Young pilgrims stand out during walk
Two twelve-year-olds show up their elders by completing 14km pilgrimage
Though diminutive and reed-thin, 12-year-olds Dante and Joey, who both hail from Makati City, stood out among a group of taller and heftier men when the duo walked barefoot for 14 kilometers under a blistering sun to reach the famed Antipolo Cathedral, the sanctuary of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.
"They made seasoned pilgrims like me wearing top-of-the-line running shoes or signature sandals feel like vile sinners," said Gus Ignacio, 45, of the two young pilgrims.
“Those boys have a sense of commitment rarely seen from today’s Filipino youth,” he added.
Dante, carrying a backpack and lugging a water jug, said walking to Antipolo has been his dream since he was 10. Asked why he was not accompanied by his parents or relatives, he said they went to work.
Joey, also traveling with a backpack, said he joined the penitentiary walk to Antipolo because he wanted to make a sacrifice for Christ.
“I wanted to understand the suffering of Christ,” he said.
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Tree had been criticized as a waste of money by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo