With one year about to end and another about to begin, most Filipinos are facing 2014 with hope rather than fear, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said.
Ninety-four percent of Filipinos surveyed expressed hope about 2014, the second-highest rating since the all-time high 95 percent which was recorded in 2002 and 2011, the SWS said.
Undertaken from December 11 to 16, the survey shows an increase in 2013 at 94 percent, from 2012’s 92 percent.
In Mindanao, where members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) lay siege for three weeks beginning September, hope rose seven points from 85 percent last year to 92 percent this year.
Over in Visayas which suffered thru Super Typhoon Yolanda (with international name ‘Haiyan’) in November and a strong quake in October, hopefulness was unchanged at 93 percent.
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Spirituality is at the core of Holy Week when the faithful commemorate the life, passion, and death of Jesus Christ. For five years now, 'Walkway' has drawn people from all walks of life to God, and each other. 'Walkway', which features a representation of the 14 Stations of the Cross, offers pilgrims and observers alike, a meaningful path to reflection. Church Simplified, the team behind the project managed to transform the busy street of Bonifacio High street to a ful blown art installation that is meant to bring you the passion and message of Christ. Bebo Bharwani, Spiritual Director of Church Simplified says they try to create serenity in an active environment, as art is a big factor for reaching out to non Christians. "Art has a way of surpassing critical art defenses. It iscrucial for expression, has a role in culture, and can be used to narrate the story." Organizers note, one of the people's favorite stations is Station 7, The Cross. There, visitors can actually lift a replica of the cross Jesus had to carry to give them a better idea of what He went through. Another favorite is station 9, where visitors are asked to write down a personal problem or worry on a piece of paper, and then nail the paper to the cross. Representatives from Church Simplified say, this part represents giving the pain to God, and leaving the problems in Gods' hands. "Walkway 2014: Reflections On the Stations Of The Cross" will run from today until Easter Sunday (April 19) along Bonifacio High Street.