Monday, March 30, 2015

Autumn Through the Years

Dr Abe V Rotor

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Autumn Through the Years in acrylic.  

I've always kept autumn in a frame;
the frame now old but not the painting;
a scene wedged by summer and winter
suspended in time and ecstasy
of sweet living memory.

Memory of golden years past prime,
in the song, The Last Rose of Summer,
yet filled with Life Let Us Cherish,
with the sun brightest at sunset
and wisdom in its fullest. ~


Waterfall - Link of Land and Sky, Body and Soul

Dr Abe V Rotor

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Waterfall painting in acrylic, by AVRotor 2015

Reach the sky through the waterfall,
     from cloud to rain down the stream,
cascading, tumbling, in a column,
     link of reality and ones dream. 

And down the river of no return
     meandering  through the valley,
seeking its destination the sea 
     in a never ending story. 

Life is like that of the waterfall 
     link of time and space and all, 
with neither beginning nor end, 
     the essence of body and soul. ~  

I am Nature Crucified

"I am Nature crucified, hungry, thirsty, imprisoned, naked, abandoned – wishing some souls to stop, look and listen. "

Dr Abe V Rotor 
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                                                            Silhouette of a tree skeleton, Manila

I am Nature crucified, Paradise lost to my own guardian

whom my Creator assigned custodian of the living earth;

I am Nature crucified by loggers, my kin and neighbors 

annihilated, forever removed from their place of birth;

I am Nature crucified by slash-and-burn farming dreaded

- once lush forests now bare, desertification their fate;

I am Nature crucified, greedy men with giant machines

take hours to destroy what I built for thousands of years;

I am Nature crucified in the name of progress, countries 

vying for wealth and power, fighting among themselves; 

I am Nature crucified, rivers are dammed, lakes dried up,

swamps drained, estuaries blocked, waterways silted;

I am Nature crucified, the landscape littered with wastes,

gases into the air form acid rain, and thin the ozone layer;

I am Nature crucified, flora and fauna losing their natural

gene pools by selective breeding and genetic engineering;

I am Nature crucified, the earth is in fever steadily rising,

ice caps and glaciers melting, raising the level of the sea;  

I am Nature crucified, privacy and rest becoming a luxury

in a runaway population living on fast lanes, and rat race.  

I am Nature crucified, inequitable distribution of wealth

the source of conflict, greed and poverty, unhappiness;

I am Nature crucified by the promise of heaven in afterlife,

the faithful restrained to regain Paradise while on earth.

I am Nature crucified by scholars of never ending debates,

on the goodness of the human race in fraternal praises;

I am Nature crucified by the many denominations of faith,

pitting God against one another in endless proselytizing;

I am Nature crucified by licenses of freedom in extremism,

human rights and democracy - tools of inaction and abuse;   

I am Nature crucified by mad scientists splitting the atom,

building cities, tearing the earth, probing ocean and space;

I am Nature crucified by capitalism, consumerism its tool

to stir economy worldwide, wastefulness it consequence;

I am Nature crucified by the unending pursuit of progress,

the goal and measure of superiority, nation against nation;

I am Nature crucified by man’s folly to become immortal:

cryonics, cloning, robotics - triumvirates for singularity.

I am Nature crucified, hungry, thirsty, imprisoned, naked,

abandoned – wishing some souls to stop, look and listen. ~   

The Face of Christ Appears on a Painting

“Lead me to where I should lead them,
The little ones to my care You'll send ...:
Anselmo S Cabigan,  PhD 1995
Dr Abe V Rotor

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Dr Anselmo S Cabigan stands before the miraculous painting at a former university museum where hundreds of pilgrims and other visitors for the last fifteen years saw and pondered on it. It is said that the image remains obscure, and appears only to keen observers. The photos here have been edited to enhance the image.
I received queries if the painting has any message at all. I heard comments to relate the painting with the growing problems of the world, notably the recent earthquake in Japan that sent tsunami inland and radiation from broken nuclear plants into the atmosphere. Simultaneously the Arab world is engulfed with social unrest heretofore unimagined, other grave problems like global warming and global recession, notwithstanding. I am therefore reprinting this article earlier posted in this blog in response to our audience's request. Please enter your comments at the end of the article. Thank you.

Into Your Light

Lead me to where I should lead them,
The little ones to my care You'll send;
That they may solve this awesome maze
And burst out bright into Your Light." 

Anselmo S Cabigan, 1995

Did you see the face of Christ?”


"On a painting.”

"What is this they are talking about, " I asked Sel.

We went to the Audio-Visual Room, spent a moment of silence as we searched for the Face on the 36" x 24" landscape painting. It was painted and a month ago, and presented in a seminar-workshop at then St. Paul College QC. The theme signifies unity and cooperation among faculty and staff members.

"Can you see it?” I asked.

Sel traced the outline, his finger touching the rough canvas.

"Can you see it?” He threw back the question.

"I see a different one,” I countered and traced the figure differently.

Silence fell again. We exchanged notes and soon enough we were looking at the same face.

Were we seeing The Thing, or only imagining it?

I recalled a story, Images of Illusion. A man was viewing an antique painting and saw himself as one of the torturers of Christ.

“Impossible,” he raged. How could it be possible for the painter to have composed a scenery combining a biblical event and a future character? He demanded the art gallery an explanation.

What is illusion?

In metaphysics, the workings of the human mind have been the subject of research and discourse from the time of Plato who coined psyche or mind or soul, to Kant whose theory of Existentialism remains as the binding force of man and his Creator which is a fundamental doctrine of major religions. Lately, Jung's primary idea of a person as a whole, and not as assemblage of parts, gave rise to the modern concept of holistic personality. Jung’s work as a psychoanalyst was to recover the lost wholeness of personality, and to strengthen the psyche through the process of psychoanalysis and psycho synthesis.

What Jung was saying is that the mind is made up of three levels: the consciousness, the only part of the mind that is known directly by the individual; the personal unconscious which is the level of the mind that adjoins the ego: and the collective unconscious which he inherited from his ancestral past. All three levels are always in a dynamic state. They are never static like a rock or a tree.

When one is afraid of the dark he is expressing the collective unconscious. If he is afraid a the dark because he may be kidnapped, he is expressing the personal unconscious level, an experience which may have been created by distraught thoughts or brought about by personal conflict or raised a moral issue before. In the dark he may be "seeing” a would-be kidnapper at the slightest suggestion.

Now where does the first level come in? His conscious awareness is put to test in such a situation. He then makes to fullest use his four mental functions, which Jung called thinking, feeling, sensing and intuiting. Depending on the development of these faculties from the time of his birth to his present age, the individual tries to overcome - or enhance - the other two levels of the mind which at that moment has caused in him fear.

What I am saying is that a mental image may arise from the interplay of the three levels of the mind. First, there is the “model” or an archetype from which the consciousness makes something out of it. This, in turn, is pictured or deleted in the mind through consciousness.

When Sel and I stood before the painting searching we had different archetypes in our mind. But people who have been raised in the same environment and had undergone similar training have many common archetypes from which images can be similarly patterned.

Suppose one does not readily take from the mind's bank a suitable archetype?

“I don't see anything.”

“Face of Christ, you said?”

"What are you talking about? I can only see trees and a stream flowing through them.”

"I still cannot figure it out.”

These observers, based on Jungian psychology, did not have the archetype at the moment to suit the picture they are looking for.

Quite often discussions may ensue while viewing the piece with someone taking the role of a teacher, or one insisting of seeing another thing.

Again, according to Jung, archetypes can be enlarged or reinforced so that they can surface with the help of the consciousness. However, this may not always work.

“I can see it now.”

“Yes, there it is. There is a bigger one beside it. No, actually there are three faces.”

“There is Blessed Virgin Mary at the center.”

“But it looks like a resurrected Christ.”

“See the trunk at the right? Scourging at the pillar.”

"My God! There's a devil clinging on Christ's nose.”

Now, now, the painting is getting overloaded,

As the painter I wanted to put it back to its real and down-to-earth perspective. It is a forest landscape, all right. The trees are the symbol of strength and unity; the flowing stream is life; the rocks are the obstacles we encounter in life; the light rays penetrating through the forest is hope and guidance; the forest itself characterizes the present world we live in; and the central perspective of the painting leads us to the attainment of a common vision and goal.

As I was about to leave, a very young boy came along with his mother. His eyes were bright and his face radiated the innocence of a child.

"Do you see the little cross, mama?” He was pointing at a orange figure, an empty cross laid upon a rock. Then he scanned the whole piece and quickly pointed at things none of us had earlier seen.

“Here is the Holy Family. Here is baby Jesus. There you see angels. You can count them, 1, 2 3, 4, 5, 6..."

“There are thirty-three trees, I was told," interrupted his mother.

"Those are children playing, mama - there under the trees and on the rocks."

I stood beside, speechless. I realized I only read Plato, Kant and Jung. l did not consult the Greatest of them all. ~

Light in the Woods became the title of the painting, and a book of the same title was published by Megabooks Manila in 1995. The book was presented by the late Jaime Cardinal Sin to Pope John Paul II on his visit to the Philippines in 1995. The book is now a collectors' item.

Dr Cabigan and the author were classmates and co-workers in the government, and co-professors. They have known each other for the last 50 years. The painting was made after a poem composed by Dr Cabigan, Into Your Light (above). The original painting has been transferred to a secured place where it can be viewed on special arrangement. Photos of the painting are found in Light from the Old Arch, by AVR, UST Publishing House 2000; Nymphaea: Beauty in the Morning, AVR, Giraffe Books 1996;Light in the Woods, AVR, Megabooks, 1995, and Light from the Old Arch 2000, UST-AVR Publishing House.

A Dirge of the Pasig River

"Mother, let me die, there's no more sense of living, for I do not belong to humans anymore, I swear; I'm no longer a part of creation, I'm but a stranger... "

Dr Abe V Rotor

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Death of an estero (tributary), the result of unabated pollution and siltation
Pasig River, Pasay City MM. Photo by Mary Kathleen Manalastas

I am dying, Mother, my mother whose womb was
     as virgin as the day I was born a rivulet to stream, 
estero to a tributary that feeds the mighty sea,
     as virgin as the Paradise of Milton's dream.

Mother, let me die - or let me sleep then forever,
     for neither can I flow out to sea nor keep in the sun;

let me die with garbage and silently sink in the murk,

     with foul gases, on thickening sludge, silt and sand.

I hear no songs anymore, Abelardo is long dead;
     I see no living garlands, not a bird building nest
among lilies and floating kiapo, among the nilad,
     pride of a race, woven into mats for lovely rest. 

Ahoy there! Two children are staring at my water 
      but they can't see what is inside me, I am as black,

as a dark night, but oh, how my heart longs for them!

     I have lost all things good - even as a mirror I lack.

Mother, let me die, there's no more sense of living,
     for I do not belong to humans anymore, I swear;
I'm no longer a part of creation, I'm but a stranger;
     but my mother doesn't answer;
     my mother doesn't answer.~ 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Let's save the palm trees this Palm Sunday.

The Return of the Mangrove

Dr Abe V Rotor 
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Acknowledgment: JBLFMU Ecological Park Ecological Park, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras Island.

Ode to the mangrove

You are Nature's pioneer
between land and sea,
halting the sea
from moving to land,
and land to sea;
being her referee,
she has set you free.

AVR (Light in the Woods)
 Board walk made of bamboo takes the visitor into the heart of the mangrove swamp.

Breathing roots or pneumatopores  of mangrove stick out at low tide; brace and prop roots cling to the muddy bottom; old leaves decompose into organic matter or detritus.

Mangrove seedlings

Deer now extinct in the island stands as stone monument.  

Stone crocodile is a reminder of its presence in the island a long time ago; charred remains of a mangrove species, probably Brugiera or Ceriops 
Field Study: Participants to the 20th annual conference of the Philippine Society for Educational Research and Evaluation (PSERE) May 10 and 11, 2012, representing some 20 universities and colleges in the Philippines, visit the ecological center in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.  Research towards Sustainable Development is the theme of the conference.

Fifteen Reasons I Love the Mangrove 

I love the mangrove for building a natural wall against tidal waves and tsunami, at the edge of the sea; 

I love the mangrove for providing a nursery for fish and other aquatic life, weaning them to the open sea;

I love the mangrove for rip-rapping the shores and banks against erosion, and building soil in the process;

I love the mangrove for its rich biodiversity - flora and fauna, protists and monera - in chains and webs;

I love the mangrove for filtering the salt and dust in the air, and buffering noise into sweet sound;  

I love the mangrove for the legends and tales it holds - of fairies and mermaids, of pirates and treasures;  

I love the mangrove for its unique life cycle - self-regenerating, self-fertilizing, needing no cultivation; 
I love the mangrove for the countless valuable materials it gives, from timber, to firewood, tannin, to medicine;

I love the mangrove for keeping the surroundings cool, freshening the air, absorbing carbon in the air;

I love the mangrove for its mixed stand of vegetation by layers, making a distinct forest of its own kind;

I love the mangrove for being the home of migrating birds coming and going every season of the year; 

I love the mangrove for being the home of rare species, heretofore barely studied and identified;

I love the mangrove for its resistance to pollution, and ability to help nature's housekeeping;
I love the mangrove for its being a natural tourists' attraction, field laboratory, and educational center;

I love the mangrove for its humility and persistence, even in a most hostile  environment;

I love the mangrove for what it is, without it, there are species that cannot survive, humans among them. 

I love the mangrove for being part of creation, for every living thing has a purpose on earth. ~ 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Philippine Narra Blooms in Summer

Dr Abe V Rotor
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Narra - Pterocarpus indicus - is the Philippine national tree. Its wood is highly prized for furniture and construction material. Its cutting is totally banned. The tree grows to 33 meters nigh and 2 meters in diameter with an irregular fluted trunk. Its leaves are compound, pinate, 15 to 30 cms long, ovate to elliptic in shape, with 5 to 9 leaflets per leaf. It blooms from February until May. The flowers are numerous, and in clusters, yellow and fragrant. Fruit is disc-shaped, flat, with winged margins, for which it got its genus name.

There are folkloric uses of narra, among are the following:
- The young leaves and flowers are reportedly edible; the flowers are a good source of honey.
- The young leaves applied to boils, prickly heat and ulcers.
- Infusion of the leaf used as shampoo.
- Used for bladder ailments, diarrhea, headache, stones, sores and dropsy.
- Decoction used as a gargle for sore throats; as an astringent; as a mouthwash for toothaches.
- The resin "kino" has similar actions as tannin and catechu. It is taken for its astringent effect in chronic diarrhea, leucorrhea, blenorrhea and hemorrhages.
- Used as a solution for enemas for prolapse of the rectum and anal fissure.
- Also a source of red dye and a gum.

References: Philippine Medicinal Plants by Godofredo Stuart; Medicinal Plants of the Philippines by Eduardo Quisumbing; and Plants of the Philippines by William H Brown. Photo by Abe V Rotor.

Prayers in Paintings and Praises

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Selected Praises:

1.  "In every move we make, never forget that God knows and sees us."

2.  "If I lose myself in You, O Lord, I'd find myself."

3,  "Work done to the best of one's ability is a pleasing offering to Him."

4.  "Self-realization, self-renunciation, self-conquest make one live."

Acknowledgment: Dr Belen Lorezca-Tangco, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. Copies of the Booklet is available at the UST Bookstore. Architecture-Fine Arts Building, Corner EspaƱa and P Noval Sts., Manila 

Cycle and Synergy

Dr Abe V Rotor 
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Monument of Fr Miquel Buenavides OP, founder of UST in 1611.

The church bells are ringing:
Prayer, prayer, prayer in trinity -

Child to man, man’s wandering,
And man’s return to reality;
Rising with the sun and meeting
His Creator and eternity. ~

Wall mural AVR 2000, St Paul University QC
Life is more than the sum of its parts,
It dies as each creature departs;
Synergy its secret of unity,
Its harmony and mystery.

How's my grooming? A self examination

Dr Abe V Rotor
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738 DZRB AM 8 to 9 Evening Class, Monday to Friday

Quite often on the road I read from the rear of a bus or van, “How’s my grooming?” printed bold and clear. Below it is written a telephone number or two you can call. It is a discreet message. If the driver of the vehicle you are following is reckless, you may call the attention of the owner of the vehicle or the government regulatory office.

Corollarily one may ask the same question, “How’s my grooming?” Here is a set of questions to find it out. (True or False)

1. We are judged the way we talked as much as they way we look.

2. It’s all right to cause embarrassment on another as long as it is not your real intention.

3. Pronounce words properly, use correct grammar, follow correct logic and syntax, and refrain from mumbling.

4. It’s all right to be talking about yourself after you have done a great job.

5. It’s all right to ask personal questions from a friend even without first asking permission.

6. There are times you have to ask “intrusive” questions as host of a program to add spice or give more light.

7. It is old fashion to say Please and Thank you. Smile is enough these days.

8. One can be clean and yet untidy, and vice versa. 

9. In fashion and cosmetics, “Excess can be a mess.”

10. Good teeth and fresh breath always go together.

11. Keep your mouth closed when chewing. Take small bites. Eat quickly.

12. Say excuse me when you have to go the restroom without telling you are going there, or to answer the call of nature.

13. Sit and walk straight. Maintain good posture always even at home.

14. Dressing appropriately means you have to be in fashion.

15. Try to make as little noise as possible in all situations – when eating, walking, talking, working, etc. – even in your home.

16. Mobile phone etiquette is chiefly not disturbing others with it.

17. Laugh, smile, giggle, cry with dignity. Do not make a scene.

18. Be interested with people and things around you but be discreet.

19. Grooming is applicable only in formal occasions and places, not in your leisure and privacy.

20. Grooming distinctly separates men and women. It’s gender distinction. It gives dignity to being a gentleman or a lady.

21. One may be fashionable but not well groomed.

22. When one is in his advanced senior years, grooming does not apply to him anymore.

23. People with gender problem find it difficult to adjust with proper grooming. Often grooming result to mere attraction.

24. Never touch another person’s belongings without asking permission.

25. Never assume anything about anyone. Caution, caution.

NOTE: Grooming pets will be taken up in a separate lesson.
ANSWERS: 1t, 2f, 3t, 4f, 5f, 6f, 7f, 8t, 9t, 10f, 11t, 12f, 13t, 14f, 15t, 16t, 17t, 18t, 19f, 20t, 21t, 22f, 23t, 24t, 25t.

24 - 25 You are a model
21 - 23 You are well groomed, no doubt.
18 - 20 More finesse, please.
17 and below Practice makes perfect. Listen more to Paaralang Bayan.

A Lesson in Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Five "S" in Workplace Safety

Dr Abe V Rotor 
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738 DZRB AM, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

5s is a systematic way of organizing the work area, following rules and regulations on safety and health, maintaining discipline to make work faster, cheaper, effective, more organized, safer, and productive.  5s stands for the following:  
Sort means looking around the workplace and disposing all unnecessary items.

Systematize is arranging the necessary items in good order for use.

Sweep mean s cleaning the workplace.

Sanitize means maintaining high standards of house keeping.

Self-discipline means "doing things spontaneously without being told or ordered." 

Reference: Occupational Safety and Health Center
North Avenue corner Science Road
Diliman, QC

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Living with Nature School on Blog Viewership

1,385,517 Pageviews (1 pageview per user) in 1 day (RankGlimpse). 
Dr Abe V Rotor 
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738 DZRB AM, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

This report pertains specifically to Living with Nature School on Blog ( 

NOTE: There is no available data on the combined pageviews of the Blog and listeners to Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (739 DZRB national and international network, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday).  Both programs are simultaneous since 2010.  Thus one can listen to the radio broadcast  while viewing the Website. The author is thankful for the data from RankGlimpse sourced from the Internet, as presented below (except the Top !0 viewers). There is however a need to subject such data for verification. 
 March 24, 2015

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