Man’s generosity to man knows no limits-A A +A
Saturday, August 23, 2014
AUG. 15 was an experience that for many of us will last us a lifetime. All of us, who watched the concert of the Bukas Palad Music Ministry with Fr. Manoling V. Francisco S.J., came away from the two-hour concert with so much love in our hearts for God, for the needy and for the young singers. They sang their hearts out, in joy and for the greater glory of God. The proceeds of the concert will go to Sacred Heart Parish’s ongoing outreach and disaster relief programs.
What touched us most was that the young singers loved what they were doing and that their love for God and neighbor came out so noticeably that as we listened to their songs, we realized how much they gave of themselves. The concert, which started at 7:30 p.m., lasted up to 10 p.m. They left for Bantayan Island at 6 a.m. the following morning to spend time with the people there and to give a free concert.
Many of us could not help but thank the young singers for the joy, the peace, the healing that we received from them. The Bukas Palad Music Ministry has already done so much not only for the earthquake and disaster victims but also for us. They touched base to prove that man is basically good and that God’s love is there for all of us.
Aug. 10 was also a red-letter day for a barangay called Tindog in Medellin. Tindog is about four hours from the city of Cebu.
After typhoon Yolanda, the houses, if not flattened to the ground, flew in different directions till very little or nothing was left standing in Tindog.
Slowly and full of patience, the Cenacle Sisters of Cebu, their superiors in Manila and abroad, the friends of the Cenacle sisters, the local folks started their help by going over with the relief goods, building materials and books. The culmination of their help came in the form of a building. The building now stands and is equipped with a library stocked with books, properly catalogued and ready for use for the elementary public school children. The library was inaugurated last Aug.10.
Philip Wong Marcon was very helpful in acting as conduit for the three librarians of the University of San Carlos Talamban who went with the group to Tindog to put the books, properly catalogued on the shelves. When they left Tindog, the mayor, several officials and the principal of the school saw the children happily using the library. Mention should also be made of the lady engineer Daisy Ramas who gave her services pro bono. There were always many helping hands with the Cenacle sisters who went back and forth to Tindog as roofs went up and help was brought.
Today let me make mention of a special group that is very dear to my heart. They humor me with my special request, but I thank God for them.
My second family consists of dynamic team leader Dr. Billy Jaca and wife Susan who leads us in so many ways. Members of this family consist of Gary and Chat Munoz, Bambi and Boogie Castro, Joe and Lil Legaspi, Romy and Lolit Tapayan, Raymond and Susan Roberts, Ed Misa, Jojo Ocubillo, Vergie Verano, Jordan Chua, Harley and Haide Yunam, Flor Villarin, Romy and Ronnie Hipolito and a few others. These people have not only given their resources but also their physical presence, their time and effort during natural disasters, and even in cases of man-made disasters. Their ongoing commitments range from regular jail visitation, hospital, to orphanage services, scholarship programs and a lot more. Yet as I said earlier, they humor me.
This will now be the second year of packing a bundle consisting of two kilos of rice plus four canned goods each. Even up to this time, the men have balked at the tiny request. They are used to giving sacks of rice and they would rather willingly bring in bulk their commitment. However, as I said, they humor me.
On their way to greet me happy birthday, they would stop, give a bundle to any stranger whom they feel would appreciate the tiny gift, and just drive on. Normally it reaches the marginalized members of society who are not readily noticed because they do work to eat. I speak of scavengers, garbage collectors, ambulant, vendors of heavy brooms, etc., who walk the streets in rain and in sunshine. My request is simple and probably is a bother to people who have already given so much. Moments of joy, however, which come with unexpected gifts do bring elation and do remind us as we see their faces, that literally we are the hearts and hands of God.
Spreading unexpected joy has already become a habit for some of my close friends. Giving for no reason whatsoever is reason enough for bringing about a smile or a wide grin. Happy Sunday.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 24, 2014.