COINCIDENCES IN MY LIFE – PART 6©
ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
Peace Crusader and Echo of the Holy Spirit
Pablo – Saint Paul in English. The name of my father is Pablo. He was a Christian missionary who wrote most of the epistles in the New Testament.
Pedro – Saint Peter in English. The name of my maternal grandfather is Pedro.
Canlas – My middle name, the surname of my mother and maternal grandfather. It may mean ‘can last’.
Kriste – the family name of my maternal grandmother. Kriste is like Kristo or Christ.
Espiritu Santo Church – the name of the parish church where I was baptized. Espiritu Santo is the Spanish words for Holy Spirit. We talk to a spirit who most, if not all, believe that He is the Holy Spirit.
Vision Street – the name of the street where I was born in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Vision came from Dimasalang’s “La Vision de Fr. Rodriguez” in response to Rizal’s principal detractor, Fr. Jose Rodriguez, in his pamphlet entitled “Caingat cayo”. The 1994-04-26 issue of Macarthur Chronicle started the body of the article with “Aristeo Fernando is a man with a vision.” Parallel to Vision Street are Karapatan (Filipino word meaning “right”), Elias (a character in Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere), Pista (Filipino word meaning “feast” or “fiesta”), and Dimasalang (pseudonym adopted by Jose Rizal when he entered Freemasonry in 1883). Perpendicular to Vision Street are Balaguer (Fr. Vicente Balaguer, S.J., the Jesuit priest who claimed to have secured Jose Rizal’s retraction), Becerra (Manuel Becerra, Overseas Minister or Minister of the Colonies during the Propaganda Movement), and Aragon (an autonomous community in northeastern Spain). Quiroga (a Chinese businessman in El Filibusterismo) Street connects Dimasalang and Aragon Streets at an angle.
Sta. Cruz – the district of Manila where I was born. Cruz is the Spanish word for cross.
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