What I want for Christmas

by Anna Katharina on December 15, 2010

in Blogging,Family,Journal,Love and Emotions,Traditions

It’s 10 days before Christmas and 5 days to go to finish my shopping and grocery needs for the special day. Of course it will be a celebration for the whole family.

Christmas celebration was different when I was 7, it was about Christmas party in school with our homemade party hat.

When I was 15, it was attending misa de gallo with friends; kris kringle with friends, preparation for the school’s Christmas party and the dress that one has to wear. The outing after the party was the most awaited.

When I was 22, it was Christmas day with a significant other and dinner at home. I was involved with decorating the home, wrapping gifts and cooking for Christmas day.

At 30, it was a meaningful Christmas, this time being a mom to two kids; a Christmas tree adorned the house.  Family reunion was the biggest event.

At 39, Christmas did come, it was an unforgettable Christmas, there were gifts, Christmas party, family reunions, shopping and all that. I just wanted to be alone and shunned all gatherings.

At 49, I am thinking what I really want for Christmas, maybe a time for myself where I can do the things I like, a time to reflect on things that make me happy. I am not sure what really makes me happy? Its just that I want to do things that I only like or want. Maybe this is one of my “blue days”. Move on please. PMS go away!

It might not be the same Christmas as we used to but still it will be with my kids and other family members.

Please listen to me at Online Doktora….. my gift this Christmas for you and me!



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
Via RSS Feeds

Eden Cheese Sarap ng Pasko

by Anna Katharina on September 5, 2010

in Community,Family,Food,Product Promo,Traditions

Sarap ng Pasko 100 towns, 100 dishes, 100 days of Christmas in the Philippines. One nation to Start the World’s Longest Christmas Celebration.

Traditionally Filipinos start preparing for Christmas as early as September up to the first Sunday of January the following year.

Eden’s Cheese Christmas celebration has started. Eden Cheese is back with their Christmas celebration Sarap ng Pasko: 100 Days of Christmas, another great undertaking from Kraft Eden Cheese to inspire Filipinos and remind them of hope and unity during the Christmas season.

With 100 towns participating, 100 cheese-based unique dishes will be showcased for 100 days to underscore the festive celebration of the season here in the Philippines. Being the world’s first longest Christmas celebration, this event pushes food tourism to a whole new level.

One Nation.One Festive Season.

One Grand Yuletide Feast.

One Proud Country to Inspire the Whole World.

Will your hometown be one of the top finalists?

Vote for your town and help them realize their simle community wish by winning 2M in support fund and 100,000 for yourself. Send an Eden carton and be counted.

Visit for more details.

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)