Sunday, December 1, 2019

What I Love About December

What excites you about Christmas? Is it about family gathering? Endless year end parties? Gifts? Or is it about highly anticipated coming of the New Year?

At some point we have all experienced Christmas mania that the month of December brings. This is the time to mark on calendar the most important event of sharing good times with the most important people in our lives. 

Some may have been planning about the themed Christmas parties while others are looking forward for a holiday shopping spree; for giftgiving or buying a gift for oneself.

That's a fun-filled activities for a commercial side of the festivity. Perhaps the most expensive season, but one of the most memorable for whatever reason. 

This Soulful Sunday, the 1st of December is about welcoming a merry and joyous season of love and peace. A heartfelt season to hug and to kiss. 

I will be spending the Holiday season in my hometown together with my family. This is the best place to contemplate about the year that was or a year-end breathing out of what is unwanted and what is to be renewed. 

This Soulful Sunday, 1st day of December brings cool wind and drizzle and that sets the mood of the coming days before Christmas. The wind blows gently with a natural melody; the trees are swaying; the birds are chirping; the people are singing Christmas in our hearts is coming. 

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, November 24, 2019

A Moment of Contemplation

Have you ever been to a place where you have frowned the first time you see it? Have you thought that such place is far from development and almost impossible to transform it? to make it wonderful and habitable?

At times we may be like that. We see places and things as too much underdeveloped and tagged as ugly until someone will transform it to be a beautiful sanctuary.

Back in December of 2013, I was invited to have a beach camping in the Island of Guimaras. From the drop off point along the road, we hiked for almost 30 minutes and I never thought of hiking on a narrow and hilly road while carrying my backpack and some camping stuff on my one hand. That hiking gave me an impression that the place isn't that great due to the bad road experience.

However, to my suprise when we get near and overlooking the sea, I was mesmerized with the beautiful and relaxing view from afar. I was wrong to give a negative first impression and what I have learned is that 'a wonderful day is waiting on a road full of suffering' and this is a good life lesson worth remembering.

That was not the only time that I have judged a place which turned out to be an awesome and great experience.

In my hometown, my parents have made a little sanctuary. A place for a retreat and to contemplate about life and what lies ahead. At first it was like a wilderness, but later it was developed to be a sanctuary for rest and relaxation and for potential livelihood.

As I was swaying through a hammock, I enjoy the serenity of the enviroment and natural music coming from the chirping birds. The gentle wind makes the trees sway giving off 'Prana' which is a vital life force.

As I contemplate, I couldn't be more grateful for a wonderful life and for the blessings that comes. It was just a fantasy, but now a living reality. I used to dream of having our own retreat sanctuary; full of flowers and trees and to do some meditation and spiritual work.

Now, we have our little farmhouse where we can spend a weekend getaway or a Soulful Sunday -- from not a faraway place from home.

This little sanctuary; a peaceful haven is about 10 minutes drive away from home; from the town center. It is located in a highland village that has a wonderful natural landscape and amazing view of the mountains.

Soulful Sunday would be the most uplifting activity I will ever have. It's a time of a blissful moment with the Divine and higher consciousness. It's a time of higher connections and renewal of being. This time, not in a sea or a beach, but in a highlands full of love and serenity. 

© 2019 Del Cusay

Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Tulfo Justice and Why That Should Bother Us


When people's advise is "Ipa-Tulfo mo" or someone utters "Ipapa-Tulfo kita" that would mean instant justice or the 'Tulfo Justice'  that people think they deserve.

That would be the case for many Filipinos who would bypass the due process to seek the help of an instant justice on-air; a radio-show trial by publicity hosted by an influential Anchorman which has been a household name for helping thousands of oppressed Filipinos deprived of social justice and human rights.

The recent judgment of a radio-show, 'Raffy Tulfo in Action' which has gone viral and gained online outrage from Netizens is one of the negative side of seeking instant justice on this popular TV show.

That episode of Tulfo's show may have gone far and have caused damage to the reputation of the accused through false justice with the absence of judicial process on his call to action or outright judgment.

The teacher who was judged by Tulfo and favored the call of the parents for the revocation of her license is a one sided truth, but not to hear the side of the teacher is the unheard version of truth resulting to false judgment and false justice.

The parents who sought for 'Tulfo Justice' may just be one of the thousands of Filipino who believes that the Tulfo is the modern day 'Sumbungan ng Bayan' or the 'Barangay-on-Air' and that they feel they are truly heard and served justice on an instant and free of cost.

Whatever happened to our Philippine justice system? The mediation and conciliation process in the Barangay or even a simple filing of a formal complaint through a Government Agency? Or how about filing a lawsuit to bring the justice in a judicial court? Well, that could be a thing of the past. But how come?

In today's time, people may have been tired and hopeless of a 'Justice delayed is a justice denied' system; a justice system that is costly and causes too much stress. What could have been more effective for some is to be favored by their Idol for whatever issue they may have against someone. That 'Instant justice' mentality may just be enough to make them feel a winner for the justice served them right.

However, the public humiliation the accused have suffered may not be erased on a digital footprint. It stays online even until both parties have reconciled through a mediation process. Just in the said case, the parents and the teacher have gone through a reconciliation through the Department of Education Supervisor. The issue between parties may have ended peacefully, but the humiliation and shame may stay forever.

Why all of these should bother us anyway? Because people are now demanding for a speedy trial. People are wanting to be heard and favored for their complaints. And people are looking at Tulfo as the face of the Philippine Justice System not the police complaint desk, the Barangay justice system or even the higher judicial court justice system.

Will that make our Philippine justice system obsolete? Well, one thing that we can learn about the 'Tulfo Justice' is that it can put the real Philippine justice system to shame when millions of Filipino people are already shouting out for 'Tulfo' when they seek for the 'Justice and Human rights' that they deserve.

However, just like the loopholes with our Philippine justice system, the "Tulfo Justice" must practice fairness and stay away from biases, unfair judgment and treatment for nothing lasts forever in a corrupted system.

The Philippine Judicial System may be losing appeal and trust, but one thing is certain that the 'Justice-on-Air' will continue to be the voice of the poor, the abused and the hopeless. And if one day, we will be on this case, we might find the 'Tulfo Justice' to have saved and have truly helped us in our desperate times and needs.

© 2019 Del Cusay

This post also published on iCritq