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School offers 1st music degree course in Region 8

School offers 1st music degree course in Region 8

CALBAYOG City, Samar, May 25, 2016 –Christ the King College (CKC), the oldest Catholic school in Samar and Leyte, launches its newest course offering for this incoming school year, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education, the first of its kind in the region. Established in 1905, CKC is a Franciscan educational institution administered by [...]

Iloilo parish gets serious about caring for families

ILOILO City, May 25, 2016 – In response to the CBCP’s declaration of 2016 as the Year of the Eucharist and the Family, a parish in this city came out with an initiative to remind the faithful about the value of the family and their Christian responsibilities through a formation track on caring for families. [...]

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Pope appoints new Bacolod bishop

MANILA, May 24, 2016 – With the resignation of Msgr. Vincente M. Navarra as shepherd of the Diocese of Bacolod, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Patricio A. Buzon, SDB, the new bishop of the diocese, transferring him from the diocese of Kabankalan. Presently a member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on [...]

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15 years of priesthood: ‘All worth it’

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan, May 24, 2016 – How much sacrifice does 15 years of priesthood require? The 15th presbyteral anniversary of Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) formator Fr. Rainnielle Payawal Pineda on May 19 showed why all the hardwork and sacrifice of priesthood is worth it and more. “All the hardships and sacrifices were worth it [...]

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BAUANG, May 23, 2016 – After being kept for 115 years on American soil, the historic San Pedro bell was welcomed back home with nothing short of a fiesta-like celebration in the municipality of Bauang, province of La Union, earlier today. Dubbed the “Symbol of peace”, the bell hung outside New York’s West Point’s Most [...]

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Contests marking Perpetual Help Jubilee launched

PARAÑAQUE City, May 20, 2016 – The Redemptorists of Baclaran have come out with a set of literary, artistic, photography, and musical contests as a special way of marking 150 years of making Our Mother of Perpetual Help known. The contests are open to all devotees, whether amateur or professional, whose original entries can expound [...]

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Obando prayer dance focuses on 3 saints

OBANDO, Bulacan, May 20, 2016 – Many pilgrims flocked to this town from May 17 to 19 to join its annual prayer dance for fertility that was dedicated this year to St. Clare of Assisi, Nuestra Señora de Salambao, and St. Paschal Baylon. In celebration of the feast day of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception [...]

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Groups gather in Tawi-Tawi for Bajau empowerment

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi, May 17, 2016–A gathering of different groups based in Mindanao is happening here to empower the Bajaus, who are considered a marginalized group in society. The Claret Samal Foundation Inc. (CSFI) based in Basilan has organized the 9th Pastoral Assembly of Care for Nomads and Bajaus in the Philippines (CNBP) at the Beachside [...]

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MARILAO, Bulacan, May 8, 2016 – As a response to the need for more powerful and effective speakers to spread the Good News in the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs), Diocese of Malolos’ Office of the Promotion of Basic Ecclesial Communities (OPBEC) held a Speakers’ Bureau Training at the Mother of Mercy Chapel in Loma de [...]

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Bulacan gets 1st solar-powered nat’l shrine

HAGONOY, Bulacan, May 6, 2016 – As part of caring for the environment, the National Shrine and Parish of St. Anne in Hagonoy, Bulacan, in cooperation with SolaRex International and Steel Corporation (SISCORP), installed on April 20 a solar power panel generator system, the first ever in the diocese. According Msgr. Luciano C. Balagtas, P.C., [...]

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Archbishop leads 10k marchers vs. coal plants

BATANGAS City, May 5, 2016— Led by Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles., around 10,000 Filipinos from various Church groups, concerned citizens, and civil society organizations marched here today to call for a moratorium on new coal plants in the country, With only five days to go before the elections, the demonstrators demanded that the next administration [...]

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Bacolod diocesan taskforce preps for polls

BACOLOD, May 3, 2016 – The taskforce formed by the Church in Bacolod in view of the national and local elections is getting ready for the May 9 polls in this diocese. Fr. Ernie Larida, Director of Bacolod’s Diocesan Social Action Center (DSAC), disclosed that the recently-formed Diocesan Task Force Eleksyon 2016 was organized to [...]

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St. Anne’s parish to mark 25 years as nat’l shrine

HAGONOY, Bulacan, May 1, 2016 – The town of Hagonoy is proud to be home to the Parish Church of St. Anne, which will celebrate a quarter of a century as a national shrine. Promulgated in 1991 decision by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the shrine will mark 25 years as a national [...]

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Hagonoy nat’l shrine marks feast

HAGONOY, Bulacan, May 1, 2016 – The National Shrine and Parish of St. Anne in Hagonoy, Bulacan celebrated the town’s thanksgiving feast, known as Pistang Pasasalamat ng Bayan, with a procession of the town’s patron saints as well as a Holy Mass. Fr. Joselito R. Martin, current rector of San Carlos Seminary and a Hagonoy [...]

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‘Yolanda’-damaged church to become St. Anthony shrine

TABON-TABON, Leyte, April 27, 2016 – Once completely devastated by super typoon Yolanda, the now reconstructed and bigger St. Anthony de Padua Parish will be serving as an archdiocesan shrine in the future. “We will make [the parish] a shrine of St. Anthony de Padua for the whole archdiocese where we can do pilgrimage, especially [...]

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Alaminos to install new bishop next week

MANILA, April 27, 2016— A new bishop will be installed in the Diocese of Alaminos in Pangasinan next week. Bishop Ricardo Baccay will be the third bishop of the diocese, a post which had been vacant since early 2014 when Marlo Peralta became Archbishop of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur. Thousands of bishops, priests, the [...]

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