'The Voice of the Philippines' Season 2 ARTISTS




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NAME: BRADLEY HOLMES
NICKNAME: BRAD
AGE: 31
OCCUPATION: BAND VOCALIST           
 
Brad is half-Filipino-half-Mexican, married and now a father of three. He first learned music through his mom. Brad loved singing but when his father died, his passion for music died with him.

After losing a father, the young man got himself tangled in various mess. His loneliness lead him to excessive drinking and drugs, but after self-reflecting, Brad himself checked-in into to rehab, and it was in rehab where he found his calling.

Joining a band was his wake-up call and his saving grace. Through music, he was able to get his act together. He found himself a job that he loves, found his wife and started dreaming again. He currently works as a band vocalist for "Wake-Up Call" and played here in the metro, in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hongkong and Bahrain.

Brad joins The Voice of the Philippines in hopes that there would be opportunities for him to work in the industry, and so that he won't have to bear being away from his growing family again.


NAME: MARK CANDO
NICKNAME: MARK
AGE: 24
BIRTHDAY: DECEMBER 8, 1989
ORIGIN: QUEZON CITY
OCCUPATION: MANAGER, Family Business
 
Mark's parents separated when he was really young. His mom and other siblings left for Canada, while he and his dad stayed in the country.

Mark Cando held a mic on his hands for as long as he can remember. After all, their family business involved videokes. When he was young, he joined singing competitions, but not everyone was impressed with his talent. Mark stopped competing for a while, but he never put the mic down. He continued on singing and honing his talent on his own.

This cutie was not as confident as he is today. Weighing over 200 pounds, Mark partly blamed his weight for his biggest heartbreak. But being the fighter that he is, Mark used his pain to make tomorrow better. He hit the gym and shed off the extra pounds. His discipline paid off as we see him today.

Mark joins The Voice of the Philippines to prove himself that he has improved as a singer and as a performer, and to disprove those who doubted his talent. And of course, to meet his celebrity crush, Ms. Toni Gonzaga.



NAME: JANNET CADAYONA
NICKNAME: JANNET
AGE: 40
BIRTHDAY: FEBRUARY 7, 1974
ORIGIN: SAMAR
OCCUPATION: HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICER    

Before she went to chasing carnapers and pushers for a living, PO1 Jannet Cadayona was once a "contesera". She would join almost any amateur singing search she could put her hands on. She would buy girly dresses for herself from her winnings, the rest would be given to her famiy for their expenses.

After making it to the police force, Jannet continued on singing. She would be often caught by her colleagues taking a video selfie while in birit-mode, or trying something contemporary like a Miley Cyrus song, or a Katy Perry one . Apart from office and bathroom concerts, PO1 Cadayona is also often invited to perform the National Anthem at various PNP formal events and flag raising ceremonies.

A single mom and the family breadwinner, Jannet joins The Voice of the Philippines to secure her family's future- to maybe buy a house or put up a business.



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NAME: JOSE EMMANUEL CUBIL
NICKNAME: JEM
AGE: 21
BIRTHDAY: DECEMBER 6, 1992
ORIGIN: CEBU
OCCUPATION: FREELANCE SINGER   
 
He is charming enough with his looks. Then he goes crazy-insanely-ridiculously-twice-as-charming when he sings. So girls, you might want to hold on to your knickers when Jem Cubil steps on stage.

Jem learned how to play the guitar before he could sing. He got gigs here and there in the Queen City of the South. He also performed and competed on national television.

Unlike some aspiring artists who had parents who wanted other things for them, Jem's dad always supported him in all of his endeavors. In fact, his pops was his number one fan and number one supporter.  Jem recalls that his dad went with him for auditions, gigs and the likes.

As a son, Jem gave his father joy and brought pride to the family when he excels in the thing he enjoys most.

That's why even after his dad's death, this young lad continued to chase after their father-and-son dream.  Jem joins The Voice of the Philippines to continue to honor his father.



NAME: TIMOTHY PAVINO
NICKNAME: TIMMY
AGE: 24
BIRTHDAY: MARCH 24, 1990
ORIGIN: PARANAQUE CITY
OCCUPATION: FREELANCE SINGER

"Recession" may just be another word in our dictionary, but for Timmy, it's the one of the two most important words that turned his life around.

For most of his life, Timmy had been living with his family in the US and when recession hit, life became difficult for his family. To help ease the family's finances, this young lad got himself working for three jobs while attending school.

The second word most important word that turned his world around was "grandma" for it was when his grandmother sent him a fax letter and asked for him to visit her as she may not have much time left to live. Almost immediately, Timmy decided to leave his life in the US and came to the Philippines to look after his grandmother, and eventually try out a singing career.

Timmy joins The Voice of the Philippines for his grandmother, for she wished to see her grandson perform on television.



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NAME: VANESSA MONOT
NICKNAME: VANZ
AGE: 25
BIRTHDAY: FEBRUARY 25, 1989
ORIGIN: FRANCE/  BOHOL
OCCUPATION: SALES MANAGER, Ground Transport
 
This Half-French-half-Pinay was born and raised in Bohol, but she would take vacations to Paris with her French dad back when he was still alive.

Back when the family had their pops with them, they lived a comfortable life. Vanessa Monot's family owned and managed a small resort, but after her father passed away, Vanessa's mom had a tough time running the business on her own. Their small piece of paradise was sold and this young lady took chance to find a job in her father's hometown in France.

Being multi-lingual, Vanessa was able to find a job and establish a career in Europe as Sales Manager for a transport business. While she enjoys her new-found career, this Boholana never forgets her roots. After the back-to-back calamity that devastated her province in 2013, Vanessa organized fund-raising event in France to aid survivors in their recovery.

Vanessa joins The Voice of the Philippines in honor of her father who never ceased to encourage her to hone her talent.

 

NAME: DEMIE FRESCO
NICKNAME: DEMIE
AGE: 16
ORIGIN: SULTAN KUDARAT
OCCUPATION: COLLEGE STUDENT, Conservatory of Music

A native of Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao, this young lady travelled all the way to Manila to pursue a dream- to study Conservatory of Music.

Demie Fresco comes from a musically-inclined family. She and her siblings would bond over karaoke or break into a song when least expected. She underwent workshops at the age of 10; plays the guitar, the ukulele, and the piano.

While it is a fact that she loves singing, this aspiring artist enrolled at the conservatory for her grandmother. Her gramps always wanted to formally study Music back in her youth but never had the means to pursue it. Being the lovely and loving granddaughter that she is, Demie is fulfilling her lola's dream.

While it sounds romantic to be living in somebody else's dream, Demie's life is not one bit easy. Being the school owner's granddaughter and the daughter of the school admin, some parents would perpetually question her credibility as an academic achiever. On the other hand, Demi would try and disprove them by joining and winning academic and extra-curricular competitions inside and outside her school.

Demie joins The Voice of the Philippines to prove that she is capable of many great things not because of the name she bears but because of the hard work she puts into it.

  

NAME: DANIEL OMBAO
NICKNAME: DANIEL
AGE: 18
BIRTHDAY: JANUARY 15, 1996
ORIGIN: MARIVELES, BATAAN
OCCUPATION: FREELANCE ARTIST      
 
He says "Oh My God!" in the funniest way for a straight dude. He made uncontrollable nervous laughter, and well... sadly Daniel Ombao lost his cool when he met his crush, V-Reporter, Alex Gonzaga on the set of The Voice of the Philippines.

At a young age, this wake boarding dude knew how to fight for his dreams may it be music or sports. Daniel's father is a businessman and an engineer. While he is a loving father, he also wanted his son to follow his footsteps but Daniel had something in mind, he wanted to be a singer...a musician. So at the age of 17, he left the comfort of his home in Bataan and lived independently in Tarlac.

Away from his family, Daniel strived to get noticed for his musicality, but it wasn't written in the stars just yet. Atleast not until The Blind Auditions.

Today, Daniel joins The Voice of the Philippines to prove that he has the moves, the personality and the voice to make it to the industry.



NAME: JUAN MANUEL BALDO
NICKNAME: KOKOI
AGE: 35
BIRTHDAY: SEPTEMBER 7, 1979
ORIGIN: BACOLOD/ BORACAY
OCCUPATION: BAND VOCALIST

Kokoi Baldo, a raggae singer, was born and raised in Bacolod City but he often travelled to other islands to perform as a freelance musician. He came to Boracay to meet up with friends, but eventually fell in love with the island and called it home.

He is now married and with a son, Alon. When not performing or when noot looking after his son, Kokoi likes to take a swim, to race downhill with longboards, or take a hike to the mountains.

While he often performs raggae songs at work, his choices is not limited to the genre. He says that as long as the lyrics are good, he would listen and learn the piece. Kokoi joins The Voice of the Philippines for the possible opportunity to provide a better future for his family.



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NAME: RENCEE LEE RAPANOT
NICKNAME: RENCE
AGE: 22
BIRTHDAY: OCTOBER 24, 1992
ORIGIN: LAGUNA
OCCUPATION: COMPUTER TECHNICIAN          
 
He was born in a family of farmers. For two generations, the men in their family cultivated their land with crops and fruit-bearing trees. His mother weaves native sumbrero, bayong and banig, while he and his siblings played in the greens.

Rence Lee Rapanot lives a simple life but is fueled by big dreams. After graduation, he left the farm and worked as a computer technician. Even with a job and a diploma at hand, Rence still aspires to go back to school and maybe become an engineer or an architect someday.

Growing up in a province, this barrio lad is very much into the hardcore OPM. Think Joey Ayala or Asin. Rence joins The Voice of the Philippines to encourage today's generation to listen more to Filipino music through his performances.

  

NAME: KAI HONASAN
NICKNAME: KAI
AGE: 25
ORIGIN: MARIKINA
OCCUPATION: ARTISTS RELATIONS MANAGER for Amplify; BAND VOCALIST 
 
Singing was her secret talent. Was, because now the whole nation knows how amazing Kai Honasan's voice is.

At an early age, Kai and her siblings was exposed to music. Her mom sent them to learn the piano. Thus, her siblings grew up to be musicians by profession. Kai felt the pressure to be as good as her siblings when it comes to music, so she opted to keep rehearsing on her own. To add to the pressure, one of her brothers married a musician- Barbie Almalbis, all the more reason why Kai kept her voice hush hush in their household.

Kai's talent's big reveal was not her choice. Her brother filmed Kai's first public performance and uploaded it on Youtube. Her parents saw the video and got shocked by how awesome she can sing.

Apart from playing 5-6 gigs a week, Kai works as an Artists Relations Manager for Amplify. She used to be a ukulele teacher and taught the Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo as her first student. Kai was also able to release a solo independent album featuring some of her original compositions.

Kai's father, Senator Gringo Honasan, always told her that one day the plot would shift and he would be known as "Kai's Father" instead of Kai being "Gringgo's daughter" or "the senator's daughter". This young lady joins The Voice of the Philippines to start writing her own story, the journey of her music.



NAME: KARLO MOJICA
NICKNAME: KALOY
AGE: 36
BIRTHDAY: SEPTEMBER 23, 1978
ORIGIN: MAKATI
OCCUPATION: FREELANCE MUSICIAN

Karlo's condition was in-born. His grandmother found out that there was something wrong with his legs because baby Kaloy wouldn't kick during diaper change. The family tried every possible treatment- from Albularyo visits to physical therapy to water therapy. None of them worked, and at the age of nine, he gave up.

Karlo's father used to carry him around. He got a job as a school bus driver so he could bring Karlo to school. Also at 9 years, this young man was taught how to use saklay or crutches so that he could wander on his own. In Karlo's words, that might have been his parents' biggest mistake as he learned to wander far from home to bond with friends and/or play his music.

This young musician was able to finish BS Accountancy in college, but didn't get into the practice. Right after graduation, Karlo pursued his passion for music. He is currently in a 3-piece acoustic band as a bassist and back-up vocalist.

A proficient bass player, he recorded two albums with Kapamilya actor Diether Ocampo, travelled to Cebu and Baguio to play for gigs. This year, Kaloy steps out of his comfort zone and tries his luck as a singer in The Voice of the Philippines Season 2.



NAME: TANYA DIAZ
NICKNAME: TANYA
AGE:  27
BIRTHDAY:
ORIGIN:
OCCUPATION: BUSINESS WRITER, BAND VOCALIST    

Flashback 20-something years ago, a kindergarten little girl would go to school in her kuya's car. They would listen to Megadeath, or Alice In Chains throughout the drive. At four, her lullabye was hard rock and she probably knew how to do a headbang.

Tanya admits that it was her family who influenced her to embrace music, while it was her three brothers who influenced her to listen to hardcore rock. Her mother, now in her 60's, is an active music producer, her father is a music enthusiast. Her eldest brother was a drummer, her second older brother is a tenor, and her third elder brother is currently one of her bandmates.

This "metal" chic tried living the corporate life, she had a job as a Marketing Director for an international fashion line. Later on her career, Tanya realized she wasn't into marketing nor into fashion. Realizing that, she went to the UK and studied Business Writing, finished the course and then moved back to the Philippines.

While she writes for a living today, it is undeniable that Tanya's heart is still with music. She doesn't mind playing at gigs after a long day of writing. Tanya joins The Voice of the Philippines to honor her late brother- the brother who drove her to school when she was a toddler- so that she maybe able to continue his legacy in the passion they share.



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Karla Estrada, Rico J. Puno's kids join The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 blind auditions

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO

Actress-singer Karla Estrada, the mother of teen star Daniel Padilla, tried out for a spot in the newest season of the 'The Voice of the Philippines' for the "experience."
Estrada and 'The Voice' coach Lea Salonga were part of a now defunct youth-oriented variety show, which aired on a rival network.

   

Two contestants who happen to be the children of popular Filipino singer Rico J. Puno also failed to make the coaches turn their chairs during the blind auditions of the second season of 'The Voice of the Philippines'.

Dorica Carla Puno, 30, and her brother, Juan Rocho, 28, both tried their luck on "The Voice".

Doki went through the auditions first, singing a rendition of Estelle's "American Boy".

    

Doki's younger brother, Rox, came in next. He performed The Police's "Every Breath You Take".

    

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WHERE IN METRO MANILA: World's biggest shoes, biggest outlet center and outdoor amphitheater, first hands-on science-center museum in PH. All in the Marikina Riverbanks Center



Riverbanks Center, a mall and office complex located near SM City Marikina and the Marcos Bridge over the Marikina River, is noted for having the biggest outlet center because it has the most number of outlet stores, where named brands are guaranteed to be priced much lower than in regular mall stores.


The biggest outdoor amphitheater is located here. The Amphitheater which is set against the scenic Marikina River has a capacity for 20,000 persons. It has a space for a wide stage which makes it ideal for musical concerts, entertainment shows, stage plays, religious assemblies, graduations, sports tournaments and other large-group gatherings.


The Renaissance Convention Center in the Riverbanks is a charming place for social functions such as weddings, debuts, baptismal and birthday feasts. It is also perfect for corporate events. Available are several venues that can accommodate varied number of guests and can be dressed or set-up according to the desired theme and function.  

Located at the 3rd level of the Ecom annex, The Deck is perfect for an afternoon or night-time party of 100 to 120 people.  Its open-air set-up gives a breezy atmosphere with a view of the Marikina skyline. 

The Spirit of Bethlehem is a private collection of over 500 belens/nativity sets/posters/paintings and sculptures from all over the world. It boasts of numerous pieces from here and abroad, collected thru decades of devotion to the Infant Jesus, by its owner, Gigi Abaya-Carlos.  Among those on display is her very first belen set bought in 1952 at Catholic Trade School in Tayuman. Belens/Nativity sets from different countries like the United States, Mexico, Spain, Israel, Africa, Guatemala, China, and from the different regions of the Philippines, will certainly catch your attention because they reflect the culture from where they originated.

After seeing all the Belens, one is awed by the collection of tiny but real-looking replicas of things you would find in all the different rooms of a European mansion. It is a collection of shadow boxes filled with Lilliputian pieces of 1:1 scale.  The miniatures are part of the collection of the late Aleli Vengua, a passionate artist who handcrafted most of the pieces herself. A lot of the materials used were scrap from items in our day to day living, be it plastic, wood, aluminum, fabric, and glass. 

Right next to The Spirit of Bethlehem is the Joey Velasco Gallery, now home to the spiritually moving art pieces and legacy of the late Joey Velasco. Those who have seen his paintings will certainly attest that it is not just a gallery. Though there is an appreciation of art, it is  more of a place for reflection.  It is a “living museum” where art reflects the spiritual dimension of day to day living and sparks social awareness. According to Ms. Queeny Velasco, wife of the late painter/writer, it is a museum of “faith and patriotism”.


Philippine Science Centrum (PSC) showcases over hundred hands-on exhibits in eleven (11) exciting galleries (Lights, Bodyworks, Mathematics, Electricity & Magnetism, Water, Vision and Perception, Infectious Diseases, Earth Science, Space, Kids’ World and Mechanics) and various educational activities, outreach programs and trainings.  Other services offered: rental of exhibits for school and corporate events, venue for birthday parties, trainings and seminars and science-related events. Located at E-Com Building, the 2,500 sq meters facility can comfortably accommodate 3,000 visitors in a day or 500 visitors in any given timeslot. For a maximum of 1.5 hours, you can enjoy the first hands-on science-center museum in the Philippines - P130 for adults and private school students, P100 for public school students, senior citizens are given 50% discount while teachers and children below 2 years old can enter free.
Located at the Marikina Shoe Gallery, it measures 5.29 m long. It is made of genuine leather and upper lining. It took 77 days to finish. Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records, it can be worn by a person with a height of 125 feet. It can fit 30 people inside the shoes. It can produce 250 pairs of regular shoes from the materials used. 

HOW TO GET THERE

Strategically located at the gateway of Marikina City, at the crossroads of the progressive communities of Quezon City, Pasig, Antipolo, Montalban, San Mateo and Cainta, the Center is accessible from two major thoroughfares - A. Bonifacio Avenue and Marcos Highway. It can be reached via all modes of transportation including LRT 2 - Santolan.

Riverbanks Center is situated just a few minutes drive from Quezon City and the residential and office areas along Katipunan Avenue and its vicinities. Riverbanks Center is also within easy reach from schools including Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines, Miriam College, Philippine School of Business Administration, St. Scholastica's Marikina, Marist School and other educational institutions.

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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. — Albert Einstein
I write about darkness because I want to show the light — Jose Rizal


Paul is an Accountancy graduate from the Northwestern University. He works for VoicePoints. He was the former College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chairperson. He likes discussing tax issues. He was one of the finalists of the PWC Cup (Taxation and Payroll Accounting)

He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).


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WHERE IN METRO MANILA: Be healthy, eat fresh at 'Pobi Korean Restaurant' and try Korea's no. 1 ice cream brand


After our Taxation review class, we decided to have dinner at Pobi Korean Restaurant. I just missed eating Korean dishes so I insisted to dine there. I also wanted to compare its place, price and taste to other Korean restaurants in the metro. The restaurant is located at the FEU Gymnasium in R. Papa St.

The place is spacious. It  can accommodate a one big class for an event.

The price? It's just like the usual Korean restaurant.


Unlike other Korean restaurants, their Bibimbap is not served in a sizzling bowl. They use stainless bowl and chopsticks.

Honestly, I did not like the taste of the other dishes. I hope "Chef Pobi" will improve their menu.

LIST: Affordable restaurants serving buffet for less than P500 

The store also sells Korean ice cream. We chose Korea's no. 1 ice cream brand, Binggrae, best seller. Binggrae Samanco is not really an ice cream bar, but more of an ice cream sandwich. The "fish" is provided by wafer-like shell and inside is a thin layer of sweet red bean and ice cream. I never expected that I will love this "fish." I will look for this in groceries and buy more for my merienda.

Pobi also serves 'Everyday Sulit Meals' at P58 served with side dish, soup and iced tea.

For buffet lovers, Pobi offers 'Eat all u can' at P199 every Wednesday and Saturday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. — Albert Einstein
I write about darkness because I want to show the light — Jose Rizal


Paul is an Accountancy graduate from the Northwestern University. He works for VoicePoints. He was the former College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chairperson. He likes discussing tax issues. He was one of the finalists of the PWC Cup (Taxation and Payroll Accounting)

He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).


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The Real History of the Roman Catholic Church and the Painful Truth about its head, the Pope



In this article, we will examine the painful truth regarding the formation of the largest religion on the planet – the Roman Catholic Church, with all its denominations, divisions, schisms.

Is Christianity after the time of the apostles and the first century Church one built on false teachings, lies and drenched in blood? Why did God allow Israel, His nation, which He Himself had called out of "Babylon" (Egypt), to be deceived?

In Leviticus Chapter 26, God said He would bless Israel above all nations if they would obey Him. God, bringing them out, warned them that if they would not obey Him, He would punish them more than other nations of the earth; they would be slain before their enemies (verse 17), suffer famine (verse 25), and be scattered among the heathen (verse 33).

We have seen that they were deceived by the Devil into worshiping his idols. God says:

They rebelled against Me ...neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt...they walked not in My statutes...My sabbaths were greatly polluted...I lifted up Mine hand...that I would scatter them among the heathen. - Ezek. 20:8, 13, 23

Emperor Theodosius (AD. 378-398) made Christianity the State Religion of the Roman Empire, and made Church Membership compulsory. This was the worst calamity that has ever befallen the Church.

The Church has entered its Great Apostasy. - Halley’s Bible Handbook

What does Apostasy mean?

It is a "a defection or revolt,” a formal disaffiliation from or abandonment or renunciation of a religion by a person.

The Imperial Church of the 4th and 5th centuries had become an entirely different institution from the persecuted church of the first three centuries. In its ambition to rule it lost and forgot the spirit of Christ.

Ministers became Priests. The term ‘priest’ was not applied to Christian ministers before A.D. 200. Leo I (4400461 A.D.) prohibited priests from marrying, and Celibacy of priests became a law of the Roman Church. - Halley’s Bible Handbook p. 760-761

Did you know that some doctrines of the Catholic Church are doctrines of devils?

In I Timothy 4:1-3:

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

Do Catholics acknowledge that Catholicism cannot be identified with the Gospel of Christ?

In the book “The Spirit of Catholicism” written by Karl Adam in page 2, the Catholics declare:

We Catholics acknowledged readily, without any shame, nay with pride, that Catholicism cannot be identified simply and wholly with primitive Christianity, nor even with the Gospel of Christ, in the same way the great oak cannot be identified with the tiny acorn.

The Catholic does not derive his faith in Jesus from the Scriptures. – Karl Adam, The Spirit of Catholicism, p. 50, 57

Let’s take a look at the history of Catholicism’s invented doctrines.

100 AD                                  Ignatius applied the name ‘Catholic’ to the Church
200 AD                                  Sign of the Cross
325 AD                                  Council of Nicea declared “Christ is God”
393 AD                                  Purgatory was invented by Rome

Read a Bible cover to cover, there is no mention of the purifying flames of purgatory. This is but another Catholic invention.

787 AD                                  Began the use of images in the Divine Worship

The Bible forbids bowing to any statues or images. Jesus said that God must be worshiped in spirit and truth (John 4:24); not in idol worship and vain manmade traditions (Mark 7:6-13).

9th century                          Confession to the priest began

According to Catholic.org:

The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is a Sacrament in which we are sorry for our sins, confess them to a priest, receive forgiveness for them and are reconciled with God and the Church.

The idea that a sinful man can forgive someone's sins is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. I Timothy 2:5 couldn't be clearer ... “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Jesus never gave His Apostles the power to forgive people's sins.

9th – 12th centuries           The Rosary was practiced by the Catholic Church

The Catholic Rosary is a prayer to Mary. Mary allegedly appeared to three children at Fatima, north of Lisbon, Portugal, in 1917, identifying herself as "Our Lady of the Rosary" and giving the promises to those who will faithfully recite the Rosary. The information is from the Roman Catholic site Fatima.org. The Rosary leads people away from trusting upon Jesus Christ alone.

The Vatican II Council and the New Catholic Catechism reaffirmed that Mary is the sinless Mother of God, that she ascended bodily to Glory and was crowned as the Queen of Heaven, that she can hear and answer prayer.   Of course, no such teachings are found anywhere in the Bible.

In Isaiah 42:8, the Lord says:

I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

11th century                        The Pope was given the right solely to declare Saints

This is very clear – process for declaring someone a saint or canonization is a Catholic invention. The Bible only said that we pray only through Christ.

1215                                       The 4th Lateran Council of the Roman Catholic church, held in the Lateran Palace, Rome, endorses Doctrine of Transubstantiation.
1414                                       Council of Constance begun communion under the form of bread alone

This is the blasphemy that states that the Catholic Priest transforms the Sacraments of the bread and wine into the actual literal body and blood of Jesus Christ. Thus along with symbolic cannibalism, they crucify our Lord anew every Sunday. Jesus told us to partake of Communion in remembrance of Him, but it was only to represent the supreme sacrifice on the cross.

In the second paragraph of this article, we mention the word ‘Babylon.’ Is this written in the Bible? Let us read Revelation 17:1, 5:

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters.” And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.

Where can we find this harlot? Let us continue reading in Revelation 17:15:

Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.

It clearly states that this harlot can be found in all nations all over the world.

The Catholics declare in The Catholic Catechism, page 146:

The world ‘Catholic’ means ‘universal’ extending all over the world.

The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian church with more than 1.2 billion members worldwide. But, is this the true Church of Christ?

Let us go back to Revelation 17:1, 5. What does ‘Babylon’ mean? In the I Peter 5:13 footnote, Douay-Rheims Bible:

“Babylon: Rome                               A metaphor probably founded on Jewish usage.”

The Catholics declare in The Catholic Catechism, page 146:

The Church is called Roman Catholic because its chief ruler is the lawful bishop of Rome.

Naturally Rome, being the largest city, became the headquarters of this system of pseudo-Christianity. In the struggle for influence there arose among the elders at Rome, a Roman "pontiff" who gradually became the supreme head of these congregations. In order to increase church membership and power, a patronizing attitude was taken toward both pagans and "Christians."

Worship, at first very simple, was developed into elaborate, stately, imposing ceremonies having all the outward splendor that belonged to the heathen temples...The Imperial church of the 4th and 5th centuries had become an entirely different institution from the persecuted Church of the first three centuries. In its ambition to rule, it lost and forgot the spirit of Christ. - Halley's Pocket Bible Handbook, p. 671

The true teachings of Christ were cast aside.

Is the Catholic Church the only one that is built on false teachings? Where do the other religions find their true roots?

In 1517 AD, the Protestant Reformation began and split the western (Catholic) church into the Roman Catholic and the Protestant Churches. Protestant Reformation is a movement against what the Protestants considered to be errors in the Roman Catholic Church.

According to Benson Y. Landis, who wrote the Religion in the United States:

The protestant Episcopal Church in the United States is one of the eighteen independent religious bodies that grew out of the Church of England as it expanded during the great age of British discovery and commerce. The principle characteristics of the Protestant Episcopal church have thus been derived from the Church of England, which in 1534, after a long process of separation, became independent of the Roman Catholic Church.

In AD 1600s, the Church of England splits and the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches emerge. This clearly means that the Roman Catholic Church is the mother of the different denominations’ false teachings. The daughter churches were blinded.

Let us go back to Revelation 17:5. Did you see the phrase "Mystery Babylon The Great, The Mother of Harlots?"

Who are the Harlots? What offspring has the mother church given rise to? It is well-known that they are Protestants — "a name given to the party who adhered to Martin Luther during the Reformation in 1529 and protested, or made a solemn declaration of dissent, from the decree of Emperor Charles V and the Diet of Spires...The name now applied generally to those Christian denominations that differ from the Church of Rome and sprang from the reformation" - Roach and Robertson's New Practical Reference Library, vol. IV, subject, "Reformation"

The Church that was founded in the Roman Empire gradually developed a form of government like the political world in which it existed, becoming a vast Autocratic organization, ruled from the top.

The word "Pope" means "Papa," "Father." At first it was applied to all Western Bishops. About AD 500 it began to be restricted to the Bishop of Rome.

In Matthew 23:9, Jesus said:

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

We know that He wasn't speaking about our flesh parent because the fifth commandment says: "Honor thy father and thy mother..." [Ex 20:12]. But why do Catholics recognize the Pope as the “Father on earth,” the “Vicar of Christ?”

In A Catechism for Adults written by William Cogan, the Catholics declare:

The Pope ... is the bishop of Rome and the Vicar of Christ on earth. He is the visible head of the whole Catholic Church

The importance of the Roman bishop is largely derived from his role as the traditional successor to Saint Peter.  The Pope is believed to be the head of the church, but note:

And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. – Ephesians 1:22-23

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. – Colossians  1:18

For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. – Ephesians  5:23

Did Peter act like a Pope?

Peter had no authority above other apostles. Notice what God says:

All apostles received direct guidance of the Holy Spirit – Acts  2:1-4; Ephesians 3:3-5; John 16:13; 14:26

Peter did not fit the pattern of modern Popes. Peter was a married man, but modern Popes are not permitted to marry. Read I Timothy 4:1-3 again about the doctrines of devils. Peter, the other apostles, and Jesus Christ refused to allow men to bow to honor him religiously, but modern Popes accept and encourage this. The pope is worshiped and adored by millions worldwide. The pope gladly welcomes the praise of men, but Jesus directed all worship to the Father, and said of Himself: "Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God." – Mark  10:18

Let us continue seeking for truth with an open mind.


Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. — Albert Einstein
I write about darkness because I want to show the light — Jose Rizal


Paul is an Accountancy graduate from the Northwestern University. He works for VoicePoints. He was the former College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chairperson. He likes discussing tax issues. He was one of the finalists of the PWC Cup (Taxation and Payroll Accounting)

He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.


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