MARIBOJOC (Bohol Province, Phils.) -- Two statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary stand-without any blemish-amid the ruins of two churches in Maribojoc and Loon towns following Tuesday's devastating earthquake. It was enough for residents to raise their hopes that life will get better.
"It was a miracle," Carol Ann Balansag said after residents of Barangay (village) Poblacion were surprised to find the 18th-century statue standing askew but without any scratch on the rubble of what used to be the Santa Cruz Parish Church.
The same feeling of amazement was felt by at least 600 people staying in makeshift tents on the church grounds of the Our Lady of Light Parish Church in Barangay Napu in Loon town. They were teary-eyed when they saw the grotto of the Birhen sa Kasilag (Our Lady of Light).
"The earthquake destroyed the church, but it spared our patron," said Fr. Tom Balatayo, one of the residents.
In Manila, Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminded Catholics to find "faith in the midst of ruins" as he noted that the historic churches destroyed by the earthquake needed something beyond physical reconstruction.
"Looking at the images of the churches crumbling, I could almost hear God's message to Saint Francis of Assisi: 'Build my Church, rebuild my church,'" Tagle said in his homily during Mass on the first day of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) in Manila on Wednesday,
Thousands from across the country and Asia attended the PCNE being held at the University of Santo Tomas. Tagle said the event provided an avenue to rejuvenate the ideals of Catholicism in the midst of secularist and modernist influences buffeting its state.More >
Armed with an affidavit as a condition imposed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV showed up at Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) Julia Vargas branch, Pasig City 11 am, April 2 but still failed to get a waiver from the Mayor to disprove allegations of PHP 2.4 billion “hidden wealth,” including the PHP 211 million deposit in the said bank.
“I have the affidavit, but there was no waiver,” stressed Trillanes who called Duterte a “coward.”
This time, the tough-talking Mayor wanted all the other presidential candidates to sign a waiver and open all their bank accounts to the public.
Although he was open to showing “all” of his bank transactions during the past 30 years, Duterte insisted all other candidates must be compelled to open all their accounts, too.
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