Minglanilla Campus


FLOWERS OF MAY
By Zeus Moore Santuya
(PoSec – A - SMS Minglanilla)

 

When I was just a kid, I would usually think of giving every time I heard the phrase, Flores de Mayo. It had rooted in my mind because when the month of May came, we, the barrio children, would go to the church to join the Flores de Mayo. We would bring with us flowers in different colors and put them gently into the artistic baskets made by our parents. In the church, we would sing Marian songs, listen to the words of God and eat hot pancakes and suman after.

As we sang Marian songs, we scattered gracefully the colorful flowers before the feet of the beautiful image of the beautiful lady who at that time was not a big deal to me because the school things that we would receive as tokens at the end of the month, after having made a good attendance in the Flores de Mayo, were more attractive and more beautiful to me as a young child.

But as I set my foot as a student in the Sisters of Mary School, I learned a lot of corrections to my beliefs about the Flores de Mayo. Here in the Sisters of Mary School Boystown Minglanilla, I have learned that the Flores de Mayo is a unifying factor of the family.

Last May 31, 2010 at 4:30 in the afternoon, we had our culminating activity of the Flores de Mayo here in the school. The faculty, the Sisters, the workers and the students assembled like an army of great time to join the celebration. In such celebration, I could see the bonding of each other. The zealous Sisters, amazing workers and brilliant faculty were unified as the facilitators and we, the students, were their strength-givers. All kneeled together and prayed the Holy Rosary like children in sincerity. Every one sang songs to give honor, glory and praise to one God through the Blessed Virgin Mary. And as the prayer went on, some individuals had to form the Holy Rosary beads using flying balloons. When the prayer with singing was over, a very big Holy Rosary made of balloons got formed in our midst. It caught everyone’s attention when it was finally released and was allowed to fly so high. Yes, all of us were so delighted at the sight. We were like children looking up at those balloons going up while believing that our petitions would reach the Father as the balloons get to heaven.

Here in the Boystown, I have learned that Flores de Mayo is not a celebration without significance. It is a solemn commemoration with a unique expression of giving praise. It is atonement with the Blessed Virgin. And this time, the beautiful Lady at whom I used to throw withered flowers (for I was naughty then) instead of fresh ones, has become a very important person in my life. No school thing can ever compare Her beauty for me. The Sisters of Mary without Her is nothing. She deserves the most beautiful, the most colorful and the freshest Flowers of May.






 









 
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