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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

Book launch caps Megamall Chapel’s Silver Jubilee

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

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A Marian Conference was held at St. John the Baptish Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City during the visit of the image of Our Lady of Loreto, widely known as Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, last Wednesday.

Sem. Raymart de Guzman, a resident seminarian of San Roque Parish-Pasay and devotee of Our Lady, shared how he had been brought to Loreto Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila just like how the angels brought the house of Mary in Loreto, Italy.

“Paano ako napunta sa Loreto? Dinala din ako ng anghel. Dito nagkaroon ako ng mga kakilala at naituring din na ikalawang pamilya. Dito din ako unang nagsimulang magmahal” Said Sem. Raymart.

He also shared how his so-called “Nazareth to Nazareth experience” in Sampaloc contributed to his vocation towards priesthood.

“Tinuring ko kasi na ikalawang tahanan ang Loreto. Mula sa pinagmulan ko sa Nueva Ecija na masasabi ko ding Nazareth ko, dinala ako ng Diyos sa isa pang Nazareth kung saan pinaranas sa akin ang pagmamahal ng Banal na Mag-anak na siya ring nagpatibay ng bokasyon ko.”

During the talk, he also mentioned that the Virgin of Loreto was also a mother and a teacher that ignited his desire to follow and to become like Jesus thru his vocation; that provided him another home called TAHAN-an.

“Tinuruan niya akong magpakumbaba, kung paano makisama, paano magmahal, at mas naunawaan ko kung paano araw-araw tumugon. Kaya naman, Loreto will always be my Nazareth.”

On the other hand, the said Dalaw-Loreto sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila continues in preparation for the coronation of the 410-year old image of Our Lady of Loreto by the mandate of the Archbishop of Manila on December 1 and for the Parish celebration of the 410th Jubilee Fiesta on December 10. (Fernyl Rebibis/SOCOM – Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto | Photo from Saint John the Baptist Parish Facebook Page)

 

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In a jubilant ode to faith and fortitude, the Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord shimmered with pride as it capped its Silver Jubilee celebration with the launch of “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World,” a coffee table book that stood as a testament to a quarter-century of unwavering devotion.

The grand book launch was elevated by the esteemed presence of His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, DD, the distinguished author of the foreword. The event was gracefully led and orchestrated by chaplains Rev. Msgr. Noly Que, LRMS and Rev. Fr. Mark Lemuel Tibay.

Paulette Dimaano, a warm and gracious professional host, lit up the chapel as she took on the role of leading the ceremony. Her presence added a touch of joy and elegance to the event, making everyone feel welcome and valued.

Fr. Tibay warmly welcomed the audience and shared the inspiring backstory of the book’s creation. As the publication’s lead writer and editor-in-chief, I then delved into the publication’s purpose and unveiled the significance behind its title, while Msgr. Que graciously expressed gratitude and recognized the countless contributors who made this project a reality.

The Lighter Side Movement (LSM), one of the award-winning choral groups renowned for their performances and services at the chapel, enraptured the audience under the baton of Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, an esteemed conductor hailing from the European Grand Prix Batch of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a group that has proudly brought prestige to our nation.

The choreography of “Magdiwang, Magpuri,” a timeless choral masterpiece composed by Jay-El Blaza Viteño and brought to life by Jacky Tongol, garnered resounding applause from the captivated crowd in the packed chapel.

LSM continued to captivate the audience with their rendition of Willy Cruz’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” skillfully arranged by Robert Delgado, a well-celebrated piece recognized in the choral scene.

As the culmination of the evening’s festivities, Palma-Cruz moved the audience with a heartfelt performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Memorare,” while Dr. Alfredo and Dr. Yvonne Guevara, the stewards behind the coffee table book’s printing, led an offering of flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the main retablo, which was designed by our mainstay florist, Rodrigo Delos Reyes.

The Inception Stage

The inception of this literary endeavor can be traced back to a meeting in the third quarter of 2023, where Msgr. Que and Fr. Tibay embarked on a mission to capture the essence of the chapel’s 25-year journey.

Following the initial brainstorming phase, the project gained momentum as the duo sought input and insights from the community. Their goal was to spotlight 25 individuals with faith stories and answered prayers, symbolizing the chapel’s 25th Anniversary. Tasked with leading the project, I embraced their vision and crafted an outline during my work break, laying the foundation for the book’s table of contents.

A dedicated chapter chronicling the chapel’s history was included to encapsulate the pivotal events that have shaped its identity throughout the years. This comprehensive account not only delved into the spiritual essence of the chapel but also unveiled untold tales of resilience, generosity, and unwavering devotion.

At the heart of the narrative were the unsung heroes and heroines who selflessly contributed their talents and resources to enrich the chapel, including the Sy family and pioneer servers like Corazon Tandoc and Boody Panganiban, who breathed life into the chapel’s noble mission.

Vocation stories were also highlighted, featuring Fr. Tibay, Fr. Michael Ortega, and Fr. Michael Dexter Linga, MS, along with the recently ordained Fr. Christopher Crucero, all of whom had previously served at the Chapel before embracing their vocations.

The book also includes a contribution from Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the current Bishop of Pasig and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Pablo, who was a past chaplain of the community.

Additionally, messages from previous Archbishops of Manila such as Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, and Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Charles J. Brown, DD, can be found in the opening pages.

The book also highlighted the chapel’s exceptionally talented choir members, some of whom have garnered acclaim in choral competitions regionally and globally. Their artistic endeavors brought a melodious dimension to the unfolding chapters, underscoring the transformative power of music in worship and communal jubilation.

Furthermore, the coffee table book spotlighted the chapel’s diverse ministries, embodying a spirit of compassion towards those in need within and beyond its confines. The foundational values of service and kindness embedded in the chapel’s outreach initiatives underscored its enduring commitment to embodying the teachings of charity and empathy.

The importance of the chapel’s publication

In community storytelling, Komunio emerged in 1998 as a vital chapter in the narrative of Megamall Chapel, under the editorial stewardship of luminaries like journalist Louie Eugenio and actor Ed Finlan. The Tibay family, alongside pioneers Panganiban and Tandoc, championed this cause, setting the stage for a new era.

As the baton passed into the capable hands of Sonya Dasmariñas-Ligot and Rea Eraña-Medina, the legacy of Komunio continued to blossom, weaving together the voices of a diverse community into a rich tapestry of shared experiences.

Though its ink may have aged and its pages yellowed, Komunio remains a treasure trove of wisdom, offering a glimpse into the heart of a vibrant community where ordinary moments sparkle with profound insights. It transcends being a mere newspaper to become a living testament to the joys, struggles, victories, and losses that shape the collective journey of the Megamall Chapel community.

Within the faded lines and evocative headlines of Komunio lie the stories that bind us—stories that transcend time and space, carrying the essence of our shared history with grace and reverence. Through the art of storytelling, Komunio serves as an ever-present bridge connecting the past, present, and future of a community bound by a common thread of narratives.

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced world, the archives of Komunio stand as a timeless sanctuary of connection and reflection, reminding us that the stories we tell today will echo beyond our time, shaping the legacy we leave for generations to come.

Under my editorial leadership post-pandemic, Komunio has undergone a transformation, becoming a vibrant platform for storytelling and community engagement that led to the creation of the coffee table book “Becoming the Eucharist for a Hungry World.”

This evolution aims to represent a chapter of growth and resilience, highlighting the enduring power of storytelling to bring people together, spark inspiration, and shed light on the path to a better future.

The Power of Print Media

In a world where information flashes before our eyes at the speed of a click, the essence of print media emerges as a beacon of permanence amidst the transient digital landscape. While social media platforms reign supreme in their immediacy, the written word captured in ink on paper stands as a testament to unyielding endurance and profound impact.

As we find ourselves engulfed in the constant barrage of fleeting updates and momentary snapshots of reality, the significance of print media grows ever more poignant. It serves as a stalwart guardian of stories, ideas, and truths that deserve to be etched into the fabric of history, rather than dissipating into the endless scroll of virtual oblivion.

Amidst the ephemeral allure of social media’s virtual realms, the tangible weight of a printed page carries a gravity that transcends the fleeting impulses of the digital age. It beckons us to pause, to reflect, and to engage in a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with the narratives that shape our world.

As we navigate this ever-evolving landscape of communication, let us not overlook the enduring power of the written word and the profound impact of print media in fostering a culture of contemplation, connection, and lasting legacy. For in the quiet rustle of turning pages lies a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered, cherished, and passed on for generations to come. (By Arjay Ivan Gorospe/SOCOM-Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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“O maluwalhating San Ildefonso, aming pintakasi,” was every parishioners’ invocation during the novena to San Ildefonso de Toledo leading to his feast day on the 23rd of January.

San Ildefonso, lived during the 7th century A.D., born in the year 607 in Toledo, Spain. He was part of the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655 and became the Archbishop of Toledo in 657 until hisdeath on 23 January 667. Though born to an affuent family, he did not choose to lead a life marked by socio-political prestige but instead lived in nurtured piety by entering a monastery. He is known for his sublime devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he passionately propagated through his scholarly writings.

The authorship of the book, “De virginitate perpetua Sanctae Mariae adversus tres infideles,” (On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary) is attributed to him, and is considered to be the most important Marian monument of Hispanic patristic literature. On this work, he defended Our Blessed Mother’s Perpetual Virginity and praised her always in reference to her Son. The venerated image of San Ildefonso in San Ildefonso Parish (SIP) in Makati City, now more than 200 years old, was brought by Spanish Jesuit missionary priests around 1781 when they established a mission station. In the 1870’s, the Jesuits built a chapel and enshrined the image. San Ildefonso de Toledo then became the locality’s patron saint. On 11 August 1951, Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Gabriel Martelino Reyes (+1952), established SIP Makati in Barrio Culi-Culi, Municipality of Makati, Province of Rizal (now Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City NCR). Today, SIP Makati has under its jurisdiction, the portions of barangays Pio del Pilar and Bangkal.

This year’s main theme for the fiesta is “Parokyang Sama-samang Naglalakbay at Nagsisikap Maging Banal, Misyonero at Maka-kalikasan,” a reiteration of SIP Makati’s vision statement. Daily subthemes for the Novena Masses on 14–22 January 2024 aimed to provide insightful perspectives to enable parishioners to reflect on how each one, gifted with his own charism, can be a part of the parish’s synodal journey towards holiness and mission. Most of the Novena Mass presiders were once parishioners–fruits of the prayerful support and guidance of SIP Makati’s community of Salesian priests and laity.

The Holy Mass celebrating the Solemnity of San Ildefonso on 23 January 2024 was presided by Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Alexander Garces SDB (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Eliseo Santos SDB; Rev. Fr. Renato Molina SDB; Rev. Fr. Jarmy Roxas SDB; Rev. Fr. Antonio Molavin SDB; and Rev. Fr. Albert Lenon, SDB.

Bishop Buzon began his homily mentioning that his diocese has a similar vision to the fiesta’s theme and proceeded to share their synodal journey. The vision brought about by their diocesan pastoral assembly was, “We envision ourselves to be a listening church journeying together towards holiness.” The Bishop explained that both the hierarchical Church and the synodal Church are dimensions that comprise all of us as one “Body of Christ,” and that each of us, having received the Holy Spirit in baptism, are empowered to participate and contribute to the life of the 2 Church. He mentioned that the Holy Father emphasizes that the clergy should also listen to the laity as the Holy Spirity speaks through all.

In the journey together towards holiness, Bishop Buzon reiterated that all parish projects should therefore help us to become holy. The journey however, should not focus solely towards holiness but that participation in the life of the Church should also be towards mission, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing the God we have met in the church. Outside the church, lay people are called to be missionaries in their own spheres of influence being holy, missionary, and stewards of creation as they lead their everyday lives.

The solemn procession in honor of San Ildefonso following the Mass was led by Fr. Garces. The images of San Ildefonso and parish patrons, Saint John Bosco, and Mary Help of Christians were prayerfully accompanied by devotees and parishioners. (By Julio Villadolid/ San Ildefonso Parish Makati | Photo from SIP Facebook Page)

 

Church’s vision, reiterated on the celebration of the feast of San Ildefonso de Toledo

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Sa bawat ika-9 ng Enero, ang simbahan ng Quiapo ay nagiging sentro ng masiglang pagdiriwang sa Kapistahan ng Itim na Poong Nazareno. Ang kaganapan na ito ay naglalakip ng milyon-milyong deboto na nag-aalay ng kanilang panalangin at debosyon sa makamilagrong Poong Nazareno. Isa sa mga natatanging bahagi ng kapistahang ito ay ang tinatawag na “Dungaw,” kung saan magtatagpo ang dalawang pangunahing imahe ng prusisyon.

Ang Dungaw ay isang makahulugang bahagi ng tradisyon kung saan humihinto ang prusisyon Poong Nazareno sa harap ng simbahan ng San Sebastian. Dito, magaganap ang espesyal na pagkakataon na magtagpo ang imahen ng Ina ng Bundok ng Carmelo at ng Poong Nazareno. Sa loob ng limang minutong pagtigil, nagtatamasa ng katahimikan ang mga deboto habang nagdarasal ng taimtim kay Mahal na Poon.

Ang nasabing taunang tradisyon ay nagkaruon ng panibagong sigla noong 2014 matapos itong buhayin muli ng simbahang Katoliko. Ngunit, pansamantalang nawala ito sa mga taon ng pandemya, tulad ng nangyari noong 2020. Subalit, sa kasalukuyang taon ng 2024, inaasahan ang masiglang pagbabalik ng tradisyong Dungaw sa Kapistahan ng Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo.

Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw ay hindi lamang isang serye ng rituwal at pagdiriwang, kundi isa rin itong pagpapakita ng lakas ng pananampalataya ng mga deboto. Ang maikli ngunit makahulugang sandali ng pagtigil sa harap ng simbahan ay nagbibigay daan sa mga tao upang magbigay-pugay at magdasal nang masusing, tila ba naghahanda para sa mga biyayang hatid ng Poong Nazareno.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap, ang debosyon sa Itim na Nazareno ay nananatiling matibay at nagbibigay inspirasyon sa marami. Ang pagbabalik ng Dungaw sa taong ito ay isang pagkakataon na muling magtagumpay ang pananampalataya at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa pangunguna ng Poong Nazareno. (Pau Animas, Max Media| Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The 45th edition of The Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of truthful and compassionate journalism amidst a cynical and distrustful world. This year’s event, themed “Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love,” mirrors Pope Francis’ message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications. It urges media experts to take on the duty of conveying truth to the public, while also embracing kindness and benevolence.    

CMMA has been at the forefront of motivating media workers to produce content that inspires and has a positive impact on society. However, the challenges brought about by the digital era call for a renewed commitment to genuine communication and respectful conversation. The awards ceremony this year highlighted the harmful consequences of sensationalism and the relentless pursuit of virality on both social media platforms and traditional networks. Unfortunately, the attraction of negative news often overshadows stories that promote happiness and unity. Even within the esteemed Synod in Rome, certain media outlets distorted reality by favoring provocative perspectives that evoke strong emotions and reactions, rather than providing an authentic representation of events. Such incidents raise significant concerns regarding the accuracy of information gathering and the hidden motives behind these narratives.

Conveying truth with love and compassion poses an additional challenge to the already difficult pursuit of truth. For more than 45 years, CMMA has been crucial in recognizing and applauding media projects that display authenticity, inspiration, and emotional depth. By recognizing these endeavors, CMMA aims to contribute to a media environment that is not only transformative and constructive but also unwaveringly genuine. Nonetheless, awards alone are insufficient to bring about lasting change.

The media industry needs to fully embrace the promotion of fairness, integrity, and diligence when conveying information. With the advancements in mass communication and media technology, the sharing of information has become more democratic, empowering individuals to express their opinions and generate their content. However, this increased freedom has also led to a worrying lack of regard for truth and fundamental human respect. We must resist succumbing to this prevailing trend.

The profound importance of Pope Francis’ appeal for genuine communication is particularly relevant at a time when meaningful dialogue is often overshadowed by superficial interactions. It is crucial to understand that cordiality goes beyond mere pleasantries, as it involves conveying heartfelt messages that resonate with the very core of our humanity.  

Media professionals can bridge the gap between their audiences and society’s collective emotions, including joy, fear, hope, and suffering, by communicating with sincerity and empathy. While maintaining the truthfulness of their narratives, media practitioners are encouraged to infuse their work with a sense of compassion and Christian values.  

This reminder is crucial with every click on the “enter” or “send” button, as it serves as a constant acknowledgment that real people reside behind the screens, ensuring the preservation of our shared humanity. As Dan Burke, a Catholic author and evangelizer, wisely stated, “Love builds a bridge of which truth can pass.” While the pursuit of truth may often entail pain and discomfort, approaching it with love and charity makes it more accessible, fostering humility and hope.    

The 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards would like to express sincere congratulations to all media partners, finalists, and winners. (Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

Celebrating 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards: Honoring Truthful and Compassionate Journalism