a rainbow over san agustin

we rushed for anticipatory mass last saturday, nearly not making it due to the terrible traffic in manila.

here’s what greeted us at the church


“And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”
-Genesis 9:14-16 KJV

a hard promise for the philippines, to be sure, what with an average of twenty-two typhoons a year.

i didn’t attend mass as my colleague, an agnostic, was interested in doing so and i let him take my place. i took a walking tour with the rest around intramuros instead. that was just as well, for we ended up at the manila metropolitan cathedral-basilica, and i was placed in the unique position of explaining the significance of various rites and practices to non-believers. weirder yet, when they realized that im protestant and proceeded to ask about the differences regarding the two belief systems. i don’t think i did a good job of it, being much too simplistic and superficial, but there’s a first for everything, i guess.


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