Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Ruins and The Love Story


The Taj Mahal of the Philippines. That's what 'The Ruins' of Negros is known not only in the country, but also have gained prestige and recognition globally.

Half a decade ago, in 2015 when I have finally appreciated the Italian-inspired mansion that was the talk of the town and is gaining popularity among tourist both locally and from different parts of the world.

Seeing it for the first time from a distance was a nostalgic experience about its glorious past and the story behind the mansion built with great and deepest love.


That's one of the finest architectural masterpiece shared to the world. And the ruins stand out to last over the next centuries if the legacy is preserved for the love story to be relayed to the next generations. 

What makes the ruins of Negros so special is a sad yet beautiful story with a heartfelt dedication of a mourning man to his lost wife. Just like The Taj Mahal of India when a mourning emperor built the structure in memory of his lost wife.

That's quite a similar story about immortalizing the memory of a loved one that was lost. And so the Philippines has it's own version of the great Taj Mahal of India the Ruins of Negros.



That's the greatest love. Building a lasting memory and legacy for something that is lost yet remains forever in one's heart.

Not everyone could do that and so that piece of historical masterpiece is to remind us of our greatness in our own ways.

We may not be as great as the builders of the Taj Mahal of India and the Ruins of Negros, but one thing that we can learn is that we can build great things out of greatest love when we are crushed in spirit and in deepest pain.

On this heart's month, we celebrate people's love stories and our very own. We look forward to building a great and lasting memory to share to our love ones and even share it to the world.



Love can be tough, but it moves people. It moves us mysteriously. We are reminded again that when we are brokenhearted, we can always pick up the pieces to make it whole again. We need to be complete to experience and live the greatest love we deserve.

© 2020 Del Cusay




Friday, February 14, 2020

Heart's Desire and The Purple Sky


A purple sky and the purple rain. That signifies our roller coaster of emotions. When we experience the 'purple sky', we are the happiest and on a cloud nine. And when we are bluer than blue, we feel the 'purple rain' pouring in.

That's life! we feel the roller coaster of emotions that brings out the best in us. The purple sky can be so rare that makes it mystical and naturally beautiful. And that's the color that I have found. The color that symbolizes my love.

It was not long time ago that I have discovered some level of spirituality acquired from a Master of Life and revered Spiritual teacher who unifies Eastern wisdom and Western practicality. That was a higher level of Spiritual love for service to humanity through charity work.



Not known to many that purple color symbolizes spiritual awakening. It calms the mind, enhances our creativity and uplifts our spirit. And when we achieved such level of enlightenment, the spiritual color reveals to us in unexpected place and moment.

As we live our purpose, we continue to experience giving love and receiving love. It's the most essential spiritual gift and the most important emotion to carry within.

As we celebrate the Valentine's day, we are experiencing the color of love that is revealed to us. It may be the fierce energy of red to some, the calming effect of blue to others or a combination of both red and blue, and that's the purple - - a highly significant spiritual color.




Love will always be more than and beyond our self. When we have found the love, it gives the Purple color; a romantic, lovely and royalty color in our life that our hearts' desire.

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Sacred Heart on The Hilltop


Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil is so huge and tall; a popular symbol of faith among Christians on that part of the world and also known to most Christians worldwide as a pilgrimage destination worth visiting.

That's thousand miles away from the Philippines, my home country and home to millions of the Catholic faithful. I may not be able to visit Brazil and see the famous statue, but in my hometown, we have a similar statue known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The uphill road going to the summit may be rough, but it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Roxas City in Western Visayas region. On the top of the mountain is the 132 ft statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that was constructed on the beginning of the decade 2010 and was finished in 2015.


Since then the statue that is visible on the lowland highway of the newly constructed business district became a famous pilgrimage site and considered as the tallest statue of the Christ in the Philippines.

I haven't been on the summit to see the statue for quite a long time since it was opened to the public and we just have a glimpse of it from afar whenever we pass by the vicinity. But on my heart I would love to see it closer and appreciate the holiness of the place on top of the mountain.

At last! I was able to see it on the beginning of the decade 2020 in January, and for the second time I was able to bring my parents back to the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on this month of February. That was a soulful journey on the summit and the best way to celebrate the month of love.


The physical structure or the statue symbolizes our deepest faith to the Christ who watches over us and protects us. At times when we feel abandoned and uncared, there is one powerful Divine being who embraces and loves us for who we are.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus reminds us of the holiness of our heart no matter how unlawful and wicked we may have become. We are born to be good in nature and our own sacred heart is our guide to touch the lives of others as inspired by the Sacred Heart of Jesus; the way, the truth and the life. 

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Mighty and The Candle in The Wind


So much untoward events for January 2020! From natural disasters to pandemic health issues, we have experienced a crisis; a threat to our health and wellbeing. This however continues and within our control.

The start of the year may not be good, but it gives us tough lessons to ponder about our strengths and weaknesses  our vulnerabilities as a human being.

We can not be certain about what is next, but one thing that can help us to survive is to have faith on things beyond our control. That there is a higher and Supreme being that is in-charge.

We feel mighty at times; feeling strong and powerful. However, there are moments when we are crushed in spirit.

When we are weak and feeling helpless and powerless, our Divine master is there to rescue. And when road is rough and the surrounding is dark, we seek for the Divine light.



When we feel blessed and grateful, we always see the guiding light. And so in bad times and good times, we need the Divine light. We never stop to follow and seek for the truth and life.

Today, 2nd of February is the Feast day of Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria or the Our Lady of the Candles. Known as the Patroness of entire Western Visayas, Philippines.

The Holy image canonically crowned in 1981 by now St. John Paul II, brought miracles, healings and blessings to the people in the Region and the entire country when flocks of the faithful from every places visit the blessed Marian image and pray to God for Her intercession.


Back in 2016 when I lived and worked in Iloilo, I always feel the serenity of the National Shrine of the Our Lady of Candles. I have celebrated Sunday masses and the Holy week and it brought light when I am a Candle in the wind; when I am weak and vulnerable.

The devotion started not just in recent years, but in the late 90s when our dear mother brought us to celebrate the feast day mass. And years after I have known its miracles, I visit to offer a prayer and thanksgiving. That is faith. To continue the devotion for years and for a lifetime.

The Our Lady of the Candles is just one of the many Marian titles given to the Mother of Christ. We always pray for her intercession for all our wishes and whatever our heart desires.


And for the happenings in the world today, we go beyond our personal intentions and petitions. We pray for our people, our country and the world. That healings will take place and peace will reign in the world and in our hearts forever. 

© 2020 Del Cusay


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