Reform through Evangelization

Reform through Evangelization

THE Archdiocese of Manila, under the helm of His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, will sponsor the Fourth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (or PCNE 4) from July 28 to 30, 2017 at the Quadricentennial Building of the Pontifical University, University of Sto. Tomas.

PCNE started in October 2013 and has been on-going every year except in 2014. PCNE 2 was held in January 2015 during the week His Holiness, Pope Francis, visited the Philippines. PCNE 3 was held in July 2016. The PCNE 4 organizers announced that more than 6,000 already registered. There is no onsite registration.

Cardinal Tagle will open PCNE 4 as presider of the “Misang Bayang Pilipino” (Mass of the Filipinos).To follow is “Heart to Heart with the Cardinal”, where the participants will listen and open their hearts to stories of conversion and healing.

The PCNE 4 is a three-day gathering to celebrate the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities. As stated in the kits, “We come to remember and proclaim Jesus’ message of unity and solidarity. Like the early Christians, we are of one heart and soul in aspiring to live as a community of disciples, as a Church of and with the poor, as agents of communion, participation, and mission.” The theme is “Of One Heart and Soul”.

The 3 objectives of PCNE 4 are: “(1) To lead the participants to a deeper encounter and communion with Jesus, the source of our unity and community; (2) To awaken in the participants a sense of being “for one another” as we reflect on the meaning of Church as communion and the concrete manifestation of a participatory Church; (3) To challenge the participants to a missionary lifestyle and transformation as we explore the necessity of communion-in-mission in being Christians today.”
There are 10 Concurrent Sessions which the delegates/participants may choose from: School; Catechist; Family; Youth; New

Media and Evangelization; Social Justice; New Movements; Ecology and Environment;

Interreligious/Intercultural/Ecumenical; Parish/BEC or Basic Ecclesial Communities.

On Day 1, Heart Encounters, we are invited “to open our hearts to Jesus that we may experience His ineffable love and mercy.” On Day 2, Making Room for one another life would be more bearable for many of our brothers and sisters. Archbishop Salvatore Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization from the Vatican, will lead the participants to such reflection. On Day 3, Embracing Mission, “The Church cannot be self-absorbed or self-referential. Wherever or whenever we are, at home or at work, whatever circumstances of life, we are always summoned and sent by Jesus to proclaim His message of healing and salvation.” Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, will lead the participants to such reflection.


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will deliver his 2nd State of the Nation Address (SONA) on the 4th Monday of July, the date set by the Philippine Constitution for Congress to convene once every year. It is on this day when the President goes to Congress in joint session to deliver his SONA or his report to the Nation on what his administration has done and what he plans to do for the good of the country.


The 60 days duration of the proclamation of martial law and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao expired on July 22. The President already initiated and endorsed to Congress the extension. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives officially announced that they are ready to meet in joint session to discuss whether or not there will be extension. If in the affirmative, how many days would the extension be? The decision of both houses depends on whether the invasion or rebellion still persists and public safety requires it. Be that as it may, the extension should not exceed 60 days, since President Duterte himself said that sooner, the Maute group would be defeated. Thereafter, rehabilitation of Marawi City should follow. There should also be debriefing of the military and police which participated in the fighting; the same debriefing should also be conducted to their families and the surviving families of those who were killed in defending peace not only in Marawi, not only in the whole of Mindanao but in the whole Philippines.


I am very proud of my 3 years old nephew Romarico “Rome” Santiago, who was given a Silver Award Certificate of advanced achievement by Kumon North America, Inc. Rome ranks 273 among 687 students in Grade PK3 throughout the United States (nationwide) by reaching 4A 70 by May 2017. Rome is the son of my brother Dr. Roy and sister-in-law Jinky. Congrats to Rome and his proud parents.

Congratulations also to Seminarian Rene Richard Bose Bernardo on his Diaconal Ordination at Santuario de San Vicente de Paul in Tandang Sora Avenue, Quezon City, officiated by Most Rev. Antonio Tobias, Bishop of Novaliches. Congratulations to Richard and to his proud parents Rey and Nita Bernardo.