WITH only P1,000 in her pocket, Esperanza dela Peña, 58, traveled from Camiguin Island to Cebu to participate in this year’s Fiesta Senyor.
Dela Peña is among the thousands of out-of-town devotees who will be accommodated in the Cebu City Government’s Devotee City this year.
She brings with her a special petition: for the Sto. Niño to grant her a house.
“Mao gyud na akong gi-ampo ni Señor Sto. Niño, nga tagaan ko niya ug balay kay lisud gyud kaayo og way balay. Basta naa lang koy kapaulian inig human og trabaho, bahalag gamay lang gud, maayo na kayo (That’s my prayer to the Señor Sto. Niño, to give me a house, because it’s so difficult not to have one. As long as I have a place to come home to after work, never mind if it’s small. It would really be good),” she said while holding back her tears.
Back home, Dela Peña said she lives with her mother in a makeshift house covered only by plastic sheets, nipa and some worn out fabric patched together.
Dela Peña admitted, though, that a house would not materialize if she will not work hard for it. (more)