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Christmas on the Road





Me and my friend Janz from Baguio City
It has been a tradition among the Filipinos to give the highest preparation in every home when Christmas day comes. I grew up celebrating the holidays with my family back in Cavite with my brothers and sisters and always excited to receive gifts from our relatives and godparents.

I never knew  time have outgrown this excitement of celebrating the Christmas Holidays with a very unclear reason.

I could still remember few years back when  I failed to push through with my mother’s invitation for the Noche Buena and decided instead to mingle with the kids and common “dwellers” of Luneta Park. I even shared the night with them by taking a temporary refuge under the old Department of Finance Building. The beggars gave me the most comfortable cardboards available to sleep on. That was the coldest Christmas night I ever had but I received the warmest welcome from the unexpected people in my life.

That kind of memorable experience still haunts me whenever Christmas holidays come. It is not that I am not happy celebrating with my family but my heart goes to the less privileged members of the community having not much on their table but managed to be happy and be contended. Maybe this kind of merry emotions connects me to their hearts. I always feel that there is a missing piece of the puzzle in my life making me wonder where to find it. 

This led me to my devotion to be always on the road during the holidays to find the missing piece. What could it be? Should I follow my heart to the path of discovering soulful celebrations? Or simply let the fireworks burst bringing hope to whatever my mysterious heart is longing for?


Happy Holidays Everyone!



18 comments :

  1. I always spend the holidays with the family, but I really want to try celebrating Christmas out of my comfort zone. Merry Christmas sa'yo :D Mica of senyorita,net

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  2. wow. hndi ko pa nagagawa ang matulog sa cardboard... ikaw na Dennis ^_^

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  3. I really admire your advocacy and I'm sure this would go a long way in terms of blessings in the future.

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  4. I remember spending Christmas on the road way way back when we went home to Laguna from Batangas on Christmas eve. We left there at 11:00pm and got home at almost 1:00am.

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  5. Christmas to me is all about family, loved ones and celebrating the day for the birth of Christ.

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  6. wow! I would like to do this as well seeing smiles to other faces is so much prize than we canhave for christmas! xx

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  7. I believe God has imprinted that burden in your heart to be one of those people who is willing to help others in their time of need (hindi lang siguro Christmas). I do hope that this burden will lead you to your heart's desire. God bless

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  8. The best way to celebrate Christmas is by helping other people, sharing all the blessings and letting other people feel that there is someone that loves them. And I think, what you did was the perfect gift these people can receive. Priceless. :)

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  9. I believe too that God had chosen you to be His angel for less privileged people during Christmas season.

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  10. What you did was an admirable thing, buddy. You were the manifestation of the Christmas spirit to the people whose Christmas you made extra special :)

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  11. This piece is like reading Zen and the Motorcyle all over again. Your passion is the road and so be it. But I miss your coffee my friend maybe next time:)

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  12. Your article sounded like it a had a double meaning.. finding peace.. and finding the one to share your holidays and forever with.. tama kaya ako? :) But on a serious note.. I am happy that you've been sharing your time and effort for the less fortunate. You will be blessed ten-fold, Dennis. You're an inspiration. :)

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  13. Less fortunate people sometimes find more happiness in life than the fortunate. I envy them for being simple and not minding so much in life. God bless you more for sharing yourself to others.

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  14. That is what the song implied: GIVE LOVE ON CHRISTMAS DAY. To simply give joy, love and extend our blessings to our less fortunate brothers and sisters through Christmas season. Great experience you have here LOVE MINDANAO!

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  15. Happy New Year. I wonder why you think the experience of Christmas on the road haunts you? Was it a scary experience for you? Or did you mean that it was an unforgettable experience for you or a memorable one?


    As for looking for something the missing piece, you might want to consider meditation. A lot of my life's lingering questions became clearer to me after some soul-searching sessions. :)

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  16. Maria Gemma Defeo-HilotinJanuary 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Wow! I'm really impressed by what you did! You've a big passionate heart! It shows in all your posts! Bless you more!

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  17. Whatever your heart says, go for it. Holiday and Christmas celebration can be done in so many ways. For sure your family understand what you are trying to do and say.

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  18. Everyday is Christmas. And it is always for our love ones and family.

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