The Frontliners!

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Since we are reminiscing the people power victory in 1986, I couldn’t help but wonder where the frontliners of the said revolution have gone. I am getting goosebumps while writing this article. I have little tears gently running from my eyes when I remember the brave nuns who were the front liners of the people power revolution. They didn’t mind the big tankers, the military with high powered guns and armours that they would face if there would be a bloody revolution. All they carried with them was a rosary, a flower and a big faith in God.

I was lucky enough to find an article about the unsung heroes of the EDSA revolution. In the picture we could see a nun who leads the people in praying the rosary. In my research, I learned that the said nun is Sister Teresita “Terry” Burias while her companion nun is Sister Porferia “Pingping” Ocariza. They were both Paulinian nuns of Daughters of St. Paul. In the article, featured in the Philippine STAR which was written by Edu Punay, Sister Terry admitted that there was fear in her hearts but the she didn’t care dying anymore as long as she would die with the people.

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I was really crying while reading the said article. I definitely believe that there was a divine interventions then. How lucky they were, for I know that while they lead the people in praying the holy rosary, the Blessed Mother was praying with them.

In the said interview, Sister Pingping shared that when they were citing the Sorrowful mystery, there was a helicopter that appeared. Little did she know that the said helicopter was there to disperse them. Sister Pingping said that the Air Force Officers who were manning the helicopter told them that from the sky, the people formed the shape of the cross. On another account, Sister Terry said many told them that they saw a woman with a beautiful face praying with in front of the Marine trucks.

The article was published in 2006. In that account, it was said that the Sister Terry is in a convent in Baguio City while Sister Pingping is in Davao City.

I hope that I would have a chance to meet them in person. The courage and faith that the two nuns showed are really remarkable. Click this link to read the full article.

God bless the nuns. God bless the Filipino people.

Ciao! :)

2 Responses to “The Frontliners!”

  1. jing Says:

    hi! i just want to share that i chanced upon Sister Terry yesterday here in Subic, where they had a book fair in front of our chapel inside SBMA.. her companion introduced to me and my son (who was happy conversing with this nice nun), and i asked her if she was the one who was interviewed by boy abunda in the bottomline feb 2012 edition.. and she said, yes. i was really happy and fortunate to have met such a courageous nun who went beyond her zone to save the country from a possible huge war.. well, just sharing… and i hope you will get to meet her too!

    thanks & more power,

  2. Anjannette Says:

    Hi Jing, Thank you for taking the time to share with us your chance meeting with Sister Terry. I hope that I would be able to meet her one day, too. God bless you!

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