The Diocese of Bacolod has once again demonstrated that the battle against the Reproductive Health (RH) Law is not over yet, at least as far as the Church is concerned.
About 6,000 Negren-ses join the anti-Reproductive Health Law rally led by Diocese of Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra at the Bacolod plaza Saturday. Senator Gregorio Honasan and Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay are among the guest speakers.*
Bishop Vicente Navarra led his flock and about 6,000 protesters in staging a protest rally against the RH Law at the Bacolod public plaza, which is located in front of the Diocese and the San Sebastian Cathedral, Saturday afternoon.
Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra, while tacitly endorsing national candidates specifically candidates for senators belonging to what members of the clergy and the Catholic lay churchmen call Team Buhay, has also enunciated the same local level, but left it up to listeners during an interview before the massive protest action Saturday, to interpret his statement.
"The church is in a sense of endorsing pro-life candidates who place value on life and therefore, are pro-life," Navarra said when asked during an interview before the protest action Saturday.
The Bacolod Diocese and the Citizen’s Alliance for the Protection of Human Life (CAPHLIFE), jointly will spearhead a protest action, a continuing activity in protest against the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, at the Bacolod public plaza, today in what is being seen as a determined effort of the Bacolod Diocese to ensure that the law is permanently repealed, Fr. Gregorio Patiño, CAPHLIFE secretary-general, an ecumenical organization composed of various religious, held a meeting to discuss the proposed protest action which is to take place today.
An estimated 20,000 people could attend the protest action. The full force of the Bacolod Diocese, which will include all parishes and compliances and all the church-based organizations, have indicated it will join the protest action, which will include senatorial candidates of the Team Buhay senatorial slate of the anti-reproductive Health (RH) proponents.
Remembering the good deeds of the late Bacolod Bishop Antonio Y. Fortich, the Bacolod City government with incumbent Bishop Vicente Navarra, led the formal inauguration of Bishop Antonio Y. Fortich Avenue yesterday. The Avenue stretches from the corner of Rizal-San Juan Streets up to Pope John Paul II Tower, beside SM City Bacolod.
The city officials were led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, together with councilors Em Ang, Homer Bais, Archie Baribar, El Cid Familiaran, Sonia Verdeflor, Catalino Alisbo, Bobby Rojas, Mona Dia Jardin, and city administrator Atty. John N. Orola, Jr..
Re-electionist Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan said he visited Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra last Friday, where the bishop blessed him. "I hope his blessings would take effect in May (elections)," he said.
Honasan, who voted against the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, is listed by the Diocese of Bacolod as one of the six senatorial candidates under the "Team Buhay" on its RH tarpaulin posted on the facade of the San Sebastian Cathedral.
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Calls Comelec order unconstitutional, violation of principle of separation of Church and state, freedom of expression, the tarpaulin is an expression of standing up against the RH Law.’ - Bishop Navarra)
The Diocese of Bacolod is filing charges against "all persons" who are making a direct threat to Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra, related to the posting of tarpaulin that bears the Team Buhay-Team Patay list on the facade of the San Sebastian Cathedral.
Msgr. Pasquin Named New Vicar General
Bishop Vicente M. Navarra yesterday officially announced a major reshuffle of assignments for the clergy of the Bacolod Diocese affecting all the vicariates and parishes from Victorias City down to Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.
Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra, D.D. (middle) in a formal pose with newly-designated Vicar General and Vicar Forane of the Bacolod Diocese, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Felix P. Pasquin (left), who also retains his post as Rector of the San Sebastian Cathedral. At right is NDB Ed-in-Chief Pert Toga who covered the official announcement at Cathedral by the bishop of a major reshuffle of the clergy in the Bacolod Diocese, comprising all vicariates and parishes from Victorias City to Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.*
According to the Bacolod bishop, the reshuffle was effected following a thorough study, reflection and consultation, considering the time that took him to finalize the list. He also talked with the priests involved and had therefore listened well to guide him in his decision.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), has been formally inked between the Philippine Lifesaving Society (PLS) and the South Korean Lifesaving group, which have both engaged in an advocacy against drowning and the saving of lives which are lost when one is involved in water in various aspects, leaders of the two organizations, said yesterday after the MOA-signing which was done in the presence of the Negros Occidental media yesterday morning.
LIFESAVING MOA. Jason Daeyoung Kang, chief technical operations officer of Life Saving Society of Korea (left), and Arne Navarra, Philippine Life Saving Society national president (right), signing at the Negros Press Club office the Memorandum of Agreement strengthening the strategic cooperation between the two groups on drowning prevention advocacy, among others.*(Arman Toga photo)
Preparing for the commemoration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Diocese of Bacolod City through Bishop Vicente Navarra, hosted the Lenten Recollection with media practitioners last night at the St. Marie Vianney Hall of San Sebastian Cathedral Rectory.
Rev. Felix Pasquin, right, tries to internalize to the media pariticipants in the Lenten Recollection last night, the role of the media as messengers of God in proclaiming the good news to the people.* (EBColmo)
In its bid to promote Negros Occidental/Bacolod to the World Travel Market, SKAL International Bacolod President, Atty. John N. Orola, Jr. is launching new tour products that will bring SKAL International members to the Philippines. SKAL International is an elite organization of Travel and Tourism Executives and Professionals, Hotel and Resort owners, Tourism and Hospitality Management Schools with 20,000 members worldwide based in Scandinavian countries.
Atty. John N. Orola, Jr. who has recently reorganized SKAL International Bacolod Chapter has new recruits from the travel trade and the Academe in Bacolod City who will develop, promote new tour products to make Negros Island a new destination in the Philippines.
Among the new tour activities to make Negros Island a new destination in the Philippines is the promotion of Pilgrimage Shrines Tours in Bacolod City which have been frequently visited by the devotees of the Catholic Faith Churches such as Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Shrine of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Shrine of St. Jude, Shrine of the Sto. Niño, Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, Shrine of St. Don Bosco, Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.