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What they say about the Cebu-Bohol Lakbay Dalangin... p.2



The Family Rosary Crusade: The Family that Prays p.4 Together


rom November 8 - 11, 2011, 150 pilgrims from the Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish By Garvin Artie embarked on a journey to the isE. Valenzuela lands of Cebu and Bohol for the Lakbay- Dalangin 2011. The trip, As we approach our tercentenary conceptulized by our Parish Priest, as a parish, our parish priest Fr. Lari Fr. Lari, and coordinated by our Abaco has decided to replace the Boholano guest priest, Fr. Ikon, church’s long defective sound system. not only spiritually energized the participants but also gave them a This nearly million peso endeagreater appreciation of our country’s cultural heritage as well as its vor needs our support. There are three levels of donation to choose from: natural wonders. Upon arrival at the Mactan International Airport in Cebu at past 5 in the morning on November 8, the group headed right away to the Minor Basilica of the Santo Niño de Cebu where they heard Mass.

SNDPP’s Pearl



The Buling-Buling dancers from our parish welcome the Santo Niño de Pandacan held by Fr. Lari Abaco as the Image enters the patio of Baclayon Church in Bohol

•300 @3K- 300 people to give Php 3000.00, •3K @ 300- 3000 people to gve Php 300.00, and •30k @ 30- 30,000 people to give Php 30.00 Each donor shall be given a Pearl Certificate. May this be our gift to our parish as it strives to effectively proclaim the Word of the Lord and to reach out to as many Pandaqueños as possible.

L A K B AY DA L A N G I N 2 0 11
By Garvin Artie E.Valenzuela
During his homily, Fr. Ikon introduced our parishioners to their Cebuano counterparts. Fr. Lari for his part recounted the history and devotion of the Pandaqueños to the Holy Child since His image was discovered around three centuries ago in the pandan reeds from which Pandacan got its name. The Basilica’s Rector, Rev. Fr. Rodolfo A. Bugna O.S.A., in turn told of how an image of the Holy Child, the oldest in the country, was given by the famed explorer Ferdinand Magellan to Queen Juana of Cebu in 1521 when the Spaniards first arrived and how the people of Cebu have taken the Santo Niño to their hearts. (Continued on page 3)

New Archbishop of Manila

By the Tercentennial Commission As our parish begins its countdown to its tercentennial in 2012, it welcomes the new Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Luis Antonio “Chito” Gokim Tagle, D.D. He will be celebrating the Pistang Dakila Mass with us on January 14, 2012 (see p. 5). He was installed as the 32nd Archbishop of Manila on December 12, 2011 at the Manila Cathedral. In keeping with the season, the 54 year-old Archbishop has this message to the religious and faithful of the Archdiocese in his homily on that occasion: “ I feel humbled. There is much that I will learn from you. Teach me. Be patient with me. Let us love one another at all times. Extend your love to all, especially the poor and to the Churches in Asia. As one Church we will journey together even if the night is long and wearisome. We will welcome the ever new dawn who is the Lord, the light and the shepherd of the Church. Everyday will be an advent of the Lord.”




What they say about the Cebu-Bohol Lakbay-Dalangin...
T h e Salubong [between the Santo Niño de Cebu and the Santo Niño de Pandacan] was for me the most memorable event during the Lakbay-Dalangin. It was a living testimony of our faith in the GodChild which has long been embedded in the hearts of every Filipino Catholic.I owe so much to the forefathers of our faith as I owe the same to the young of today and the coming generations. Rev. Fr. Ikon Supremo

It was my first time ever to join a pilgrimage and heritage tour. I feel so lucky I was part of our parish’s endeavor of enthroning our dear Santo Niño de Pandacan to other parishes to promote devotion to Him. Take note that it was not just a nearby parish but parishes so far that we had to ride a plane to get there and that it would take four days to enthrone four Santo Niños in four parishes. What struck me most was when we were welcomed by a very big rainbow right at the port of Bohol. I felt ecstatic seeing it full from end to end very vibrant in its colors. To me, that was GOD welcoming us, the pilgrims, to the beautiful unspoilt province of Bohol. Unspoilt, in the sense that up to now, the first churches built by the Spanish conquistadores are still up in their splendid antiquity after almost fivecenturies or so. They are so gorgeous! I thank the organizers, most especially the mastermind of this endeavor, Fr. Lari, for this very memorable and enriching experience for the Pandaqueños. Viva Santo Niño de Pandacan! Marie Viviane P. Joson

My experience during our Cebu-Bohol Lakbay-Dalangin was really a wonderful one. The encounter between the two images of the Santo Niños was a first in history. Our very own Santo Niño de Pandacan visited the place where Christianity was first established — one of the oldest cities in our country, Cebu City. I have witnessed how Cebuanos worship their Santo Nino through dancing the Sinulog. In response to their presentation our very own Pandacan dance of worship and thanksgiving to the Santo Niño, the Buling-Buling, was also presented. Our parish priest Fr. Lari Abaco, together with Fathers Russel, Ikon, Mike, and Sol, danced so gracefully while holding the images of the Santo Niño de Pandacan. Let us continue to propagate our faith and love to the Santo Niño de Pandacan after 300 years of faith, hope, and love. Viva Sr. Santo Niño! Thank you for all the blessings and good health to all the devotees of Santo Niño de Pandacan. Jhun Alcober


By Gleo Sp. Guerra and Annie Rose A. Laborte

(skit performed at the close of the Lakbay-Dalangin at Elijah Spiritual Center)
Scene 1 (Planning) Ang imahe ng Sto. Niño de Pandacan ay nahanap sa pandanan Humigit-kumulang tatlong daang taon na ang nakararaan Kaya naman ang paggunita, hindi lang pangPandacan Kundi patalun-talon sa mga island Tama po mga katotong Pilgrimo, Naisipan nga ang island hopping, este LakbayDalangin sa Cebu Kung saan matatagpuan ang kauna-unahang imahe ng Sto. Niño sa Pilipinas At sa Bohol na may sarili ring Niño… Si (Fr.) Niño Macondray Supremo (Fr. Ikon) Scene 2 (Eyeball) Sa Cebu, nageyeball ang Sto. Nino de Pandacan at Sto Niño de Cebu Sa gitna ng simbahan nagsayawan, kasama ang kaparian at taong bayan (music up and under) Scene 3 (Ferry ride to Tubigon) Tumungo sa pantalan kung saan umulan Lumulan ng fast craft na nag-menor, talaga naman May mga nawalan ng upuan Kaya nabulong overloading at nabanlawan si Kapitan. Tumulak na papuntang Tubig-on Kung saan binati ng bahag-hari ng Panginoon. Scene 4 (Bohol Adventure) Nagpuntang Baclayon, Nag-Locboc River buffet luncheon Ninuno daw ng Boholanos alyas tarsier ay sinilayan Pati Chocolate Hills na kalaban ng rayuma ng bayan Scene 5 (Sa Loob ng Bus) Prayer Novena, Angelus, dasalang walang humpay Ang iba naman sa antok nakahapay Amoy-danggit, pusit, dilis tiniis Ganito pala ang buhay ng pilgrim. Scene 6 (Beach at si Bayoyoy) Nagpaligsahan ng swimsuit sa Bohol Beach Club Kay Bayoyoy, the little man, they left some love Isinapuso ang bilin ni Father Ikon Inihambing ang tourist at pilgrim, opo may ganon. (“Ang dala ng tourist camera, the pilgrim brings his faith.”) Scene 7 (Thank You) Kaya naman nagpapasalamat Sa island hopping, este Lakbay-Dalangin Salamat sa Panginoon (“Salamat sa Diyos, Salamat sa Diyos”) Salamat, Fr. Lari, Fr. Russel, Fr. Ikon, Fr. Michael, Fr. Sol (“Thank you, thank you, thank God for you, the wind beneath our wings”) At salamat sa ating lahat (“Thank you, thank you, ang babait natin.”)




(Lakbay-dalangin continued from page 1.) After Mass, the Cebuanos presented a reenactment of how the image of the Santo. Niño de Cebu was found again by the Spaniards when they returned in 1565. The Kaplag (the Cebuano word for “discovery”) festival celebrating this event is held every April 28. The Cebuanos also showcased their danceworship to the Santo Niño as performed in their Sinulog festival every third Sunday of January. Sinulog comes from the Cebuano adverb sulog (“like the water current movement”) adverting to the forward-backward movement of the Sinulog dance. ioners who were most appreciative. On the Lakbay-Dalangin’s last day, we visited the beautiful Our Lady of the Assumption Church with its miraculous well at Dauis; and finally, the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral in Tagbilaran where we also heard Mass. Thereafter, we paid a courtesy call to Bishop of the Diocese of Tagbilaran, Most Rev. Leonardo Y. Medroso, D.D. The amiable bishop received from Fr. Lari a replica of the Santo Niño de Pandacan. the sumptuous dinner at Fr. Ikon’s family home.

Some pilgrims served as the choir in the Holy Masses of the Pilgrimage.

The itinerary Fr. Ikon drew up also For their part, the included visits to the Pandaqueños, together with Sandugo monument their priests Fr. Lari, Fr. Cebuanos venerate up close the original commemorating the Ikon, Fr. Russel, Fr. Mike, image of the Santo Niño de Pandacan. historic event on and Fr. Sol, performed their March 15, 1565 in own dance-worship to the Bohol where Spanish explorer Miguel de Legazpi and Holy Child, the Pandacan Buling-Buling Datu Sikatuna, the chieftain of Bohol, (meaning “well-polished”) The dance was sealed the friendship between their two choreographed by Sr. Myrna Verecio. The program culminated with the presentation by Fr. Lari to Fr. Bugna of a replica of our Santo Niño de Pandacan for installation in the Basilica. After lunch and some sightseeing, the pilgrims proceeding to the pantalan for their ferry ride to Bohol where they were greeted by a rainbow upon landing in Tubigon. “A sign of God’s love for His people,” commented Fr. Lari. The group then traveled by chartered bus to their temporary “home” in Bohol, the Elijah Spirituality Center in Tagbilaran. In Bohol, the group first heard Mass at Loboc and Baclayon Church, two of the oldest churches in the island. There the Pandaqueños again performed the Buling-Buling dance. In both churches, a replica of our Santo Niño and novena booklets were given to the local parishSister Myrna Verecio, the choreographer of the Buling-Buling dance of the Pilgrims.

The Elijah Spirituality Center was the pilgrims’ home in Tagbilaran, Bohol.

peoples by drinking wine mixed with drops of each other’s blood; the famed Bohol Chocolate Hills; and sanctuary of the adorable but shy tarsier. We also relaxed in the Bohol Beach Club’s pristine beach that can beat the best Boracay has to offer. Particularly memorable was the Loboc River cruise lunch where in the spirit of the moment, several members of the group sang and danced accompanied by the local band as well as

Grateful for the efforts of their priests in making the Lakbay-Dalangin to Cebu and Bohol a success, the parishioners held on their last night in Bohol a short program at the Elijah Spiritual Center where they gave thank you cards to the five priests and Bro. Boy Magdael, the President of the Parish Pastoral Council. There were also games and entertainment numbers showcasing the group’s talents, hidden and otherwise. Everybody went back to Manila with their spirits refreshed and their faith renewed from their unforgettable Lakbay-Dalangin experience. The next Lakbay-Dalangin pilgrimages will visit churches within the Archdiocese of Manila.




Getting on with others, especially those who are sick is always difficult BUT getting on with other people is, to some, even more difficult. Most of our trouble in life arises from poor human relationships. One of the things we have to do to get along with others is to put up with bad treatment to show others a better way. In heaven, there are all saints; in purgatory, there are all souls; and on earth, there are all sorts, and we must know how to put up with them if we want to be happy. We must learn to adjust to unjust treatment and not retaliate mindlessly. We can’t change the world, but we can certainly change ourselves and in doing so, change the world around us. It is said that some people spread happiness wherever they go, others WHENEVER they go. If we want to get on in life, we must learn the art of spreading happiness, wherever we are, amidst the numerous sorts of people we encounter, live, or work with. Mix up one part of patience with two parts of tact, add a concentration of people virtues INSTEAD of their faults, sweeten the whole with plenty of humor, sprinkle works of kindness for flavor, and serve with the warmth of human sympathy and understanding. Every person that comes into this world makes happiness the object of his/her life and YET, we must confess that most people are unhappy. AND why is this so? It is precisely because of taking the WRONG WAY and pursuing the WRONG GOAL. Much of our sinful inclinations are caused by unhappiness, sometimes with others but mostly within ourselves. This unhappiness or lack of satisfaction is often expressed in our relationship with others through mean-spirited back biting, gossip, etc. We seek to find fault in others by being critical and harsh. If we can only see and acknowledge all that GOD has given us and we are grateful and satisfied with them, many of those impure attitudes or habits would never even get started. The root of impure attitudes is dissatisfaction. Happiness will not be found in having more or better things in the world. “Happiness is not having all that you want but WANTING all that you have. The secret of happiness is NOT doing what you like but LIKING what you do. Happiness is not determined by your possessions. Happiness is determined by our relationship with GOD. Our good relationship with God will result in our attitude to others. Our relationship with family, friends, neighbors, and others are enhanced, heightened more with our relationship with GOD.” Amen

The Editorial Board apologizes for the inadvertent interchange in identification of the pictures of Fr. Jose Sonny H. Cantillano and Fr. Francis Fredrick K. Manlapig in the Pandahayagan August 2010 article “Pandacan Priests and Nuns.” Their pictures should have been identified as follows:

“The Family that Prays Together”
By Gleo Sp. Guerra
It will always be a seminal childhood memory of mine: my parents, my three siblings, and I praying the Holy Rosary after dinner with candles flickering in the background and the smell of sampaguita garlands perfuming the air. That this is a familiar scene in many a Catholic home may be largely attributed to the founder of the Family Rosary Crusade (FRC), the iconic Fr. Patrick Peyton of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. It was he who famously said, “The family that prays together stays together.” Indeed the FRC’s mission is to promote family prayers, particularly the Holy Rosary. This year, the FRC is celebrating its 60th anniversary. It was in 1951 when Fr. Peyton, conducted the first Rosary rally in the Philippines at the request of Fr. Francisco Muñoz, OP and student leaders of the University of Sto. Tomas Student Catholic Action. Right now, the FRC is enlisting one million Filipinos to pray the Rosary from October 10 - May 30, 2012; each day from Monday to Saturday is dedicated to one nation in the world, while the Sunday Rosary is for our families and our country, the Philippines. If you are interested in joining the FRC, please get in touch with the Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish FRC Coordinator Ms. Virginia “Sister Virgie” Tirazona, at 09497792828.

The Family Rosary Crusade:

Fr. Cantillano

Fr. Manlapig




Countdown to Our Parish Tercentennial: What to Expect
By the Tercentennial Commission

The upcoming 300th anniversary • Also on January 14, 2012 (Saturday, • February 4, 2012 (Saturday) at 2 p.m., of the Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish Pistang Dakila) at 6:00 in the eveKumpilang Bayan to be officiated by on November 23, 2012 promises to be a ning, Mass to be celebrated by Most Bishop Broderick Pabillo; historic one. Our parish priest, Rev. Fr. Rev. Luis Antonio “Chito” Tagle, Lazaro “Fr. Lari” Abaco, in close coorD.D., Archbishop of Manila, in our • The “PandaCandle Lighting” at 10 in dination with the Parish Pastoral Counparish church; the evening of our parish tercentennicil, the Tercentennial Commission, and al, Friday, November 23, 2012, where the hermanos/hermanas of the Pandacan • 2nd leg of the Pistahan sa Barangay our parish and devotees of the Santo barangays and the invaluable support of where a Novena and Mass will be held Niño de Pandacan elsewhere will sidevotees of the Santo Niño de Pandacan daily for nine days starting February multaneously light a hoped for Guinin and outside our parish, will be under2012; ness World Recordbreaking number taking the following to commemorate of candles, signifying the light that is this landmark event: • Lakbay-Dalangin where pilgrimages our Santo Niño; and the to neighboring parishes as well as to • January 14, 2012 Buling-Buling parthose in nearby provinces will be un- • Grand Buling-Buling Worship Dance ticipated in by the Santo Niño de Pandertaken to propagate devotion to the Festival on Saturday, November 24, dacan Parish Pastoral Council and the Santo Niño de Pandacan starting the 2012 where a contingent from each different parish ministries and organithird week of January 2012; Pandacan barangay (30 including the zations; parish) led by their respective hermanos/hermanas and each accompanied by a band will perform one of the treaFresh Encounter With Christ: sures of Pandacan, the Buling-Buling dance. By Dolly Estacio

Pistahan sa Bgy. 859

“That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy maybe full.” 1 John 1:3-4

We invite all parishioners and Santo Niño de Pandacan devotees to take part from the residents were met with smiles in the celebration. Viva Santo Niño! and the response: “Sister, this is our third envelope already, pero okay lang po for our Santo Niño.” Our folks also didn’t mind missing their teleseryes just to attend mass.

October 29 was the last day of our I saw Jesus in Bgy 859; I met JePistahan. Every sitio brought food. Evsus in the Bgy. 859 leaders; I encounerybody waited for their turn to be served. tered Jesus in the residents of Bgy 859. There was more than enough food for all. October 18-29, 2011. On those days we celebrated in our barangay the nine-day novena masses to our Child God, the Santo Niño de Pandacan. For nine mornings, we went from house to house inviting families to attend. For nine nights, we painstakingly put up toldas, the sound system, chairs, and tables; prepared readings, etc. at different sites. I was gratified to see the barangay officials and members of different organizations working patiently and harmoniously. Our requests for “love offerings” I will remember that day as one that marked the beginning of a special fellowship in Bgy 859. Together we will pray and work as we continuously journey towards our 300th year Anniversary.

“Prepare the way of the Lord; Make the paths straight… And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” ….Luke 3:4-6
No specific names are mentioned in this article to give all Glory to God!

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LDalangin 2011
Cebu-Bohol Pilgrimage
November 8-11, 2011

Photos by: Mr. Garvin Valenzuela, Mr. Jhun Alcober Rev. Fr. Michael Villaflor and Mr. Joey Cuento