Celebrating EDSA People Power Revolution in Lipa City
25.02.2014 - 25.02.2014 33 °C
Philippines is predominantly Catholic. This is forever written in the history of the nation where Filipinos' devotion to Mother Mary resulted in a miracle, which happened during the well-known EDSA People Power revolution. The statue of Our Lady of EDSA Revolution is erected and towering over the Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA in memory of that miracle.
I myself is born and raised one Catholic. I grew up with this unparalleled reverence to Mother Mary, the mother of Lord Jesus. I joined the Association of Children of Mary Immaculate, which members call ourselves CoMers, at age 11. "To Jesus through Mary" is and always will be our motto. In fact, I became the Parish President of the association for a couple of years. I was able to travel to other places within and outside Surigao del Norte because of the various activities of the organization, which has a nationwide coverage.
During my years as a member and officer of the local association of CoM, I acted as Catechist to children during May Cathechism. I also joined theater presentations during big feast of Mama Mary, like February 11, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, March 25, the Annunciation, September 8, the Immaculate Conception, November 27, the feast day of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, to name a few. These and more other religious activities I participated in has honed in me the leadership skills, the training management skills, the public speaking skills, and the congeniality character. These skills and characteristic has prepared me for the real world, particularly in the industry of professional consulting services.
Then I aged and was replaced by young ones in the organization, but I am still a CoMer by heart because "once a CoMer always a CoMer" so we proclaimed. My love and devotion to Mother Mary is unremitting. Though I disappeared from the scene where being a perpetual member of the association should remain alive and active, I still marvel at the memories and experiences through reminiscing.
And then the devotion to Our Lady of the Mediatrix of All Graces finds its way to me. It was brought about by a mentor and colleague in consulting service, Madam/Mader Stella Maris Salas. This started in Baguio City when we met during a training (training usually connects the two of us) that she invited me to attend a morning prayer at Baguio Country Club, with another friend and colleague, Ms. Doreen Erfe. There I witnessed the shower of rose petals, all in dark bloody red petals, some imprinted with religious images. There I smelled the most adorable and sweetest smelling white rose buds. There I personally witnessed a blessing, a miracle. There I faced a statue of Mama Mary quietly placed at the center of a glass dining table. It was only then that I realized that Mama Mary in this form of apparition has drawn thousands, corrections millions, of pilgrims. It was only then that I knew of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces to be so famous for the miraculous shower of and the miracles brought by the rose petals. It was only then that I was informed of its shrine in Lipa City in Batangas.
I was told that the shower of petals represents Mother Mary's divine presence, the appearance of rose buds declares Her unconditional love. There are even spread of gold and silver dusts, which means answered prayers.
So, on February 25, 2014, me and my officemates decided to better celebrate the EDSA Revolution anniversary at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine in Lipa City. Since our project team leader was at that time attending a meeting outside, who also approved our excuse when I messaged him through texts, my colleagues Madam Nanette Durante tugging along her husband and Ms. Marisa Dahan bringing along her whole family (husband and children) and I, with Ms. Nanette driving, we departed from the office around lunch to pick up Ms. Stella at a hotel somewhere in Kapitolyo, Pasig. It had been the bestfriends, Ms. Nanette and Ms. Stella's plan to visit the shrine. It was therefore the perfect timing for us all to join at the same time co-celebrate one of Mother Mary's remarkable miracles - the EDSA People Power Revolution.
We took the South Luzon Expressway, then the STAR tollway, and reached the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, where the Mediatrix shrine is located, after barely an hour. I noticed that even during work days there were still plenty of pilgrims. The church has a huge ground, apt for a million of devotees. Parking spaces are available. The church is reasonably big in size, complete with adoration chapels in both sides, one bigger than the other. A number of comfort rooms are available and clean.
The apparition site was my ultimate direction. The ground level direct to the life-size statue of Mama Mary is closed to public. The viewing can be made through climbing the second floor of the building in the right most side of the church. There in the preserved garden stand Mama Mary beside the original vine where She appeared to the visionary Sister Teresita Castillo. Full account can be read at http://www.marianmessenger.ph/index.php/maian-feature.
We stayed there until late afternoon.
On our way back, we dropped by the wet market to buy vegetables, rice cakes, and of course the "sinaing na tulingan" (charcoal cooking of a mackerel fish through boiling it with salt and wrapping it with banana leaves).