Wednesday, April 11, 2007

a holy week experience

it started as a thought, but somehow it became a plan, then an adventure. that was the mayoyao holy week experience.
six families, plus a ninja preacher, assembled at the NLEX - Tabang Shell gas station at around 0200 HRS. it was at this moment that i became convinced that the idea jomer had suggested some months ago has indeed become a reality - an adventure all of us will cherish for like eternity, maybe as long as xandiwa lives.
exitement was in the air as we exchanged views and plans, and two-way radios. then we started our trip to the mountains, but first we had to find our way through the rice fields of nueva ecija. the breakfast at the outskirt of caranglaan, nueva ecija was a splendid show of how prepared each family was for the trip. but mina's adobo has had a long way to go.
for most of us, the dalton pass was already an awesome site to introduce us to the north eastern part of the country; until tugel's ordeal began. it was in bayombong, nueva vizcaya.
solano is a place where xandiwa families would never easily forget. and we thanked God for its presence and it was holy thursday, probably the longest holy thursday in tugel's biography.
at 1800 HRS, we were still in solano and it was beginning to get dark. then we continued on less tugel's hi-ace.
we arrived at banaue at around 2000 HRS but without going through the fogs of ifugao which made our drivers blind. and then, fr. joe tagupa couldn't simply refuse - that was indeed a great show of christian spirit. the door was knocked and fr. joetags opened and welcomed us. dinner was served and everybody was simply wanted to rest, the coldness of banaue was just too enchanting that our eyes became so heavy.
at 0730 good friday, we started our ascent or descent to mayoyao, fr. bong garay was too wary and kept sending jomer a message. he already prepared the beds for us. it was one unforgetable moment, the thrill of passing through the mountains of cordillera was simply astonishing - taking of pictures was endless - it was 4 hours for a 41 kms road. but just on time for the lunch that fr. bong had prepared for all of us! mayoyao is simply amazing!

1 comment:

Tugel said...

Definitely it was very memorable and meaningful...

There were many factors that made the experience memorable and meaningful. Of course it starts with the fact that nobody really new where the place was. Of course most of us know how to get to Banaue. But after Banaue, the adventure began. All of the information were just downloaded infos. While the wives were enjoying the view, the drivers (d boys) were starting feel anxious "parang sobra na yata tayo sa 2 hours at parang wala pa tayo sa kalahati." Mixed feelings of awe and a little bit of "fear" of the unknown were evident. Yung mga tao kasi doon yung 2 hours sa kanila 4 5 hours pala sa atin. But of course the moment we all saw the beauty of God's creation... unti unti nang napawi ang kaba at inip. It was all worth it. But what really made the journey enjoyable and meaningful was of course the company. Iba pa rin ang Xandiwa. I'm really thankful we made this trip. Sana ulitin pa natin ito. At mas maganda mas marami tayo. The kids enjoyed that trip and the wives witness our "Seminary background" at work while we were taking over the Holy Week Liturgy. Ok nga ang trip na to kasi ang ganda na view tapos we were able to observe pa all the liturgical obligations of Holy Week.

Sige ito muna. mag-rereflect muna ako. Saka na ko sagot sa iba.