The Philippines’ loss is Vatican’s gain

The Philippines’ loss is Vatican’s gain

Dateline: Los Angeles, California—The Vatican announced that the Holy Father has appointed His Eminence Luis Antonio “Chito” Cardinal Tagle as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide). The announcement was made on December 8, 2019 at 12 noon, Rome Time). The announcement was made a few days before the end of the Pope’s trip to Thailand and Japan. The appointment showed the Pope’s interest and attention to Asian countries. Cardinal Tagle will be installed in the Roman Curia at the beginning of 2020. Unfortunately for the Filipinos, as Prefect, Cardinal Chito will be based in Rome, as it is one of the top offices at the Vatican.

Cardinal Tagle succeeded 73 year-old Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of Propaganda Fide from 2011 to the present, whom Pope Francis appointed as the new Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Cardinal Filoni was the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines for a year before he was designated to the Secretariat of State as Substitute, a post he held until 2011.

Congratulations Cardinal Chito! We pray that our Lord will continue to guide you in your new undertaking for the Universal Church. We will miss you. The Philippines’ loss is Vatican’s gain.

 

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The 2019 Southeast Asian Games (ASEAN Games) is now being held in the Philippines. As host country, the Philippines is not only able to compete in the games but also showcases our country’s culture, tradition and heritage as shown during the grand opening ceremony. It is also an opportunity for the foreigners to see what the Philippines can offer in terms of tourism—the tourist attractions and the hospitality of the Filipinos.

Despite the unpreparedness by the Committee regarding the accommodations, transportations and food preparations for the athletes participating in the ASEAN Games, the sports tournament has also proven and shown that winning medals is not the main goal of a player. It is during the competition when the true humane nature of a person is tested; when he prefers to save life than to earn gold medals.

Filipino surfer Roger Casugay was hailed as a hero at the ASEAN Games. He sacrificed the chance for a gold medal in order to save his Indonesian competitor, Arhip Nurhidayat, from drowning. It appeared that the Indonesian surfer lost his board to the waves during an event. Casugay saved him from the rolling waves and the two surfers then shared a single surfboard as they rode to the beach to safety. As they reached the shore, the Indonesian raised Casugay’s hand, declaring him a “champion”. Casugay lost to co- Filipino team mate who won the gold. Surfing has been one of the worst-hit sports at the ASEAN Games due to Typhoon Tisoy (local name for Typhoon Kammuri).

 

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As host country, the Philippines has broken its record in winning gold medals; as of press time, the total is already 114, with 3 days of action remaining. The previous highest marks of the Philippines Team was 91 gold in 1991, and 112 in 2005, when both events took place in Manila. The Philippines has so far earned 87 Silver medals and 88 Bronze medals. It ranks first in the most number of gold medals won. Congratulations Philippine Team. We are praying for more wins. Indonesia ranks 2nd with Vietnam as the 3rd, followed by Thailand and Singapore.

 

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We invite everyone to watch The Diocese of Kalookan and the Council of the Laity of Kalookan 4th Clergy Concert LaYKo si Pads Suportahan Kita on January 13, 2020, 7:00 in the evening, at PICC Plenary Hall. The priests and nuns of the Diocese, together with surprise celebrity guests, will sing and dance. The concert proceeds will be used for the completion of the construction of the Divine Mercy Spiritual Renewal Center (Center), the retirement home of retired priests of the Diocese and the formation house of seminarians and the laity. For tickets, please contact your parish office or the Curia Office c/o John Arwin Palileo at 288-9035 (landline) or 0925-567-1334 (mobile) or Atty. Aurora A. Santiago at ausantiago@yahoo.com.

 

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Although the Philippines’ bet to the Miss Universe, Ms. Gazini Ganados, did not win the title, let us congratulate her as winner in the National Costume Category. The Miss Universe organization tweeted out a correction, claiming that “Steve Harvey, and their teleprompter, was in fact correct when he declared Miss Philippines Gazini Ganados the winner of this year’s National Costume category.” Miss South Africa won the Ms. Universe 2019 title, with Miss Puerto Rico as the 1st runner up. Miss Universe 2018, our very own Ms. Catriona Gray, crowned the 2019 Miss Universe. The Pageant was held in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.