By Raymund Antonio
While millions of Catholic faithful in the country were on vacation to observe Holy Week, Vice President Leni Robredo was out of the public eye to spend her own Lenten break in her hometown of Naga City.
Robredo stayed home with her two daughters—Aika and Tricia—to pray, reflect, and get much-needed rest like any other Filipino Catholics during the Holy Week break.
On Maundy Thursday, she shared family photos on her Facebook account with a caption: “After the girls (minus one) arrived this morning, the piano is playing again. After our lives were turned upside down, this has become a rarity.”
Robredo said there was a “bliss” in their get together even as her youngest daughter, Jillian, was not with them.
The Vice President and the late Naga City Mayor and Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo have three daughters. Jillian is studying biomolecular science at New York University in the United States.
The 40-day Lent culminates with Holy Week, which runs from Palm Sunday to Black Saturday, or April 14 to 20 this year, and is capped by Easter Sunday on April 21.
Holy Week is considered a sacred time in the Church, as devotees observe the events leading up to the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, and later on his resurrection.
Robredo was last seen in public when she campaigned for Team Naga, the local slate of the opposition Liberal Party that she chairs, before the four-day break.
There was no work in government offices since Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday.
On Good Friday, the Robredo sisters posed for photos with the Vice President in front of the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, which they shared on social media.
“Miss you, @jillrobredo,” Aika wrote in one of her Instagram stories.
Tricia, meanwhile, shared a photo with a painting of her late father in the background. “Home is wherever you are,” Tricia said in an Instagram post.