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Tzu Chi Philippines Prepares for Buddha Day

May 05, 2019 | Katrina Mina

A total of 106 Tzu Chi commissioners and faith corps joined the Buddha Day practice last May 5, 2019. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

Story Highlights

  • People from different parts of Metro Manila gathered for a rehearsal of the three-in-one celebration of Buddha Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi Day last May 5, 2019 at Tzu Chi Great Love Campus.


Excitement fills the air of Tzu Chi Great Love Campus (TCGLC) in anticipation of the three-in-one celebration of Buddha Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi Day this coming 12th of May 2019.

517 people from different areas all over Metro Manila gathered on the grounds of Tzu Chi Great Love Campus (TCGLC) last May 5, 2019 for a rehearsal on the upcoming celebration. Tzu Chi Philippines CEO Henry Yuñez said that this year’s celebration is significant because it will be celebrated at the Tzu Chi Great Love Campus (TCGLC).

“This is the first time that we come back to our campus for our Buddha day celebration. It is significant because Master Cheng Yen wanted to transform this place into a Buddhist holy place.” he said.

Tzu Chi commissioners, faith corps, volunteers and guests took part in the practice with each assigned to their respective spot in the formation. Everyone also learned how to properly execute the Buddha Day ceremony.

In celebration of Mother’s Day that also falls on second Sundays of May, some of the mothers and grandmothers in the crowd came with their children or grandchildren in tow to join the practice and the celebration.

Volunteer Emerlina Decena who has been a regular of Buddha Day celebrations since 2010 brought her grandson Mark Lorence to join for the first time. Emerlina said that the boy has been very adamant in going with her to see the activities during Buddha Days.

“[He] really wanted to join. This is the first time he came here… he wanted to see what we are doing on Buddha Day.”

The 12 year old boy, Mark Lorence Decena, who is very close to his grandmother, eagerly listened to the teachings about the history of the celebration. He also participated in the rehearsal of the Buddha bathing where he learned how to dip his fingers in the water that symbolizes the cleansing of one’s impurities and take a flower that embody Buddha’s fragrant virtues.

Mark Lorence was more than excited for the event. “I remember [the exercises]. And I take them to heart and to mind.” he added.

Elma Regino, 47, who is a loyal participant during Buddha Day celebrations brought her two children along. Elma knew Tzu Chi ever since the foundation helped her in the Tropical Storm Ondoy (Ketsana) aftermath. “There was a cash-for-work (program) and that’s where I knew Tzu Chi. They’re the ones who cleaned our barangay in Malanday.”

Elma brought her two daughters, Realyn, 14 and Rovelyn, 12 both of them are first-time Buddha Day participants, She said that she wants her daughters to learn about Tzu Chi’s kind of discipline.

“[I want] them to learn how to respect elders, especially now that they are older.” she added.

  • Volunteers Peggy Jiang and Molita Chua explained the formation and the spot each one will be assigned during the ceremony. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Twelve-year-old Rovelyn Regino listens intently to the discussion before the start of the practice. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Tzu Chi commissioners and faith corps practicing the offering of candles and flowers. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Volunteer Chieh Fang Uy discussed the positions and formations of the event with Filipino volunteers and guests. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • CEO Henry Yuñez also participated in the rehearsal. He said that this is the first time after so many years that the Buddha Day will be held in TCGLC. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Participants of the Buddha Day practice the gestures of the Buddha Bathing ceremony. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Grandmother and volunteer Emerlina Decena practice with other participants. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Mark Lorence is excited for his first participation in Tzu Chi Foundation’s Buddha Day ceremonies. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • A total of 517 people practiced last May 5 for the triple celebration of Buddha Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi Day. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】