Love in any language

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Saturday, February 15, 2014


Je t aime, Te amo, Aishiteru, Ani ohevet othka, I love you,” Iniibig kita,” “Ginahigugma ko ikaw.” These are just some of the many languages that people in the world said to one another yesterday, February 14.

Though the letters, syllables and words might have been differently enunciated, still the greetings are uniquely coming from the heart.

Just as the greetings may vary, our group still saw to it that we will celebrate Valentine’s Day meaningfully. Armed with creativity, coupled with Bible verses, and donned in indigenous way, the students of the Technological University of the Philippines Visayas made Valentine greeting cards with heartfelt messages, not for themselves but for the inmates of the Talisay City Jail.

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Even if the students do not know any of the inmates, still their greetings are messages of hope and trust in God and in the good ways of men. From the local Hiligaynon dialect to the nationally used Tagalog and to the second language we learned which is English, the greeting cards made would be more than enough for the 87 inmates. With all the variances in language, the Valentine cards speak only of one thing – love.

“Love in any language, straight from the heart pulls us all together, never apart and once we learn to speak it, all the world will hear
Love in any language, fluently spoken here” so goes the lyrics of the song of Sandi Patti.

Love in any language. Such is what the TUPVians shared with the inmates. And with Spanish bread and pan de sal, juice, coffee, and arroz caldo, the TUPVians also shared some old Bible reading guides and copies of their university’s literary folios. It is the students’ hope that with their personal visit, their gifts of presence and person, their greetings of hope and love, the simple fare of food they brought, the inmates will have a meaningful celebration of Love Day.

To the Talisay City Jail inmates, to Jail Warden SPI Nilon P. Magbanua, and to the jail guards, many thanks for allowing us, again, to share with you our own languages of love.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 15, 2014.

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