The University of Santo Tomas (UST) is one of the most famous Christian institutions in the country.
Theology classes are required, regardless of the major. Those who are not Christian are not required to perform Catholic practices.
Jomana Lomangco, a Muslim student, shared what was like for her to study at a big Christian university like UST.
She said that she never felt discriminated against during the five years she spent at the university. The people in the university accepted her for who she was.
“NEVER have I felt discriminated in the four walls of the university. NEVER have I felt less just because I’m a Muslim. NEVER did they leave me out just because of my faith.”
She stated that she learned a lot at UST and the most important thing isn’t religion; it is all about being a human. Not pushing your beliefs and ideology on other individuals is significant.
“To be of a certain faith, may it be Christianity or Islam, is to be HUMAN. And to be human is to respect and accept each other in spite of the differences in our beliefs.”
Jomana learned that although there are significant differences between religions, there are also a lot of similarities.
“As a Muslim who took up a few Theology courses, I’ve learned to look at our similarities rather than our differences. And I think that’s exactly what this world needs.Maraming salamat, UST! Thank you for making me feel that I belong. 💛”
Jomana graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Accountancy.
Her post has nearly 35 likes.
A Christian OFW shared his farewell letter on Twitter to thank his Muslim boss for the support she gave and for fighting for his right to stay after he was diagnosed with HIV.
In an interview with The Dailypedia via Twitter direct message, he shared his experience and how he was supported by his Muslim boss.
Nicknamed Vic, the 33-year-old nurse started to work in the Middle East in 2012. On April 2018, he was admitted to a hospital and took the test for HIV and the results came back positive. At the time, he hadn’t informed but he was so sure that the Center for Communicable Diseases had already done so.
On May 1, 2018, he was discharged from the hospital and he received a call from his boss. His boss said that he could rest at home and report to the office if he was already well enough to walk. By the second week of June, he reported to his boss in her office.
This is the farewell letter of a Christian HIV infected staff to his supportive Muslim Boss.
She fought for me in the higher management that's why I was still able to stay for 9months abroad post diagnosis
My 7yr journey as OFW ended but the memories will last forever. pic.twitter.com/u82ywUzdGi
— Victorious_0410 (@Victorious_0410) May 19, 2019
During their conversation, his Muslim boss asked him if he had something to share. At first, he did not admit he was HIV positive but she consistently questioned him and he soon broke down in tears. Vic had thought that his boss would send him back to the Philippines but she eventually said that she would not allow the Ministry of Health to send him home and that she was willing to fight for his right to stay and work.
Vic’s boss told him to stay and even offered him all his work privileges such as additional sick leave, retention of benefits, and even promotion after a year. She also assigned him to a job area that was not too tiring.
Unfortunately, some of the nurses took a peek at his files and spread the news about his condition which made his boss mad. She called the attention of all the nurses that have accessed his files on the system, scolded them, and wrote a warning letter that went into their records.
"It saddens me, thinking, that not all battles being fought are victorious. Sometimes, we really need to let go and move on."
–Few words that killed me–
— Victorious_0410 (@Victorious_0410) May 19, 2019
The Ministry of Health ordered him to handle any patients until they give their final decision on his case.
By October 2018, the higher management of the Ministry of Health made their final decision that he needed to be sent home but not necessarily immediately. All he had to do was to file a formal resignation which he did by that month.
Before he returned to the Philippines, his boss treated him to a theme park, some restaurants, and coffee at the local cafe. She also gave him a watch and 50,000 pesos from his department.
On January 11, 2019, he finally returned to the Philippines.
His boss did not stop supporting him because she even contacted her friends in the Philippines to offer him a job but he chose to refuse the offer. Vic decided to find a job on his own and is currently working as an HIV nurse.
Until now his former boss still communicates with him and he shares with her news about his life now.
He also has a message for those who have been diagnosed with HIV, but still refuse to undergo medication.
“Advice sa mga taong hindi pa ready na mag-gamot. Actually, acceptance is hard to achieve. Lalo na pag yung foundation ng faith mo is weak. Kahit anong galing ng magadvice ng doktor about sa technicalities ng HIV, hindi talaga nila mauunawaan ang kahalagahan. They have to return back to God and seek for wisdom and strength. Kapag matibay ang spiritual aspect mo, damay-damay na yan, emotionally, mentally, socially hanggang physical aspect…
“It’s ok not to be ok… healing process is not immediate. They have to be surrounded by people who will lift them up and inspire them that life has so much to offer for them.
“And life is a gift from God, kapag binavalue nila itong gift na ito, mas mauunawaan nila ang kahalagahan ng pag gagamot.”
He also had something to say to people who discriminate against individuals with HIV.
“Sa mga taong mapanghusga pa rin…You can throw all your stones on us, but as you throw these stones, we will pick them all up and build a wall so that you won’t hurt us anymore. Just remember that we are still humans, kaibigan niyo kami, katrabaho, kachurch at kapamilya. We are no less of a human than anyone else. Our status does not define who we are as a person.
“Let’s stop discrimination and humiliation
Let’s stop belittling women
Let’s stop discriminating black people
Let’s end the fear of Muslims
Let’s fight and put an end to HIV stigma
We are all equal in the eyes of GOD”
Marriage is a bond where two people are bound to love each other for eternity, and religion is a belief of faith to one supernatural being they call GOD. With two people who love each other, despite having different religions, was blessed with respect on their different beliefs.
Both Christian and Muslim religions strictly follow their belief and practices that sometimes lead to misunderstanding and arguments. Some would have avoided having a relationship with those from other religions, because one must sacrifice to which belief should be followed.
Unlike this couple, whose belief was taken over by love after many years of relationship, and finally got married.
Twitter user @itsairidesu posted on twitter the story of her sister’s wedding to her long-time Muslim boyfriend. What was unusual is that they both held Islam and Catholic marriage ceremonies. The couple received so much respect that both families have decided to unite, as she also wished that the world could do the same.
My sister got married to her long-term Muslim boyfriend yesterday and we held both Islam and Catholic marriage ceremonies and I'm so happy that there was so much respect from both sides and I just wish the world could do the same.
— airi (@itsairidesu) March 18, 2019
Conflicts among religious denominations, especially Catholics and Muslims, have been one of the problems not only in our country, but also the whole world. Because of this conflict, many civilians have lost their loved ones and home.
And you know what makes it even better? It's knowing that my dad and the groom's father, both known to be strict with their respective religious practices, agreed to compromise for the wedding of their children. And that's a win for love, if you ask me.
— airi (@itsairidesu) March 18, 2019
Though the government is already having their blueprint to solve this conflict, until now, it hasn’t been agreed upon and, thus, have not united in peace.
Cheers to the kind of love that conquers differences! pic.twitter.com/oZwJckZS45
— airi (@itsairidesu) March 19, 2019
The wedding of Airi’s sister gives us hope that someday both religions would learn to compromise with each other, and respect each other’s belief for the love of its people.
She wasn't wearing a hijab. She was wearing her white wedding gown, which of course was first consulted with the groom and groom's father. pic.twitter.com/KcPUtR5FQA
— airi (@itsairidesu) March 21, 2019
Like both the fathers of the couple, who are known to be strict with their respective religious practices, have agreed to compromise for the wedding of their children.
Truly, love conquers everything.
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The extreme evangelical group, The Greater Toledo House of Prayer, has purchased the popular Bretz Night club. The said gay bar was one of the oldest LGBT venues in Toledo, Ohio.
It was closed in December and was obtained for $148,000 in January.
The Christian group is planning to convert Bretz Night club into a church.
“In October 2017, the ministry became aware that the Adams St. building was available for sale, then toured the building and determined the space would work well for the group, ” stated in the official statement posted on their website.
The statement discloses that the former gay club was obtained for the reason that they lack space for their offices. The Greater Toledo House of Prayer denied the reports that they have something to do with the closure of the gay bar.
The extreme evangelical group supports what they identified as “basic christian values” which includes but not limited to the prohibitions on “homosexuality, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, gender identity different than the birth sex chromosomal level”.
According to their ‘Statement of Beliefs’, the said organization states that “God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female”, classifying any difference from the binary as “a rejection of the image of God”.
The said Christian group is also an affiliate of the Kansas-based International House of Prayer. It is believed that they support the hate legislation against the LGBT community which includes supporting an act calling for gay people to be put to death in Uganda.
This extreme evangelical group also has connections with Agora Toledo. In 2014, the said Christian group also planned to buy a former abortion clinic in Toledo, Ohio and plans to turn it into a memorial to the unborn. But on the other hand, the plan did not push through and the former abortion clinic is still in its location.
The people in Adams Street district where the gay club was located have shared their disappointment with the said news. The stakeholders are “heartbroken” at the closure of Bretz Nightclub. In light of the said event, they created a Facebook page declaring their support to the LGBT community.
The stakeholders said that the said gay club had been “a staple in our community and a home for the LGBT community for decades”.
On the other hand, the entertainment district representatives which adopted the gay bar promised that the place will still be “a place of love, understanding and support, and celebration”.
Local LGBT leaders also planned to open an LGBT community center, a food pantry, health resources and suicide prevention resources near the supposed church where the Bretz Nightclub was formerly located.