eastwind journals09 Apr 2015 12:58 am

2 yolanda photos that went viral – yolanda rosaries for leyte-samar

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By Bernie Lopez
Permission is granted to re-publish the article with credits.

Originally titled “Baybay (shore) Lady”. Unknown photographer. Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines. In case you have not seen it the first time, this photo went viral on the Internet a few days after super-typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) struck on November 8, 2013. Photo shows a lady in blue, believed to be Mother Mary, with a mammoth storm surge in the background. Note that the umbrella is steady in the storm winds. The anonymous photographer, people reported, said both the lady and the storm surge vanished into thin air after the photo was taken.

Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Photo shows the flood watermark two inches below the Tabernacle, which houses the Holy Eucharist at the Diocese Major Seminary. The watermark is the maximum height of the flood before it recedes.
a great sign appeared in the sky
a woman clothed with the sun
the moon beneath her feet
and on her head a crown of twelve stars
the dragon stood before the woman
about to give birth, to devour her Child
she gave birth to a Son
destined to rule all nations
in utter rage the serpent
waged war against the rest of her offsprings
those bearing witness
to the Son born of her womb
Revelation 11:1-6, 14-17
30,000 Yolanda Rosaries, blest by Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines, were given to survivors of the super-typhoon in Samar and Leyte. The first batch of six sacks or around 15,000 was given out by Archbishop John Du of Palo immediately after the tragedy. The second batch of another 15,000 followed, given out before Holy Week 2015 to the Tacloban-Palo and Borongan dioceses, housing beneficiaries of the Philippine Red Cross and CORDAID, fishing villages around Borongan bay, and the St. Anthony Pilgrim Center in Sulangan, Eastern Samar.


The Papal blessings of the rosaries were arranged by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in Manila and by Palo Archbishop John Du in Tacloban. The Yolanda Rosaries, given out to the poor and to survivors of Yolanda, are considered as a ‘Disaster Game Changer’. The goal is to proliferate Marian devotion to avert future disasters.


In Punta Maria, in Borangan Bay, seven elderly women prayed the rosary everyday in a makeshift chapel. It was in the direct path of super-typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), yet there were no casualties and storm surge, although a few houses near shore were destroyed. The same case happened in Ando Island, also in Borongan Bay, where women had an active rosary brigade.


The remote coastal village of Sulangan, Eastern Samar, is a pilgrim center for devotees to St. Anthony of Padua. In June, about 10,000 pilgrims converge every year from as far as Cebu, Bohol, Antique, and Bicol to the church, which is noted for miraculous healings of the sick. Also on the direct path of Yolanda, Sulangan had only three casualties, three senior citizens who refused to seek refuge in the church. In nearby towns, including Guiuan, hundreds died from the storm surge. Almost all of the roofs of houses in Sulangan were destroyed but precious lives were saved. Samareños attribute the safety of Sulangan and Borongan from Yolanda to devotion to the Blessed Virgin and Saint Anthony.


In Borongan, this author also interviewed on camera a student, a housewife and a teacher, who had a common story. At the height of Yolanda, they saw a Lady near shore as a storm surge was approaching. The student even run towards the Lady to warn her of the oncoming storm surge. As in the viral photo above, both the Lady and the storm surge vanished. There are many more undocumented stories of how the Lord spared those devout to Him and Our Lady.


The people who helped in the Yolanda Rosary project included Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Vic Cusi of Lions Caloocan City, the Family Rosary Crusade, the RVM sisters, UNILAB, Philippine Airlines, and a few individual donors requesting anonymity.




During the distribution of rosaries, it was noticed that the 30,000 rosaries hardly made a dent. Phase 2 is targeting another 6,000 rosaries for Philippine Red Cross formerly-homeless re-settlers in Eastern Samar (only 200 were given in Phase 1), and 10,000 more for pilgrims in Sulangan for its June 13 festival. Another 30,000 to 50,000 rosaries will hopefully be raised. The target is a rosary in every hand that can pray when new Yolandas threaten the Philippines. The Yolanda Rosary Movement hopes to spread to Cebu, Bohol, Antique, Bicol, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Compostella Valley, scenes of past disasters, and other new places. Right now, a non-stop 24/7 rosary-praying group has been formed in Tacloban City, where Yolanda claimed thousands of victims. The Filipino’s response to disaster is prayer, and the Yolanda Rosary Movement is gathering momentum.


Depending on how many donors can reach out to help, it is hoped that the distribution of Yolanda Rosaries will be a continuing endeavor. For those who want to help, or have questions, send an email to eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
MIRACLE AT HIROSHIMA – The Power of the Rosary
Decades before Yolanda, the power of the rosary was already manifested. The Third Secret of Fatima predicts the possibility of a nuclear holocaust if Man does not change his sinful ways. It cites a Man-made invention which could be an instrument of global cataclysm. At 2:45 a.m. on August 6, 1945, the very first nuclear bomb of human history exploded over Hiroshima, Japan, ushering in the nuclear age. It was used against a city of innocent civilians rather than a military installation. 100,000 died instantly, and a total of half a million died later of lingering radiation sickness causing cancer in the next few years.


It was at Hiroshima that the power of the rosary against cataclysm was manifested. The Church of Our Lady’s Assumption, run by 8 German Jesuits, was situated 8 blocks or 1 kilometer from ground zero. For a few kilometers, not a single building stood after the blast, except the Jesuit house where they were praying the rosary every day. In fact, they were praying it during the blast. For years, scientists, who conducted hundreds of interviews, could not find a logical explanation. The miracle at Hiroshima is a message that the God of Punishment is also the God of Forgiveness. His anger can be appeased by prayer. The rosary can turn back hurricanes and earthquakes. The rosary can make the Lord change His mind to punish Man. This is the rationale behind the Yolanda Rosaries.


St. Louis de Montfort said the best and fastest way to Jesus is through His Mother, whom He could not refuse at the Wedding at Cana. Mother Mary is ‘the channel of God’s grace to us’. The prayer Memorare goes “… never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided …”.


 In chapter four of his book True Devotion to Mary, St. Montfort writes about the promises of Our Lady to those who pray the rosary –
  • Special protection, as in disasters, as in Hiroshima and Punta Maria;
  • Grace for sanctification and virtue, increased holiness, strong faith vs temptations;
  • “A powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies”;
  • Grace to do good works, to attain God’s abundant mercy, and to avoid worldly vanities;
  • A peaceful death in the grace of the Lord;
  • Safety from misfortunes and accidents;
  • Freedom from despair and depression, from material and spiritual want;
  • Grants for special requests or favors asked for;
  • Assistance from the communion of saints;
  • Increased intimacy with Jesus and Mary;
  • Assurance of salvation, subject to state of grace
Music for gods on planet earth – beatles jazzifiedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxfi0g_5CiM&list=AL94UKMTqg-9BHydUwLTdUelMEpbAQJ5Vh&index=3
eastwind journals01 Mar 2015 02:00 am


Lenten Cyber-Prayers that have Healed
By Bernie Lopez


Three Youtube videos with music by the
Ateneo College Glee Club, conductor Joel Navarro


many people with terminal ailments
have been healed in the airwaves
and in the Youtube
when the mother of a child
who could not walk since birth
placed his picture against the TV screen
as father suarez said a healing prayer
the child walked instantly as shown on camera
nothing is impossible for the Lord
the Lord reigns in cyberspace
Bacnotan Church Healings
Fr. Fernando Suarez in action, cinema verite
Lenten Music 1) “Bukas Palad”, 2) “Tanging Yaman”
as i touch even just
the hem of His tunic
i am healed
matthew 9:20
Healing Prayer
This Youtube healing prayer of Fr. Fernando Suarez
has healed many in cyberspace. Pray with him and be healed.
Lenten Music “Dirait-on”
you are a mirror of the other
and the other a mirror of you
you see your beauty
mirrored by the other
inside you you see nothing
inside the other you see
the mysteries of the vast universe
beyond your wildest dreams
such is the principle of love
Prayer on the Universe
Narration by Fr. James B. Reuter, SJ
Spectacular Hubble space photos
Lenten Music 1) “The Prayer”, 2) “Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi”


The grandeur of Trifid Nebula manifests the awesome power and glory of our Creator, who sculptured the vast Universe. It is located in the Constellation Sagittarius. Its brightest star is Epsilon Sagittarii, about 260 light years away. Compared to the length of the ‘known universe’of 30 billion light years, Trifid is a stone’s throw away. Hubble space photo.


eastwind memoirs25 Feb 2015 10:30 am

lenten music – lenten verses

Lenten Music – Lenten Verses
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by Bernie V. Lopez


Lenten Music Filipiniana


paghahandog ng sarili / Music by Jandi Arboleda and Manoling Francisco, S.J.
Arranged by Francisco X.Z. Reyes, Sung by vinzfalken.


dirait-on / morten lauridsen


panalangin sa pagiging bukas palad


hindi kita malilimutan
version 1 basil valdez
version 2 pilita corales


Bukas palad ministry songs PLAY LIST


Lenten Verses
when you enter the dark forest
good and bad things lurk
to make and break your soul
take the chance, you will not regret it
darkness and light will encompass you
make the Lord your beacon
for He is the Light in your darkness
gather strength in His grace
and everything will fall into place
beyond your imagination


page 3 – Excerpt from the book
The Art of Discovering Your Inner Self
At the age of 26, I left New York to embark on an adventure of a lifetime that I dubbed eastwind, hitchhiking 25,000 kilometers for 3 long years, drifting through 18 countries in Europe and North Africa. Here are verses that flowed from eastwind taken from that book.




when sand and sea converge
when strangers on the road dialogue
unexpected unimaginable undisciplined
beauty condenses
surreal spontaneous sensuous


page 146


the oak resists, the symbol of strength
the bamboo yields, the symbol of weakness
but when the hurricane comes
the oak falls and the bamboo stands
be as strong as the oak
and supple as the bamboo
be as wise as the serpent
and gentle as the dove
be in the Lord always
during passing storms


page 104
love is never blind
lovers can see totally
love is seeing who you are
mirrored in the other




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eastwind journals19 Feb 2015 03:20 pm

THE POWER OF HUMAN CONVERGENCE – the internet implosion

The Internet Implosion
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Think. Today we have perhaps about 2.5 billion songs in Youtube at the tips of our fingers visited by perhaps about 10 billion people worldwide every single day. This is expanding like the big bang every minute. If you were a paraplegic who cannot move around, the whole world of music is at your fingertips, old music, modern, rock, jazz, broadway, anything that suits your ‘weird’ demanding taste. All you need is an ipod, ipad, tab, whatever, a pair of cheap earphones, and the universe is yours. If you are home, and not disturbing anyone, buy a good set of speakers and fill the room with your music.
Philippine Daily Inquirer link –


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By Bernie Lopez
Permission is granted to re-publish with credits and notification.


Internet is making copyright almost obsolete. In this emerging e-World, there is a new paradigm – SHARING NOT OWNING, not entrepreneurial but spiritual. This is the new renaissance, an imploding converging human consciousness defying time and space, defying all of past human history, a super-nova implosion in ten micro-seconds never before seen.


The powerful Youtube search engine will bring you to any song, any singer, ever since recording was invented a century ago. It will also bring you to 20-odd related songs by the artist or by the title. If you have nothing to do, and are totally bored, you can weave and soar through the labyrinth of music the whole day until you are drunk with joy. Depression will vanish at the click of a mouse. You can click the ‘playlist’ of a singer, and the music will go on for an hour, while you eat, work, read. All this is in the comfort of home or discomfort of a retirement hospice.

If I were a paraplegic, instead of moping in a dark corner of the retirement home, I would ask the nurse to bring me to the knoll and leave me there with my music for sunset. I would tell her, “Leave me. Come back in two hours.” I would go home energized and happy.


Man has reached a point in time when he can heal boredom and depression on a global scale, and replace these with happiness and inner peace. Internet has the power to heal wounded souls, and make lost souls re-discover themselves. Perhaps 10,000 people worked together to reach this human feat of total global music access – programmers, web developers, musicians, full orchestras, employees of server firms, etc. THAT IS THE POWER OF HUMAN CONVERGENCE. 10,000 professionals building a complex powerful tool like the Youtube to serve 10 billion people. Human consciousness converges totally through the Internet.
Think. You are student with an assignment to research on a weird topic such as ‘low-orbit satellites’ or ‘submersible robots’. The powerful Google search engine will list for you all websites which have even just a word of search key. When I once asked my students to research on the mafia, a student eagerly raised her hand and read from her Blackberry through a web link the entire history of the mafia that went back to Lucky Luciano and Eliot Ness. I let her read for 20 minutes, and the entire class absorbed so much in such a short time. Wow. That’s what I call instant learning. And I was just sitting there passively in silence. The Internet was my co-professor. Any grade school kid can learn about adult things like cosmology, super-black-holes at the center of the galaxy having in its grip on a trillion stars, complete with high resolution Hubble space photos.


You are a budding entrepreneur. At the tips of your finger, you can find products sold anywhere in the world, old, new, upcoming, and even read detailed technical specs. You can buy instantly in e-stores like E-bay and Amazon. The package arrives in just a few days at your gate. Cyberspace has made time and space almost obsolete. You did not even leave the house. You helped alleviate traffic. THE INTERNET IS THE ABSOLUTE AGENT FOR HUMAN CONVERGENCE. The Internet has also made hundreds of young people millionaires overnight. Internet games alone are a trillion dollar industry.


Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, was a Jesuit paleontologist who expounded on the magic of human convergence. Like Darwin, he was condemned by the Church for his theories of evolution. His books were banned. His superiors told him to shut up or be excommunicated. Later, after his death, the inconsistent Church turned around 180 degrees, proclaiming him as one of the greatest theologians of the century for his insights into the evolution of human consciousness.


in death, as in an ocean
all our slow or swift diminishments
flow out and merge (towards You, Lord)


Teilhard de Dhardin


Lord, we are the streams and rivers
which were once tiny raindrops
that You have crafted in the heavens
You are the ocean into which we rivulets flow
we tiny rivulets converge in big rivers and deltas
which expand and merge with the sea, with You Lord
our destinies are intertwined
all of creation merges and converges towards You


If Darwin expounded on physical evolution, Chardin went beyond, expounding on the evolution of human consciousness which was a sequel to Darwin’s biological evolution. Chardin said that human consciousness, like the single cell evolving into the complex human brain, has a convergence and a divergence – divergence into the evils of the Internet, hacking, promoting pedophilia, corporate and military espionage, cyber wars; convergence into the good points of sharing, information access. The possibilities are vast and limitless, whether for good or for evil. You can now make love via Skype, if you knew how to.


Chardin, the paleontologist-turned-philosopher, explained that HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS WILL CONTINUOUSLY EVOLVE AND EVENTUALLY CONVERGE TO CHRIST. ALL OF CREATION IS ‘CHRISTO-CENTRIC’. This profound insight awed modern-day theologians. All of a sudden, Chardin jarred the Church theologians with a simple single theorem – the universe goes back to the Creator, that is a primeval cosmic principle.


Today, Chardin’s theory of the convergence of human consciousness is exemplified by the Internet, people holding hands across the planet, sharing, exchanging, learning. The Internet can bring a new spiritual renaissance, if we do it right. The Internet super-nova is in motion, one galactic implosion never before seen in human history. eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com


ptolemy said the earth
was the center of the universe
copernicus said it was the sun
the old astronomers said
it was a black hole at the core of the milky way
the sun is a mere speck in the galaxy
the new astronomers said
there is no center
our galaxy is a mere dot
among billions of others
there are trillions of stars
in each of the billions of galaxies
human consciousness is limited
to the ‘known universe’
of 32 billion light years
beyond, light from the edge of the universe
has not yet reached us
we still do not know what is out there
pioneer cosmologists now pose
that there are other universes
parallel to ours, ‘multiverses’
there are dark matter and dark energy
permeating the universe
new forms of energy are being discovered
einstein said the universe has no center
if one travelled on a straight line
one would be back where he started
chardin said Jesus is the center of the universe
into which all of human consciousness
will eventually converge
the views of einstein and chardin
are one and the same
it is the merging of the physical
and the metaphysical
everything flows from and into Him
Who permeates all that is


YOYOMA’S WEEPING CELLO – elgar cello concerto
1st movement
2nd movement
3rd movement
4th movement

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