Virgilio Gutierrez is a wonderful and charming person. He is in his seventies, but his expressions are that of a child. He is not tall, thin, with very piercing eyes... Three dogs and two dozen parrots surround him... When you stand next to him a state of peace overwhelms you, which somehow brings you back to your childhood.
I visited him with my friends Gregory and Olga, in Quezon City (Manila). His home was very difficult to find with no street indications... Instead of a wall and door, his front entrance is a green metal latticework, leading into two small rooms; in the room where he welcomes his visitors are cages with noisy parrots, covering the whole wall, chattering and throwing grain on the floor. As we sit with him, his dogs come and sleep at his feet. On the wall opposite the parrots are various pictures and several Orthodox icons, gifts from Russian visitors; he told us he liked them so much for their beauty. In the next room is an altar with a statue of the Virgin Mary and an oak table for "healings," a gift of one Russian, who was cured by Virgilio
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