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Written by Norbert L. Mercado, The Children of
Mars is novel about the Mercado family saga and an unusual friendship during the darkest days of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II.
72 Hours In Moscow by Norbert Mercado. $4.99 from Smashwords.com and Amazon.com
Written by Norbert Mercado, this novel gingerly presents that man does not live by bread alone, for he isn’t just matter as Marxism argues, but a tripartite being. The novel stresses that man is created in God’s image, has a purpose for living beyond society’s dialectics, and has a reverent desire for freedom, peace, and happiness.
After The Summer Rain by Norbert Mercado. $4.99 from Smashwords.com and Amazon.com
A novel about human struggle against the destructive power of nature. It also shows the unfaithfulness and selfishness of man, as well as his noble qualities, and presents the importance of faith in the midst of severe trials and sufferings.
Our basketball team, the AMWAY BLUE BEES A calls him “Awee”. He lives in a squatter area in Quezon City, and he loves basketball. He is the captain ball of our team, and I’m the coach.
He is young, fast, agile, and full of hopes. He is the highest pointer in all our eight games; we won seven (7), and lost one (1). He dreamt of becoming the “Most Valuable Player(MVP)” in the Third Conference of the Sunday Basketball Association(SBA) Philippines, Col. Norberto L. Mercado MNSA Cup (See SBA CHANNEL – www.youtube.com/sbaitv)
The AMWAY BLUE BEES A team ranked second in the “Round Robin Games”. The GSG Builders ranked first (undefeated, 8-0).
Eight (8) of the 10 teams would enter the semi-final games last December 4, and they were pitted by drawing game lots. That means whichever two teams would pick up the “Game 1” rolled sheets of paper would play “Game 1”, and so on and so forth. The AMWAY BLUE BEES picked up “Game 3”. The other lower-ranking teams ( from third to eighth-ranking teams) got “Game 2” and “Game 3”.
The first in the Round Robin Games ( GSG Builders) got “Game 3”. This meant our team would play against GSG Builders last Dec. 4.
We did, and we lost. We were eliminated from the “SUPER 4” teams which would vie for the TOP 4 positions on December 4 and 11,2011. (My other team, AMWAY BLUE BEES B, won against RED TIERRA. I’m their playing coach).
Our team’s defeat means the death of Awee’s dream of becoming the MVP of the Sunday Basketball Association(SBA) Philippines for the year 2011.
DREAMS CAN DIE
Each one of us has a dream.
Some of us have small dreams, some have grand ones.
Awee, the young man from the slum area, just want to be the 2011 MVP in the SBA Third Conference. Basketball is his sport, and succeeding in it means a lot to him.
If DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima will look at these figures and be honest to herself, she will have to conclude that her boss does not really have the ” majority ” of the registered Filipino votes, but just the “plurality” ( 42.08% of the total votes cast in 2010).
This is the “majority of the people” that want the Supreme Court to be the ultimate interpreter and arbiter of the laws of the land, the legislative branch to be the crafter of the law, and the executive branch to be the implementor of the law. This is the “will of the majority”, so that there will be order and unity in running the government.
of the total votes cast (plurality vote).This fact really shows where the love, respect, and sympathy of “the majority” of the Filipino people – in the Philippine Constitution.
President Benigno Aquino III has a noble dream – to uplift the welfare of the majority of the Filipino people who have been suffering from economic malaise and other manifestations of social injustice. It is a dream which we should all fully support, whatever political fence we belong to if we are true to our claim that we are serving the interest and will of the majority of our people.
But P-Noy, in the pursuit of this dream, should work within the parameters of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. He should reject the temptation of a short-cut, no matter how resplendent the short-cut is.
The militants in congress and on the street who claim that they are serving the majority of our people, should obey and respect the Philippine Constitution, everything which states and not just a paragraph or two. They should help President Aquino improve the lives of our people instead of shouting the perennial “isms” which they don’t even fully comprehend.
I can not change, the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know their difference.”
We Filipinos will continue to dream.
Those of us who believe in the God of Israel, the real Creator and power of the universe, will continue to put our hope and faith in Him, even if the dream of one leader dies.