CYA and World Youth Dav.. '95
DAYS OF GLORy~'DAYS OF GRACE by fun Bellen, eYA-University
of the Philippines
jJ The recent 10th World Youth Day, held in Manila from January 10-15, was a memorable experience for CYA. Not only those from Manila attended, but also those from many parts of the country. A team of U-Belt staffers led the Catechetical Event at the University of Santo Tomas. Some other members served in their own schools or parishes. But the biggest participation by CYA was at the Catechetical Event at the Jollibee Youth Village in Intramuros. About 600 CYA-Manila ("\embers served as facilitators and animators. Headed by CY A Director, Rogel L. Plata (who was named Catechetical Site Over-all Coordinator at the eleventh hour) and Mike Munarriz, we had the privilege of running the whole event! About 2,500 WYD participants filled up the meeting grounds inside the Youth Village. There were delegates from various places outside Metro Manila, and even from such countries as the United States, 0aly, Canada, Great Britain and Ireland. Times of common prayer were a wonderful occasion to renew our
identity as followers and lovers of Christ. The catechetical sessions on faith, hope and love, given by bishops from different. countries, also enriched our understanding of the Catholic faith. After the bishops' talks, the CYA members would then facilitate the discussion and sharing in small groups of four to five people. It was also a time to meet new friends, as everybody busily exchanged addresses with each other. A eucharistic celebration .capped each morning's activities. CYA took care of the liturgy, giving us a chance to teach the delegates our songs. Together with the WYD theme song, "Tell the World Of His Love", the songs "Shine, Jesus, Shine" and "God Is Good" easily became crowd favorites. However, it was the song "Pharaoh, Pharaoh" which brought the house (in this case, the tent) down! continued on page 2
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Delegates at the World Youth Day '95 sing and interpret the theme song with arms upraised as an expression of unity and solidarity.
Besides serving at the Catechetical Site, CY A also sponsored six (6) simultaneous Youth Events in all the six districts of Metro Manila: Susan Canlas shared a powerful testimony in the Benedictine Abbey School youth event. Francis Iturralde, former CY A staffer and now executive director of Ang Lingkod ng Panginoon, ably emceed the prowam and led the 5,000 participants to a meaningful commitment to Christ. At Concordia College the crowd of 2,000 appreciated the very moving mime presented by the NET team from Emmanuel Community, Brisbane, Australia. The highly successful Day of Renewal at the Araneta Coliseum was emceed by Simon Rebullida (now leading a CY A group in Los Angeles, California). About 25,000 people inside the coliseum responded enthusiastically to Rogel Plata's challenge to "Be Not Afraid". The atmosphere was so joyful, there was even impromptu dancing on stage! At La Consolacion around 4,000 participants made their commitment to Christ through a symbolic and meaningful candle ceremony. Aldem Salvana and Vanessa Villarosa were a dynamic tandem, emceeing the youth event at Lourdes School (Mandaluyong). This was the only event held out in the open. Fortunately there was no rain, and the sunshine was very mild--truly a blessing from God for the 1,200 delegates there!
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CYA and World Youth Dav. '95
Pictures Paint A Thousand Words!
Photos by Gabby Gabaya and Columbus Hicarte
3 1. Rogel Plata was appointed Catechetical Site Over-all Coordinator of the Jolfibee Youth Village in Intramuros. 2. The Cardinal of Cameroon gave an inspiring and enlightening talk on "Love" (with Alex Filamor pro viding some "shade").
3. Group sharing after each catechesis was facilitated by CYA members.
Even in the midst of a lot of hard work, Tisha Colayco still sports a sunny smile and disposition.
5. The wildly exuberant song "Pharaoh, Pharaoh" was a crowd favorite, and gave us a chance to "Iet our hair down"! 6. Participants at the CYA-sponsored youth events were feted to spectacular entertainment numbers as well.
7. Rogel spoke before about 25,000 people at the Araneta Coliseum, one of the six venues in which CYA sponsored Youth Events. 8. All geared up for service .. and an aI/night Youth Vigil at the Luneta park! These CYA members were among the 45 million gathered on World Youth Day
9. Some members of the National Evangelization Team from Brisbane (Australia) perform a moving mime to illustrate God's love for us. 10. Together with the Salesians and Focolare, these CYA members performed at the Youth Vigil program in Luneta.
11. Gil Galeste was one of the senior staffers who supervised the service of the CYA members. An event of this magnitude required the unified effort of everyone! 12. Carol /lagan waves from the "camp site" at Luneta--scene of the historic Youth Vigil and WYD celebration. For all of us, it was a once-in-a-Iifetime experience!
4 Finally, Peter Lino and Ria Apostol emceed at St. Paul College in Quezon City. This event drew together 1,200 young people to celebrate God's goodness. All in all, these youth events gave us a chance to share the Gospel with a lot of young people. The participants also loved the inspiring entertainment numbers that CYA members presented in all six events. After these hectic activities, one would think it's time to rest and relax. But no! In fact, on Saturday, January 14, many CYA members had to go to Luneta early in order to attend the Youth Vigil. (Incidentally, CYA-Don Bosco was one of three groups which planned the program at the Youth Vigil.) By mid-afternoon, Luneta was packed like a can of sardines! But that was nothing compared to the crowd that came on Sunday for the World Youth Day celebration
itself. Between four and five million people were said to have been there! Speaking at the Youth Vigil, the Holy Father said at one point, "Too many young people do not realize that they themselves are the ones who are mainly responsible for giving a worthwhile meaning to their lives.... A questio~ therefore is directed to each one- of you personally: Are you capable of giving yourself, your time, your energies, your talents, for the good of others? Are you capable of love? If you are, the Church and society can expect great things from each one of you." CY A and World Youth Day '95 seem to be made for one another. Both are a work of God to bring young people together, and to lead them closer to God. All of us were blessed by that historic event. May we keep the fire burning!
To the following Partners in Mission who generously gave
time, energy and financial help, Marami Pong Salamat! Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon Community. Ang Lingkod ng Panginoon. The Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals. Familia. The Light of Jesus Community. The Servants of the Word. Tahanan nrt Panrtinoon. Women for Christ.
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CHRIST'S YOUTH IN ACTION (CYA) is a Catholic movement of young Filipinos dedicated to evangelizing the youth and training leaders for the service of the Church. We serve colleges, universities, parishes and renewal groups in the Philippines and other parts of Asia. AFFILIATES. Assumption College. Ateneo de Manila University. CYA-Cagayan de Oro. CYA-lligan City. CYA-Zamboanga City. Don Bosco Technical Codege. Far Eastern University. Holy Angel University. Mapua Institute of Technology. Miriam College. Polytechnic University of the Philippines. St. Paul College ()C. St. Scholastica's College. University of Santo Tomas. University of the Philippin9s. ASSOCIATES. Araneta University. CYA-Bacolod City. CYA-Baguio City. CYABukidtlon. CYA-Cebu City. GYA-Davao City. CYA-General Santos City. CYA-lioilo City. CYA-Laoag. CYA-SOLV ÂŤ(Ie La Salle University). NAMEI. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Rizal Tochnological Colleges. San Beda College. San Juan de Dios College. San Pablo City Colleges. st. Paul' University-Tuguegarao. UP Manila. UP-PGH. ASSISTED GROUPS. Angeles University Foundation. Batangas Lyceum. Concordia College. CYA-Basilan. CYA-Dumaguete City. CYA-Iriga City. CYA-La Union. C.YALegazpi City. CYA-Los Angeles ~USA). CYA-Lucena City. CYA-Naga City. CYANueva Vizcaya. CYA-Samar. CYATagbilaran. East Asia Institute of Computer Technology. Emilio Aguinaldo C"lIege. La Salle-Lipa. Nativity Youth Ministry (Singapore). BCBP-PALS. Sower's Field (Cagayan de Oro City). St. John's Parish Youth Group (Brunei). St. Paul College Manila. UERM. UP-Los Banos. YAFC-Manila. YMPACT. CYA is a Partner in Mission with the following communities and renewal movements: Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon Community. Ang Lingkod ng Panginoon. The Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals. Familia. Institute for Pastoral Development. The Light of Jesus Community. Lumen Christi. The Servants of the Word. Tahanan ng Panginoon. Women for Christ. Word of Joy Foundation. A" donations to CYA are tax-deductible. Please forward all correspondence to our Office at 300 P. Guevarra St., San Juan, Metro Manila. Telephone number: 70-80-95. Fax: 79-35-07.