Tuesday, 25 September 2018 08:01

2018 Parilympics kicks off

The 2018 Parilympics opened on Monday, September 24, 2018, at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary in Makati City.

The annual sports festival hosted by the Archdiocese of Manila held its opening ceremony with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. and was presided by Bishop Nolly Buco of the Diocese of Antipolo. Rev. Fr. Marthy Marcelo led the priests in the recitation of the oath of sportsmanship.

Archdiocese of Manila
Photos by Laureen Camille Jaring

Among the dioceses who joined the opening of the event were Malolos, Imus, Antipolo, and the Archdiocese of Manila including some priests from the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR).

Parilympic which started in 1995 during the auspice of the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila is aimed at promoting unity, friendship, and sportsmanship as well as developing camaraderie among priests.

In his homily, Bishop Buco reminded the clergy of the value of sportsmanship and healthy competition.

“Kaya nga sa sports, we are reminded na dapat tayo magpapasalamat, manalo man tayo, natalo tayo. Ang natatalo dapat nagpapasalamat dahil napapasaya nila ang mga nananalo. At ganun din ang nga nananalo dapat nagpapasalamat sa natatalo dahil hindi sila makakatanggap ng reward kung walang natatalo,” Bishop Buco said.

According to Rev. Fr. Tony Navarette, over-all in charge of the event, the clergy will compete against each other in basketball, volleyball, bowling, tennis, and badminton.

Basketball will be held for a month while volleyball, bowling, tennis, and badminton will be held on October 4, 2018, at the Philippine Columban in Paco, Manila.

The schedule of the closing ceremony will be announced soon.

Diocese of Imus

Importance and Significance

Rev. Fr. Bong Bayaras from the Archdiocese of Manila, found joy and excitement by looking at the event as an occasion to bond with his friend priests inside and outside the seminary. It is also a fitting moment to interact with his fellow priests from other dioceses.

He also noted the significance of spirituality not only in sports or any activities, more so in strengthening brotherhood with other priests.

“Inaalala din namin siyempre, hindi naman namin pwedeng hubarin yung pagkapari namin pag naglalaro kami. Alalahanin pa rin namin na nakikita parin kami ng mga bata, yung mga seminarista, ng ibang tao na pari kami, na we also bring spirituality sa ginagawa din namin. Hind lang basta physical well-being pero kung paano mo rin kikilalalanin ang iba, paano ka magbi-build ng relationship, paano mo papatibayin yung brotherhood sa mga kapatid na pari,” Fr. Bayaras said.

Bridging the gap between the diocesan and religious priests, Rev. Fr. Vincent Cadeliña, OAR said that the event is a good opportunity and collaboration among the priests. 

“Para sa akin, kailanganin din ng collaboration. Meron kasing agwat between diocesan saka mga religious. It’s a good move na merong sumali na mga religious para makilala din in sports not only sa mga meeting na ganyan,” Fr. Cadeliña said.

According to Fr. Cadeliña, this is the first time that the Clergy of the Order of Augustinian Recollects joins the Parilympics. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

Diocese of Malolos

Diocese of Antipolo

Photo gallery: 2018 Parilympic


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