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Heaven and Hell

Posted in Snapshots, podcasts and videocasts by juned on the September 30th, 2005

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Something you do not see often in Catholic Churches today. At least the news and if ever you one its not as detailed or probably as creepy as this one. Its not that clear but on the upper part of the painting is heaven in all its majesty and its victory of the angels over the devils. At the center is the Holy Trinity personified by God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. At the bottom part encircled by events from the Bible (Old and New Testament) is a vision of Hell and the torments that await sinners.

When I saw this one it sort of reminded Haw Par Villas’ Ten Courts of Hell. The Villa was in Singapore. I was told the Villa is gone now along with the ten courts of Hell. Oh well…

Back, to the Pakil’s paiting vision of Hell. Each scene circles until it reaches the center with Satan seemingly enjoying the warmth of Hell. Seems to be a far departure from Dante Alighieri’s take on Inferno or Hell in his epic poem La Divina Commedia or the Divine Comedy. In Dante’s poem Satan was in the harshest spot in Hell the central zone called Judecca. Satan is condemened to perpetually consuming the bodies of Brutus and Cassius the betrayers of Julius Ceasar; and Satan is also condemned to perpetually eat the head of Judas Iscariot. Judecca is the central zone in the ninth circle of Hell and its reserved for traitors to their Lords and Benefactors.

An additional post for today
Pakil Church, the passage, heaven & hell

A blessing for our Filipino Politicians

Posted in Politics and Culture by juned on the September 29th, 2005

The Filipino Politicians are at it again. Times like this several things come to mind. But, the most poignant line I can remember is a dialogue from the movie Fiddler on the Roof. This is for all the politicians in the Philippines. The scene is a short one, a break in one of the songs of the movie. It is a nice movie, borrow and watch it if you can. Tevye the main character in the Broadway/Hollywood musical asks his Rabbi what was the proper blessing for the Czar, which is the Russian name for their Emperor similar to the German term Kaiser and based on the Roman name Ceasar. Again this is for all politicians in the Philippines.

A proper blessing for the Czar?
May God Bless the Czar and keep him far away from us!

To paraphrase it -

May God Bless the Filipino Politicians and keep them far away from us!

On a different note, My friend Allan started to write reviews of fantasy and science fiction books. If you are into SF & Fantasy books check his reviews. Book reviews might save you from buying a bum book.

Additional posts for today
UK Bound
Pakil Church - the interior

UK Bound

Posted in Readings by juned on the September 29th, 2005

A Book Safari: No I am not on my way to the United Kingdom to buy books.

The First Bookstore

Last Saturday, on the way to the mall I came across a second hand store along the old Aurora Arcade.

The two story building is situated along Aurora Boulevard near Mercury Drugstore. Fortunately, the store was not on the Aurora side of the building; subjected to the toxic fumes of the jeepneys. It was in front of what used to be the old Queen’s grocery store, which is gone now and in its place is big hole filled up with water. Every Sunday RC boat hobbyists race around this green pond. This pond or what I like to call the Cubao Pool is a thriving micro-aquatic ecosystem with fish and green algae.

Right in front of the Cubao pool is a series of shops that sell second hand goods - shoes, clothes, appliances, toys, bicycles and books. There were around two to three rows of books of all kind - hardbounds, tradepaperbacks, mass print and books with other fancy names. Curios I casually browsed the collection. There were a couple of encyclopedias, novels, cookbooks, magazines, bestsellers of yesteryears, comics, and others. I guess there were a number of books in the shop to satisfy most readers. I spotted a collection of culinary magazines, quite useful to epicures. After a few minutes in shop I left. In the end I bought two hard bound books , an English grammar book from Boston and a book that contained the unabridged version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A brand new grammar and style book would probably cost me a around three to seven hundred pesos. Dracula and Frankenstein book would cost each around three hundred seventy five pesos for the soft bound edition. These books I got from the second hand store cost me a total of one hundred seventy five pesos. The frugal bookworm in me was to mildly put it overjoyed.

The second bookshop

I learned about this book shop while watching one of those early morning programs on television. The one you watch as you prepare to leave the house. Another second bookstore and another bookstore run by journalists. This should be interesting I said to myself.

Some information about the bookstore:

Bound Bookshop

The best collection of new and read books

Bestsellers: Contemporary/Literary Fiction:Politics/History/Current Events n Food: Children’s Books: Art/Design: Photography: Humor: Travel: Biographies/Memoirs:Music:Business:Sexuality: Erotica:Gender Issues: Self-Help/Inspirational: Media/Communications: Entertainment:Health

105-A Scout Castor Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone: 4117768
Email(?): info@boundbooks.net
URL: wwww.boundbooks.net

The book shop is way much cleaner than the Ukay-Ukay-bookstore (second hand shop) in Cubao. First, it was air-conditioned. Second, it was far more cosy. Third, the books were more neatly arranged.

I left the bookstore whistling and full of happy thoughts.

There were three things that I like about this bookstore. One, the atmosphere (as I mentioned in the second paragraph preceding this one) was cosy. It is not as big as National Book Store or Fully Booked but it was inviting. The shop had a homey feel to it; entering the store was like entering a smal library. Two, they were selling not only new books but also second hand books. So the discriminating and frugal side of the bibliophile was easily satiated by the shop. Three, the shop had books that you cannot easily obtained.

Aside from those three reason the shop is probably one of the few bookshops in Manila or in the Philippine that has clearly marked erotica section. Although, their collection seemed to have been depleted - a pity.

On the other hand I did find a good copy of the Decameron. Hardbound and printed on good paper. This book will last a lifetime and more. The book cost ,e me around a hundred pesos. Not bad for a hardbound copy of the Decameron.

This shop is located near Tomas Morato and Roces avenue: given the traffic it would be best to go ther during a weekend afternoon.