Augustine Galvez has been an avid cyclist for 30 years. During this time, he has also become a devotee of Sñr. Sto. Niño. At 64 years old, Galvez remains passionate about cycling and owes his faith in the Holy Child for helping him stay motivated and safe on the road.
However, Galvez’s faith has also been tested in ways he never imagined. Galvez’s journey as a ‘biker’ has not always been smooth sailing. He has faced numerous challenges and setbacks, including the frightening experience of almost getting hit by a truck.
“Nagsakay ko og bike ato unya hapit ko madaganan og dako nga truck,” he recalls. “Abi nako og mao na jud to akong oras.”
Miraculously, Galvez was able to get out of the way just in time. He attributes this close call to the protection of Sñr. Sto. Niño. “Mura jud ko’g gipanalipdan sa Balaang Bata atong orasa,” he says, his eyes welling up with tears. “Mutuo jud ko nga himala to.”
Despite this and other challenges, Galvez has persevered, relying on his faith in Sñr. Sto. Niño to guide him through difficult times. “Bag-o ko mugawas para magbike, gina-ampo nako kay Sr. Sto. Niño nga kanunay ko niyang panalipdan,” he said. “Kahibalo gayod ko nga ania ra kanunay ang Balaang Bata sa akoang kiliran ug tungod ana, nakalampos ko sa mga kalisod sa kinabuhi.”
Over the years, Galvez continues to dedicate every ride and sacrifice to Sñr. Sto. Niño, who pushes him through the pain and exhaustion and who gives him the strength and determination to keep going.
For Galvez, cycling is more than just a hobby. It is a way of life, one that is deeply intertwined with his faith. He continues to rely on Sñr. Sto. Niño for guidance and protection on every ride and is grateful for the blessings He has brought into his life.\
Today, Galvez remains as passionate as ever. “Wala ko kahibalo kung asa ko kung wala ang akong pagtuo sa Balaang Bata,” he said. “Nagtuo gyud ko nga kini ang nakapadayon kanako sa tanan niining mga tuiga.” | Keanne Marie Jandusay, BSMN Media Centre student volunteer