“Barangay San Antonio, Basey, Samar Island,” by Jayme Blanco

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Last March 03, 2014, our parish priest Fr. Joel Sulse OFM, PPC President Jayme Blanco and SSAP Calamity Co-chair Mike Yuson visited our adopted barangay in Basey, Samar Island just off Tacloban City about an hour’s drive away. The name of the adopted village is Barangay San Antonio, which is a happy coincidence, considering that it is the same name as our parish. Our visiting party was welcomed by Brgy. San Antonio Parish Priest Fr. Rex M. Ibanez, Fr. Dondon Irinco, PPC Representative Alberto Ellema, Jr. and other volunteers.

We were escorted to view the parcel of land where fifty houses for fifty families will be built. Our parish is helping the adopted barangay to start anew by giving them the financial assistance to build these houses. We were introduced to the chosen families. Then mass was concelebrated by Fr. Joel Sulse, Fr. Rex Ibanez and Fr. Dondon Inrico. After the mass, the townsfolk prepared food to eat.

Our parish gave – aside from donated relief goods – seeds of various vegetables to help families start their own farming activities. Fr. Joel with Fr. Rex and Fr. Dondon also imparted formation values and assisted in the election of officers who will help in monitoring the construction of the houses.

Basey, Samar – like Tacloban City – was badly hit by typhoon Yolanda. The destruction brought about by the typhoon was evident all around where houses and structures were either damaged or completely wiped out. Most people still live in tents with no water and electricity.

We thank our partners for their support: Franciscan movement for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation – represented by Fr. Cerilo Irinco, OFM and Sr. Mae Ann Flores, FMM; Christ the King College- Calbayog represented by Bro. Ariel Manga, OFM President; Fr. Sebastian Gabuya, OFM- Friary Superior; Ms. Wennie Malingin, Social worker – FMJPIC member; Sr. Ruth Diaz, SFIC – JPIC member, and other Calbayog OFSmembers and CKC Staff.

We thank you for your unceasing support. You may continue to give your donations for the above-mentioned project at our parish office.