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Don't bring babies, elderly
during Visita Iglesia: DOH

Health Secretary, Dr. Paulyn Ubial, yesterday advised devotees performing the Visita Iglesia this Holy Week to refrain from bringing along babies and senior citizens, to protect them from illnesses.

“If possible, don't bring small children or babies to crowded places to prevent them from contracting diseases," Ubial said, explaining that small children, especially infants, are vulnerable to diseases, which abound in congested areas.

Senior citizens, especially those with hypertension, should likewise stay at home as the severe heat could make them ill, she added.

Those who insist on going should at least be accompanied by a family member, who should ensure that their medicines are on hand, she said.

Ubial further suggested that those who will join the Visita Iglesia wear comfortable clothes and bring an adequate supply of drinking water to avoid dehydration.

“Even when you don't feel thirsty, you have to rehydrate yourself by drinking at least one glass every hour," she said.

She also advised devotees to bring food that do not get spoiled easily, such as biscuits and crackers.

Those with chronic illnesses should bring their medicines, she added.

Filipino devotees perform the traditional Visita Iglesia during the Holy Week, usually on Maundy Thursday, going to seven different churches to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in each church.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, in its website, posted nine practical ‘tips' for Holy Week.

These are: Be in a state of grace (without mortal sin);

Say many “acts of thanksgiving to Jesus for His love and self-giving, dying on the Cross, in order to save us;”

Accompany Jesus closely during these days through “generous prayer and sacrifice in atonement of our sins and that of the whole world, meditating on the Gospel passages which narrate His passion and death to realize how much He loves you”;

Attend the Holy Week services on Holy Thursday and Good Friday and of course, attend Mass on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.

Visit the Eucharistic Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday in different churches, the so-called ‘Visita Iglesia'.

Struggle to live a holy life, avoiding sins which are the cause of Christ's passion and death; and practicing the virtues.

Say many acts of love, of contrition, atonement, and reparation for our sins and those of the entire humanity.

Perform works of mercy with the people around us, especially with those who are in need.

If you're going to participate in a procession, “offer up your tiredness for the entire Church, the conversion of sinners, in reparation for sins, for those who are suffering, etc.” Also offer up small daily sacrifices for the same intentions.*PNA


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Film education symposium set

The Film Development Council of the Philippines will offer a three-day Film Education Symposium on May 4-6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at The Negros Museum in Bacolod City, a government press release said.

The symposium is especially designed for educators/teachers handling art courses and the Special Program for the Arts as part of the K to 12 program.

Topics include “Understanding Film through Education” to be discussed by Antonio Garcia, De La Salle College of St. Benilde professor and vice head of the Committee on Cinema of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; “Creating Film Synergy in the Student Body” by Victoria Belarmino of Cinemalaya-Cultural Center of the Philippines; and “Basic Tools: A Crash Course on Filmmaling for Educators” by Negrense filmmaker Richard Somes, the press release said.

No registration fee is required but slots are limited and available only on a first come, first serve basis. For queries and reservation, those interested may contact 0943-2673747 or email cinematheque.bacolod@gmail.com , the press release added.*


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Alminaza announces
new priest assignments

Bishop Gerardo Alminaza yesterday announced the assignment of the priests of the Diocese of San Carlos and gave plaques of appreciation to five priests.

Given plaques of appreciation at a Chrism mass were Fr. Lolan Tabotabo and Fr. Arnel Raboy for 10 years of priestly ministry, Fr. Jose Wilson Mendoza - 25 years, Fr. Felipe Ferolini - 35 years, and Fr. OtilioAriola for 40 years, Alminaza said.

Meanwhile the following are the assignments of the San Carlos clergy:

Vicariate of the Holy Child  (Cadiz)

1. Fr. Joven D. Opalda, Mission Station Priest, St. Peregrine Mission Station, Retained.

2. Fr. Rodolfo Benlot, Assistant Mission Station Priest, St. Andre Mission StationJune 5,2017

Vicariate of St. Joseph  (Sagay)

1.Fr. Guerrero D. Rovero, Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph Parish, Sagay City   Retained

Vicariate of St Anthony of Padua  (Toboso)

1. Fr. Richard Lidres, Parochial Vicar of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish-Shrine

2.Rev. Msgr. Eugene S. Peral, Parish Priest of St. Anthony de Padua

3.Rev. Fr. ArnelRaboy, Parochial Vicar of St. Anthony de Padua Parish, Toboso and director-principal of ENA (East Negros Academy)

Vicariate of St. Charles Borromeo  (Central)

  1. Fr. Juan M. Lagdamen Jr., Parochial Vicar, St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Calatrava   Retained

•  Fr. LolanTabotabo, Quasi Parish Priest of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Quasi-Parish in Prosperidad, San Carlos City

San Carlos Borromeo Cathedral Parish 

Fr. Edwin Laude, Rector

Fr. Alwen Jimenez, Parochial Vicar

Fr. Jason Bacalso, Parochial Vicar

Fr. JofersonGarces, Parochial Vical 

Fr. JuluisTormis, Parochial Vicar 

Vicariate of St. Joseph  (Canlaon)

  1. Fr. Leo Teresito L. Chiquillo, Mission Station Priest, Our Lady of the Flowers Mission Station,Retained

Vicariate of Our Lady of Buensuceso  (Guihulngan) 

  1. Rev Msgr. Jing Baldo,Episcopal Vicar for the Clergy, Mission Station Priest, Our Lady of Lourdes Mission Station,Hinakpan, Guihulngan    June 5, 2017

•  Fr. Adonis Niño Pabalate, Mission Station Priest, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mission Station, Kasingan, Guihulgan June 5,2017

•  Fr. Vicente Gicale, Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Buensuceso Parish    June 5,2017

Saint John Mary Vianney Seminary College Inc.

1.    Fr. Martin Brodit Jr., Rector

2.    Fr. Julius Montaño, Human Formator

3.    Fr. Richard Dumalag, Dean of Studies

4.    Fr. Enrique Deogracias, Spiritual Director (Retained)

5.    Fr. Carlito Avenido, Procurator

6.    Fr. Ruslan Templado, Vocation Director


  1. Fr. Florante Marcelo, Chairman, subcommittee on Constructions
  2. Fr. Enrique Gauzon, Member, subcommittee on church property and priest in charge for mission appeals of our sick and elderly priests


  1. Fr. Ruslan Templado, Chancellor and Secretary to the Bishop

•  Fr. DindoPepito, Judicial Vicar*


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