Monthly Archives: July 2015

Former SGV chief is new Namfrel head

MANILA, July 31, 2015— The former chairman of the country’s top accounting firm Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV) is the new chairman of the National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel). Members of the poll watchdog formally elected David Balangue as chairperson on Friday, replacing Corazon de la Paz-Bernardo who remains as member of the national council. Balangue has been vice chairman of Namfrel since 2010. The group said Balangue

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Pope’s Tagalog-speaking ‘kababayan’ to give Marian talk

Fr. Luciano Felloni (Photo taken from Felloni's Facebook account) MAKATI CIty, July 31, 2015—Fr. Luciano Ariel Felloni, the Argentine priest who gives many Filipinos a run for their money with his excellent command of their own language, is set to give a talk about the Blessed Virgin and her maternal role, on the First Saturday of August, August 1. Mother of the poor Entitled “Mary, Mother of the Poor,” the free seminar is open to the public,

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Icon sums up Years of the Poor, Consecrated Life

A group of religious women see their lives and spirituality reflected in the icon “Jesus of the Poor” on display at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Tagbilaran City, Bohol until July 31. (Photo: Fray Jaazeal Jakosalem, OAR) TAGBILARAN City, Bohol, July 31, 2015—It is said that a picture paints a thousand words, succeeding where words often fail. With this in mind, the religious men and women of the Philippines have decided to “visualize”

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Aquino overlooked environmental issues in SONA – group

MANILA, July 31, 2015 – A group of environmentalist expressed frustration over how President Benigno Aquino III’s skipped reports on some key environmental issues during his last State of the Nation’s Address on July 27. Edel Garingan, PMPI project officer, said “what the country really needs is ecological rehabilitation and and conservation, and this is almost impossible with the Philippine Mining Act and the poor implementation of our

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PH religious spearhead ‘climate change’ confab

At least 170 religious men and women, educators, environmentalists, and climate action advocates from all over the Philippines and elsewhere attend the national conference on human rights and climate justice at Asilo de San Vicente de Paúl in Manila from July 29 to 31, 2015. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián) MANILA, July 30, 2015—Stressing that climate change is an issue more serious than previously thought, at least 170 religious men and women,

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Churches join Metro Manila-wide ’shake drill’

MANILA, July 30, 2015— Many Catholic churches on Thursday joined the Metro Manila-wide earthquake drill initiated by the government. Among these churches were the Quiapo Church and Baclaran Church which attract thousands of devotees everyday. At 10:30 a.m., church bells started ringing and a warning sound was broadcast over the radio, signaling the start of the “shake drill”. In Quiapo church, churchgoers inside the basilica were evacuated

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Eucharistic hero’s relic on display

St. Peter Julian Eymard was beatified in 1925, and canonized in 1962, a day after the Second Vatican Council’s first session. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián) MANILA, July 30, 2015—Five months before the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu next year, the Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar) Parish in Manila’s Santa Cruz district has an ongoing mini exhibit that features a relic of St. Peter Julian Eymard as well as photographs

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‘Jesus of the Poor’ gets rockstar welcome in Bohol

The icon “Jesus of the Poor” in Bohol (Photo: Fray Jaazeal Jakosalem, OAR) TAGBILARAN City, Bohol, July 30, 2015—Boholano Catholics went all out in welcoming “Jesus of the Poor,” a Filipinized icon made specially for the Years of Consecrated Life and of the Poor, and blessed no less than by Pope Francis himself during his Philippine trip in January. Pray for religious vocations “Pray for our consecrated men and women in the island

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Tagle wants family ministry in grassroots

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (Photo: CBCPNews) MANILA, July 29, 2015— The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Manila called on family-oriented groups to go down to the grassroots amid observations that family ministry is becoming a ‘luxury” for the middle and upper class. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle called on lay movements to shed individualism and work together in attending to the spiritual needs of poor families. “Let us break from that

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Priest to ‘santeros’: ‘Less is more’

Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio, S.J., S.L.D. told “santo” owners, enthusiasts, and devotees attending Visitación III that “The simpler, the better” and “Less is more” when it comes to concretizing their belief in the “Communion of Saints.” (Photo: Boonjei Aguja) MARIKINA City, July 29, 2015—Even as he praised the veneration of saints and the making of religious images, a Catholic priest-theologian has advised “santeros” (sculptors, custodians,

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