Welcoming Intercultural Understanding, Shedding Signs of Hope and Unity
We live in a world of multiculturalism and diversity where we are always being challenged of seeking the truth on the mystery of the triune God. The best of times keeps on reminding us about the goodness of living a new experience and reliving relationships in spite of our similarities and our differences. A big part of this fulfilled experience is the strengthening of our faith, unity and harmony through the important role played by the Christian communities that we belong. It is already a reality for us to focus on the very reflections of our existence to take care of one another, share our uniqueness and be stewards of God’s mission.
The DWCU community had an overwhelming acquaintance program for the coming of Br. Guy Mazola Mido, SVD and Visitator General to the Philippine Northern Province last November 18, 2016. As part of the aims toward achieving shared intercultural life, Fr. Gil T. Manalo, SVD delivered a heartwarming welcome address for the guest, attendees and students which was immediately followed by the introduction of the guest through Fr. Gerardo Gudmalin, SVD as he enlightened the crowd stating, “General Visitations are an occasion for the visitator to come into personal contact with the individual confreres. It has the task of strengthening the confreres’ conviction that the Society cares for each and everyone of them.”
One of the highlights of the event was the message of hope, determination and faith of Br. Guy Mazola Mido, SVD as the Visitator General to the Philippine Northern Province. He reminded everyone that we may be coming from different colors, races, ethnicities, gender and faith but we are born to fulfill and work toward a common goal. He also reiterated something about the future of every individual and how we must value education saying, “Institutions like this (DWCU) play a great role toward change. As you deliver education being one of the core components of the society’s development. The future of these people most especially on who they will become and what they will become in the near future depends greatly on how and what you teach to them.” The DWCU community also featured the diversified cultural performance of its productive members for the guest from having a heartfelt performance of the elementary pupils with the Pangasinan song “Malinak lay labi (Peaceful Night)” and the folk dancing performance of the high school students to the modern dance of the college students. The celebration ended with the strengthened appreciation and recognition of Br. Guy Mazola Mido, SVD most primarily toward embracing differences in harmony, togetherness, love and hope. His auspicious presence is already a remarkable sign as we continue to live a propitious and Christ-like life of being a progressive community.
Below are the pictures during the visitation of Br. Guy Mazola Mido, SVD
Article written by: Mr. Wilbert Giuseppe L. De Guzman
Pictures by: Mrs. Mae Liza Cabrilles