May 23, 2009
By Francis Raymund Gonzales
Is Dipolog Jewish? Certainly Not.
Those were the tents of wayfaring and traveling merchants whose means of living is to sell different items, from fake Quartz watches to face towels. They have to stay overnight in the plaza given to them by the city government on which they can pitch their place and sell. In the wee hours of the day after the fiesta, there is a sense of melancholy among these tents. Probably hidden inside some of them are stories of joy for a good day of profit, or within others, bitter, regretful hearts with lesser profit yet higher hope for the opportunities ahead.
These tents come and go, and so do we. We are pilgrims in this life that works hard to sustain ourselves. But with St Paul, we say, "For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." (2 Corinthians 5:1)