“Ex abundantia cordis emanent EPISTOLIORUM.”
From the abundance of the heart emanate the “Letters of the Sons” of St. Dominic.
From the bottom of our hearts, we the Filii of Iloilo welcome the maiden bow of EPISTOLIORUM. We congratulate the Editorial Staff for hatching one brilliant idea, matching it with a fitting title via a name-branding contest and finally dispatching it to see the light of day in its first issue.
Kudos to everyone to whom credit is due and may this Mongol-etched project prosper and fully serve its purposes as delineated in its rationale!
If blood were thicker than water, what would be thicker than blood? Frater Filius Fray Rolando Medel, our resident philosophy professor, hit the nail right on its head. After drawing first blood from the abundance of his heart, I squeezed out the perfect answer from him: BROTHERHOOD AMONG FILII.
“As blood is thicker than water, marital bond defies it” Fray Papang added, “but fraternal affiliation fortified by friendship surpasses both kinship or blood relationship and marital tie. Kinship, which is usually preferred over all other relationships, is prevailed upon by marriage where a man or woman leaves his/her family to prioritize sealing a covenant with a stranger who becomes his/her spouse.” More elaboration on this topic as hopefully Fray Medel will tackle in his Medelianism treatise in the succeeding issues.
My first contribution to this project is to share with you a socio-philosophical essay written by a Dominican student-friar titled “Letter on the Sand”. Set in the coco grove-covered, lovely Balulan beach in Manapla, Negros Occidental, the Letter was addressed to a certain Rene, who had left the Coristado for one reason or another and could be anyone of us Filii.
Happy, deep reading!