La Salud Feast 2020: A Celebration a Queen Deserves

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QUEZON CITY—It is a sight to behold when the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with the public was permitted and a good number of faithful attended. On November 17, 2020, the church of San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish in Quezon City was once again flocked by the devotees, while observing health protocols, as the feast of Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Our Lady of Health) was celebrated in a simple yet solemn way our Lady deserves. The celebration of the Mass commenced at 6:00 in the evening with the Prior Provincial, Fray Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, as the main celebrant with the religious priests of the Provincial Curia as concelebrants and Fray Rommel Rubia, OAR as the homilist.  

Veneration. The Prior Provincial incenses the venerated image of Nuestra Señora de la Salud at the beginning of the Solemn Mass.

Prior to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, devotional activities were held. At 4:30 in the afternoon a meditative rosary was recited. It was led by the members of the Recollect Augustinian Youth Provincialate Chapter. At 5:30, the traditional giving of ex-votos during the fiesta of the La Salud was witnessed by the faithful.

Veil vesting and offering of ex-votos. Last year’s ex-votos are removed from the image of La Salud to give way to her new veil and precious stones as thanksgiving gifts.

The tradition of giving the Lady some items of precious stones and metals and other special items is closely linked to the devotion to the Lady as recorded in the documents. Moreover, record shows that the altar chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Salud in Bagumbayan and later on in San Nicolas Church in Intramuros (both churches are not anymore existing) was filled with ex votos. This tradition is an external manifestation from the devotees in thanking God for the grace of health received, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Since the revival of this devotion in 2016, many devotees offered gifts to the Blessed Virgin, now displayed in her shrine, as an act of gratitude. This year’s donor for the jewelry worn by the Blessed Mother is from a family who was spared from the virus when one of its members, a medical front-liner, got infected by COVID-19 and has stayed together in the family for a couple of days before being transferred to a facility.  The ex voto is a gold and silver pendant incrusted with pave rose cut diamonds with a total weight of 4.15 carats and with a 3.80 carat emerald at the center. The pendant hangs on a stringed tiny sea-water pearls. The second ex voto, an embroidered barong veil for the use of the La Salud, is from the Mr. and Mrs. Paciano Bunyi and family from Batangas who themselves are devotees of the La Salud. 

Fray Selma, OAR, during the introductory rite of the Holy Mass, said that “man, nowadays, are more concerned with their health. It is for this reason that most of them are enrolled in different fitness and wellness programs. However, the concern of the Beloved Mother is not only the physical but the totality of the person- physical, emotional, psychological, moral and spiritual.” Because of this, he invited the faithful, just as Mary said to the servers in the wedding at Cana, to “do whatever Jesus tells you.” 

“Do whatever he tells you.” Fray Rommel Rubia, OAR, Spiritual Director of Cofradia del Transitó de Nuestra Señora, the confraternity of the devotees of La Salud, delivers the homily.

Fray Rubia, OAR, in his emotion filled homily, said that this year’s fiesta of Nuestra Señora de la Salud is a very significant one because of the pandemic. According to him, because of the effects of the pandemic, all of us are wounded physically, emotionally, spiritually. Thus, all of us, without exemption, need healing. Citing the of Gospel narrative on the wedding at Cana, Fray Rubia, OAR, exhorted the faithful to approach the Mother of Jesus, like what the servants did, and tell her “we have no more wine. We are already tired. Heal us.” He, however insisted that it is not the Blessed Virgin who heals us but his Son Jesus. Mary, on her part, gives the right and most effective medicine. This is her role. And so, he challenged everyone to go to Jesus for He alone can heal all our infirmities.

“Patotoo.” Fray Bolilia, OAR, read five testimonials of miraculous healings and answered prayers from La Salud devotees.

After the celebration of the Holy Mass, Fray Emmanuel Bolilia, OAR, Head of the Province’s Section for Spirituality, read to the public the testimonies of healing of some devotees who contracted different illnesses but received healing because of their devotion to the Lady of La Salud. After this, some of the faithful offered ex votos to Nuestra Señora de la Salud. Some offered pendants, earrings, and rings of gold and silver with precious stones. One offered his achievements by offering his gold medal while others offered rosaries made of pearls and precious metals. All these will be displayed in Her shrine adjacent to the church.

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  1. Justine M. Figuracion on September 25, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Can I have a history of the devotion of Our Lady of Health?

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    ALL SAINTS’ DAY

    “The Solemnity of All Saints is ‘our’ feast not because we are good,
    but because the holiness of God touches our lives.” (Pope Francis)

    75th ANNIVERSARY (1946-2021)
    OF JOHN PAUL II’s PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marjorie Palacat, AR
    Br. Reymar Macadagdag (prenov.)
    Bro. Leonardo Axalan, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Teresita Saraza, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

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    November 2, 2021

    +ALL SOULS’ DAY

    As we prayerfully remember our beloved dead, we are reminded that eternal life
    is not an unending succession of days, but an immersion of oneself in the ocean of infinite love, in which time, before and after, no longer exists.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

    Note: The customary celebration of the mass on this day at Himlayang Pilipino by the Recoletos Family members in Luzon is canceled.

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Zoraida Abrio, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Luz Velez, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Jocelyn Lozano, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Jovert Jimenez (RAY-Caidiocan)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Corazon Tolentino, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    November 3, 2021

    VI EDUCAR CONGRESS
    November 3-5, 2021
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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lolita Esteves, AR
    Sis. Marites Sy, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Estelita Villanueva, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

    GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION (1971-2021)
    Fray Regino Bangcaya

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Bernardita Villamor, AR

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    November 4, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR VOCATION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Zenaida Cabanes, AR
    Sr. Ma. Esperanza Mae Valmores, AR
    Bro. Ernesto Neri, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Arabella Ananoria, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    +Sis. Concepcion Rivera, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Agatha Quillope, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    +Sis. Fausta Perez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    November 5, 2021

    NEGROS DAY / AL CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Romeo Ben Potencio, Jr.
    Fray Rey Jay Quevedo (simply prof.)
    Andrei John Ea (RAY-Bacolod)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Federico de la Rosa (2000-2021)

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    November 6, 2021

    COMMEMORATION OF THE DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE ORDER

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Leoncia Bandal, AR
    Sr. Rona Alaza, AR
    Sr. Liezl Palabrica, AR
    Sis. Nimfa Buenaventura, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Jeaseamaine Genelaso (RAY-Provincialate)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +SARF members with undetermined date (m/d/y) of death:

    Cavite Chapter:

    +Bro. Rodelio Pacis, SAR
    +Bro. Dominador Magtoto, SAR
    +Sis. Loreta Escalona, SAR
    +Sis. Marie Escobar, SAR
    +Sis. Pilar Fajardo, SAR
    +Sis. Juanita Fernandez, SAR
    +Sis. Rizalina Gomez, SAR
    +Sis. Luz Lareza, SAR
    +Sis. Luz Llamado, SAR
    +Sis. Zenaida Madlangsacay, SAR
    +Sis. Felicidad Magbanua, SAR
    +Sis. Aurelia Magtoto, SAR
    +Sis. Juanita Mercado, SAR
    +Sis. Rosario Monteclaro, SAR
    +Sis. Teofista Montemayor, SAR
    +Sis. Josefina Olaes, SAR
    +Sis. Concepcion Papa, SAR
    +Sis. Eugenia Reyes, SAR
    +Sis. Maria Rodriguez, SAR
    +Sis. Evangelina Rustia, SAR
    +Sis. Purificacion Samala, SAR
    +Sis. Cely Santillan, SAR
    +Sis. Josefina Santos, SAR
    +Sis. Catalina Sartre, SAR
    +Sis. Elena Solis, SAR
    +Sis. Soledad Columna, SAR
    +Sis. Priscilla Encarnacion, SAR
    +Sis. Remedios Francisco, SAR
    +Sis. Paz Adriano, SAR
    +Sis. Gloria Agana, SAR
    +Sis. Esther Aguicho, SAR
    +Sis. Angela Almario, SAR
    +Sis. Isabelita Antonio, SAR
    +Sis. Isabel Asistones, SAR
    +Sis. Isabel Asistones, SAR
    +Sis. Elpidia Bonanza, SAR
    +Sis. Barbara Borromeo, SAR
    +Sis. Constancia Crescini, SAR
    +Sis. Modesta Custodio, SAR
    +Sis. Gloria de Castro, SAR
    +Sis. Velia de Guzman, SAR
    +Sis. Fortunata de la Vega, SAR
    +Sis. Virginia Soriano, SAR
    +Sis. Rosario Tacuyan, SAR
    +Sis. Soledad Tirona, SAR
    +Sis. Corazon Victa, SAR
    +Sis. Aurora Victoriano, SAR
    +Sis. Remedios Vitancol, SAR
    +Sis. Pat dela Vega, SAR
    +Sis. Paz Benitez, SAR

    Tondo Chapter:
    +Bro. Petronilo de Jesus, SAR
    +Bro. Jesus Silvestre Jose, SAR
    +Bro. Leonardo Ostia, SAR
    +Bro. David Remedios, SAR
    +Bro. Numeriano Villamea, SAR
    +Sis. Pilar Adriano, SAR
    +Sis. Ma. Viz Dayap, SAR
    +Sis. Aurora de Guzman, SAR
    +Sis. Dolores de Jose, SAR
    +Sis. Nenita de Jose, SAR
    +Sis. Narcisa Espiritu, SAR
    +Sis. Lucia Garcia, SAR
    +Sis. Susan Grulla, SAR
    +Sis. Conchita Ninal, SAR
    +Sis. Amelita Paloyo, SAR
    +Sis. Dolores Pangan, SAR
    +Sis. Juniolita Soquilon, SAR
    +Sis. Rosario Tuazon, SAR
    +Sis. Felicitas Umali, SAR
    +Sis. Estrellita Villamea, SAR
    +Sis. Pacita Villamor, SAR
    +Sis. Virginia Villanueva, SAR
    +Sis. Carmelita Zaldariaga, SAR

    Manila Chapter:
    +Bro. Gener Montemayor, SAR
    +Sis. Carina Juan, SAR
    +Sis. Norma Aquino, SAR
    +Sis. Cirila Villan, SAR

    Miranila Chapter:
    +Sis. Fortunata Castañeda, SAR
    +Sis. Lilia dela Paz, SAR
    +Sis. Amancia Gagui, SAR
    +Sis. Rosario Manese, SAR

    Provincialate Chapter:
    +Sis. Elnora Bobiles, SAR
    +Sis. Lorenza Liwag, SAR

    Talisay Chapter:
    +Bro. Rodolfo Mijares, SAR

    Baguio Chapter:
    +Bro. Thomas Buenaobra, SAR

    Cebu Chapter:
    [543 deceased SARF members]

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    November 7, 2021

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

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Cecilia Palomo, AR
    Sis. Florence Fajatin, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Zenaida Alix, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Petrona Camay, SAR (Laray Chapter)

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    November 8, 2021

    START OF THE NOVENA TO NUESTRA SRA. DE LA SALUD

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfreda Galinato, AR
    Bro. Diosdado Dayao, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Diosdada Uy, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Ramchand Mansukhani, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Ofelia Sanchez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    November 9, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emilio Jaruda, Jr.

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Jesus Pastor Paloma (1996-2021)
    +Sis. Francisca de los Santos, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    November 10, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Hermosilla Torreon, AR
    Sis. Janet Palencia, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Lourdes de San Agustin, AR
    +Sis. Cristina Sablada, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    November 11, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Gemma Netollama, AR
    Sr. Christie Maquiling, AR
    Sis. Alma Jocson, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Fernanda Balaba, AR

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    November 12, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Cristine Tenio, AR
    Sis. Yolanda Fortus, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Rosina Torres, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Corazon Nartia, AR
    +Sis. Luisa Bautista, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    November 13, 2021

    AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO’S 1,667th BIRTHDAY

    ALL SAINTS OF THE ORDER

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Mo. Remedios de la Cruz, AR
    +Sr. Rechilda Llorando, AR

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    November 14, 2021

    WORLD DAY OF THE POOR
    (cf. Pope Francis’ Message: “The poor will always have with you”)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Clementina Galve, AR
    Sr. Luzviminda Escal, AR
    Bro. Romeo David, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Melanie Oquias, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Angela Lachica (RAY-Miranila)

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    November 15, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marites Carasig, OAR (Tangub Monastery)
    Sr. Ma. Elisa Abellaniza, AR
    Sis. Adela Alfredo, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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

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    November 16, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roldan Benemerito (simply prof.)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Mo. Carmen Alba, AR
    +Sis. Irene Bitala, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    1ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOLEMN DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH AND ALTAR OF OLMCP-R, CEBU CITY AND VIGIL MASS OF LA SALUD
    Mass Presider: Bp. Midyphil Billiones, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu
    Live streaming @ 5:00 P.M.

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    November 17, 2021

     

    Fiesta Mass of La Salud @ OLMCP-R Cebu
    Live streaming @ 5:30 P.M.

    Fiesta Mass of La Salud @ SNDTP Quezon City
    Live streaming @ 6:00 P.M.

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Nestor Raras
    Fray James Francis Bago (simply prof.)
    Sis. Marielou Aventajado, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Leonora Bonifacio, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    November 18, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Elena Sibug, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Erlinda Caberoy, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ricarda Raganas, AR
    +Sis. Cleofe Melegrito, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    November 19, 2021

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

    FOURTH CENTENARY OF THE 1ST GENERAL CHAPTER OF THE RECOLETOS / November 19-30, 1621

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Dolores Diana, AR
    Sr. Nobie Noman, AR
    Sr. Ma. Jeanne Partosa, AR
    Sr. Josephine Tanio, AR
    Sis. Isabelitra Gregorio, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Gizelle del Rosario, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Nelfa Roselim, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Monica Lorevella Negre (RAY-Talisay)

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    November 20, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron
    Mo. Eufemia Lauzon, AR
    Bro. Michael Valle, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Felisa Fernandez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Rea Mae Avila (RAY-Provincialate)
    Jasper Caranyagan (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    (2001-2021)
    Mo. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Celestina de San Nicolas de Tolentino, AR
    +Bro. Norberto Timbol, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    November 21, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

    WORLD YOUTH DAY 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Angelice Tan (RAY-Talisay)

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

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1998-2021)
    Mo. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Santos Serato (2003-2021)
    +Sr. Ma. Clara Flores, AR

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    November 22, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Joselito Bondoc, SAR (Tondo Chapter) S
    is. Jelly Azada, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Daisy de la Torre, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

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

23
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    November 23, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Erika Nicole Fruylan (RAY-Bacolod)

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    November 24, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros
    Sr. Fulgencia Relos, AR
    Sr. Cathryn Nove Vila, AR
    Sis. Flora Atienza, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Maria Cecilia Batongbakal, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sherwin Louie Laserna (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Imelda Lachica, AR
    +Sr. Mary Bernard Matanguihan, AR
    +Sis. Julieta Savellano, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

25
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    November 25, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Feliciano Campomanes, Jr
    Sr. Ma. Ninfa Inzon, AR
    Bro. Erasmo Degamo, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Conrada Manrique, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Kate Lynn Alvarado (RAY-Talisay)

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

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    November 27, 2021

    MEETING OF THE PRIORS PROVINCIAL WITH THE PRIOR GENERAL AND COUNCIL
    November 27-December 4 / Casa de San José, Madrid

    MEETING OF THE PRE-CAPITULAR COMMISSION OF THE 56TH GENERAL CHAPTER
    November 27-December 4 / Casa de San José, Madrid

    DIACONAL ORDINATION (Philippines)
    Fray Ricky John A. Austria
    Fray Julius James T. Tinapao
    Fray James Erold P. Gatinao
    Ordaining Prelate: Most Rev. Roberto Gaa, D.D., Bishop of Novaliches
    OLCP, Miranila, Quezon City/9:30 A.M.

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Ivan Cuison (simply prof.)
    Sr. Antonietta Castañares, AR
    Sr. Rhiza Eltanal, AR
    Bro. Valeriano Pariñas, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Carmen Labay, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    November 28, 2021

    FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    PRAYER INTENTION:  FOR THE MISSION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    XXIII FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
    of the PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO (1998-2021)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Eva Grace Cadungog, AR
    Bro. Ruel Alcedo, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Rosario Galang, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Jaycell Castillo (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2013-2021)
    Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan

    10th ANNIVERSARY (2011-2021) OF ACCEPTANCE AS BROTHERS/SISTER GENERAL OF THE ORDER (OAR)

    Hon. Rufus Rodriguez
    Mr. Fulgencio Culaton
    Dr. Milagros Espina

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Marina Satin, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    November 29, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Glynn Ortega
    Sis. Iluminada Lucio, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Ester Anacleto, AR
    +Sis. Bernardita Broce, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    November 30, 2021

    ANDREW, apostle

    Holiday: BONIFACIO DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Andres Benitez, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Bonifacio Baran, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Belen Buncag, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

    Note: Local Priors, pls. prepare to submit your Community Reports

    

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