AS I write this, it is four days before Christmas Eve – and five days before Christmas Day.

Here’s wishing everyone who celebrates Christmas a “Merry MARY CHRISTmass”!

Yes, let us not forget the reason for the season – the birth of Jesus Christ – our divine brother and assigned saviour.

We are not sure of the date of his birth – but what we are celebrating is his birth or incarnation on earth – not so much his birth date.

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The number 25 & 27: The numbers for birth & beginnings?

When my mother was alive, she would recommend starting everything on the 25th of the month – “bente cinco.”

I don’t remember ever asking her why. Now, on hindsight, I realized that my religious mother must have extrapolated from (December) 25 – the Catholic Church assigned date for celebrating the birth of Jesus. So everything had to start on the 25th: Building of a house; starting a business.

Not to mention that she and my late Dad were both born in 1925.

She would also add: “Bente siete (27)” Maybe my mother was patronizing me as I was born on 27.

Did her belief in numerology bring on the final chapter of her life?

We figured in an unfortunate highway “karambola” on the 25th of September along the NLEX – and her internal injuries (and unchecked internal bleeding) claimed her life at dawn on the 27th of September – my birthday.

The 25th of September started the 30-hour countdown to our mother’s death on the 27th – the start of her life in the beyond.

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Beginnings

In Numerology – at least in my books on Numerology – the number one is for beginnings.

Our calendar starts with 01/01 (January 1.)

In the Afghan calendar and in the Persian world or the countries or areas around Iran, including Kurdistan in the north of Iraq – the New Year starts at the start of springtime – “Nawroz” or “Nowruz”, around March 21.

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Advent: The beginning of the Christian Liturgical Year Advent is considered as the start of the Christian “Church Year” or “Liturgical Year.”

“In its Roman Rite the liturgical year begins with Advent, the time of preparation for both the celebration of Jesus' birth, and his expected second coming at the end of time. This season lasts until Christmas Eve on December 24.” – Wikipedia

“The church year begins on the first Sunday in Advent, which is the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. Until 1969, after Advent and Christmas there followed the seasons of Epiphany, Pre-Lent, Lent, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost.” – Britannica.com

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Second wind

In our culture – and seemingly in most cultures – the number and age forty (40) seems to represent “second wind” or new beginnings after feeling spent during the first phase of life...

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Recognizing media pioneer...

2011 December 15:

I came home from Afghanistan – where I was on to my “second wind” working as public information officer of Unama (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) – to receive an unexpected award from the University of the Philippines' already autonomous college in Baguio (UPB):

Outstanding Achievement in Media Award...!

Seven years ago – on the 50th Foundation Anniversary of the University of the Philippines’ College in Baguio (UPCB) – with UP Baguio headed by the dear two-term Chancellor Priscilla Macansantos, PhD...

Many thanks, University of the Philippines Baguio!

Maraming salamat po!

Diyos ti ag-ngina, apo!

Backgrounder:

I had taken my Masters in Public Management at the UPB's Institute of Management, serving as President of the UP Management Association...