Itong linggong ‘to, heto na ata ang highlight ng buhay ‘ko.
The week started in UST and ended in UST.
SATURDAY last week, I was with LA and Jai, reminiscing our UST days. Kinagabihan, we met Armando and discussed our crazy wedding planning business. We met Kenna for the closing remarks.
SUNDAY MORNING, an earthquake shook Luzon. Little did we know na sa Zambales pala yung epicenter. Jam, Kenna, Ysa and I are Pinatubo bound pa naman. We hiked for two hours…patiently walked the rocky ranges of Mt. Pinatubo.
The view was majestic at parang nawala lahat ng pagod ko sa pag-akyat. Dito ko narin narealize na talagang unhealthy na ‘ko kasi hinihingal talaga ako paakyat.
Anyway, the experience was truly epic. We went down the volcano and rode toward Capas Shrine where we paid homage to the heroes of WWII including the father of my Lola who survived the death march.
The only lull moment of the week was Tuesday – which was actually ruined by the news na maraming bumagsak sa isa naming subject.
I was anxious the whole time, calling every single people who heard the news na maraming casualty.
I prayed through the intercession of Pope Francis to pass that subject.
Wednesday – LA, Jai and I travelled to Bataan. I was surprised how organized Balanga is. It is a city bounded by history and heritage.
We climbed the iconic Mt. Samat and took pictures of some relics of the war. The three of us has an incredible chemistry. All of us are only child, we think alike, we act alike, we have the same interests. (except for Jai who does not like beaches) hahaha
We traversed the road of the Death march. We actually experienced it as we walked down the Mountain. Thank you to the pick-up driver na pina-angkas kami kasi hindi namin narealize no sobrang nakakapagod ang trek.
Pagbalik ng Balanga, nakitambay kami sa City Square na may public viewing ng papal visit. Pagcheck-in sa hotel, sabay sabay naming pinanood ang paglapag ng Santo Papa sa Philippine soil.
We went outside to have some food and sound trip. The next day, we went to Las Casas de filipinas de Acuzar…
and I will not speak much of this kasi hindi ko rin madescribe eh. hahaha see the pics.
I was very grateful to have them as my “only child support group.” haha Hindi ko talaga alam paano ako babawi sa kanila sa ginastos nila para matuloy ang trip namin..
I love them kasi they were brave enough to tell me that I have to do the thing that I really needed to do.
Tumuloy sila sa bahay namin to have a rest before going back to Manila kinabukasan.
Saturday night lumuwas kami. Nagkita kami ni Grace na naka-camp-out na sa Lacson.
We were there in Lacson, near the Dominican School Gate, camping out, sleeping in the street, patiently waiting for the officials to open the gates.
4am, pumila na yung mga nag-camp-out in a straight line at may mga tao outside that line na pinaligiran ang gate para makasingit. That was it. Nagkakagulo na kasi yung mga sumisingit ayaw pumila.
We were shouting – “Pila pila pila!!!!”
Malala pa sa riot sa Mendiola ang nangyari. Akala namin di na kami makakapasok. Akala namin mawawalan ng silbi lahat ng oras na nag-camp-out kami….
We pushed and pushed until we made it to the gates. Aliya (grace 10 year old pinsan) was crying.
Grace and I were crying as we enter UST. Traumatic semi-stampede ang nangyari.
We went to Lovers Lane, sa may Arch to see the entrance of the Pope, and I saw Him in my bare eyes, as he went up the Pope mobile.
I was shouting “Pope! Pope!” as I took my video.
I was not able to catch him kasi maling ruta yung tinahak ko, hanggat nakaakyat na siya sa Grandstand.
Malayo man ako sa grandstand, I was hearing him speaking in Spanish, feeling his every word.
Talagang nakakaiyak at life-changing ang presensya niya….
Lalo na nang sumabay siya ng pagkanta ng “tell the world of his love.”
Hinding hindi ko ito makakalimutan ang linggong ito dahil nakapiling ko ang mga pinakamalalapit na tao sa buhay ko… (mama, pamilya, mga nabanggit kong kaibigan, at ang lider ng aking Simbahan – Santo Papa.)
Ito na nga siguro ang mensahe na dala ng Santo Papa.
“Tayong lahat ay may pananagutan sa isa’t-isa.”
“We are all God’s children and together we tell the world of His Love.”