Catholic Women’s League Loyalty Day 2015
By Clare Quesada
The Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of the Archdiocese of Manila celebrated its 2015 Loyalty Day at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila last October 17.
The Eucharistic Mass was concelebrated by main celebrant Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem with concelebrants Rev. Msgr. Nesto Cerbo, Rev. Msgr. Hernando Coronel and Rev. Msgr. Esteban Lo, LRMS.
The crowning of the image of Our Lady of Fatima was done by Dr. Zenaida Rotea, Dr. Amelita Dayrit-Go and Mrs. Grace Padilla.
The Loyalty awardees from our parish were Ma. Victoria A. Bautista, Susan L. Chung and Zita Feliciano.
The Saints Bridget and Catherine awardees from Santuario de San Antonio Parish were Mother Isabelita B. Poe and her three daughters Ma. Melissa P. Garcia, Ma. Ysabel P. Ang, Michaela Poe and daughter in law Ma. Rosario A. Poe. All her daughters were named Maria after our Blessed Mother.
Other awardees from our church who received the St. Anne’s Recognition were Isabel A. Abella, Asuncion S. Jalandoni, Gloria Morada and again Isabelita B. Poe.
A special award was given to Clara Quesada, mother, whose son Bro. Rafael Quesada made his solemn profession as a Benedictine monk.
The Catholic Women’s League of our parish has been committed to the service of the poor. During the feast of St. Anthony de Padua last June 2015, CWL sponsored the following: Mass Baptism (38 were baptized), Mass Confirmation (59 were confirmed), Mass Wedding (21 couples married) and yearly Medical Mission (975 indigent patients served).
CWL continues to provide free medical check-up and medicines to indigent patients every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Menchu Concepcion as our CWL Board Member provides merienda (mammon and boiled egg) to all 50 patients, doctors and CWL volunteers.
CWL also provides financial assistance, merienda and spiritual formation for selected 40 students in Makati as scholars.
Induction of New Members of the Catholic Women’s League
Two new members recently joined the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) – Santuario de San Antonio unit. Ester Belo Ordonez and Shirley Coronel were admitted and proclaimed members by SSAP parish priest Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy, OFM. CWL President J’Net B. Zulueta presided over the induction ceremony with Tessie Castaneda as Master of Ceremonies. CWL members applauded the two new members then proceeded over to the parish center for their monthly general membership meeting.
CWL Scholar Talks about his Experience
Gelo Aberilla has been a Catholic Women’s League scholar since 2008 when he was in 2nd year HS. He is currently in college, and lives at Cadena de Amor St., Pembo, Makati. He talks a bit about himself and of his learnings in the scholarship program.
I am Anthony Angelo A. Aberilla, 18 years old and I’m in my senior year at University of Makati taking up Bachelor in Integrated Arts Major in Broadcast Arts. The major that I am taking is basically Broadcasting but it also has performing arts in it that’s why I’ve performed in the campus before. My course also requires putting up productions that makes us capable of organizing different events.
After finishing the course, I would like to be heard by people by being a Radio Jock and an events host. Just like other teenagers, my interests are spending my free time reading a book or watching movies. And I believe I’m a friendly person that’s why I can easily mesh with people around me.
I was introduced into this scholarship by my cousin, Fatima Bañares and I’ve been in the organization for almost 8 years now. And I can honestly say that the “Anthony” that entered here years ago is a different “Anthony” who’s in front of you now.
Like what all the graduates are saying when leaving this organization, CWL mothers didn’t just help them financially but also spiritually. And yes, this is actually true.
But for me there’s more, aside from assisting us with necessities and making our faith stronger, they are also helping us sharpen our talents and skills.
Every meeting, our CWL mothers make sure that we are improved in different ways and are much better than before. They do it by giving us lessons and tips on how to cope and stand out in life.
Aside from that, we always have our sharing that I think is very important because we get to learn from other scholar’s experience. This kind of activity helps us in opening our eyes and having a different perspective in life.
Truly, we are blessed in being part of this organization and I am still looking forward for more lessons and learning that will help me in becoming a better individual and son of God.
Buling-Buling was held on March 3, 2014 and shown in this video, is the dance number performed by some CWL members: