The Legends Rising
“Legends are made from the wisdom of youth and innocence, perfected with age and experience, as whispered by God.”
The book also presents the beautiful, fairytale-like story of Irene Moraga Lumbrera, whose faith in her God is as tall as the highest mountain peak. Irene became a self-made millionaire at age twenty-six when the Philippines was just recovering from the scars of war. She came to the United States and was amazingly blessed with more good fortune and returned home to the Philippines after thirty years, only to become homeless again at eighty-eight when she found out that her home and properties were no longer hers. Returning to America, Irene rises back at eighty-nine when the Philippine Community Center Services for Aging adopted her and placed her on its Home Living Program, where she has regained her basic human right to home and shelter. Irene is now dreaming of a happy ending for herself and her community, and willing to work hard to build another dream to complete her earthly mission, becoming stronger in her faith as ever, like the rock of all faith and churches.
This is just the beginning of a great story to be told on The Legends Rising. It is mission-inspired, a quest, a destiny whispered by God into the ears of a feeble and sick nonagenarian. Equipped with a company of wise men and women, an orchestra led by Irene herself, a deaconess, an apostle to share God’s love and blessing, chosen by God, the ultimate Rainmaker, to claim His Glory and Power thereby proving that "With God, there is nothing impossible." Ever trusting, never losing hope that His Will be done, Irene’s faith has earned her heaven on earth.
I have never been so obsessed with an endeavor as writing this book. I have seen its worth and value, not only for Irene’s legacy, but my own. This book shows how Legends Rise and promises more to come.
Myrna D. Santos/Co-Author
I am honored to become a part of this community to meet leaders of the Church of Christ.
Thanks to our community photographer, Wally Pacumio, who patiently took the shots while we practiced capturing Irene from our inexperienced amateur photography. And how Wally narrowed the choice from almost a hundred photos to this beautiful cover page that portrays Irene’s class, emanating a character of peace, kindness, intelligence, and authority.
It was a pleasure driving you, Ms. Irene. My old car is no comparison to your times’ Berlina, but surely, I cared for the most important cargo, as you are.
Our greatest appreciation to Ludy M. Resurreccion, our Program Director, for giving me a critique and feedback on my delivery of English and style as well as the psychology of the Filipino readership. She has given a brief intellectual perspective on the historical philosopy of Felix Y. Manalo on a movement that is known as Iglesia ni Cristo.
We are seeking all opportunity to maximize what we can do out of this printed medium to reach out in any way, from marketing, fundraising, entrepreneurship, and spiritual ministry as we are all affected by this unprecedented pandemic of our times. Together we will celebrate a leader in her own rights, a teacher of life and a legend rising!
Myrna D. Santos/Co-Author
To learn, discover, enjoy, and live life with God
At a precious age of ninety-one, Irene is coming up as a storyteller of nothing but her life. Can she sustain the interest of readers old and young, like “Lola Basyang”? Will she be able to relate to the culture of where she was and where we are now? Will she be able to emote the feelings of excitement as she had experienced them? Nobody can tell it better how to learn, discover, enjoy, and live life with God as Irene.
Like a movie, I can let her story flow into an interesting craft for the imagination. May we be able to recreate the scenes in words, so you can I do not see a perfect Irene, but I know why, from the perspectives of culture, age, spirituality, and psychology, because I am a nurse. I know where she is coming from.
Our personalities meet somewhat; I know when there is a single strand of hair in my face, while you know the feel of water that has reached a boiling point. you and me, as an active synchronized trend of thoughts flowing between our minds.
~Myrna D. Santos
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- The Meeting: Ka Felix & Irene
- The Alluring
- Deliver Me From Evil
III Welcome to the Bountiful:
My Journey to the World
- The Taste of Manna
- Shaping my Destiny
Some Legends Rise and Fall
- Me & Irene
- Sweet Homecoming