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C·YA newsletter a quarterly publication of the christian youth In action


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Christian Athletes • In Action wo hundred and fifty younq men and women gathered at the Ateneo de Manila campus last June 11-12. Their goal: To .be the best swimmers, spikers, dribblers and sprinters--in short, to be the best athletes in the second CYA Sportsfest.



Patterned after the last year's YA sports event for men, Sportsfest '83 opened the competition to women athletes among the various affili~te groups~ Thus, there were twelve competing groups this year: six among the men and six among the women. All in all, they represented the nine campus groups affiliated with CYA, as ",rellas the delegates from the U:igh School Youth Group. n Saturday morning I the. opening invocation led by Fr. Herb Schneider, SJ, gave way to rousing tournaments in swimming and volleyball. The afternoon saw spirited matches in badminton among the women, and baslcetball among t.he men. Pingpong, played in doubles



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Training Program


total of 84 participants attended the recently concluded second CYA Summer Leaders' 'I'rainingProgram, held from April 26 to Hay 19 at La Salle Greenhills.

For the first time,\ CYA hosted some 18 guest participants from various youth groups across the country: Baguio City, Las Pinas parish, Better Living (Paranaque), Nusuan (Bukidnon), and Cagayan de Oro City. A four-man delegation even came from as far as Niri, Malaysia. ,

The Training' Program centered on evangelisml pastoral work, the CYA vision and mission, Christian leadership, and leadership skills. These were brouqht home to the participants through the different lectures, workshop sessions, open forums, and small-group discussions. The month-long Training Prog-ram took place daily (Tuesdays to Fridays) from 9:00 k~ to 12:00 noon. Each day began, with a half-hour period of prayer at the High School chapel, which many found very inspiring and spiritually enriching. Continued

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It was May 20, 1983. Rogel Plata and I had been invited. to speak at the National Convention of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal ~ In t.he morning, we addressed the 3,500 Or so delegates at the Pl(:?nary HalL I spoke. on the topic, "Bringing Christ to the Yout.hv , Rogel shared his personal experience of how Cod has worked in his life and in the work t.ha c he ' s doing at UST. 1'he talks sought to make people more a\vare.of the youth situation in the Philippines: the presence of sin, the growing spiritual hunger, and the importance of bringing Jesus Christ. to the youth, especially nO\<1 during these crucial decisionmaking years. G

We also received many requests for help. Within fifteen minutes after the session ended r I had bef.m invited to four different places in the Philippines. Hhat a great hunger there is for Codis truth today!

very grateful for 'the warm response to our hlessage. w{~ received a lot of personal e nc-ou r= agernent and support for our work.


Ed:ltor-fii":ChieÂŁ LOUIE ESPINO Associate Editor GLEN


Managing Editor ERWIN ACANPADO




LORNA SANTIAGO Correspondents




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the hospital, we We pr ayod for the boy who died. But i.','l:} prayed even the one wno had stabbed

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One thing I learned from this I incident is that there can be no res-pi Ee -f rom our S~ruggTe -against sin and Satan. Wherever andi,henever, the f ig-ht be t.weori good and ! evil cont.i.nue s ..As Hay said afterward s , "Now, when I speaj( about salvation, what Ilm going to say 't!ill come from even more first-hand experience.!J For t.ho se who will hear him speak, it may be a matt.e r I of life or death -- eternally.






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The day wa s already quite Si9nificant at this point, but something else happened on our way! home. We were stopped in traffic ~iJuend,l2t , . " ' OC1 pm , I a 1 onq Avenue at 4: Less than twenty feet in front of ! USI a young cigarette vendor s,tab- ~ bed ano t he z in the back vi.t.h a , t\.;elve-inch knife. Eogel and L, along with another companion. Ray Rodriguez, quickly carried the wounded boy into the car whi.Le the one 1>,1110 stabbed him coolly walked away.. HE, rushed the victim +o the I ho sp i tal. wh.iLe Ray prayed for him the T,.,rholetime. He was 'pronounced dQad on arrival. After

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round ·three hunu.red people were treated to a differept kind of entertainment when CYA hosted a two-hour show entitled "Isang PaghahandogH last Hay 20. The Program was held at the Hall. A of the University of Life, at eight:fifbO!en in the evening.

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a.fter-·dinner affair wa s pa t,» after last year's popular Coffee House. On~ ob ject~ ve .0.£ the { ~ent was to provlde Chrlstlan entertainrnent. to the friends and mero-· I bers of CYA... It also hoped t.o wi tness to t~he joytha t comes from having a personal relationship with \J(~SUS Christ.



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Compared to last yearls Coffee Housel in which only a selected fev I were asked to perform, this .year's entertai.nment .night was a f am.iLy _ I gatherinSl of CYA membersF\{ho were I tapped to present their best enterI t.a i.nmerrc numbers. True ono uqh , the _I a tmospher:e of the whoLe evening was - I or.e of JOY and celebration. 'I'he ~:)diencewas treated to a variety , , d I o~ pre~entQtlons:. songs,. anees, I rru me r lnterpretatl ve r-ead i nq , and comedy Ski.ts. All of these express(;~d the message of God IS wo rd , 1nI deed, the night was an occasion to ! sne and d cove r the hidden









he program was also graced .by the presence of several CYA guests and friends who joined t.hE-~ fun and performed for the crowd ..The parish yout.h group of -I Las Pinas pre sent.ed a song. Ano t.he r _.'youth group from Better Living, ! Paranaque, led by TV and movie peraona L i ty Dondon Na ka r , rendered -1:1-10 musical numbers.


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All in all, it was tru1y an evening of Christian fun. joy and laughter. True to its touted title, "Isang Paghahandog" was an occasion for everybody to offer not only their t.a Lerrts r but also t.he t r live;' to the Lord. •



Nike Joseph, Jr. emceed the enti r e p.roq.r am, while Andy Juan handled the directorial assignment.

TeB PROFILE Continued from page 7 Brotherly support is another aspect of our relationship. Spiritual support is given in the small groups that meet regularly to share their faith. Brotherhood meetings also foster this through sharings and teachings ~ The men share common properties 1il<e Christian books and talks on tape. The TCB has a continuous book-lending ~roject, regular review classes and the like, to support our educational needs. And even if the members of the Brotherhood are mostly students, they still find ways to support one another financially. Of course, members would

being men of God, the "{ant to grow in their manl.y character. 'fhrouoh talks on Christian manly cha;acter and sports events, the men learn to apprecia t.e and develop their manliness. A lot more can be said about the Brot.herhood. Visits to charitable institutions, classroom presentations, weekly meetings and praying together, are only part of this. In all.t however, we desire to show other men that the Christian life is not a boring life of constant sobriety, solemnity and monastic Continued

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(The following artisle lS taken from an interview with John H. Kea·tit)9 ( Director of UCO, 'who is U1 M,nila for a month-long visit to CYl".~ along w i.t.h Bill Bae r ; ] Q: First what.UCO

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UCO stands for Uni ve rs it.y Christian Out.reach." Like the CYA'. .it's a somewhat new university outreach organization. Itis been In existence now for several years in the U. S. I and the main center is a t, the University of Nichigan in Ann Arbor. /

Q: wnat is your goal in DCO? JHK: Our aim is to bring the GospE~l to uni ve r s.i t.y students a's e::fecti ve Ly . as we can. But vIe want; to 90 beyond simply bringing students t.o a personal J.mOlvledge of the Lord and relationship with Him. We want t.o bring them beyond it to a matur~ ing and st.rengthE"ning of t.hei r characters, and t.r a i.n.i.nq them to be able to se rve the Lord f in vha teve r "WC\.y the, Lord may be a§Jdng t.hem to serve Him and His people. He put a fairly heavy ernpha si e on training our students in Gvangelism and being able to use their

friendshins and t.hei r environmental to ~.a,re a ' c~hr-l'ctian ...L".\. ,. ~~ re"at'~n~ei1~DS influence •.rhereve.r they' may find themselves. Firstly, in theuniversi t v , then eventually in their ne i.ohboz-hood , in their families, in t.hei.z jobs~ ~



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see the uni ve r s I't y t.ime a s !I . one in wn.i ch young men and women I should be deciding upun t.he ideal of their lives, the things that govern t.he w-ay they intend to Ii V0 ~ , for the rest. of their 1i ve s , ltls also the case in the U.S. that many un i,ve.r s.ity studen.ts have ! n.ot yet at that time h~arned to be i mature men and vomen , They are a 1·-, most always trained in irrespon·sibility and immaturity. hie





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s graduate ~ro.m ~he univ,?rs.i~r and then go on to La ve t.he i r 11ves as st.rong i, Christians in t.hei r own pro r e s s i orrs I and _c;areers. ;rie ex pe ct; that, they wouLa use their lives as mucn as ~ st.uderrt



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in God's service depending on their circumstances, which would oft.en mean in the context of I very ! their Church and other Christian t.hey may belong. j groups t.owhich I Some of our people continue to wo rk \vith us after graduating from the un i. ve rei ty as UCO staff workers. Oar staff wor'ke.r s are a very Lmport.ant; aspect of what we· do in


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the Lord is doing here in the CYA is a very significant thing. CYA is already having a subst.antial effect on a number of people on the campuses in the Manila area. 1 believe that it is the Lord's intention and His plan for i·t to have a far wider range of impact around Nanila and eventually around t.he Philippines. It I S a tremendous thing that God is doing here, and I support it..and am very much in f a.vo.rof it. And lid cer. I tainl v ericour aqe arrvone who is in a " - .i position to sup:port it to do SO~ ..J.HK: \'lhat










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(Dodong Batoctoy of Central Mindanao University in Husuan, Bukidnon wa s one of those who attended the second CYA Summer Leaders' Training Program. Here are' some of his reflections on evangelism.) Back home, I used to help my father in his fishing trips, and would even go out to sea with him sometimes. Most of the time, I would just assist him in preparing t.he th.ings he neE)ded: the boat, padd te hook and· .Li ne-, iv!uchof the preparations oerrt.e r-ed ,on preparing good baits. Hy rather was so careful about it, taking every detail into consideratiori. The reason is E;imple: to be able to have a good catch~ you would need.a good bait. I

to visit Manila was in 1976. And then .Hike Joseph, Jr. , the direct.or of CYA, had an oppori tuni ty to r-et.urn . t.hat visit. in the spring of 1979. since then, we've traded visits back and forth quite a bit, and shared experiences from t our various u.niversity outreaches, and had the opportunity of growing with each ot-her and learning from each other1s experiences.






In our life as Christians, we can draw some parallels from this. Good baits attract good catch. Bad baits will hardly attract good catch, if any. But t.he re is more to. being good baits. Baits should be dead tq themselves (some are still alive, but eventually die in the process). TheY,~should be properly attached ·to the hook and the line •. They should give themselves to the pull and release of the line by the fisherman. They should be very willing to be dropped in ·the most adverse conditions and leave everything t.O the fisherman. In evangelism, the Lord wa nt.s us to be good baits. 'I'h i s means we should be dead to ourselves, attached to the cross with the Lord, aubrui ssi.ve to the will of the Lord, and \¥illing to a'ssigned anywher-e he wants us to be I 1!?aving th€~ rest to him.



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Campus Update Ateneo'Christian


o Holy June

Eucharist celebrated on 22 by Fr. AntonioSamsoll, J.<:VP of the Un i ve r a i ty f at the College Chapel to mark the first formal meeting. o July 4: Day of recollection to all members and guests, at the College Chapel from 8:00 am to .5: ()O pm, hand-Led by Francis Iturralde and Jake Yap. -'

pm at the Engineering Bldg. Room 108, by Gil Galeste, Andy J'uan and Cecil Pilapil.



Ilaw ng panginoon Prayer-Group

o Holy Eucharist to be celebrated ! on significant occa~j.ons, such I as on June 15, to fO.n,rlally open the new school year â&#x20AC;˘ o As always, open prayer meetings every Hednesday, 6:30 pm, at the third floor of the Educa,tion Bldg. Talks on uGro-wing i' the Christian Life II will be f given by the Service, 'ream.




starting. the middle of ae pa r-a t.e Ly to men and to be handled by 'Jake worne n , Hae Legaspi, respectYap and lvely. o Second annual Christ Awareness '\.'1<:!ek, 'scheduled in November I to be' handled by thE-; Service Council. ' o

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Brotherhood of the Cross Luncheon InE:eting and interaction every other Wednesday, 12:30 to 1:15 pm, at the' College Cafeteria; followed by a teaching or personal sharing at the Engineering Bldg., Room 108, facilitated by Cecil pilapil and Peter Uy. o Teachings¡ on !the basics of Christian living (prayer, Script~re study, community and service) r June to .Ju Ly I every other \"rednesdayI 1; 00 to 2: 30 o

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A·sports day in October, and a barn dance during the ae cond semester. " of the Earth

o Outing on J·uly 4, with abundant. time for games and sports, for unity in the group. o August 4: First anniversary of the sisterhood; definite plans to be avnounced. Thomasian o



Holy E~charist celebrated on June 23 by Fr. Mario .Ja ba re s r Regent of Engineering, at the chapel of the Nurses' Home. o June 30: start of a series of talks on character formation, handled by the Brotherhood Council. Also, talks on the sacraments by Fr. Jabares. a July 4: interaction among the leaders to promote unity in the group.




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Fr. Gonzales, Dean of Heligious Affairs, and Fr. ,Tabares, during t.he second \,reek of •. Tuly f to report on the past yeax, and to promote a good relationship -with the Administration. o August. 13-14-; Brotherhood overniQht. o Ocfober 20: Film showing of the inspiring life of a saint, at the Engineering Audio-visual room.

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.he 'I'horna.si.ari Christian Broth-, erhood (TeD) was established two years ago by several Engineering students in UST. Since then, it. has become known as the first Christi.an f ra t.ern i ty in t.he country_ The TCB isn't just another

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campus and community programs. Rathert the brotherhoed maintains its identity as a real fraternity of students associated by a common" bond of love and service to God and to one another. The f or emo s t; manifestation of this is seen in the way we relate 'toTi th one ano t he r w.i t.h honor and respect. Even humor, ordinarily sarcaS~lC or risque in other situations, becomes a way of e uppo rt Lnq our relationships in the joy it gives to the men. Humor also becomes an asset in bringing other men into the Brotherhood! because the informality of the meetings makes them feel at ease wh i Le hear-

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cont.' d from p.5 \'.)hen v.re become fishers of men , the Lord himself is the Master Fisherman. Our task is to become re8-ponsive to wha t, he wills. As hl~ said in Mt4:19, "Pollow me, and I \.Jill make you fishers of men , n Our respons(:-: should be no less than the apostles'. He should leave our nets behind and follow the Lord.

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lot of', pe~)ple call him "Mini~ter" or "Assemblyman", or slmply "Sir", and rightly sq. But Las t, November I as hl~ spoke before a large audience i.n Fasig, he said, UYou can also call me Brother' ." Yes I he meant }:)rother in Christ. I

His namel is Emmanue L Pelaez. A d i s t.Lnqu i s hed public ser.vant_~ he is highly respected by many, and esteemed becausH of his dedication to serve the Lord. He invests his time, energy, and effort to help his countrymen meet two kinds of

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The first experience was when he att.ack, and the second had a heart assassination attempt made was the on his life in July of 1982. Both events


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ow that he is back on rlis feet, he has vowed to spend years of the zema Ln Lnq his ! best thing any rnaI:'''---''''' life doing the 'can do w i t.n himself: serve God and bring people to a know Le.dqe of Him.



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Among his many contributions to the spread of tbe Gospel today is the support that he gives to Chrisri an youth in Action (CYA) He has been constant in his recoqnition and encouragement to the CYA staff. He has also challenged businessmen to be "partners in mission" with this young group o~ people. 0


nat made him st.rong .i.n faith and commi,tnlel"1t t.o t.he Lo r d ? ~'lany factors. However he cites two experiences in particular I







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In the afternoons, the pr-ovarr! cial and Malaysian delegates were

to many of CYA IS 0111;)0:,-nq ~!I summer activities and programs fo.r ; observat.ion" These exposure trips I to the different CYA a f f i.Li at.es ..provided the on-the-job learning ! phase of the Training Program. The delegates activel~ took part in A various Leade rs " team meetings, Christian Life Programs, prayer I meetings, and other events. ! invited


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prayer meet~.'ng h~gI;lighted the end of the Tralnlng Programe t The participants spent an hour i an d a h' .aIf . ~n prayer, wors h"lP, ana listening to the ""ford of God. During this t1me, they we re exhort£:::d 'I to be humble and uni ted as t.hev powerfully and b?ldly ,brin$ ,th~ Lord's word to the unlversltl.e:;>. i They were also made aware of H1S constant presence, wisdom and ~ strength in their work. !


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This led the participants to pledge to God and to one another their oommi, tment to use the skills and wisdom they have learned in f their schools and youth groups.




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Toward the end of the prayer meet i.nq , Nike Joseph, Jr., CYA Director, distri buted small woocten crosses as symbols of the CO!1Un~ssion the Lord is laying upon each of the participants. Then, on the evening of May 20, a barn dance capped the Training Program. All the participants had a o rea t; time dancing and interacting ;ith one another. As was indicated in their evaluation forms, all-had a good word or two about the Program. They look forward t.o yet

another year of serv1..n~i t he Lord in their campuses, pa.r i.abe.s , a nd o t he r young people IS errvi ronmenr.s ~

SPORTSFEST continued from page 1 and singles. completed the order of the day. On Sunday, the Sportsfest shifted to high gear as the players took over the Ateneo High School track oval and covered courts. Up until noontime, when the Sportsfest formally ended! the women aspired for honors in the obstacle race, tugc--wa r , and sac!.:: race. Likewise, the men battled it out in the 800-m and the race, the 4xlOO-rn relay, lOO-m sprint.


end f Hiles Cb.ri st.L, the brotherhood at Up! emerged the ill top winner in the ments di.vis ion , ,{hile Likhang-Tulay ng Panginoon, th(~ prayer group at the College oithe Holy Spirit, romped off \,>,i th the plum awa rd .in the women IS division.



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second among the· and I1aw ng Panginoon of UST shared the third prize. The girls of Ilaw garnered second place in the women's division, while St. Seho, at third place I completed the roster o f winners.

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Hil(e ..Joseph, Jr ~,who delivered the closing exho r+.at Lon, summed up the Sportsfest very well. If it takes discipline, endurance and perseverance to be the best athlete I all the more it t.a ke s for the. Christian who desires to "press on t.oward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ .Jesus (Phil. 3: 14). \I


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