There isn’t much darkness during the night of festivities as lights of various color illuminate every street and city parks.
Crowds gather with their loved ones to celebrate the holidays, it was very unlikely to find someone celebrating alone.
But there are those who are celebrating alone. There are those who are not celebrating at all.
For years, Jun Lusano has been alone living under a footbridge. Everyday, he would either work as a jeepney barker or ask for alms on the street just to get by. Sometimes, a day would pass with nothing to fill his stomach.
“Sa magdamag hindi ako makatulog dahil walang laman iyong sikmura ko pero ina-ano ko nalang po na nandyan po Siya, hindi Niya po ako pababayaan. Tubig, laging tubig nalang po ganoon nalang ginagawa ko (I could not sleep all night because of hunger but there is hope in me that He is always there and He will not forsake me. I just drink water, that’s what I do),” he said.
Televangelist brother Eli Soriano has urged the public to think of the people like Jun amid the festivities.
“Kahit iyong pinakamahirap na tao sa kalye may kaluluwa po iyon. Mayroon po silang damdamin, nasasaktan, nagugutom. Kahit gaano kahirap ang tao, mahalaga po sa Dios iyan. Kaya utos ng Dios lingapin ang mahihirap, ang mga babaeng bao, ang ma ulila. Iyan po ang misyon ng Ang Dating Daan sa buong mundo (Even the people on the street have souls. They have feelings, they also feel pain and hunger. No matter how poor a person is, they are still important to God. That is why it is God’s commandment to care for the poor, the widowed, and the orphans. That is the world mission of The Old Path)” he said.
Soriano also stressed what the Bible states: “He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord.”—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
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