Photo below is the outside view of the Sta. Monica Parish in Alburquerque, Bohol, Philippines. It is also one of the oldest churches in our province. Thanks God this was not totally destroyed during the earthquake last year 2013. As we can see, there is a concrete bridge that connects the big convent to the church. I passed the bridge once when we went inside the church as the main door was not opened because our visit falls on a weekday.
October 1, 2014, the co-worker of my husband went to our house early in the morning. I was really surprised as it was unusual for me. My husband met him at our car porch and was also astonished of such a visit. When they have their conversation, I heard them talking about the coming fiesta celebration of their village on the last Sunday of October 2014 and the preparation of a nightly performance. He asked my husband if he had an idea about drum sets since the musical group or band of which his son is a drummer would like to buy a brand new drum kit. My husband being fond of this musical instrument advised his friend that they can get one from an on line store which he knew. He guaranteed him that their drums can perform at all dynamic levels from a whisper to a thunder. I saw the face of his co-worker who was amused of his answer. I think he became interested of the inputs he got from my hubby when he left the house.
As I was cleaning the bedroom of my son, I found a small egg on top of his bed. It was an egg of a small lizard that stays inside our house. I am so thankful of our small lizards at they eat the mosquitoes that enters our house. I seldom see these little creatures as they stay mostly at the upper portion of the roof of our building. As we can see the picture below, I was able to create a little art, the egg being placed at the center of the designed flower.
Last year, October 15, 2013, our Province of Bohol was hit by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake. It is still fresh in my mind of what happened during that time. I recalled the story of my brother, how his two kids escaped from death because of the lanzones fruits. In the morning of October 15, 2013 at around 7:30, the youngest daughter of my brother woke up early because she wants to eat the lanzones fruits which was brought by her mother in the previous day. Her mother thinking that the young girl would consumed all the fruits as it was only one kilogram in weight, woke up her two children who were still sleeping at that time. Her son woke up first followed by her eldest daughter. While all of them were in the dining table, at around 8:12 in the morning, the ground shake heavily and the hollow blocks inside their bedroom fell down at the place where the kids sleep. The kids cried aloud as they were so thankful to God that nothing happened to them. With this story, I can say that because of the lanzones fruits, their lives were spared from the horrible calamity.
This is one of the carvings I saw in one of the chapels in our place. It is a combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ traditionally used as Christian symbol. In some Roman Catholic Churches in our Province of Bohol, the symbol for Jesus Savior of Men is IHS meaning Iesus (Jesus) Hominum Salvator because there is no J in Latin. The carved design was attached in front of an altar table where the Holy Mass is being celebrated.
I was surprised when my youngest daughter handed to me this beautiful bag during my birthday last August 8. My happiness cannot be explained because I did not expect anything from her as she just started working in a call center in Cebu City. I have been planning for a long time already to change my old bag which was given to me by my friend. I kissed my little baby of her being thoughtful. I blessed her with my right hand and I pray that the Almighty God will give her more Blessings and Graces both materially and spiritually.
I was attracted to this sample houses which was being displayed in one of the public places in our Province of Bohol. As far as I knew these were the type of houses which were given to the earthquake victims last October 15, 2013. For me, it is much better at least those families whose house were totally damaged can now live a better dwelling. According to some people I knew, the building costs around P70,000 to P80,000 as it is made only of light materials.
Another carpentry work of my husband for the private chapel of my best friend, the big kneeler. I did not expect he can make this one. The materials used for this kneeler is the mahogany wood. My best friend harvested one of their fifteen year old mahogany trees in order to make at least two kneelers for the chapel. It is really very advantageous if we have our own wood.