When I went as Balik Bayan in 1993 to Bangued during the Holy Week, there was a Class Reunion of the Colegio del Sagudo Corazon, New College of the Sacred Heart, High School which I attended. I was the only alumnus alive in my class who was there and, being the oldest alumnus, I was asked to say the Invocation and to be a Guest Speaker during the Program. A video tape of that program was taken, which I brought to Tampa.
I opened my speech with the story about a maid of Mrs. Solivan from Abra who was heard answering the telephone and cursing the caller: “Botom met a!” When asked by Mrs. Solivan why she answered that way, she said that the calling party said “OKIM!” Mrs. Solivan, who was on the extension line, said: “Saan, nokkong,” OKAY, “conana.” (No, he said “Okay”).
Then I made an observation that in front of the church is the tablet containing the Ten Commandments. I said that the new commandment of Jesus Christ is LOVE.
I ended my speech quoting the verse of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that those who believe in Him will not die but have life everlasting.” Praise the Lord!
I have several pictures taken during that program.
That was “Sabado Gloria”, or Good Saturday.
The following day, Easter Sunday, I stood side by side with the 1934 graduating class alumnus, Jose (Pepito) Valera, ex-Governor of Abra and father of the incumbent Governor, viewing the Easter Program in front of their house from his room window.
I remember as a child looking up, viewing the angel taking away the veil of Virgin Mary, but this time I was looking down from the Governor’s window.
The little angel is the granddaughter of the ex-Governor. His wife, Bolet Paredes, used to be the “angel” many years ago!