12 November 2011

House Blessing

On 5 November 2011 marks the spiritual cleansing of our new home.  It's a custom tradition for Catholic Filipinos.  And, it's our way of thanking God for giving us this blessing.  So, we decided to invite a priest.

Father Joey Echano, a Filipino priest, has come all the way from Kew, Victoria.  He is a member of the Redemptorists who live in the community for the sake of preaching the Gospel of Jesus.  He was the parish priest of the very famous National Shrine of our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran.  I am very pleased to have him in our house.

As soon as he arrived, we lit up the candles then he read us the prayer of Gospel.  He walked throughout the whole house starting from the entry door and blessed each room, including our backyard.


It was a mostly sunny day, 29 to 30 degrees Celsius.  Everyone thought it would be one of those finest days.  Yes, it was in the morning but the minute the people were arriving, the heat was coming as well.  For the record, we had a total of whopping 70 guests.  Out of which were three babies getting irritated with the humidity.  It was a Philippines-weather-like experience...hehehe  Well, at least a perfect house WARMING!

A Filipino House Blessing is not complete without a ton of food!  I have to give lots of credits to my mum!  She's done most of it all in just 1 1/2 days.  What she did was an absolute ACE!

I'd also like to thank a few friends who brought their specialty dishes to the table for everybody to share!  They were all yummy!

Here are the photos:


We also had a simple celebration for my daughter's 4th birthday after the blessing.  I bought a maxi bitesize cupcake from The Cupcake Bakery and mini ice cream from Bravo Gelato for kids and kids at heart to enjoy.  Thanks to Medina-Coates for the tiara and accessories, she's been like no other than a Princess!  And by the way, those high heeled shoes these little kids wore until late! They sounded like a herd of Shetland ponies as they clip clopped over the wooden floor.  My ears bled!

This will be the last blog topic I am writing before I send this to USA for printing, but will still be blogging when i get a chance.  I just can't wait to see my first created coffee table book up close! =)

P.S.  Thanks to Romeo Pulido Jr. who has helped us out all the way to make this house blessing possible.  A million thanks to you friend!  And, to JP Cabalce for the photos at sure na ikaw na talaga! =)

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