Para kahit papano e hindi ninyo itinuring na pangkaraniwang Easter etong Easter natin now…. Sorry kung late….

Easter this year is: Sunday March 23, 2008
As you may know, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon
after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20).
This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used
to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
Found out a couple of things you might be interested in!
Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but
that is pretty rare.

This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our
lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this
early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see
it a day earlier! Here are the facts:
The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228
(220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you’re
95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).
The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285
(277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one
alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

balentayns or balentayms???

sino walang kabalentayns jan? taas lang po kamay… well i do have someone but i don’t have the money to treat her in a fancy restaurant or give her extravagant gifts so here are some tips and tricks that you could also pull this valentines. Jologs pero effective… wag lang magpupula sobra na yun. But first the history of valentines. Medio mahaba kaya skip nyo na lang pag tinatamad kayong basahin. But if you have nothing to do feel free to read it.

Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 A.D — others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to ‘christianize’ celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification.

The boys then sliced the goat’s hide into strips, dipped them in the sacrificial blood and took to the streets, gently slapping both women and fields of crops with the goathide strips. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed being touched with the hides because it was believed the strips would make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would then each choose a name out of the urn and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day around 498 A.D. The Roman ‘lottery’ system for romantic pairing was deemed un-Christian and outlawed. Later, during the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February — Valentine’s Day — should be a day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines in America.

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)

Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women. In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages (written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400), and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum. The first commercial Valentine’s Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”.

via www.history.com

So now back to my tips and tricks actually most filipinos still do this and most probably alam mo na din, but if incase you don’t here it is.

A flower would always be the most abused gift of all time especially on v-day, and rose is probably the most famous of all and most abused as well. Colors vary with different meanings and numbers too. The specific purpose of purple roses is to signify that the giver has fallen in love with the recipient at first sight. Meanwhile, coral and orange roses signal desire. Yellow roses is for joy and friendship. While pink roses express our gratitude and appreciation… Light pink in color espresses feelings of admiration and sympathy. Peach is more ambiguous, as it can signify either sympathy or gratitude. Their purity naturally enough lends to white roses the meaning of reverence and humility. You could also combine roses. And here are their meanings.

Red and White – Unity
Red and Yellow – Jovial happiness
Pink and White – Forever love
Orange and Yellow – Passionate thoughts
Pale colors – Sociability and friendship

And this is the meaning of their quantity.

1 stem
  You’re my only one.
2 stems
  (represents a pair/couple) You and I are perfect together.
3 stems
  (represents THE three-letter word) I Love You.
5 stems
  (represnts the five numbers: 1-4-3-4-4) I love you very much.
6 stems
  I want to be yours.
8 stems
  (represents infinite/forever) My love for you is never-ending.
10 stems
  You’re perfect!
12 stems
  (the number most commonly associated with roses) My ultimate declaration of love.
13 stems
  From your secret admirer.
18 stems
  I’m so sorry.
24 stems
  (represents 24 hours) Remember fondly every moment.
36 stems
  I cherish our relationship.
50 stems
  My unconditional love .
99 stems
  I’m yours ’til death.
100 stems
  (represents a century) I want to grow old with you.
101 stems
  (100 reds + 1 white rose or vice versa) No one else but you. You’re diffrent among the rest.
108 stems
  Will you marry me?
365 stems
  (represents a year) I love you everyday. Happy Anniversary!
999 stems
  I Love you ’til the end of time.

kainis kase walang meaning yung blue rose, malamang dahil wala talagang blue rose. But usually with my past ex’s I usually give them blue rose kaya siguro sila nakipaghiwalay sa akin. Kung gusto nyong makatipid mag dangwa na lang kayo sa blumentritt. But if you do have the dough, holland tulips sa mga malls, mas maganda kung long stem.

more about roses

The second must have would be a card or a personal letter. You could buy it or make it by yourself depending on you. I usually buy cards but at times I write notes when my budget is low, but it doesn’t mean it’s less effective. I think its quite more endearing coz all the words came from you, except if you just copied the contents from a card (especially a card from your ex, a big no-no!!!) .

Third chocolates, lots of chocolates… second to diamonds, they are girls bestfriends. I never met a girl who doesn’t love chocolates. Romantic lore commonly identifies chocolate as an aphrodisiac. The reputed aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate are most often associated with the simple sensual pleasure of its consumption. While there is no firm proof that chocolate is indeed an aphrodisiac, a gift of chocolate is a familiar courtship ritual

Fourth hmmm… the date. I usually don’t go out on that date, the fact that couples celebrate it that day is called jologs. Eh jologs na nga ako tapos tatawagin pa akong jologs hindi ba, sobra na yun. So malaking no-no na naman sa akin yun. And never ever wear red on valentines, kesehodang tamaan ka pa ng kidlat, pero kung jologs ka at aminado ka dun, go ahead be proud. And if you will go “private” be sure you have reservations, guys please don’t ridicule yourself and your gf by waiting in line in a motel. Tipid tips ulit, stay home and watch romantic movies, movie marathon to the max with matching chicheria. Its the thought that counts dapat lagi ang motto mo, yun kase motto ko eh. Dinner nyo… hmmm. probably something you cooked for her, ESPECIALLY for her dapat ang banat mo with matching candle lights, wag yung dilaw na tagdodos at hindi rin yung liwanag candles. Try lighting scented candles to set up the mood. And if ever kung medio sinsipag sipag ka na eh, pamper her, give her a massage. Malay mo… malay ko rin.

Just keep the faith and Hapi Balentayns or balentayms to ol.