Bishop: Palm Sunday no April Fool’s joke



STRICTLY SYMBOLIC. Palm fronds (“palaspas”) decorate Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City for blessing on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. The Church says Filipinos should give the palaspas no other meaning than a symbol of welcome at the triumphant entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. It’s plain superstitious to use a blessed palm to ward off evil spirits or as protection against lightning and other disasters. RAFFY LERMA

Roman Catholic Filipinos should mark Palm Sunday, with piety and contemplation on the Passion of Jesus Christ and not with superstitious beliefs, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Saturday.

Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, CBCP media office director, said Palm Sunday, which coincides with the observance of April Fool’s Day, should not be marked with pranks and jokes.

“We should not deviate [from the message of Palm Sunday] and not focus on superstitious and pagan practices,” Quitorio said.

April Fool’s Day is said to have its origins in the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria and in the Festival of Fools in the Middle Ages, where people played pranks on others and indulged in foolishness.

Pranksters are also active on Holy Innocents’ Day in December.

For Quitorio, the belief that the palm fronds (palaspas) blessed on Palm Sunday can ward off evil spirits and lightning strikes are examples of Fool’s Day foolishness that should be discarded.

“A person becomes a fool if his being a Christian is reduced to becoming superstitious,” Quitorio said. “Our concentration should be on [the Palm Sunday] Mass, on the gospel about the Passion of Christ. We should not veer away from it.”

Quitorio said the palaspas has only one symbolic meaning: “To welcome Christ as He enters Jerusalem and into the will of God.”

The Church, Quitorio said, is partly to blame for the persistent superstitious beliefs about the palaspas.

“Maybe [the people] think that way because of the Church’s failure to catechize [them],” Quitorio said. “So I think there is really a need for parish priests to teach the people … to understand its real meaning.”

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president, called on Catholics on Saturday to commemorate “the important mysteries of our faith” with the start of the Holy Week.

“Let us have time to participate, especially in the many important and significant activities of the Church like Palm Sunday, the Paschal Triduum, Chrism Mass, Last Supper Mass, the Seven Last Words and Easter,” Palma said in an interview over church-run Radio Veritas.

“If others are thinking about going on vacation—and it’s true that we need to have rest from work—I [hope] they can still participate in the celebrations of the Church [this Holy Week],” Palma said. “We should pray to have renewal in our country. Let us pray that we can improve.”

Jairahbelle Jamolin, 10, helps her mother weave coconut leaves ahead of Palm Sunday in front of the Sto. Domingo Church, in Quezon City. INQUIRER /RAFFY LERMA

Too much partying

Marinduque Bishop Rey Evangelista called on the youth not to forget the meaning of Holy Week as he discouraged them from too much partying.

“Our Holy Week gatherings should not be for fun but for prayer and contemplation,” Evangelista said.

Also on Saturday, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action, called on the faithful to donate to Alay Kapwa Sunday, which also coincides with Palm Sunday.

The Alay Kapwa (offering to one’s neighbor) Sunday is the culmination of the Lenten evangelization program of the Church that aims to raise social consciousness about the plight of the poor. This year’s proceeds will be used as emergency fund for the poor who have been affected by natural and man-made calamities.

“They may donate their time or talent. There are a lot of people in need of help. That has been the call of Alay Kapwa, for [the faithful] to share their time, talent and treasure,” Pabillo also said.

No to crucifixions

Palma reiterated the Church’s opposition to crucifixions on Good Friday, which some Catholic devotees, particularly in Pampanga province, continue to practice.

“While we are trying to discourage these practices, we could also not judge the intention of some devotees,” Palma said. “They have different vows, which, if they cannot fulfill them, [make them] feel very guilty. But the challenge really is, you do not have to [be], if your participation [in Holy Week rites] is really solemn and wholehearted.”

Palma added: “It’s not so much the external manifestation of and identification with the Christ. It’s internal—the change of heart, the change of life. This, I wish, is the beautiful thing that we should do, not on the physical but more in the spirit. We do not judge and condemn, but we discourage it.”

Archbishop Paciano Aniceto of Pampanga and retired Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani have similar observations.

Aniceto said the body is a gift from God and should be taken care of, not tortured by crucifixion. He observed that the Good Friday crucifixions had become commercialized and turned into tourist attractions.

“The self-flagellations and crucifixions must be stopped,” Bacani said. “Caring for each other, doing good deeds is the best restitution [for sins],” Bacani said.

First posted 7:50 pm | Saturday, March 31st, 2012

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  • Rorschach

    It was Palm Sunday, but because of a sore throat, 5-year-old
    Johnny stayed home from church with a sitter.  When the family returned
    home, they were carrying several palm fronds.  Johnny asked them what
    they were for.

    “People held them over Jesus’ head as He walked by,” his father told him.
    “Wouldn’t you know it,” Johnny fumed, “the one Sunday I don’t go and He shows up!”

    • Martin C

      He he he. Corny but pretty funny. :)

  • Hfxwst

    Ahhh,  there we go –  was wondering where the media and the Catholic Church was –  I hadn’t heard from them since Valentine’s Day and their edict of “no condoms” on the most romantic day of the year!  

    We have to keep pumping out those maids for HK, and hoping another country will send us aid to feed all these hungry Catholic children!  – and remember,  it is inappropriate to have fun on Palm Sunday!

  • AL

    Comments so far has showed that it is really part of human nature to “show respect” to other people & their beliefs. Good luck them.

    • Lucky Luciano

      Yeah, it’s terrible. And after reading your previous comments about INC both here and GMA7. Hypocrisy is deeply engraved. Good luck to you.

  • Darwin

    Whatever prank or joke one can come up on april 1 always pales in comparison to the noynoying politicians we keep electing.  in this country, i don’t think we ever moved past april fools.

  • Rey Gan

    Guess what, Filipino bishops realize their folly and are now reversing their stand on RH bill. Hahaha, Happy April Fool’s day …

  • adrenalyn_high2011

    whether April’s Fools or not…doing pranks on others is not a good act..

  • adrenalyn_high2011

    Jesus Christ had done the supreme sacrifice ONCE and for all …. for the forgiveness of all  mankind’s sins…when Jesus says, ” IT IS FINISHED!” … it means we (humans) cannot add anything to it in order to earn our salvation…we only need to receive it as a FREE gift (Ephesians 2:8-9)

    • tekateka

      Don’t be so deluded with Religion… the Bible is not written by God but by men using pseudonyms that did not even meet Jesus.. don’t take it literally.. It’s all made up… God does not even exist…  Filipinos should work hard for their existence and for the future generations…

      The Church should not meddle with the State…

      • UrHONOR

        NADALE mo, kabayan….bull’s eye!

      • Martin C

        tekateka. Perfect comment. You are so right.

      • myla

        The state should start collecting taxes from churches!!!!!!!!!

    • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

      How do you know that it was already given to you? And how do you know that you already received it?

    • Steven Zahl

      Why are there so many Hungry Pinoys if the Gift is Free?

  • tekateka

    Religion is Delusion

    Love is God
    Reason is Law

  • Fulpol

    ang pagkakaiba ng bisita iglesia at crucifixion?? wala kasi parehong rituals, symbolism…

    kung follower ka ni Jesus Christ, simple lang.. just say a prayer and thank Him.. yun lang naman siguro ang gusto ni Jesus Christ.. then wait the Holy Spirit to dwell unto you…

    remember His death… by giving utmost respect…. be Holy during his death anniversary…

    if you are really a follower of Christ..


    • UrHONOR

      HINDI naman puede ang ganyan lang….papaano naman KIKITA ang mga de-titulong mga naka-saya?  Unfair yang sina-suggest mo…..paano na ang mga collection para pang-sustento sa mga capo di tutti capi sa ROMA?

  • jeray

    coco levy no April fool’s joke


    >>>Bishop: Palm Sunday no April Fool’s joke<<<

    What then, all-year round JOKES?

  • Pauline

    RH Bill is not a joke, father. 

    • UrHONOR

      Erpat mo?

  • tra6Gpeche

    Okay, celebrate Palm Sunday if you must, but for those who work for the Philippine government, especially the elected and appointed officials, please be honest and resist the temptation of being corrupt public servants.


    ANG BISITA Iglesia ni Boy Faura ay BISITA CONDOS y CASAS.

  • brunogiordano

    “Bishop: Palm Sunday no April Fool’s joke”

    kung ayaw ninyong maging APRIL FOOL’S ‘yon palm sunday, huwag ninyong itapat sa APRIL 1 na talaga naman APRIL FOOL’S.

    huwag ninyong gawin palm sunday ang APRIL fool’s.

    • c

       huh, movable date naman ang palm sunday ah? obviously you’re not catholic.

      • brunogiordano

        “movable date naman ang palm sunday ah ”

        kaya huwag nilang itapat sa APRIL’S FOOL day.

      • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

        Masisira ang ulo ni Bishop Bacani dyan sa suggestion mo. Kasi may bilang na araw yan mula nung isang buwan – hindi ko lang alam kung kabilugan non. Kaya mahirap nila i-adjust yung pag-ikot ng buwan para wag tumapat sa araw ng mga unggoy.

  • tagasampaloc

    It’s not April fool’s day if you offer the bishops with pajero, hehehe

  • arthur1401

    Palm Sunday is not April Fool’s joke. But the bishops are, not only on April 1 but on a daily basis. Di ba oscar cruz?

  • PinoyAkoPinoyTayo

    Si PNoy ay isang magaling na Presidente…….. Happy April Fool’s Day!!!

  • Rorschach


    • hanep

      like  gloria,  his patrona, he  is.

  • Rorschach


  • Barbara

    Sana nanahimik na lang. ‘Yan tuloy, nabatikos. 

    • c

       barbara, are you referring to the priest in the article who should’ve kept quiet? i don’t think he should be the one to keep quiet because he was referring to Catholics. ang may problema yong mga nagkokoment to the article na puro negative. kasi naman di sila ang concerned kaya puro batikos ang nilalabas. marami silang hang-ups kaya sa comments section naglalabas ng mga niloloob. i wonder what they can say about their own religious sects? perfect siguro kasi? hahaha!

  • Sam

    I wondered if this entire article was an April 1 joke, because the silly man says to avoid superstitions when his entire religion is built on them. A resurrected man from the dead, bowing before wooden idols, carrying icons through the streets for good luck, the list goes on and on.

    And don’t get me started on Christmas, 99% borrowed from pagan religions, including even the date.

    “A person becomes a fool if his being a Christian is reduced to becoming superstitious”  – I totally agree, so, time to dump Catholicism completely.

    • anu12345

       “so, time to dump Catholicism completely”

      Why only Catholicism? I thought all religions or whatever they call them, are nothing but superstitions.

  • Mattino2011

    Mahirap pagka Religion ..endless debate///yan

  • Rorschach

    Church services are now FREE!!!


  • mhertz

    hayz….bakit kc wlan man lang article ng mga Atheist or ibang mga negang Christian denomination naturingan panamang Christian….Hindi ba sila kilala?  Kaya pag may article  about Catholics, ayan naglalabasan sila sa kanilang mga lungga…Do not do unto others what you don’t want it to do unto you…Thou shall not bear false witness against another. HaYAAN…mag dislike o mag comment na ang mga nega…Care namin…..After all its not about your opinion or harsh comment.  It is about us and our God.

    • marionics

      The laws of God, the laws of man,
      He may keep that will and can;
      Not I: let God and man decree
      Laws for themselves and not for me;
      And if my ways are not as theirs
      Let them mind their own affairs.
      Their deeds I judge and much condemn,
      Yet when did I make laws for them?
      Please yourselves, say I, and they
      Need only look the other way.
      But no, they will not; they must still
      Wrest their neighbor to their will,
      And make me dance as they desire
      With jail and gallows and hell-fire.
      And how am I to face the odds
      Of man’s bedevilment and God’s?
      I, a stranger and afraid
      In a world I never made.
      They will be master, right or wrong;
      Though both are foolish, both are strong.
      And since, my soul, we cannot fly
      To Saturn nor to Mercury,
      Keep we must, if keep we can,
      These foreign laws of God and man.


      • KenKhoy

        “Oh, mortal man may borrow
        What mortal man can lend;
        And ’twill not end to-morrow,
        Though sure enough ’twill end.”
        by: A.E. Housman

  • themayflower

    Stop all forms of religious ceremonies, i.e, mass inside the supreme court building premises!!!! Keep the affairs of church and the state separate. It is unconstitutional for any type of religion conduct business inside the Supreme Court building. 

  • themayflower

    I dare every honest lawyer out there why you are not voicing out against the current practice of holding catholic mass inside the supreme court building? 

  • Mattino2011

    Bishop. sino pa ba naghsabi April fool’s joke un Palm sunday

  • fer1973


    • jeray

      anu ba relihiyon mo at lahat ng ginagawa mo ay  batay sa bibliya. hepocreto

    • mang_empoy

      Anong walang batayan sa bibliya ang sinasabi mo?
      Ang Palm Sunday ay pag-alala sa pagpasok ni Jesus sa Jerusalem sakay ng isang asno.
      Ang mga taga-Jerusalen na tumanggap sa kanya ay sila ring magtatakwil sa kanya pagkaraan nang ilang araw. Nasa bible readings yan ngayong Palm Sunday sa lahat ng simbahan.

      Ikaw ang madilim ang utak at walang kabuluhan ang comment. Ni hindi ka katoliko at hindi mo alam ang kahulugan ng ginagawa namin kaya huwag mo kaming husgahan. Yung comment mo, walang bahid ng kabutihan at pag-unawa sa kapwa tao na iba ang pananaw sa iyo. 

    • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

      Ano ba yan. Isinauli na nga ah. Ano pa ba gusto mo. Bakit parang galit na galit ka dyan. Hinampas ka ba ng palaspas kanina?

  • Jan Edison Limqueco

    Hmm… If that is their reason, then we shouldn’t celebrate Christmas either since it is a celebration for a god in the past and was just adapted to the Christian faith when the Romans changed religion… How sad that a man of the cloth would say this… To each his own I think… T_T

  • Armi_DXB

    my friends, read your bible so that you will not be fooled. or just watch national geographic or discover channel 


    Wow.  This is definitely the pot calling the kettle black coming for a religious philosophy that bases its entire worship on pagan rituals and incantations.

    • Steven Zahl

      They even got Jesus’ birthday wrong.

  • Ulipur

    A converted cannibal is one who, on Friday, eats only fishermen.–Emily Lotney 

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    The following, written by Robert Ingersoll, can really make one ponder—-“Why did Christ not plainly say: “I am the Son of God,” or, “I am God”? Why did he not explain the Trinity?Why did he not tell the mode of baptism that was pleasing to him? Why did he not write a creed? Why did he not break the chains of slaves?Why did he not say that the Old Testament was or was not the inspired word of God?Why did he not write the New Testament himself? Why did he leave his words to ignorance, hypocrisy and chance? Why did he not say something positive, definite and satisfactory about another world? Why did he not turn the tear-stained hope of heaven into the glad knowledge of another life? Why did he not tell us something of the rights of man, of the liberty of hand and brain?Why did he go dumbly to his death, leaving the world to misery and to doubt?I will tell you why. He was a man, and did not know.”
    as well as what G.K. Chesterton wrote in the closing lines of “Orthodoxy”—-
    “His pathos was natural, almost casual. The Stoics, ancient and modern, were proud of concealing their tears. He never concealed His tears; He showed them plainly on His open face at any plain daily sight, such as the far sight of His native city. Yet He concealed something. Solemn supermen and imperial diplomatists are proud of restraining their anger. He never restrained His anger. He flung furniture down the front steps of the Temple, and asked men how they expected to escape the damnation of H e ll. Y et He restrained something. I say it with reverence; there was in that shattering personality a thread that must be called shyness. There was something that He hid from all men when he went up a mountain to pray. There was something that He covered constantly by abrupt silence and impetuous isolation. There was some one thing that was too great for God to show us when He walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes fancied that it was His mirth.”

    • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

      The answer is simple. There is no Jesus who existed more or less 2000 years ago. This historical Jesus is just a ‘belief’ of the early Church fathers of the Roman Catholic Church. They thought that the Christ of God mentioned in all ‘testimonies’ was referring to their Jesus. But, actually they are not. The existence of this historical Jesus is a lie. It is just an ‘interpretation, rendition and a creation of a reader’s mind during that time. None of true witnssess are referring to this historical Jesus because Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

      Now, all about these questions – it is for you to find out. And when you find the Truth then you will see that He is telling everything but you are ignoring it.

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        You mean Hitchens was right when he wrote—-“Monotheistic religion isa plagiarism of a plagiarism of a hearsay of a hearsay, of an illusion of an illusion, extending all the way back to a fabrication of a few non-events.”—-
        but still a supernatural being that somehow “intervenes” in or with nature and human affairs, not necessarily the God spoken of in the Bible, does exist?

      • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

        First, I did not say that the ‘God spoken of in the Bible do not exist’. Let me put it this way:

        I do accept that the God written in the bible is for real and the testimonies of witnesses – which we called ‘books’ – are true and correct. These books are now compiled and called ‘The Bible’ which was done by the early church fathers more or less 2000 years ago.

        Now, each of these books are ‘written testimonies’ of witnesses who have seen the ‘Power and Wisdom of God’ in saving man from eternal punishment. In short, all of them are true witnesses of Christ since Christ is the wisdom and the power of God. This is the reason why it is written in John 5:46 ‘If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me’. Moses wrote about Christ because he is a witness of God’s power (meaning, he is a witness of Christ) in Mount Sinai (see Exodus 3).

        On the other hand, the early church fathers are looking at different ‘Christ’  -another Christ different from the Christ of these witnesses – when they compiled this book (The bible). The Christ they are talking about is now I called the historical Jesus because; they believe that this Christ was born in Jerusalem more or less 2000 years ago. This Christ is just a belief and not for real. It is just an ‘interpretation’ from the written testimony but not the ‘revelation’ of God himself. This thing have been warned by Apostle Paul in 2 Cor 11:2-4.

        He said,  ‘3.But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.’

        Take note: he said ‘a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached’.

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        Do I get it ypu rght then that the Jewish religion is the true one and it is Christianity that went astray?

      • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

        Not all Jews are true Jews. (see Roman 2ff).  In the same token, not all Christians are true Christian. (see 2 Cor 11:13).

        But a true Christian, meaning Christ disciples,  is not different from true Jews (which means chosen people of God).  True Christian is a true Jew because,  a true disciple of Christ is chosen by God himself’.

        In short, a true Christian can also be called a true Jew and vice-versa but a fake Christian is not the same with a fake Jews although both of them believe in their hearts that they are chosen but, they are not.

        Thus, it is written in  Eph 4:3-6

        Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism ; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

        So, if you will consider Moses as a true man of God then, you must consider him also to be a true disciple of Christ like that of Paul (because they should have one Spirit, one Baptism, one Faith, one Lord, one Body and one Father) and therefore, he is a Christian. But obviously, he is not a Christian having a belief or faith like that of the early Church fathers of the Roman Catholic Church. Neither he is like a pharisee. (who called themselves ‘jews’).

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        Okay, thanks for sharing that.  Theology is interesting. I think it does help some human need to make sense out of many things. Through it, maybe, we can show that Islam or Buddhism, for examples, can also be “true” faiths.

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        Okay, thanks for sharing that. Theology is interesting. I think it does help some human need to make sense out of many things. Through it, maybe, we can show that Islam or Buddhism, for examples, can also be “true” faiths.

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        Okay, thanks for sharing that. Theology is interesting. I think it does help some human need to make sense out of many things. Through it, maybe, we can show that Islam or Buddhism, for examples, can also be “true” faiths.

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        Okay, thanks for sharing that. Theology is interesting. I think it does help some human need to make sense out of many things. Through it, maybe, we can show that Islam or Buddhism, for examples, can also be “true” faiths.

      • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

        It is not the religion per se that is correct but the one being ‘shared’ by witnesses. For example, in the case of Prophet Muhammad, he tried his best to share the ‘one’ he saw. He is witnessing after ‘something’ happens to him while he is in a cave.

        In that cave, he sees or encounter or experience the greatness of God when God reveal to him His power and wisdom.

        To make it short, I am saying that Prophet Muhammad is a witness of Christ too but this Christ is not the historical Jesus. Thus, in the Holy Quran you can see he gave too much emphasis to the ‘people of the book’ (that is, to Christians like the scholars of the Roman Catholic Church) that God has no son (he is actually saying to them that there is no historical Jesus). While on the other hand, he is saying that Jesus the son of Mary is the Christ. This ‘Jesus son of Mary’ is not the historical Jesus but the ‘sign’ of the coming of the greatness of God to a man and this ‘encounter’ is each on his own.

        Thus, I can say that an Islam (which means ‘peace with God’) is also a Christian (which mean, disciple of Christ) because you cannot have ‘peace with God’ if you are not a ‘disciple of Christ’ and you can only be both if you are an ‘enlightened one’ (Buddha).

    • hanep

      “Why did he go dumbly to his death, leaving the world to misery and to doubt?I will tell you why. He was a man, and did not know.”
      this is probably what woody  allen meant  when  he said  that God
      was  an under – achiever.  if  He did exist.

  • marionics

    history of April Fool’s Day or All Fool’s Day is uncertain, but the current
    thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the
    calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New
    Year’s Day was moved from March 25 – April 1 (new year’s week) to January 1.

    people were labeled “fools” by the general populace, were subject to
    ridicule and sent on “fool errands,” sent invitations to nonexistent
    parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these
    pranks became known as a “poisson d’avril” or “April fish”
    because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice
    was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.

    This harassment evolved over
    time and a custom of prank-playing continue on the first day of April. This
    tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain
    and Scotland
    in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English
    and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool’s Day has
    taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in
    its own way.

    In Scotland, for instance, April
    Fool’s Day is devoted to spoofs involving the buttocks and as such is called
    Taily Day. The butts of these jokes are known as April ‘Gowk’, another name for
    cuckoo bird. The origins of the “Kick Me” sign can be traced back to
    the Scottish observance.

    In England, jokes are played only in
    the morning. Fools are called ‘gobs’ or ‘gobby’ and the victim of a joke is
    called a ‘noodle.’ It was considered back luck to play a practical joke on
    someone after noon.

    In Rome, the holiday is known as Festival of
    Hilaria, celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis, is on March 25 and is
    also referred to as “Roman Laughing Day.”

    In Portugal, April Fool’s Day falls on
    the Sunday and Monday before lent. In this celebration, many people throw flour
    at their friends.

    The Huli Festival is
    celebrated on March 31 in India.
    People play jokes on one another and smear colors on one another celebrating
    the arrival of Spring.

    So, no matter where you
    happen to be in the world on April 1, don’t be surprised if April fools fall
    playfully upon you.


    • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

      The passion is now a big joke. Brothers and sister, do not listen to your priest and pastors because they are just making fool of themselves. 

  • Rorschach

    Imagine there’s no heaven

    It’s easy if you try

    No hel l below us

    Above us only sky

    Imagine all the people living for today

    Imagine no possessions

    I wonder if you can

    No need for greed or hunger

    A brotherhood of man

    Imagine all the people sharing all the world

    You, you may say

    I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one

    I hope some day you’ll join us

    And the world will live as one

  • obionekenobi

    Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

  • brunogiordano

    “The Church, Quitorio said, is partly to blame for the persistent superstitious beliefs about the palaspas.”

    huwag ninyong papasukin sa simbahan ‘yon may dalang palaspas ng matigil ang kanilang maling paniwala dito. simply di ba???

  • KenKhoy

    . “Caring for each other, doing good deeds is the best restitution [for sins],” Bacani said.
    Po…. tell that to the clowns of the impeachment brouhaha

  • anony mous

    Palm Sunday not a joke, but the Catholic priest and Bishops are a joke. Take that!


    The palm symbolizes the welcome that the Jews gave to whom they thought was the Messiah.  Out of envy the pharisees convinced the Jews to turn against Him.  This was the beginning of His sacrifice for us, telling us that living is not easy. If we follow him it would be easier.  We will not want.

    The palm itself could not ward off evil spirit but the thought that it was a gesture of love makes it then possible to think that indeed it is.

  • Banono

    Educating the people about the Bible will strip all these nonsense from their walk as Christians.
    Remember that any form of Christianity that is not based from the written words of God – the Bible is but a Christianity of your own making. This already happened in many of the organized religions we know today.
    That is why revisiting the Bible is a very much needed measure if the true message of Christianity as embedded in the Gospel will be spread and practiced.
    Thus the following stern warning is written in the Holy Scripture for us to take heed:
    “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” (Galatians 1:8-9)
    Every true and sincere Christian then should read and study the Bible.

    • brunogiordano

      “The Bible is a manual of bad morals (which) has a powerful influence on
      our culture and even our way of life. Without the Bible, we would be
      different, and probably better people,” JOSE SARAMAGO

      • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

        To Jose Saramago, (thru brunoglordano)

        You are barking at the wrong tree. Your manual is not the ‘written word’ but, your own ‘interpretation’ to that book – that is your manual. If you truly understand the message of that book, then you must have seen it greatness.

      • brunogiordano

        Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino vs Jose Saramago

        sino kaya ang hindi marunong umintindi sa pagbasa ng libro??????

      • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

        Good. Tell him to participate.

        I want to know if he really knows what he is saying because according to Paul  in 2 Tim 3:16-17 ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ‘

        Therefore, his conclusion that  ‘Without the Bible, we would be different, and probably better people’ is entirely wrong.

      • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

        May sagot na ako dito. Paki-basa na lang sa ibaba.

  • tekateka


    You should study well, be hardworking, become a Professional at what you
    do and help yourself and the future of this country… Bible is written
    by a bunch of wine drinking follies to control the masses. It is not
    written by God and there is No God… so start whipping you a s s and go
    to work…  

    • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

      How do you know that there is no God?

      • tekateka

         Nobody does…

      • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

        In other word, you do not know if there is really ‘no God’. Am I correct?

      • tekateka

        How can you prove that there is God or Unicorn, Fairies, Batman? If God created atoms, quarks, gluons… then who created God?

        We are living in a world of Lie… and Religion is the biggest lie of all… Tell someone that you have spoken and seen God and everybody thinks you are crazy… explain me that..

      • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

        You do not answer my question. Answer it first and then I will answer your questions.

      • tekateka

        Well, that is a typical irrelevant fairy question… You want my anwer? Imagine you are in a court of Law…

        Prove it.. and if you can’t prove that there is God.. then then verdict is…

        There is No God…

        Now, don’t talk about air, gravity, brain and more nonsene…  etc… etc…

      • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

        It seems you do not want to listen to anybody and then, you want us to listen to you. Answer first my question and then I will answer yours.My question is very easy. 

        How do you know that there is no God? (I ask you like this because, you said ‘There is no God’ and I just want to know if you are truly aware of what you are saying.).

        I am simply asking ‘Do you really know there is no God? Or you just believe that there is no God. Which is which?

      • tekateka

         hahaha… no time for this bro… there is no god… period… just suc k it up… don’t quote me the bible coz it’s all made up…

      • Rey Baltazar C. Tolentino

        Okay. Granted.  You have no God at all.

  • str8boy

    Bishop, magandang gamitin yang palm fronds para sumayaw tayo ng Hawaiian dance.

  • hanep

    i am ok with  people  believing that  jose rizal  is god  or  santa  exists  as  long
    as  they don’t  rub their  beliefs  on   my  nose.  

    and they assume they  are  better human beings  than you and me.

    live and  let live  eka nga.

  • hanep

    if  you believe that God  created you  and gave  you everything in your total being,
    including your  brains  then  to do  justice  to that gift,  it is  absolutely right  to
    question ,  think   and  seek  the  truth  wherever  it  may  lead.  

    and  that  includes  doubting and questioning  your  creator.   

  • hanep

    to the faithful  please  enlighten   me.  can  you  be  a moral  person  without
    religion ?

  • Steven Zahl

    Names of All Child Molesting Priests Revealed……..Joke….Hahahaha

  • Rorschach

    “Roman Catholic Filipinos should mark Palm Sunday, with piety and
    contemplation on the Passion of Jesus Christ and not with superstitious

    Want a joke?

    Jesus Christ, Rome, Julius Ceasar, Pontius Pilate, Romans, First Pope, Roman Catholic.

    From a “Let’s hunt him down and crucify him” to “Let’s build him churches and glorify him” form of government, The biggest question is “what made Rome change its mind?” the big U Turn.

    And we should never forget to thank our beloved mother church for standing against the abuses of the Nazi’s.

    • hanep

      sorry FQS.  the  vatican  turned  a blind eye  on  hitler’s  genocide 
      of  the jews in world 2.  in fact,  the current pope  not so recently issued an
      apology  to  israel.

      • Rorschach


  • godofthunder16

    “We should not deviate [from the message of Palm Sunday] and not focus on superstitious and pagan practices,” 

    – Oh the irony!

  • Rorschach

    My Religion is: I DO GOOD I FEEL GOOD, I DO BAD I FEEL BAD Religion.
    What’s the difference? We pay tax before we complain.

    Kaya Join nalang kayo, let’s all have a good time.

  • pedronimo

    The Palaspas si also a form of ethnic art or local origami. It is a small time, once a year family business, While the Palaspas can’t ward off evil spirits, it can hurt the face of a crook if slapped with Palaspas, Don’t throw away the tradition.

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