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Dilaab (Hearts Burning) Encounters at the Procession

By Lilu Aliño “The image is too big to capture,” Msgr. Raul Go, head of the IEC 2016 website committee, texted when I asked him if he was able to capture the moment. Indeed, the experience at the procession of the Blessed Sacrament was overwhelming and indescribable. The procession of the Catholic faithful from the Capitol to Plaza Independencia to…

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Testimonies of Faith

By Lilu Aliño Powerful, invigorating, moving! This is how parishioners described the testimonies and sharing of delegates and parishioners during the Parish Encounter held on January 27, 2016. Concepcion Martinez Narvios Sharer, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart – Capitol Parish For Concepcion, wife and mother, honoring the Eucharist is following Jesus by loving the less fortunate and marginalized among…

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Stella Palomo Mondena as the parish priest’s mother in Sa Imong Lawas ug Dugo
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Mga Dula Sa Pagtuo: A Close Encounter with Faith

By Mary Mae Rias   The stage was set, the lights turned on, and the curtains were drawn! Every member of the audience delighted in the chance of viewing the different facets of faith and its influence in the lives of individuals from different walks of life at the theatre production of Mga Dula sa Pagtuo (Plays of Faith), held…

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Noel Cabangon Sings for the Preservation Mother Earth

By Joshua Solano Noel Cabangon, one of the Philippines’ legendary performer, composer, and dynamic activist of human rights and the environment, performed in front of the guests and delegates for the 4th day of the International Eucharistic Congress. Cabangon performed his hit “Kanlungan” that received an outpour of applause from the audience. The song is both a literal and metaphorical…

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Worshiping God with the Elim community

By Dee Llenos The cold droplets of rain that poured on our skins did not hinder us from singing our hearts out for Jesus during the Elim Worship Night yesterday evening at the Fuente Osmena Circle. Tears fell from the faces of my fellow participants as they prayed and shouted His mighty name. “Elim communities aim to do creative worship…

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Sacraments of Life

By Mitos Gonzales   The International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in not only a spiritual gathering but also a cultural experience. The host archdiocese of Cebu tapped various performing arts groups and institution to render cultural show simultaneously in different venues within the whole duration of the IEC. Last night, the University of Cebu, together with the Unified Artists of Cebu…

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Bukas Loob ng Diyos joins the 51st International Eucharistic Congress

By Alexandra Muñoz A night of lifting up praises with songs of faith transpired in the “Light of the World: Praise and Worship concert” done by the Bukas Loob ng Diyos (BLD) community last night at the Fuente Circle. With participation from 42 members, the concert was a great avenue not just for talent but for worship to be shared…

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Delegates’ Encounter at the IEC Opening Mass

The long wait is finally over as the week-long International Eucharistic Congress 2016 starts. The opening mass held on January 24, 2016 at 4:00 in the afternoon at the historic Plaza Independencia kicks off the event. Delegates coming from the different parts of the globe, including our Sugbuanons took part and attended the mass. People from different walks of life,…

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Blazing Expectations

By Joshua Solano Though the Philippines, Cebu in specific, is experiencing the strong El Niñ o this year, the delegates of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress from around the world welcomed the warmth of Christ through the opening mass held at the Plaza Independencia. “I expect that it will be a great encounter for everyone,” says Father Christopher Vogel, a…

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Opening of the Holy Door

By Krisha Socito The Catholic Holy Door of Mercy is reopened after being sealed for 50 years in line with the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Jubilee Year of Mercy started off as Pope Francis opened the first Holy Door of Mercy in Rome during the celebration of the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on December 8. Locally,…

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