122312 - The Urban Tracker (In Zambales) : The House Of Gold At Manggahan

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After a 4 hour drive via Victory Liner, our party of 5 arrive in Manggahan Subic. As part of observing team, I have to change into formal attire as part of the order of  “hombre de dios’ or The Enlightened One. The next thing that will happen is more mind-boggling. To borrow from Ripley, I may say believe it or not.

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I don't evenhave  a speck of idea on the existence of this group or  say sect  assembled in a makeshift tent inside the compound. The leader who is wearing a cap and invoking a crowd claims he has been called to mitigate the poor situation of the Philippines and his basis is the Philippine Constitution of 1987 which he claims completely unimplemented. The leader claims he has been called to reveal that all natural calamities will continue to happen unless the country bows down to a new leader – who will be revealed in near time. My hair raises when he declares that the very site we stand lies a pot of gold. The reason why American base is driven out because they knew a pot of gold lies in Subic.

The members, some of whom came as far as Manila, all came in uniform of yellow and pink robes about 300 of them. They have led me to a hut which is an entrance to the material powers and the place we are in they call 'house of Gold.'
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It's hard to conclude that this is an underground movement neither tag as a fanaticism but this is far from occultism since they have no idols or rituals to perform. But then, I observe the people are submissive and good-natured who mostly belong to old age group. And they don’t have any catechism to drive by to influence like any other religion. This is simply a gathering of those who believe in the movement who are all waiting for a miracle to happen. A miracle that will expose the truth that Philippines is the chosen country of God.

PhotobucketThe movement may have something to say that the public deserves to know. I can sense also that the leader is called for this mission constantly reminding a congregation to wait for the proper time to come. For how long, I heard that some people has spent their years and given up lives for this mission. They want to impart a message which is best left to people who have fed and led by this the crusade.  Poverty alleviation is their ultimate goal but infecting others of their own truth has to be planted somewhere sometime ago.

It’s past 3 when we make our way back to Olongapo terminal off to Manila with new friends and acquaintance. It begets my respect and at the same time a kind of intrigue something like this exist. And who knows their revelations, truth – half-truth or not – is part of a secrets revealed by Subic. Seeing beyond the mountains of Subic, there could be a semblance of truth or hope, but fools I guess are those who fear the unknown. And by the way, the flowers look lovely today.  

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