USJ-R’s Oplan Tokhay (Toktok Kabuhayan)

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CEBU CITY – In order to make good use of their time behind bars, lady inmates in Cebu underwent technical-vocational (tech-voc) training provided by USJ-R and successfully passed the government accreditation.

Thirty inmates and a lady guard of the Cebu City Jail Female Dormitory were conferred their national certification (NC II) for Bread and Pastry Production by USJ-R President Rev. Fr. Cristopher Maspara, OAR in a “graduation ceremony” yesterday at the jail grounds.

“Deserving kaayo mo i-congratulate kay bisan kamo naa diri sa sulod sa bilanggoan, naa moy na-achieve sa inyong kinabuhi (You deserved to be congratulated because even if you’re behind bars, you have achieved something),” Fr. Maspara told the inmates during the mass held before the awarding of certificates.

Ang inyong nakat-onan kay para ra pod sa inyong personal nga kalamboan ug para sa kalamboan sa inyong pamilya ug myembro sa inyong kumunidad dinhi (What you have learned will be for your own good and the good of your family and members of your community),” he added, as he urged them to use what they have learned to do good.

The lady inmates and Jail Officer 2 Marcia Sayson had undergone 141 hours of training conducted by Miss Grace Barnido, an instructor of the Recoletos Industrial and Technological Training Center (RITTC), the tech-voc arm of USJ-R.

Of the 356 total population of the facility, 30 “willingly” signed up for the program, said Sayson.

Dr. Mary Ann Roble, RITTC director, said the inmates demonstrated competence and skill during the Sept. 22 Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) accreditation, registering a 100% passing rate.

The inmates wore their apron and toque blanche, or the pleated, starched white hat worn by chefs as they walked up the mini stage and get their certificates.

They also received a livelihood package consist of baking wares and ingredients from USJ-R as “graduation gift.”

Second chances

Bro. Jaazeal Jakosalem, OAR, director of the university’s Institute of Non-Formal Education and Community Outreach Program (INFECOP), said the initiative is anchored on the university’s community apostolate.

He said that USJ-R looks after the spiritual and livelihood concerns of the inmates as Recollect priests attend to the inmates’ spiritual needs by saying mass for them every Sunday, hearing their confessions and giving counsel; and by providing them with the tech-voc training.

“You are already empowered through the skills you acquired,” he said. “Bisag diri sa sulod makakwarta namo pinaagi sa inyong mga lutoon ug crafts nga baligya (Even behind bars, you already earn money through baking and selling hand-made crafts).”

Bro. Jakosalem revealed that during the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, crafts made by the inmates were the first to sell out in the booth set by USJ-R at the IEC Pavilion as they became the favorite of IEC delegates.

Community Prior Rev. Fr. Vicente Ramon Jr., OAR encouraged the inmates to never give up even if life seemed bleak behind bars as he told them the humble beginnings and success story of Mrs. Julia Gandionco, owner of Julie’s Bakeshop

“Kung naa lang unta ang atong mahal nga Presidente Duterte aron mo-witness sa inyong graduation,” Fr. Ramon said, “makakita sab unta siya nga dili diay kinahanglan nga katong mga tawo nga nakasala sa gobyerno nga ato lang pamusilon diha sa daplin. Naa pa gyod diay second ug third ug fourth chances.”

(If our beloved President Rodrigo Duterte could only witness your graduation, he would have seen that we don’t have to just shoot erring individuals, that there are second and third and fourth chances.)

How it began

JO2 Saycon and inmates Geraldine Espiritu and Gessa Figueras were awarded for their excellent performance during the training. They were given medals and certificates.

In a speech, the jail officer thanked USJ-R for its contributions to the rehabilitation efforts of the inmates.

She revealed that the initiative started with the same 30 inmates who are fond of making yema, pastillas and munchkin. Soon enough, they started planning about opening a bakery store to also augment their income.

It was then that INFECOP supervisor Dr. Joan de Catalina learned about their bakery plan and offered them training on Bread and Pastry Production, which they readily grabbed.

Dr. de Catalina frequents the jail facility as it is one of the beneficiary area of the university’s community outreach programs.

Dako nakong pasalamat sa Ginoo nga kung kita kinasingkasing ka nga manangandoy, daghan kaayong motabang (I thank the Lord because if you heartily dream, many will extend help),” Saycon said.

Figueras, 27, was arrested for drug peddling. She is awaiting the resolution of her case in court for 1 year and 7 months already.

She said she joined the program because she would want to learn something useful when she would be released from jail.

She said the training was really fun and it helped her divert her attention toward more meaningful things. “Ako gyod ning gamiton akong nakat-onan kay magbagong buhay na gyod ko (I would use what I learned to start a new life),” she said.

Next batch

Espiritu, 49, was convicted of illegal recruitment and has been doing time inside the facility since June 2011. She gladly revealed that she has one more year to go inside the facility.

Timely kaayo ni nga training kay hapit nako molaya,” she said. “Magtukog kog coffee shop inag gawas nako.”

(This training is very timely because I will be released soon. I would open a coffee shop when I get out.)

She said she joined the trainings because she found it helpful. She said as a mother of four, she had no time to cook for her family because she was “always on the go.”

“I didn’t have time for things like this,” she said. She thanked USJ-R for its help and for not giving up on them.

Kung unsa may inyong gitudlo namo, amo gyod gamiton sa pagbuhat og maayo (Whatever you taught us, we would use them to do good),” she said.

Fr. Maspara also invited the other inmates to also signup for future tech-voc trainings to be provided by USJ-R.

Sa sunod namong balik, kamo na sad unta ang mo-graduate kay ang USJ-R dili mohunong pagtabang ninyo (I hope the next time we come back here, may you be the ones who will graduate because USJ-R will not stop helping you),” he told them.

Dr. de Catalina said the tech-voc trainings to be offered to the inmates would continue with the inclusion of the next batches of willing trainees.

 

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    3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER

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    (2010-2022)
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    BIRTHDAY
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    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Elvira Ignacio, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Lydia Rivera, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Jasmin Parreño, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1991-2022)
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    Fray Ken Oliver Lao

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Maria Abellanosa, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Bro. Remedio Alugar, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

    49TH PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

    CSNT-R: MOVING-UP CEREMONY (KINDER & GRADE 10)

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Don Carlos Fernandez (postulant)
    Sr. Araceli de Vera, AR
    Sis. Dalia Santos, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Myrna Montejo, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Bro. Danielito Davis Diesta, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Ronald Capulong (RAY-Urbiztondo)

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    CSNT-R:  COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES (GRADE 6 & GRADE 12)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Bendicta Rodriguez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Libbie Badenas (Brooke’s Point Chapter / Trial)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Angustias del Divino Amor, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Leopoldo Estioko
    Bro. Elmar Malvar, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Julieta Liagao, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Urbana Panit, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Nathaniel Jade Riego (RAY-Cavite)
    Lourdes Isabella Corpuz (RAY-Cebu)

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    GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

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    Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, D.D. (Diocese of Imus)
    Fray Dionisio Cachero
    Sr. Honey Mae Boquila, AR
    Bro. Wilson Sy, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Victoria Baluran, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Erlinda Reyes, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Gloria Arroyo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Fe Violeta Taring, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Norberto Vingson, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    PHILIPPINE NATIONAL & LOCAL ELECTIONS

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Teresita Caballero, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Alain Gallego, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Gina Fernandez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Kenneleen Slam Alvarado (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Fortunato dela Rosa, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Bro. Alfredo Panelo, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    +Sis. Isabel Ursal, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Elisa Cañete, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Rodolfo Dayag, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Andrea Sonsona, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
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    Sis. Lonie Silang, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Soledad Pacita Requiena, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Restituta Torres, AR
    +Sis. Emerencia Espeña, SAR (Manila Chapter)
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    +Sis. Luz Kilayko, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Granada
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    Sis. Josefina Lanase, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Erlinda Blancia, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Loreta De Castro, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
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    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2007-2022)
    Fray James Castelo
    Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron
    Fray Invenzor Melgazo
    Fray Nestor Raras
    Fray Rellyric Delos Santos

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Eduviges de la Virgen del Carmen, AR
    +Sr. Amanda de la Virgen del Carmen, AR
    +Sr. Paz Reandelar, AR
    +Bro. Manuel Magalona, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    7TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (2015-2022) OF RECOLETOS DE TAMBO COMMUNITY

    BIRTHDAY
    Archbp. Peter Liu Cheng-chung, D.D. (Archdiocese of Kaohsiung)
    Fray Jayferson Baldelovar
    Sr. Ma. Gracelda Bendoval, AR
    Sr. Loraine Lechago, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Aurora Sison, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Sis. Lucrecia de la Cerna, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    ST. MATTHIAS

    BIRTHDAY
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Nicolasa del Espiritu Santo, AR
    +Sr. Escolastica Calsado, AR
    +Sr. Natalia Paunil, AR
    +Mo. Ma. Bibiana Vendiola, AR
    +Sis. Bonifacia Ancajas, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    CANONIZATION OF 10 BLESSED
    (within the 10 a.m. Solemn Mass at St. Peter Square, Rome Time)

    – Titus Brandsma
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    FIESTA – SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR PARISH,CASIAN ISLAND, TAYTAY, PALAWAN
    Fluvial Procession and Blessing of Boats- 7:00 a.m. Fiesta Mass: 10:00 a.m.
    Main Celebrant: Fray Louie Gabinete

     

    FIESTA – OUR LADY OF PEACE AND GOOD VOYAGE PARISH, TONDO

    Fiesta Mass: 9:00 a.m.

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Isidore Vincent Adolfo, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Mildred Mutia, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Corazon Treyes, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Ma. Señora Agbuya (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Gertrudes del Espiritu Santo, AR
    +Sis. Remedios Querubin, SAR (Manila Chapter)
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    +Sis. Rosario Amores, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 16, 2022

    OPENING OF THE 8TH PROVINCIAL CHAPTER

    13TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (2009-2022) OF RECOLETOS DE CASIAN COMMUNITY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Marilou Labrador, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Gracia Pil, AR
    +Sis. Ma. Aurora Hong, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Glenda Arañez, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Margarita Parro (Miranila Chapter / Trial)
    Mark Lorenzo Negre (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Lucina Cabili, AR
    +Sis. Gliceria Enriquez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Clarita Matanoza, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 18, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Ma. Belma Agrava, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Precilla Loor, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Erlinda Mababangloob, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Mildred Carlos, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Ella Jabagat (RAY-Talisay)
    Rose Ann Dag-um (RAY-Provincialate)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Prudencia Martinez, AR

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    May 19, 2022

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP 5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Nigel Cabigon (aspirant)
    Sr. Ma. Cecilia Bongcawel, AR
    Bro. Sergio Javillo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Lolita Caabay, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    En Sueno (RAY-Miranila)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Paula de la Purisima Concepcion, AR
    +Sis. Juliet Tano, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

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    May 20, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Don Besana
    Sis. Evelyn Abutin, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Dolores Cañeda, AR
    +Sis. Andrea Rabillas, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 21, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Christian Joseph Codilla (aspirant)
    Sr. Victoria Sandiego, AR
    Sr. Sulpicia Geronimo, AR
    Sr. Cynthia Camuta, AR
    Sr. Maria Flor Mejarito, AR
    Sis. Virginia Cosca, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Vicenta Abanggan, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Mary Ann Cayabyab (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Francisco Pacabis, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    +Sis. Celerina Velarde, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 22, 2022

    6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Alvin Laserna Jr. (postulant)
    Mo. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR
    Sr. Ma. Quiteria Ragundiaz, OAR
    Sis. Encarnacion Campomanes, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Potenciana Gomez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Estela Taburada, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    May 23, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Antonio Diesta, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Desideria Quinto, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Epetecia Tonggoy, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Alita Garcia, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Carmelina Villasor, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Anna Cristina Sta. Marina, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Marites Regala (Miranila Chapter / Trial)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Caridad de la Virgen del Rosario, AR
    +Sis. Eva Sy, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

24
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    May 24, 2022

    DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH IN CHINA

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Justina de Leon, AR
    Sr. Vicenta Climacosa, AR
    Bro. Jose Ely Honrado, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Christine Salabsab (RAY-Laray)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1986-2021)
    Fray Eduardo Celiz, Jr.
    Fray Emilio Edgardo Quilatan

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Dulcessima Arellano, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

25
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    May 25, 2022

    60th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (1962-2022) OF THE RECOLETOS DE BACOLOD COMMUNITY

    37th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (1985-2022) OF THE RECOLETOS DE MIRANILA COMMUNITY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Nicholasa Sabado, AR
    Ella Aiza Jabagat (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Auxiliadora Somosot, AR
    +Sis. Virginia Auman, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

26
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    May 26, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Avelina Tatel, AR
    Sis. Leah Espacio, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Angustias Librea, AR
    +Bro. Norberto Tancino, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Carmila Puyat, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Dolores Nipales, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

27
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    May 27, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfreda Lobitaña, AR
    Sis. Menchie Bautista, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Corazon Miranda, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Erlinda de Guzman, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Milagros Comahig, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Jocelyn Nengasca, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Julita Asubar, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Maila de Rivera (Baguio Chapter / Trial)

28
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    May 28, 2022

    WORLD DAY OF HUNGER (cf. LAMP 52)

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Emilio Marquez, D.D. (Diocese of Lucena)
    Sr. Emilia Buenaseda, AR
    Sis. Delia Española, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Jean Blanco, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Carmen Bolaños, AR
    +Sis. Esmeralda Degamo, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 29, 2022

    ASCENSION

    56th WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY
    Theme: “Listening with the ear of the heart”

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Salome Paderogo, AR
    Sis. Elsa Claver, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Leontina Mira, AR

30
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    May 30, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Cristituto Rey Tepace (deacon)
    Sis. Josefina Parentela, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Teresita Salada, AR

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    May 31, 2022

    VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF OUR LADY OF THE VISITATION PARISH
    (Pasibi East, Urbiztondo, Pangasinan) Mass for First Communion- 9:00 a.m.
    Fiesta Mass & Procession of Sagala – 5:00 p.m.
    Main Celebrant: Most Rev. Socrates Villegas, D.D.

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Nestor Lloren Jr. (postulant)
    Sis. Priscilla Salazar, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Fe Violeta Taring, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Almario de la Cerna, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    

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