by Anna Katharina on December 11, 2010

in Amen,Community,Family,Tagalog Blog,Traditions

A Brink Notes Podcast Network show which aims to proclaim the Word of God to Filipino Catholics all over the world.

The AWIT at PAPURI (Psalms and Praises) Podcast is the reading of the Word of God (Ang Salita ng Diyos) according to the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. This production is Brink Notes Podcast Network’s response to Pope Benedict XVI’s call that “we must sail on the digital sea” and “give soul” to the Internet.

Also proponents of this online project have realized that Catholic content available online in Filipino language are very few, if not none at all. This online project aims to provide Catholic content in Filipino language to Filipino speakers worldwide via the Internet.

In his address to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines during its Ad Limina Apostolorum visit last November 29, 2010, the Holy Father has also asked the Catholic laity proficient in social communications to “take their proper place in proposing the Christian message in a convincing and attractive way.”

The AWIT at PAPURI (Psalms and Praises) Podcast is also our way of spreading the word of God in Filipino and serves as our family apostolate.

Downloading / listening to AWIT at PAPURI is free. You can listen to it :
Via the dark green flash player
Via manual download
Subscribe via iTunes
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Visita Iglesia Online

by Anna Katharina on April 2, 2010

in Amen,Family,Visita Iglesia

For our families and friends who are far away and cannot join us in the observance of “Semana Santa”, visit this site and join us in our Visita Iglesia.

E-Visita Iglesia – The Online Visita Iglesia and Via Crucis

” Jesus invites us today to be with Him in His journey to the cross.

The Cross which is the symbol of God’s total self giving love for us.

The cross that manifests how tremendous God’s unconditional love for us

The cross that expresses God;s power of salvation.

For Jesus saves us through His perfect self giving love to the Father and for us”.

Visita Iglesia at CBCP Online

by Anna Katharina on March 30, 2010

in Amen,Family,Traditions

One of the traditions during Holy Week among Filipino Catholics is  “Visita Iglesia”. It is the Filipino way of visiting 7 churches on Holy Thursday as a sign of respect to the savior of mankind. In each church, we kneel down and pray at least 2  of the 14 Stations of the Cross.

An alternative way for those people who really cannot visit churches for some valid reason is Visita Iglesia at However the site seems to be having problems as I browse it.

Seven famous churches in the country are included in the site: the San Lorenzo Ruiz Church and Santo Nino de Tondo Parish in Tondo, Manila; Manila Cathedral Basilica and San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila; Nuestra Senora de Remedios in Malate, Manila;Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila;  and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine in Paranaque

As you visit these churches online, the 14 Stations of the Cross with the corresponding prayer are included. I was browsing the net for the 14 stations and prayers, but it seems all the available copies on the net are the old ones.

We have visited the Laguna Churches in 2008 , it is still the best Visita Iglesia we had as a family. By Thursday off we go again for our yearly Visita Iglesia.

For our families and friends who are far away , join us in our yearly Visita Iglesia via the net;

Visit :

St. John the Baptist Church (Calamba, Laguna)

Diocesan Shrine of San Antonio de Padua (Pila, Laguna)

Immaculate Conception Parish (Sta. Cruz, Laguna)

Church of Bartholomew (Nagcarlan, Laguna)

St. John the Baptist Parish (Liliw, Laguna)

St. Gregory the Great Parish (Majayjay, Laguna)

Parokya ng Santa Maria Magdalena (Magdalena, Laguna)

Simbang gabi with a twist, attended the last “simbang gabi” in Kapamgpangan  held at San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor, Pampanga with Jeric, and Dianne for the Eden Keso de Gallo. The traditional Misa de Gallo, was highlighted with a featured dish  “Cheesy Squash Puto “ which was served as a treat to the churchgoers after the mass.

San Guillermo Parish, Bacolor, Pampanga

San Guillermo Parish, Bacolor, Pampanga

Kraft Eden Cheese aimed to bring back the joy and faith of Filipinos during this festive occasion.  The well-loved cheese brand launched the Keso de Gallo - a nationwide event coinciding with the traditionally celebrated Misa de Gallo (a Catholic Christmas tradition wherein nine dawn masses are held starting December 16, which will culminate on Christmas Eve).

Parallel to the nine-day Simbang Gabi, Eden brought the goodness of Filipino dishes to Pinoys in nine different towns including Bacolod City, Iloilo, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu City, Naga, Butuan City, Laoag and Pampanga.

At least 300 “kabalens” enjoyed the “Cheesy Squash Puto” a recipe done by pupils from the San Matias Elementary School in Pampanga.

Kraft Eden Cheese Squash Puto

Kraft Eden Cheese Squash Puto

Squash Puto (Pampanga)


2 ¼ cup squash, cooked and mashed

3 ¼ cup all purpose flour, sifted

1 ½ cup washed sugar

4 tbsp baking powder

1 bar Eden Cheese

½ cup margarine, melted

1 ½ cup butter milk

8 pcs. eggs, medium, beaten

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 cups water


  1. Combine all dry ingredients together.
  2. Make a well at the center and add the liquid ingredients.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add smashed squash and grated cheese. Mix well.
  5. Pour mixture in a molder.
  6. Steam for 45 minutes.

“With Eden cheese, we will explore the wonders of our country’s cuisine while providing an extended feast that will bring joy and delight to as many families as possible,” says Alex Tacderas, Category Marketing Manager for Cheese and Spoonables, Kraft Foods Philippines.

For more recipe with Eden Cheese, visit


This Christmas I had the chance to connect to the roots of my DAD this Christmas. Attending mass said in  Kapampangan dialect  and reminiscing the culture and traditions of Kapampangan during Christmas. How I wish I were fluent in the dialect.

Thanks to Kraft Eden Cheese, and Keso de Gallo, I felt my Christmas was complete. The Keso de Gallo  in San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor Pampanga event will be in our memories for a long time.

The Keso de Gallo experience was our topic during the family gathering we had on Christmas Day.