The Society of the Divine Word (SVD) is now celebrating our one hundred years of missionary presence in the Philippines. On August 15, 1909, the first two SVD missionaries arrived in Manila and began their long journey to Abra, a landlocked province in Northern part of Luzon. With only a bamboo raft, Fr. Juan Scheiermann, SVD and Fr. Ludwig Beckert, SVD journeyed on Abra River to Bangued, the capital. They reached Pilar, Cagotungan, Abra — their mission station, by horse — in their full black cassocks! Perhaps they never thought that one hundred years after, the SVD mission in the Philippines will be this big and this successful. We owe all to the grace of God.


It seems young priests are more comfortable in front of the camera

Last August 17, I arrived in Cebu for the Centennial Celebration of the SVD Philippine Southern Province. More than 100 of my confreres came to celebrate this significant occassion.


Hehe Parang Mag-Ama! Puros Hubag!

With the theme “We Remember, We Rejoice, We Renew”, we were delighted to hear anecdotes about the SVD in the Philippines. Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD shared to us never-been-heard-nor-published stories about the Divine Word Missionaries in the Philippines (Sample: Did you know that the SVD owned all the Church properties in one of the Archdioceses in the country after the World War II? Mahabang istorya ito!) I was really thankful to the good bishop who happened to be the ordaining prelate during my priestly ordination. So, i also took the opportunity to have photo op with him.


Fr. Tony Pernia, SVD shared about the facts and figures in the Philippine SVD. FYI, Fr. Tony is the Superior General of the SVD worldwide!!! Not only that, he is a Filipino!!! During our time with him, somebody made a remark, “100 years of the SVD in the Philippines is not enough to produce a saint, but enough to produce a Superior General.”


The SVD together with the Blue Sisters and the Pink Sisters

GEDC5264The Pink Sisters are praying for me! Ssshhh, wag maingay!

Our sister congregations also celebrated with us. The Centennial Mass was celebrated at the Pink Sisters Convent together with our lay mission partners, XVDs and the Blue and Pink Sisters. The presider and the mass homilist was Fr. Tony. Agape meal followed.

We also had basketball exhibition game: SVD vs. XVD (ex-SVD seminarians). Did I mention the SVD won? We were on the Sports page of the Sunstar Magazine the following day, and the whole of Cebu knew about it.

Ricardo Cardinal Vidal also joined us for the prayer before the clergy religious night. He also expressed his appreciations for the missionary work done by the SVDs in the Archdiocese of Cebu.

GEDC5344The SVDs listened to a fisherman from Cordova

The last day of the Centennial Celebration proved to be the most memorable and most meaningful for me. Perhaps all my other confreres will also agree. We went to Cordova, where one of the housing projects of the SVD is located. Father Max Abalos, SVD, who spearheaded the project said that it is geared toward the development and liberation of the people from poverty and oppression. The Cordova fisherfolk village has now a cooperative business and will soon establish their dried danggit business.


Mabenta ang mais ng mga fisher folks. Mga pari nag-enjoy!

Our last stop was the Janssenville in Bangkal, Soong, Lapu-Lapu City. Janssenville is another housing project of the SVD. It is a compound of 100 houses with a gate and a chapel for the housing recipients. Together with NGOs, our mission partners, fisherfolks, street children, XVDs, students, visitors, Janssenville settlers and many others, we were given a tour in the area. Fr. Anthony Salas, SVD, JPIC-IDC director, said the houses were built through the consolidated effort of the SVD and the University of San Carlos (USC) community and the beneficiaries.


Fr. Tony is given a tour in the Janssenville Compound

The Holy Mass in the afternoon was presided by Bishop Bastes. He also gave the homily in flawless Visayan language. Hehe Bol-anon man pod diay siya mao nga hasler kaayo mobisaya. Paka-paka oy!

GEDC5366Bishop Bastes, SVD

After that, Fr. Tony led the blessing of the whole village. We blest the 100 houses, one priest per house. (siyempre sama ako doon). It was very touching…ang bawat pamilya may isa-isang paring dala papunta sa kanilang mga bahay. Masaya ang naging kwentuhan ko with the family na nakasama ko.

Fellowship meal followed. It was like a feast. I was happy and thankful to be part of that celebration. Indeed, it was a piece of heaven. More pictures HERE!!!

Congrats SVD and may the Triune God live in the hearts of all.




134 thoughts on “PHILIPPINE SVD @ 100

  1. Maligayang ika-100 taon sa Philippine SVD Padre Fiel. Nawa’y maipagpatuloy niyo ang magagandang misyon sa Pilipinas.

    Mabuhay ang Philippine SVD.

  2. ay pa sekond base father “bro” happy centinnial year sa Philippine SVD! naks! mga young priest click lng ng click! pektyurs dito pektyurs dun! 😀 nice!

    ahahaha kakulet ng pic mo father sa likod ng mga pink sisters. ahihihihi

  3. nahuli ako.. pero HAPPY CENTENNIAL year posa lahat ng SVD sa Pilipinas!

    napansin ko lang ung mga pink sisters! sobrang thankful ako sa kanila.. dahil ang lalakas nila kay BIG BRO at lahat ng prayers/intentions nila for other people ay binibigyan ng katuparan.. nice to know that those sistes inside have their own way of helping people while SVD outside ay sobrang nakikisalamuha sa mga ordinaryong tao at patuloy na nagpapalakas hindi lang ng spiritual kundi pati narin sa pang araw araw na pakikibaka ng mga mamamayan..

    MABUHAY PO KAYONG LAHAT! at sana ay dumami pa kayo!~ ^^

    • thank you bons! totoo, laki ng tulong ng mga pink sisters sa amin. sila ang prayer warriors naming mga paring svds. dahil sa panalangin nila, naging santo din ang aming founder.

      dito sa pinas, and SVD ang pinakamalaking male religious congregation…

  4. pang ilang base ako? 🙂
    sayang naman hindi ko man lang nakita ang mga mukha ng mga pink sisters…. oo nga busy sila kausap si bossing 🙂
    habang ang isa diyan mega pa cute sa mga pink sisters ….
    ginawang background?may ganuuuuun? 🙂

    Happy centennial sa mga SVD!!!!
    Ang saya talga ng buhay pari!!!! 🙂

    • pang-apat ka: si pulubi, si tope, si bons, then ikaw!

      priviledge kaming mga svd kasi nakakausap namin ang iba sa kanila and during the mass, nakikita namin ang mga mukha nila…

      sana one time, makadalaw tayo sa pink sisters diyan sa hemady, malapit lang sa christ the king…

      • sa hemady?????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sa new manila??????????

        diyan nakatira ang dati kong special friend na nasa SSS (blessed sacrament) san dun ang mga pink sister??????

        baka kapit bahay lang nila……. waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh kainis ka padz pinaalala mo nanaman siyaaaahhhhh huhuhuhuhu
        napaniginipan ko nga siya last night eh kase namiss ni nanay ang lambing ng mokong na yun….. hinahanap sa akin bakit wala na daw kaming communication ni ype????? hindi ko masabi na wala sya sa blessed sacrament……….. (sigh) napamahal talga si ype sa nanay ko sa sobrang lambing nung taong yun sa family ko lalo na kay lester …………..

      • namiss ko tuloy ang black en white angel ko na taga blessed sacrament sa new manila sa hemady kaya yun…..
        eto sila….


      • yes, sa hemady, new manila may pink sisters!

        hehehe. its actually walking distance lang from the intersection diyan sa christ the king.

        from christ the king, makikita mo ang red ribbon…wag ka pumasok doon, wala ang pink sisters doon..

        mga 3 or four blocks more..straight lang…makikita mo na ang convent nila…

  5. sya nga pala father.., nabasa mo comment ni jason sa na comment ko sa kanya? tungkol dun sa MAIS na post nya…. ang ganda ng comment nya sa sinabi ko… 🙂

    kase naman ramdam kong si mais eh si jason…. kaya kala ko sa christ the king ang deretso ni mais hehehe 🙂

  6. followed you from B7. “may the Triune God live in the hearts of all” How can I forget this when in my early years in school it had always been recited?

  7. HI Father!!

    hehehe iba ka talaga!!!

    nag-iisang pari ka!

    hahahaha naaliw ako s apic mo na may mga sisters in pink. tapos ikaw nag papicture pa heheh

    may hang over pa rin ako s threat mo kay mais

  8. congratulations and more power to you fr. fiel at sa buong sangkaparian ng SVD dito sa Pilipinas on the occasion of your centennial anniversary. more years to come to the SVD mission here and abroad.

    fr. totoo na sobrang lakas ng prayers ng mga pink sisters, had so much blessings thru their intercession. sobrang thankful po ako sa kanila. alam nyo fr., 5 of 6 pink sisters convent dito sa atin eh na-byahe ko na rin. una kong napuntahan yong sa davao, then tagaytay, new manila, baguio and last yong sa kalibo. cebu na lang fr ang di ko napapasyalan. at papasyalan ko din yun next time.

    God bless us all!

    • bah talagang lumalaboy ka talaga kung saan ang mga families ni st. arnold janssen…hehehe.

      ang pinakauna ko ring napuntahan ay ang davao pink sisters…

      siyempre dahil taga davao ako…

      kabi-visit ko pa lang sa pink sisters cebu…

      sa aklan ang di ko pa napuntahan…

  9. i miss christianity in the philippines. in the u.s., churches sometimes can feel like special clubs where only club members can enjoy club activities during club hours. where as in the philippines, the churches are there to serve those in need. and i remember tondo church being opened all day allowing the poor to refuge whenever they need it.
    again, thank u for ur service.
    (my mom wanted me to become a priest growing up…that is why she named me jesus. and i did, too…until puberty arrived. women are loveable)

  10. Father, happy 100 years sa inyo.God is faithful at kailan man di Nya pinapabayaan ang mga naglilingkod sa Kanya.

    God bless us all.

  11. happy centennial po!

    SVD na pinoy din yung pari na nagmimisa don sa sinisimbahan ko dito sa Hamburg Germany padre…baka kalaro nyo sa piko yun…ah kaso mukhang mas matanda yun sa inyo,hihihi

    uulitin ko ang sagot ko sa comment nyo sa akin…dito po ako sa Hamburg nagkakandirit…bakasyon lang po yung sa denmark…pero dati ako dong nagtratrabaho…

  12. Happy Centennial Anniversary po Father! Same po pala ang SVD at Baguio Centennial din kasi ng City of Pines this year! More years to come serving God and the people!

  13. HI father para ka pa sila Kuya Philip at Kuya ian na mga pagpapari
    nagpunta rin ako sa seminaryo sa Blessed Sacrament sa Quezon City nanalo ako sa hep-hep hooray nung Family Day sa nung December.. kaya lang wala na si Kuya Philip du’n.

  14. add moko sa friendster ko eto yung email address ko oh nandun sila kuya ko nung family day namin
    ayaw ako turuan ni ate lenlen ko mag blogs ewan ko talaga dito sa kalaban ko …. kalaban ko yan eh

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  16. nawala lahat ng sasabihin ko dahil hindi ko alam ang ‘hubag.’ ano yown?

    haha. happy centennial! akala ko dati mundo lang ang nagce celebrate ng 100 years yun pala pati mga entity at organization. pero naman kase, grade 1 palang ako non nung naisip ko yown.

    ang daming tumatumbling.

  17. wow! nalingaw kaayo ko sa imo blog Fr. Fiel labi na kani nga part, hehehe…. God bless you and i love you all SVDs! Congrats! 🙂

  18. Hello Father Felmar,
    I like your blog…nakakatuwa…hindi niyo po ako kilala…student po ako ng ka-batch niyo, si Fr. Aris Martin. Second year po ako ng Certificate in Theo. Studies dito sa Tagaytay.I discover your blog when I searched the internet for Fr. Aris pictures.Papaalam po ako na kumuha ako ng pictures niya dito sa blog mo…isasama ko po kayo sa special thanks ko sa power point presentation ko, gift ng klase namin for his birthday last August 31. I hope to meet you in person someday…continue to win more souls for His kingdom..Godbless

    Last August 21-23, nasa Abra din kayo? Pumunta po ang ilan sa classmates namin kasama ako to join the 100 years celebration….Pumunta po ba kayo doon?

  19. Naaliw po ako dun sa caption mo, yung sa parang mag-ama lang hehehe.
    Scrolling down and reading some more, mas lalo akong naaliw dun sa piktyur mo na background ang pink sisters hehehe. Habang sila ay taimtim na nagdarasal, ikaw naman ay taimtim na…nagpapa-piktyur 😀

    • actually, kasama sana ang mga pink sisters na mag-group picture taking…kasi di kaya ng powers nila na humarap sa amin.

      kaya ayon! tumalikod sila…

      pero paminsan minsan naman nakikita din naman namin sila pag nagmimisa. then may meal lagi yan after mass, doon nakakausap namin ang mother superior…

  20. Happy centennial po sa mga SVD. Dati po ay may nakasarama rin akong mga taga-SVD. Medyo taksil kasi itong puso ko eh hehehe. Dominikana talaga ako ngunit ang puso ko ay minsan naglalakbay sa mga SJ at SVD. At minsan ang search-in ko ay sa RVM 😉

  21. Happy Centennial po to all SVD. Hello po. Just read your blog about SVD, and you mentioned there about the pink sisters and the place in Tagaytay is such a nice one. I miss going there. I feel comfort whenever I visit that place. It’s very calming. I felt peace in there.. I hope i can go there again…

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  23. i just want to ask, after Fr. Scheirmann died, what happen to Fr. Beckert? I’ve already visited the church in San Isidro (formerly Cagutongan) but no one can tell me about Fr. Luis, not even his biography, when he went back home, what happen to him? i know he’s in Heaven now, but is there someone who can tell me what happen after Fr. Schiermann died? no information was written.. please reply…

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