"Dugtong-buhay", Faithful's Gift to Cardinal Tagle


Employees of the Archdiocese of Manila donate blood as a birthday gift to Cardinal Tagle during the bloodletting drive on June 21, 2018.
Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrated his 61st birthday on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

As a birthday gift to Cardinal Tagle, the Archdiocese of Manila conducted a bloodletting activity entitled “RCAM Celebrating Life…a Birthday gift to our Archbishop.”

Now on its eleventh consecutive year, this Dugtong Buhay project was held on Thursday, June 21, at the fourth floor of Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In a video message of the Cardinal, he expressed his gratitude to all the people who willingly donated their blood as a birthday gift to him.

“Para po sa lahat ng nagbigay ng kusang loob ng dugo para po sa aking kaarawan, maraming, maraming salamat po,” he said.

“Pati po sa bibliya, ang dugo ay simbolo ng buhay. Tayo ay binigyan ng buhay, tayo naman ay makapagbigay buhay din po.  At sa isang bag ng dugo, tatlong tao pala ang pwede nating matulungan.  Kaya po para sa inyo, maraming, maraming salamat. Magbigay buhay din po tayo sa iba’t ibang pamamaraan,”
Cardinal Tagle added.

A total of 59 bags were collected from the donors from the schools, parishes, ministries, and employees of the Archdiocese of Manila.  There were also volunteers from the AMO-PDM of the Archdiocese of Manila, a few employees from the Social Security System (SSS) – Recto Branch and from the Diocese of Imus and Cubao who donated blood.

The bloodletting drive was organized by the Human Resource Department (HRD) of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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