I'm 19 years old and I joined the other men here to do a 40-day pilgrimage. I'm the youngest in our group of pilgrims. For the first time I cannot do my usual habits. I cannot go out on my own. I have to follow orders here and there. I cannot talk to women. I cannot stay outside without my elders. I cannot play basketball and volleyball. I cannot even go to karaoke! It's hard that you cannot do what you want to do. I'm a teenager and 40 days is very a long journey. But I decided I'm going to do it anyway. At some point in my life I started to get tired of doing the same things all over again. I wanted to try something new. I wanted to follow what Allah said, “spread my name.” This became my motivation everyday to finish the journey. I did not plan this for a long time. When I heard that a group from home is doing the pilgrimage, I asked them if I could join. They are veterans and it is good learning something new from them.

- Qapwa

Related Stories

It is my desire to visit ridges down to the reefs but I’ll never forget that one trip when I thought my life is done. I swam towards the middle of the sea with only my swimming googles while the . . . Read More

I’m blessed to be the chief patrol officer of our barangay for two terms in a row. As chief patrol officer, I monitor the order and safety of our barangay. Hearing reports of our barangay in police . . . Read More

I didn't finish school. For years, I lived from collecting garbage that I could sell. I was also a parking aide. When they closed the area where I used to work that became my light bulb moment. I . . . Read More

There is this mobile game that we just started playing. It makes us very preoccupied to the point that we forget our other vices. From morning until the evening, when there’s a chance, we get our . . . Read More

I miss home. My family misses home. The fresh air, the slow-paced life, our relatives; we miss Bukidnon. But we can’t leave Palawan. I have a business here, and my children go to school here as . . . Read More

I’ve always wanted my own house. I worked all day just to give my family a home to call our own; a home where we don’t have to deal with monthly rents and pesky tenants. I wanted a house where . . . Read More