Pinoy Fridays – The Barong Tagalog

The Urban Ma barong Barong The Urban Ma ootd
On every third Sunday of January the annual Sinulog Santo Nino Fiesta is celebrated at our local parish. This year as he’s been doing since he was born, Daniel dressed up in a Filipino traditional costume – the Barong Tagalog (Filipino dress). The barong is normally worn at formal events like weddings and important meetings, however barongs can also come in short sleeved version and other colours, which can be worn at less formal occassions.


Get ready with me The Urban Ma Getting the baby ready for mass 🙂

Every year our parish (and other parishes around the world) organises a festival to celebrate the Santo Nino (Christ Child).

Lace crown and barong Sinulog Santo Nino Resurrection Parish Melbourne

Sinulog is the ritual prayer-dance honoring Señor Santo Niño or the Child Jesus. An image of the Child Jesus is said to be the baptismal gift the Portuguese conquistador Ferdinand Magellan gave Hara Amihan (Humanay) of Zebu (now Cebu) in April 1521. The image, believed to be miraculous, is housed at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in downtown Cebu City. – Thanks Wiki!

Sinulog Melbourne Resurrection Parish

The Filipinos in our community work throughout the whole year putting together small events leading up to the January celebration. Hours of cooking and rehearsals over the months leading up to the festival culminate into what is truly a colourful and joyous occassion that brings the community together. It also introduces people unfamiliar to Filipino cuisine and culture to the tasty and rich history of the country.

This year the attendees of the festival were treated to a plate of lechon (suckling pig), pansit (noodles), caldareta (a beef stew/cassrole type dish with potatoes, carrots and sausaget etc) and of course rice! And all free of charge.

Then the loud beat of the drums and lines of dancers of all ages dance their way into the venue in a water current-type movement – two steps forward one step back to the sound of the drums.

Lots of colour, music and welcoming smiles that Filipinos are well known for are displayed for both visitors and parishoners alike.

Hopefully we’ll see you at the Santo Nino Festival next year! Keep up to date with the festival announcements here.
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Believing in People

Believing in people

It can happen that we lose interest in people,
and even become blind to their strengths
when we discover their limitations.
During his passion Jesus discovered the limitations of Peter.
Yet he didn’t write him off.
He continued to believe in him,
and in time he came good.
Like Peter, we are weak human beings,
who are inconstant in our beliefs
We need someone who understands our weaknesses,
who realises that it may take time for us to overcome them,
and who doesn’t write us off because we don’t produce the goods at once.

An extract from my parish’s weekly published bulletin. Click here to have a read! 🙂

Happy Sunday everyone! Make the first hour of your week a happy, relaxing and reflective one by giving thanks for all your blessings and listening to the word of God. See you at mass! <3

Reflection – Forgiveness

When we forgive we free ourselves of the burden of bitterness,
and we free the other person of the burden of guilt.
But our forgiveness must come from the heart,
which means it must be true, sincere, and warm.
A cold forgiveness is not much use.
Forgiveness should start now.
Putting it off only deepens the wound prolongs bitterness, and postpones happiness.
Life is short, time is fleeting.
Today is the day to forgive.
Lord, deliver us from the poison of bitterness,
and give us the grave to forgive from the heart
those who have offended us.
Then we will know the warmth of your forgiveness.

Excerpt from the Resurrection Weekly Bulletin 🙂

Gaining & Losing


When was the last time you took time out of your busy life to reflect on life, love, your faith, your relationships and just breathe. In a world where we are all striving to achieve so-called success, earn more money and buy more things, it’s good to be reminded to take care of our relationships with others and embrace good old fashioned values such as honesty, loyalty, respect, trust & forgiveness. Love conquers all.

Here is an excerpt from the weekly Resurrection Parish bulletin that has become an essential read every Sunday morning in order to keep me grounded and balanced.

There is a way of losing by gaining.
You can win an argument but lose a friend.
Through competition and promotion
I may advance in my profession,
but in terms of relationships I am impoverished.
My energies are so focused on efficiency and success
that I haven’t time to grow emotionally
and to develop my capacity for relationships.
In one’s drive to attain power,
a person may sacrifice friendship and loyalty,
so much so that one ends up alone.
Lord, let me never forget your haunting words;
‘What good will it do to gain the whole world
if you lose your soul?’

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below 🙂

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