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Katipuneros and Aliens

Filipinos do not believe in aliens (extra-terrestials) ... only.

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Someone built that "thing" behind a monument to Andres Bonifacio and the Katipunan (Filipino revolutionary movement vs. the Spanish).
We believe in a host of other things or beings, and yeah, it is easy to assign some or one of them to be the supreme deity or deities.  Western societies, being more developed and therefore more "scientific" assigns extraterrestrials to explain almost everything that go bump in the night (try watching Ancient Aliens...).  Salvation to the human condition comes from outside whether it is Superman or E.T.  Filipinos, perhaps less "scientific," are prone to believe in the supernatural which may in some way actually connect us to a deeper reality.

Alternate Route - II

Whatever happened to the Wise Men?

This is where all this musing began, intentionally and happily lost somewhere in an alternate route to Baguio City simply because I did not want to ruin my drive by joining the seasonal rush from Metro Manila.
“And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.” (Matthew 2:12). 
I mused about whatever happened to the Wise Men of Christmas; albeit reducing my musings in simplistic Christianianese (or Evangelicalese).  But as I try to hold on to what is left of Christmas (it is not over yet as of today – see The Redemption of Time: The Christian Calendar as Civil Disobedience) there seems to be much more to that “another way.”
Now, if I am reading more to that verse than what it really means—i.e., going by a direct route back home to Persia without passing by Herod in Jerusalem—then I am guilty.  But I cannot shake off the words of Jesus in the same Gospel w…