Before we take our leave for a few days (we’ll be here till Christmas Eve), we want to wish our many followers a Very Merry Christmas.
For the majority of the Filipino population Christmas marks the apex of their year – it is for them, a celebration of the Birth of Hope. And for this demographic – 82.9% Roman Catholic, 11.6% non-Catholic Christians – that hope will be renewed once more as churches and mass centres fill across the archipelago with congregations whose gaze remains fixed on the star of promise; that guiding star to a brighter day that led the Magi to the Cradle of Hope more than two millennia ago.
For the Philippine, this year has been a tough one in many respects – not least as the stage for a brutal drama that’s been playing out between drug gangs and law men; between terrorists and government troops. A lot of blood has flowed on all sides; all sides have uttered their recriminations. Blame has been universal. Peace has been elusive.
Improvements, though, have also taken place easing the lives of many – and hope, that thing that springs eternal in the human breast, is slowly glimmering through the dark cloud. Undoubtedly, there’ll be difficult times in the months ahead and faith in hope will be challenged – this is yet a half-ripe fruit and for the Philippines, its economy and its society, there is still a long way to go.
And so, may the blessings of this season be bestowed on this land and its people. Again, Merry Christmas to you all.