We Love Therefore We Serve

Essay of Felipe Dimaculangan

“The fruit of SILENCE is Prayer. The fruit of PRAYER is Faith. The fruit of FAITH is Love. THE FRUIT OF LOVE IS SERVICE. The fruit of SERVICE is Peace,” Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said.

Love—a four-letter word which the definition varies. A love that can either be between a mother to her child, a leader to his country, citizens to their nation, a love between two sexes, or the love to Heavenly God. Love is like a diamond, many facets and is precious. Vast, and a feeling that everyone experiences. But what true love is that, love serves.

In now’s time, relationship between couples is in trend, however, most relationships end to a break-up. So there is the “Hugot” thing that deals with teenagers. Common to all are misunderstandings and challenges. But the two are just some of the composition of love. An individual shall be prepared to hurt when he chooses love. At the same time, if he wanted the relationship to everlast, he shall be tough and shall understands. He serves his partner similarly as his partner serves him. Love serves.

Every month of August, Filipinos celebrate “Buwan ng Wika” showing their love and appreciation towards our native language Filipino. Likely as the citizens sing the national anthem during flag raising ceremony, love is undoubtly felt. They show their respect to nation and same to our beloved battalions, ready to serve our country against interferences. Love serves.

Most of the Filipinos work abroad to better sustain the needs of the family. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) work diligently in earning money, with the longing of love from their family. Living and working at long distances with the uncertainty of dangers. Another proof that love results to service.

In another case, bewildering election era heats up every six years. Fate of running politicians is in hand of the people. Typically, you can hear from their mouths the platforms they wanted for the country, but end up false promises. However, undeniably, there are still government officials who burn their eyebrows in dealing with problems the country is facing. Trying to leave a legacy on the end of their administration—a legacy of country’s prosperity and economic progression, not the common burden of degradation. Politician serves for his love on nation.

Lastly is the love of people to God, the most vital and everyone must be interested to. “God is love,” a bible verse said and so, God serves us through forgiving our sins even we never deserve forgiveness. He lends his hands for our supplications. God loves us, and He serves us. In the other way around, we similarly love God, and we serve Him.

With the abovementioned examples, we can prove Mother Teresa’s statement. We serve because we love it. Nobody will certainly serve someone if it is not on his interest, kiddo. Scrutinize the place we are into, this wide-array Earth, you probably conclude, “Love really makes the world go round.”

“Journey” ni Patricia MacLachlan: Suring Basa

ni Felipe Dimaculangan

Inilathala ng Yearling, at umani ng mga papuri mula sa iba’t ibang kilalang ngalang publikasyon ang “Journey” na sinulat ni Patricia MacLachlan. Kabilang sa mga ito ay ang School Library Journal, “[MacLachlan’s] skillful use of first-person narrative pulls readers into the center of Journey’s life and rounds out the other characters marvelously.”; at The New York Times Book Review, “The best books written for children are those seemingly simple stories that acknowledge the love and fear and pain that drive our lives… Journey is a lovely example of just this kind of emotionally charged story.” Bagaman isang paglalakbay sa unang pananaw, pumapatungkol ang nobela sa isang batang nagngangalang Journey na iniwan ng kaniyang ina, at patuloy niyang hinahanap-hanap ang pantighaw-uhaw sa pagmamahal at kalinga sa sarili.

Ginamit ang first person point-of-view sa kabuuan ng akda. Sinimulan ang kwento sa pagpapakilala sa pangunahing tauhang si Journey at ang pag-iwan ng ina sa kanila: sa kaniya at sa nakatatanda niyang kapatid na si Cat sa kanilang lolo at lola. Journey, ipinangalan ng ina nito na wari bang hiniling sa anak ang wala nitong kapaguran sa paglalakbay. Labing-isang taong gulang ang batang si Journey nang iwan siya ng ina at iminutawing siya ay babalik. Simula noon, pinapadalhan na lang ang magkapatid ng pera. Ito ang tangi niyang naaalalang kaganapan kasama ang ina, sa panahayanan ng sakahan, hila-hila ang maleta nito. “Hindi, Journey–” ani kaniyang lolo, “–Hindi na siya babalik pa.”

Panahon ng tag-init nang iwan si Journey ng ina. Lungkot at galit ang naramdaman niya, at kinonsumo ang bakasyon sa paghahanap ng tulong na makapagpapaliwanag kung bakit ito lumisan. Naghanap siya ng kasagutan sa mga larawan. Nagsuri sa family resemblances sa album ng kaniyang lola. Sa paghahanap ng masasayang panahon, sinubukan niya muling buuin ang mga piraso ng mga larawang pinilas-pilas ng kaniyang ina bago ito umalis. Naghanap din siya sa mga larawang kinuhanan ng kaniyang lolo habang sinusubukan nitong bigyan si Journey ng nakaraan, nakaraang kasama ang kaniyang pamilya–ama, ina, at si Cat sa halip na silang mga lolo at lola niya. Sa hakbang, natutunan ng batang lalaki na makita at mahanap na, para sa kaniya, ang kamera ay isang kahulugan ng paghahanap ng mga bagay na hindi nakita ng kaniyang mga mata, mga nakaligtaan niya sa kaniyang buhay–mga bagay tulad ng kasiguraduhan ng paglisan ng kaniyang ina at ng pagmamahal na nagbubuklod sa kanila.

Sa kabuuan, masasabi kong napakaganda ng kwento sapagkat binibigyang-tuon nito ang kahalagahan ng pagmamahal at kalinga ng isang ina sa paglaki ng bata. Ipinakita nito ang pangungulila ng anak dahil sa paglisan ng kaniyang ina. Bilang karagdagan, nagkaroon din ng mahalagang ganap ang potograpiya bilang midyum upang mapunan ang pangungulila ni Journey. Angkop ang tagpuang rural sa kwento at ang ginamit na iba’t ibang panahon tulad ng tag-init. Nararapat ang “Journey” ni Patricia MacLachlan para sa suri ng Publishers Weekly, “Readers of all ages will find that MacLachlan’s emotion-charged novel is far closer to being perfect than to being just good enough… a full and refreshing work.”