By Michael Boctot
The author is a third-year Columban seminarian from Tangub City, Misamis Occidental. He is studying philosophy at Christ the King Seminary, Quezon City, and took his oath of membership in the Missionary Society of St Columban on 29 June, the 92nd anniversary of the formal establishment of the Society.
Among the busiest places in Metro Manila are the streets. The automobiles, bikes, jeeps, cross each other to reach their destination on time. Heavy traffic occurs during rush hours. People are stranded, very annoyed, and even demanding the jeepney drivers to find way to get out of the traffic scene.
Every Saturday I experienced the jostling of traffic going to Marikina City from the Columban House of Studies, Cubao, QC, for my apostolate. This was with the street children living under the LRT station at Santolan Bridge. To reach to my area, I would take the Light Rail Transit (LRT) heading to Santolan and then walk to the bridge. There the street children would be waiting for me. Charlie Ponferrada, another Columban seminarian, and I were working together as volunteers at Kuya Center. This is a foundation that aims to bring street children off the street and provide for their basic needs such as shelter, food, and perhaps education.