MANILA, Philippines - ?Habilin: Ang Pitong Huling Wika ni Hesus? is a documentary drama in seven segments of Imus Bishop Chito Tagle?s reflections on the Seven Last Words of Christ. It also has songs of ?Pitong Huling Wika ni Hesus? composed by Bet E. Montecillo.
Each of Bishop Chito?s reflections is a ?stand-alone? segment, relating to contemporary life. Each song is a stand-alone piece.
All these are substantial sources for retreat and recollection materials.
Even if ?Habilin? has Lenten theme, the reflections and lyrics are for all seasons. After all, is not ?The Cross? a daily experience?
?Habilin? was made under the auspices of Ortigas and Company through the Ortigas Foundation, Inc. and was produced with Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc. and Bet E. Montecillo. It is now available in DVD/CD at Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol Seminary in Tagaytay, Imus Cathedral, all Jescom outlets, Chapel of the Holy Family in Greenhills, National Center of St. Pio of Pietrelcina Inc. at 188 E. Rodriguez Ave. Compound, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, and Christ the King Parish office, Greenmeadows.
Ministry for the deaf
It breaks our heart when we encounter children and teenagers who can communicate only by sign language. But the Catholic Ministry to Deaf People (CMDP) makes their lives bearable. Sister Ma. Olympia P. Aquino, SDS, wrote us:
CMDP was born out of the great concern of Sr. Rita Pickhinke, an American Sister of Mercy, for the deaf people in the Philippines. Seeing their poor and helpless condition and the neglect of society, she sought the advice of then Jaime L. Cardinal Sin. Sr. Rita established this non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization. Today, CMDP is one of the leading organizations empowering the deaf in the country.
Although special education for the deaf has been available for 100 years, now only 2.3% of the five- to 24-year-old deaf have gone to pre-school, according to the 2000 census. Only two or three in a hundred deaf have gotten some formal education. The actual census happened eight years ago. But if we look at the figures of the special education division of the Department of Education in 2004-2005, only 11,600 deaf were enrolled then. Take note that the deaf enrollment figure in 2004-2005 was not even a quarter of the total deaf population of the 2000 NSO census. If we use the estimates of the World Health Organization, this is merely 1%.
CMDP, through its scholarship program, has supported more than 2,000 deaf children and young adults to finish at least secondary education since 1991.
In its Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program, CMDP provides counseling and other forms of intervention to help deaf young people who suffered abuse. It now coordinates with the Philippine National Police to help the abused.
Religious instructions are conducted in 10 public schools in Metro Manila, by catechists and volunteers. Sign interpretation at Sunday Masses in 12 Metro Manila parishes, like St. Joseph Diocesan Shrine in Quezon City and San Roque de Manila Parish in Sta. Cruz, Manila, are being done for deaf people.
To support the ministry, please text Sister Olympia at 0928-7363734 or call 4266339. Thank you for your kindness.
At the Holy Mass celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Piat on July 2 at Club Filipino, the Golden Award for service to Our Lady of Piat was given to Dr. Carolina Prada. She began, 34 years ago, the holding of fiesta Masses for Metro Manila devotees at Sto. Domingo Church on the first Saturday after July 2. Carmen Carag and Concepcion Cannu Caballero were also awarded for their unceasing efforts to spread devotion to the Virgin under this title.
High School 1959, the last batch of Holy Ghost College (HGC) before its change of name to College of the Holy Spirit (CHS), is celebrating its Golden Jubilee on Feb. 1, 2009. Regular meetings have been held since 2007 to mobilize HS ?59 members to contact classmates. Please contact any of the following: Cristina Anzures Castaneda: (632) 7165535, 09176213941, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Milagros I. Dolores, e-mail email@example.com; and Ma. Isabel Gahol Olegario: (632) 8247882, 09173996487.
?Pinoy Mardi Gras? will be the theme concept at the College of the Holy Spirit in Mendiola, Manila. Holy Ghost College HS?59 Golden batch and College of the Holy Spirit HS?74 Coral batch are co-hosts.
Three deaths that happened two weeks from each other saddened us very much. Betsy Romualdez Francia passed away after a long illness. Former Ballet Philippines dancer Benjie Toledo died of cancer at St. Joseph?s Hospital in Yonkers, New York. Dulce Festin Baybay?s brother, Renato Festin, died suddenly.
Let us pray for the repose of their souls. Tony Cajucom texted me to say that Benjie Toledo has joined our other friends in heaven: Caloy Badidoy, Ernest Santiago, Joe Salazar, Pempet Mortera and Nestor Tumang.
Concert for ?Frank? victims
The concert on July 11 at Manila Hotel Fiesta Pavillion organized by the Church of San Lorenzo Ruiz will also benefit the victims of Typhoon ?Frank,? according to Fr. Erno Diaz, the parish priest of the New York-based Church.
While the concert is originally meant to raise money for the wordwide broadcast of the Masses held in the church, which is the Filipino parish in New York.
The concert will feature singer-composer José Mari Chan and soprano Deeda Barretto for the benefit of the global cable TV Mass.
Donor sponsors at P5,000 are welcome. Tickets for dinner and concert are at P2,500 per person. To order and to help, please text 0919-8617127 or 0917-8718870 or 0918-9267189 or call 6874930.