Kib and Lawan Award

Kib and Lawan Award


I would like to thank the Local Government of Kiblawan for choosing me as one of the recipients of the Kib and Lawan Award during the 52nd Araw ng Kiblawan (Davao del Sur). This award brings me many childhood memories, especially during the time when I was sent by Dapok (now Emilio Jose) Elementary School to Kiblawan Central for the “Tuklas Talino.” I was a certified contesero from Grade 3 to Grade 6. I also represented the municipality in Quizz Bee competions for HEKASI and DOST.


I remember also the time when I was sent to Malita (now part of Davao Occidental) for  the essay writing contest of the DECS’ vision for a drug-free Philippines 2000. There were no lodging inns that time, and so we had to go back to Kiblawan in the evening. Back then, it was a dark and difficult journey as we passed by the Davao del Sur mountain with the deep cliff on the one side. 


I was also a PAHASUKI 200-meter dash runner during the time of Sir Cesar de Justo. I remember three very good mentors in Elementary: Mrs. Julieta Daligdig (for poem recitation), Mrs. Corazon Pepito (for English and oral audience reading) and Mrs. Fortunata Maghanoy (for Science and essay). Shout out also to San Pedro Barangay Captain Juan Alcala who sponsored my participation in the First ASEAN Jamboree in Los Baños, Laguna in 1994. These childhood experiences prepared me for the bigger world. Daghang salamat kaninyong tanan and may the Good Lord bless us in our endeavors.



Fake Priest

Notice from the Archdiocese of Palo

The Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte informs the public that a certain Bishop Algerico Cabilogan Jr. is not a priest of Roman Catholic Church; says that whatever sacraments he might have conferred is invalid and unlawful. The ‘fake’ priest allegedly celebrated a wedding ceremony in Brgy. Cogon during the barangay’s feast.

Photo Credit: Cebu Freeman

CBCP Statement on the Killing of Fr. Richmond Nilo

Fr. Richmond Nilo


Beloved People of God,

We are deeply saddened and terribly disturbed that another priest is brutally killed. Fr. Richmond Nilo, parish priest of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in the Diocese of Cabanatuan was gunned down and died on the spot early evening yesterday inside the barangay chapel of Mayamot, Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija, just as he was about to celebrate the Sunday Holy Mass.

We strongly condemn this outrageously evil act!

We pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Fr. Nilo. We also offer our prayer for his bereaved family. We join in prayer Bp. Sofronio Bancud, SSS, the clergy, the religious, and the lay faithful of the Diocese of Cabanatuan as they face the brutal death of their own priest at the hand of bloody murderers in this time when the whole Philippine Church is celebrating 2018 as the Year of the Clergy & Consecrated Persons.

Fr. Nilo is the third Catholic priest to be murdered in the recent months. Fr. Tito Paez in December 2017, Fr. Mark Anthony Ventura in April 2018.

We make our appeal once again to the police authorities to act swiftly in the investigation and to go after the perpetrators of this heinous crime and bring them to justice. O Merciful Lord! Have pity on us!

For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

(Sgd) +Romulo G. Valles
Archbishop of Davao
CBCP President
June 11, 2018


Photo Credit: Silsilah

Silsilah Dialogue Movement and Silsilah Forum-Cagayan de Oro will hold a seminar on the CULTURE OF DIALOGUE, PATH TO PEACE for ALIVE teachers, Catechists, Teachers in Values Education, History, and for others interested on August 25-27, 2018 at SEARSOLIN, Cagayan de Oro City. For those interested, kindly send Amina T. Mambuay a PM for details. Thank you.

Rest in peace, Fr. Herman Suico, SVD (1954-2018)

Rest in peace, Fr. Mannix!

Rest in peace, Fr. Herman Suico, SVD (May 28, 1954; Dipolog – June 8, 2018; Cebu). He had a stroke last Thursday and was on comatose mode while at the Perpetual Succour Hospital. He died Friday, 4:30 in the afternoon.


Photo above was taken during our arrival in Olutanga Island, Zamboanga Sibugay for our new mission assignments. We took the Philippine Airlines flight from Cebu to Dipolog on June 1, 2009. We almost missed the flight actually, kay wala man sija kamata dajon sa kaadlawon. I knocked his room several times and in ten minutes, we were ready to go to the airport – but went back to the University of San Carlos because he left his cellphone in his room.


At Dipolog airport, we met his cousin, an airline pilot, who prepared the breakfast for us. Then a parishioner couple from Olutanga Island, Kiking Lim (+) and Noel Llanos accompanied us on our loooooooooooong trip to our mission area.

Rest in peace, Fr. Mannix!

First Vows: 1979
Ordination: 1983

Mission Assignments:
1. Divine Word Formation Center of Cebu
2. Sts. Peter and Paul-Cagdianao, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte
3. Holy Name University (formerly Divine Word College of Tagbilaran), Bohol
4. University of San Carlos, Cebu
5. Immaculate Conception Adoration Convent of the Perpetual Adoration Sisters, New Washington, Kalibo, Aklan
6. San Miguel Parish-Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay
7. San Vicente Ferrer Parish-Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay
8. St. Arnold Janssen Parish-Alumnos, Basak, San Nicolas, Cebu City

59 Days to Go: 4th National Media Convention

The 4th National Media Convention 2018 will be held at the Mergrande Ocean Resort in Talomo, Davao City this coming August 6 to 9, 2018. This convention will help the members of the Catholic media to seriously recognize their identity as social communicators mercifully loved by God, to explore numerous possibilities that can develop their multi-media ministry, and animate them to creatively evangelize in this e-generation.

Photo Credit: CBCP-ECSC Secretariat


With the aim of fostering collaboration among the Catholic media in the Philippines, this three-day conference is headed by the team of CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communications Executive Secretary Fr. Lito Jopson and Mr. Edwin Lopez of EWTN. The consultative meetings, inter-dialogue and planning together with the Archdiocese of Davao is headed by Social Communications Director and DXGN station Manager, Fr. Ritsche Gamaya and his team.


This convention will focus on the message of Pope Francis:“The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32).Fake news and journalism for peace and the current situation of Mindanao region as a whole.



47th Fiesta of the Mother of Perpetual Help, Cebu City

47TH Year Fiesta Celebration of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Redemptorist Church, Cebu City

Fiesta Souvenir Program

Theme: “Holiness According to Pope Francis in Gaudete et Exsultate.”


Themes and Schedule of Masses:



June 8 (Friday) – Encountering Jesus, the Way of Holiness

6:00 am

7:00 am

12:15 noon – Presider: Fr. Copernicus Perez, Jr., CSsR (Provincial Superior, Redemptorist Province of Cebu)

5:30 pm – Presider: Most Rev. Oscar Jaime Florencio, DD (Team Moderator, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish)



June 9 (Saturday) –  Mary, the Model of Holiness

6:00 am

7:00 am

12:15 noon – Fr. Tom Cancinco, CSsR (Redemptorist Spiritual Director, Redemptorist Retreat House)

5:30 pm – Msgr. Ruben Labajo (Team Moderator, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral)



June 10 (Sunday) – Holiness, Doing the Will of God

5:30 am

7:00 am

4:45 pm – Presider: Fr. Shaun Silagan, CSsR (Director, St. Alphonsus Collegiate Formation House)



June 11 (Monday) – The Beatitudes, Our Identity Card

6:00 am

7:00 am

12:15 noon – Presider: Fr. Jesus Sanito Umbac, CSsR (Director, Redemptorist Provincial Vocations Office)

5:30 pm – Presider: Fr. Felipe Bacalso, SJ (Asst. Parish Priest of the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus)



June 12 (Tuesday) – Signs of Holiness in Today’s World

6:00 am

7:00 am

12:15 noon – Presider: Fr. Nestor Gaspe, CSsR (Chaplain, Sacred Heart Chaplaincy)

5:30 pm – Presider: Fr. Randy Figuracion, SDB (Parish Priest of the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Lady of Lourdes



June 13 (Wednesday) – Ordinary, Practical Holiness

6:00 am

7:00 am

5:30 pm – Presider: Fr. Glenn Tito Pascual, CSsR (Rector, Redemptorist San Alfonso Community)



June 14 (Thursday) – Two Subtle Enemies of Holiness

6:00 am

7:00 am

12:15 noon – Presider: Fr. Noel Gartlan, CSsR (Provincial Archivist, Redemptorist Province of Cebu)

5:30 pm – Presider: Fr. Pacifico Nohara, OSA (Rector, Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño)



June 15 (Friday) – The Christian Life, a Constant Battle

6:00 am

7:00 am

12:15 noon – Presider: Fr. Pio Makabenta, CSsR (Holy Redeemer Provincial Center)

2:00 pm – Mass for the Sick with Fr. Nelson Plohilom, OAR (Healing Priest)

5:30 pm – Presider: Fr. Ronnie Asuero, OFM (Parish Priest, San Vicente Ferrer Parish)



June 16 (Saturday) – What is Holiness for Me? 6:00 am

7:00 am

12:15 noon – Presider: Fr. Cruzito Manding, CSsR (Missionary in Redemptorist Sebatik, Indonesia)

5:30 pm – Presider: Most Rev. Archbishop Jose S. Palma, DD (Archbishop of Cebu)



June 17 (Sunday)

5:30 am – Cebuano Mass

7:00 am – English Mass

8:15 am – English Mass

9:30 am – English Mass

10:45 – English Mass / Pontifical Mass with Bishop Dennis Villarojo, DD (Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu)

3:00 pm – Cebuano Mass

4:45 pm – English Mass

6:00 pm – English Mass

7:15 – English Mass / Mass of the Processed Icon with Fr. Cris Mostajo, CSsR (Parish Priest)