Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines -- A couple and some disciples had been busy preparing foodstuffs that had been distributed to the island's native kinfolk early in the morning of the 25th of December, 2013 here in the capital of the province.
It's Christmas Day, but they preferred to outspread their arms for the aboriginal tribe, the Mangyans. Mangyans are composed of 12 tribes, each with its own language, culture and way of life. There are the Iraya, Batangan, Buid, Hanuno'o, Alangan, Ratagnon, Tagaydan (or Tadyawan), Bangon, Pula, Buhid, Nauhan and Furuan. Individually, one may be also called sandugo. The word sandugo (from the root word of Sandugan) means brotherhood or friend in the Mangyan dialect. Also, it can be referred to as kapatid, and as generations pass, it evolves into a shorter term dugoy or in jargon (kanto term) tol.
The disciples of the Metro Calapan Christian Church trooped the downtown extending to the proximate barangays as spearheaded by unstinting church's frontrunner, Edwin Edulzura with his altrustic better half Shiela Marie at around 8 am.
The Edulzuras had their first Christmas here in this province but the feeding drive was not the first. It is a project that they are advocating annually to share a slice of their blessings.
A total of 150 packs of ready-to-eat foodstuffs were distributed to the Mangyans. Smiles coming from the impoverished inhabitants were manifested on that jiggy. It is undeniably giving love on Christmas Day. Mana mana (thank you in Mangyan translation).
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep."
-- John 21:15-17
To God be all the glory!
Shared from Metro Calapan Christian Church. Find out more on their Facebook page.