Finally, I was able to write something and post our photos from the “Watch and Pray” prayer rally led by the CBCP last Sunday at the Quirino Grandstands, Rizal Park. I went there with my fellow Lasallian student volunteers, a couple of faculties from the LCDC office and our friends from the Campus Ministry Office, we were the contingents from the De La Salle University – DasmariÃ±as. We left Cavite at around lunch time and arrived at the Quirino grandstand some time before 3 o’clock. After having a short tussle with the parking security, we took a short pee break and then started to look for a spot to stay for the rest of the afternoon. We tried our luck to get seats in the grandstand but we were not given special IDs so we had to settle with staying out on the fields. A bit dismayed, we walked on to find our fellow Lasallians from the College of Saint Benilde amassed on the concrete road directly in front of the stage. Short greetings and recognitions as Lasallians, we then decided to camp out there, little did we know that we were standing right behind the reserved seats for the politicians and other big personalities in our society.
Aside from standing side by side with fellow Lasallians, other students from religious schools, colleges and universities, we were also alongside followers of the El Shaddai group. They were clad in their white dresses with matching head pieces. Together, we all stayed on and waited for the program to start despite the sweltering afternoon sun.
We were told by our instructors not to wonder off so I failed to get a real good look at the size of the crowd gathered but from where we stood, you could turn on a complete circle and you’d be drowned by the multitudes of people around. From students to nuns and priests, to the ministers to the street vendors, even the bodyguards of politicians, it was a well represented crowd. A lot has been talked about the size of the crowd, Sir Manolo Quezon has a good wraps on this little arguing over the number of people who attended and its implications. It wasn’t a people power movement so one could say that numbers would not really matter since the crowd was made of groups from almost every sector of the society. The left-leaning groups were there from start to finish. Even ordinary folk from the surrounding area, the malls and offices came to join in. Like the Bishops had said, “it’s the quality, not the quantity” that proved that the event was a success. Successful in terms of getting the message across, powerful messages at that.
It came from Cardinal Rosales himself; “character change” and not charter change. More importantly, change within the COMELEC. All these were applauded and cheered on by the crowd. Another message that was sent to every trapo and corrupt self-serving monster in the House of Representatives and MalacaÃ±ang is that, the Church and the citizenry have nearly had it. Stop and desist from all crooked things that you are doing and get your acts together, not for your selves but for the people.
Don’t assume for a minute that just because it’s the holiday season, the people would take things from you on bended knees and arms wide open. You are all dead wrong. The gathering at Rizal Park last Sunday is just but a taste of what’s prepared to face you all in case you try to screw up this country again. Now please don’t dangle that clause in the Charter you’re dying to change for yourselves, that establishes the separation of the Church and the State; for there is one dictum I’m sure you all have been taught at college or law school; Vox populi, vox dei – the voice of the people is the voice of God.
Now, for some photos 😉
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