Thursday, September 26, 2013

PÁMANÚLÎ (A Homecoming)


Pámanúlî.

A lovely word a Kapampangan wants to hear when he's away from home. And tomorrow (27 September) is the day of the most silent "homecoming" for me.
A heraldic mission is going to welcome me home. Tomorrow, Jayvie, Aljon and I will be teaching our indigenous writing, KULITAN, to the students of Christ in You Christian Academy in Dolores, City of San Fernando. And in 11 September, another Kulitan Writing Workshop will be held at Apalit High School (tentative venue). So this two weeks is an exciting yet clueless day for me.


Not just that. I'll be bringing some of my stuffs back home. We're actually changing address (for the nth time). So far from Manila, I may decide whether to go back or not go back home here in Manila. 

Whatever happens, mga apo, kindly pray for me. I'll be praying for you too!

Gonna miss you guys!

Your one and only,

LOLA KERPS <3

Friday, September 13, 2013

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"DÚO EN CARNE UNA"

13 de Setiembre, 2013 
Viernes.

Today's Friday the Thirteenth. Others thinks this is a bad luck day. But for us, this was just a blessed day, apay? Because today is a red letter day for me. Today, my faithful friends Nyor Jose Mario "Pepe" Alas and Nyora Jennifer "Yeyette" Alas y Perey shall be united as one flesh in the Sacrament of Marriage. 

8:00 PM pasado.
I was prepping myself going to UP to meet with my amigos in the Sikatuna Cantata. Jesson, Mao, Junhar and I rehearsed the Mass setting and Propers to be used in the Wedding. We met at the UP Campus Ministry Office and had a great night practising hymns and chants. And we had this so hilarious chitchat filled with puns and jokes, as if we have no tomorrow to wait (Hahaha!). As we went to our barracks to have a peaceful sleep, I had a sleep over at Jesson's pad. Pero wala na yatang tulog-tulog pa kaming hinintay. We just wait for the morning to be broken. Paano ba naman kasi, a las 2 pasado ng madaling-araw na kami nakahimbing. Ni hindi man lang ako dinalaw ng antok! hahaha! But then, after we woke up and had our morning orations and rituals, I said to myself: this is it, pancit!

7:00 AM
Hala ca! Quezon City is experiencing heavy rain downpour. My gosh, paano na kaya ito? I just crossed my fingers that this rain would stop. And yes! As we arrived from the bus station going to La Laguna, tumila na ang ulan! Yehey! Knocked out kami ni Jesson sa bus! Hahahaha!

9:15 AM pasado.
We just arrived at San Pedro Tunasan. And as usual, 'di kami nagkantututo kung saan na kami patutungo. And via traysikol, nakarating kami sa Simbahan ng San Pedro. Also, we saw the miraculous "Krus ng Tunasan", which Dr. Jose Rizal mentioned in his Noli me Tangere. We arrived at the church and saw some men fixing the altar flooring. As we went to their Coro Mayor,  we again rehearsed our chnats and hymns. In its entirety, the church is so traditional in architectural style. I heard that this was built in the mid 60s, that's why it maintained some traditional features. 

10:45 AM
 Guests and friends has just arrived. I saw my idol Señor Guillermo Gomez - Rivera, my favourite Hispanista singer and flamenco dancer. I grabbed this chance to meet and greet him. What a great opportunity to meet a great man like him. And alas! Nyor Pepe Alas has arrived, having his clean cut a la Jose Rizal outfit. While we servers are hasting to prepare things before the Ritual starts. And Dios gracias!  Nyora Yeyette arrived with calesa and attired in traditional accents and elements. We tolled the church bell continuously, to signal that the Ritual is about to start. Several minutes passed, Fr. Jojo Zerrudo met the couple, the varon and the mujer, at the front door of the church to confect the Ritual.

[Here are some photos taken from Mr. Michael Lim]

The priest confecting the rituals at the front door. The vernacular used is Spanish.  At this point, he enjoins the hands of the couple and says the blessing.
After all of the rings and arrhae are confected, the priest leads the couple to the Sanctuary for the Mass and the "velacion".




1:00 PM pasado
We arrived at the reception nearly late. I was glad that one of the madrina [who is the mayor of San Pedro] said that she appreciated the traditional rites used in the wedding. It was a great compliment for us striving for the traditions of the Church to survive. It was also surprising that a writer from the Philippine Daily Inquirer interviewed Fr. Zerrudo and asked about the wedding ritual we had. I am looking forward for tomorrow's issue of the Inquirer. 
Samangtala, I'm this a little bit nervous because I am going to sing at the programme. And when the emcee called my name [completa con mis apellidos], I was actually shy to sing La Bella Filipina, because the great interpreter of it [Guillermo Gomez] was in the reception, and he's watching me. Pero hala, tumira kami ng mga awiting Kastila gaya ng "Mariposa Bella" (a.k.a. "Paruparong Bukid), "No Te Vayas de Zamboanga, "Cariñosa" and "Rosas Pandan". 

Hindi lang 'yan. Tumula pa kami. Hahaha! Pumulot kami ni Jesson ng tula mula sa mga nagkalat na buko ng sampagita. Ayun! Effect-effect lang!

I think this is the day I felt I am really in Spain. Watching flamenco dancers, singing Spanish songs gave me this nostalgic feeling! Of all the weddings I had attended, this wedding is one of a kind! Muy genial y maravilloso! 

Before we end the day, Nyor and Nyora gave us their endless thanks for assisting them in everything. What a heart-whelming words they express; they almost fired our hearts in unexplainable joy and exultation. Salamat sa Dios and this day is a great day indeed! Really our hearts can't express the joy! 

Indeed, no words can express our joy this day! I just wish good luck, a blessed family life to you, Nyor Pepe and Nyora Yeyette! Naua'y pagpalain po caio nang ating P. Dios! 

Mis saludos!

Love lots,

LOLA KERPS <3

   

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

AMIN NA LANG ANG BIRHEN NG PEREGRINA!!!

Kaninang a las siete pasado ng gabi. 

Naglalakad ako pauwi ng bahay nang makasalubong ko ang isang kaibigan at kapanalig na si Kuya Glenn Lopez. Isa siya sa mga nagmamalasakit sa Nuestra Señora de la Peregrina, isang imagen venerada na matatagpuan sa ngayo'y simbahan ng Saint Anthony Shrine, tapat ng Dambanang Arkidiosesis ng Mahal na Birhen ng Loreto. 

Napag-usapan namin ang napurnadang paglabas ng Peregrina nitong nakaraang Linggo. Ipinahayag ko sa kaniya ang aking panghihinayang at pagkadismaya sa hindi paggora ng Mahal na Birhen nitong nakaraang prusisyon. Maano'y mainis-inis sa hindi pagpapakita ng amor ng ilang mga tao sa Simbahang Pransiskanong ito. Hindi man lang nila asikasuhin ang Mahal na Birhen, knowing the fact na ito naman talaga ang titular na patron ng simbahan. Gayon din ang himutok ni Kuya Glenn. Kung sakaling nagpaka-lukring daw siya noong tanungin siya ni Fra. Cielito kung kaniya ba ang imahen ng Peregrina ay sasabihin niya talagang "Oo, sa pamilya namin ang Mahal na Birhen" maisalba lamang ang imahen sa di-maayos na pagtrato ng mga taong inatasan ng Kataastaasan. Sabihin pa, nais halinhan ni Fra. Cielito ang kinalalagyan ng Birhen ng isang dambuhalang LCD screen at tila sagabal ang Birhen sa nasabing aparato apparuit! Ni hindi man lamang sinunod ang orihinal na deseño ng retablo ni Arquitecto Gervacio Amistoso kung saan makikitang nasa kanang bahagi ng retablo ang kinalalagyan ng Peregrina. Ayun! Inilagay sa gilid ang Birhen, kalinya ng Anak niya na naroroon sa Tabernakulo sa kanang side altar dati [ehem!].

Ang masaklap pa, "tinabasan" ang likurang bahagi ng imahen ng Peregrina bilang pag-adjust sa patungang retablo. Aba naman at ang Mahal na Birhen pa ang mag-aadjust sa makalupang kamalian niyo?! Naku naman! Di bale sana kung preciosa ang materyales na ginamit sa retablo. Eh ang pagkakadinig ko'y fiber glass ang buong retablo! [Naku, ninegosyo kayo, mana fraile!!! Wahahaha!] Kaawa-awang retablo, siguro sampung taon ang ating bibilangin at magbibitak ang kabuuan nito dahil sa porosity ng materiales fuertas!

Mabalik tayo sa napurnadang paglabas ni Inang Manlalakbay. Ayun po, ang imaheng Inmaculada Concepcion ni Kuya Erick ang ginawang pansamantalang Virgen de Peregrina. Kasi kasi, sino ba ang bumulong sa tainga ni Fra. Esmeraldus Enalfeus OFM at hindi ipinalabas ang Birhen. Ang siste kase mga apo, may chumika kay Fra. Esmeraldus na "maropoc na ang camot [camay] nang Virgen. Houag nio na siang gagaiacan..." Teka aber, nakasisiguro ka ba, kung sino ka man, sa sinabi mong iyan?! At bakit, camarera ka ba ng Virgen at na-check up mo ba? Parang parehong cuento yan noong nakaraang taon...

"Cafiestahan nang Reina de Sampaloc at dapat ai ybababa ang Virgen ng Loreto mula sa pedestal sa altar mayor. Eh, mey bumulong yata cai Monsignor at hindi nia pinaiagang ybaba ang vera imagen ng Loreto."

Alam niyo sa totoo lang, mga apo, hindi na naubos ang lahi ng mga ghost whisperers na iyan eh. Mga panira sila sa magandang hangarin ng iba! Hindi sila nakatutulong sa ating lipunan. Aywan ko ba, mga apo!!!

Natapos ang usapan namin ni Kuya Glenn sa isang manifesto: sikaping ipalaganap ang nawalang debosyon ng Nuestra Señora de la Peregrina, ilang dekada na ang lumipas.

Sayang, mga anak ni Isko! Tsansa n'yo nang magpa-pogi points sa mga Anthonian devotees, eh nag-iinasong inarte kayo, mga anak ng coqueta kayo. . . ayan!

NGANGA!!!




Tuesday, September 10, 2013

T.L.M. Experience 101 with LOLA KERPS

Truly to say, the Traditional Latin Mass is one of a kind in itself. Through time, hindi ako nagsasawa magsimba, que se hodang pagkahaba-haba na, like that of the Rituals during the Passion Friday. And as I quote Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, "You say the Mass is long? It's because you have a small heart." That's why I keep striving on having my heart so enormous to wonder the mystery of the Holy Mass.   

I can still remember vividly my first TLM at the Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy, that was the 5th of September 2010. Three years ago when I became curious of what TLM is. So I managed myself to travel via LRT 2 papuntang Sikatuna Village just to have a try of an experience of the TLM. Eventually I became a volunteer member of their schola cantorum, the Sikatuna Cantata. Pawala-wala man ako sa ilang pagkakataon, yet I volunteer myself in singing whenever I find time available. And that experience really touched my heart, my spirit. 2013 na pero wala pa rin akong kasawaan sa pag-assist sa TLM. It's more than an experience -- it is a one-on-one encounter with my Christ.

The Priest's Confiteor, in the person of Fr. Jojo Zerrudo when he was still assigned at the Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy in Anonas, QC. My first TLM. :)

Eventually, Fr. Mitchell Joe "Jojo" Zerrudo, the Parish Priest of PLDM, was transferred to the Holy Family Parish in Roxas District, Q.C. And this time made myself have a hard time to attend the TLM. The day I went back to my home parish at Sampaloc. But yet, an announcement of TLM at Santo Domingo Church wakened up the endeavor to assist at the Holy Mass again. So I traveled a long way again to Santo Domingo Church to assist at the Holy Mass. Together with my faithful friends -- my siblings, to endearly say, we received the Eucharistic Lord the traditional way. And until today, walang palya at walang lagot, I attend this TLM every 2nd Sunday of the month.

It's more that assisting the Mass, actually. It's a time to share stories, impart everyday experiences, exchange even strange thoughts, and sometimes crack some jokes and musings. The Holy Mass also became a way to fortify and fructify the friendship we have. Jayson Bautista, Renz Dahilig, Noah Acha, Argene Clasara [a new pal of the group] and I actually became the "front pew people" whenever we assist TLM at Santo Domingo. Minsan pa nga, palakasan pa kami ng boses when we chant or sing hymns. Lalo na 'yung umaatikabong "Missa Orbis Factor" o kaya naman "Missa de Angelis", "O Sanctissima" at "Panis Angelicus" ni Fr. Lambillotte. Tila ba kami na yata 'yung extension ng Tiples de Santo Domingo na kumakanta sa Coro Mayor! Hahaha! And there came some of my other apos like April Lopez from Malabon, Joshua Santos of te-Makats, and many more of my apos. But seriously, we want it to become closer to the altar so as to become close with Jesus, to become nearer to the sacred mysteries happening during the entire Mass and to help those who are first-timers to assist at the Mass. ;) 

The return of the TLM at Santo Domingo Church after almost a decade was commenced by Fr. Zerrudo, 9th of March 2013
The first time Msgr. Seamus Patrick Horgan, 1st Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature, said the Holy Mass at Santo Domingo Church, 5th of April 2013.
Then eventually, little by little, I went back to the Sikatuna Cantata. I still volunteer to sing and help them in musical matters whenever they may need. Just recently, I helped them to arrange some musical pieces in the Hymnal they are going to release this year. A laborious work fulfilled for me, even in my simple ideas. Lalo na, idol na idol ko si Kuya Jesson pagdating sa Latin grammar! Hahaha! It is also a timely chance to restore my friendship with them, indeed a blessing in disguise. Kaway-kaway naman diyan, Kuya Jesson, Junhar, Ron, Mao and the rest of the schola! Hahaha!  

This extraordinary Liturgy draws myself to a mystery, it is a foretaste of the heavenly Liturgy I look forward to. It is also an opportune time to have a spiritual bonding with my friends, ang mga apo ko.  Even in just a short time while, it seems it's an endless experience. I pray that this simple work will crown great reward in the afterlife -- when all of us faithful to Christ will encounter Him, praise Him and bless His name in the heavenly Mass.

Lo and behold those who partake in His Body: the poor, the slave and the humble of heart.

"O res mirabilis, manducat Dominum: pauper, servus et humilis."
-Saint Thomas Aquinas 




 
 

QUOTE for the DAY

"Moreover they lay the axe not to the branches and shoots, but to the very root, that is, to the faith and its deepest fires. And having struck at this root of immortality, they proceed to disseminate poison through the whole tree, so that there is no part of Catholic truth from which they hold their hand, none that they do not strive to corrupt..."

-- Pius X, Pascendi,
against the Modernists.

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