The other week, a good friend of mine—Manding Delluza— sent me a very significant trivia-cum-

update about this life-threatening covid-19 pandemic scourge engulfing the whole world.

             It is a serious matter sent via messenger in that it revealed an ancient prophecy by an extraordinary prophet in the person of Nostradamus.

             Yes, dear and precious readers: NOSTRADAMUS! Who is he?    

              The content of Manding Delluza’s historical trivia, sent via messenger, kept me sleepless until the wee hours couple of weeks ago.  Alarmed, thrilled  (don’t misunderstand me—naka scope ako through him for this column)  worried me no end, especially now that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared a state of national emergency one month earlier and placing entire Luzon under “enhanced community quarantine” per DOH Alert Level 2 assessment.

               In that declaration aired in all television networks, President said it with clarity and conviction: “There is not Martial Law. This is not even extraordinary, but we have to fight the virus and exact compliance.”  The reason is pure and simple but hard to d.  It was meant to avoid contagion. In the military lingo, “enhanced community quarantine”, a civilian description, is “lockdown. “No wonder, the most disciplined and most obedient  forces—the AFP and the PNP have been called upon to maintain peace and order and compel stubborn civilian populace to follow Malacanang’s directives and orders including DOH and other government agencies legal initiatives to combat and contain this life-threatening virus which gone berserk and pandemic.   

             As far as this religiously-themed acronym is concerned, Delluza’s source said—L.O.C.K.D.O.W.N.–

 is a time to:

             L-isten to God’s Voice and reflect. Let go and Let God.

             O-bey His word and His teachings.

             C-all on Jesus’ name and be Calm.

             K-now what is the purpose of all this.

             D-well in His presence. Do not panic.

             0-ffer a prayer for everyone’s safety.

             W-ait and be patient. This too, shall pass.

              N-urture our personal relationship with Him.

Here’s  Manding Delluza’s historical treasure our readers of Bicol Peryodiko should know for posterity:

           “Nostradamus wrote in the year 1551 this! There will a twin year (2020) from which will arise a queen (corona) who will come from the east (China) and who will spread a plague (virus) in the darkness of night, on a country with seven (7) hills (Italy) and will transform the twilight of men into dust (death), to destroy and ruin the world.. It will be the end of the world economy as you know.” OMG! God forbid!    

 (To be continued).