"Antigo"



When I called an appliance repairman to fix my old washing machine, he said it is a good brand and it can work for many more years. He added that some similar newer brands are not as durable.


It occurred to me that his description of my old machine in some way fits the term "antigo" in the context it is used in the Philippines. The word was adopted into the Filipino language from the Spanish "antiguo," meaning "old or ancient."


"Antigo" has come to refer to old things made of quality materials, well-crafted, and are beautiful and long-lasting. For example, "antigo" jewelry is old jewelry made of genuine gemstones, real pearls, and precious metals set beautifully that make them valuable and are therefore treated as heirlooms. "Antigo" applies also to antique pieces of furniture that are well designed and are made of first-class wood like narra and mahogany, unlike some cheap ones made of common lumber or wood chips glued and compacted into boards.


"Antigo" artifacts are genuine, classic, not artificial or fake.


The Spanish word "antiguo" (feminine "antigua") has been immortalized in the "Confessions" of Saint Augustine where the saint revealed his discovery of God as "Belleza Siempre Antigua, Siempre Nueva" (Beauty Ever Ancient, Ever New). This Ancient and New Beauty is the God he had come to love only late in his life. "Tarde te he amado oh belleza siempre antigua siempre nueva."


God as Ever Ancient, Ever New is an expression that means He is without beginning and without end, timeless and Eternal, the Alpha and Omega.


"Antigo" -- Old, Ancient, Genuine, True, Beautiful. These are all attributes of God that Augustine came to know and love after spending his youth in loose living and seeking beauty in created things.


When we discover Who God really is, like one who discovered a pearl of great price, or a treasure hidden in a field and sold everything he had to possess it, our perspective in life will change.


May we seek in our life the Divine "Antigo" to know, love and serve. St. Augustine and all the saints sought and found Him. And their lives were never the same again. It is never too late to seek and love Him: the Ever Ancient, Ever New. After all, God is the One Who first pursues us to take us unto Himself. If we will let Him, our lives will never be the same again. He will make us new! #

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8).

"You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you." St. Augustine, "Confessions."

















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