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Bulakenyos unite in prayer
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
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ONE FAITH, ONE GOD, ONE NATION. Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado together with the leaders of various religious groups prays together in support to the National Day of Prayer held at Mini Forest Park, Capitol Compound, City of Malolos, Monday morning. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS- Amidst having different religions, the Bulakenyos joined hands in offering a prayer for the victims of natural and man-made calamities that hit the country last year and to shield the province from any calamities to come that will destroy Angat Dam.
Showing unity and strong faith to God, the Day of Prayer was filled with high spirits from different religious leaders, provincial officials, capitol employees, students and residents as they prayed together at the Mini Forest, Capitol Compound in this city yesterday morning.

“We always believe na anumang pagdarasal na bukal sa puso ay dinidinig ng ating Panginoon. Sa mga nangyayari sa ating daigdig ngayon, kinakailangan na muli tumawag tayo sa ating Panginoon lalo na po sa ating pangamba sa panahong ito hindi sa bagyo kundi sa lindol na baka maapektuhan ang ating Angat Dam,” said Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado in his message during the Day of Prayer.

The governor, who has inculcated to capitol employees to pray to God everyday to save the people and the province from devastating disasters, said that while the province has experienced serious flooding in the past years, it has not yet felt the destructive effects of a super typhoon like Yolanda or a powerful earthquake that jolted Bohol and other parts of the Visayan region last year.

“Hindi po isang aksidente ang pangangailangan ng isang dasal, noon pa man itinuro sa atin ng ating Panginoong Hesukristo kung paano tayo magdadasal sa Ama, ipinagkaloob sa atin ang Ama Namin. Hindi po isang aksidente na ang 2nd Chronicle na kung saan isinasaad sa Chapter 7:14—‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.’ Ito po ay bulong ng ating Panginoon, ganitong ganito ang nangyayari noon, maraming peste, maraming kalamidad at ito ang sinabi ng ating Panginoon.” Alvarado said.

He added that for the past three years, staff and rescue volunteers at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) have been practicing the “12 Noon Habit” where everyone at the operation center of Bulacan Rescue stops working or whatever they are doing when the clock strikes 12 noon to pray.

“This is just a prelude to a bigger rally upang madinig ng kinauukulan ang ating panawagan sa isang mas malaking kalamidad na posibleng mangyari sa ating lalawigan. Ang importante nariyan ang ating pagdarasal na tayo’y gabayan, proteksyunan sa araw-araw nating gawain. Lagi nating tandaan that if God is with us, who’ll be against us. If God is with us alam ko po sama-sama nating mararating ang kaluwalhatian at kaunlaran ng ating lalawigan at ng ating bansa,” Alvarado said.

Also, the provincial chief executive said that the prayer rally with fasting (voluntarily) will be held next month at the Bulacan Sports Complex in Brgy. Sta. Isabel here where thousands of Bulakenyos are expected to join and call for the immediate repair and rehabilitation of Angat dam which experts have said is nestling along the West Valley Fault Line and can collapse if jolted by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake.

Bulacan Comelec Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Elmo T. Duque, who is also a pastor, said that this is the best time to embrace Jesus and make God one’s own savior and protector.

He said that however gigantic God is, He will always fit inside the small heart of each individual who will readily accept him.

“If God is in your heart, no amount of pressure, however extreme and strong, can crush you,” Duque said.

One of the highlights of the prayer rally was the singing of “Lord, Heal our Land” performed by singer Rico Castro.

The National Day of Prayer in Bulacan is in response to the National Day of Prayer called by President Benigno S. Aquino III. It was participated by Rev. Cezar Sacdalan, Pastor Kenneth Lagman, Pastor Ervin Jathniel C. Chan, Bishop Danilo Agpoon, Rev. Joel Lombos, Bishop Bert Chand and Interfaith of Bulacan Bishop Ephraim Perez. ###

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