Employees of the Philippine Senate were caught by surprise as Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., joined his staff who offered Holy Mass on Tuesday noon to mark the senator’s 54th birthday.
Rev. Fr. Rollen Flores of the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish revealed in his homily that “ ilang beses na rin po akong nagmisa sa Senado pero ito po ang unang pagkakataon na may dumalong isang buhay na senador sa aking misa” to glorify and give thanks to our Lord for the gift of life. Not one of the employees who witnessed the event could recall any senator who had attended Mass in the Senate.
The neophyte senator was a picture of happiness and humility as he was welcomed by the other Senate employees, who gamely posed for souvenir photos with Sen. Marcos after the Holy Mass.
"Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. It is indeed special to be loved, but it's better to have more people to love," Marcos said as he thanked Rev. Fr. Flores for his kind words and expressed gratitude all those who joined in his special birthday mass.
Sen. Bongbong was born in Manila on September 13, 1957. His father, Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, was the most decorated Filipino hero of World War II and the president of the Philippines from 1966 to 1986. His equally distinguished mother, Imelda Romualdez Marcos, served as the first governor of Metro Manila and Minister of Human Settlements, and is considered a dynamic patron of Philippine art and culture.