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1 FEBRUARY YEAR X NO. 2 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF LIPA FEBRUARY 2014 PAPAL INTENTION FOR MARCH 2014 On the Rights and Dignity of Women VATICAN CITY - The Holy Father Pope Francis will pray as his general intention for the month of May that all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women. This was announced by the Apostleship of Prayer. For the specific mission intention for the same month, the Apostleship of Prayer said that the Roman Pontiff will pray that many young people may accept the Lord s invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel. #UB ETHEL ROBLES Villa San Jose, Magsi-Silver Jubilee Na! Ang proyektong pabahay ng Arsidiyosesis ng Lipa na inilunsad ng yumaong Kgg. Arsobispo Mariano G. Gaviola noong 1989 ay magdiriwang ng ika-25 Taong Anibersaryo sa darating na Marso 19, Ayon kay Rdo. P. Jayson Jazz Siapco, tagapamahala ng VSJ, ang Misa Novena sa karangalan ng Patrong San Jose ay gagawin mula ika-10 hanggang ika-18 ng Marso sa kapilya ng VSJ. Matatandaan na ang pabahay ng Arsidiyosesis ay naitayo sa pamamagitan ng sama-samang pagtutulungan ng mga parokya at ng mga funding agencies mula sa ibang bansa lalo na ng MISSIO, Misereor at Church in Need, at mga indibidwal na nagabuloy ng tulong salapi para sa pagpapagawa ng mga bahay. VILLA SAN JOSE... P. 2 Dahil Pro-Life Month... R.E.D. Forum, Isinagawa LASAC, Inc., 25 taon na (Kuwento sa pahina 9) HungerCon, pinangunahan ng LASAC Let us also be HUNGRY, hungry to give people - HOPE. Mga katagang binigyang diin ni Archbishop Ramón C. Argüelles D.D., S.T.L., sa kanyang homiliya sa pagsisimula ng Hunger Conference. LAKBAY - Kabataan, Apat na Taon Na Apat na taon nang sumasahimpapawid ang LAKBAY- Kabataan!, isang palatuntunan para sa mga kabataan ng Arsidiyosesis ng Lipa. Ipinagdiwang ang ika-4 na taong anibersaryo ng programa sa isang espesyal na edisyon noong ika-15 ng 6 th ALC Convention, Inihahanda na Magdaraos ang Lipa Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission (ALC) ng ikaanim na ALC Convention sa Abril 26, 2014, Sabado, ganap na 8:00 ng umaga hanggang 4:00 ng hapon sa St. Francis de Sales Major Seminary Gymnasium, Marawoy, Lipa City. ETHEL ROBLES EDWARD BABASA Idinaos nga ang kauna-unahang The Southern Luzon Hunger Conference sa pangunguna ng Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commision, Inc. o LASAC noong ika - 28 hanggang ika- 30 ng Enero HUNGERCON... P. 2 Pebrero. Kasamang nagprograma ni Rdo. P. Pewee Cabrera, direktor ng LAYC, ang mga lider kabataan mula sa Bikariya 2, 3, 4 at 5. Binalikan ang kwento sa likod ng pagsisimula Lakbay Kabataan, mga natatanging yugto LAKBAY- KABATAAN... P. 2 Layunin ng pagtitipon na bigyang kamalayan ang mga naglilingkod sa simbahan sa kahalagahan at epekto ng Konstitusyon ng Liturhiya sa Simbahang Lokal ng Arsidiyosesis ng Lipa. 6TH ALC CONVENTION... P. 2 Ginanap sa ikalwang pagkakataon ang isang Archdiocesan pro-life forum noong ika-21 ng Pebrero sa St. Bridget College Auditorium bilang paggunita sa Pro-Life Month. Tinawag na R.E.D. Forum, tumatayo hindi lamang sa kulay pula, kundi sa layuning R-espect life; E-nhance life; D-efend Life. Nagsimulang dumating sa SBC Auditorium ang mga nanggaling sa iba t ibang mga parokya sa buong Arsidiyosesis bago pa man sumapit ang ika-7 ng umaga. Halos isang libong mga kabataang mag-aaral, mga lider-layko at mga manggagawa kabilang sa Komisyon ng Pamilya at Buhay ang nagtipon upang makinig sa 2 panayam na inihanda sa nasabing okasyon. Pinangunahan ng Lubhang Kgg. Arsobispo Ramon C. Arguelles ang halos may 20 pari sa pag-aalay ng Banal na Misa. Sa kanyang homiliya, tinunton ng ama ng simbahang lokal ang simula ng pagkawalang paggalang sa buhay. Naging target umano ng tinatawag na Mil- R.E.D. FORUM... P. 3 CIRCLE SA SENIORATE: Kamakailan lamang ay nagkaroon ng circle sa St. Joseph Seniorate. Nanguna sa nasabing circle si Msgr. Fred Madlangbayan, kasama sina Msgr. Abet Boongaling, P. Totit Mandanas, P. Gene Valencia, P. Ricky Echague (wala sa larawan), P. Mandy Panganiban, P. Romy Mendoza, P. Boy Vergara. Mula sa SJS, nakiisa sina Bp. Salve Quizon, P. Pepe Ilagan, at P. Eyong Ramos.

2 2 NEWS & EVENTS FEBRUARY 2014 DEDIKASYON NG MARY... P. 1 Sinimulan ang seremonya kung saan ang unang bahagi ay ang paghawi at pagbasa ng dalawang markers na matatagpuan sa may pintuan ng simbahan. Ang una ay naglalaman ng kasaysayan ng parokya habang sa pangalawang panandang pangkasaysayan naman nakaukit ang dekreto ng dedikasyon. Pinangasiwaan ni Rdo. P. Riyyan Mendoza, Vice Chancellor, ang tagpong ito na sinaksihan ng mga kaparian at mga mananampalataya. Matapos ang unang bahagi, pumasok sa loob ng simbahan ang mga mananampalataya gayundin ang mga kaparian upang simulan ang Banal na Misa. Kasama ang mga kaparian ng Arsidiyosesis sa pangunguna ni Lubhang Kgg. Arsobispo Ramon Arguelles, dumalo sa banal na pagdiriwang sina Bishop Rey Evangelista ng Diyosesis ng Imus, Bishop Ruben Profugo, bishop emeritus ng Diyosesis ng Lucena at Rdo. P. Alex Bautista, priest architect mula sa Diyosesis ng Tarlac. Sa loob ng Banal na Misa ipinagpatuloy ang ilan pang seremonya kung saan isinagawa ang pagbabasbas ng tubig, pagpapahid ng langis, pagiinsenso, paglalagay ng altar linen, pag-aalay ng mga bulaklak at kandila hanggang sa pinakahuling bahagi ng paglagda sa katibayan na naitalaga na ang simbahan. Sa homiliya ni Cardinal Rosales, ipinaliwanag niya ang tatlong dahilan kung bakit may simbahan. Una, ang simbahan ay nagpapa-alala ng presensya ng Diyos. Ang simbahan ay sagisag at palatandaan ng presensya ng Diyos. Ikalawa, ito ay banal na lugar kung saan nananalangin ang mga tao at tinatanggap ang mga sakramento. Sa simbahan idinaraos ang paghahandog ni Kristo sa Ama na tinatawag na LAKBAY- KABATAAN... P. 1 nito, masasayang edisyon ng youth oriented radio program at naging ambag ng palatuntunan sa paglilingkod sa ministeryong pangkabataan. Ayon kay Milleth Kasilag, pangulo ng LAYC, nagsimulang marinig sa ere ang Lakbay Kabataan noong Pebrero 13, 2010 sa ilalim ng pamumuno noon ni Rdo. P. Dakila Ramos bilang direktor ng mga kabataan. Mula noon ay naging mga co - anchors sina Ronnie Lique (Kuya Une), Mitzi Abigail Ilagan (Ate Mitzi) at Milleth Kasilag (Ate MK) sa Banal na Eukaristiya. At ikatlo, ang simbahan ay larawan ng mga tao at sagisag ng pagiging buhay na bato at pakikiisa sa Diyos. Sa kabilang dako, Hindi sinasarili ng mga Batanguenyo ang biyaya na nasa simbahang lokal bagkus ay pinapaagos at ibinabahagi sa ibat ibang simbahang lokal at sa buong mundo. Ito naman ang binanggit ni Lubhang Kgg. Arsobispo Ramon Arguelles sa kaugnay sa kanyang damdamin sa ginawang dedication. Sinabi ng ama ng Arsidiyosesis na magandang pagkakataon ang ginawang pagtatalaga ng simbahan sapagkat madadagdagan pa lalo ang biyaya ng Mahal na Ina mula sa kanyang Anak na si Hesus. Ayon pa sa Arsobispo, mapalad ang mga Batanguenyo sapagkat may pagtatangi ang Birheng Maria. Dumalo sa misa sina Gov. Vilma Santos Recto, Cong. Dong Mendoza ng ikaapat na Distrito, Mayor Meynard Sabili ng Lipa gayundin ang mga sponsors o tagapagtaguyod sa parokya sa pangunguna ni G. Danilo Dolor na siyang donor ng lupa na kinatatayuan ng simbahan. Ang dedikasyon ay itinaon rin sa ika- 101 kaarawan ni Doña Soledad Lirio Dolor, butihing ina ni G. Dolor. Sa diwa naman ng pagpapasalamat ng parokya na pinangasiwaan ni Rdo. P. Dong Rosales, kura paroko, kasama si Sis. Mila Reyes, PPC President, ang paggagawad ng katibayan at munting alaala ang lahat ng mga taong nasa likod ng pangarap na pagpapatayo at patuloy na pagtataguyod ng simbahan. Sa pagdisisenyo ng istruktura ng simbahan, ibinahagi ni P. Alex, priest architect, sa pakikipanayam ng Ulat Batangan, na may pagka- Espanyola ang disenyo nito ngunit maraming Filipino elements na isang oras na palatuntunan na naririnig tuwing Sabado. Makalipas ang isang taon ay naitalaga namang youth director si Rdo. P. Magno Casala. Nakakatuwa na nagpapatuloy ang magandang gawain sa radyo, pahayag ni P. Mags mula sa phone patch interview noong Sabadong iyon. Hindi matatapos ang programa sapagkat nasa puso na ito ng mga kabataan kaya maraming salamat sa lahat ng mga kabataang patuloy na sumusuporta at naglilingkod, dugtong pa ng pari. Sa nakalipas na 3rd year anni- PHOTO BY FR. NONIE D. Dinalaw ng mga taga-portugal na deboto ng Mahal na Birhen ang Lubhang Kgg. Arsobispo Ramon C. Arguelles noong ika-22 ng Pebrero sa Lipa. Kuha ang larawan sa SFS Major Seminary Gym nang dumalo rin sila sa Misa sa pagbubukas sng pagdiriwang ng ika-25 taon ng LASAC,Inc. Aang mga ito ay mga nakasama ni Arsobispo Ramon at ng delegasyong taga-lipa at Manila sa kanilang banal na paglalakbay sa Taiwan. (basahin ang Tinig Pastol) kapansin - pansin. Ayon sa pari, ang mga elemento ng Batangas na masisilayan sa disenyo ng retablo ay ang mga sanga, dahon at bunga ng kape. Sa kabuuan ng altar mamamalas ang mga misteryo sa buhay ni Kristo - Annunciation, Flight to Egypt, Visitation, Wedding Feast at Cana and Crucifix o Kalbaryo na nasa pinaka-itaas. Sa bawat misteryo umano ay may pagkakakilanlan sa Batangan tulad ng capiz na bintana, puno ng niyog, lampara at Bundok ng Malarayat. Nasa gitnang bahagi ang tabernakulo habang nasa itaas nito ang imahen ng Mahal na Birhen. Dagdag pa ni P. Alex na bunga ng pananalangin, pananaliksik at pag-aaral sa komunidad ang kabuuang disenyo ng simbahan. Ang inilagay umanong imahen at icons ay hindi lamang sumisimbolo sa pananampalataya ngunit kumaktawan ito sa buong komunidad. Nakatulong naman sa konstruksyon ng simbahan - gusali sina Engr. Mar Miclat at Engr. Jojo Panganiban. Sakop ng parokya ang 7 barangay sa Lipa kabilang ang Antipolo del Norte, Antipolo de Sur, Anilao, Anilao - Labac, Pag-ulingin East at Pagulingin West. Noong inihahanda pa lamang ang parokya, napadestino bilang mga priests- in- charge sina Rdo.P. Jojo Mendoza at Rdo. P. Rodem Ramos. Itinalaga ito bilang ganap na parokya noong ika- 8 ng Setyembre, 2011 kaalinsabay ng kaarawan ng Mahal na Ina. Samantala, pagkatapos ng misa ng araw ding iyon, isinagawa rin ang ribbon cutting and blessing ng Paseo de San Jose na matatagpuan sa tabi ng Baptistry. Makikita naman sa kapilya ang imahen ni San Jose na sumisimbolo sa pagkalinga at pagmamahal sa Mahal na Birhen na kanyang asawa. #UB versary hanggang sa ikaapat na taon ng palatuntunan, nananatili si P. Pewee bilang isa sa pumapailanlang na tinig sa gawaing ebanghelisasyon para sa mga kabataan at kahit hindi kabataan. Sa kasalukuyan, napadagdag sa mga nagho-host ng programa si Michael BJ Masangcay (Kuya BJ). Regular pa ring mapapakinggan ang Lakbay Kabataan tuwing Sabado, 11:00 ng umaga hanggang alas-12 ng tanghali sa DWAL FM 95.9, ang Evangelization Radio ng Arsidiyosesis ng Lipa. #UB HUNGERCON... P. 1 na ginanap sa Main Conference Hall ng LAFORCE Bldg. sa St. Francis de Sales Major Seminary Compound ng Marawoy Lipa City. Ang nasabing programa ay tumatalakay sa mga isyu at bagay na nakapaloob sa temang Mainstreaming Hunger through Innovation and Partnerships: Issues, Concerns, and Realities. Dinaluhan ito ng humigit kumulang limampung deligado mula sa rehiyon partikular na ang probinsya ng Batangas buhat sa iba t-ibang sektor ng lipunanlokal na pamahalaan, layko, pari at mga naglilingkod sa simbahan, lider ng paaralan at institusyon at religious groups at ilang indibwal. Tinalakay sa unang araw isyu ng gutom na patuloy na nagpapahirap sa bansa. Ang plenaryo na may titulong Hunger: Inside and Out, the Church s Pespective and Response ay pinangunahan ng dalawang kawani ng National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA). Ibinahabi ng G. Edil Guyano ang sitwasyon ng gutom sa bansa. Binigyang diin din niya ang mga problemang agrikultural na isa sa mga ugat ng patuloy na pagkaranas ng gutom. Ibinahagi naman ni Bb. Linda Noche ang mga hakbangin ng Simbahan tungo sa pagsugpo sa isyu ng gutom. Isinalaysay naman ni Rdo. P. Manny Guazon at H.E. Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales ang patuloy na pagtatagumpay ng Pondong Batangan Community Foundation, Inc. at HAPAG-ASA hanggang sa kwento ng Pondo ng Pinoy sa pagsisimula ng ikalawang araw. Sinundan naman ito ni Bro. Vic Alvarez, Provincial Director ng Couples for Christ at Bb. Irma Eugenio ng SOS Children s Village Lipa sa kanilang pagsasalaysay ng mga tagumpay ng feeding program bilang bahagi ng kanilang pakikipagkapwa tungo sa isang malusog na komunidad. Tinalakay rin ni 6TH ALC CONVENTION... P. 1 Magiging pangunahing tagapagsalita sa pagtitipon si Reb. P. Virgilio B. Hernandez, Doktor ng Liturhiya at kasalukuyang paroko ng Parokya ng Sto. Tomas. Magkakaroon din ng hiwahiwalay na sesyon ang mga dadalo batay sa natura ng kanilang paglilingkod sa simbahan. Magiging resource speaker para sa Sacred Music si Bb. Leila Villostas, kasapi ng Sacred Music Secretariat ng Arsidiyosesis ng Lipa; para sa Lay Ministry si Reb. P. Gami Balita, ALC Director; at para sa Liturgical Environment si Reb. P. Ariel Gonzales, ALC Asst. VILLA SAN JOSE... P. 1 Ang mga tumanggap ng pabahay ay may nilagdaang kasunduan, kabilang na rito ang buwanang pagbabayad para sa bahay sa loob ng 25 taon; mga alituntunin hinggil sa pagtanggap ng mga bisita o kamag-anak, sa pagkumpuni ng bahay, at iba pang mga alituntunin hinggil sa pagtigil sa VSJ, kasama na rin ang mga dahilan ng pagpapa-alis sa VSJ. Nilayon ng yumaong Arsobispo Gaviola na ang VSJ ay maging modelo ng Munting Sambayanang Kristiyano, sumailalim ng mga programa sa Eugenio ang mga batayan sa pagsasagawa ng supplemental feeding program. Isinara naman ni Bb. Mila Española, RSW ng City Social Welfare and Development Office ng Batangas City ang ikalawang araw sa pamamagitan ng kanilang mga gawain sa lungsod kaugnay ng mas pinatibay nilang programa sa paglaban sa kagutuman at pagtulong sa mga indigenous group na Badjao. Sinimulan naman ni Arsobispo Ramón C. Argüelles ang ikatlong araw sa pamamagitan ng kanyang pagtalakay sa Theological and Pastoral Perspective on Hunger. Nagbigay rin ng kanyang komento at saloobin si Rdo. P. Froilan Carreon ukol sa mga ibinahagi ng mahal na Arsobispo. Sa huli, ibinida ng direktor ng LASAC na si Rdo. P. Jayson Siapco ang kwento ng komisyon sa kanyang Making Things Work: An Innovative Partnership on Hunger. Binigyang diin din niya ang dalawa usapin na may kaugnayan sa gutom -- ang Culture of Wastage at Phenomenon of Consumerism. Natapos ang tatlong araw na konperensiya sa pagbabahagi ng saloobin ng mga delegado. Nanguna si Bb. Rosie Egea ng LGU-Lobo sa pagbabahagi ng pinatatag na seguridad sa pagkain ng kanilang komunidad. Ibinida rin niya ang muling panunumbalik ng ganda ng versyon ng Rice Terraces ng Batangas. Ang The Southern Luzon Hunger Conference ay bahagi ng patuloy na pagsisikap ng LASAC sa pagsugpo sa isyu ng gutom sa Pilipinas partikular na sa probinsya ng Batangas. Ito ay programa kasunod ng tagumpay ng STOP HUNGER NOW Meal Packaging Event noong Agusto ng nagdaang taon. Kaugnay rin nito ay isasagawa naman ang The First Batangas Young Leaders Summit, ONE BIG FIGHT: The Hunger in ME para sa mga kabataan ng probinsya sa darating na Abril. #UB (from LASAC FB) Director. Dadaluhan ito ng mga naglilingkod sa mga simbahan at barangay chapels sa buong Arsidiyosesis ng Lipa bilang tagabasa (lectors, prayer leaders, commentators), taga-awit (choir members at song leaders), tagatugtog (musician), tagapangasiwa ng dekorasyon at kalinisan ng simbahan, tagapangalaga ng gamit ng simbahan, taga-pangolekta ng abuloy ng mananampalataya (collector), sacristan, altar servers, Instituted at Commissioned Lay Ministers, projector operators, at ushers / usherettes. #UB paghubog ng mga pamilya. Ayon kay P. Jazz, aanyayahan nila ang mga parokyang nagbigay ng tulong upang makapagtayo ng bahay sa isang tinatawag nilang Encounter with the Family sa bawat araw ng nobenaryo. Inaasahan niyang ang mga parokya ay magpapadala ng kanilang kinatawan ng Parish Pastoral Council o mismong ang kura-paroko. Magiging highlight din ng pagdiriwang ang pagkakaloob ng Certificate of Ownership ng bahay sa mga nakakumpleto ng kanilang bayad, ayon sa naging kasunduan. #UB

3 FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS & EVENTS YEAR OF THE LAITY UPDATE YOL 2014 VICARIATE 1 FEB 15-16, ICC BALAYAN (Balayan, Batangas) - In response to the formation program for the Year of the Laity of the Episcopal Commission on the Laity - Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, the Vicariate I conducted a two-day seminar, entitled The Laity: Called To Be Holy... Sent Forth As Heroes at Immaculate Conception College, Balayan, Batangas, last February 15-16, It was participated by the Balayan (5), Calaca (5), Calatagan (5), Lian (4), Nasugbu (4), Kaylaway (5) and Tuy (5) parishes' lay leaders. At February 15, 2014, the delegates arrived at 7:30 in the morning. After the registration and the breakfast, and animation, Welcome to the Family, was done that formally started the event. Rev. Fr. Gamelin Balita, Vicar Forane, gave the welcome address. The preliminary activities like giving of kits and assigning of groups were done. It was then fol- (Padre Garcia, Batangas) - Called to be Saints... Sent for as Heroes! Ito ang tema ng naging matagumpay na ginanap na dalawang araw na Formation Seminar on Council of the Laity ng Bikariya IV na ginanap sa Most Holy Rosary Parish, Padre Garcia, Batangas noong Pebrero 8 at 15. Ito ay pinangunahan ng Pangulo ng Vicarial Council of the Laity (VCL) ng ika - apat na Bikariya na si Sis. Nora V. Calingasan ng Padre Garcia at tatlong Katekista mula sa Padre Garcia at Ibaan na dinaluhan ng mga Pangulo ng Parish Pastoral Council ng San Juan, Alupay, Rosario, Padre Garcia at Ibaan at mga kasapi ng mga Organisasyong Pangsimbahan kung saan ay kasama rin ang San Jose. R.E.D. FORUM... P. 1 lennium Development Goal (MDG) na sa taong 2015 ay wala nang kahirapan sa mundo. Ang pamamaraang kanilang pangunahing naisip ay ang pagkontrol sa dami ng mga tao. We are at war! ang sabi ng Arsobispo. Binanggit niyang ang buhay na biyaya ng Diyos ay binabale wala ng maka-mundong pinuno ng mga bansa. Ipinalalaganap umano ang kultura ng kamatayan sa halip na pag-ibayuhin ang buhay. Aniya, hindi kailanman magtatagumpay ang kamatayan sa buhay. Ito ang pananampalataya natin. Nguni t kinakailangan na panindigan natin ang Buhay! At ang Diyos ang siya nating kakampi at pinangangapitan. Matapos ang Banal na Misa, nagsimula na ang forum-proper, na isinahimpapawid live sa Evangelization Radio, DWAL-FM 95.9 Radyo Totoo. Sa kanyang pambungad na pananalita, inilahad ng Arsobispo ang kanyang layunin kung bakit ang mga kabataan ang kanyang pangunahing inimbita sa ikalwang pagtitipon para sa prolife forum. Matatandaan na noong isang taon, sa St. Francis de Sales Minor Seminary Gym ginanap ang kauna-unahang pro-life forum at naging tampok ay ang pagpapahayag ng pagtutol sa noon ay panukala pang Reproductive Health na ngayon ay batas na. Unang nagsalita si Michael Voris, kilalang lay TV evangelist sa Estados Unidos. Binigyan-diin niya ang plano ng Diyos na ang tao y maging kanyang anak. Sinabi niyang sa daigdig na ito, alin man sa ang tao y anak ng Diyos o anak ni Satanas. Kinakailangan umano na sundin natin ang kalooban ng ating Ama, kung sino man ang kilanlin ng tao kung sino siya. The devil is a liar, a murderer and a loser, giit ni Voris. Ito ang kanyang padalawang pagkakataon upang siyang magbigay ng panayam. Isang open forum ang sumunod sa kanyang panayam na ilang beses ring pinalakpakan. Matapos ang lunch break, ganap na ika-1 ng hapon, pinasigla ng mga kabataan mula sa Parokya ng Inmakulada Konsepsyon, ZENY PALANCA lowed by the first talk, Lay Your Heart To Be Holy, given by Ms. Zeny C. Palanca. The talk discussed the foundations of being a laity; being chosen, blessed, broken and given. The participants gave their sharing after the first talk. The second discussion which is the Sacrament of Baptism was given by Mrs. Mercy Suruelos. Lunch followed after Mrs. Suruelos talk. By 1:00 p.m., the youth initiated the animation dance that energized the participants. The body proceeded to the next discussion of Mrs. Suruelos, Sacrament of Confirmation. The facilitator prepared fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit which the delegates chose and shared after. Mrs. Doly Soriano discussed the topic: Lay Down Your Life to be a Hero. The group then had their rosary, followed by The Holy Eucharist at the Immaculate Concepcion Parish. The participants had their dinner after the mass. After the dinner, the group had their activity, Mi Ultimo Adios, from which they wrote their last will and testaments. Some participants shed tears because of these activities. At 8:00 in the evening, the group proceed on the topic Lay the Foundation of the Holy Heroes by Ms. Zeny C. Palanca. They also had an activity from which they need to walk uniquely as a way of going to Mama Mary. Early morning of February 16, 2014 at 6:00, the delegates had their breakfast. It was then followed by the morning praise and the 7:00 am Holy Mass at the parish. After the mass, the group proceeded on the planning and reporting by parish. Rev. Fr. Gamelin Balita administered the last part of the program, Renewal of the Baptismal Promises, Pass It On Candles, Commissioning and picture-taking. It was then followed by their lunch. #UB Bikariya IV: Nagsagawa ng Re-echo Seminar on Vicarial Formation for the Year of the Laity Sa unang araw ay nagsimula ang pagpapatala ng lahat ng dumalo sa ganap na ika- 7:00 ng umaga at sinundan ng Banal na Misa na isinagawa ng Bikaryo Poranyo na si Rdo. P. John A. de Castro OSJ. Naging pangunahing tagapagsalita ang Pangulo ng Archdiocesan Council of the Laity (ACL) na si Bro. Loreto Guinhawa. Inilahad nina Sis. Shirley Serrano, mula sa Ibaan ang nilalaman ng Module 1: Lay Your Heart to be Holy, Bro. Bryant Padilla ng Padre Garcia ang Module 2: Lay Down Your Heart to be Holy at Bro. Joel Alipio mula sa Ibaan ang Module 3: Lay the Foundation of the Holy Heroes. Ang nasabing Seminar ay sinaliwan ng mga makabuluhang animations na nagpadagdag ng sigla sa mga dumalo at ng mga bahaginan (sharings) na higit na nagbigay daan upang buksan ang mga sarili at kaisipan ng bawat isa. Matapos mailahad ang nilalaman ng lahat ng mga Modules isinagawa ang pagpapalano ng bawat Parokya kung paano naman ito ibaba sa iba pang mananampalataya ng kanikanilang Parokya na ilalahad ng mga dumalo sa kanilang mga kura paroko upang maisagawa ng maayos at mapagpasyahan ang petsang itinakda. Natapos ang mga gawain sa pamamagitan ng Misa Pasasalamat na pinangunahang muli ng Bikaryo Poranyo na si Rdo. P. John A de Castro, OSJ. Isinagawa rin ang pagsasariwa ng binyag na sinundan ng Graduation / Comissioning ng lahat ng dumalo. #UB Batangas City sa pamamagitan ng mga action songs na sinamahan naman ng mga delegado. Si Rdo. P. Dale Anthony Barretto Ko, dekano ng mga aralin sa St. Francis de Sales Theological School sa Marauoy, Lipa City, ang tampok na tagapanayam ng hapong iyon. Naging maugong ang pagtanggap sa kanyang paksa, Sexy... Holy, isang paglalahad sa teen sexuality. Kabilang sa kanyang tinalakay ay ang panganib dala ng pornograpiya lalo na sa Internet, ang homosexuality, masturbation at pagbibigay ng mga payo para sa malusog na relasyon ng mga kabataan, patungo sa pagkilala sa kabanalan ng kasal at ng magandang buhay pamilya. Matapos ang open forum, na kung saan nagbahagi rin si Michael Voris ng situwasyon sa Estados Unidos hinggil sa relasyon ng magkaparehong kasarian at sexual morality, nagbigay ng huling pananalita si Sr. Lydia Ebora, RGS, pangulo ng SBC. Ang Arsobispo ay nagbigay ng kanyang pagbabasbas bago humayo ang mga dumalo sa RED Forum. #UB Balitang Bikariya Dos ETHELIZA ROBLES, Chief, UB News Bureau 3 Alitagtag, Batangas - Ginanap ang Pondong Batangan Seminar sa Parokya ng Invencion dela Sta. Cruz noong ika - 8 ng Pebrero. Nasa 97 participants ang dumalo sa kalahating araw na seminar na idinaos sa loob ng simbahan mula ala una hanggang alas kwatro ng hapon. Well represented ang buong komunidad sapagkat may mga kinatawan mula sa barangay, pamahalaan at lider layko ng parokya. Ang unang bahagi ng gawain ay ang ibinigay na pambugad na presentasyon ni Rdo. P. Manny Guazon, Executive Director ng Pondong Batangan Inc. Ibinahagi naman ng PB Executive Assistant, Monina Villanueva ang tungkol sa Spirituality and Practice of Pondong Batangan. Si P. Manny rin ang nagpaliwanag tungkol sa Pondong Batangan bilang isang community foundation kung saan tinalakay niya ang iba t ibang proyekto at programang naipagkakaloob ng PB. Naging huling bahagi naman ng aktibidad ang prayer service ng mga nagsidalo. Ito ang unang pagkakataon na nagsagawa ng seminar sa parokya na ang pangunahing layunin ay maging daan ng ebanghelisasyon at makapukaw ng kamalayan ng mga tao tungkol sa Pondong Batangan. Cuenca, Batangas - Muling ibinalik noong ika- 4 ng Pebrero ang pagsasagawa ng Holy Hour o Banal na Oras sa Parokya ni San Isidro Labrador. Idinaraos ito sa loob ng simbahan tuwing Martes at Huwebes ganap na alas- 6 ng gabi kung saan tampok ang pagtatanghal ng Santisimo Sakramento. Pinangungunahan ng kura paroko, Rdo. P. Gene Valencia at Rdo. P. Clarence Patag, katulog ng pari, ang banal na oras. Dumadalo sa pagbibihilya ang mga kasapi ng iba t ibang organisasyon sa parokya at samahang pansimbahan. Bukas naman para sa lahat ng mga mananampalataya ang isang oras na katahimikan, pagninilay, pagdarasal at pagsama kay Jesus na nasa Banal na Sakramento. Sa kabilang dako, nagpapatuloy ang ginagawang evangelization program ng Neo Cathecumenal Way sa parokya pa ring ito. Sinimulan ang programa noong ika-3 ng Pebreo. Tuwing Lunes at Biyernes idinaraos sa parish hall ang isang oras na evangelization na nagsisimula sa ganap na alas sais y medya ng gabi. Patuloy ang paanyaya sa lahat sapagkat bukas ito sa mga nagnanais na makinig ng Salita ng Diyos at mga pagninilay. Sta. Teresita, Batangas - Kasabay ng paggunita sa Araw ng mga Puso noong ika-14 ng Pebrero, isang mass wedding ang ginanap sa Parokya at Dambana ni Sta. Teresita ng Batang si Hesus at Banal na Mukha. Sampung pares ng magkakapartner ang binigkis ng sakramento ng kasal. Pinamunuan ni Rdo. P. Larry Famarin, guest priest, ang banal na misa ganap na ika-9 ng umaga gayundin ang seremonya ng pagkakasal. Ang mga nag-isang dibdib ay yaong mga hindi pa nagsasama o hindi pa naiikasal sa sibil. Sila ay sumailalim din sa mga interviews at pre-cana seminars na kailangan tanggapin bago magpakasal sa simbahan. Ang mass wedding ay proyektong handog ng pamahalaang lokal ng Sta. Teresita kung saan walang binayaran ang mga nagpakasal sapagkat sinagot ito ng lokal na pamahalaan. #UB LAFORCE, Ipinaayos Kasabay ng pagpasok ng panibagong taon ay ilang pagbabago rin ang isinagawa sa Lipa Archdiocesan Formation Center (LAFORCE) upang muli itong buksan sa publiko para sa mga maaring aktibidades ng Arsidiyosesis. Sa pangunguna ng LASAC Director na si Rdo. P. Jayson T. Siapco, sinimulan noong Disyembre nang nakaraang taon ang renobasyon sa LAFORCE. Unang isinaayos ang dating capilla ng gusali na ngayon ay magsisilbing conference hall. Sa mga sumunod na araw ay ang kasalukuyang refectory naman ang binigyan ng bagong mukha. Bilang bahagi na rin sa paghahandang ginagawa ng Social Action Commission sa ginanap ng The Southern Luzon Hunger Conference noong ika - 28 hanggang 30 ng Enero ngayong taon, isinaayos din ang ilang pasilidad ng LAFORCE kagaya ng mga comfort rooms ng mga dating dormitoryo nito upang ang mga ito ay magamit ng mga dadalong kalahok. Sa kasalukuyan, ang LASAC ang inatasang mamahala sa buong gusali. Sa mga susunod na buwan ay maaari na itong tumanggap ng mga grupong nais magsagawa ng kanilang retreats, seminars at conferences. Para sa iba pang karagdagang impormasyon, maaaring makipag-ugnayan sa LASAC. #UB (from LASAC FB)

4 4 OPINION FEBRUARY 2014 EDITORIAL Gobyerno, Iba ang Sinasabi sa Ginagawa Isa sa mga palagiang iginigiit ng mga tumututol sa ngayon ay RH Law ay ito di-umano ay magtataguyod ng aborsyon. Mariin naman itong tinanggihan ng mga nagsulong nito sa lahat ng mga debate sa Mataas at Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso. Lagi nilang binibigyang-pansin na mananatiling ilegal ang aborsyon sa ating bansa. Mananatili itong bahagi ng umiiral na batas at pambansang panuntunan. Kamakailan lamang ay idinaos sa Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) ang isang international conference na umano y nagsusulong ng reproductive and sexual health ng mga kababaihan at maging ng mga kabataan. Bagamat itong international, ang pagpapaunlak ng mismong Pangulo ng bansa hindi lamang ng kanyang presensya kundi ng kanyang pananalita, nangangahulugang ang pagpupulong na ito ay may basbas ng pamahalaan. Kapuna-puna na ang mga pangunahing mambabatas na nagsulong ng panukalang RH ay naroroon. Kaagad naghain ng petisyon ang mga Pro-Lifers upang pigilan ang pagpapatuloy nito dahil natuklasan nila ang maraming paksa ay tuwirang ipinanawagan ang aborsyon bilang una ay option, pangalawa ay karapatan ng mga kababaihan. Inupuan ng korte ang nasabing petisyon, ang tanging nagawang hakbang ng mga pro-lifers ay ang magdaos ng prayer rally sa harapan ng PICC. (Ang Arsidiyosesis ng Lipa ay kinatawan ng Komisyon para sa Pamilya at Buhay; ang maraming nagtungo doon ay mga taga-san Luis, parokya ng chairman ng komisyon, Rdo. P. Eugenio T. Penalosa III.) Ano ba naman itong gobyernong ito? Sinasabi na hindi kasama sa RH Law ang abortion dahil sa ito ay labag sa ating umiiral na batas, subalit itinataguyod nito ang mga pagsusulong na unti-unting pagkintal sa isipan ng mga kabataan at mga kababaihan na ito ay isa umanong option, ibig sabihin pwedeng pagpilian sa pagsusulong ng reproductive health. At ang kahilahilakbot pa, ay ang paggigiit na ang aborsyon ay isang kaparatan ng isang babae. Tama ang hinala ng maraming sumalungat sa batas na ito (na hindi pa ring maipatupad ng buo, nguni t tuloy naman ang pamahalaan sa mga palatuntunang pangkalusugan na sa pagpigil pa rin ng buhay ang nilalayon). Sa aborsyon ang tuloy ng RH Law. Ganito rin ang nangyayari sa umano y rehabilitation ng mga kababayan nating sinalanta ng super bagyong si Yolanda, lalo na sa Samar at Leyte. Di nagtutugma ang mga press releases ng Palasyo sa mga nagaganap sa mga lugal na na-apektuhan. Marami pang hindi nakatatanggap ng anumang ayuda ganoong ang tulong mula sa iba t ibang sektor hindi lamang sa lokal ngunit lalo na sa internasyonal ay alam na naipasok na sa kaban ng bayan para sa mga biktima. Ang mga lider ng simbahan doon sa Samar at Leyte, kilalang di-maingay sa mga isyung tulad nito, ay nagsalita na rin sa kundi man mabagal ay magpahangang ngayon ay wala pang pagkilos. Tanda ninyo ang lumabas na survey ng pamahalaan na nagsabing pabor daw sa kanila ang mga biktima sa kanilang ginagawang pagtulong sa kanila. Ganoong may malaking rally na nga na tumatawag sa kawalang pagkilos ng pamahalaan upang sila ay tulungan. Yan ang ating gobyerno: iba ang sinasabi sa ginagawa! #UB OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF LIPA EDITORIAL STAFF Fr. Nonie C. Dolor Editor-in-Chief Jesusa D. Bauan Circulation Manager Fr. Eric Joaquin Arada Fr. Nonie C. Dolor Photographers Niño Balita Cartoonist Atty. Mary Antoniette E. Arguelles Legal Counsel Archdiocese of Lipa Publisher Printer: Pater Putativus Publishing House Fr. Oscar L. Andal Managing Editor Contributors: Msgr. Ruben Dimaculagan Mrs. Norma Abratigue Fr. Bimbo Pantoja Fr. Manny Guazon Fr. Oscar Andal Emma D. Bauan Mrs. Elsie A. Rabago Sis. Divine Padilla Ms. Ethel Robles Lenny D. Mendoza Lay-out Artist For your comments, submission of articles, and/or subscriptions us at Visit us at Ulat Batangan in SUBSCRIPTION RATE: P200 FOR 12 MONTHS OR P20.00 PER MONTH. Most Rev. Ramón Argüelles, DD, STL TAIWAN Pilgrimage Can one go on Pilgrimage to a non-christian country? Can one say he is on pilgrimage in a land which ignores Jesus? The title of this sharing might provoke such question. Our predominantly (although largely nominally) Catholic country associates 'pilgrimages' and 'processions' with Catholic Christian practice. We associate it with the crosses ahead of a rosary praying crowd or statues of saints and candles as well as flower throwing children. But other religions have pilgrimages too as well as a variety of places of prayerful encounter. I have visited Buddhist temples in Thailand, Hongkong, Taiwan and Macau. I have gone to Hindu holy sites in India. I have entered several Mosques in Indonesia, Jerusalem and Malaysia. I sneaked in Jewish Synagogues and Cao Dai shrines in Vietnam. Of course wherever I go, the first thing I try to find is where Catholic Churches and Pilgrimage places are. In all these locations, Catholic or no, I always pray. I know the true God is also in those places where He is little known or not at all recognized. I go to those places of prayer to be with Him and to pray to Him for those who believe maybe quite imperfectly but who can be touched deep in their heart by my Saviour and God. In all those places, Catholic or otherwise, I know the Blessed Mother is with me bringing Her Son to all peoples She would like to make Herself known as their Mother. Such is my conviction when a group of us went to Taiwan. Mary was with us all along. She was the one who together with God planned all our encounters with the Taiwanese people. Everything happened so smoothly and bore so much spiritual fruits that no one among us ever imagined would happen. We can only say all the time that God has planned our journey with Him and Mama Mary and we are just too lucky to be part of this wonderful pilgrimage. After all one important element of a true pilgrimage is openness to the unexpected. God does many things without consulting us. He does not need to. He simply beckons us: "Come, and see" (John 1:39). We came, we saw and we believed He did all things well and He will still do. There were several priests with me: Fr. Oscar Andal (Archdiocesan Chancellor), Fr. Mike Samaniego (Archdiocesan Finance Officer), Msgr. Fred Madlangbayan (former Vicar General and still the Parish Priest of San Martin of Tours in Taal), Fr. Rodem Ramos (Parish Priest and Rector of Sta Teresita Shrine Parish) and Fr Egay Villostas (Laurel Parish Priest). The Mayor Randy James and Joan Amo of Laurel, Administrator Ciriaco and Pronie Calinisan came too. Msgr Fred, Fr Rodem and Fr Egay with Laurel Mayor and Administrator, responded to my invitation to join me and see in the Sun Moon Lake what can be done to improve Taal Lake. Bro Rene Lantin, Bro. Ito Guinhawa and wife, Bro Henry Ocier (the chief organizer of the group), Kenneth and Zenith Chua, the Martin and Florentina Sy and their son, Joey, Rose Uy, Divina Sy, completed our pilgrimage team. In Taiwan the counterpart of Henry in the organization is also a Filipino Chinese, Dr. Francisco Lim and spouse. They made the pilgrimage a truly unforgettable encounter and grace-filled union with God and the Blessed Mother. It all started when some of us learned that the Diocese of Taichung joined the consecration the (arch)dioceses in the Philippines made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 8, The CBCP decided to pray this consecration after the December 12, 2012, passing of the RH Bill into law. I, for one, knew that this would bring disaster to our country expected to be the model of fidelity to God and the Church in the entire planet. But we succumbed to the pressure of the world and the corrupt ways of the government. I am not sure whether all (arch)dioceses in the Philippines made the consecration of the Philippines to the Immaculate Heart. What is exhilarating is that Taichung in Taiwan uniquely aligned itself with us Filipinos in the Consecration asked by the Blessed Mother in Fatima. Because of this The Grupo da Imacolada from Portugal, which is headed by Henry Ocier in the Philippines, has become interested in the Taichung Marian commitment. Portugal also joined us in the spiritual event. Bishop Martin TZU was eager to be one with us in the special love of Mary. He almost never left us alone. One can see in his simple personality that he is loved by Mary. TINIG PASTOL... P. 5 Msgr. Fred Madlangbayan Straight from the Heart Bilang susog sa ating nakaraang ulat, na ang mga Laiko, sa pamamagitan ng binyag ay naging mga bahagi ng gawain at tungkuling PAGKAPARI, PAGKAPROPETA at PAGKAHARI NI KRISTO, sa larangan ng PAGKAPARI, Hence the Laity, dedicated us they are to Christ and anointed by the Holy Spirit, are marvelously called and prepared so that even richer fruits may be produced in them. For all their works, prayers and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body, if they are accomplished in the spirit - indeed even the hardships of life if patiently borne - all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. In the celebration of the Eucharist, these may most fittingly be offered to the Father along with the body of the Lord. As so, worshipping everywhere by their holy actions, the Laity consecrate the world itself to God, everywhere offering worship by the holiness of their lives. (CCC. 901) Sa Can. 835 #4: Sa isang natatanging paraan, ang mga magulang ay nakikibahagi sa gawain at tungkulin ng PAGPAPABANAL sa pamamagitan ng kanilang maka-kristiyanong pamumuhay bilang mag-asawa, at sa pamamagitan ng kanilang maka- Kristiyanong pagtuturo at paghuhubog sa kanilang mga anak. Isinasaad sa CCC. 903 na Lay people who possess the required qualities can be admitted permanently to the ministries of Lector and Acolyte. When the necessity of the church warrants it and when ministers are lacking, Lay persons, even if they are not Lectors and Acolytes, can also supply for certain of their offices, namely to exercise the ministry of the word, to preside over liturgical prayers and to distribute Holy Communion in accord with the prescriptions of law. (LG 35) Kaugnay nito, ipinahayag ni Sto. Tomas de Aquino na To teach in order to lead others to faith is the task of every preacher and of each believer. Kapansin-pansin na sa ating panahon ngayon sa ating mga Simbahan at Parokya, ang mga Laiko ay masigla na nagsasagawa ng gawain at tungkuling ito ng PAGKAPARI. Salamat na lamang na marami ng mga Laiko, maging lalaki o babae, ang namulat sa tungkuling ito na kaloob ng binyag, kaya ang Simbahan at ang Parokya ay nabubuhay at sumisigla. #UB (ITUTULOY)

5 FEBRUARY 2014 Msgr. Ruben Dimaculangan 1. PEKSMAN! Sinabi sa Banal na Kasulatan na huwag kang manunumpa. Sapat na ang sabihin mong Oo kung Oo at Hindi kung Hindi (Mateo 5:37). Eh, bakit lagi pa itong ginagawa hanggang ngayon sa korte, sa Senado at Kongreso? Nakapatong pa nga ang kanilang kaliwang kamay sa Bibliya? Sagot: Ang sinabi ng Panginoon ay isang ellipsis. Ibig sabihin, meron siyang hindi binanggit sa pangungusap na yaon na dapat ay understood na ng mga alagad. Samakatuwid, kung bubuuin ang sentence ay ganito: Hindi na ninyo kailangang manumpa... kung mabuti kayong tao at credible. Huwag na ninyong gayanin ang iba diyan na pasumpa-sumpa pa, tapos magkakasala din lang naman ng pagsisinungaling at dagdag na paglabag. Meron kasing mga tao na panay ang peksman, pero alam na alam naman nilang gagawa sila ng lusot hanggang sa makakalusot. Sila ang mga taong bukod sa Sampung Utos ng Diyos ay nagdagdag pa ng dalawa: Una ay Huwag kang aamin. At ang pangalawa ay Kung mabuking ka, huwag ka nang magdadamay pa ng iba. Ha ha ha ha. Sorry po, di nga pala ito nakakatawa. Syanga Naman. 2. PWEDE NGA BANG PAP APAGHIW GHIWALA ALAYIN ANG MAG-ASA -ASAWA? A? Ito ang patibong na tanong ng mga eskriba at pariseo kay Jesus. Nang una, pinahihintulutan sa Batas ni Moises ang idiborsyo ang asawa bilang solusyon sa gusot na resulta ng marriage by convenience nila. Inaasawa kasi ng mg Hudiyo ang mga dalagang anak ng mga Hentil upang maitigil ang awayan, kompetisyon at pangamba. Pero ang kapalit nito ay ang pagpapagawa para sa kanilang mga Misis na pagano ng mga templo ng diyus-diyosan na sinasamba ng mga misis nila. Dahil hindi nga pag-ibig ang nagtulak sa kanilang pag-aasawa, dumarating sa puntos na ang pinaka-solusyon ng batas ni Moises ay pahintulutan na ihiwalay ang misis nila. Nang dumating si Hesus, kinalaban niya ang practice na ito at sinabing bagama t ito ay legal o pinahihintulatan ng batas ni Moises, hindi naman ito moral o kapuri-puri dahil sa pang-aaping ginagawa sa babae. Kaya nga bilang sagot sa patibong ng mga eskriba at Pariseo: Ang pinagsama ng Diyos ay hindi dapat papaghiwalayin ng tao. (Mateo 19:3-6) Syanga naman. 3. FEBRUAR ARY BRIDE. Kung ang pangarap ng mga kakasalin ay ang makasal sa buwan ng Hunyo, kapansin-pansin na bihirangbihira ang nagpapakasal kung Pebrero kahit ang Valentine s Day ay nasa loob ng Pebrero. Kulang daw kasi ng petsa ang Pebrero. Ayaw nilang maging kulang-kulang ang kanilang pagsasama. Hindi pa sila ma-console na Msgr. Dimaculangan na ang apelyido ng magkakasal. Mas matimbang pa rin sa kanila ang manalig sa pamahiin. Ang mga tao nga naman. Mas gusto pa nilang makipagsiksikan sa buwan ng Hunyo, para ika nga y masabing sila y June Bride. Hindi nila alam na ang isa sa tunay na dahilang pinagmulan ng June Bride sa Europa ay ito: Gusto nilang ikasal sa Hunyo para pagkalipas ng siyam o sampung buwan pagkatapos ng kasal ay handa na rin sila para makatulong na manpower sa anihan. Kung ito rin ang layunin nila ngayon sa likod ng kagustuhan nilang makasal sa Hunyo, aba eh di maganda nga naman. He he he he. Syanga naman. 4. YEAR OF THE LAITY. Aktibong-aktibo ngayon ang Council of the Laity para sa pagsasanay ng mga lider-layko mula sa archdiocesan hanggang sa parochial level. Kung ang Commission on Clergy ang nagpapalalim ng function, role at pagkapari ng klero sa pamamagitan ng permanent formation, ang Council of the Laity naman ang nagko-coordinate at nagpapalalim ng function, role at pagiging tunay na kristiyano ng mga katolikong organisasyon at movements. Pinagyayaman nila ang misyon na layko na nag-uugat sa kanilang binyag at kumpil. Lalong madarama ang presensya ng layko kapag ipinagdiwang ang napili nating jubilee focus (e.g., Batangueno families, disintegrated families, kapalibutan at mga kabataan), mula Agosto hanggang Nobyembre. Kung magku-konsultahan ang mga synodal committee heads at ang mga lider na mamumuno sa bawat jubilee focus ngayong Year of the Laity, na karaniwan ay mga lider ng mga diocesan commissions, kay laking pwersa ng pagbabago at direksyon ng Arsidiyosesis na magmumula sa kanilang synergy. Syanga naman. 5. MICHAEL CHRISTIAN MARTINEZ. Biro mo, naging darling of the crowd si Michael Christian Martinez sa figure skating ng Sochi Winter Olympic games sa Rusya samantalang wala namang winter dito sa Pilipinas. Nag-aral lang siya ng sports na ito sa skating rink ng MOA. Largely, sariling sikap ang training at gastos sa paghahanda niya sa pagsabak sa Winter Olympic games na ito. Wala na akong ma-say. Saludo ako sa kanya. Sana tayo din. Kung gumaling si Michael sa skating kahit walang winter dito sa atin, pwede rin namang matutunan ng tricycle at jeepney drivers ang traffic rules kahit wala silang kotse. Pwede ring matutunan ang wagas na pag-ibig kahit wala kang asawa. Katulad ng mga taong ito ang kahanga-hangang mga kababayan na nage-excel OPINION din sa musika kahit wala silang sariling piano o organ. Syanga naman. 6. (San) FATHER JUN. Dahil ako ang pumalit kay Fr. Jun Quiambao sa Parokya ni Santa Teresita ng Batang si Jesus sa Talisay ng Lipa, unti-unti kong ipinakilala sa grade III first communicants ng Barangay Sulok ang magandang simbahan na ipinatayo ng yumaong si Fr. Jun. May 2 kilometro ang layo nitong simbahan sa kanilang paaralan. Naku, nang ipakilala ko si St. Therese, ginaya nila ang kanilang mga lola. Sabay bunot ang kanilang mga panyo at panay ang punas kina St. Therese at San Miguel Arkanghel. Ang siste nito, nang dalhin ko sila sa multipurpose hall, kung saan naka-exhibit ang isang striking picture ni Fr. Jun, kasama ang maramihang larawan ng mga taga-parokya, sabay bunot uli ng kanilang mga panyo, at panay ang punas sa larawan niya. Sabi ko, at lihim akong napapangiti: Hoy, mga bata, hindi pa iyan santo. Aba, uunahan pa si Pope John Paul II at si Pope Paul VI sa canonization, eh. Aba nga naman. 7. SOFT LAW. Nabanggit ni Fr. Nonie Dolor sa RED Forum na ginawa sa St. Bridgets College Auditorium noong ika-21 ng Pebrero 2014, matapos ang napakagandang lecture ni Fr. Dale Baretto Ko tungkol sa sexual love -- na salamat na lang at kakaunti pa ang proponents ng same sex partnership dito sa Pilipinas. Totoo ito. Pero gumagapang na ang influence nito. Very alarming na nga! Sa pamamagitan ng That s My Tomboy at Pogay ng Showtime, sa pamamagitan ng mga pelikulang katulad ng Babae, Lalaki, Tomboy, Bakla unti-unting iginagapang ang level hindi lang ng acceptance ng kabaklaan at katomboyan kundi ang perversion ng mga pinili nilang kasarian. Kasunod ng mataas na acceptance level nito sa publiko (soft law) ay ang promotion hanggang sa legislation nito sa loob ng lima, sampu o dalawampung taon. Talaga? Promise! Syanga naman. 8. GRADUATION NA MULI. Kay rami muli ng mga Daddy at Mommy na napaligaya ng kanilang mga anak sa panahong ito ng mga graduation. At pagkatapos ng parties, makikipagtagisan naman ang mga nagsipag-graduate na ito sa job fair. Nawa, di nila malimutan ang ideals ng kanilang propesyon at paaralan. Maging matiyaga kayo. Huwag mahiyang magsimula sa mababang kategoriya at simpleng sahod. Mag-ipon ng experience kaysa magkanto-boy at magbasketbol sa maghapon. At kung sa kasisikap na mag-apply ay wala pa ring makuhang trabaho, gawing kapakipakinabang ang araw nyo... gawing pakapi-pakinabang rin ang sarili. Syanga Naman. #UB The Syanga Naman articles are published monthly at Ulat Batangan (Archdiocese of Lipa) and at The Filipino Catholic (New York, since 2002). 5 TINIG PASTOL... P. 4 He enjoys being with those he believes are close to Mary. Even the Bishop Emeritus, Msgr. Wong, was equally gracious and reveals still in spite of age th desire to see the triumph of God and Mary, even in China mainland where he was exiled from. We had a nice time together. Then there are so many Chinese Taiwanese, recent converts, whose faith stories put us to shame. I refer to James Liao, our guide, and his companion Alex. They have brought to the Church their closest relatives and friends. Seeing all these Taiwanese Chinese so serious in their faith, I am more convinced that the prophecy of St John Paul II is very true: The Good News will return to where it all started, Asia... the time for Asia has come. The Taiwanese, both Chinese and aborigines (there are several of them who gave us so much joy by their cultural presentation) are thirsty for God. I imagine the whole Asia is. AND THEY LOOK AT US FILIPINOS AS THEIR AS- SURANCE THAT THEY WILL SOON KNOW JESUS! That they, like us, will be sons and daughters of Mary. That we can assure them that Mary is also their Mother. They were astonished by my story that in the Archdiocese of Lipa, we have three Marian images connected somehow with the Chinese people and all Asians which challenges Catholic Philippines to take seriously the missionary challenge. The first is the four hundred eleven year old image of Our Lady of Caysasay. It is highly probable that it is the image of a Chinese goddess introduced to the place long before Christianity reached Philippine soil. The image was fished from the Pansipit River that connects China Sea and Taal Lake, which was a perfect enclave for ships against destructive elements. The Spanish missionaries identified the image as that of the Immaculate Conception and has always been revered by the natives of Taal as such for the last more than four centuries. In recent decades Chinese people, including non-christians make pilgrimages to Labac, Taal bringing the image of MaTso with them. They say that their MaTso, goddess of goodness and generosity, protector of seafarers, told them to go to Labac and pray with the people because she is the one venerated there. Is it possible that Mary is MaTso who like Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Americas can say: I am not a goddess, but I am greater than all your gods and goddesses because I am the Mother of God. Asia and China is ripe for the revelation of Tien Mu (Mother of God) and Her Son Who is God. The second most revered image in Batangas I say is the Mediatrix of All Grace. Many say tht in 1948 Her message was 'PRAY FOR THE CONVERSION OF CHINA!' Mary pleaded in Fatima: 'Pray for the conversion of Russia'. She implied that Russia would dominate a big part of the world and if people did not pray and Russia was not converted, it would spread its errors. Is China now a threat to the world? Does it not really make sense that we should pray for her conversion? In Montemaria the huge statue of Mary, Mother of All Asia, is being erected. The head and arms are long ready to be installed. What is awaited is the body being made in China. The Blessed Mother will face the China Sea and the nations of Asia, in the gesture of beckoning them to come to Her Son. The Montemaria pilgrims will be asked to pray for the evangelization of China and All Asia. After blessing the SUN MOON Lake and saying Mass at the island where the monument of the Immaculate Heart was erected and crowned, we entrusted our group to the Blessed Mother so that She can continue to guide us to be with Her bearers of the Good News to All Asia. The next day we concluded our Taiwan Pilgrimage with a Mass at the Catholic Sanctuary of WuFongci where in the 1980s the Blessed Mother saved from peril a group of Buddhist government workers and mountain climbers. They eventually converted to Catholicism and erected the shrine. We marveled at what God is doing to Taiwan through the Blessed Mother and how we have been given a taste of missionary success in our pilgrimage. We know that God will still involve many others in His dream to manifest Himself to the Asian peoples. My prayer and the prayer of our group is that all Filipinos, Filipino Chinese and Catholics in our Asian Continent will have the chance to make a pilgrimage like what we had in Taiwan. The whole of Asia needs missionary Pilgrims to accompany Jesus, the Good News, and Mary the Star of Third Millennium Evangelization to tell all Asians that the Lord is in and from this continent. The time has come for Him to be recognized now by this great continent. Our Taiwan Pilgrimage is unforgettable because the wonders God does for us makes us even more convinced our Pilgrimage must be over all of Asia. Taiwan is just the beginning. #UB

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