Tuesday, May 31, 2005

A Hoax is a Hoax

Dear mouse,

Another hoax puts the Philippines in the world map. The news about the Japanese Soldiers who allegedly hid and survived in the mountains after the World War II turned out to be a mere hearsay or a concoction of some people whose motives are still questionable.

Judiel Nieva and his claim of receiving messages from the Blessed Virgin was the hoax of all hoaxes as far as I can remember. For a sixteen-year-old teenager who was able to fool not only well-known government officials, socialites, media people, he must have congratulated himself for a great performance.

After several years of hiding he came out of the closet and pursued his dream of acting. So that miracle in Agoo was just a mere screen test for himself.

Nobody applauded for an encore.

Of course who will forget the Faye story where this Ca t was put in the limelight (ilaw sa kalamansi) months ago.

Question is what motivates these people to stage these hoaxes?

Haddock has this interesting article about hoaxes.She wrote:

We are most susceptible to hoaxes that exploit our anxieties: abduction, terrorism, corporations putting profits above safety. Our fears provide fertile soil.

The Ca t


At 11:55 AM, Blogger infraternam meam said...

one always thinks that hoax(es) always are prevalent in third world country. especially from those countries religion is always the focal point of peoples lives.

during the the time of Pres. Diosdado Macapagal, there was this girl (ala Bernadette of Lourdes) who claims that she can see the Blessed Mother, appearing to her. this is in the island of Mindoro, so the German Catholic priest (SVDs) went to see what is happening, aimed with plenty of modern gadgets to record it, but nothing happened. the media stopped the frenzy and the supposedly apparition stopped. but the girls family was able to collect donations from people coming to the island from manila.

(to protect the religious order, i will not mention the name of the order) during the time of Pres. Elpidio Quirino, (i was not yet born, i learned this from the seminary) there was a supposedly rose petals coming from the statue of the Virgin Mary, in a chapel in Lipa City, Batangas. even pres. Quirino with his wife went there to see the miracle. there were rose petals coming from the statue of the Blessed Mother, and it is not dry, it was fresh. one of the Bishop in one of the Northern Tagalog province, endorsed the said miracle, so thousands of people flock to the place.then later on found out that there was a hole, enough for a tube inserted at the back of the statue of the Virgin and the janitor was blowing thu the tube containing the rose petals.the hoax was discovered, the nun who was involved in this hoax was asked to live the convent and the bishop who sanctioned this hoax, was never elevated to become an archbishop or cardinal.

religious hoaxes are prevalent in countries like ours, because we cling so much into the religous aspects of our lives, because that is the only solace, especially in our time of miseries and happnings in our lives. how do we prevent falling into the trap of such hoaxes...in one of the talk show of Oprah, the guest said the following: 1). evaluate properly what is being asked, and what is being said, and ask yourself, does it have value for me, will it be beneficial for me? 2). what is the monetary value involve in this, will it make sudden wealth for me ? 3). verify the origin of what is being asked, what is being said, what is being porported to be stated and being given by a person selling an idea or info or material things to you. 4). check the history of the person(s) or the company or the entity giving out this story or promoting such info and lastly 5). don't trust your instinct, trust your inteligence and let your intelligence work for your benefit, not for your emotions.

sorry, i got carried away again. its your fault....so don't blame me...Tsaringgg!!!

At 12:16 PM, Blogger cathcath said...

frat ,
i always appreciate your input.
It is just like p.s. to my blog.
tingnan mo yong sunod kong blog.

At 1:19 AM, Blogger kiwipinay said...

tanong ko lang kay infraternam meam about the rose petals:

pareho din ba yan yung sa carmelite monastery na may images ni Jesus and Mama Mary sa mga rose petals?

At 10:15 AM, Blogger infraternam meam said...

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At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would just like to ask you if you have been to the carmelite convent in Lipa. The devotion to the blessed virgin there has already been endorsed by the catholic bishops conference of the philippines last sept 12, 2005.It was attended by several bishops including ricardo cardinal vidal. Bishop ramon arguelles of lipa also issued a pastoral letter encouraging faithful to have devotion there.

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think before you malign the apparitions in lipa you have to verify first if your information are correct. Maybe you can go there at lipa and ask the sisters there if that was the real story. There was a book written by june keithley regarding that, it is a well documented book.The case of lipa was re-opened already by the church during the early 1990's.Archbishop Mariano Gaviola the bishop of lipa at that time publicly declared that the lipa apparition is worthy of belief.


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