Rooted in the Word, Committed to His Mission

Photo Credit: Fr. Charlton Plateron, SVD

The SVD is indeed a community of brothers from different nations and cultures! This year I chose to join the Palawan group for our annual retreat. The theme “Rooted in the Word, Committed to His Mission” was especially made meaningful by the insights and missionary life experiences of our retreat facilitator Vice Superior General Robert Kisala, SVD and my 70 other confreres at the St. Ezekiel Moreno Spirituality and Development Center in Puerto Princesa.

Groufie with my brothers from different nations


Sharing of stories


Statement shirt of the day

In the middle of the retreat, we received two good news: an SVD confrere was appointed the new bishop of Tokyo in Japan. Bishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi, SVD, currently the bishop of Niigata diocese, takes over from Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada who has retired. The other news was the special citation this blog ( recieved from the Catholic Mass Media Awards 2017.


Session with Fr. Bob Kisala, SVD


Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament


Fr. Alois Ortner, SVD in prayer


Thank you to all the people who prayed for the success of our retreat. May the Heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all.


No to Fake News

Bishop Martin Jumoad

A facebook page yesterday (October 10) at 12 noon posted that Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through its president, Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, condemns the “brutal killing” of the leaders of ISIS-linked Maute group.

ABSOLUTELY, there is no truth to that report. #FakeNews kaayo to bai. Ang mga kritical nga posts sa social media makaayo sa atoang demokrasya ug makapalapad sa atoang panglantaw pero makadalag dagkong kagubot kung ang pundasyon mga binutbot.

So, now this is the official word from Bishop Soc.


Photo Credit: CBCP News

REST IN PEACE, Asuncion Suganob Fiel – Soo

Asuncion Suganob Fiel – Soo ((Photo Credit: CockChang Suganob Fiel Soo)

REST IN PEACE, Asuncion Suganob Fiel (1930-2017): Asuncion was the only daughter of Daniel Fiel and Honorata Suganob. Her parents died after the war. She was adopted by Mama Ceferina “Piay” Fiel. She left Ormoc for Manila with the niece of Mama Piay after 1945 when she was 15. They owned a land in Panalian that they sold to a man named Dominador Tan. She then transferred to Tagum, Davao del Norte and eventually found love through Yu Fan Soo, a Chinese businessman. He owned a tailoring shop when Asuncion worked as despogadera.


Jose Ozamis: This Senator is our Fiel Kapamilya

Jose Fortich Ozamis by Presidential Museum and Library

Photo Credit: Presidential Museum and Library


JOSE FORTICH OZAMIS (May 5, 1898; Misamis Occidental – February 11, 1944; Fort Santiago, Manila) – This Senator came from the FIEL CLAN.

Son of Basilisa Fortich and Jenaro Ozámiz (b. Navarre, Spain);

grandson of Don Gerardo Ricardo del Rosario Embrado and Pilar Gonzales Fortich;

great-grandson of Romano Silvano Cajes Embrado (September 15, 1850; Bansaan Island, Bohol – September 25, 1881, Camotes Island, Cebu) and Placida Agatha del Rosario (February 5, 1855; Aroroy, Masbate –June 8, 1919 Aroroy, Masbate);

great-great grandson of Don Antonio Fiel Embrado and Beatriz Bangoy Cajes;

great-great-great grandson of Maria Patricia Gelbolingo Fiel and Don Hugo Salvador Oppus Embrado of Ubay, Bohol;

great- great-great-great grandson of Fortunato Agustin Lucero Fiel and Maria Magdalena Bacaltos Gelbolingo

great- great- great-great-great grandson of Fray Felizardo Fiel and Generosa Diez Lucero.


The article below is written by Attorney Clarence Paul Oaminal in his column CEBUPEDIA in The Freeman:

Jose was born on May 5, 1898, the eldest and the only boy among 10 children. His sisters were Pacita, Consuelo, Carmen, Pilar, Remedios, Nieves, Mercedes, Paulita, and Lourdes.

Don Jose Ozamiz, a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila became a lawyer on September 27, 1921. He actively practiced law and was counsel of big companies in Manila like Madrigal Shipping and Dela Rama Steamship, both owned by senators. He became the first appointed and elected Governor of the Province of Misamis Occidental.

The Province of Misamis was divided into two on November 8, 1929. Misamis then became the Provinces of Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental. Thereafter, Don Jose was elected Representative on June 2, 1931 of the then Lone District of Misamis Occidental (in the 1987 Constitution, Misamis Occidental had an additional congressional district, making it into two districts). The Philippine Bill of 1902 prescribes the election every three years. Ozamiz was succeeded by Cong. Eugenio Stuart del Rosario.

Don Jose was also part of the wise men who drafted the 1935 Constitution, having been elected as Delegate representing Misamis Occidental in the 1934 Constitutional Convention. The election for delegates was held on July 10, 1934 as provided by the Tydings-Mc Duffie Law.

Don Jose F. Ozamiz was elected Senator in the first senatorial elections after the Senate was abolished in the 1935 Constitution and was restored thereafter after a constitutional amendment. For the first time, our senators were elected at large or nationwide. Originally, when the Senate was created by virtue of the Philippine Autonomy Act of 1916 or more known as the Jones Law, senators were elected by districts. Our country was divided into twelve senatorial districts.

Jose won as Senator on the election held on November 11, 1941. His fellow Visayan senators were Don Mariano Jesus Cuenco, Carlos P. Garcia, Vicente Rama, Esteban dela Rama and Manuel A. Roxas. They were not however to able to assume office on December 30, 1941 as the war in the Pacific commenced on December 8, 1931 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

Jose was forced by the Japanese Imperial Army to work with them. Under the pretense of supporting the Japanese but continued to work with the guerillas. He was arrested by the Japanese Kempetai or Secret Police imprisoned at Fort Santiago and on February 11, 1944 executed. He was buried, with head chopped-off at the North Cemetery with other 29 guerilla members, his remains was identified through his dentures.

Don Jose died a martyr and patriot never revealing who the other leaders of the resistance movement. His patriotism saved the life of his fellow senator, Manuel A. Roxas, who was the country’s leader or number one man of the resistance movement. Don Jose was the number two or second in line of the resistance and would have been the chosen tandem or Vice President of Roxas in the April 23, 1946 elections (Roxas chose Quirino to be his Vice President).

The nation honored the heroism of Don Jose Ozamiz by posthumously renaming Misamis as Ozamiz when it was converted as a city on July 16, 1948 under Republic Act 321. (it was approved on June 19, 1948 by Congress). The birth of Ozamiz City coincides with the Feast of Mount Carmel.