The Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP) celebrated the Feast Day of its founder, St. Dominic de Guzman, last August 8, 2017 at the Santo Domingo Convent, Quezon City.

All communities of the Province were well represented during the whole day celebration. The celebration started with a morning exercise wherein the members of the Province both those who are under formation and those who are ordained loosened their joints and felt the beat and tune of the music as they followed the instructor. The morning exercise was then followed by very intense and heated parlor games. The games culminated with a jaw-dropping and suspense-filled basketball game wherein the Blue and Green Teams triumphed over the Red and Yellow Teams, respectively.

True to its thrust of deeper fraternal integration and preferential option to the peripheries, in the afternoon, the Dominican Province of the Philippines, through the Br. Napoleon Sipalay, Jr., OP (Prior Provincial), Br. Jose Marin Sibug, OP (Promoter of the Missions), and Br. Victor Calvo Jr., OP (Promoter of Justice, Peace and Care for Creation) gave a posthumous award to Br. Pedro Salgado, OP, for his contribution in the promotion of Justice and Peace and for being an epitome of a man for the poor. The award was received by the nephews and nieces of Br. Salgado. In the same event, the book of Br. Salgado, entitled “Metaphysics” was launched before the brethren of the Dominican Province of the Philippines. It was then followed by the sharing of the representatives of each mission area on the status of the mission of the Province through their apostolate mission.

The celebration culminated with the celebration of the Holy Mass with Fr. Cielito R. Almazan, OFM, the Minister Provincial of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) Province of San Pedro Bautista as the main presider and homilist. In his homily, Fr. Almazan highlighted the connection between the passage in Matthew, “You are the salt of the earth and light of the world” and the beatitudes. He said that in order for us to be the salt of the earth and light of the world, we must obey and follow the beatitudes. He also highlighted the important role that Dominic and Francis played in the restoration and preservation of the Church during their time. He also devoted a part of his homily in describing the ideals of Dominic and Francis on poverty and humility. He ended his homily with a challenge for the Dominicans, not only to the priests and brothers but also to all the members of the Dominican Family including the sisters and Lay people. He said that the Dominicans need to preach the truth (veritas) which is entrusted to them by God.

By Br. Paulo S. Sillonar, OP

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