Two Catholic popes, including Blessed John Paul II who visited Bacolod City on February 21, 1981 or 33 years ago, will be canonized during rites in the Vatican on April 27, 2014.
This was officially announced here by the Very Rev. Felix P. Pasquin, Director of Social Communications of the Bacolod Diocese and Rector of the San Sebastian Parish during the annual Lenten Recollection for Catholic Media practitioners last Saturday, April 12, 2014.
A Triduum in preparation for the canonization rites for the two popes, namely Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II, will be held in the Parish of San Sebastian in Bacolod City where the pilgrim pope stayed overnight and blessed the poor, the youth, the workers and all Negrenses at the improvised stage on the open space at what is now the site of the JP II Tower and Museum beside the huge mall, the SM City Bacolod at the Bacolod Reclamation Area which has become a tourist spot and religious landmark.
Come what may, prayer is still the greatest weapon in times of personal or national crises, says an Iloilo bishop.
"Prayer is our most powerful weapon for any and every personal, social and national concern," said Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, referring specifically to the possible crisis if the RH Law is declared constitutional by the Supreme Court today, April 8.
Lagdameo had also called on all the faithful in Iloilo and Western Visayas to pray and to offer sacrifices for the enlightenment of the Justices of the Supreme Court for their final deliberations on the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10354.
NDB’s Pert Toga (2nd L) blows candles on his 73rd birthday March 27 while children and grandchildren Gabriel Zachary look curiously with his Papa Kristofer. To his left are Ana Marie Toga-Garrucho, Malou Toga-Esmeres and grandchildren Maria Lourdes and Joseph Daniel. At the back is Luis "Nonoy" Garrucho,Jr.*
The grandfather (3rd, center) with grandchildren Joseph Daniel, Gabriel, Charles, Lou Jan, Lorenz and Maria Lourdes (Bing-Bing).*
The Diocese of Bacolod under the leadership of His Eminence Bishop Vicente M. Navarra, DD will spearhead a Massive Prayer Vigil tonight in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral seeking divine intervention against the adoption of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Law.
Msgr. Felix Pasquin, Vicar general and rector of the San Sebastian Parish in Bacolod City said the bishop has issued a call on the Catholic faithfuls to join the nationwide mass action to prevail upon the justices of the Supreme Court to declare the RH Law unconstitutional when they convene on Tuesday to hand down their en banc decision on the fate of this much-maligned piece of legislation that has been branded as the "death" law.
Pasquin, speaking on behalf of the Bacolod bishop, reiterated the firm conviction of the Catholic Church to "dump the law into the dustbin of history" as the worst piece of legislation that seeks to destroy life and works in contrast to the moral development and preservation of decency and protection of humanity in civilized society.
One of the questions being debated and taken into serious consideration nowadays in the highly-urbanized City of Bacolod is the proposed redistricting in this Capital City of Bacolod into two: the north and south districts.
There has been two conflicting arguments so far aired in the city of late, notwithstanding the fact that when the idea was first broached by former lone district congressman Anthony Rolando Golez, M.D. who filed the bill and had it passed in the lower house during his term majority of our people welcomed the proposal.
At the time, then Mayor Evelio "Bing" Leonardia and his allies in the city council were squarely behind the redistricting move, but the former Bacolod mayor who now holds the key to finally realize the long-time dream of the Bacolod constituency to have two congressmen and subsequently elect 24 City Councilors for the highly-urbanized City, has expressed a sudden turnaround and became lukewarm to the idea he once advocated while serving the city as its chief executive.
RUPERTO "Pert" GALVAN TOGA, SR.
From the Toga Clan
and NDB Family
The court decision denying the petition of Dynasty Agri-Aqua Ventures, Inc. to stop the alleged illegal use by the Bacolod City Government of the property in Brgy. Felisa purchased by the city government as a sanitary landfill has upheld the city’s responsibility to its constituents "to maintain a balanced ecology, a safe and healthy environment as mandated by law."
This was the consensus from a cross-section of knowledgeable citizens and the bulk of city residents on the ruling handed down by Judge Remegio Rojo of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 5 which junked the petition for the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).
In his verdict denying the Lopez family’s prayer for a TRO, the MTCC judge stressed that the Solid Waste Disposal Facility is an infrastructure project which all Local Government Units (LGUs) are duty-bound to implement and therefore are required in accordance with Republic Act 9003, under pains of legal sanctions for failure to comply
When Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella was slapped with a hold departure order (HDO) by the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) on orders from the Sandiganbayan, some sectors had advanced the idea that a suspension order is not far behind.
Truth is, political detractors of the hands-on City Executive, have been spreading word that the two orders would have been more than enough to cut short the mayor’s stint at city hall that could have derailed all his plans for Bacolod, and pave the way for a changing of the guards with the taking over of a new mayor at the helm of the city government, pronto! But did not turn out to be so.
Rumors and speculations on the sad fate of the Puentevella mayorship flew thick and fast, sounding as if the world of the emerging leadership is coming to its doom and inevitable downfall.
Today being VALENTINE’S DAY is a day for Lovers. But who is a lover? Everyone should be a lover, indeed, otherwise life would be meaningless, colorless, and empty. Isn’t it true that everybody loves a lover, and that it’s better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all?
And, above all, didn’t Christ die for the love of mankind? A man who does not have love in his heart maybe likened to a car without an engine, a tree without its roots, a bird without wings, and cannot fly, or a sinner completely separated from his Creator. How sad, how tragic.
DID IT ALSO SAY SORRY OVER FILIPINO DEATHS IN BEIJING?
It’s a tit for tat situation!
Philippine President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has reiterated his position not to issue an official apology to Hong Kong over the 2010 Manila bus hostage incident.
As reported by InterAksyon.com, the Philippine head of state cited two unfortunate incidents in the past when several beleaguered Filipinos were killed in mainland China, no apology whatsoever or compensation ever came from the Chinese government. Not even an "I am sorry" from its officialdom.
The twin incidents referred to by the President were: A Filipina doctor from Cavite who was killed by a wayward vehicle, and the father with his daughter who were killed by a knife-wielding Chinaman, both in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. This was bared recently by PCOO Secretary and Palace spokesman Herminio "Sonny" Coloma in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan last Wednesday.