anong kaguluhan to? what’s this fuss all about? for one, it’s not simbang gabi. there are far too many people attending the dawn masses that they’re held out in the betis church plaza. this is the annual celebration of the sacrament of holy confirmation here in our town. if there’s any proof of population explosion, this is it. i’ve never seen so many kids before, and they’re just in the 7 to 16 age bracket! so many, in fact, that i never found where my nephew was seated. i was supposed to be one of his ninongs, but until the ceremony ended i never even got close to knowing where they were. anyway, one other nephew also received the sacrament today so i just served as his photographer and as babysitter to two other nieces. it took almost an hour (with that many kids, i wasn’t surprised).
do you remember your own kumpil? i don’t, because back then they allowed babies to be confirmed. now i think, the minimum age is around 7, or the age of reason and discretion, whatever that means.
it was the archbishop of san fernando did the rites by the way. i used to remember that kids were “slapped” on the face for kumpil. now, not anymore. (somebody must have called “bantay bata”. he.he.) 😛