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Ma. Ellora Reigel G. Solidum 2FM2 4/8/2015 Himala The story of “Himala” revolves around Elsa, a girl whose life was changed upon declaring she saw visions of the Virgin Mary which caused a stir among the townspeople of Cupang. It is a story of fanaticism, morality and truth. As seen in the film, Elsa stated that she can see the Blessed Virgin Mary and that she can heal people physically and spiritually. Also, the townspeople believed that the drought they are experiencing was a curse for driving away a leper before. You will also notice that when something bad happens to the townspeople, they would blame it on the curse, and when it is something good, they believe that it was the doing of heaven, of the Virgin Mary and of the miracle. Fanaticism is evident from the faith of the Filipinos even today. Through tough times, like calamities and catastrophes, Filipinos tend to hold on onto something. They desire for something to rely on, to keep their hopes alive. When making choices, they always pray first and seek advice from God on what to do. They ask for signs. They have this notion that if you are pious; you will be rewarded, and cursed if you are not. As Elsa’s popularity rises for being a faith healer, her town becomes commercial that even she herself is commodified. Her apostles started selling her blessed water in order to sustain their needs. Even if blessed water and other religious articles are being sold, faith cannot be commodified. It can never be treated as a commodity because faith cannot be sold to others. In today’s society, commodification of faith is apparent. You will often see establishments selling pendants and figurines of God and other religious figures, books about religion and such. We do not need to have all those religious articles in order to have faith. What matters the most is that we trust, follow, and spread God’s word.
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  • Spring '16
  • Blessed Virgin Mary, Elsa, Ma. Ellora Reigel, Ellora Reigel G., Reigel G. Solidum

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