Mental Health in the Workplace

Credit: Kauban FB Group

Kauban, a mental health support group in Cebu, joins the launching of the Wellbeing Cluster in Robinson’s Galeria with an exhibit today, July 30, 2018 @ 1:00pm -7:00pm. Also, tomorrow July 31, 2018, Tuesday, there will be a forum on Mental Health and Wellbeing in the workplace at Buttenbruch Hall, University of San Carlos, Downtown Campus from 1pm to 3pm.


You are Invited (Free and Open to the Public): Self-Awareness for Self-Mastery

Self-Awareness for Self-Mastery

You are invited to Self-Awareness for Self Mastery. Discover the benefits of self-awareness in managing triggers of stress, depression and/or anxiety. Free and open to the public at the Damayan Center of the University of San Carlos Law Building Downtown Campus on July 20, 6 pm. For more info, please pm the fb page: Kauban


Spring Rain Inter-Clergy Basketball Tournament

Credit: Spring Rain Mission’s Cup

Today is the arrival of the players for the Spring Rain Mission’s Cup! Priests from different dioceses and religious congregations will show off their basketball skills in the 5th season of the inter-clergy tournament beginning tomorrow until Friday at the Capitol Parish Gymnasium, Cebu City.


Each team will play for their respective advocacies and beneficiaries:


Canossians (Canossians Selection): The team will be playing to support the Canossian Vocation and formation as well as their mission all over the Philippines.


Diocese of Calbayog (Survivors Clergy Region 8): Living and bringing the gospel values of JESUS THE HIGH-PRIEST by delineating fellowship, generosity and sharing in addressing temporal needs of our people in this calamity-stricken vineyard of the LORD, Samar and Leyte region, vis-a-vis economic scuffle through scholarship, and sports clinic for poor children.


Diocese of San Carlos (Ubuntu): The participation of the Diocese of San Carlos in this basketball tournament is not only for physical fitness sake or for the search of glory and prestige but more so for the desire to bring to the consciousness of our Faithful the realities of the Diocese of San Carlos. Foremost of their advocacies involve the care and welfare of our sick and retire priests and the support and establishment of Mission Schools and Mission Stations. By joining this tournament, it is their hope that they can, more or less, find ways and means to stabilize their funds and to also initiate programs that will take care of the well-being and health of their priests and at the same time would help to build and sustain their Mission Schools and Mission Stations.


Rogationist: Their charism flows from the inspiration of their founder to insitute their congregation; prayer/rogate for more holy workers in the church, education and charity. In line of these charism the proceeds of the fundraising activity is for the vocation promotion and formation of their seminarians to augment the financial resources so that they can continue their work for our holy mother Church.


Augustinian Recollect (Padres Recoletos): The team is playing for the restoration of the San Sebastian Basilica, the only church in Asia that is made purely of metals. Also part of their winnings is for the scholarship fund for the deserving students.


Diocese of Maasin (Maasin Clergy): They will promote the seminary vocation promotion of Pope Paul VI Minor Seminary as well as the priests’ formation. Presently. they have 96 seminarians and 70 priests headed by Bishop Preciouso D. Cantillas, SDB D.D.


Diocese of Antique (Greenkeepers): According to the Greenkeepers: “Our province is a place where mountains meet the sea. As you travel the national highway you will see beautiful mountain ranges opposite the amazing scenery of the sea at the left. Out of 18 municipalities, 15 are located along the sea and beside the mountains and the rest are hinterland. Of the 18 municipalities, only three are considered forested and almost all are with nude mountains and vast dried lands. At summertime, the temperature is too high and we experience drought, but when rainy season comes, floods are everywhere which can be likened to big oceans occupying a portion of the land. As the Local Church of this province, we opted that our efforts are geared towards the preservation of our mountain’s natural resources and reforestation. We wish to protect our highlands and initiate a campaign on tree planting and other activities that could restore the richness of our lands and mountainous region. Whatever funds we can raise for this event will be allotted for that purpose. We will allocate the funds for whatever diocesan activities that promote such goal. This would not be limited only to our church’s program but we can also utilize this fund to support other civil organizations or movements having the same purpose.”


Diocese of Davao (Davao Agilas): The Davao Agilas will be playing for their advocacy in support of the priestly vocation and formation of the Archdiocese of Davao. Presently, they have 120 college seminarians and 90 priests headed by Archbishop Romulo Valles, D.D.


St. Camillus (Camillians): The Camillians share in the dream of St. Camillus of “having a hundred arms” to serve more the sick. They provide academic support through scholarship program and upgrading of educational systems and structures. Deserving indigent students and Camillian seminarians are their beneficiaries and partners.


Diocese of Kalibo (Pari it Akean): The Clergy of the Diocese of Kalibo has chosen the Advocacies for Health Care of the Priests and the Building of Retirement Home for the Clergy in the Kalibo diocese. It is part of their Diocesan Planning to give importance and pastoral care in this “Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Life” to their sick priests and help in building the retirement home for our retired priests. They chose these advocacies because they need funds to shoulder the expenses including the medical needs. They are just starting their health care program in the diocese. They also believe the need to have a retirement home for their retired priests as stated in Vatican II.


The Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools’ Associations (Manila Clergy), the Archdiocese of Cebu (Cebu Clergy) and the OSA-OAD (Augustinians) will also be playing this year.




Fr. Heinz and the Janssenville Housing

A selfie with a resident of Janssenville subdivision (Photo Credit : Karl Fluch Photography)


In 1999, Fr. Heinz Kuluke, SVD founded the non-government organization Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation – Integrated Development Center, Inc (JPIC-IDC) to help the poorest of the poor in Cebu, particularly those who are into scavenging, street dwellers and young prostitutes.

His initiative kicked off the start of Janssenville housing in the province. From Mactan in Lapu-lapu City, the Janssenville subdivisions multiplied: in Mandaue City, in the Municipality of Compostela, in Bantayan Island, and in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, a total of 3,032 houses were built in far-flung barangays of the Leyte municipalities of Tolosa, Dulag, Dagami, Burawin, La Paz, Mayorga and Julita as of May 18, 2014.

Playing with the kids at the Janssenville neighborhood. (Photo Credit: Karl Fluch Photography)


The (JPIC-IDC) is rooted in the vision of “fullness of life in a transformed society” and it commits to three very important mission: (1) a continuing holistic education, (2) strengthening of families, protection and care of women and children, and (3) disaster preparedness and emergency response and rehabilitation.


Janssenville houses at Dumlog, Talisay City


The parish convent and the new parish priest, Fr. Diggs (Photo Credit: Fr Diggs)

For the first time, the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) already have their parish in the Davao region. Fr. Rodrigo “Diggs” Salac, SVD was assigned as the new cura of the Sta. Cruz Parish in Talicud Island of the Island Garden City of Samal. He was formerly a member of the team of pastors under Virgen Dolorosa Parish of Babak.

Parish Church (Photo Credit: Sta. Cruz Parish FB Page)

Sta. Cruz Parish is located off the southwestern tip of bigger Samal Island, which is around 45 minutes to 1 hour away by ferry from Davao City.

Parish Church (Photo Credit: Sta. Cruz Parish FB Page)

The devotion to the Holy Cross was brought by the Bol-anon wave of migrants back in 1938. It was canonically established as a parish on August 21, 2016 with the installation of Fr. Rico Enriquez as its first parish priest by Most Rev. Romulo Valles, DD.

Worst/Best Cebu Pacific Experience Ever! #Still Blest!

High Above the Clouds

I arrived at NAIA Terminal 3 at 9:45 am. I immediately went to the web counter and put my ticket details. However, there was an error and so I went to the Cebu Pacific counter for the manual check-in. When it was my turn, the girl at the counter said: “Sir, You are already late.” Don’t you know that you should be here at the airport at least 45 minutes before the flight?”

I was late for 5 minutes.

But the girl made the unexpected. She stood up and said: “I will go to the office and asked them to have you considered.”

I looked at her as she left the counter. I was praying. I did not want to buy another ticket for a new flight from Manila to Cebu.

After two to three minutes, she came back,  typed something on the computer, printed my much-awaited boarding pass. Sigh of relief! Thank you very much. Shout-out to that lady at the Cebu Pacific counter. God bless you a hundredfold.

It did not take long before we had our boarding. Even before the plane could take off, sleep was already inviting in.

I closed my eyes.

After thirty minutes or more, I was awakened believing that we have already arrived in Cebu. To my surprise, we were still in NAIA. The captain announced that there was “minor technical problem” and so the passengers were asked to go back to the departure area and wait for further announcement. We were at the farthest end of the airport bay, and so an airport bus came to pick us up – again.

I looked at my cellphone. Time for lunch! I looked for something to eat, but all restaurants/stores were full. Finally,  settled with Japanese ramen.

At past one, it was announced that we would be boarding another plane. The Cebu Pacific was very apologetic for what happened. We left Manila and arrived in Cebu safely. I thank God for the experience. I still feel blest despite the delay, than being up on the air on time and end up sorry.






CMN Pilipinas Reports (June Edition)

Beginning today, the last day of the month is dedicated to CMN Pilipinas! Yes, I am now a volunteer reporter for the CMN Pilipinas and I am reporting the latest news updates from the Archdiocese of Cebu. This radio program is aired via Dream Satellite and through Catholic Media Network (CMN) stations, Monday to Friday, from 6 AM to 7:30 AM. There is also simulcast live through UStream and TuneIn.


At the end of each month, I will be posting here in my blog the news tidbits I delivered for the program.


Catholic Media Network


June 4, 2018

Magandang Umaga Pilipinas!

Archdiocese of Cebu puspusang naghahanda sa Environment Month. Ayon sa Commission on Environmental Concern ng archdiocese, mayroong gaganaping renewal of vows ang dalampu hanggang tatlumpong mag-asawa ngayong ikadalampu ng buwang ito. Ang mga muling ikakasal sa pangunguna ni Arsobispo Jose Palma sa Sacred Heart Parish, Cebu City ay magtatanim ng mga puno bilang simbolo ng kanilang pangako sa isa’t isa at sa kalikasan.

Ang gawaing ito ay tinatawag na Eterni-tree, kung saan ang bawat punong itatanim sa loob ng palasyo ng arsobispo ay katutubong puno talaga ng Pilipinas.

Ang mga mag-asawang interesado pang sumama sa gaganaping renewal of vows ay maaari pang makipag-ugnayan lamang sa tanggapan ng Sacred Heart Parish, kalye Jakosalem, syudad ng Cebu bago mag-ikalabing-isa ng Hunyo.

Mula po dito sa probinsya ng Cebu, ako si Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD nag-uulat para sa CMN Pilipinas!




June 7, 2018

Magandang Umaga Pilipinas!

Mega-tulay na proyekto, magdudugtong sa mga isla ng Pilipinas!

Ang build, build, build program ng gobyerno ay magpapatupad ng mga pangunahing proyektong pampubliko sa probinsya na naglalayong magbaba ng gastos sa produksyon, madaliang pagkilos ng mga tao, pagpapabilis ng mga kalakal at pagsulong ng pag-unlad sa kanayunan.

Sa walong mega-tulay na nagkakahalagang dalawang daan at animnapu’t siyam na bilyon na magdudugtong sa isla ng Visayas sa Luzon at sa Mindanao, dalawa sa mga ito ang ipapatupad sa Cebu.

Ito ay ang lima at kalahating kilometrong tulay na magdudugtong sa Cebu sa Negros Island at ang dalampu’t apat at kalahating kilometrong tulay na magdudugtong naman sa  Cebu sa Bohol.

Liban pa dito, ipapatupad din ang mga tulay na magdudugtong sa Luzon sa Samar;  tulay na magdudugtong naman sa Leyte sa Surigao ; tulay na magdudugtong sa Panay Island at Guimaras; isa pang tulay mula Guimaras papuntang Negros Island at isa pang tulay mula Bohol papuntang Lapinig Island.

Ayon kay Michael Dino, presidential assistant sa Visayas, ang mga ito ay pinili ng economic team na siyang tumingin sa mga  kinakailangang imprastraktura sa mga nasabing isla.

Mula po dito sa probinsya ng Cebu, ako si Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD nag-uulat para sa CMN Pilipinas!




June 12, 2018

Magandang Umaga Pilipinas!

Inter-clergy Basketball Tournament Magaganap sa Cebu!

Nakatakdang gaganapin sa Cebu ang panglimang Spring Rain Mission’s Cup Inter-clergy Basketball Tournament ngayong ikalabing-anim hanggang ikadalampu ng Hulyo sa Sacred Heart School, Cebu City.

Mahigit na limang daang kaparian mula sa iba’t ibang dioceses at religious congregations ang inaasahang darating sa Cebu para sa nasabing laro. Labing-isang teams ang maglalaban-laban: Ang Augustian Recollects (OAR), Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association (MAPSA), Cebu Clergy, Rogationist, Diocese of San Carlos, Diocese of Calbayog, Archdiocese of Davao, St. Camillus, Canossian Sons of Charity, Diocese of Kalibo at Diocese of Maasin.

Ayon kay Fr. Victor Gonzaga, OSA, chair ng Inter-Clergy tournament, ang bawat team na maglalaro ay mayroong mga advocacies kagaya ng education, scholarship, feeding program, values formation, family life apostolate, health care, vocation promotion at iba pa.  Ito rin ay naglalayong itaguyod ang diwa ng pagkakaibigan, pagkakaisa, sports, at misyon sa pagitan ng mga dioceses at religious congregations.

Ang magiging kampeon ay mananalo ng isandaang libong piso.

Mula po dito sa probinsya ng Cebu, ako si Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD nag-uulat para sa CMN Pilipinas!


June 20, 2018

Magandang Umaga Pilipinas!

Agusto cinco, gagawing Araw ng Pasasalamat!

Ang Archdiocese of Cebu ay gagawin ang ikalimang araw ng Agusto bilang Araw ng Pasasalamat sa mga kaparian upang ipaalala sa mga mananampalataya ang kahalagahan ng pari sa komunidad, kung bakit sila kailangang protektahan din mula sa lahat ng uri ng karahasan at upang ang mga pari ay paalalahanan ng patuloy na suporta, pagmamahal at pasasalamat mula sa mga layko.

Itong araw ng pasasalamat ay tatawaging: “Salamat Padre.”

Ayon kay Fe Barino ng Commission on the Laity ng archdiocese, inaasahang ang mga parokya, seminaryo at mga katolikong institusyon ay magkakaroon ng mga pagdiriwang sa Agosto cinco,  kapistahan ni St. John Vianney, ang patron ng mga pari.

Matatandaang si Cebu Archbishop Palma ay kinondena ang pagpatay sa tatlong kaparian sa Luzon kung saan dalawa sa kanila ang binaril sa panahong ang Simbahan sa Pilipinas ay nagdiriwang ng Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons.

Ang Cebu ay mayroong humigit kumulang apat na raang paring diocesano at dalawang daang paring mga relihiyoso mula sa iba’t ibang congregasyon. Mayroon din itong humigit kumulang apat na milyong mga katolikong layko – pinakamarami sa buong Pilipinas.

Mula po dito sa probinsya ng Cebu, ako si Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD nag-uulat para sa CMN Pilipinas!


June 28, 2018

Magandang Umaga Pilipinas!

Cebu City Police Office sa paglaban sa illegal na druga, pinakamagaling sa buong bansa!

Sa kabila ng pagtukoy sa lalawigan ng Cebu bilang drug hotspot, ang Cebu City Police Office ay pinarangalang Best Performing Drug Enforcement Unit sa buong bansa.

Nitong lunes, ibiinigay ng Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) and nasabing award sa kanilang Founding anniversary sa Manila.

Ang CCPO ay itinuturing na nangungunang yunit sa dami ng kanilang accomplishments sa larangan ng anti-iligal drug operations kasama na dito ang drug supply and demand reduction. Sinabi ni Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña na hindi siya nagulat sa award dahil naniniwala siya sa kakayahan ng CCPO Director na si Joel Doria.

Matatandaang ilang lingo na ang nakararaan, sinabi ni PNP General Director Oscar Albayalde ang pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na ang Cebu ay hotspot pa rin ng mga iligal na droga dahil sa dami ng mga bawal na gamot na nasasamsam sa operasyon ng pulisya.

Base sa mga records, sa Cebu Drug Enforcement Unity ng Cebu City Intelligence Branch lamang, ang unit ni Superintendent Christopher Navida ay nakapagsagawa ng 349 drug operations mula July 2016 hanggang Mayo 2018.
Ang mga operasyong ito ay humantong sa pag-aresto ng 524 drug personalities na may hanggang 18,225 gramo ng shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P188,205,922.

Mula po dito sa probinsya ng Cebu, ako si Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD nag-uulat para sa CMN Pilipinas!