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At John Paul II College of Davao
God winks!
BY FR. RUSSELL A. BANTILES


Albert Einstein once said: “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous”.

The unveiling and the blessing of the life-sized brass statue of Blessed Pope John Paul II – the first in the Philippines – last March 10, 2014, at the John Paul II College of Davao campus, Ecoland, this city, was – for me – a festive, yet very solemn celebration.

After the blessing of the image, headed by Archbishop-Emeritus Fernando R. Capalla, the actual Archbishop of Davao Romulo G. Valles presided the Holy Eucharist. Concelebrating were the Archbishop-Emeritus, the Auxiliary Bishop George Rimando, Msgr. Paul Cuison (Diocesan Economus), Msgr. Jaime Gamboa (Chancellor) and 18 other diocesan priests, including myself.

In his homily, Archbishop Valles praised the initiative of the Evangelista family, not only of putting up a school named after the great pope, but also of spearheading a series of activities in school and in the archdiocese which aim to make the pope known, loved and emulated.

After the Holy Communion in which a number of concelebrating priests helped, myself included, the Master of Ceremony asked me to bring the ciborium1 that still contained the Body of Christ to the chapel for purification. This was to save time.

So I brought the remaining Body of Christ in a ciborium, together with some empty ciboria, to the chapel, placed them on the altar covered with cloth and corporal, and I started to purify each vessel. After the purification, I left one ciborium with the Body of Christ on it. I placed it at the center of the altar and covered it with a corporal. I also placed a lighted candle beside it as a sign that the Lord is present there. Then, I left the chapel and headed towards the quadrangle where the Mass was about to end.

1 A ciborium (plural ciboria; Latin from the Ancient Greek ???????? (kib?rion).) is a vessel, normally in metal. It was originally a particular shape of drinking cup in Ancient Greece and Rome, but later used to refer to a large covered cup designed to hold hosts for, and after, the Eucharist.

After the final blessing, all of us, the presider and the concelebrants, headed towards the office of the vice-president. But we were asked to come back to the altar for a picture-taking.

Unknown to me at that time, some friends of mine, the couple, Jun and Marlene Bernardo, and a nun, visited the chapel with Fr. Junar dela Victoria as their guide. Marlene recounted later that as soon as she entered the chapel, she was attracted by the beautiful retablo. So impressed, yet aware that the Lord is on the altar (because of the candlelight), she discreetly took a picture. Here is her account:

“Yesterday was the unveiling of the new statue of Blessed John Paul at John Paul School, right after the mass we were invited by Fr. Junar to visit the chapel, the Blessed Sacrament was also brought there and placed on top center of the altar table, I was amazed by the beauty of the chapel so I took some pictures, to my surprise, upon browsing my pics taken, I had this pic with a ray of light directing towards the blessed sacrament”.

Marlene is referring to this picture:
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One could rightly explain the phenomenon by alleging that a focus light bulb could have caused such ray of light. But Marlene emphasized that no such streak was ever present when she was aiming her gadget. Besides, we don’t normally aim our cameras against the light, unless we have valid reasons for doing so. She said:

“A very nice shot of a ray of light going to the blessed sacrament in John Paul II School Chapel....just used my iphone in taking this pic, and the effect of the light (not a spotlight) was amazing, a ray of light directing towards the blessed sacrament, reminding us of God's presence there”.

What is also so amazing in this phenomenon is that people immediately associate it with God’s action. Marlene herself noted that it is “reminding us of God’s presence there” (in the chapel of John Paul II College of Davao). Normie Gamalinda, Marlene’s friend in Facebook, even commented: “Oh my! You are so blessed! God allowed you to witness this ray of light coming from heaven”.

Ernie Evangelista, the school president, filled with astonishment upon seeing this photo, interpreted it as a sign of God’s favor. “It is as if Blessed Pope John Paul II is giving us a nod, and that he approves of the celebrations we are doing in his honor”.

The said blessing and mass, together with other activities like the JPII Quiz, the symposium, the campus exhibit of the life and ministry of the pope, the focus group discussion, among others, highlight the 100 days of preparation for the canonization of this most beloved pontiff on April 27, 2014.

This incident may just be one of the many normal phenomena that are explicable by common sense. But there’s an element in it that escapes our rationalization: coincidence. It may just be a simple coincidence. But as Einstein once noted: “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous”.

For many, this may simply be a well-taken photography, capable of winning a prize in a photo contest. But to those who believe, like myself, that coincidence is God’s ordinary way of saying that we are special to Him, this picture tells us that God winks!

Dear Fellow Villamorians!

As much as we desire, the Treasurer's report is not included in this report of mine.
I will have to recourse to the printed but incomplete report she handed to us present during the General Assembly of February 22, 2014.  We will present the Treasurer's report later as soon as she hand to us the official report.

Note and some updates:

February 22: The General Assembly was attended by some 32 representatives from 19 Batches. The Meeting commenced at 10 am with a prayer, the singing of the National Anthem and the Official Opening Statement by current and also re-elected President Marci.

The President segued his time by giving an honest to goodness evaluation of the Projects of the outgoing VHSAFI Board, expounding heavier on the recently concluded Annual Reunion.  Apart from the apparent success of the event, which we all are very thankful for, the President lamented the fact that the Celebrant Batches were very much wanting in their effort to make their Jubillee Year a memorable one. He cited the inadequate concerted effort of the Celebrants resulting in too much reliance to hinted financial backing by the Golden Jubillarian. He bluntly stated the fact that the pledges made by Batch 64, especially in terms of ticket sales and financial support were very fractionally concretized.

In relation to the aforementioned, the Board has introduced several resolutions:

?    that they the Board must always be involved in the Celebrants' exclusive meetings, especially during the presentation of the Budget for the Reunion, the choice of venue and caterer.  The Celebrant Batches should not take this Board Participation as intrusion nor as meddling but as support.  

?    that should a Celebrant Batch prefers a more luxurious venue other than what has been strongly proposed based on the budget, citing reasons generally acceptable and supported by realistic and feasible assumptions, declaring to subsidize financially the said choice, the proposal should be submitted in writing and approved by all 6 Celebrating Batches and the VHSAFI Board so as to have legal binding.

?    that members of a Working Committee are duty bound to show dedication and active participation to the task assigned. In case contrary, the committee chair should notify the Board immediately for proper intervention and eventual replacement of the erring member.
 
 All the above resolutions were agreed unanimously by those present and the resolutions proposed were further ratified and upheld during the Board's meeting of Feb 28, 2014.

The meeting proceeded with the Treasurer's report with Ms Amor Sande detailing every entry and entertaining questions related to her exposition.

Former VHSAFI President Miriam Martinez took the floor to share important past experiences and clarified points as to the distinction of competencies and tasks between the Board and the Celebrants as key to a harmonious collaboration to a successful Homecoming organization.
The Assembly recessed for 15 minutes for snacks and by 11:30 am proceeded with the 2nd part of the GS Agenda: election of a new VHSAFI BOARD.

VHSAFI Founding President, Dr. Rex Barbosa presided the second part of the GS, with a clear discourse centering on the faithful observance of the VHSAFI Constitution and Bylaws by every member of the VHSAFI Board and that amendments must be carefully thought of to enhance the relevance of the Foundation in present times.  

This officially opened the floor for the nominees and subsequent election of the new VHSAFI Board Members from where the Officers were elected who will serve for the year 2014-2015, beginning April 2014. The positions of Assistant Secretary, Asst. Treasurer, PRO and Sgt-at-Arms were all appointed positions approved by the Board in a resolution, borne out of the current exigencies and needs of the present state of the Organization. VHSAFI is not obliged to report this appointed posts to SEC.

Herewith below is the list of the newly elected VHSAFI BOARD for 2014-2015, the outcome of the VHSAFI General Assembly Meeting of February 22 in Villamor High School:

President-Marcelino S Bautista ‘67;
Vice-President-Eliseo Ganotice Jr ‘89;
Secretary-Amalia D Dela Cruz ‘84;
Asst. Sec-Crisanta P Ignacio ‘69 (appointed);
Treasurer-Gracia E Garcia ‘66;
Asst. Treasurer-Amor B Sande ‘68 (appointed);
Auditor-Peter Hansel Torres ‘85;
PRO -Audie Opeña ‘80;
Sgt- at -Arms-Danilo Lorica ‘70. . . .
Trustees- Gaudelia L Walde ‘60, Rogelio Sancho ‘63, Aurora Garcia ‘72, Elizabeth Sotto ‘78, Victor Tolentino ‘79 and Rhona  David ‘83.
Ex- Officio Members are Representatives of the other Celebrating Batches namely '65, '75 and '90.

Submitted by:
Dr. Marcelino Bautista ‘67
VHSAFI President 2013-15

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