October 29, 1953 The China Mail ship enters the Port of Manila. Two Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception disembark; it is the beginning of an intriguing story. Sr. Cécile Kirouac goes south to St. Michael’s Academy of Padada and I take over the Music Department, as Directress, at our Immaculate Conception Academy of Manila (ICAM). Some days later, I welcome a Filipina mother with her five-year-old son. She wants to enroll him for piano lessons. According to me, he is too young; though I firmly discuss the matter with Mrs. Quirit, she insists: His father is a violinist and he has detected that his son Julian has musical talent. A bit unsure, I decide to try the experience—it would be a mistake to refuse my first student in the Philippines.
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The Cry of Mother Earth

Like you, the outraged of the planet, I am in harmony with a desire for justice! Like you, I, the MOTHER EARTH, am crying out: We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (Ro 8.22) Yes, I am outraged when I see my forests being destroyed. The greed and destructive practices of large forestry companies provoke climate change and create humanitarian crisis.
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