CITY OF MALOLOS – More than 5,000 Bulakenyos illuminated the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium with candles lit while singing ‘Lord, Heal our Land’ during the Bulacan Day of Prayer that focused on “Peace for the Philippines” held in this city today.
Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Ernesto Abella encouraged the people to pray because the future of the country depends on the people of God.
“Really, nothing matches the power of prayer. God has raised a man to stand in the gap sa katauhan ng ating pangulo at such a time like this, but the future of the country also rests on the shoulders of the people of God, no matter the religion,” Abella said.
Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that in the past six years that the province has been doing the activity, he still strongly believes that the country can stand again amidst adversaries and catastrophes because of the people’s continuous relationship with God through prayers.
“Ang katatagan, katiwasayan at kapayapaan ng isang bayan ay hindi lang nakasalalay sa tibay ng sandatahan, galing ng tao o tatag ng ekonomiya kundi nakasalig din sa dalisay na pagyukod ng sambayanan sa pagyukod ng sambayanan sa mga atas ng Banal na Aral at pakikipag-ugnayan sa Poong Maykapal,” Alvarado said.
He added that in times of disasters and when evil forces attempts to destroy a peaceful land, faith and prayers can help big.
For his part, Department of Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre said that prayers result to miracles and a change of heart.
“Kung ang tao ay nakaluhod at nagdarasal, hindi ibig sabihin no’n sya’y sumuko na. Saksi tayong lahat sa nangyayari sa Marawi, let us pray to change the bullets to love,” Aguirre said.
Meanwhile, Department of National Defense Secretary General Delfin Lorenzana lauded the efforts of the province of Bulacan and said that it should be replicated in every place in the country.
“Sa halip na punahin natin ang pangulo na ginagawa ng maraming naninira sa ngayon, ipanalangin natin siya, hindi puna-langin ang kailangan,” Lorenzana said.
The ecumenical prayer was led by different religious groups such as Catholic, Aglipayan Church, Methodist/Protestant, Bulacan Muslim Affairs Consultative Council (BMACC), Iglesia Ni Cristo and other Christian groups while the harmony prayer was led by the Four Pillars of Bulacan which is composed of Interfaith, Alliance for Values Formation in Bulacan, Baptist and Cadence.
Different groups also offered prayers through religious songs including the Chan Brothers from the Baptist Church, Icons Choir of the Immaculate Conception School of Malolos, and Nayong Pilipino Cultural Group.