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The Immortality of the Misa Pastorela Bicolana

You will permit me to postpone the conclusion to my previous article on Church-State relations in the Philippines in order to make way for this short column on an underrated Albayano cultural patrimony. With the beginning of the Misas de Aguinaldo, both at dawn (Misa de Gallo on 16 December) and at nighttime (Simbang Gabi on 15 December), choristers...

“One Voice, One Mission, One Priesthood”

Highlighting the culmination of the ‘Year of the Clergy’, Bicolano priests of the Diocese of Legazpi will be showcasing their talents on December 14, 2018,  at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City in a night of songs dubbed as “One Voice, One Mission, One Priesthood”. Rev. Fr. Jeronimo Ma. Rosario R. Sevilla, the concert director said that the...

Outreach held for peace

“Kids Prayer for Peace”, an outreach program aimed at reclaiming the peaceful image of Libon was conducted by Tara Libon and members of the St. Rapahael Academy Alumni Association on November 4, 2018, in Barangay Zone 5 in Libon, Albay. Paul Segui, founder of Tara Libon believes that the outreach program can revert the perspective of residents and visitors about...

Pray for a “very sick man”

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David urged everyone to pray for President Rodrigo Duterte because ‘he is a very sick man’ after the President regarded Catholic saints as “fools and drunkards”. “Please remember, Jesus taught us to be merciful when dealing with sick people. I think it should be obvious to people by now that our country is being led by...

Bishop Baylon honored by Istorya ng Pag-asa

Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi is among the 20 honorees of the Albay leg of Istorya ng Pag-asa (INP) Photo Gallery, which opened on October 29, 2018, at the Activity Center of Ayala Malls Legazpi. The Bishop is presented in the photo gallery as a “revolutionary turned visionary”. In his teens, challenged by the social inequalities and political...

PNP on full alert for Halloween

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol will be on full alert from midnight of October 30 to November 3 to ensure public safety and security on the celebration of All Saints’ and All Souls Day on November 1 and 2, 2018. According to PNP Bicol Spokesperson Malu Calubaquib, six thousand police officers from the PNP Regional Office will strategically be...

Diocese of Legazpi hosts RYCC Meeting

The Regional Youth Coordinating Council (RYCC) held their quarterly meeting on October 11 to 12, 2018 at the Divine Mercy Monastery of the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Trinity in Kawa-Kawa, Ligao City. Participated in by 25 members of the RYCC, the two-day gathering centered its discussion on their respective diocesan youth activities such as the Youth Encounter, Facilitators Seminar...

Diocese of Legazpi holds 36th Marian Pilgrimage

“We may be tired, but we are happy. Never get tired to be happy”, Msgr. Ramon Tronqued said as he addresses over 4000 pilgrims in his homily during the mass that concluded the 36th Marian Youth Pilgrimage in Joroan, Tiwi Albay on October 6. This year’s youth pilgrimage themed “Youth Ministers: Called and Chosen”, commenced at 5 a.m. where the pilgrims...

COMELEC hits voters’ registration target

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Legazpi reached their projected number of voters for the upcoming Local and National Elections on May 13, 2019. According to COMELEC Elections Officer Atty. Jasmine Belarmino, they have recorded 5,823 voters who sought the services of their office for registration, an update of data, reactivation and voter transfer from July 2, 2018, to September 29,...

Bishop Baylon attends Synod of Bishops in Rome

“Under clear skies and warm sunshine,” is how Bishop Joel Z. Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi described the weather during the Eucharistic Celebration that marked the beginning of the 15th Ordinary Synod of Bishops at 10 a.m. on October 3 at St. Peter’s Plaza in Rome, Italy. Together with over 260 Synodal Fathers, 49 priests, 34 young people and...

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