Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City – August 28, 2017 (Monday) After four years of formation at the Recoletos Formation Center and careful evaluation six Augustinian Recollect friars made their solemn profession of vows with God’s mercy and with the support of the Augustinian Recollect family. These friars were:

Fray Paul S. Demillones, OAR

Fray Elpedio N. Sarita, Jr., OAR

Fray Robin Ross S. Plata, OAR

Fray Keneth B. Pahamutang, OAR

Fray Niel Ryan E. Jarumay, OAR

Fray Kenneth S. Caligdong, OAR

According to Canon Law, “by religious profession, members assume the observance of the three evangelical counsels [chastity, poverty and obedience] by public vow, are consecrated to God through the ministry of the Church, and are incorporated into the institute with the rights and duties defined by law” (CIC, n. 654; OAR Consts., n. 35). The above mentioned friars have been members of the Order of Augustinian Recollects of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno with simple vows which they renewed every year. With the solemn profession of vows they are now perpetual members of the Order.

The celebration began with the Holy Mass at 9:00 AM and it was held at the parish church of Our Lady of Consolation, Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City. The Holy Mass was presided by Very Rev. Fray Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, prior provincial. Together with him at the main altar were Fray Lauro V. Larlar, OAR, local prior of RFC, and Fray Kenneth Joseph Onda, OAR, Master of the Professed. More than forty priests who represented the different OAR communities in the province joined in the solemn liturgy as concelebrants. Fray “Paco” Legarra, OAR, of the province of St. Nicholas of Tolentine who happened to be visiting the country was also present at the celebration. Fray Jose Fortunato “Larry” J. Garces, OAR, served as the liturgist for the occasion.

Before the final blessing, Fray Paul Demillones, OAR, spoke in behalf of his batch words of acknowledgements and gratitude. After the final blessing that was pronounced by the prior provincial, group picture taking took place in the church then followed by the reception at the Bulwagan Recoletos Atrium.


PROVINCIALATE—Last July 7, 2017, Most Rev. Nereo Odchimar, D.D. of the Diocese of Tandag and Fray Dionisio Selma OAR representing the Recollect Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno signed a Memorandum of Agreement for a pastoral ministry. This ministry entrusted to the Recoletos covers “the full pastoral charge of the Quasi Parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel” in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

CEBU CITY--As Josenian filmmakers gain recognitions in film festivals outside the campus, the University of San Jose-Recoletos administrators thought it was about time to give them an opportunity to showcase their works in their home turf.

That is why USJ-R, through the Department of Journalism and Communication (DJC), held the first ever Recoletos Film Festival in partnership with the Recoletos Communications Inc. (RCI) of the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR), last March 26, 2017.

“Let us consider this Recoletos Film Festival as a showcase for both arts and faith,” said Prior Provincial Fr. Dionisio Selma, OAR in his speech during the program held at the SM Seaside City Cebu Mountain Wing Atrium.

RCI is the agent of evangelization and social transformation of the Order using the new media.

Dr. Nestor Ramirez, DJC chairman, said the department collaborated with Fr. Reynaldo “Boyax” Jaranilla, OAR, RCI president, to be able to put up a film festival for Josenians filmmakers as some of them are already making a name for themselves in local film fests.

Dr. Ramirez was referring to the recent exploits of Josenian filmmakers in this year’s Sinulog Film Festival where the best film and second best film awards were bagged by Josenians.

“Portal 40” directed by Josenian instructor Philip Lapinid IV won the festival’s top prize. Lapinid also won best director.

Meanwhile, “Sugilanon ni Lukas” by Josenian student filmmaker Niño Justin Tecson won second best film. Tecson’s other short film, “No Seguir”, bested 200 other entries to win the C1 Minute Top Student Film Award of Cinema One Originals film fest in Nov. 2016.


1st Recoletos Film Festival

The maiden edition of the Recoletos Film Festival went nationwide in scope as it attracted 29 short film entries from all over the country, said event organizers.

Mark Q. Lifana, a Broadcast Communication graduate of Dumaguete City’s Foundation University, bagged home the top prize as his entry “Bugas” (rice) won the best film award.

The film, which also won best editing, showcased the ironic truth in the life of a farmer who provides rice for the people but could not even provide for his own family.

Fr. Jaranilla said filmmaking is “probably the best venue we have to pursue our work of new evangelization.”

“The festival went beyond our expectation than simply sounding off our eagerness to prepare Recoletos constituents in harnessing their talents in filmmaking,” he said.


(See photo gallery for the full list of winners of the 1st Recoletos Film Festival)

Best Film: “Bugas” written and directed by Mark Lifana of Foundation University, Dumaguete City

Best Director: Kurt Fick for his short film “Piyong”

Best Cinematography: Earl Yap for “Experimental forest”, University of San Carlos

Best Musical Score and Sound Design: “Experimental forest”, University of San Carlos

Best Screenplay: “Sugilanon ni Lukas”, USJ-R

Best Actor: Dwight Devora of “Sugilanon ni Lukas”, USJ-R

Best Actress: Ashly Love Marzon of “Eyeglasses”, USJ-R

Best Editing: “Bugas”, Foundation University of Dumaguete City

Best Production Design: “Pochero”, USJ-R

Special Citation Award: “Memoria” of University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos


CHALAN KANOA, SAIPAN—The newly installed bishop of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, His Excellency Bishop Ryan Jimenez, D.D., will formally install Fray Allan Rubett Cabatian, OAR as the new Parish Priest of San Roque Parish in Saipan on August 21, 2016 in the parish church of San Roque, Saipan. The Rite of Installation will be done in the afternoon within the 4 O'Clock Eucharistic Celebration.  This momentous event coincides with the festivity of its Patron Saint—San Roque.

Most Reverend Jimenez who was ordained and installed Bishop of Chalan Kanoa only last August 14, 2016 makes this event one of his firsts in his exercise as Local Ordinary. Fray Cabatian is now with Fray Neil Bullos, OAR in that part of the Northern Mariana Islands who will later on be joined by Fray Felipe Rollon, OAR.

An unforgettable event ever! What a rare blessing from Almighty God for the Order of Augustinian Recollects! What a great number of workers for the Lord’s harvest! Never in the annals of history of the Augustinian Recollects in the Philippines since 1606 were so many Filipino priests ordained to the Sacred Order of Presbyterate—10 priests.

The new Recollect priests come from all over the Philippines:  Ken Oliver Lao from Candelaria, Quezon; Nelson Plohimon from Kabankalan City, Jerik Troy Siozon from Tacloban City, Rafael Pecson from Jolo, Sulu; Mark Ryan Prado from Aklan; Nimrod Launio from Santa Barbara, Iloilo; Lounal Jarumay from Canlaon City; Leo Neil Bullos from Banga, South Cotabato; John Zachary Haguisan from Sipalay City and Enrico Nacorda from Cebu City.

The Most Reverend Socrates B. Villegas, D.D. Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan and President of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines raised to the order of priesthood ten (10) Recollect religious deacons during the ordination ceremonies held at Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Mira-Nila Homes, Q.C. on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8, 2015).

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