I am not a religious and pious person. But I want to tell the whole world just the same—through this site (Thanks to wordpress which I only started last month!)—just how much I thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to be an instrument of His will, no matter how small my contribution is to the people my films are serving.
I want to end this year 2008 with notes and loads of gratitude to Mama Mary, specifically the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag for the intercessions she has done in my behalf—most especially in allowing me to finish my “assignments” of making possible the seemingly impossible feat of making my feature-length digital documentaries “Alyana…” (a film on persons with autism) and “Silent Odyssey” (a film on Deaf Filipinos) and for continually leading and guiding me to my next advocacy film works in line. Yes! I made them just by walking with faith that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” armored and only armed with determination, confidence, will power and belief that my films “shall be done” despite all types of hurdles. Miryad Visyon is Her vision!
When I veered away from Mama Mary in the mid-70s, I was then a student of the Japanese Language. In order to write my real name in Katakana, I was presented with two options : to use either Miruna or Mirana. I chose the latter and adopted the name “Mirana” thereafter and continued to use it as my “screen name” until now.
In the last quarter of 2005, nearly three decades later when I got converted back to my belief in Mama Mary due to some events which inevitably and fortunately led me to it, I came to an awesome realization that “Mirana” with the letters jumbled around would spell as “Marian.” Isn’t that amazing that in all those years that I thought I have left and abandoned my belief in Her, Mama Mary has actually never left me at all?
(Sadly, this year 2008, I started hearing my name being used by my son and his peers. They are playing a strong and powerful character they say, named “Mirana” in a now popular online game called “Dota”!!! Ay, naku!)