13th SARF National Biennial Convention

09 Jun 2017 Cora Padua

The Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity (SARF) Philis. held its 13th Biennial National Convention recently (May 12-14, 2017) at the Bulwagan Recoleto, Miranila Subd., Quezon City. Two hundred eleven (211) delegates and accompanying persons from 10 chapters in Luzon and 6 chapters from the Visayas  attended the event. Out-of-towners were billeted at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish dormitories in Quezon City and at the Bahay Sta. Monica in Miranila Subd.

Each day  of the convention was started with the Holy Mass. Main celebrants were Rev. Fr. Emmanuel A. Bolilia, OAR (Provincial Councilor, In-charge of Spirituality), Rev. Fr. Emilio L. Larlar, OAR (National Spiritual Director of SARF, Phils) and Rev. Fr. Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR (Prior Provincial). Lauds, Mid-day prayers and vespers were properly incorporated in the activities.

The following talks were delivered:

  1. The OAR  Year of Holiness 2017                            Rev. Fr. Lauro V. Larlar, OAR

                      “Called to be Saints”                                                

  1. The SARF PHils. LAMP 2017-2020                          Rev. Fr. Emilio L. Larlar, OAR
  2. Ways of Expressing Holiness                                  Rev. Fr. Ian D. Espartero, OAR
  3. Stewardship: A Way of Life, A Spirituality          Rev. Fr. Emmanuel A. Bolilia, OAR

Election of the new officers of the National Council was also held. The 2017-2020  National Council Officers include the following:



Chapter Affiliated

National President

Edwin T. Ruiz

SEMNOV – Antipolo

Vice President –Luzon

Zenaida Lapuz

Recoletos Provincialate 

Vice President – Visayas

Carmenda Leonoras

UNO-Bacolod City

1st Councilor – Luzon

Ceres C. Alcantara

SSBP –Quiapo, Manila

2nd Councilor – Luzon

Yolanda V. Zaragoza

SEMNOV – Antipolo

Councilor - Negros

Fe Violeta B. Taring

OLAP- Valencia

Councilor - Cebu

Evangeline E. Gubatao

OLMCP – Cebu

National Secretary

Ma. Windle M. Oane

SEMNOV – Antipolo

National Treasurer

Corazon A. Padua

RFC – Miranila, Q. C.

Spiritual Directors


Chapter Affiliated

National SD

Rev. Fr. Emilio Larlar, OAR

Regional SD - Palawan

Rev. Fr. Rex Bangcaya, OAR

OLMCP – P. Princesa

SHJHS- Brooke’s Point

Regional SD - Negros

Rev. Fr. William Villaflor, OAR

UNO-Bacolod City

Regional SD - Cebu

Rev. Fr. Vicente Ramon, Jr. OAR

OLMCP - Cebu

The fellowships were happy and memorable (if not a bit roaring on the second night!) The Himig Consolacion, RFC Seminarians and OLCP Dance Troupe provided formal entertainment. But, the excitable presentations of Cavite, Carmel, Cebu, San Carlos Chapters and the impromptu community singing and zumba goaded by naturally fun-loving delegates delicious peppered the concoction.

Since the 13th was the Centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima a rosary procession and flower offering to our Lady was celebrated  by the non-voting delegates. Also, since the 14th was Mothers Day, remembrance of mothers was paid in songs and speeches, particularly the “Sulat ni Nanay sa Atin” read by Prior Provincial Selma. Surely, some delegates were teary-eyed singing “Mama”.

SARF RFC, the host chapter, thanked the Triune God for moving our hearts and minds to make the convention a success, and everyone: the OAR, the National Council, the delegates and RAYs for their generous help and participation. The event was formally closed with the song “People”.  

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