Sun Star Davao Sunday Essays On Love

ABREEZA Mall has unveiled an entirely crowd-sourced display of love in its many forms to prove that Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples to celebrate.

On February 10 to 18, Abreeza Mall organized the Museum of Love, a vignette exhibition that highlights love in its many forms through memorabilia shared by members of the local community.

Abreeza Mall first launched the Museum of Love in February 2014 with members of socio-civic organization Hijos de Davao lending their special belongings to fill shoppers’ hearts with warmth and fondness.

What makes this year’s edition of the Museum of Love even more special is it includes contributions by Abreeza Mall’s Facebook followers, made possible through an online contest prior to the exhibit where followers submitted photos of their personal tokens of love.

Fourteen objects shared by Abreeza Mall’s Facebook followers and by members of Davao’s media and blogging communities made it to the Museum of Love, each accompanied by a writeup explaining the object’s significance.

As expected, items include various tokens from lovers looking back on past struggles and lovers looking forward to moments of bliss. But rounding up the collection are displays of familial love: from a mother capturing a special moment with her daughter to a daughter holding on to a mother’s gift, from a grandson reminiscing about his time with his grandmother to another grandmother overcome by pride at her own grandson, from a parent who recalls how his life was forever changed by the birth of his child to a child whose entry into the world was marked by her own father’s solid presence.

Adding welcome accompaniment to a visit to the Museum of Love were short musical serenades by instrumentalists on the weekend of the exhibit’s launch and on Valentine’s Day itself.

The Museum of Love is one of many Valentine’s offerings Abreeza Mall has lined up for Davaoeños from February 10 to 18, including a free concert by R&B queen Kyla on February 10, the Lingkod Kapamilya Bloodletting Activity in partnership with the ABS-CBN Regional Network on February 14, and the Davao Ecocrafts Fair: Love Is a Work of Heart from February 13 to 18 at the GF Supermarket Hallway.

For inquiries and updates on Abreeza Mall news and events, please visit the Main Concierge at the ground floor or call (082) 321-9332. Stay updated by liking www.facebook.com/AbreezaMall and following @abreezatweets on Twitter and @iloveabreezamall on Instagram. (PR)

THE Bible is full of verses with regards what we speak, and the words we conjure from our minds. Doing it the easy way, Googling, there is a website that lists 61 verses in the Bible about "speaking".

And yet we see the fire from the comments all throughout the coverage of the fire that consumed NCCC Mall in Ma-a, Davao City.

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29

How many among the Christians who cursed and blamed the firefighters and rescuers, the mall owners, even the call center employers, for no reason at all, except to curse. Majority of these are not even relatives of the victims thus are speaking evil out of borrowed hurts.

"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." Luke 6:45

Could this be the reason? We surely hope not. We also hope that as we continue to celebrate the Christmas season, we will have our own Epiphany on the Three Kings Day on January 6, 2018.

Let us take counsel from what is written in James 1:19, that reads: "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."

Yes, let us be slow to speak, let us not jump into the blame game as if we have every right to destroy another person. Let us be slow to anger as well, anyway, we have our officials who are taking care of everything, we can see how they are moving, we have seen how they have spent time away from their families to share the grief on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Let us take our cue from them and rein in your tongues and fingers and words.

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17

In this season of giving and forgiving, let the Christians among us live up to what the Holy Bible has been telling us all along. Let us gain counsel from the words written there. Let the tragedies that has befallen our city this Christmas season lead us to ponder and reflect on how we are living up to the teachings of Christ and the Holy Book.

"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." Luke 6:45

May these words touch the hearts of all those who ranted, gloated, and cast aspersions. May this find its way into the heart of the priest who laughed when our President cried for the dead. And may these words also temper the imperiousness of the House Speaker as he does a hatchet job of his opponents with glee.

May we all come out of this a better person, more forgiving, and more inclined to do good and help.

By the way, those affected by the flashflood before Christmas are still trying to make do to keep their bodies and souls together. Cleaning up and discarding the mess that was once their homes will take time and becomes more a burden amid the happy anticipation of a Christmas celebration now all forgotten.

They would most appreciate little gifts that matter. The evacuation centers are at:
1. Tamugan Gym
2. DMMA Buhangin
3. Buhangin Gym
4. Maa Elementary School
5. UM Matina Campus
6. Lasang Barangay Hall
7. Brokenshire Gym
8. Mandug Gym
9. Sa Rafael Gym
10. SIR Phase 2 Gym
11. Upper Madapo Gym
12. Bankerohan Gym
13. Waan Gym
14. Uyanguren Gym
15. El Rio Gym
16. Barangay Bantol Gym
17. BarangayDominga — House of Barangay Captain Lomandas
18. Barangay Lampianao — Dumalag Elementary School.

Just pick your choice and be a Santa. Belated as it may seem.

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