Wednesday, April 9, 2014

When the Devil Wins (Don Simeon Bernardo Grave)

Strange isn't it? In Sangandaan Cemetery in Caloocan , there is a very special tomb. Instead of a cross, the tomb of Simeon Bernardo has a statue of the Devil triumphant over St. Michael Archangel.

Don Simeon Bernardo, the person buried over the inverted sculpture, born in 1869, told his children before he died to build the sculpture over his grave, as a reminder to the society that the evil has always been ruling our world and that there is no God. Simeon Bernardo lived during the Spanish era. He was a victim of cruelty by the catholic Spanish government. He was imprisoned and tortured after being accused as a filibuster. Since then, because of bitter and grudge, Simeon Bernardo never believed that God existed and before his death in 1934, his belief never changed that made him decided to ask his children to put the said sculpture over his tomb. The sculpture is placed inside iron bars to protect from stones being thrown by people and believers. According to the family of Simeon Bernardo, they will only reverse the sculpture and place the archangel on top of the demon once they see that our world transforms into a place where the good always rule against the evil and not the other way around.

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