during the first week of November, we remember the saints and our departed loved ones. we remember the saints, who died radically with their faith so strong in the Lord, during the All Saints day while we visit the dearly departed during the All Souls Day.right after visiting the church of Molo, on that same day i traveled South of Iloilo taking a 40-minute jeepney ride to the town of Guimbal. i was there to visit the beach resort managed by Marla, a friend from Lingkod, and also to see the church of Guimbal. the church of Guimbal is also known as San Nicolas church, whose patron saint is San Nicolas de Tolentino, the patron saint of the holy souls. many other churches around the world are dedicated to him like the one in Venice and in Rome.the church in Guimbal may be smaller than the other churches in Iloilo, but it is believed to have survived the different battles and natural calamities of this town.generations has witnessed those tragedies and the church was repaired through time. it stands right in front of the town's beautiful plaza, symbolizing like a watch tower .built during the late 18th century using yellow sandstones with a belfry towering the main church facade. today, the reconstructed parts are still visible from its facade.Guimbalenos long before has fought many times against pirates and other tribes conquering their town. yet like its church and their patron saint, they fought and stood with their faith strongly rooted in God.
note: let's dedicate a prayer to our our dearly departed and the saints who exemplified what it means to be faithful. and as much as our departed loved ones need our prayers, let's also dedicate a special prayer to the abandoned, tortured and unprayed souls.