Baste Cavite Celebrates 53rd Founding Anniversary

CAVITE CITY – The week-long celebration (February 18 -23) of the 53rd Foundation Anniversary of San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite began with a concelebrated Holy Mass at the Main Campus chapel presided by no less than the Bishop of the Archdiocese of Imus, Reynaldo G. Evangelista, D.D. Bishop Evangelista brought back to the Sebastinian community the martyrdom of its patron, St. Sebastian, who bravely faced death in the hands of the pagan Emperor Diocletian for bringing Christ into the lives of the Romans. In keeping with the theme of the celebration, Weaving the History of San Sebastian, Bishop Rey urged the Sebastinians to be courageous witnesses of the Church and steadfast in their faith.

Ayer, Ahora y Mañana

A parade from the Main to the Cañacao Campus followed, with the student participants literally wearing different colorful hats while the teachers and staff held hand props. The field demonstration held at the Recoletos 4th Centennial Gymnasium showcased the dancing skills of students from Basic Education to the collegiate level. Modern and Spanish dances were the features of the dance exhibitions.

Ayer, Ahora y Mañana exhibit opened at 2:00PM at the Main Campus with Rev. Fr. Rafael B. Pecson, OAR gracing the opening. Students from HUMMS 12 walked the guests through the time line of the OAR Fathers’ presence in the Philippines (1606), specifically, in Cavite City (1616), to the founding of San Sebastian Junior College (1966) to the present. The mini exhibit essays the evolution of the school from a two-storey building in a single campus to several multi-storey buildings in two big campuses. The achievements of the graduates are also featured.

The Sebastinians’ way of thanking Christ, the Light of the world

One new activity included in this year’s celebration was the Christ the Light relay where the students lining up from the Main to the Cañacao Campus passed a torch symbolizing Christ’s light. The relay culminated with the Christ the Light Youth Prayer Rally. Two alumni, Ian M. Guiao and Benelita Sanchez, spoke before the crowd sharing their experience of God’s love. Mr. Guiao just graduated from college and is continuing serving the Church by training young boys to become altar servers. Sis. Bennie Sanchez of Batch 1996 has an Asian award for her humanitarian services and she has been featured in the Youtube for her activities.

Debate

A Holy Mass also ushered in Tuesday, February 19, which was dedicated to Educational Exploration (EDEX) featuring academic competitions including Mind Quest, Spelling Bee, Essay Writing, Poster Making, Picture Quest, and Student Debate. There were simultaneous contests for BED students at the Cañacao campus and SHS and college students at the Main campus. All the competitions revolved around the theme of the celebration except for the debate that had the proposition, Resolve: That the age of criminal liability be lowered to 9 years. The affirmative side eventually won the debate. A variety show, Sayawit, followed EDEX. Students, employees and faculty members gamely joined this display of Sebastinian entertainment talents.

Sports, Service Awards

Sports and physical challenges were featured on Wednesday, February 20. After the Holy Mass the invited team of OAR Fathers had a game of basketball versus a composite team of maintenance personnel, employees and faculty. Then, the much awaited match between the varsity team of San Sebastian College-Manila and SSC-R de Cavite followed, which was won by the former. Simultaneous with basketball, volleyball matches were also played between SSC-R de Cavite and guest teams.

The College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE), headed by Dean Raymund Bucu, took advantage of the foundation anniversary to honor the 19 Board passers from the December PRC licensure examination with a testimonial banquet. A Holy Mass presided by the School President was said in thanksgiving for the passers Fr. Pecson challenged the new Criminologists to be Christian law enforcers as they were shaped by the institution to be such. Mr. Bucu likewise reminded the passers to always think about their Alma Mater when carrying out their duties. San Sebastian managed to obtain over 30% passing, with national standing at 70%. Hon. Dennis Bernal, City of Cavite councilor addressed the passers who came with their respective parents.

Meanwhile, on the same date, students from all levels enjoyed the Palaro ng Lahi, featuring native games and the Amazing Race for student leaders.

The 2019 Service Awards ceremonies, aptly dubbed, Pagkilala, Parangal at Pasasalamat, gave due recognition to seven service personnel who are still in service and four retirees last school year. Raquel A. Castro, Judith D. Tolosa, Marilou C. dela Cruz and Maria Soledad T. Tubay, were handed a specially crafted wooden statue of St. Sebastian each as a symbol of the institution’s sincere gratitude to the service they selflessly rendered for over 30 years. Virginia M. Vejerano, BED faculty member, and Julieta Majillo, Bookstore In-charge, led the service awardees for their 30 years of service. Other awardees were: for 25 years, Rosalita P. Samoy, CBA Dean; for 15 years, Farrah Jane M. Columna, SHS Principal, Katherine Asuncion, Registrar Staff, and Jhiden P. Santillan, CBA Dean Secretary.  Dave Miralles, BED faculty member, was the lone 10-year service awardee.

The awardees pose for a picture with San Sebastian’s religious administrators.

Galing ng Rekoleto

The theme for Day 4 was generosity, with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass opening the day’s celebration at 8:00AM. The Recoletos Outreach Program (ReCOP) conducting a bloodletting activity, Dugo Mo, Buhay Ko, so that others may live, with students and employees as donors. Simultaneously the Amazing Race to Grace around the whole city was joined by the employees. The ultimate challenge was for each team to raise Php1000.00 to buy grocery items to be donated to the less fortunate members of the community. Right after the race, all members of the community were enjoined to showcase their talent at the Galing ng Rekoleto held at the gymnasium.  At 4:00PM members of the community lined up along Julian Felipe Boulevard, from the J. Felipe Monument to McDonald’s for the Zumbaste 2019 until 5:00PM. At 6:00PM, the very first Munting Mutya ng San Sebastian, a pageant for the Junior High School category and the Grade School category was held at the gymnasium. Jen Danielle Toribio was crowned first ever Munting Mutya Grade School with Naomie Sue Tuaño, first runner up and Kisha Cassandra Hilvano 2nd runner up. Raiza Jane Ducat was crowned Munting Muta Junior High School, with Alyssalynn Monique Ompad, 1st runner up and Janhey Belle Padriquela, 2nd runner up.

Father Provincial’s 5 points

On February 22, the institutional concelebrated mass presided by Rev. Fr. Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, Prior Provincial, was held at the gymnasium. Fr. Provincial of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, stressed five points in his reflections during the homily. First, that the Church is celebrating the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, the leader of the apostles. But at the same time, Fr. Selma said that we should recognize that the priests are sinners just as we are all sinners. Time and again, we hear priests asking all people to pray for them. Second, Fr. Selma asked everyone to pray for the Holy Father, Pope Francis, who is the successor of St. Peter. As we celebrate the foundation anniversary of the school we should think of this as Church’s success. Let us likewise learn from St. Peter to trust in the Lord. We must have faith in God and faith in ourselves. The third point, Fr. Provincial pointed the community to the Gospel of St. Matthew when Christ asked Peter, “Who do people say that I am?” In the Gospel, the Lord reminds us not to live our lives according to what the people say. We must be who we are according to what God wants. Fourth point of reflection is who is Jesus Christ for us. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Life, the Truth, a consoler and comforter, depending on one’s station in life. We must have matured developed and grow in our knowledge of Jesus. Finally, we may ask God, “Sino ako para sa iyo?” Jesus will have different answers to different people. But the common answer will be: You are loved, You are mine and You are a sinner, but I created you to be a good person.

Tribute to the OAR

After the mass, and for the time in its 53 years, Sebastinians expressed their appreciation to the Religious community in a Tribute to the OAR. Representatives of each sector offered simple tokens to Rev. Fr. Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, Prior Provincial; Fr. Rafael B. Pecson, OAR, School President; Fr. James T. Bumangabang, OAR, Vice President for Academics; Fr. Joseph Dexter D. Palagtiosa, OAR, Vice President for Mission, Formation and Identity; Bro. Raymund G. Alcedo, OAR, Vice President for Finance; Fr. Samuel L. Eyas, OAR, Basic Education Director; Fr. Antonio C. Zabala, Jr., OAR, Main Campus Minister; and Fr. Vincent S. Cadeliña, OAR, Cañacao Campus Minister and Property Administrator.

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    ALL SAINTS’ DAY

    BIRTHDAY:
    Sr. Marjorie Palacat, AR

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    ALL SOULS’ DAY

    ATTENTION: Recoletos de Luzon
    7:00 AM Mass @ Himlayang Pilipino, Quezon City
    Mass Presider: Father Provincial

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lolita Esteves, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1971-2019)
    Fray Regino Bangcaya

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    VATICAN: HOLY MASS FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOULS OF THE CARDINALS AND BISHOPS WHO DIED OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR

    10TH ANNIVERSARY – APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION ANGLICANORUM COETIBUS (2009)

    GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING

    November 4-8, 2019 / Rome

    CANONICAL RETREAT
    of the OAR Candidates to Diaconate and Presbyterate November 4-9, 2019

    USJ-R BALAMBAN: LAUNCHING OF ENGLISH & LIBRARY MONTH

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Zenaida Cabanes, AR
    Sr. Ma. Esperanza Mae Valmores, AR

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    34TH STUDENTS’ CONGRESS OF RECOLLECT SCHOOLS (SCORES)
    Theme: “Rekoleto Youth: Catalyst for Change for Nation-Building” Venue: SSC-R de Cavite

    Inclusive dates: November 5-9, 2019

    NEGROS DAY / AL CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Romeo Ben Potencio
    Fray Rey Jay Quevedo (simply prof.)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Federico de la Rosa (2000-2019)

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    COMMEMORATION OF THE DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE ORDER

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Leoncia Bandal, AR
    Sr. Rona Alaza, AR
    Sr. Liezl Palabrica

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    BLD. GRATIA OF KOTOR, Religious (Patron of OAR Lay Collaborators)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Cecilia Palomo, AR

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    START OF THE NOVENA TO NUESTRA SRA. DE LA SALUD

    COMMUNIO 2019
    November 8-9, 2019
    Host: Recoletos School of Theology

    CSNT-R: SAINTS AND ANGELS DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfreda Galinato, AR
    Fray Jovanie Siesmundo (simply prof.)

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    30TH ANNIVERSARY – FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL (1989)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emilio Jaruda, Jr.

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY:
    Fray Jesus Pastor Paloma (1996-2019)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Hermosilla Torreon, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Lourdes de San Agustin

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    PRIOR GENERAL’S RENEWAL VISIT TO SIERRA LEONE & KENYA November 11-24, 2019

    ARSE – BATCH 3
    Inclusive dates: November 11-15, 2019
    Facilitator: Fray René Paglinawan, OAR
    Venue: Talavera House of Prayer-Recoletos, Cebu City

    4th BEC NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
    (in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of BEC in the country)
    November 11-14, 2019 / Apo View Hotel, Davao City
    Theme: “Discerning the Challenges of the BEC Journey in the Light of the New Evangelization”

    UNO-R: START OF CLASSES (SECOND SEMESTER)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Gemma Netollama, AR Sr. Christie Maquiling, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Fernanda Balaba, AR

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    2nd INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER OF CEAR
    November 12-15, 2019 / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Cristine Tenio, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Corazon Nartia, AR

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    November 13, 2019

    ST. AUGUSTINE’S 1665th BIRTHDAY

    ALL SAINTS OF THE ORDER

    OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF “SANTO NIÑO @ 500”
    Venue: Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, Cebu City
    Theme: “Sto. Niño, the abiding presence of the Father in our journey of faith…”

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Mo. Remedios de la Cruz
    Sr. Rechilda Llorando, AR

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    22ND PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emilio Larlar, Jr.
    Sr. Clementina Galve, AR
    Sr. Luzviminda Escal, AR

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    MEETING OF THE LOCAL CHRONICLERS
    Venue: Bulwagang Recoletos Atrium, Mira- Nila, Quezon City

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    Sr. Marites Carasig, OAR (Tangub Monastery)
    Sr. Ma. Elisa Abellaniza, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Encarnacion del Santissimo Sacramento
    Sr. Consolacion Salamanca, AR
    Sr. Ma. Belen Muñez, AR

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    DIACONAL ORDINATION
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    Fray Cristito Tepace, OAR
    Venue: OLCP Church, Miranila, QC / Time: 9:00 AM
    Ordaining Prelate: Most Rev. Bartolome Santos Jr., D.D. (Diocese of Iba)

    8th CATHOLIC SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT
    Venue: Lourdes School of Mandaluyong
    For more details:
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Mo. Carmen Alba, AR

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    SOLEMNITY OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA SALUD
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    WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

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    Fray Nestor Raras

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    IV INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER OF EDUCAR
    November 18-22, 2019 / Rio de Janiero, Brazil

    USJ-R: CLASSES BEGIN (SECOND SEMESTER) CST-R: CAREER WEEK FOR GRADE 12
    November 18-22, 2019

    EZMBOYZ CLUSTER GATHERING
    November 18-20, 2019 / Tabuelan, Cebu

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ricarda Raganas, AR

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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND AND JAPAN
    November 19-26, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Dolores Diana, AR
    Sr. Nobie Noman, AR
    Sr. Ma. Jeanne Partosa, AR
    Sr. Josephine Tanio, AR

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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND
    November 20-23, 2019

    DAY 1: ROME-BANGKOK

    12:30
    Arrival at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok
    Official Welcome at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok

    SPA (VALENCIA) HIGH SCHOOL DAYS
    November 20-23, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron
    Mo. Eufemia Lauzon, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    (2001-2019)
    Sr. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Celestina de San Nicolas de Tolentino

     

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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND

    DAY 2: BANGKOK
    Welcome Ceremony in the Government House courtyard
    Meeting with the Prime Minister in the “Inner Ivory Room” of the Government House
    Meeting with Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps in the “Inner Santi Maitri” Hall of the Government House
    Visit to the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch at Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram Temple
    Meeting with the medical staff of St. Louis Hospital
    Private visit to infirm and disabled people at St. Louis Hospital Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature
    Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature
    Private visit to His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn “Rama X” at Amphorn Royal Palace
    Holy Mass in the National Stadium

    ANNIVERSARY OF APPOINTMENT AS ARCHBISHOP
    Archbp. Peter Liu Cheng-chung (Diocese of Kaoshiung, Taiwan)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1998-2019)
    Sr. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Santos Serato (2003-2019)

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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND

    DAY 3: BANGKOK
    Meeting with Priests, Religious, Seminarians and Catechists in St Peter’s Parish

    Meeting with the Bishops of Thailand and FABC at the Blessed Nicholas Boonkerd Kitbamrung Shrine

    Private meeting with the Members of the Society of Jesus in a hall close to the Shrine

    Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature

    Meeting with the Leaders of the Christian denominations and Other Religions at Chulalongkorn University

    Holy Mass with Young People in the Cathedral of the Assumption

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Consejo de Santa Monica
    Sr. Ma. Paulita Llacer, AR

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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND – JAPAN DAY 4 (1): BANGKOK – TOKYO

    Farewell Ceremony at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok

    9:30
    Arrival at Tokyo-Haneda Airport

    1740
    Welcome Ceremony at Tokyo-Haneda Aitport
    Meeting with the Bishops at the Apostolic Nunciature
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    SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO JAPAN

    DAY 2: TOKYO-NAGASAKI-HIROSHIMA-TOKYO

    9:20
    Departure by plane for Nagasaki
    Arrival at Nagasaki Airport
    Message on nuclear weapons at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
    Tribute to the Martyr Saints at the Martyrs’ Monument – Nishizaka Hill
    Lunch at the Bishop’s House
    Holy Mass in the Baseball Stadium
    Departure by plane for Hiroshima

    16:35
    Departure by plane for Hiroshima

    17:45
    Arrival at Hiroshima Airport
    Meeting for peace at the Peace Memorial

    20:25
    Departure by plane for Tokyo

    22:10
    Arrival at Tokyo-Haneda Airport

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros
    Sr. Fulgencia Relos, AR
    Sr. Cathryn Nove Vila, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Imelda Lachica, AR
    Sr. Mary Bernard Matanguihan, AR

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    November 25, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO JAPAN

    DAY 3: TOKYO

    Meeting with the victims of Triple Disaster at “Bellesalle Hanzomon”
    Private visit to Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace
    Meeting with Young People at the Cathedral of Holy Mary
    Lunch with the Papal Delegation at the Nunciature
    Holy Mass in the Tokyo Dome
    Meeting with the Prime Minister at Kantei
    Meeting with Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps at Kantei

    RFC & RST: FEAST OF ST. THOMAS OF VILLANOVA & RECOLETOS SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY (RST) DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Feliciano Campomanes
    Sr. Ma. Ninfa Inzon, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Carmela de Santa Teresita
    Sr. Francisca Abad, AR

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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO JAPAN

    DAY 4: TOKYO – ROME

    Private Holy Mass with the Members of the Society of Jesus in the Chapel of Kulturzentrum of Sophia University

    Breakfast and private meeting with the Collegium Maximum at Sophia University
    Visit to the elderly and infirm priests at Sophia University

    Farewell Ceremony at Tokyo-Haneda Airport

    11:35
    Departure by plane for Rome/Fiumicino

    17:15
    Arrival at Rome/Fiumicino Airport

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    November 27, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ivan Cuison (simply prof.)
    Sr. Antonietta Castañares, AR
    Sr. Rhiza Eltanal, AR

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    November 28, 2019

    21st FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO (1998-2019)

    30TH ANNIVERSARY – LAST APPARITION OF OUR LADY OF KIBEHO (1989) [Note: Kibeho is in southwestern Rwanda]

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Eva Grace Cadungog, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2013-2019)
    Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan

    8th ANNIVERSARY (2011-2019) OF ACCEPTANCE AS BROTHERS/SISTERS GENERAL OF THE ORDER (OAR)
    Hon. Rufus Rodriguez
    Mr. Fulgencio Culaton
    Dr. Milagros Espina
    Mrs. Leonila Dosado

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Glynn Ortega

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Ester Anacleto, AR

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    125TH ANNIVERSARY – ENCYCLICAL ORIENTALIUM DIGNITAS (1894)

    Holiday: BONIFACIO DAY

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