Our trip to Tangub City (Part 1)

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By Arnold Van Vugt

The Living Spirit

Thursday, May 8, 2014


LAST week I went with my wife and her relatives to Tangub City in Misamis Occidental for the funeral of one of her relatives. The old man, in his earlier days, was ‘converted’ to the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). I don’t know for what reason he became a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo. He was a Catholic by birth. The INC has a different way of burying the dead, but I gave our relative a Catholic burial.

I blessed the pantheon and told the people around that our relative will rise again from the dead, the same as Jesus had risen from the dead for the salvation of all those who believe in Him. After the burial we had a sharing among the relatives of many stories and memories from the past and we had, as usually happens at a funeral, a beautiful family reunion.

Our trip to Tangub was not without obstacles. When we reached Libertad, Misamis Oriental we lost one of the wheels of our car. Because our car was overloaded, 16 people inside including children and grandchildren, our car broke down. One of the wheels got loose and broke off. Bolts and nuts were damaged.

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Luckily we found a very helpful mechanic, who was able to repair the whole thing, but after many hours of hard labor. Late afternoon we took the barge to Ozamiz and arrived late in the evening in Tangub where the last vigil for the deceased was still going on. While we were driving around in the area of Tangub and we drove also our car to our farm in Lala, Lanao del Norte, I got hold of a copy of the Philippine Star where a columnist had written an article with the title: ‘The indomitable Dutch.’

It was actually by accident since there was no Inquirer available but I think it was in no way accidental. Reading the column I got excited and many memories from my past resurfaced. I like to give here some quotes from that article and add my own experiences.

Holland is my native country where the people speak Dutch. The country is called also The Netherlands, the low lands. It is a small country in northern Europe. I am very proud of my native country and my fellow countrymen. I remember, the French philosopher Rene Descartes from the 16th century once made a moving statement about Holland. Observing how dry land had been salvaged from the ocean-bed he exclaimed: ‘God made the world but the Dutch made Holland’. Descartes is known as a rationalist in the history of philosophy. He made that famous statement: ‘Cogito ergo sum.’ I think, and therefore I am. That is only partially true. Man has an intellect but he has also a heart. It was Agustin before Descartes who said: ‘The human heart doesn’t stop beating until it rests in God. God has created man in his image and likeness. He is the source of all truth and all love. TO BE CONTINUED…

[Email: nolvanvugt@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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