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Parental Authority Versus School Authority?

Today, at lunch break, the guard at the gate of Santa Lucia Catholic School told my son that he is not allowed to go out for lunch. The guard claimed my son had been late for three times and that’s why he is not allowed to go out at lunchtime.

Questions and arguments:

  1. Is that a policy that has been discussed and approved? My son is authorized by us to come home from school at lunchtime and have lunch at home. Even if it is a school policy that has been discussed and approved, the fact that we authorized him to come home for lunch should override that. Keeping him within the school premises at lunchtime when we, his parents and his authorized guardian, have clearly authorized him to come home could be classified as illegal detention.
  2. Would the school or the guard have given my son lunch for free or would they just let my son go hungry? There was no advance notice and my son had neither lunch money nor packed lunch. AND I cannot afford to give him lunch money or a packed lunch. Lunch at home is so much less expensive than packing lunch or eating out. I am NOT rich, we get by through thrift and elimination of vices and extravagance. Our house is very near to the school, it’s less than a kilometer from the school. My son’s coming home for lunch is one of the ways for us to economize.
  3. My son is not aware of having been late three times. How can the guard say he has been late three times? Does the guard have proof? If the guard has records, are they accurate? After all, anybody can write down anything. For irrefutable proof of lateness, a bundy clock and time cards would be needed, don’t you think so? A bundy clock is the cheapest option I can think of for accurate recording of arrivals and departures.
  4. And even if my son was really late for three times, keeping him in the school premises during lunchtime with neither packed lunch nor money for lunch is certainly a harsh punishment. My son is a minor, he is only 15 years old. Would the school let him go hungry for being allegedly late three times?

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“Let Them Know It’s Christmastime Again”

On 28 November 1984, the original version of the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure was released to raise money for relief of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia. The song was re-recorded in 1989 by Band Aid II and in 2004 by Band Aid 20, again raising funds for famine relief. Other versions and parodies were also produced with the purpose of raising funds for various charities.

All that was way before the occurrence of super typhoon Haiyan, locally known in the Philippines as Bagyong Yolanda. But there is a phrase in the song that so fittingly describes what we Christians must do at this time:

“Let Them Know It’s Christmastime Again”

Many have shared their blessings, and many have done so more than once, to those affected by Haiyan. But, as has been aptly written on the website of ChildFund International, “Recovery Will Take Time and Ongoing Commitment.” And so we must overcome donor fatigue and rally our forces once more, because Christmas is drawing near and we need to help make Christmas better for those affected, specially the children. Here are ways that you can give to the children:

Give through UNICEF

UNICEF’s programs emphasize developing community-level services to promote the health and well-being of children

Give through Save the Children

Save the Children promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries

Give through ChildFund International

Donations to ChildFund International support vocational training, literacy training, food distribution, educational programs, early childhood development, health and immunization programs, nutritional programs, water and sanitation development, and emergency relief in both man-made and natural disasters.

For Expatriate Filipinos: Give through Balik Bayan Bandana

The Balik Bayan Bandana facebook group was created by my Pisay classmate Elai Mae Atendido to raise funds for the charity work of BOHOLunteers, Inc. which is committed to respond to the basic emergency & transitional needs of Boholanos and Filipinos struck by disasters. PSHS Batch 83 Alumni and Friends supports Balik Bayan Bandana.

Microwave Meat Loaf with Brown Barbecue Sauce

Microwave Meat Loaf with Brown Barbecue Sauce
I am obsessed with meat loaves at this time, and here's another meat loaf recipe
  • 2 pounds (about 1 kilogram) ground meat
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large onions, minced
  • 1 medium head garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp catsup
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp barbecue marinade (I used a local brand, Mama Sita)
  • water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix first six ingredients well, add salt and pepper to taste
  2. Pack meat mixture tightly into a glass or other microwavable loaf pan (I used a ceramic loaf pan)
  3. Microwave on high for 15 to 20 minutes (exact time will depend on your microwave oven)
  4. Let stand for ten minutes and drain off the liquid (pan drippings) from the pan. Save the pan drippings for the sauce
  5. Optional: Brown the meat loaf in a conventional oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 500 degrees F
  6. Add enough water to the pan drippings to make one cup of liquid
  7. In a heavy saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter
  8. Add flour to butter, keep stirring till smooth
  9. Slowly add the pan dripping mixture, barbecue marinade, salt and pepper
  10. Allow to boil, stirring constantly, until sauce is thick and translucent
  11. Slice the meatloaf and serve with the sauce


2014 Holidays in the Philippines

Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013, Declaring the Regular Holidays, Special (Non-Working) Days, and Special Holiday (For All Schools) for the Year 2014

January 1, 2014, Wednesday – New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)

January 31, 2014, Friday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)

February 25, 2014, Tuesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Holiday for all schools)

April 9, 2014, Wednesday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)

April 17, 2014 – Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)

April 18, 2014 – Good Friday (Regular Holiday)

April 19, 2014 – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)

May 1, 2014, Thursday – Labor Day (Regular Holiday)

June 12, 2014, Thursday – Independence Day (Regular Holiday)

August 21, 2014, Thursday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)

August 25, 2014, Monday – National Heroes Day (Regular Holiday)

November 1, 2014, Saturday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)

November 30, 2014, Sunday – Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)

December 24, 2014, Wednesday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)

December 25, 2014, Thursday – Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)

December 26, 2014, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)

December 30, 2014, Tuesday – Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)

December 31, 2014, Wednesday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)

*Separate proclamations will be issued for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha