The Legends Rising
At a precious age of ninety-three, Irene is coming up as a storyteller of her life and things in between. Can she sustain the interest of readers old and young? 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 a God-centered life 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 her 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
book presents the legend of Felix Ysagun Manalo as narrated and seen by Irene Moraga Lumbrera based on her personal and firsthand experiences with him, and who will become her ultimate teacher and pastor. The credible and genuine narratives from Irene as one of the oldest members of Iglesia adds a vital testimony to a historic philosophy that is the Iglesia and the prime witness to the character that is Ka Felix, the “Sugo", the last messenger of God. This is a tribute and salute to a man whose vision and wisdom brought to build Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) that has gone global unto this day and has empowered the rising of legends through generations.
The book also presents the beautiful, fairytale-like story of Irene, 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 thirty some years later, 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 (PCCSA) adopted her and placed her on its Home Living Program, where she has regained her basic human right to a 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 book proudly presents a handful of stories of great men and women who have lived lives that made an impact not only in their times but the years and generations ahead. We salute them for who they were and the things they have done that had influenced the hearts and mind of the people and the community. 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 but clear-minded 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. May you all enjoy reading this book of history, success, lessons, reality, fantasy and more as it happened in the span of almost a century in the life of Irene.
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. May I be able to find the right words to deliver her story. This book shows how Legends Rise and promises more to come.
Myrna D. Santos
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- The Meeting: Ka Felix & Me
- The Church of Christ:
- My Roots: The Legend of Moraga
- What Runs in the Family
- In Honor of my Father
- The Alluring Evil in our Midst
- Goodbye, Peter
III Welcome to the Bountiful
- My Journey to the World
- Shaping my Destiny
- The Taste of Manna
- Sweet Homecoming
- Me & Irene: One-on-One
- Spirituality: The Highest Consciousness
- Entrepreneurship: Making a Million One More Time
- Leadership and Management Her Style
Some Legends Rise and Fall
- The Legend of Rajah Humabon:
- Graciano A. Militante, Sr: Taming Angat River and Beyond
- Jose P. Leviste: The Rural Doctor
- Ma. Consuelo Almonte: The Icon of the Aging Fil-Am
- Leticia Puguon: The Imugan Dream
- Mano Po, Brother Mike!