By Deedee M. Siytangco
A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself so that who govern can govern well. —Pope Francis
My favorite city on the ridge of the lake within a lake was my refuge from the heat, traffic congestion, and uncollected garbage of Manila that started on Holy Thursday.
In Tagaytay that evening, I was accompanied by my faithful Manang Nating and her eldest boy JM. The highlight of our spiritual pilgrimage was the perpetual adoration chapel of the Pink Sisters and Our Lady of Lourdes Church with its beautiful grotto. We also paid homage to the crucified Christ at the SVD Church and the beautiful Ina ng Laging Saklolo Chuch in our own barangay.
AN EGG-CITING TIME Moki supervises orphans at play
Now, the community of families with children diagnosed with hemophilia, volunteers, and medical friends celebrated blood month with an event at the QC circle recently.
Through the courtesy of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines—Museo ni Manuel Quezon, the Quezon Memorial Shrine pylon was lit in red for three days from April 15 to 17.
“Light It Up Red” is a world campaign for people living with hemophilia and other inherited blood disorders. It is for them to know that their peers are there for them, as well as an invitation to find out more about the disorder or to help.
The HAPLOS community, the Hemophilia Association of the Philippines for Love and Service, holds the color red close to its heart.
Only 1,500 patients out of an estimated 10,000 have been diagnosed. Many suffer debilitating and potentially life-threatening complications due to a lack of access to treatment. As hemophilia is lifelong, the burden on patients and their families is often too hard to bear on their own. Monthly treatment costs per patient can often double the minimum wage, and government support is still very limited. Community support for patients and their families has been instrumental in keeping hope alive, while advocacies seek a sustainable future of treatment for all.
With the lighting of the pylon and the start of Holy Week, HAPLOS partnered with the church group FAMILIA (Family Life Apostolate)- East Community to hold a prayer for the sick through a Celebration of the Holy Mass on April 15 at the Museo ni Manuel Quezon Grounds in front of the shrine. Members of FAMILIA Community East A and East B gathered in solidarity and offered prayers for the members of the community— the HAPLOS treasurer, Dr. Flerida G. Hernandez, and its president, Maria Lourdes D. Formalejo.
Now, for the adventurous who want to discover more tourist destinations this summer, we suggest visiting the theme park of the Zoomanity group in Subic.
Like what the beauties of the “Face of Tourism Philippines” did recently. The annual beauty pageant aims to bring the beauty, excitement, and wonder of the Philippines, including the Zoomanity Group Theme Parks, and to promote local tourism and animal advocacy.
The candidates visited Zoocobia in Clark, Pampanga and tried the newest attractions and activities including Clark Lahar Safari, a new and exciting 4×4 ride for adventure seekers, and Glampzilla, an extravagant summer campsite situated near the lahar.
After Zoocobia, the candidates went to Zoobic Safari for the groundbreaking Zoobic World, highlighting GlampZ or Glamping at Zoomanity. The luxurious animal-themed rooms have their own private verandas and a personal butler. Zoobic Safari brings back the much awaited “Night Safari” packed with more thrills. Visitors can see all the exotic yet captivating animals in real life every Saturday, 5 p.m. onward, until May 25. If you want to soar through the sky and experience a thrilling ride, try the Sky Safari, a 380-meter zip line in the middle of the forest.
Zoomanity Group has five theme parks, namely, Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zoocobia Fun Zoo and Clarkzilla in Clark, Residence Inn in Tagaytay, Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite, and Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol. With facilities designed to provide enjoyment and education to visitors of all ages, Zoomanity not just promotes zoo tourism in the country but also guarantees the safety and welfare of the animals in their care.