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Simbayanan-KAMMPI turns sweet sixteen

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The Simbayanan-KAMMPI put on a day of fun and frolic as it turned sweet 16 on October 21 at the Mother of Good Counsel parish in San Po Kong.

Around 600 friends, members and guests gathered for the day, which ran under the theme, The Life of the Living Saints.

Father Ronnie Yap Gicalao celebrated the opening Mass with Father Mark Serna and Father Efren Ojeda, during which the newly-elected officers were inducted and commissioned by Father Gicalao.

Always an attractive part of every celebration, lunch and camaraderie filled an important intermission before the entertainment programme began in the afternoon.

Some took the chance for a last minute rehearsal before the programme kicked off with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem conducted by Maria Cristina Nino, the newly elected vice-president.

The opening prayer was led by Florence Pacrim, the new secretary, and Rosario Araquil, the incoming president, gave a welcoming address. The new executive and auxiliaries were welcomed and loud cheers followed their rendition of If we hold on together.

The incoming public relations officer, Cita Adina, introduced the three judges for the day—Sister Tessie Agpasa, Sister Daisy Superable and Francis Mahilum, a seminarian. The judging criteria was briefly explained by the auditor, Bernardita Serapion.

Eight groups joined the programme; Ss. Peter and Paul; Apostleship of Prayer; Holy Family; St. Francis English Community; St. Thomas the Apostle; the Sunday Group from the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos; Mother of Good Counsel and St. Teresa Filipino English Community.

Each group put on a dramatic presentation of the life of their patron saint, all of which were judged to be eye-opening and informative.

Intermission items were presented by St. Francis English Community, Notre Dame and St. Thomas the Apostle. Certificates were awarded to the officers from each group and the outgoing officers from KAMMPI.

The Simbayanan-KAMMPI Mutyas (gems) showcased their vocal talent, while a special dance number was presented by both old and new officers to the great delight of the audience.

The Sunday Group from the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos bagged the Interpretative Special Award with a colourful presentation of the Sinulog.

The third place went to Mother of Good Counsel, while second place was taken out by Holy Family parish. The Sunday Group was declared the champion for the day.

In her closing remarks, the adviser to the Simbayanan-KAMMPI, Sister Felicitas Nisperos, thanked those who were present and those who took part in the performance, as well as the priests who made the effort to attend.

Connie Padilla, the outgoing president, told Mabuhay that as her term finishes, she has gratitude for the wonderful experience she has had and feels blessed by the opportunity given to her. “I thank God for giving me more patience, wisdom and knowledge than I had expected,” she concluded.

She encouraged the new officers, telling them that they need to have total commitment and patience. She added that they will do their job well if they always remember to offer everything to God and work not for popularity, but to serve the people.


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