2014 to bring great happiness

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

THE year 2014 will be a good one for people to find love, marry their partners or invest in business, says popular card-reader Cirilo “Brother Eloy” Arepal.

“There is great happiness in store for us,” he said yesterday.

The political arena, however, will be a different story.

“They (politicians) will betray their parties for their political ambitions,” said Arepal.

In Cebu City, he sees no end in the conflict between Mayor Michael Rama and former congressman Tomas Osmeña. Both parties will continue to hurl complaints against each other in court.

“Tomas still has plans to go back in power,” said Arepal.

Talks of changing the Constitution might resurface next year and the territorial dispute with China will still be unresolved, he said.

Arepal also sees President Benigno Aquino III starting to make moves to make sure that the person who will replace him in 2016 comes from the ruling Liberal Party.

Arepal is sought by people who ask him for advice about their health, relationships, and business transactions as each year ends.

He said he does not impose on his visitors at his home in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City to believe him. Instead, he tells them to strengthen their faith.

Trying to predict what the future holds has long been a practice as the new year nears in many countries, as documented by organizations like the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The Roman Catholic Church is vocal against the practice, but some practitioners persist. In Cebu City, some of these fortune-telling activities take place on the sidewalks.

Arepal, 71, a devotee of the Our Lady of Guadalupe, considers himself semi-retired. He only does card-reading when he is requested by his visitors to do so.

“I am sickly,” he said. He has been a diabetic for over 30 years.

‘Something bad’

After deciphering some cards arranged on top of his desk yesterday, Arepal picked a card printed with images of a dead soldier and four swords. The card, according to him, says something bad will happen next year.

In Chinese numerology, he said, the number 4 is considered unlucky because it almost sounds like the Chinese word “si,” which means death.

Arepal also foresees man-made and natural calamities that will hound Cebu and other parts of the Philippines. He, however, did not categorically say if there will be another devastating earthquake or Yolanda-like typhoon to happen next year.

He said the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol and the super typhoon that ravaged Tacloban City happened for a reason.

“We have sinned a lot,” said Arepal.


On the business side, Arepal said it is harmless to invest in the construction, banking, and insurance sectors.

The transportation sector, however, will not fare well next year because Arepal sees several accidents involving buses and other vehicles in the public utility service.

Arepal said 2014 will also be a good year for loveless persons to find partners. But he also sees several breakdowns of relationships.

He further said Cebu will have a prosperous economy, but he warns of incoming storms.

“We should continue to pray to prevent calamities to happen,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 28, 2013.

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