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PHILIPPINES | Monday, 19 September 2016 | Views [930]

My family at Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador City, Philippines

My family at Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador City, Philippines

Anxious, curious, excited, valuing family life and fondness of nature make our road trip from Zamboanga to El Salvador City, the Philippines the best therapeutic and devotional journey of my lifetime.


Early morning at 3 am dawn, the moonlight still shines bright like a diamond in the sky. It speaks of hope even in times of darkness where courage is giddy. And as I drive my family farther, the more misery it brought us into our sight; the El Nino phenomenon aftermath. The grass painted brown and some mountains are almost burned down igniting a bush fire of revolt. But, in spite of this, still the people staring at us smiling detailing that they are ok despite of the enormous havoc.


As I maneuver my steering wheel along the Kumalarang highway astonishing the hidden beauty and the beyond. The Subanen houses build along the side of the hilly highway with its frail huts, that reminds you what makes life miserable if you can live simple? Then at far distance at the right side of the road when you are on top of the Lanao del Norte mountain highway, there you could see the horizon, the sleeping giant covered with denuded forest the Mount Malindang (ASIA UNESCO World Heritage) which you haven't known that you already pass one of its verge unnoticed. It pricks me on to shoot and post in, my FB “ATM: God lets this be done. Reserved this conservation while my ancestry is still be found.


Passing through its long winding snake road, fascinated and yet exhilarating by the ambiance of, its shorelines that will bring you into sleep because of its serene beauty and calm sea which swing you into the musical journey of the fairies. But nature did not hallucinate me to put me down in exchange of my family safety.


Finally, we reach the shrine and we began our prayerful journey by walking up the 200 steps to reach the heart of Jesus (50ft statue of Divine Mercy Jesus said to be the tallest across the world). Astonishing of its surrounding which is near by the sea while stepping in the pinnacle. There I gaze with contentment being with my happy family plus the grandeur of nature and our indomitable faith to the holy spirit. I bequeathed something what Abbé Prevost Lescaut, Manon Descant said that “The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature”. And from here I engrave my duty that I shall forever remain.


Tags: adventure, cagayan de oro city. divine mercy shrine, divine mercy, driving, family, religious journey, road trip


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