Heartwarming Thoughts on the Birth Anniversary of my brother, Brod B

April 22, 2017

By Ace Alvarez

My dear brother, Brod B — Then and Now (Click image to enlarge)

Toronto, Ontario — Well, Brod B … I’m following North American Eastern Time, thus, if you find this a bit late in accord with the date and time at the part of the world you are in, I’m not really apologizing, nor, will I. The fact is, even if you say this is late, for me this is not; for what I am celebrating today is your birth, not only your birthday. You have always been a very good sibling to me. So, a BIG BIRTH ANNIVERSARY GREETING TO YOU, dearest brother.

Oh, I can’t really help it, but be nostalgic on this day. Today – and countless times, I remember all those happy times we have had.

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On Pride, Prudence, Humility, Usurpation of Authority and Other Human Values

August 8, 2015

By Ace Alvarez

Dedication

My loving and lovely niece, Pipay Baltazar Alvarez (Click photo to enlarge)

My loving and lovely niece, Pipay Baltazar Alvarez (Click photo to enlarge)

This post is dedicated to my lovely and loving niece, Pipay Baltazar Alvarez, who, from time to time, when I would be busy and away from the social media, do leave me private messages to say hello and that she misses “my thoughts on everyday life.” Pipay wrote, “Messages … that you share on the wall inspire my everyday life.”

The last time I saw Pipay was sometime back in the early 80s. She was very young then. She wrote to me once, “my respect to you is so high as my dad’s brother. I love you (and the rest of my uncles from my dad’s side), even if I did not regularly saw you as I was growing up, I know that you are part of my life.”

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Friends, here is an anecdote that I am sharing with you for the lessons that you may derive from this narration:

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When Manuel L. Quezon was the president of what was then the Commonwealth of the Philippines, he dropped by one day at the University of the Philippines, proceeded to the office of Claro M. Recto — described as one of the foremost statesmen of his generation and likewise considered as “the finest mind of the their generation”. Recto was said to ably mold the mind of his contemporaries and succeeding generations through his speeches and writings — a skill described by Filipino writer and television host, Manuel L. Quezon III, as “only excelled by Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Manuel L. Quezon III, is the grandson of the Commonwealth of the Philippines President.

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“Faith can move mountains”

July 31, 2015
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By Ace Alvarez

After Christine’s presentation, Abdelkarem asked her, “You didn’t show us if the market you are targeting in Scarborough (Ontario) will be able to sustain your start-up business for the long run.”

I interjected: “Christine, you know how you can get an estimate of the market that you are targeting?

“Christian churches in Toronto seat an average of 1,200 people. Go to the websites of the Christian Churches in the area that you want to serve. Get the number of services that each church conducts over one weekend. One-third of the people attending in each of those services are of South Asian descent. Multiply that number with the number of weekend services, times the number of churches, thus, you will have an idea of the size of your market.”

Christine started flipping back her presentation to the first slide, which serves as the cover title of her presentation. While doing this, she was saying, “To me, it doesn’t matter how big, or small the market is.”

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Inspirational

December 27, 2014

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — Watch by pressing the video link below, and pay special attention from TCR (Time Code Reading) 2:06, excerpted from which as follows:

“There are just a lot of people that are victims of circumstance, … and one thing leads to another …. There are a lot of good people who are homeless …”.

What the homeless man says is true. So, the next time we see a homeless man, let’s not judge him right away by what we see. Inside him is one compassionate person — and perhaps, more than we are.

As the man subject of the video said, homelessness is a causative effect of circumstance.

In one’s lifetime, the homeless person could have helped a friend to make use of his God-given talents, and as money started to trickle in, the latter wanted to cash in everything right away and overcame with greed, unmindful that in business, there were overhead expenses to shoulder from the gross income coming into the company. All the industrial partner was thinking of was his talent being utilized, forgetting AMONG MANY OTHER FACTORS in the endeavor to consider. In the end, both of them losing their friendship and business relationship altogether.
God bless both of those people.

May peace, joy and love engulf all of us this Christmas Season all through the next years.

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God in all His wisdom said, “Just build a better you.”

July 18, 2014

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — As I prayed last night for the 298 people aboard the Malaysian Airlines MH!7 fired upon yesterday with the ground-to-air missile over Ukraine, I was discerning at the same time the logic behind such dastardly act against innocent people by whoever were behind it.

If only I could do something about it and remedy all the troubles in this world. But how?

It is said that whatever one feels is the voice of God within. In my heart, it seemed that I heard a response, through a reminder of the following which I read three decades back from the private library collection of my longtime, and very dear friend, Bobbie Nunez (then of Paranaque City, The Philippines, and now living in the USA):

Of unknown authorship, it read:

“Build a better world, said God
”And I asked how?
”The world is such a vast place and so complicated now
“I am small and useless
”What can I do?
”God in all His wisdom said, ‘Just build a better you.’.”

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Now, calm over that event, I just offer this world and its peoples, a better me – that I have worked myself to be through the years.

 

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL FATHERS!

June 15, 2014

The family is a basic social institution, where male parenting has a very important role to play. Thus, today, we honor all fathers.and celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.

As a father myself, I realize the enormous duty and lifetime commitment that we, fathers, have on our roles to our family and society. As fathers, it is our moral obligation to continue instilling values, discipline and respect on our children; to teach them, guide them and care for them, so that when time comes that they should be out there and live their lives with their respective basic family unit, a wholesome society is thereby created – defining the quality of people of our state.

One world-renowned Filipino nationalist said that “The school is the book in which is written the future of a nation.” I say, we, fathers – and mothers alike, are the first schools of our children!

TO ALL FATHERS, HAVE A HAPPY ONE TODAY!

OMNIBUS PATRES LAETUS HODIE!

Ace Alvarez
Toronto, Ontario

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Lessons from a Young Woman from the Snowstorm of Feb. 5, 2014

February 10, 2014

PATIENCE, PERSEVERANCE, APPRECIATION
Lessons from a Young Woman from the Snowstorm of Feb. 5, 2014

 By Ace Alvarez

I watched the young lady slowly shoveled the adjacent driveway by the end of the snow pour in southern Ontario, 5 P.M. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, as I shoveled to clear the white stuff off my side of the property.

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Weather forecasters said the accumulation that day was the largest one-time accumulation in Toronto during the last three winters.

Pausing for awhile, I pondered where else to pile the snow, which I estimated at 22.7 cm.. It had been three weeks of continual pour in the city. It was about that time that the daughter of my neighbor – a young lady who I believe must be in her 2nd year in college, came out, picked up her shovel, too, and started piling the stuff on the side of her property.

I continued working, saying to the young lady, “This thing never stops, eh! I don’t know where else to put this.”

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