Fr. Benny Castañeda

We went home to my mother’s hometown in Colong, Kabayan Benguet. It was an abrupt decision last Sat. I was surprised to learn that Fr. Benny is the current parish priest of Sayangan. What a small world we really have. He was our regular priest before at St. Martin. He was the officiating priest on our First Holy Communion and our graduation. He has been with us in almost all of the occasions in our school. He was one of our favorite priests and we love him. He was also our parish priest before in St. Paul Tuba. The folks in Colong also love him because of his maka-masa ways. He goes to the most remote areas to evangelize. For this, he will surely be missed when he will be transferred to Cathedral at the end of this month.

The Good Manong Taxi Driver

I had a good chat with Manong Taxi Driver on the way home. He talked about his passengers for the day. He has a list of his passengers and their destinations. In his list, I am the 19th passenger. He shared about those passengers who are generous enough to give him a tip. Others even give him food for pasalubong. I asked him how his income is with the current gasoline rate. He said it’s not a huge amount but enough for his family to eat at least 3 times a day. I was particularly touched when he shared that he can’t resist passengers who have babies and kids with them. Every time he sees such passengers, he remembers the safety of his own grandchildren, that’s why he lets them ride even though it’s already the end of his shift. It’s his own way of doing something good for other people. It’s comforting to know that there are still trustworthy people around despite all the crises around.

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday and fortunately for us, we were able to attend mass at Divine Mercy, the church near the office. The priest’s sermon was about the things that we usually do during fasting and abstinence. Since its Lenten season, I was thinking of one or more things to abstain from. On the way home, I decided to refrain from saying bad words. Francis and I actually made this as our resolution around July last year but with the nature of our job, we really can’t avoid it sometimes (Am I making excuses here? J). Anyway, this time, I’d like to bring back that resolution.

Waking up to a cool Antipolo morning

We spent the night at Loreland Resort to celebrate Raquel’s birthday. We ate, swam, had some wine, and sang to our heart’s content. At around 4 AM, we decided to sleep for a few hours. We woke up at around 6:30 am and were greeted by the cool breeze of Antipolo. It was just great. It felt like I woke up in Baguio but then of course, upon seeing my surroundings, I knew I was not at home. We had breakfast, toured the surroundings, stayed at the swing for a few minutes exchanging stories about people we know. It was indeed bonding time with my friend and cousin plus a break from the hectic days in the office. At around 8:30 am, we had to leave coz the night package that we availed has officially ended at 8:00 am.
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