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Before the Oct. 15, 2013 earthquake: Interior of the Basilica de Sto. Nino in Cebu during a festival. (photo credit: Francisco M. Pajares, Jr. /Wikipedia)

Before the Oct. 15, 2013 earthquake: Interior of the Basilica de Sto. Nino in Cebu during a festival. (photo credit: Francisco M. Pajares, Jr. /Wikipedia)

Copyright © 2013 Su Layug. All Rights Reserved.*

Lament for Earthquake-Ruined Churches

Earthquakes are lullabies
to age-old stones, tired of standing
for God and man, tired
of echoing unheard cries
of children, tired
of lighting, weep-
letting candles
of crocodile*
tears

*crocodile is a Filipino folk symbol for corrupt politicians

Hinagpis Para sa mga Simbahang Nilindol
Lindol – isang hele-hele
para sa mga sinaunang bato
na pagod na sa katatayo
para sa Diyos at tao, pagod na
sa pag-alingawngaw
ng pag-iyak
ng mga bata, pagod na
sa pagpapatulo
ng kandilang luha
ng mga buwaya

An article on the ruined Philippine churches can be read here: http://elysplanet.com/2013/10/15/bohol-quake-damage-churche/

(On October 15, 2014, 8:12 A.M. the Central Visayas region of the Philippines was rocked by 7.2 M earthquake, killing and hurting people, damaging properties and destroying centuries-old churches. Roughly a month before, a social-media-powered movement, #MillionPeopleMarch, was started by ordinary netizens incensed by recently-exposed (alleged) widespread pork-barrel corruption by Philippine lawmakers and a person named Janet Napoles)

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