Misa de Gallo: The National Shrine of St. Joseph

It’s Christmas!

In the Philippines, Christmas season begins as early as September 1 but Christmas holidays begin on December 16 – the start of dawn mass or Misa de Gallo.

Here are some pictures I took on December 16, The National Shrine of St. Joseph, Mandaue City.

The National Shrine of St. Joseph, Mandaue City – December 15, 2008

December 16, 2008 – the flock went to The National Shrine of St. Joseph to attend Misa de Gallo.

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Nerissa Soon-Ruiz: The next Mandaue City Mayor?

Rep. Nerissa Soon-Ruiz (6th district, Province of Cebu) confirmed to reporters that she will run for mayor in Mandaue City in 2010 national and local elections. Rep. Soon-Ruiz denied earlier reports that she will run for mayor in Lapu-Lapu city.

Rep. Soon-Ruiz is now on her third term as Representative.

Rep. Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, however admitted that her husband, DILG Undersecretary Lito Ruiz, might run for mayor of Lapu-Lapu City if majority of the people asked him to run.

Thus, we can say that Nerissa is for Mandaue City; Lito is for Lapu-Lapu City. If both won, Nerissa Soon-Ruiz and Lito Ruiz will be the first couple to lead Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City at the same time. If that happens, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City will not only be tagged as bridge cities but couple (conjugal) cities as well.

Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, a member of KAMPI and the One Cebu party, has been elected five terms as a member of the House of Representatives, representing the 6th district of the Province Cebu from 1992 to 1998, and from 2001 to present.

In 1995,  Nerissa Soon-Ruiz run as Mandaue City mayor but lost to Thadeo Ouano. She eventually returned to Congress.

If the present mayor of Mandaue, Jonas Cortes run for second term, then he will be facing against a seasoned politician, Nerissa Soon-Ruiz.

As the the present administration of Mayor Jonas Cortes is hurled with criticism of ineptitude, the people of  Mandaue will likely turn to Nerissa Soon-Ruiz who knows how to pamper constituents.

Moderating Sex

We can moderate greed. Can’t we moderate sex? It seems difficult. As many as those who can’t moderate sexual cravings are the commercial sex workers (CSW) who offer services preferred by customers. Many of them don’t mind the value of safe sex.

This may not be a national trend but the Mandaue City Health Office noted the rise of sexually transmitted infection (STI) cases. From 553 cases counseled and treated by Mandaue City Health Office in 2006, it ballooned to 867 cases in 2007. This is attributed to a number of unregistered or freelance commercial sex workers who practice their trade without or with little knowledge of safe sex. [Source: Sun Star Cebu]

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