YOUR HOROSCOPE for the week of Dec. 31, 2014-January 6, 2015 (page B6 of the MANILA MAIL (Photo credits:


For the week of Dec. 31, 2014-Jan. 6, 2015

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19) There is such a thing as righteous anger. You may feel it to the point of either changing the situation or changing yourself. Weekly mantra: I am level-headed.
TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20) You have the knack of identifying with the average person because of your practical nature. Bet your ivory-tower colleague can’t top that! Weekly mantra: I am using my common sense.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Be ready to assess your qualities and then sell yourself as a valuable player in your career field. You need to get noticed and appreciated. Weekly mantra: I am a cut above the rest.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) How blessed are you? Maybe you’ve been taking this for granted. Spend time with someone who is not so privileged. Weekly mantra: I am grateful.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Others may not even believe you if you share your missteps. Share your stories of triumph instead and allow others to be inspired. Weekly mantra: I am an example.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) You will know who among your officemates are reliable and trustworthy when push comes to shove. Know your allies. Weekly mantra: I am discerning.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) Life is not all work and no play. Try your hand at some talent that you want to restore in your routine. It will refresh you and others. Weekly mantra: I am talented.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) This may not be the time to lose your temper. If you rein it in, you will return to the situation with a fresh perspective. Weekly mantra: I am calm.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. If you sense something amiss, walk away, and don’t commit any cash. Weekly mantra: I am careful.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) When evaluating a situation, aside from asking what you’ll get out of it, inquire about the same for the other participants. Weekly mantra: I am considerate.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Only you can truly make yourself happy. Don’t give your power to anyone else. You are your own best friend. Weekly mantra: I am self-reliant.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) If you find that people around you are complaining, don’t join the chorus because you definitely know that you’re action-oriented. Weekly mantra: I am a problem-solver.

YOUR HOROSCOPE for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2014 (page B6 of the MANILA MAIL)

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# For the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2014
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19) You are justifiably grateful that you are working on things that you actually love doing. Consider yourself blessed and bless others. Weekly mantra: I am productive.
TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20) Be bold, be strong, for the Lord thy God is with you. Remember that as you conquer challenges from within or outside yourself. Weekly mantra: I am courageous.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Never is your versatility more needed and in display than this week. Others appreciate your can-do attitude – so just do it. Weekly mantra: I am leading the way.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) Cultivate the right contacts. It’s not just a matter of scratching backs. It will actually be the start of valuable friendships. Weekly mantra: I am reaching out.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your positive spin on situations endears you to the more serious-minded. Point out to them the value of taking it easy every now and then. Weekly mantra: I am fun to be with.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) Your creativity knows no bounds this week. And here they were thinking you’re just analytical and efficient. Weekly mantra: I am creatively inspired.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) Don’t think you have to bear your burdens alone. There’s a good chance that someone will come along to whom you can open up. Weekly mantra: I am open.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) If you feel that others are being too inquisitive, put your foot down and insist on your privacy. You’ll know how to do it, too. Weekly mantra: I am discreet.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) If there’s a skill you’ve been wanting to learn, know that the Universe is now giving you a green light. Hone your talents. Weekly mantra: I am proficient.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) You can’t give what you don’t have. Equip yourself and then give to others from your bounty. They will be grateful. Weekly mantra: I am generous.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Your powers of observation are needed this week. Other people’s reactions give you clues on how best to deal with them. Weekly mantra: I am discerning.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) You are claiming your power by being more outspoken than usual compared to your usual laid-back approach. Everything in moderation, though. Weekly mantra: I am speaking from the heart.

YOUR HOROSCOPE for the week of Nov. 19-25, 2014 (page B6 of the MANILA MAIL)

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#For the week of Nov. 19-25, 2014

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19) Reroute yourself if your mind is either caught up in the past or fearful of the future. Your only business is to live in the here and now. Weekly mantra: I am present.
TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20) Tedious work may be weighing you down. Find a new challenge that will put the spark in your eyes and spring in your steps. Weekly mantra: I am energetic.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Take a look at your partnerships and troubleshoot problem areas. Someone may be feeling neglected while you socialize. Weekly mantra: I am considerate.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) You have the urge to transform into yet a better version of yourself. Consolidate your resources, plan your moves, and go for it. Weekly mantra: I am evolving.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) This is the time to open yourself to new knowledge and philosophies. You feel like expanding your mind’s reach not just for yourself. Weekly mantra: I am learning.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) Career-driven status has its perks, but don’t distance yourself too much from your co-workers. Build, not tear down, alliances. Weekly mantra: I am a facilitator.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) Multitasking isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. A better approach would be to focus on one thing at a time and do it well. Weekly mantra: I am streamlining my efforts.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) You have the power to encourage people to give it their best shot. Find out how to deliver your person-targeted compliments or rewards. Weekly mantra: I am generous.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) The next 30 days lends you tremendous vitality and a sparkling persona. Happy birth month, dear Sagittarians! Weekly mantra: I am blessed and thankful!
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) Be grateful for the people and things you do have in your life. Enjoy them in the present. Everything you need is already here. Weekly mantra: I am stable.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) It will be a busy week for getting in touch with family, friends, and co-workers. They see you as a natural leader in your field of expertise. Weekly mantra: I am a leader.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) You are undergoing some changes which are welcome yet in a way painful. Such is the essence of true spiritual growth. Carry on. Weekly mantra: I am vibrating at a higher level within my soul.

So what’s your Filipino Lightworker name?

As printed in the January 15-21, 2014 issue (Volume XXV No. 2) of the MANILA MAIL, Northern California’s Largest Filipino American Newspaper in Circulation since 1990:

Pilipinasblitz Forever
The metaphysical column by Bles Carmona
(maiden article)


First of all, what is a Lightworker? According to Jacynthe Villemaire of the Way to the Well, “Simply put, this is someone who chooses to use his/her innate talents and abilities to serve the highest good, in line with divine will. A Lightworker chooses to say ‘yes’ to Spirit and the greater divine plan.”

Through my Facebook account, I recently signed up for updates from the “Connection to Creative” page by liking it. The post that caught my eye said: “Find Your Lightworker Name!” You can check it out through my astrology and tarot page at

In a nutshell, this table lists 26 spiritual sounding names for each letter of the alphabet. You’re supposed to use the third letter of your first name, and then combine it with one of the 12 descriptors based on your birth month. For example, my Lightworker Name according to that table is “Healing Light of the Lantern of Truth.” My Mom is “Peaceful Dove of the Noble Council” and my youngest sister is “Spirit Whisperer of the Third Star.”

I was creatively inspired by this to craft a Filipino version of the Lightworker Name table. In my version, there are 12 Tagalog nouns, one for each tropical zodiac sign. We will pair this with one of the 31 names of Filipino mythological gods and goddesses based on the date of birth. The two words will be connected by the Tagalog word “ni” (of). For example, since I was born on April 4, my Filipino Lightworker name is “Baluti (armor and breastplate) ni Tala (Tagalog deity, goddess of the stars).”

Find your zodiac sign Ni (+)
Aries-Baluti (armor & breastplate)
Taurus – Bulalakaw (shooting star)
Gemini-Bagwis (wings)
Cancer-Biyaya (blessing)
Leo-Bandila (flag)
Virgo-Binhi (seed)
Libra-Batas (law)
Scorpio-Balintataw (pupil of the eye)
Sagittarius-Batingaw (large bell)
Capricorn-Bundok (mountain)
Aquarius-Balangaw (rainbow)
Pisces-Balon (well)

Find the calendar date of your birth (numbers 1-31)

1-Bathala (Tagalog deity: supreme god of being)
2-Idiyanale (Tagalog deity: goddess of labor and good deeds)
3- Dimangan (Tagalog deity: god of good harvest)
4- Tala (Tagalog deity: goddess of the stars)
5-Mapulon (Tagalog deity: god of the seasons)
6-Lakapati (Tagalog deity: goddess of fertility)
7-Apolaki (Tagalog deity: god of the sun and chief patron of warriors)
8-Mayari (Tagalog deity: goddess of the moon)
9-Adlaw (Visayan deity: god of the sun)
10-Alunsina (Visayan deity: virgin goddess of the eastern skies)
11-Kadaw La Sambad (Tboli deity: sun god and supreme god)
12-Bulon La Mogoaw (Tboli deity: moon goddess and supreme goddess)
13-Kan-Laon (Visayan deity: supreme god and god of time)
14-Diyan Masalanta (Tagalog deity: goddess of love, conception, childbirth; protector of lovers)
15-Maklium sa Tiwan (Visayan deity: god of the valleys and plains)
16-Luyong Baybay (Visayan deity: goddess of the tides)
17-Sumalongson (Visayan deity: god of the rivers and the sea)
18-Diwata (Batak and Palawan deity: goddess who provides needs and gives rewards for good deeds)
19-Tulus (Tiruray deity: chief god who bestows gifts and favors to human beings)
20-Minaden (Tiruray deity: goddess who created the world)
21-Bagatulayan (Tinguian deity: supreme being and creator of the world)
22-Linamin at Barat (Palawan deity: goddess of the monsoon winds
23-Bunag (Gaddang deity: god of the earth)
24-Linamin at Bulag (Palawan deity: goddess of the dry season)
25-Limat (Gaddang deity: god of the sea)
26-Sisilim (Kapampangan deity: goddess of the dusk)
27-Libulan (Visayan deity: god of the moon)
28-Lidagat (Visayan deity: goddess of the sea)
29-Amansinaya (Tagalog deity: god of fishermen)
30-Haliya (Bicolano deity: masked goddess of the moon and arch-enemy of Bakunawa, the giant sea serpent)
31-Magbabaya (Bukidnon deity: supreme god and god of the west)

Now that you know your Filipino Lightworker Name, let your light shine upon the world! ###