judgment by looking at our deepest intent. And so while her chart shows some negative aspect of her character one cannot really say that she is a bad person. However, one other concern shows that she may be pregnant but of course the chart won’t be able to tell who the father is. To add to the complications, her chart also indicates tendencies to be unable to face reality and yes she can be very jaded.

I called FSM and without revealing incriminating details other than those who she already knows she confirmed that JM indeed has a hard time facing reality. In fact, this is the reason why she and her friends decided to hook me up with JM so that she can get help from a person outside her limited circle of friends. They thought maybe she would listen to somebody outside their group.

I knew that I have to be quite careful in telling JM what I saw in her chart, but I also know that I still have to be honest with her. So I decided to tell her the truth but at the same time I did my best to be as tactful as possible. For example, in discovering about her extra – marital affairs, I used the words “emotional dependency with other men”, also regarding the possibility of her having physical contact with these men I used the term “physical closeness due to emotional dependency”. JM admitted that she yes she had had several extra – marital affairs, and that she has a guy at the moment that she is constantly seeing. She also believes that this guy is in love with her, although the chart shows otherwise. She also after several conversations admitted that she is pregnant and claims the father of the baby she is carrying to be her boyfriend and not her husband.

JM wanted some amulets because she said she wants to leave her husband who she claims to be an abusive guy. The chart doesn’t indicate whether this is true or not. I was torn whether to give her the amulets that she wants, but I told her that I would give her the amulets that she needs base on her chart. She wanted to hear that those amulets are to grant her wishes that she and her boyfriend will go out of the country and live together. If you notice, it was a little unsettling that she is willing to leave her three daughters! To avoid arguing with her, and as agreed with her friends, I will take the stance of telling her the truth without directly contradicting her. In short, I would always tell her that the amulets or Feng Shui charms will know what is best for us and that it will hasten to give us what we deserve and not what we want. Although, I will never contradict her whenever she would say that she wants her boyfriend to take her out of the country, I will always remind her that she should not dictate the outcome but rather expect that the outcome will be for the good of everybody.

Vajrapani Ruel

Some people hoard Feng Shui charms like they are going to be a Feng Shui charm seller. According to my Feng Shui teacher one must be able to differentiate a Feng Shui charm collector over a Feng Shui charm hoarder. A collector is somebody who believes in the value of the Feng Shui charm or an amulet and knows that there are pieces that may be difficult to find again thus they collect once it’s available. However, most (not all) hoarder like JM, do this because it is their psychological protection that when they hoard a holy or a lucky item they think what they wish for is good, although they really know that in their heart what they are wishing for evil, malicious and very selfish.

Among other amulets to protect her from legal problems that she refuses to reveal what the real cause is, but which the chart indicates potential legal problem because of embezzlement, she got the Vajrapani Ruel for herself. She also insisted to get the Vajrapani Ruel for her boyfriend so that he will develop a more determined character so that he will take her out of the country.

Although JM was quite new to Feng Shui I noticed she has this propensity to hoard on Feng Shui charms or amulets believing that the more she has the stronger possibility for her to lure her boyfriend into taking her out of the country.

I know what I did might be a little controversial, but according to my Guru Lama and her friends agrees also that it is better for her to get amulets and charms thinking that it will always do her hearts bidding no matter it is wrong, as long as I have been honest with her that it will do what is proper.

The Vajrapani Ruel has a very high personal testimony, and it indeed did the right thing for her also. Soon after she got the Vajrapani Ruel for herself and her boyfriend, things went right for her, albeit not what she was really wishing for.

Even though she got pregnant, and even though she claims that her boyfriend is the father of her baby (as it turn out later the boyfriend is not capable of conceiving a child), her husband forgave her and accepted the baby (the baby also came out looking very much like her husband, it shows that what she claims that she no longer have any physical contact with her husband, they actually still shares their matrimonial bed). Her boyfriend also who seems to be really quite fond of her develop a more determined character that he needs and decided to end the relationship with her.

You see, even though her real intent was not very nice, some will even say those are evil wishes, the truth is her heart’s negative desire has no match for the power of the amulet, in this case I referr to the Vajrapani Ruel, which is the amulet that she got, the same can be said for all amulets. The amulets are ‘extensions’ of the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, or Taoist Gods thus it ‘knows’ (for the lack of term) what you really need and it shall give it to you. It may or may not be your heart’s desire but it will give you what you really need. Let’s just hope and pray that JM learns to open her eyes and see the good luck that she received.

Note: You might be asking whether JM really exist. The answer is she does, but I have taken the liberty to take two similar persons and two similar stories and merged them into one.

Note: This is the first of a series of three.

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The Power of Positive Personality

Published Abril 25, 2014 by jptan2012

I hope that this post doesn’t get me into trouble and be accused of favoritism, but the truth is favoritism is something that we can’t avoid. How can you avoid playing favorites with people who makes you feel good?

happy_face_Yesterday, I wrote about DU, who is now a friend that used to be only a reader. I think what really drawn me to her and her husband is the fact that they are both has a very positive personality, they exude positive chi. DU can be a little over analytical and thus it leads to her being worrisome at times, but I believe that she has a good heart and it exudes out of her that is why we became friends. In fact, to be completely honest, I can be quite selfish with my collection of Feng Shui charms and Buddhist pendants or amulets, but I find it easy to share it with DU and her husband because it doesn’t feel like I’m totally parting with those things but rather handing over them to better people.

Recently, I again had the opportunity to meet another reader. Elisa G, is from Mindanao, and although we’ve talked over the phone, we’ve never actually met in person until recently. She’s born under the sign of the dragon and although our Chinese zodiac signs doesn’t really match, she totally exudes a positive attitude, positive energy which is a reflection of her good heart that I find myself drawn to her and wanting to become her friend. In fact, she’s so positive that I find myself offering her some of the rare amulets that are with me. Something that I don’t really do because some of these amulets are quite difficult to find and I’m not sure whether I can still get them.

To be completely honest, I can be classified as a hoarder when it comes to collecting Feng Shui charms and Buddhist pendants and amulets. But both DU and Elisa G has helped me learn or are helping me learn to accept that we shouldn’t put any emotional attachment to material things, whether these are rare amulets, or an expensive piece of Feng Shui charms or Buddhist pendant. But more than that this shows the importance of having a positive personality, because it has the ability to make people feel better thus helping them become a better person.

Note: I used Elisa’s name here because she has agreed to let me put her name.

Pablo, 2012’s Strongest Philippine Typhoon!

Published Disyembre 4, 2012 by jptan2012
Typhoon Pablo has an international name of Bopha.

Typhoon Pablo has an international name of Bopha.

It seems like yesterday when the Philippines was hit by Sendong, where a lot of people died, families were broken, and dreams shattered. That happened a month before Christmas. Now, the same people who were affected by Sendong will have to go through the ordeal of facing Pablo.

Pablo, according to the US experts is a Category 5 Typhoon, but the limitations of Philippine Typhoon Signal guidelines only categorized it up to Signal No. 3. Nevertheless, authorities I believe has given ample warning about the damage that Pablo can deliver.

Most of us won’t be able to physically do anything about it. However, I would like to urge everybody to pray for those who are affected or going to be severely affected by Pablo. It doesn’t matter whether we have the same belief just say a prayer to your God.

For Buddhists, or for those who believes in chanting a mantra, urge you to chant a mantra for those who will have to go through Typhoon Pablo’s wrath.

I suggest to say the Mantra of the Bodhisattva of Compassion – OM MANI PADME HUM, and the Mantra of Medicine Buddha – TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA. Chant it as many times as you can and dedicate it to the typhoon victims. If you’re busy 108 times or one full mala will do.

UPATED DEC. 4, 2012 18:38

It was just announced that Typhoon Pablo is the strongest typhoon to hit Mindanao in two decades. Read more about it by clicking here.

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