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10 Things to Know About #Sinulog2017 and #FiestaSenyor2017 January 6, 2017

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The theme for the feast this year is “Sto. Niňo: Source of Communion, Protector of Creation.” This theme comes from two main sources: First, the current Archdiocesan/CBCP thrust set for 2021 celebration: 2017 is dedicated to the Year of the Parish: Communion of Communities and the basic Augustinian Spirituality on Community Life. Second, the papal enclical Laudato Si’ of Pope Francis.

1. The theme for the feast this year is “Sto. Niňo: Source of Communion, Protector of Creation.” This theme comes from two main sources: First, the current Archdiocesan/CBCP thrust set for 2021 celebration: 2017 is dedicated to the Year of the Parish: Communion of Communities and the basic Augustinian Spirituality on Community Life. Second, the papal enclical Laudato Si’ of Pope Francis.

 

The Basilica and the Augustinian community has a new Prior and Rector in the person of Fr. Pacifico C. Nohara, OSA. He succeeded Fr. Jonas Mejares, OSA. (Photo Credit: Fr. Pacifico's FB)

2. The Basilica and the Augustinian community has a new Prior and Rector in the person of Fr. Pacifico C. Nohara, OSA. He succeeded Fr. Jonas Mejares, OSA. (Photo Credit: Fr. Pacifico’s FB)

 

This year’s Hermano and Hermana: Mr. Leo and Cristina Manguilimutan. During the press conference, there was so much kilig factor as their story of faith and devotion was shared. As devotees, they had a favorite spot at the Basilica whenever they attend Holy Masses. However, there was a time when they had a very serious fight to the point of not speaking to each other. Leo went to the Basilica to pray and attended the Holy Mass. Cristina also went to the Basilica and saw her husband right there on their favorite spot. Both of them had a change of heart.  (Photo Credits: Sun.Star Foto/Arni Aclao)

3. This year’s Hermano and Hermana: Mr. Leo and Cristina Manguilimutan. During the press conference, there was so much kilig factor as their story of faith and devotion was shared. As devotees, they had a favorite spot at the Basilica whenever they attend Holy Masses. However, there was a time when they had a very serious fight to the point of not speaking to each other. Leo went to the Basilica to pray and attended the Holy Mass. Cristina also went to the Basilica and saw her husband right there on their favorite spot. Both of them had a change of heart. (Photo Credits: Sun.Star Foto/Arni Aclao)

 

The Basilica is open to all pilgrims 24 hours during the novenario days.

4. The Basilica is open to all pilgrims 24 hours during the novenario days.

 

The Basilica is working closely with all the government agencies, especially in terms of safety and security. The security management team of the Basilica even underwent Bomb Threat Management as part of their safety and security preparations.

5. The Basilica is working closely with all the government agencies, especially in terms of safety and security. The security management team of the Basilica even underwent Bomb Threat Management as part of their safety and security preparations.

 

6. At least  five thousand persons, including police and soldiers from the Armed Forces will be deployed on the streets of Cebu City to secure the peace and order in the Sinulog and #FiestaSenyor2017 activities.

6. At least five thousand persons, including police and soldiers from the Armed Forces will be deployed on the streets of Cebu City to secure the peace and order in the Sinulog and #FiestaSenyor2017 activities.

 

7. The Muslim community in Cebu also promised to support the efforts of the police and the military in securing the Sinulog festival. Two hundred Muslim youths will monitor the event for any suspicious-looking persons.

7. The Muslim community in Cebu also promised to support the efforts of the police and the military in securing the Sinulog festival. Two hundred Muslim youths will monitor the event for any suspicious-looking persons.

 

8. Organizers of the grand parade on January 15 have chosen a route that’s two kilometers shorter because they want the parade to end early, and be more orderly.

8. Organizers of the grand parade on January 15 have chosen a route that’s two kilometers shorter because they want the parade to end early, and be more orderly.

 

9. Those who are bringing backpacks, especially bulky ones, must expect to be subjected for random inspection. So, better not bring backpacks.

9. Those who are bringing backpacks, especially bulky ones, must expect to be subjected for random inspection. So, better not bring backpacks.

 

10. The flying of balloons is highly discouraged. They are not only hazardous but also caused disruption in electrical lines.

10. The flying of balloons is highly discouraged. They are not only hazardous but also caused disruption in electrical lines.

 

 

DYRF Programming for #FiestaSenyor2017 January 4, 2017

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Viva Pit Senyor!

 

JANUARY 5 – HUWEBES

·         4:30 am Penitential Walk

·         5:30 am Holy Mass / Installation of the Hermano and Hermana Mayor 2017

Presider: Fr. Pacifico Nohara, Jr., OSA (Rector of the Basilica del Sto. Niňo de Cebu Community)

 

JANUARY 6  – BIYERNES

·         2:30 pm Msgr. Roberto Alesna (Team Moderator, St. Therese-Lahug)

 

JANUARY 7 – SABADO

·         2:30 pm Fr. Jessel Bangoy, RCJ (St. Hannibal Formation Center)

 

JANUARY 8 – DOMINGO

·         2:30 pm Fr. Pacifico Nohara, Jr., OSA (Rector of the Basilica del Sto. Niño de Cebu Community)

 

JANUARY 9 – LUNES

·         2:30 pm Fr. Leviticus Daňos, OAD (Prior, Our Lady of Fatima Parish Community)

 

JANUARY 10 – MARTES

·         2:30 pm Fr. Renchie Senoro, OSA (Sto. Niño Spirituality Center)

 

JANUARY 11 – MIYERKULES

·         2:30 pm Fr. Crisologo Suan (Provincial Superior, Order of Augustinian Discalced)

 

JANUARY 12 – HUWEBES

·         2:30 pm Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD (President, University of San Carlos)

 

JANUARY 13 – BIYERNES

·         4:30 am Walk with Mary

·         2:30 pm Fr. Harvey Argoncillo (Professor, St. John XXIII Seminary)

 

JANUARY 14 – SABADO

·         1 pm Solemn Procession

·         6 pm Pontifical Mass, Msgr. John Du (Archbishop of Palo)

 

JANUARY 15 -DOMINGO

·         6 am Pontifical Mass, Msgr. Jose Palma (Archbishop of Cebu)

 

JANUARY 20 – BIYERNES

·         4:30 am Hubo Mass, Fr. Pacifico Nohara, Jr., OSA (Rector of the Basilica del Sto. Niňo de Cebu Community)

 

 

Davao City, Circa 1950s December 30, 2016

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Photo Credit: Davao of the Past Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Davao of the Past Facebook Page

 

Davao City, Circa 1950s. Probably, this is Toril area, upon entrance to the city.

It was granted “city status” on March 16, 1936.

The city serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and the

regional center of Davao Region.

Davao is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines.

The city is also nicknamed as:

“King City of the South”
“City of Royalties”
“Crown Jewel of Mindanao”
“Fruit Basket of the Philippines”
“Eco-Adventure Capital of the Philippines”
“Durian Capital of the Philippines”
“Highland to Island Destination”

4th World Apostolic Congress On Mercy: Topics and Speakers December 20, 2016

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World Apostolic Congress On Mercy

World Apostolic Congress On Mercy

 

4th WORLD APOSTOLIC CONGRESS ON MERCY (WACOM4)
January 16-20, 2017
Philippines
Topics and Speakers:

• TALK 1
January 17 UST
“The Church is Called to be a Communion in the Love and Mercy of God in Jesus Christ”
H.E. Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I, D.D.
Archbishop of Cotabato

• TALK 2
January 17 UST
“The Church Receives and Celebrates The Mercy of God through the Word and Sacraments Especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation”
Rev. Fr. Patrice Chocholski
Cure of Ars

• TALK 3
January 17 UST
“The Church is the Servant and Witness of God’s Mercy”
Rev. Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, M.I.C.

•TALK 4
January 17 UST
“The Church is Sent to be Missionary of Mercy to the Poor and Suffering of the World”
Most Rev. Anicetus Bongsu Sinaga, O.F.M.Cap., D.D.
Archbishop of Medan, Indonesia

• TALK 5
January 18 Batangas
“Remembering and Celebrating the Mercy of God as a Forgiven and Forgiving Community”
Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, D.D.
Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches

• TALK 6
January 19 Bulacan
“Witnessing to the Mercy of God As the Church of and for the Poor”
Most Rev. Rolando Tria-Tirona, O.C.D., D.D.
Archbishop of Caceres
Chairman, CBCP-NASSA

• TALK 7
January 20 Bataan
“Being Sent as a Church of God’s Mercy to the World”
H.E. Philippe Cardinal Barbarin, D.D.
Archbishop of Lyon, France

 

Misericordia et Misera in Smokey Mountain December 15, 2016

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The Parish of Risen Christ

The Parish of Risen Christ

Many thanks to the faithful of the Risen Christ Parish in Smokey Mountain, Tondo who came para sa aking talk on Misericordia et Misera (Mercy and Misery), the latest apostolic letter of Pope Francis. Salamat din sa aking classmate na si Fr. Jhonatan Letada, the parish priest. The photo above was taken when I arrived before the 6 pm Holy Mass.

 

Fr. Jhonatan Letada, SVD and some of the parishioners

Together with Fr. Jhonatan Letada, SVD and some of the parishioners

This is the first time for me to give a talk about the latest apostolic letter of Pope Francis within the Archdiocese of Manila. The deal started during the ordination last week when Fr. Jhonatan invited me to come to his parish so that we could celebrate our 8th sacerdotal anniversary together. However, I told him that I could not be available on December 6, our anniversary, because I would have a talk at the San Antonio de Padua Parish in Los Baňos on the same topic.

 

 

I then suggested to him that I give a talk about Misericordia et Misera. He immediately set the date: December 13. I said yes immediately with the condition that it must be free. #fortheSVD. And yes, the rest is history.

 

 

After the talk, we had dinner together. Then, he gave me a cellophane of chocolate as a token of appreciation. LIKE! I went back to Christ the King Seminary in the evening with a very wide smile. It was a very wonderful day.

 

 

 

 

Immaculate Conception Parish of Kiblawan Circa 1969 December 5, 2016

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Immaculate Conception Parish of Kiblawan, Circa 1969

Immaculate Conception Parish of Kiblawan, Circa 1969

A rare photo of the old Immaculate Conception Parish of Kiblawan (Davao del Sur), Circa 1969 during a seminar dated September 12-14. Encircled here is my uncle/lolo Bonifacio Fiel, cousin of my Lolo Feliciano, who became the vice-mayor of the town as a result of the snap election in the 80s. Pangitaa pod inyong mga lolo diria.

 

Kiblawan in the Christianization of Davao

1848 – The Recollect Fathers were the first missionaries who started the work for evangelization in the Davao region. Father Francisco Lopez, a Recoletos priest, with the aid of the Spanish lawyer and adventurer Jose Oyanguren, baptized many natives.

 

December 1949 – Davao became a Prelature Nullius.

 

1952 – Father Paul Gravel established St. Michael Parish of Padada.

 

1963 –  Father Jean-Louis Breault founded the St. Michael Parish of Matanao.

 

1964 – The Immaculate Conception Parish of Kiblawan was founded by Father George Courchesne.

 

1966 – The Prelature of Davao became a diocese.

 

1970 – The Diocese of Davao became an Archdiocese.

 

Nov. 8, 1979 –  Digos became a diocese.

 

 

 

17 Quotes on Misericordia et Misera (Mercy and Misery) November 30, 2016

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 As the Year of Mercy ended, Pope Francis signed an apostolic letter called Misericordia et Misera telling that mercy is not a passing event in the history of the Church but it is the life of the Church. Here are some of the 17 quotes I like.

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An Advent Prayer November 25, 2016

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An Advent Prayer

An Advent Prayer

God of hope, who brought love into this world,
be the love that dwells between us.

God of hope, who brought peace into this world,

be the peace that dwells between us.

God of hope, who brought joy into this world,

be the joy that dwells between us.

God of hope, the rock we stand upon,

be the center, the focus of our lives always, a

nd particularly this Advent time.

Amen.

 

Rest in Peace, Mother Aurora! November 20, 2016

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Mother Mary Aurora with #Maiden

Mother Mary Aurora with #Aldub (Photo Not Mine)

Mother Mary Aurora (real name: Josefina Marasigan), the Filipina Pink Sister visited by #Aldub couple Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards during their vacation in Germany, has died at the age of 93. Mother Mary Aurora served as the Mother General of the Pink Sisters for 34 years, leading the religious institute four times until reaching the age of 80. She was also a spiritual adviser to the late president Corazon Aquino during the People Power Revolution of 1986.

The congregation was founded in 1896 and officially named Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (SSpSap). The nuns live a contemplative life, focused on perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, offering intercessory prayers for the world. Inside the cloister the nuns wear rose-colored habits in honor of the Holy Spirit. As a consequence of these habits those nuns are nicknamed the “Pink Sisters.”

My congregation, the Society of the Divine Word and the Pink Sisters have the same founder: Saint Arnold Janssen. The Blue Sisters (Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit) complete the Arnoldus Family Trio.

The Pink Sisters in the Philippines have their convents in Tagaytay City, Quezon City, Baguio City, Cebu City, Aklan and Davao City.

 

 

 

 

SVD Ordination 2016 November 15, 2016

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The Vivat Class

The Vivat Class

 

Be one with us in prayers….
Ordination to the Sacred of the Presbyterate.
Divine Word Missionaries.
December 3, 2016. 9 AM.
Divine Word Seminary of Tagaytay.
See you there