It’s all about Christ

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Monday, December 16, 2013

WHILE things have changed for the worse after the Typhoon Pablo struck several areas in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, the residents of these two provinces still have many reasons to celebrate this Yuletide Season.

For couple Jan Roy Pinto and his wife Jessa Donna Cavan-Pinto, who hail from Monkayo town in Compostela Valley and are now transient residents of Davao City, Christmas will still be celebrated despite their losses.

“Christmas is not about the material things we have or we don’t have in life. If we recall, Christmas is the annual celebration of Christ’s birth. Yes, we lost love ones in life, we’ve lost a lot of valuables but that doesn’t mean we’ve lost our faith,” Jessa, 25, said.

Jessa said the disaster last December 4, 2012 taught the residents several lessons, one of those is to appreciate God’s gift of life.

“We must always remember that our life is just borrowed. We have no right to be mad. We should be thankful if we are still alive, that means we still have the chance to live our purpose in this world and that is something we should celebrate,” Jan Roy, 26, said.

“The material things are just material things we use daily in life. We could always obtain that with hard work. If you’ll look at the situation now in Compostela Valley, though it is different than before, people are more thankful with the life they have now,” he added.

Claire Bayle, 24, of Mati City in Davao Oriental, said what happened last December 4 will never be forgotten, but now that the people had started to rebuild their lives, they will celebrate this Christmas full of gratitude and prayers.

Bayle added that the Typhoon Pablo is just a passing experience, and that people should strengthen their faith and double the effort so that kind of incident wherein thousands of people died, hopefully would never happened again.

“No one knows what will happen next. But at least, we have learned our lesson from that (Typhoon Pablo) experience, and this time we are ready. We’ll definitely celebrate this Christmas with full of gratitude and prayers for everyone,” Bayle said.

Jessa said the people have all the reasons to celebrate life this Christmas, adding that they have nothing to offer except prayers for the entire world. May all the people have a fruitful and merry Christmas this 2013, she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 17, 2013.


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