Miracles do exist

After my father passed away, challenging and heavy events unfurled one after another. My in-laws took turns in hospitalization. And it all began when my mom-in-law was prescribed with a sulfa-base medicine that caused her a severe allergic reaction and life-threatening Steven Johnson Syndrome. This doctor who heedlessly gave her the wrong medicine is from a premier hospital here in Cebu, (& to avoid any legal issues) I rather not mention.

Mortality rate is high for this medicine-induced illness especially for patients above 80. 

After a week of inadequate care & nightmare in that hospital, we transferred her to Chong Hua. Praying so hard for me to find great doctors for mom, gracefully I was heard. A few weeks after she was discharged.

My father-in-law was also admitted last month. His ailment worsen by various complications. We started with 2 doctors until they reached 10-11 specialists, including surgeons who did the central line (intra-jugular line) and pulmonary support system.

I promised my husband Erik, that I would not stop until his dad gets out of critical condition. And to do everything I could to save his life, see him get well. Because these are the things I was unable to do with my dad. Things happened so quickly that when my dad entered ER his heart was beating faintly. I wasn’t given a chance to say goodbye nor to do anything and that devastated me. His death changed me. Remembering so clearly the pain of losing a father, that even up to this day I have not fully recovered.

So with Erik’s Dad (my in-law) it was exasperating and emotionally draining, praying fervently with every procedure, every transfer from ICCU to ICU. Dealt each struggle from carbon dioxide psychosis to finding blood for his transfusion.

Like mom, we could have lost him… But God with His divine healing powers intervened.

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. – James 5: 14-15

“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. – Mark 10:52

Paying tribute to the following heroes who saved my in laws and whom God used to manifest His glory and healing grace (in no particular order);

Thank you to all nurses and aids in the 10th floor and ICU. And for all those I may have missed posting, may God bless you in return for your kindness and help.

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am in their midst.” – Matthew 18:20

Many thanks to all who have prayed & offered masses for my in-laws. The private nurses and caregivers I hired and God used as well to save their lives.

These miracles I proclaim today is for all to know God’s unfathomable love and mercy.

All glory to God Almighty!

 

with love,

mitch.e

 

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Sinulog 2018 Highlights

As promised I’m sharing snippets from the recent Sinulog. Though my photos and video clips are not post worthy, luckily there’s Sinulog Foundation Inc. that gave us front-row-seat feels from the festival. Latter photos are mine 🙂

Pit Senyor!

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Sinulog – Pit Senyor!

Sinulog is by far the grandest festival I’ve ever experienced in the Philippines. It is an annual cultural and religious festival held every 3rd week (Sunday) of January.

Aside from its religious significance, Sinulog is also famous for street parties and the grand street parade that practically lasts the whole day.

“Sinulog” coined from the Cebuano word – Sulog which means “like water current” that describes its forward-backward steps. According to historical accounts, the first Sinulog dance was danced by Hara Humamay (Rajah Humabon’s wife). It was when they received the Sacred Image of Child Jesus (Sto. Nino) – a gift from the explorer Ferdinand Magellan – that the queen danced in joy with the other natives following her. 

I will post some photos I’ll be taking this Sunday – the day of Sinulog itself. 

 

Here are the route maps of Sinulog to guide our festival goers;

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Viva – Pit Senior!

m.e

 

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Our Lady of Guadalupe de Cebu

Cebu has their version of Our Lady of Guadalupe, when a town named Guadalupe was plagued with cholera and miraculously healed because of their strong devotion to Mary. Here’s the prayer sent out from the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe de Cebu.

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe de Cebu

O Virgin of Guadalupe de Cebu, our Mother, look upon us now and turn to us your merciful eyes.

Without ceasing we sought refuge in you and without ceasing you have showed yourself truly as our Mother.

Years ago the bishop of Cebu sought refuge in you during the cholera pestilence and when your image was brought out in procession,

the pestilence ceased.

Now, once more, together with our bishops and priests,

we seek your protection from all dangers and evil we are facing today,

especially the forces that seek you undermine the integrity and dignity

of marriage and family.

O Mary, cover us and protect us.

O beloved patroness, keep far away from us all evil.

Once more, show yourself a Mother to us,

O gentle, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary of Guadalupe of Cebu

Queen and Principal Patroness of Cebu.

Amen.

 

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be… (3x)

Our Lady of Guadalupe… pray for us