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New Laoag bishop; Nabas, Aklan church needs help

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Apostolic Nuncio Guiseppe Pinto installed Msgr. Renato Pine Mayugba as the new bishop of the Diocese of Laoag on Dec. 11, 9 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. William the Hermit.

A priest for 31 years, Bishop Mayugba is from Pangasinan and speaks Ilocano. He finished his Theology in the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Vigan and was ordained priest April 25, 1981. He took up his licentiate at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome (more known as the Angelicum).

The diocese covers 29 parishes. It has 50 diocesan priests and five SVD and two Redemptorist priests.

Nabas church in Aklan needs help

Lawyer Mercy Solanoy Mortel called my attention to the need of reconstructing her parish church in Nabas, Aklan.

Dedicated to St. Isidore the Farmer and Our Lady of Salvation, the church has been dilapidated for a long time. It may collapse if a strong earthquake hits the area.

The United Nabasnons Aklan Association Inc. (UNAAI), composed of Nabasnons working and living in foreign lands, have begun the fund-raising with the blessings and assistance of Fr. Ramon Bansuelo and Fr. Mike Ibardolaza, parish priests.

The Nabasnon Aton Buligan and Aton Simbahan has launched a separate fund-raising.

Please send your contributions and donations to the United Nabasnons Aklan Association Inc., Philippine National Bank account no. 516586700010 (Kalibo branch).

Contact Florence Constantinopla at (036) 2891100 and 0926-6918379,  Poblacion, Nabas, Aklan.

For Nabasnons in the US and Canada, call toll-free no. 1800-9216632. For those in Australia, call toll-free no. (02) 43078471.

In Manila, call Solanoy Mortel at 0917-8256642.

For other details, e-mail odonsbandiola_spaklan@yahoo.com or like UNAAI on Facebook.

Pasig’s diocesan museum

The Museo Diocesano de Pasig  of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Pasig displays antiques and memorabilia of the rich spiritual heritage of Pasig.

Highlight include the mural on the history of Pasig painted by Derrick Catutay, measuring 50 ft in length and 60 ft in height with focus on the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

Also on display are the pieces of furniture and the vestments of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception worn through the years.

There is also the 19th-century choir loft that was blessed and inaugurated, together with the museum, last Dec. 1, after the 5 p.m. Mass with Bishop Mylo Hubert C. Vergara as the main celebrant.

The Philippine Madrigal Singers sang during the Mass. They also sang “Maria” which was especially composed by Fr. Carlo Magno Marcelo for the Museo.

Pasig Mayor Bobby Eusebio, with Mona Lacanlale and Rebecca Caruncho led the the ribbon-cutting.

This project was undertaken by the Abang Lingkod ni Maria, in cooperation with the Ayala Museum.

Traders Hotel’s daycare center

Traders Hotel in Manila is continuously enhancing the knowledge of children in the Maytubig community through a daycare center that it supports and maintains.

Each year, 30 children are given primary education. The hotel also supports the daycare center’s activities.

The Perfect Fit campaign sells shirts at P350.

Proceeds will benefit the out-of-school youth of Pasay City.

Last Dec. 12, the 35 kids of Maytubig Daycare Center held their Christmas party in the hotel function room. Games and treats were given to the kids and parents.

On Dec. 17, Traders Hotel will sponsor 200 kids from the Maytubig community for a Christmas party. The corporate social responsibility ambassadors will spearhead the event.

Pilgrimages

According to an article written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Year of Faith “summons an authentic and renewed conversation with the Lord, the one savior of the world. It is an opportunity for the faithful to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus.”

As a result, more pilgrims are expected to visit the Holy Land next year.

Pilgrims for the Holy Land, Egypt and Jordan are set to depart on Feb. 18 with Fr. Rufino “Jun” Sescon; April 1 with Fr. Joselito Buenafe; April 8 with Fr. Frank Dennis Savadera, SJ; and May 20 with Fr. Rick Balongag.

Extensions to Dubai/Abu Dhabi or Nile River can be arranged. For details, call Adams at 5211651 or 5211638.

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