Commentary: PGMA observance of All Saints Day worth emulating by Filipinos
Tacloban City (November 2) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo led the Filipinos in setting aside a few minutes to pray, offering flowers and lighting candles as the country observes the annual commemoration of All Saints and All Souls Days.
As Filipinos from all walks of life trooped to cemeteries to pay their respects to, and pray for the souls of their dearly beloved relatives, the President, accompanied by First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, daughter Ma. Evangeline Lourdes "Luli", and other members and relatives of the First Family first visited the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and spent almost an hour at the tombs of her parents, the late President Diosdado Macapagal and Eva Macaraeg-Macapagal.
The President also led the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) leadership in attending a special Holy Mass for Filipino soldiers at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Indeed, the observance of All Saints Day is an opportunity for the Filipino people to remember and pay respect to their departed loved ones. It is a time to reminish the good times with their departed beloved and to honor those who have passed away.
The Filipino way of honoring the dead is one of the most sentimental and romantic traditions where relatives and friends come home to pay homage to their beloved who have gone ahead to the Creator.
The rendevous is the cemetery where the most colorful and most beautiful flowers have been arranged, the most decorative and biggest candles are lighted and for many, the favorite food of the dearly beloved departed are brought and are partaken by the entire family, methink with the inclusion of the beloved departed.
So the All Saints Day celebration is a blend of happy and sad, or chaotic and hectic occasion.
Perhaps to make this occasion more relevant, the Filipino people should follow the President's example, for the Filipino families to allocate a little time, amidst this celebration, to pray together and light a candle not only for their dearly beloved departed but for peace and unity to reign in this nation. (PIA 8) [top]