FRANCISFEST 2016

 

THE MAGIC OF
FRANCISFEST

by Milette Ocampo

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The night was clear and there were no raindrops. White tents on the front driveway of the church spoke of a very special occasion, and inside, the blue lights glimmered between the arches of the altar with tiffany chairs replacing several rows of the church pews. A red carpet led to the altar that was set up very simply for the orchestra and the conductor.

FrancisFest 2016 chairperson, Mrs. Menchu Bautista, and our parish priest, Fr. Reu Galoy, stood by the door with some others to greet incoming guests. The guests were
mostly familiar faces one sees at daily and Sunday masses and other notable sponsors. The wall paper on two giant screens showed the gentle falling of autumn leaves and prisms the color of rainbow. It cast a soft expectant mood on the crowd who had come to generously support the parish event. Read the full article from the Parish Bulletin>>>>>

 

A DREAM COME TRUE!

by Menchu O. Bautista
FrancisFest 2016 Chairperson

On the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel last July I6, I accepted, with much trepidation, the chairmanship of Santuario de San Antonio Parish’s prestigious annual fund-raising event – FRANCISFEST 2016. My prayer then was:
“Lord, I do not know where I am going or what you would have me do, but I trust that you have a purpose for everything and that you are leading me to where you would like me to be.” “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace”

This beautiful prayer of St. Francis of Assisi was our constant inspiration during the two and a half months our team diligently prepared for FrancisFest 2016. While the objective was to raise funds for our many outreach programs, my main thrust was to entice more and more parish families and the youth to become involved in Santuario de San Antonio Parish activities. Read more>>>>>

 FrancisFest 2016 Committee

FRANCISFEST 2016 COMMITTEE

A DREAM COME TRUE by Menchu O. Bautista


On the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel last July 16, I accepted, with much trepidation, the chairmanship of Santuario de San Antonio Parish’s prestigious annual fund-raising event – FRANCISFEST 2016. My prayer then was:
“Lord, I do not know where I am going or what you would have me do, but I trust that you have a purpose for everything and that you are leading me to where you would like me to be.”

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace”

This beautiful prayer of St. Francis of Assisi was our constant inspiration during the two and a half months our team diligently prepared for FrancisFest 2016. While the objective was to raise funds for our many outreach programs, my main thrust was to entice more and more parish families and the youth to become involved in Santuario de San Antonio Parish activities.

Last Monday evening, my heart overflowed with happiness and gratitude as, together with Fr. Reu, our Parish Priest, and Edmund Lim, our PPC President, we welcomed so many parishioners at the door of our church. The atmosphere the whole evening was happy, intimate, everyone genuinely enjoying each other’s company while listening to the beautiful music rendered by the INCREDIBLE Orchestra of the Filipino Youth and talented piano soloist Brian Berino, conducted by young, handsome Maestro Olivier Ochanine.

Amazingly, FRANCISFEST 2016 transformed into a joyful reunion of One Eucharistic Parish Family coming HOME to enjoy an evening of music together. It was a dream come true! “Thank you, dear Lord, for leading me to where you would like me to be!”

In behalf of Santuario de San Antonio Parish, the beneficiaries of our outreach programs, and the FrancisFest 2016 team, I would like to thank all of you – our kind and generous parishioners, friends, and relatives – for your overwhelming support.

May the good Lord bless you and keep you,
May He let His face shine upon you,
May He give you peace!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank in a very special way my amazing FRANCISFEST 2016 team – ALL of you who worked so hard to make this event a great success:
Fr. Reu, Amelita, Suzettte, Edmund, Girlie, Tina, Dee, Entang, Lita, Fortune, Mert, Millette, Jean, Fortune, Dora, Wilma, Mariza, Jayme, Mickie, Cesar and Zari, BingBIng, Pin, JJ and Ian, my guardian angels – Sabrina, Berna and Inday, Bernie and Elma, the SSAP Office Staff and Maintenance Staff. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Menchu O. Bautista
FrancisFest 2016 Chairperson

FRANCISFEST 2016 BENEFICIARY: THE HOSPITAL MINISTRY

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When I asked Ella Tan what drew her to this particular ministry she simply said that the visits to PGH were like an extension of Mass, a way of strengthening her love and relationship to our Lord. I am certain that the other members of this ministry would explain their commitment in a similar way.

The main activity of the ministry is to make Tuesday visits to the neediest among the children in the PGH Pediatric Wards, bringing assistance in the form of medicines, medical supplies and perhaps little toys, clothes, nutritious food.

But the material help merely presents an opportunity for the volunteers to interact with the terminally ill children and their parents as brothers and sisters in Christ. What the volunteers truly bring with them is compassion. In return, they bring back home the joy of seeing a child’s beaming smile breaking through his suffering. They catch brief glimpses of inherent goodness in parents who momentarily set their own problems aside in order to help a child alone in the next ward bed. They see the extent of the ripples caused by listening and responding to those who have hardly any means to address urgent medical needs.

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Just last March, the ministry during its weekly PGH visit had been made aware of the severe health condition of 11-year-old Lawrence, in need of an open heart surgery to replace two defective heart valves. With God’s grace, the ministry was able to promptly raise the financial help needed for Lawrence’s operation that on March 28 he was given his second chance in life. After much rehabilitation, he is now back in school and striving to gain back a normal life as possible. Lawrence, as young as he is, has expressed that he is offering all his suffering to God with a prayer for all those who have made his operation a reality.

Apart from medical assistance, the ministry in one occasion facilitated educational assistance to a well-deserving older sister of a brain tumor patient who was nearly deprived of finishing College. The said sister is a working student who contributes to the family’s income while maintaining an honor standing in school. And their mother is now an active volunteer in the PGH ministry.

The ministry managed to obtain a ventilator for use of a young girl who was diagnosed as needing a ventilator for life. Without this donation, they would not have been able to pay the required P2,500/day. They would have had to let her die. Still, even with free use of the ventilator, she would have to remain in hospital. One of the volunteers gave the girl’s mother an estampita containing a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Clutching at this straw, the mother kept on praying the novena continuously. One day, it happened that the ventilator needed servicing and it would take 15 breathless minutes! To their surprise, the young girl was able to breathe by herself for the full 15 minutes. Attributing it to chance, the doctor decided to conduct further ventilator-free trials. Today, this young girl is breathing completely on her own – a miracle her mother attributes to the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Who knows what miracles can be wrought through your help? Even the tiniest assistance will have a ripple effect!

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The Hospital Ministry at Avilon Zoo.

If you are interested in more information, please contact: Ms. Ella Tan, Chairperson of the PGH Health Ministry through the SSAP Office at 843 8830.

As published in the September 11 issue of the Parish Bulletin.

FRANCISFEST 2016: PERFORMING ARTISTS

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OFY scholars hail from Aurora, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Cebu, Isabela, Mindoro, Nueva Ecija, Rizal & Samar

ORCHESTRA OF THE FILIPINO YOUTH
Established by Ang Misyon, Inc., an organization cofounded by First Philippine Holdings Chairman Federico R. Lopez and internationally renowned Filipino Concert Pianist Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth is composed of 58 scholars from Sistema for the Filipino Youth (SFY). SFY is a music program that offers children from deprived communities the opportunity to achieve their full musical potential through Classical Music discipline with the ultimate hope of creating a positive impact on their respective communities.

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MAESTRO OLIVIER OCHANINE
Musical Director

French-American conductor Olivier Ochanine is the First Prize Winner of the 2015 Antal Dorati International Conducting Competition. Since 2010, Mr. Ochanine has been the Music Director & Principal Conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the nation’s leading orchestra. He also holds the distinction to be the PPO’s first and only music director to lead them in a historic performance at the Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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BRIAN BERINO
Pianist

Brian Berino discovered his love for music only three years ago when he began piano lessons with Josiah Samaniego. After a year of lessons, Mr. Samaniego approached his former mentor – internationally renowned and multi-awarded Filipino Concert Pianist Jonvianney Emmanuel Cruz to accept Brian into his studio.
In October 2014, Brian gave his debut recital in the home of Taiwanese pianist Dr. Chi-Ying Hung. His appearance in Francisfest 2016 marks his first performance as a soloist with orchestra.

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OFY has performed in various venues and has gone on concert tours to Iloilo, Isabela and Dumaguete, performing to capacity.

In April 2015, the OFY joined forces with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the batons of Maestro Olivier Ochanine & Gerard Salonga in Ang Sistema: The Young People’s Concerence – a fundraising concert & conference at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Arts Center in Makiling.

2016 Performances abroad:
• six performances of 7 senior Strings Quorum in New
York City, New Jersey and Washington DC where they received an overwhelming standing ovation
• three concerts at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center with the Amazing Orchestra of Malaysia, KLPAC Symphonic Band and the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

[As published in the September11 issue of the Parish Bulletin.]

The SSAP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM by Millete Ocampo

[As published in the August 28 issue of the Parish Bulletin]

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” -Lao Tze, Chinese philosopher

Sometimes the first step we take is the beginning of a journey that leads us to a thousand miles.

The SSAP Scholarship Program began that way in 1996 when our parish started a Scholarship Program with P400,000, funds earned from the previous year’s FrancisFest. Twelve young boys from the poorest areas of Makati were chosen to learn a trade at Don Bosco Technical School. More and more applicants came each year, so that Monark Foundation, Inc., Punlaan School, and Manila (formerly Maligaya) Institute were added as partner schools for vocational/technical courses, opening scholarships to girls as well. When needy and promising applicants for college came knocking, the Scholarship committee widened its wings and accepted them to our program.

Aug 28 Scholarship - English Tutorial with Sir Renan    Prado

Funds allocated to the SSAP Scholarship Program from FrancisFest support our technical/vocational scholars. Our budget for each scholar is approximately P50,000 a year to cover tuition, food and transportation allowance, plus expenses for various Values Formation programs that help enhance the scholars’ personalities. This school year, the parish allotted P1.450 Million to the Scholarship Program, allowing us to take in 28 technical /vocational scholars.

Aug 28 Scholarship 6 - Values Formation Talk by Mariza    del Rosario

In addition, we have 19 college scholars who are funded separately by generous parishioners who answer our appeal for sponsorship in the Parish Bulletin before the beginning of each school year. They are not included in the budget allotted to us by the parish.

Sponsored youth all have dreams of helping their parents uplift their lives. Most of them succeed, braving distance and traffic, heat and rain, and stringent living conditions away from home, to pursue their goals. We have gem graduates, achievers who excelled in school and in their jobs, who take pride in being able to help their families, send a sibling to school, and start their own families and homes. We have graduated almost a thousand scholars and lives have been changed!

Walk with us and take the first step of a journey of a thousand miles…. donate to FrancisFest 2016 for our vocational/technical scholars, sponsor a college scholar in full, or sponsor his/her tuition, or transportation, or food allowance.

Aug 28 Scholarship 2 - Granduation picnic at Miriam Mini    Forest

(For more information on how to sponsor a scholar, please call Jackie, our socio-pastoral worker, at Tel. No. 843-8830 Line 4, or visit us at the San Antonio Parish office.)

FRANCISFEST 2016 COMMITTEE

 FrancisFest 2016 Committee

FRANCISFEST 2016 COMMITTEE

Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy, OFM
Parish Priest

Menchu O. Bautista
FrancisFest 2016 Chairperson

PROGRAM
Amelita Guevara, Chairperson
Inday Mallari
Ian Monsod
JJ Yulo
Edmund Lim

LADIES’ COMMITTEE
Carrie Bautista, Chairperson
Sabrina B. Panlilio
BingBing Quiros
Inday Mallari

PRODUCTION/PUBLICITY/PROMOTION
Suzette Gatmaitan, Chairperson
Berna B. Filart
Mert Loinaz
Millette Ocampo
Jean Chavez

PHYSICAL ARRANGEMENT
Girlie Sison, Chairperson
Suzette Gatmaitan
Dee Chan
Edmund Lim
Jun Rodriguez
Tina Teehankee

SECURITY AND TRAFFIC
Jayme Blanco, Chairman
Cesar Poe
Jun Rodriguez

SPONSORSHIP/TICKETS/FINANCE
Edmund Lim, Chairman
Lita Ascalon
Tina Teehankee
Dee Chan
Mariza del Rosario
Fortune Ledesma

FOOD
Entang Carballo, Chairperson
Aling Nene Castro

SOUVENIR PROGRAM
Suzette Gatmaitan, Chairperson
Berna B. Filart
Girlie Sison
Inday Mallari
Pin Guingona

CHURCH DECOR
Zari Poe – Chairperson
Wilma Huang
Karen Limpe
Karen Blanco

VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES
Forbes Park – Micki Poe
Dasma – Dora Cantada
Urdaneta – Entang Carballo

YOUTH COMMITTEE
Inday Mallari, Chairperson
JJ Yulo
Ian Monsod

FRANCISFEST 2016 CHAIRPERSON MENCHU BAUTISTA AND DAUGHTERS

FRANCISFEST 2016 CHAIRPERSON MENCHU BAUTISTA AND DAUGHTERS