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PIA Press Release
2006/06/30

Politics takes the sidelines as Region 8 celebrates Santo Nino fiesta

Tacloban City (June 30) –- Political differences were temporarily set aside as the maiden City of Region 8 celebrates the 117th Sto. Nino Fiesta. This year’s celebration anchors on the theme of building ecclesiastical communities.

Seen during the Pontifical Mass were Former First Lady Imelda Marcos who have not yet lost her beauty and her charisma, former Leyte Governor Cocoy Romualdez and his son Atty. Martin Romualdez, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, Congresswoman Remedios Petilla, Partylist representative Bembem Noel.

These political leaders together with the Bishops, sat together in one table after the Mass, to partake of the Fiesta luncheon.

A parishioner commented that the devotion for Sto. Nino is so strong, it is able to unite the people including the government officials with different party affiliations.

The Pontifical Mass which was officiated by Bishop Ted Buhain was participated in by more than a hundred priest together with Bishop Filomeno Bactol of Naval, Bishop Hubayan of Catarman, Bishop Medroso of Borongan and Bishop Boy Abarquez of the Sto. Nino Parish.

Bishop Buhain’s homily centered on the Church’s call for all Christians to become true followers of Christ. He cited three differences of the teachers during the time of Jesus and today. He said that during the days of Jesus, the Rabbi or teacher had no specific place of instruction, there was not classroom; there was no drawing and there were no blackboards where to write the instructions. The disciples had to observe the Rabbi so closely in order to imbibe the teachings and the sincerity of the teacher’s lessons.

In this time and age, Bishop Buhain urged the Parishioners and devotees to spend even just five minutes everyday to read at least five verses of the Bible and be able to ask themselves how the verses or the word of God is applied in their daily living.

With so many problems besetting the nation and the world nowadays, it is about time each and every one start analyzing themselves and be able to answer honestly to themselves if they can rightfully be called Christians or followers of Christ. (PIA 8) [top]

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