Wednesday, June 25, 2014

St. Josemaría Escrivá: Finding God in everyday life

Find God in your everyday life. This is St. Josemaría Escrivá’s teaching.

Called a saint of ordinary life, St. Josemaría spent most of his years telling people of all races and all social backgrounds that it is in their daily life that they can seek and find God. One does not have to wait for extraordinary events in order to experience the nearness of God.

St. Josemaría’s life was an example of how, by doing one’s ordinary work extraordinarily well, one can please God and be holy. “Extraordinarily well” means doing one's tasks and occupations in the best possible way and with the intention of serving others and serving God.

He waits for us every day, in the laboratory, in the operating theatre, in the army barracks, in the university chair, in the factory, in the workshop, in the fields, in the home and in all the immense panorama of work. Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it. - St. Josemaría, Homily: Passionately Loving the World

As early as the 1940’s, St Josemaría was already sharing with the first female members of Opus Dei his dream of opening greater opportunities for women through education and training, especially for those who have less financial resources. Anihan stands today as one of the many schools around the world that have been inspired by St. Josemaría’s vision.

St. Josemaría’s feast day is on June 26. All over the world, there will be masses celebrated in his honor on or around this date. Some of these are:


June 25, Wednesday, 5:15 pm
San Pablo Cathedral, San Pablo City

June 25, Wednesday, 5:15 pm
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus Chapel
UP-Los Baños Campus

June 26, Thursday, 5:30 pm
San Isidro Labrador Parish Church
Brgy. Makiling, Calamba City


June 26, Thursday
Lipa Cathedral, Lipa City


June 26, Thursday, 6:00 pm
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus Shrine
Manlunas St., Pasay City
(in front of NAIA 3)

Click here to see the schedule of all the Masses in the Philippines and in the rest of the world.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Anihan's Summer Baking Classes: Last Day on May 31

Anihan's Summer Baking Classes will be on its last day on May 31.

The first five classes were all about quick breads, bread, cookies and pies, pastries, and cakes. This Saturday, the participants will be learning about preparing and displaying petit fours.
Anihan's 6-Part Special Hands-on Training in Bread and Pastry Production

Friday, May 9, 2014

Anihan's Summer Baking Classes 2014: An Update

Anihan's Summer Baking Classes 2014 will already be halfway in its six-part series tomorrow.

Day 1

The first part of Day 1 was spent on an introduction to bakery operations and on basic baking principles and ingredients. In the afternoon, the participants were already immersed in hands-on training, baking their own banana bread, muffins, and herb biscuits.

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Day 2

Day 2 was a physically challenging one: baking different kinds of bread. The participants worked all their muscles as they mixed, kneaded and rolled their own dough. The end of the long day saw them proudly bringing home a load of their own baked products: large-sized pandesal, cinnamon rolls, soft rolls, raisin loaf bread, and pizza.

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Tomorrow, they'll be doing even more recipes as they tackle cookies and pies. Watch out for the next update!

Enrollment still open

Those interested can still enroll in any or all of the remaining four days of Anihan's Summer Baking Classes 2014. Download the details here.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Anihan Pastillas Recipe as Seen on My Puhunan

Anihan Pastillas Recipe: simple, easy-to-follow instructions that you can use to make delicious pastillas for your family or to start your own home-based business.

The ingredients and steps detailed below are the same ones as demonstrated in the April 16 episode of the television show My Puhunan, hosted by Karen Davila.

Anihan Pastillas Recipe



2 ¼ cup skimmed milk
1 cup condensed milk
1 cup white sugar


1. Mix skimmed milk and condensed milk in a bowl.
Anihan Livelihood Officer Pam Bermejo explains while Livelihood Technical Supervisor Tess Taan
demonstrates the first step in making pastillas.
2. Portion the mixture into a fist-sized ball and roll it embutido-style.
3. Let the roll rest for 10 minutes.
4. Slice the roll crosswise.
5. Coat each pastillas slice with sugar. You can do this by dipping the pastillas into a cup of sugar.


A faster way of coating the pastillas is to spread the sugar on a plate and place several pastillas on top of the sugar, turning the pastillas until all sides are covered with sugar.

Karen Davila with the FBS (Food and Beverage Services) students of Anihan

With Karen Davila are (l-r): Pam Bermejo, Anihan Livelihood Officer; Mila Araneta, FPTI Executive Director;
Kayang Javier, Anihan School Director

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