Agustin L. Sollano, Jr.
Agustin L. Sollano, Jr.
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A rare experience on Father's Day
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - June 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
The other members of my family were elsewhere that day: Gusen was in Bacolod City, Dolly was in Saudi Arabia. And yet I was truly happy at the time because with me at home were my wife Senda, my youngest daughter...
A most beautiful song
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - May 13, 2017 - 4:00pm
One of the Italian songs that I learned in Rome and which I can still sing is entitled, “Mama.” A part of the lyrics goes: “Ma la canzone mia piu bella sei tu.” (But you are my most beautiful...
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - November 21, 2015 - 9:00am
Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz appeared in the media around the time of this year’s All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day observances, to warn people of so-called “fake”...
A Journey of Many, Many Years
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - November 14, 2015 - 9:00am
I turned 76 on October 14. Msgr. Alfeo Manalili celebrated the Mass for the occasion. The monsignor and I had the same childhood dream – to become a priest. Which we both did.
The Pope’s Example
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - March 29, 2015 - 12:00am
On page 26 of the March 17 issue of The Freeman is a photo released by the Agence France Press of Pope Francis kneeling at the confessional during the penitential in St. Peter’s Basilica of the Vatican.
Musings at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - March 22, 2015 - 12:00am
It was the Third Sunday of Lent, on March 8, when my wife and I decided to offer (not “to attend” as though we were going to attend a basketball game) Mass at the principal church of the Archdiocese of...
Why Did I Get Married?
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - March 15, 2015 - 12:00am
There are about one hundred thousand priests all over the world who have gotten married.
The Tyranny of the Clergy
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - March 8, 2015 - 12:00am
At the very outset, let me call the readers’ attention to my first article for the year 2015 entitled, “A Postscript and a Prelude” (The Freeman, January 04, 2015; p. 17).
Celibacy: Obligatory or Optional?
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - March 1, 2015 - 12:00am
Celibacy is defined as: 1) the state of being unmarried, especially that of a person under a vow not to marry; and 2) complete sexual continence.
Pope Francis and The Parousia
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - February 1, 2015 - 12:00am
Indeed, Pope Francis is a very popular and likeable person.  He personified the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: “Let the little children come to me…” (Mk. 10:14).  His actuations towards...
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - January 25, 2015 - 12:00am
My congratulations to The Freeman publisher Jerry Tundag for coming up with an excellent column last week’s “To The Quick” (The Freeman, Jan. 14; p. 15) entitled, “What Have We Become?”...
Borbon, My Native Town
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - January 18, 2015 - 12:00am
My great grandfather used to tell my grandfather who in turn told my father that our town’s original name was “Silmogue,” the name of the river which traverses the town from its western to its eastern...
Pope Francis from “My Side of the Table”
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - January 11, 2015 - 12:00am
Perhaps it is due to his being veritably the “People’s Pope,” popular, that a celibate Roman Catholic priest from Manila, who regularly offers Mass on TV, would like to address Pope Francis as “Lolo...
A Postscript and a Prelude
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - January 4, 2015 - 12:00am
To my dear ones and to all the readers: HAPPY NEW YEAR and may the remaining years of your earthly existence be happy too!
If Dr. Jose P. Rizal were here today
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - December 28, 2014 - 12:00am
On Tuesday, December 30, our country celebrates the 118th anniversary of our national hero’s martyrdom at Bagumbayan, now the Luneta.
My own Christmas
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - December 21, 2014 - 12:00am
Soon it will be Christmas day!  The Christian world will celebrate this coming Thursday the birth anniversary of the God-man, our Lord Jesus Christ, which took place inside the not-so-well lighted and a quite...
My Wife's Woes
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - December 14, 2014 - 12:00am
Towards the end of last month she had to be confined in the Chong Hua Hospital for a major surgical operation.  Her gall bladder had to be removed on account of stones building up inside it.
Preparing for the End of the World
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - November 30, 2014 - 12:00am
November 30 this year is the First Sunday of Advent in the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.
Changes in the Roman Catholic Church
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - November 23, 2014 - 12:00am
Those Roman Catholics belonging my generation (75 years old and over) will agree that the Roman Catholic Church in their youth is no longer exactly the same as it is today.
From St. Peter to Pope Francis
by Agustin L. Sollano, Jr. - November 16, 2014 - 12:00am
Roman Catholics look upon St. Peter as the first Pope. Applying my “Analogy of the Table” in a previous article (cfr. T.F., Sept. 21, p. 16), theirs is not the only view of reality.
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