Apparently, being God-fearing doesn't equate to being nature-loving.
The Holy Week proceedings—from March 29 to April 1—showed its ugly side when the local faithful left piles of trash in the wake of a busy long weekend. Visita Iglesia sites like the Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan and the alay lakad route to Antipolo weren't spared from the Filipinos' lack of environmental responsibility.
Whatever happened to "Cleanliness is next to godliness"? Quite ironic after Pope Francis even addressed the issue of climate change in his 2015 encyclical letter Laudato Si (Praise Be to You), saying, "The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth."
The garbage trail also reached some of the vacation spots, particularly Siargao, where more people have flocked and damaged its once-secluded islands. Seeking respite in tourist destinations have become fairly acceptable among religious Pinoys, but the same cannot be said about them neglecting Mother Earth.
Good thing celebrities like Anne Curtis, Bela Padilla, and Maris Racal were one with netizens in calling for the preservation of the surfing haunt. Hopefully this concept of taintlessness applies to the abovementioned pilgrimage locations.