OFW Florentino Santiago (Premonition)


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Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that the wife of OFW Florentino Santiago had a premonition before he was found among the 23 people killed in a tanker explosion in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last November 1, 2012; in time also for the commemoration of All Saint’s Day.

Fuel Tanker Blast Accident in Riyadh, 11.1.012

According to Jocelyn, her husband called her twice on Wednesday, which her husband seldom did. “He called at least twice a week but he rarely called twice on the same day,” Jocelyn said.

His first call was around noon and he asked me to shop for the kids. His last words were ‘I love you,’ which I found unusual.”

His last call was around midnight. He was quite surprised that I was still awake. I told him I had just finished preparing the flowers and the food that we would bring to the cemetery the next day.

OFW Santiago’s premonition was much more of a “Goodbye” and wanted to convey his love to his wife and children even for the last time.

While others see exactly what will happen…

Premonition according to online dictionary is “a strong feeling of something about to happen, especially something unpleasant, or a feeling that bad event is about to occur.” 

In my online research, premonition of famous personalities was of  Nostradamus  which said to have predicted his own death, telling his assistant one night “You will not find me alive at sunrise” and was found dead the next morning.

Mark Twain also predicted that he would die when Halley’s Comet was visible again. He died in 1910, when the comet was again visible in the night sky.

Are these premonitions real? Do few of us have the ability to sense our own demise?

Nevertheless, there are many people on earth who can see that their end is coming. Others, like me experienced a feeling of belief that I already been in Saudi Arabia long before. Some people even confirm that they are familiar of a certain place, but they don’t know if it is in a form of dream or they do really exist a long time ago. Some of us noticed something would about to happen and then seen it actually occur. Magical indeed and each of us wants to find the answer to this indecipherable phenomenon.  

Premonition

I remember Kuya Otit, my roommate who was scheduled for vacation the next day; when I met him at our accommodation corridor he told me: “I don’t know if I can make it tomorrow”, his words when I jokingly told him “makakatikim ka na ng karneng baboy bukas.” The next day at 4:00  in the afternoon he was found lifeless in his room clutching his heart. He was not able to catch his 8:30 PM Saudia flight that would bring him home that very day he was found dead. Very sad but its true.

In science, according to an online magazine, American doctors William Green and Alex Moss, studying the phenomenon of death, researched thousands of stories behind patients who died suddenly. Their results show that most people had anticipated their own death. Admittedly, their premonition did not come in the form of prophetic statements or timely preparations for their burial, but in a specific psychological state and often in the desire to put their affairs into order. It emerges that shortly before their death many people experience a state of depression which can last anything from a week to half a year. Medics assumed that this strange melancholy is caused by hormonal changes in one’s organism.

It added that, scientists have long since known of the fact which became apparent in laboratory research: before dying, cells of a living organism emit a sudden surge of radioactive rays. The Polish physicist Janusz Slawinsky surmised that this fairly powerful stream of waves can contain information on the life of a dying organism and can also save fragments of consciousness. (Taken from PRAVDU Ru -People experience a premonition of their own death)

However, as expressed in many religious concept, Wikipedia explains that Premonition is the will of God, divine will, or God’s plan refers to the concept of a God having a plan for humanity, and as such desiring to see such a plan fulfilled.

Premonitions are common among us – human beings whatever your belief is. What we cannot change is God’s mind about His will for us.

Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Quran Verse 12:68 says: “When they entered as their father had advised them, nothing could avail them against (the will of) God, yet it confirmed a premonition Jacob had, for verily he had knowledge as We had taught him, though most men do not know.” 

Let us pray for the departed soul of our comrade OFW Florentino Santiago and others who passed away during the deadly Fuel Tanker Blast Accident occurred last November 1, 2012 “All Saints/Souls Day”.    

Let us also pray that Tanker Driver  OFW  Ruben Kebeng will be found innocent and should not be blamed or liable for  the deaths of the victims.  No human being expects or wants to be in an accident, but accidents can happen to anyone – BongA

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