CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 7 September 2019

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Free to be me at KAMMPI

HONG KONG (SE): The Simbayanan-KAMMPI celebrated its 17th anniversary at Mother of Good Council parish, San Po Kong, on October 11 with a gala day showcasing folk dances from Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, as well as a bit of modern dance by way of showing how the art develops.

A Mass was celebrated by Father Rodolfo Jacobe and Father Helmuth Peter.

Father Jacobe urged the gathering to face their responsibilities and challenges in life instead of avoiding them.

While honouring the contribution of the former officers of KAMMPI, he encouraged people who may feel that they are called by God to serve as officers not to hesitate to volunteer, as by responding they will find peace of mind and God will give them the necessary strength to overcome the difficulties.

Ss. Peter and Paul Church, St. Jude Filipino English-speaking Community, the Sunday group of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos, together with the Sacred Heart Canossian English Community performed folk dances from Luzon; Holy Family Filipino English-speaking Community, St. Joseph the Worker Filipino English Community and St. Francis Filipino English-speaking Community took their inspiration from the Visayas; while the Apostleship of Prayer, St. Thomas English-speaking Community and Mother of Good Council Saturday Group called on the traditional culture of Mindanao in their presentations.

Rosario Araquil, the president of the KAMMPI, said this year she followed the advice of the adviser to the organisation, Sister Felicitas Nisperos, and eliminated any form of competition among the performing groups, so that there was no pressure on them while enjoying the celebration.

This left those appearing far more free to be me in the manner in which they presented themselves and in their choreographing  of their performances.

Despite that, three groups were still honoured by Father Jacobe and Sister Nisperos at the end of the programme for skillfully combining elements of modern dance with the folk tradition of the three regions.

The groups honoured were the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, the Apostleship of Prayer and the Mother of Good Council Saturday Group.

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