CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Independence Day at Choi Hung

HONG KONG (SE): The Holy Family Filipino Catholic Group in Choi Hung combined the celebration of its 22nd anniversary with Independence Day on June 12.

The celebration ran under the theme, Panginoon ng Awa, Sanlibutan ay patawarin at iyong hilumin (Lord of Mercy forgive and heal the world).

The formal occasion called for barongs and traditional dress transforming the entire gathering into nationalistic mode.

A rosary and bible enthronement ceremony led by parish priest, Father James Areechira, opened proceedings and everyone sang as they processed into the hall to the leadership of the Disciples for Christ.

Remedios Araquil led the Philippine national anthem, Elena Depolonia the opening prayer and Cristina Bandong delivered a welcoming address.

An afternoon of music followed, with the highlight a reenactment of some segments of national history accompanied by the song, Bayan Ko (My Country).

Sto. Niño Crusaders won an award for its depiction of the country suffering an invasion from an outside, hostile force, symbolically represented by a woman being physically abused. 

In one segment, it depicted the execution of the national hero, José Rizal, in 1896, and Emilio Aguinaldo leading the rebellion against Spain two years later.

The drama also contained some commentary on current social conditions in the Pearl of the Orient Seas.

The Christ our Hope and Life Prayer Group was the runner-up for its depiction of The Philippines as a blessed nation and Christ the King Group came in third.

Our Lady of the Sky praesidium received an award for a hand-woven gown.

The Love of God Prayer Group and the Disciples for Christ also received awards.

The Hong Kong Filipino Catholic Biblical Pastoral Ministry was judged the best behaved group of the afternoon and Christ the King Group most punctual.

A Mass celebrated by Father Joseph Baptist Lee Van Ba was a special blessing for the celebration to end on .

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