Balic-Balic: One Place, One People, One Journey

Balic-Balic, Sampaloc.

One Place, One People:

Worthy of Being Called

To Love and to Serve Others,

As it was in the Beginning,

Now and Forever. 

 

Balic-Balic, Sampaloc

One Place, One People,

On the High Ground Stands the Cathedral,

Where Once Tombstones Reign,

Echoes of Trinitarian Songs and Prayers

in Celebration and Thanksgiving.

 

Balic-Balic, Sampaloc.

One Place, One People.

From Batanes to Jolo, Espana to Mindanao,

From 52 to 56, from CBO’s to FEP’s to Ugnayans,

From Schools to Chapels, from Car-wash to Sari-sari Stores,

From Neighbors to Families, From Priests to Sisters,

From Barangay Chairpersons to Acolytes,

From Me to You, to All of Us.

 

Balic-balic, Sampaloc.

One Place, One People.

One Road, One Trinitarian Journey.

 

We Walked the Common Roads,

Lined with Trees Whose Shade Block the Sun.

Acacia, Balic-balic, Sampaloc.

The Air Fresh and Scented with Sampaguitas,

Colored by Bandera Espanolas,

Silence Broken by Flights of Dragonflies,

And by Night, the Frogs and Fireflies.

 

We Walk the Common Roads,

Linked by Neighbors Standing Side by Side,

Sharing Stories, Dreams, Hopes, and Fears.

Ready to Help, Ready to Share,

Ready to Laugh, Ready to Cry.

 

We Walk the Common Roads,

of Children Playing, Reading,

Writing, Singing, Dancing, Creating;

of Adults Cleaning, Cooking, Sewing, Working,

Healing, Washing, Sleeping.

 

We Walk the Common Roads,

The End We May Not See,

The Fruits We May Not Taste,

But Still We Walk,

For We Have Chosen the Road,

That Leads Us All Back,

To the Sacred Place,

The Sacred People,

The Sacred Journey;

Through the Trinity,

With the Trinity,

In the Trinity.  

 

 

 


8 Responses to “Balic-Balic: One Place, One People, One Journey”

  1. What a beautiful trip down memory lane your articles on the Holy Trinity Academy evoked. TY for the updates. Please keep writing.
    About the years 1955 on, Dr. Onofre “Pagsi” Pagsanghan, famed founder and director of Ateneo High School Glee Club “Dulaang Sibol” started a Boy’s Club at the Stma Trinidad parish grounds.He recruited young boys who would sing at Sunday masses, later training them in song and drama. Most of the boys are from poor families. Through carolling during Christmas season and plays & concerts staged at Ateneo, the boys were able to raise funds to send some of them through college. I learned this from one of his graduate scholars whom I met in Chicago where he was training in Psychiatry, Dr. CARLOS MENESES. Mr Pagsi as he was known then played a big role in moulding the young boys in BalicBalic.

  2. it is really important!!!
    sana matulungan nio ko!!!
    tnx!!!!

  3. Our apologies, as I do not know any individual by the name of Mr. Joey Cuartero.

  4. wow ang dmi d2ng gstong mg-aral s legarda elem. school sna s mga gs2ng mag-aral s legarda tgnan nyo ang linis mgaganda fresh air…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… isa po akong ng-aaral s legarda ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. good luck n lng po s mga mg-aaral s legarda………………………………………………………………….GOOD LUCK………………….

  5. it really help the students to make their life more meaningful

  6. The lot in front of the church used to be a horse stable of our abuelo. The church was a cemetery where some of our relatives were buried before PHIL-AM War. I have picture of our Aunt riding a horse on the hills of Balic-Balic. 🙂

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