SEMANA Santa or Holy Week is the time when we reenact the passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ. This is the time when we remember how He died for our salvation. For us, summer interns, Holy Week is the time when we can finally have our rest and break from all the stressors we get.
This summer has been different from the past ones. The usual summers were spent with my friends and family all the time - enjoying beaches, watching movies, food trips, going to church during holy week and a lot more activities. This year has been unusual because I didn’t get the chance to go home after my final exam. I didn’t have the time to spend summer with my loved ones. Throughout the month of March, I’ve been busy complying the requirements for my internship, that’s why I was really looking forward to take a rest and enjoy every single second of Holy Week.
Finally, Semana Santa came. Since we had our duty on Wednesday, I traveled to Hinatuan early morning of Maundy Thursday. I was thinking of taking a rest at home for the rest of the day and just enjoy it with my family but, my friends from Davao contacted me and invited me to go Island Hopping in Brittania. I asked my Mom if I can accompany my friends and she said yes, so I was with my friends that day.
Everything was unplanned. I was very hesitant at first to go with them but I also thought that this will only happen once, so off I went! I spent three days and two nights with my friends. We went to Bislig City, Boslon Island, Hagonoy Island, Lianga and Cagwait. The time that’s supposed to be spent for my family was spent with my unexpected visitors. Saturday afternoon, when I reached home, I saw my mom in the kitchen smiling at me. She asked me if how our trip went and what we did. I smiled back and told her everything that I experienced. Later that night, we went to church to attend the mass.
On easter Sunday, we witnessed the “Sugat” or “Salubong”. After that, we went to Mahaba Island with the entire family and enjoyed the white sand, fresh from the sea shells, fresh air and refreshing seawater. I played with my cousins and chatted with my aunts. I shared to them about my experiences and exposures in my internship and they were all very grateful that the money they spent for my allowance and tuition are all worth it.
I am very grateful that the four days of my Holy week were spent joyfully. Although I didn’t get the chance to rest well, at least I have created memories with my family that I will always bring with me and remember.
Holy Week, well spent! (Mariz S. Lindo)
Mariz is a student of the University of the Immaculate Conception doing intern work at Sun.Star for the summer.