Baguio ‘walks for life’
By Fr. Mickey Cardenas
April 28, 2018
As a way to uphold the “culture of life” and oppose the “culture of death”, the Diocese of Baguio organized a “Walk for Life” today, April 28.
The event kicked off simultaneously at 8:00 a.m. from four parishes, namely Don Bosco as a converging spot for 11 parishes located north of the diocese; St. Joseph-Pacdal for six parishes from the east sector; St. Vincent for five parishes west of the city while eight parishes commenced at the Lady of Atonement Cathedral.
“The ‘Walk for Life’ is an expression and a prayer of our diocese of its love and protection of life and the family and our opposition to all legislation, agenda, measures, actions and beliefs that devalue and attack human life and the family,” explained Fr. Juvelarde Cabading, director of the Diocesan Commission on Family and Life, in a symposium held April 21 as part of an education campaign for the full appreciation of the initiative.
The walk converged at the University of Baguio gymnasium where Baguio Bishop Victor B. Bendico celebrated the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. following a short program.
Reasons behind the ‘Walk for Life’
“The event aims to profess the uncompromising stand of the Church against abortion, the spate of killings arising from the war on drugs, the proposed re-imposition of the death penalty, and all forms of violations against life, the proposed legislation on divorce, same-sex marriage, and other anti-family initiatives,” the priest explained.
Drumming up support and awareness
To increase support for and awareness of the cause, Bishop Victor Bendico appealed to all “schools, religious organizations, seminaries, and convents to join us in this diocesan celebration”.
Also expected to participate are students of parochial schools, student councils, parents-teachers associations, religious and mandated organizations, charismatic groups, and members of the laity.
“I know that some parishes will be busy during this day because of some schedules, but I believe that it is not a hindrance for you to send representatives to participate in this celebration, especially as we stand for the dignity of life!” the bishop stressed.
“I am hoping that this will be a successful celebration because of your participation and support,” Bendico said to encourage the faithful further.
‘Sea of green’
The participants and sympathizers of the pro-life and pro-family event, including visitors and tourists of the ‘City of Pines’, were encouraged to wear clothes of any shade of green to muster a “sea of green”, the official color of the event which represents the “newness of life.”