JOINT STATEMENT of the SVD Philippines Southern Province and University of San Carlos

JOINT STATEMENT of the SVD Philippines Southern Province and University of San Carlos

We issue this Joint Statement to clarify the surrounding facts relative to the presence of policemen at the Talamban Campus of University of San Carlos this morning, February 15th, that to us is of serious concern.

To recall, the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) Philippines Southern Province supported the Archdiocese of Cebu–Commission on Social Advocacies (COSA) project of a bakwit school program with Save Our Schools (SOS) Network.

For this, the SVD hosted last March 11, 2020 the delegation of forty-two (42) students accompanied by five teachers and three community elders (Datu), after four other educational institutions in Cebu hosted the same.

The delegation was housed at the SVD-owned retreat house, accessible through USC– Talamban Campus. The delegation was supposed to complete their modular schooling on April 3, 2020 after which, they would have returned to their respective indigenous communities.

As we all know, though, the Cebu City government imposed quarantine restrictions beginning March 13, 2020 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease of 2019 (CoViD19). After being locked down, the SVD Community has since sheltered the delegation at its retreat house, providing them with comfortable accommodation, and allowing them the use of its facilities for the lumad’s recreation.

When the quarantine restrictions loosened, plans were made for their safe return to their homes. Because the return necessitated logistical preparations to be made and entailed costs such as those relating to the swab tests, fare and food allowance, the travel of the delegation was planned to be carried out in batches. At least four of the delegates have so far returned to their place, and another batch was scheduled to return this week.

It, thus, came as a surprise that reports about minors being “rescued” surfaced today. While COSA mentioned that some parents were coming over to fetch their children, it did not dawn on us that the parents’ visit will necessitate the presence of policemen.

Here, no rescue need ever be conducted because the presence of the lumads in the retreat house was for their welfare and well-being, and all throughout, they were nurtured, cared for, and treated with their best interest in mind.

(original signed)


President, University of San Carlos

(original signed)


Provincial, SVD Philippines Southern Province

Cebu Schedule: Visit of the Heart Relic of St. Camillus


MARCH 5, 2019

10:30 AM – Arrival of the Heart of St. Camillus at the Mactan International Airport; to the Home for the Aged chapel of the Daughters of St. Camillus at San Jose Road, Talamban, Cebu City

2:00 PM – Holy Mass; Veneration follows

7:00 PM – Holy Mass; Veneration continues until 10 pm


MARCH 6, 2019

8:00 AM – Holy Mass at the Novitiate House, Daughters of St. Camillus at San Jose Road, Talamban, Cebu City

10:00 – Arrival at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

12:15 PM – Welcome Mass; Veneration follows at the left side of the Cathedral


MARCH 7, 2019

8:00 AM – Holy Mass

10:30 AM – Pontifical Mass

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Holy Mass every hour

7:00 PM – Farewell Mass


The coming of the relic in Cebu is part of the nationwide visit in the country from Feb. 2 to March 31, 2019.

Join the May 20-June 1 Pilgrimage to Jordan-Israel-Egypt

An Invitation


May 20-June 1, 2019

Package Rate: 3,150 dollars (plus 50 dollars if 71-80 years old)

This is courtesy of Broadway Travel Antipolo.


  1. Round trip economy class air-ticket
  2. Airline taxes
  3. Visa fee, border crossing and exit fares
  4. 10 nights hotel accommodation on twin sharing
  5. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  6. Tours as specified, on air-conditioned motor-coach
  7. Round trip airport hotel transfers with the group
  8. Entrance fees
  9. Services of an English speaking tour guide
  10. Pilgrimage chaplain (Fr. Felmar C. Fiel, SVD)
  11. Services of a tour director
  12. Tips to tour guide and driver
  13. Travel insurance up to 70 years old


Day 1 – Depart from Manila to Amman, Jordan

Day 2 – Amman – Petra – Amman

Day 3 – Amman-Shiekh Hussein Border – Nazareth – Cana

Day 4 – Mt. Tabor – Sea of Galilee – Capernaum – Tabgha – Mt. of Beatitudes

Day 5 – Nazareth – Haifa – Ceasarea – Bethlehem

Day 6 – Bethlehem – Mt. of Olives – Jericho – Dead Sea – Bethlehem

Day 7 – Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Mt. Zion – Ein Kerem – Bethlehem

Day 8 – Bethlehem – Bethany – Eliat – Taba Border Crossing- St. Catherine

Day 9 – St. Catherine – Cairo

Day 10 – Cairo

Day 11 – Cairo – Manila

Day 12 – Home Sweet Home


Photo Credit: I am Katoliko Blog




February 2 (Saturday) – Arrival of the Heart Relic (Villamor Airbase to Our Lady of Lapaz Parish, Makati City)

February 3 (Sunday) – Our Lady of Lapaz Parish, Makati City

February 4 (Monday) – Travel from OLLP to Quezon City Hospitals (Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute and Lung Center of the Philippines)

February 5 (Tuesday) – Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute and Lung Center of the Philippines

February 6- 7 (Wednesday and Thursday) – Camillian Sisters Kingsville

February 8 (Friday) – from Camillian Sisters to Camillus Medhaven Home for the Elderly

February 9 (Saturday) – St. Camillus College Seminary (Youth Camp)

February 10 (Sunday) – AM at the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Cathedral; PM – Nuestra Señora dela Annunciata Parish

February 11 (Monday) – Immaculate Conception Cathedral Cubao

February 12-13 (Tuesday and Wednesday) – St. Camillus Provincialate

February 14 (Thursday) –Travel to Malolos (Cathedral-Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception)

February 15 (Friday) – Travel from Malolos to Dagupan, Pangasinan

February 16 (Saturday) – St. John the Evangelist Cathedral

February 17 (Sunday) – Travel from Dagupan to Baguio City (Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral)

February 18 (Monday) – Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral

February 19(Tuesday) – Travel from Baguio to Manila (St. Camillus Provincialate)

February 20 (Wednesday) – Travel from QC to Pasig (Immaculate Conception Cathedral)

February 21 (Thursday) – AM  – Immaculate Conception Cathedral; PM – St. Camillus Medical Center

February 22 (Friday) – From QC Provincialate to EDSA Shrine

February 23 (Saturday) – Christ the King Parish, Green Meadows

February 24 (Sunday) – Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord (SM Megamall)

February 25 (Monday) – Travel to San Pablo, Laguna (St. Paul the Hermit Cathedral)

February 26 (Tuesday) – Travel from San Pablo to Lipa, Batangas (San Sebastian Cathedral)

February 27 (Wednesday) – San Sebastian Cathedral; Travel back to Manila

February 28 (Thursday) – Travel to Naga City – Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

March 1 (Friday) – Travel to Legaspi City, Albay – Cathedral of San Gregorio Magno

March 2-3 (Saturday and Sunday) – Travel from Legaspi to Calbayog – Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral

March 4 (Monday) – Travel from Calbayog to Palo – Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration

March 5 (Tuesday) – Travel from Palo to Cebu – Daughters of St. Camillus, Talamban, Cebu City

March 6-7 (Wednesday and Thursday) – Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

March 8 (Friday) – Travel from Cebu to Bohol – St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral

March 9 (Saturday) – Travel from Bohol to Cebu for the Iloilo flight – St. Elizabeth of Hungary Cathedral of Jaro, Iloilo

March 10-11 (Sunday and Monday) – St. Elizabeth of Hungary Cathedral of Jaro, Iloilo

March 12 (Tuesday) – Travel to Bacolod – San Sebastian Cathedral

March 13 (Wednesday) – San Sebastian Cathedral; Travel to Davao

March 14 (Thursday) – Travel to Mati, Davao Oriental – San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral

March 15 (Friday) – San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral; St. Camillus Hospital of Mati

March 16 (Saturday) – St. Camillus Hospital of Mati; Travel from Mati to Davao City

March 17-18 (Sunday and Monday) – San Pedro Cathedral of Davao

March 19 (Tuesday) – Travel from Davao to Cagayan de Oro – St. Augustine Cathedral

March 20 (Wednesday) – St. Augustine Cathedral

March 21 (Thursday) – Travel from CDO to Manila – St. Camillus Provincialate

March 22 (Friday) – St. Camillus Provincialate

March 23 (Saturday) – Travel to San Fernando, Pampanga – Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando

March 24 (Sunday) – Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando; Travel  to San Roque Cathedral of Caloocan

March 25 (Monday) – San Roque Cathedral of Caloocan; Travel to Parañaque – St. Andrew’s Cathedral

March 26 (Tuesday) – St. Andrew’s Cathedral; Travel to Manila

March 27 (Wednesday) – Philippine General Hospital and San Lazaro Hospital

March 28 (Thursday) – National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Manila

March 29 (Friday) – Sto. Niño de Tondo

March 30 (Saturday) – Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral)

March 31 (Sunday) – Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral); Travel Back to Rome




World A.I.D.S. Day – Cebu Activities

World AIDS Day


What: Commemoration of WORLD AIDS DAY
When: Dec. 01, 2018 (1pm – 6pm)
Where: Plaza Independencia, Cebu City


Schedule of Activities:


1pm – 4:pm = Talk at the Tents: A focussed-group discussion (FGD)


a) On Mental Health
– Speaker: ABURAJIV A. MANABILANG of Mens University Cebu

b) HIV 101

c) On Sexual Orientation Gender Identity & Expression (SOGIE)
– Speaker: GERALD L. YGAY

d) On Philippine HealthCare System
– Speaker: IRISH GRACE RAMIREZ of Aksyon Health Workers – Cebu

e) On Violence Against Women & Children
– Speaker: ANGEL TROCIO of Gabriela – Cebu

f) On Philippine Society & Culture
– Speaker: c/o Student Christian Movement of the Phils.

g) On Drug Addiction
– Speaker: FAMELA MANTUHAC of Surrender to GOD (SuGOD)

h) On Solid Waste Disposal
– Speaker: TONY C. GALON

i) Photo Exhibit
– Panaghugpong sa mga Kabus nga Taga-Dakbayan


*note: Participants can freely choose what topic(s) they want to attend. At least 40-45 minutes is given to every topic so that participants can attend at least 3 topics of their volition.


4:30pm – 6:00pm = Ecumenical Prayer and Candle Lighting: An afternoon of Prayer, Songs and Sharing of life-experiences


Other Services:
1. Free, Fast, Confidential HIV Screening
2. BP Taking
3. Random Blood Sugar Testing
4. Uric Acid Test
5. Blood Typing
6. FREE T-SHIRT PRINTING (just bring your own shirt: red or white)



SVDs, SSpS, USC Mission Meet Up with Partner Communities

University of San Carlos Talamban Campus, Cebu City

For the very first time, I attended the 3rd annual gathering of the partner communities of the SVDs, Holy Spirit Sisters and the University of San Carlos (USC) at the St. Arnold Janssen and St. Joseph Freinademetz chapel of the Talamban campus. The theme of the gathering was “Panagtambayayong Alang sa Paglambo sa Kalikupan.” The event highlighted activities related to JPIC-IDC’s promotion of good environmental practices that should be imbibed and integrated by local partners in their initiatives towards community development.


The theme of the celebration


University of San Carlos Talamban Campus, Cebu City


After the Holy Mass presided by Fr. Heinz Kulűke, SVD, the different communities were acknowledged.  I was tasked to present a video about the “Inconvenient Truth” and Sr. Sandra Clemente made a creative presentation on Laudatu Si. An interpretative dance contest was held in the afternoon.


Called to Serve


Products from Janssenville-San Pio in Dumlog, Talisay City


This annual gathering intended to recognize the achievements of local partner communities. It also aimed to provide venue for each local partner to learn and share from each other’s success stories, dreams and aspirations as a community.

T-shirt, embroidery and mug printing livelihood of our partner community from St. Arnold Janssen Village, Maghaway, Talisay City. Contact person is Mr. Edwin Ruaza: 0933-537-0713 or 0997-584-1613.


Sharing Among Parents


The date of the event was strategic: World Mission Sunday. This is so to manifest that the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) as a religious congregation, its lay partners and other SVD institutions like the JPIC-IDC and the University of San Carlos share the common vision of long-lasting change in the lives of the poor and marginalized communities they are journeying with.


Products from Janssenville Compostela, Basak and Canamucan


Products from St. Arnold Janssen Village Tangub


Products from our partner community in Bantayan Island



Photo Credit: DXGN


OCTOBER 14, 2018 (Sunday)

10 am – Arrival at Davao Airport / Motorcade to Ateneo de Davao University- Matina

11 am – Eucharistic celebration at Ateneo de Davao University- Matina

1:00 pm – Public Veneration

5:00 pm – Conference

7:00 pm – Procession to San Pedro Cathedral

8:00 pm – Public Veneration



OCTOBER 15, 2018 (Monday)

6 am – Eucharistic Celebration

12 nn – Eucharistic Celebration

5:30 pm – Eucharistic Celebration


There will be a continuous public veneration which will be interrupted only by the celebration of the Holy Mass as scheduled.



OCTOBER 16, 2018 (Tuesday)

6 am – Transfer to REMASE, Catalunan Grande

8 am – Start of Activity which is exclusive for priests and consecrated persons

4 pm – Return to San Pedro Cathedral

5:30 pm – Eucharistic Celebration

6:30 pm – Public Veneration



OCTOBER 17, 2018 (Wednesday)

6 am – Eucharistic Celebration

8 am – Motorcade to Airport





October 11-14 Schedule – Heart of St. Padre Pio – Visit to Cebu

Archdiocese of Cebu Schedule



(OCTOBER 11-14, 2018)



10:30 am – Welcome Mass at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral (Archbishop Jose Palma, DD, Archbishop of Cebu)

12:15 pm to 7 pm – Regular Masses

7:45 pm – Procession around the block of the Cathedral

9:00 pm – Holy Mass with Healing Session (Fr. Joselin Gonda, Parish Priest, National Shrine of St. Padre Pio







5:30 am – Regular Masses (5:30 am – 10:30 am)

10:30 am – Farewell Mass (Msgr. Ruben Labajo, Team Moderator, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral)

12:15 pm – Departure for IEC Pavilion

12:00 nn – Registration for the Recollection of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons in the Visayas

1:00 pm – Conference: The Person, Priesthood and Spirituality of St. Padre Pio (Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector, St. Padre Pio National Shrine)

2:00 pm – Conference: Renewed Servant Leaders (Clergy) for the New Evangelization (Msgr. Buenaventura Famadico, DD, Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on the Clergy)

3:00 pm – Conference: Renewed Servant Leaders (Consecrated Persons) for the New Evangelization (Sr. Joy Carmel Jumawan, Executive Secretary of the Commission on Mutual Relations between Bishops and Religious)

4:00 pm – Reflection and Prayer

4:30 pm – Break

5:00 pm – Holy Mass with Renewal of Priestly Promises and Religious Vows


(The IEC will be closed for the re-arrangement and cleaning of the venue)


9:00 pm – Holy Mass with Healing Session (Msgr. Buenaventura Famadico, DD, Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on the Clergy)







6:00 am – VENERATION

8:00 am – Holy Mass sponsored by St. Padre Pio Communities in the Visayas

9:00 am to 3:00 pm – VENERATION

3:00 pm – Holy Mass sponsored by World Apostolate of Fatima (Msgr. Ruben Labajo, Spiritual Director of WAF-Cebu)

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm – VENERATION

9:00 pm – Holy Mass with Healing Session

10:00 pm – VENERATION

12:00 mn – Anticipated Holy Mass (Fr. Jonald Concha, Vicar for the Clergy of Cebu)





6:00 am – Farewell Concelebrated Mass (Msgr. Dennis Villarojo, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu)




October 5-11 Schedule – Heart Relic of St. Padre Pio – Visit to the Philippines

Photo Credit: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila website

October 5, 2018 (Friday) –  Arrival at NAIA; Evening Motorcade to the Shrine; Welcome liturgy and Holy Mass


October 6-7, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday) – National Shrine of St. Padre Pio; concelebrated Mass at 9 am; veneration and confession


Photo Credit: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila website

October 8, 2018: Day of the Clergy and Consecrated People

10 am – Arrival of the Relic and welcome liturgy, conferences, reflection, prayers and veneration (exclusive for the clergy and the religious)

4:30 pm – Short procession to Plaza Mayor, Mass (open for all); Presider: Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, Bishop of Caloocan and CBCP Vice President

After the Mass, veneration will be open to the public overnight at the Santissimo Rosario Parish


October 9, 2018

7:30 am – Farewell Mass and eventual transfer to Manila Cathedral (The Manila Cathedral will be open 24 hours to allow many devotees to venerate the relic. Confessions will also be available)

9:00 am – Arrival of the Relic and Welcome Mass

12:10 pm – Holy Mass

6:00 pm – Holy Mass


October 10, 2018

7:30 am – Holy Mass

12:10 pm – Holy Mass

6:00 pm – Holy Mass

October 11, 2018

6:00 am – Farewell Mass and departure of the relic to the Archdiocese of Cebu