Sunday, June 5, 2011

Islam vs. Catholic Beliefs

Sunday. June 5, 2011. 
6pm Mass. At a small church in Imus, Cavite.

Lately, I felt really lazy to go to church. Not that I don't have the faith anymore but I don't think priests nowadays are the best instrument to disseminate God's words.

The reproductive health bill (RHB) which is a rampant topic in print media and televisions are also part of the Sunday's homily in a church near my tita's house where I am staying right now. For me, every people is entitled to their own opinion and not all Catholics attending the mass are anti-RHB so priests should also respect that and not let us [pro-RHB] feel that we don't deserve to be there since we are against them.

So this week, I decided to let alone pray instead of attend the mass. But then, my aunts asked me to come with them and since I have no choice but to follow, I attended the mass thinking that maybe the priest will be different and the homily is not about politics.  When the homily started, I was readying myself for the same RHB homily that the same priest always delivers. Thankfully, that didn't happen. But he lectured us on the faith of Muslims to Allah as compared to Catholics on God. He said, 99% of the total population in Malaysia are Muslims. Their dedication to their religion is incomparable to us.  They wake up at as early as 5am to say their prayers. They carry big handkerchiefs which are not used for their sweat but for worship. When I was taking up History 2 at the University of the Philippines Los Banos, I came to appreciate the Muslim culture since my professor, Ms. Pena who was taking up Islamic Studies at UP Diliman that time was telling us some things which made us understand that religion. And because of this very few knowledge on Islam culture, I was disappointed at the officiating priest, Fr. Erwin dela Cruz (if I'm not mistaken) when he chanted the Muslim prayer as "Allalalalalah bili-bili na kayo balut penoy" for the morning prayer and "Allalalalla taho taho" for the noon prayer. I almost walked out of the church for hearing such mockery against other religion. Take note: it was from a priest - a known person who disseminate the goodness of the Lord. For him-to-make-fun-of-other-people's-religion is not a good example to the kids who are listening to his words. What did the others do upon hearing that? They laughed with him - the priest! If a Muslim heard that, they will surely get mad at him. Having a priest like that should make a Catholic think twice if this is the appropriate religion for him/her... just like what I am feeling right now.

I don't know if praising their virtues and gestures towards their religion after the mockery would make me feel good about his sermon. Even though he gave those uplifting words towards Muslims while scolding at us, Catholics, which he quoted as not-Catholic-enough and not-Catholic-by-heart for lacking the commitment to be one, I still see him as someone who don't deserve to lecture us on goodness for he is not the right example for that. 

We might have different religions, call God in different names such as Jesus, Buddha, Allah, but still I think we are just worshiping the same person. So, who are we to mock other religion?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

West Visayas Adventure (Day2)

Day 2 is for Camp Kasal. It was so far the most unique wedding I've ever attended. Well, I wasn't surprised since Kei and Wilson really have creative minds and great ideas. We woke up early that day. We were so busy setting ourselves up (since we are part of the entourage). Everybody complied with the theme, Chucks and Corduroy, of course. We stayed at Buenos Aires Mountain Resort but the wedding was conducted at Lunao Springs in Maao, Bago City, a private mountain refuge of Kei's mom, Tita Tess, which is around 15 minutes away from where we stayed.
Buenos Aires Mountain Resort
While waiting for the sugar cane truck.
Ride to the wedding.
 The mountain wedding was so unique and solemn. It was done at the foot of Mt. Kanlaon. A lot of people came eventhough the place was remote. I was one of the people who wouldn't miss this momentous event. I witnessed how they love each other over the years that I've known them. We weren't suppose to shed a tear during the entourage but we did. The moment Kei walked down the aisle, I felt really happy for them. I thought I was the only one crying, but then again, when I turned to my former mousemates, they were also crying. haha! It was bad to cry when you'll know that you will ruin your make up and worse if you even forgot to bring tissue or hanky with you. Haha.
The cute scouts for the wedding.

we are the groomsman and bridesmaid aka junior scouts.
The wedding kiss <3
This is our group picture. Most people on the left side are the Baguio
friends and on the right are the Elbi friends.
Our chucks.
I just love this picture.
After the ceremony, we indulged in their breakfast buffet. I particularly love the dried tapa with pinakurat and lechon Bacolod that I barely ate other food. As we were eating, we were serenaded by the Edralins. They sang classic pop music. Their Beatles-inspired look and great music are the best. Check them out here and their music here.
The Edralins
 There are different stations in the wedding, I particularly enjoyed the DIY (Do It Yourself) and Snap Station. The DIY is where we made our own souvenirs of our choice based on wooden beads and other materials available. We took a picture of us in the snap station, I think the newly weds will  collect the photos as their souvenirs as well. We went back to the Buenos Aires Mountain Resort in the afternoon to prepare for the night's event.
Cameraaaaas! *_*
I enjoyed this station so much.
 The night of the wedding was the bonding time for the visitors. We spend the night jamming, getting to know each other, sharing stories, taking pictures, requesting songs, drinking... and more drinking. Thanks to San Miguel for the drinks.
Bon Fire
This is how to end a great celebration.

Congratulations Kei and Wilson! We wish you all the best. We love you! :)

The W+K Camp Kasal was also featured in Rock n Roll Bride and in the Manila Bulletin. Check out this link.

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