Thursday, September 16, 2010

Prodigal Son

We have an instant brother from 1995; he is with us from his early 5th month from birth. He is the family center of attention; we give him all the love that a family should give. Since, he is the only baby that time he got all he wants. He was a very cute little boy, a very talented and bright toddler; he is also an honor pupil when he was in his elementary years. But, when he enter his teenage life his world was totally change, he is always with his friends, he learned to smoked and drink liquor. He was totally influenced by his friends. He even steals things to finance his vices, worst he steals our things little by little. He doesn’t even try to listen with our advices, when he was scolded, when we try to talk to him, he doesn’t care. He stopped going to school because according to him it was so tiring going to school, he never bother to follow simple commands/house rules we give to him. The only thing he knew is he has many friends and he is enjoying it. We give him hundred times chance to changes, but it never happened. Until the time when our parents give up, we just let him go with what he wants. He leaves our home and stayed anywhere. We heard from neighbors that he tried working as slave in a lumber factory for him to sustain his living; he slept in a parked jeep at night. Until the time he realized all things he did was wrong. (Hopefully!). He went back to our house asking for our parent’s forgiveness about all the things he does. He repented (How I wish and pray, it’s from the bottom of his heart). Now, I don’t know how this story will will come to an end…. Our parents are relying on our mutual decision. Hopefully, whatever that mutual decision is, it will lead into a positive result. If me alone will decide I want to give him another chance, who knows he already realized the essence of life. I know my parents as well as my brothers and sisters have a soft heart, hopefully this will end like those of the Prodigal Son.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Our Lady of Peñafrancia "INA nin BIKOLANO"

Our Lady of Peñafrancia also known as “INA NIN BIKOLANO” is the most celebrated religious activity in Bicol Region. As Arch. Legaspi mentioned in an article, “Our Lady of Peñafrancia is part and parcel of the identity of the Bikolanos. She is their mother, patroness, and protector. If siling labuyo is the character index of the Bikolanos, Ina is their spiritual index. She has been a rallying point of unity for the Bikolanos. Anywhere a Bikolano goes; he or she is expected to be a devotee of Ina.” Devotees believe that if you will sincerely ask for blessings from her it will come through.

This is celebrated in Naga City every September. It is started with “TRASLACION PROCESSION” or the Feast of Divino Rostro, this year the procession falls today (September 10). The image of Ina as well as the Divino Rostro is transferred from Basilica to Naga Cathedral. The images are transferred through a procession that is participated by almost all religious organization, civic organizations all over the Bicol region, as well as devotees all over the world. The two images are carried by a group of men known as “voyadores”. It was followed by a nine day novenary mass. At the last day of the novena the images will be brought back to the Basilica (her home) this if called “Fluvial Procession”. This time the images of INA and the Divino Rostro are carried by“pagoda” arch designed water transportation) this will pass through the Naga River.

The image of Divino Rostro.

The image of "INA" Our Lady of Peñafrancia.... Viva La Birhen!!!!!! Viva!!!!

"Fluvial Procession"

How I wish I could attend to the celebration once again. During my childhood up to my college days we are always going to Naga City to participate in the fluvial procession or if not to watch the Fluvial Procession and of course to pray for the Divine Intercession of “INA”. May she continue to shower her abundant blessings to all of us.