Totally Unexpected

So I was in the bus last night on my way to work when a man was blocking the ‘aisle’ of the bus, preaching about God and begging for money for food and transportation. He added, “Dala lang po ng kahirapan, kahit magkano po…”, something around those words. I was about to give him some money but I realized I don’t have any change, so I waited until I could grab a sit, pay my fare, then share some amount. He then took a sit and started singing about 10 seconds later…

“We stand on a hill between the earth and sky.
Now all is still where Loyola’s colors fly.
Our course is run and the setting sun ends Ateneo’s day.
Eyes are dry at the last goodbye; this is the Ateneo way.

Mary for you!
For your white and blue!
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true!
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you!

Down from the hill, down to the world go I;
rememb’ring still, how the bright Blue Eagles fly.
Through joys and tears, through the laughing years, we sing our battle song:
Win or lose, it’s the school we choose; this is the place where we belong!

Mary for you! For your white and blue!
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true!
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you!”

I was shocked, astonished, and whatever adjectives related to those words. I don’t know what to say. Heck, I don’t even know what to think. I can feel he was singing with his heart and full voice. He actually had a good singing voice by the way. He speaks English fluently as well.

And because of that, that very moment, it became the most moving event of my life since 2nd year college. He sang it another time about ten minutes later and with him, I sang (not as loud of course).

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