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The Cross A Supplement Publication of KCFAPI and the Order of the Knights of Columbus

The KCFAPI Board of Trustees with Msgr. Francisco G. Tantoco at a testimonial dinner tendered in his honor on December 18, 2008: (from left to right) Jose D. Bacalanmo, Jr., Msgr. Pedro C. Quitorio, Alonso L. Tan, Patrocinio R. Bacay, Pedro M. Rodriguez, Jr., Dionisio R. Esteban, Jr., Antonio B. Borromeo, Sofronio R. Cruz, and Antonio T. Yulo. (Inset: Msgr. Tantoco with EVP Ms. Teresa G. Curia and KCFAPI Officers)

KC to Walk for Life in support of CBCP

By Paul Oblea THE members of the Knights of Columbus will “walk for life” on March 21, 2009 in support of the call of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. It will be held simultaneously in Manila, Cebu and Davao to be coordinated by the three State Jurisdictions of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. In Manila, Luzon State Deputy Alonso L. Tan will lead about 10,000 participants in this rally for life. The purpose of the Walk for Life is to make the people aware of Republic Act 5043 known as the Reproductive Health Bill which is now on its 3rd reading at the House of Representatives. This rally is expected to raise the awareness of people on the negative consequences of the Bill to the family, the basic unit of society. The Knights of Columbus is undertaking this informational campaign in line with its Pro Life stance. For the Luzon Jurisdiction, the Walk of Life will be led by State Deputy Alonso

L. Tan. It will commence with a concelebrated mass to be led by the Most Reverend, Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco at 7:00 am. He is the State Chaplain of the KC Luzon Jurisdiction and Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao. The venue will be announced later due to the growing number of participants coming from the different councils in Metro Manila and nearby provinces like Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna and Rizal. Various institutions are being invited to join this rally such as: Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc., Catholic Universities, Colleges and High Schools, the Philippine National Police, Phil. National Red Cross, Daughters of Mary Immaculate, Columbian Squires, Fourth Degree members of the Knights of Columbus. All members of the Knights of Columbus are requested to wear their council uniform T-Shirt with KC logo. On January 22, 2009, the Knights of Columbus in the United States will take part in the 36th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. About 100,000 participants are expected to join.

Ms. Carmelita Ruiz, Underwriting Manager, one of the presenters during the planning conference held December 18, 2008.

By Ira J. Tee THE Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. celebrated Christmas with special guests from Senden Home Foundation, Inc., a temporary shelter for homeless boys, last December 19, 2008. Conceptualized and organized by a group of volunteers, the event dubbed “Paskong KCya” provided an avenue for employees to share their blessings and bring smiles to 33 young boys.

KCFAPI Executive Vice President, Ma. Theresa G. Curia, together with the Board of Trustees and employees, welcomed the children at the ground floor lobby where the young boys sang Christmas carols which they have especially prepared for the occasion. After the presentation, KCFAPI Chairman Patrocinio R. Bacay and President Antonio B. Borromeo handed the Association’s donation to the Foundation amounting to P30,000. Apart from it, the Board of Trustees also distributed gift packages. Mario Lacabana, Executive Assistant and Educator of Senden Home, expressed his thanks in behalf of the entire Foundation and handed a pastel drawing to Mr. Bacay as a symbol of Senden Home’s appreciation. Along with Mr. Lacabana were Senden Home staff Rose Sison, Rommel Unera, Eduardo Galcing, Takahachi Abay and Irma Gatbonton. After sharing a hefty meal, the kids enjoyed fun games, song and dance presentations and various prizes. Mr. Bacay thanked the employees, especially the event organizers, for the unique celebration of the yuletide season. “Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of the more than 30 homeless boys of Senden Home. Thank you. You truly did a wonderful thing,” he said.

The panel during the presentation of the 2009 Plans, Programs and Budget: (L-R) Dionisio Esteban Jr., Sofronio Cruz, Chairman Patrocinio Bacay, President Antonio Borromeo and Treasurer Antonio Yulo. Not in photo are Pedro Rodriguez, Jose Bacalanmo Jr. and Corporate Secretary Alonso Tan.

KC Group of Companies celebrates Family Day Special CHILDREN of the employees of KC Group of Companies were treated for a day of fun and excitement as the company celebrated Family Day Special last December 24, 2008. Unmarried employees brought along their relatives ages 12-below to participate in the said activity. Members of the Family Day Committee gathered the kids at the 3rd Floor Social Hall for a 2-hour movie entertainment and snacks. Madagascar II was a big hit to the kids, they were laughing and giggling at the antics of the cartoon characters. After watching the movie the children scampered towards the life-size portraits of Alladin and Jasmin for a photo shoot. Lunch was served followed by a simple program attended by KCFAPI President Bro. Antonio Bor-

romeo, Treasurer Bro. Antonio T. Yulo, and EVP Ms. Ma. Theresa Curia. The children eagerly joined the games hosted by Jollibee who also provided the prizes for the winners. Adding excitement to the program was the appearance of two Jollibee Mascots, Jollibee and Hetty, who gamely posed for some souvenir shots. Special prizes were also given to children who displayed their talents at the dance floor. And before the program ended, loot bags were distributed to everyone with the Committee making sure that no child will go home empty-handed. Family Day 2008 Committee was headed by Bro. Edwin B. Dawal and members Michael De Castro, Rommel Guanzon, Luisa Manuel, Melissa Obmina, and Rowena Patricio. (Denise Solina)

The kids enjoyed unlimited souvenir shots with Jollibee and Hetty during the KCFAPI Family Day held December 24, 2008.

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Antonio B. Borromeo

Patrocinio R. Bacay

A NEW year has just begun. With the financial crisis still not abating, 2009 has been called the worst recession since the Great Depression of the ‘30s. Therefore, 2009 is a challenging year for all industries, insurance companies and mutual benefit associations not excluded. For this, KCFAPI is once again gearing up its programs to be able to face the new year with vigor and vitality. “Sustaining Growth Through Fortified Fraternal Service” is our banner theme for the year. Focus will be given to our Benefit Certificate Holders and their beneficiaries. New products are in line to cover more brother knights and their families. Since our operations for 2008 was the best in history of KCFAPI, the dividends declared for the BC Holders will also be unprecedented. Intensified thrusts on Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance across the Association are major drivers geared for the long term growth of the Association. The year has just begun but rest assured we are ready to face the uncertainties of the business and what the economy will bring for the year.

I AM happy to greet your New Year with good news from KCFAPI board. In the recent meeting, the board approved the awarding of additional dividends to all Benefit Certificate Holders to the tune of P20M. The P20M additional dividend will be given as paid-up additional coverage for the brother knights and their families. We are aware of where the value of our peso may land. We are hopeful with the added coverage to the Benefit Holders, the impact of inflation maybe at least cushioned. Our sales force are gearing up their efforts to reach out to more brother knights and their families while each one in KCFAPI tries to serve our brother knights with utmost care and efficiency which they fully deserve. Let each one have a year of blessings and joy.

Luzon Deputy’s Message Alonso L. Tan

were able to ask questions to the participants. As we usher in the New Year, let us be reminded of the many tasks that still lie ahead. The many things that we have yet to do, to our Parish, to our Communities, to our Youth, to our fellow knights and most important of all – to our family. Let us resolve to keep the family, the most basic unit of society, the smallest church, ever so intact and protect it from all forms of aggression. Let us be vigilant in upholding the sanctity of marriage for without it, there could be no family to speak of. Our family is threatened with a bill pending in Congress – RH 5043. It had already passed on

Visayas Deputy’s Message

second reading. The third and final reading could be the nail that would seal the coffin of the family as we know it. Let us call on our Congressman not to affix their signature on the said Bill. If they had, encourage them to withdraw their signature and let them know that this Bill will only do more harm than the perceived goodness that it will do to women. We depend on you our District Deputies to spread this stand to councils under your care. Let your congressman know that we are no longer part of the silent majority as we will now be the Voice of the weak and the oppressed and the Defender of the helpless and the innocent. Vivat Jesus!

Bro. Dionisio R. Esteban, Jr. AS the whole world faces the Year 2009 with mixed feelings, We, brother knights and families in the Visayas Jurisdiction extend to one and all a hopeful and Happy New Year! May we draw inspiration from the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, even as we are faced by a global economic crisis. Energized by FAITH in the Divine Providence, may we rise up to the challenge and celebrate LIFE by giving one another the priceless gift, as the Lord taught us—LOVE, and together HOPE for peace, unity and happiness for all mankind.

May our feeling of anxiety and uncertainty of the New Year 2009 be overcome by our overwhelming Excitement, Joy and Love of being one complete family, in accord with the Divine Will. As Knights of Columbus, now more than ever, is the appropriate time to exemplify the lessons of CHARITY, UNITY, FRATERNITY and PATRIOTISM through our membership and service programs. At the Visayas Jurisdiction, various activities and programs will be implemented and continuously improved, with the aim of sharing our EXPERIENCE OF A

Vol. 13 No. 2

January 19 - February 1, 2009

President’s Message

Chairman’s Message

LAST December 6 and 7 we had our District Deputies’ Mid-year Meeting, wherein we took stock of what we have, acknowledged our weaknesses and collectively tried to find solutions to our problems. Our programming was quite different from the traditional as we have added or innovated on some of it. Two of the big hits were the regional consultation with a State Officer and State Officials where problems or concerns were discussed on a more personal basis. The other was the twoway Open Forum where even the resource people

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LIFETIME with the rest of our neighbors, friends and even strangers. Let us, as we continue the work of our Order—In Solidarity With Our Bishops and Priests—for the Church, Family, Council, Community and Youth, be inspired by the temporal simplicity yet overwhelming love and beauty of the Holy Family. Again, may we all have a Happy New Year 2009 that is truly a CELEBRATION OF LIFE as it ought to be. Vivat Jesus!

Mindanao Deputy’s Message Sofronio R. Cruz ONE of the most important events in our State Jurisdiction which is fast approaching is the Annual Meeting (Convention) to be held in Zamboanga City on April 30-May 1, 2009 for State Squires and May 1-3, 2009 for our Brother Knights. Enjoyable and meaningful activities have been planned and laid out for every council and member participation. Councils are called to submit to the State their best activities conducted along the areas of service on Church, Family, Council, Community and Youth and to report them on form STSP (page 24 of council report form book) for judging and awarding during the convention. Council winners in each of the 5 areas will be the Jurisdiction’s entry to the Supreme Council Contest and any winning council at the Svzupreme Council level, Grand Knights will be invited to the Supreme Convention to receive the award, all expense paid. Councils and members are also enjoined to participate in the convention raffle. The fellowship program also offers excellent opportunity to show our talents in song and dance contest while there are interesting learning program and activities for Columbian Squires participants; gain new friends and renew previous acquaintances. So come and join our State Jurisdiction Convention and be a better Knight and Council, together with our families and friends. See you there. Vivat Jesus!

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CBCP Monitor Vol. 13 No. 2

January 19 - February 1, 2009


A Catholic difference By Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight Editor’s Note: The following is adapted from an address delivered by Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson at the Nov. 15, 2008 meeting of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, which observed the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Christifideles Laici (On the Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World). IT was once popular to speak of the Christian evangelization of culture — indeed, even of the transformation of culture. Yet, over time we have experienced a contrary development. We might say instead that a sort of truce has been reached. In some areas, a new optimism has emerged about the benefits of secularism; in others there has developed a gradual accommodation. I am not speaking about the recognized and proper autonomy of the secular order and its institutions, but about something entirely different. In the United States, the popularity of Harvey Cox’s 1965 book, The Secular City, promoted the idea that secularization was part of a divine plan, which Christians should embrace. Cox viewed “secularization as the liberation of man from religious and metaphysical tutelage, the turning of his attention away from other worlds and towards this one.” He argued that secularization is “emancipation” and that it “is the legitimate consequence of the impact of biblical faith on history.” Moreover, he maintained, “We must learn…to speak of God in a secular fashion and find a nonreligious interpretation of biblical concepts.” A surrender to the ‘secular’ In the more than 40 years that have passed since the publication of The Secular City, we have found that regardless of any positive effects, secularization has drained meaning from Christian life. Secularizing the way Christians think affects the values by which they live. From a cultural standpoint, we have indeed learned “to speak of God in a secular fashion” and increasingly found “a nonreligious interpretation of biblical concepts.” Such tendencies have increasingly diminished the distinctiveness of Christian life. Christifideles Laici puts the issue more simply and more starkly: Secularism as a cultural force “sustains a life lived as if God did not exist” (34). In the public life of society, secularism goes even further: It is not content simply to regard religion with indifference, but it increasingly regards religious faith as an obstacle to “emancipation” and “liberation.” Since the Second Vatican Council, the lay faithful have come to a greater realization of their responsibility to work for the renewal of society. The demands of social justice make an urgent appeal upon conscience. In an effort to realize the demands of justice, the Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain once observed that Christians had advanced their journey toward a more just and humane society through what he termed the “evangelization” of the secular conscience. Yet today, the effect of a pervasive secularization may be said to have accomplished the reverse — the secularization of the Christian conscience. Or perhaps more precisely, secularism has prevented the adequate formation of the Christian conscience. Although Harvey Cox was writing as a Protestant professor at Harvard Divinity School, the fundamental disposition that he represented has also permeated the Catholic community. It has done so in three areas that critically affect the formation of the lay faithful and their ability to carry out their mission. First, certain sacramental and homiletic practices have undermined the power of the sacraments in the formation of the Christian conscience. One might say that we have learned too well to “speak of God in a secular fashion.” Second, Catholic education has experienced the increasing influence of Enlightenment assumptions regarding the purpose of the university,

posing challenges to an adequate understanding of the harmonious relationship between faith and reason, and of the essential unity of the education experience. Third, the Catholic family, which for generations was universally recognized for its shining witness to the inherent bond between the unitive

summaries of the mission of Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate, and also of the lay faithful today. I think that is why Pope Benedict presented such beautiful meditations in his encyclicals Deus Caritas Est and Spe Salvi on the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. These virtues are the foundations of Christian moral life, which in order

and procreative aspects of marriage, has in many ways become indistinguishable from the lifestyle of the larger secular culture. These three developments pose considerable obstacles to the formation of laypersons, who are otherwise capable of fulfilling their mission for the renewal of society.

to be authentic, must combine a vocation to love and a vocation to truth. Both encyclicals represent the recovery of a fundamentally Christian way of thinking as a prerequisite to a Christian way of living. The reevangelization of what we might call a Christian consciousness must continue and include concepts such as “right reason,” “natural law,” and even the “common good.” It is doubtful whether the laity can effectively influence culture in an enduring way without such a recovery. The Holy Father has repeatedly reminded us that Christianity is not an ethical system—or any other system for that matter—but rather an event, an encounter with a person. Since this is an encounter that occurs in the personal history of every believer, it is at the same time ever new. It is the fundamental responsibility of the lay faithful to bring the reality of this event— this encounter with Jesus Christ — into every aspect of history, and therefore into every aspect of culture. The reality of this event must be made present within the family, as well as within the public and governmental life of society. We have often heard repeated the words of John Paul II: “Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ.” These words are repeated in Christifideles Laici. At the very least, this means that for an authentic renewal of society to occur, Christ cannot be regarded as an abstraction separate from the concrete, lived experience that we call culture. To the contrary, Christ must be invited into our culture — to permeate it and to transform it as only he can.

Christ and culture The solution, I believe, must be found in an approach that takes as its basis a view articulated by Father Romano Guardini. In a letter to Pope Paul VI in 1965, Father Guardini wrote: “At the time of my first theological studies something became clear to me that, since then, has determined my entire theological work: what can convince modern people is not a historical or a psychological or a continually ever modernizing Christianity but only the unrestricted and uninterrupted message of Revelation.” A year earlier, then-Father Joseph Ratzinger put forward the issue in a slightly different way. Speaking to university students at Munster Cathedral, Father Ratzinger said, “It has been asserted that our century is characterized by an entirely new phenomenon: the appearance of people incapable of relating to God.” He then continued, “I believe the real temptation for someone who is a Christian…does not just consist in the theoretical question of whether God exists…. What really torments us today, what bothers us much more is the inefficacy of Christianity.... What is all this array of dogma and worship and Church, if at the end of it all we are still thrown back onto our own poor resources? That in turn brings us back again, in the end, to the question about the Gospel of the Lord: What did he actually proclaim and bring among men?” These words, written four decades before his election to the papacy, provide one of the clearest

Catholic identity Thus, a primary responsibility of the lay faithful must be a new engagement in the renewal of parish life, especially the role of parish as a eucharistic community.

It makes little sense to ask the lay faithful to work for the transformation of secular culture without, at the same time, urging them to renew the sacramental life of the parish community. In this regard, the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist in 2005 and the recent Synod on the Word of God provide a rich blueprint for such an undertaking. In his April address to Catholic educators at The Catholic University of America, Pope Benedict stated that an institution of Catholic education is a place to encounter God’s “transforming love and truth,” a place to form an authentically Christian conscience and to live a distinctively Christian way of life. Later that same day, Pope Benedict said to the bishops of the United States, “One of the great challenges facing the Church…is that of cultivating a Catholic identity which is based not so much on externals as on a way of thinking and acting grounded in the Gospel and enriched by the Church’s living tradition.” This work of renewal is fundamental to the mission of the laity in our time, and our responsibility is irreplaceable. The laity has a specific mission, one that must be accomplished always in solidarity with our priests and bishops, and always “hinged” to the heart and mind of the Church. Only in this way will the lay faithful be capable of first understanding and then accomplishing this mission. It may well require that we put away half-measures. We cannot hope to renew society if society cannot detect a difference in the way Catholics marry, raise their families, conduct their businesses or serve in government. In other words, we can never hope to renew society unless we ourselves are committed to renewal in our own lives. And we can never hope to renew society as long as we find ways to accommodate social values that are fundamentally opposed to the values of the Gospel. This is not just a question of getting more Catholics to accept specific aspects of the Church’s social doctrine. Instead, it is a matter of the formation of a Catholic conscience that is disposed toward conforming one’s life to the imitation of Christ. Historically, this task of formation was accomplished by a combination of institutions, such as Catholic schools and universities, parishes and the family. It is obvious that these traditional institutions are no longer adequately carrying out this mission. In the long term, considerably more will have to be done, as John Paul II said, to “remake the Christian fabric of the ecclesial community itself” through consideration of new initiatives to further the formation of the lay faithful. Families should be encouraged to assume their responsibility as the first and primary educators of their children through the development of family prayer, catechesis and the reading of sacred Scripture. Catholic schools and universities should be asked to review their mission in light of how their activities advance the formation of the Catholic conscience of their students. The Knights of Columbus today stands in a unique and privileged place to assist in the great effort of renewal of Church and society—especially through our witness to charity and unity. In the days ahead it is necessary that we increase this witness especially within our Catholic schools and parishes. In all this, our task is nothing less than to realize the promise of the prayer that concludes Deus Caritas Est: “Show us Jesus. Lead us to him. Teach us to know and love him, so that we too can become capable of true love and be fountains of living water in the midst of a thirsting world.”

Knights plan Congress, Festival in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe THE Knights of Columbus will hold its First International Marian Congress on Our Lady of Guadalupe from August 6-8, 2009, following the organization’s 127th annual convention in Phoenix. The Congress will conclude with a Guadalupe Festival at Arena on August 8. Nearly 20,000 attendees are expected from throughout the United States and from Mexico. Co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Diocese of Phoenix, the Archdiocese of Mexico City and the Center for Guadalupan Studies, the Congress will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and will feature talks by experts from throughout United States and Latin America on Our Lady of Guadalupe. “The centrality of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Americas as ‘the Christian Hemisphere’ is clearly evident throughout North and South America,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who will speak both at the Marian Congress and at the Guadalupe Festival. “Her message today is one that has as much importance and meaning today as it did nearly 500 years ago.” Our Lady of Guadalupe is honored as the Empress of the Americas and devotion to her is widespread throughout the hemisphere, and in a particular way throughout Mexico and the Southwestern United States. The lectures will focus on the meaning of the message, some of the scientifically inexplicable aspects of the image, and the relevance of Our Lady of Guadalupe

in today’s world. Speakers include Dr. Jose Aste Tonsmann from Peru, who has done extensive studies of the reflections in the image’s eyes; Rev. Msgr. Eduardo Chavez, who oversaw the cause for canonization of St. Juan Diego – the Indian to whom Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in December 1531; and other experts on key elements of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her message. The Guadalupe Festival will feature an afternoon of music, prayer and in-

spiration speeches. Appearing will be best-selling author Imaculee Ilibagiza, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix. Special invited guest speakers include actor Eduardo Verastegui. Performers at the festival will include Irish singer Dana, a mariachi band and matachin dancers. A schedule and more information are available at www.guadalupefestival. org (KCNews)

Knights to join March for Life

MANY Knights and their families are planning to take part in the 36th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., which will take place Jan. 22, the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. Each year the than 100,000 participants march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court building. The previous evening, pilgrims fill the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to celebrate the Vigil for Life. The Supreme Council, which financially supports the March for Life, will be providing a newly designed sign for participants to carry during this year’s march. The new, two-color sign features “We Choose Life,” along with

the Order’s emblem. Others are encouraged to participate in the 5th annual Walk for Life West Coast on Jan. 24 in San Francisco or in any number of smaller marches and walks for life organized around the country. Knights will also be sponsoring and participating in prolife prayer services and processions in their own communities. Meanwhile, Knights in Canada are encouraged to organize pilgrimages to the 2009 March for Life in Ottawa, which will take place May 14—marking 40 years since the House of Commons adopted the “omnibus bill” that liberalized restrictions on such things as abortion, contraception and homosexual activity. (KCNews)

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January 19 - February 1, 2009

A man of God and true Knight! IN celebration of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) Golden Jubilee last year, the Association paid tribute to one of the pillars of the Order of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines, Msgr. Francisco G. Tantoco Jr., through a testimonial dinner last December 18, 2008 at the Social Hall of KCFAPI in Intramuros, Manila. The occasion was attended by KCFAPI Board of Trustees and Officers led by Bro. Patrocinio R. Bacay, KCFAPI Chairman together with the Luzon State Officers headed by Luzon Deputy Bro. Alonso L. Tan. The simple yet very touching and memorable testimonial dinner started with an invocation by Msgr. Pedro C. Quitorio III who also introduced the honoree during the later part of the program. KCFAPI President, Bro. Antonio B. Borromeo gave a true-to-life experience opening remarks being one of the active members of Capitol Council 3695 where Msgr. Tantoco served for almost five years of his knighthood. Msgr. Quitorio also prepared a heart-warming video presentation for the man of the hour. Msgr. Jun, as he is fondly called, was initiated into the Order through Capitol Council 3695 on March 29, 1957. After a 3-year stint as Chief Squire of Circle No. 784 in Quezon City, he became the first National Chairman for the Columbian Squires in the Philippines at the youthful age of 18, a position he held from 1957 to 1964. At the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in 1958, he was awarded the “Special Service Citation” by then Supreme Knight Luke E. Hart “in recognition of his deep interest, unswerving devotion to ideals, and inspirational direction of the Columbian Squires”. Later, as a priest, Bishop Jose Sorra appointed him as the National Director of the Youth Committee which became the Episcopal Commission on Youth Apostolate of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines. In 1959, Msgr. Jun hold the distinction of being the youngest Fourth Degree KC in the world and the first Filipino Columbian graduate to receive such honors. Only 20 years old at that time, he was granted special dispensation by then Supreme Master William Mulligan for conferment of the degree rites. At the same year, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Feati University. Msgr. Jun was also the youngest Grand Knight recorded in the

KC 80 year-old history when he was elected as Grand Knight of Gomburza Council No. 5310, Brixton Hills, Quezon City upon its institution in June 12, 1962. Gomburza Council was then the only “all-youth” Council in the Philippines and possibly in all the places where the Knights of Columbus existed. Under the tutelage of Bishop Godofredo P. Pedernal of the Diocese of Borongan, he took up special studies in theology at the East Asian

Msgr. Francisco G. Tantoco, Jr.

Pastoral Institute. He was also given special seminary formation in time for the reception of his minor orders of Tonsure, Porter, and Lector. He was ordained priest for the Diocese of Borongan on December 27, 1969 at the Holy Redeemer Church in Quezon City. Msgr. Jun was appointed National Secretary of the Order from 1968 to 1984 and National Treasurer from 1985 to 1986 during the time the Order was under one jurisdiction. He also held the position of Executive Secretary of the Knights of Columbus Community Services, Inc. (KCCSI) for ten years, from 1964 to 1974. KCCSI, an affiliate of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines, handled projects for the social and economic improvement of both rural and urban communities. He held more offices with the Knights of Columbus in varying capacities. He would be sent as official delegate to a number of Supreme Council conventions and represent the Order in both local and international gatherings. Msgr. Jun also ministered to the faithful of Malagasang 1 and 2 in Imus, Cavite and in Isla Puting Bato in North Harbor, Tondo, Manila. With Father Willmann, and later with Cardinal Sin, he guided the Daughters of Mary Immaculate where he is still the National Chaplain until today. He also became the National Chaplain of the Catholic Youth Organization in the Philippines from 1977 to 1992. On April 25, 1985, Msgr. Tantoco was incardinated to the Archdiocese of Manila and was appointed as the Executive Director of Caritas Manila from 1986 to 2004. As the Executive Director, he expanded his work not only in feeding the poor but in raising their dignity as children of God. He worked for the collaborative efforts even of international agencies to beef up resources for the poor. It was during his stint that the Caritas Manila was awarded Ora et Labora Award by the San Beda College in 2003. Presently, he holds the following offices: Vicar General and Moderator Curiae; Member of the Archdiocesan Finance Board; Member of RCAM Priests’ Pension Plan Committee; Vice-Chairman of Hospicio de San Jose; Member of the Board of Consultors and Member of the Presbyteral Council. Though he has been active in both church based organizations and non-government organizations, there is only one thing that is a trademark of Msgr. Jun, his passion to help the poor. Msgr. Jun is truly a living example of being a true knight and a man of God. We are indeed proud of him! (Gari San Sebastian & Denise Solina)

Meet the New BC Holders’ Relations (BRO) Manager:

Mr. Levi Clyde R. Almalvez

MR. Almalvez joined our Association last July 1, 2008. He has successfully completed his probation and is now officially the new BRO Manager effective January 1, 2009. As BRO Manager, he oversees the department with its two (2) sections: the BRO Claims & Benefits which cover benefits and claims administration and the BRO Conservation & Support which processes amendment, reinstatement, deposits and surrenders. Levi, as he is commonly called, is 45 years old, married with two daughters and a graduate of the University of the East with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He brings with him 23 years of life insurance experience, which he acquired from a commercial life insurance company where he last worked as a Regional Administration Manager for South Luzon and Bicol regions. His work entailed underwriting, policy services and benefits administration, claims processing, office administration of five district offices and coordination with the sales force.

Fraternal Benefits Group Schedule of Activities: January 16-17, 2009 Luzon Area Managers Planning Conference Holiday Inn, Clark Field January 20-21, 2009 Fraternal Service Training (Luzon) City State Tower Hotel, Manila January 23-24, 2009 Visayas and Mindanao Area Managers Planning Conference Golden Prince Hotel, Cebu City February 6-7, 2009 Fraternal Service Training (VisMin) Venue to be announced March 6-8, 2009 Fr. Willmann Annual Family Service Awards Cebu City March 24-25, 2009 Fraternal Service Training (Luzon) Home Office, Intramuros April 23-24, 2009 Fraternal Benefits Convention Venue to be announced

Young residents of Senden Home Foundation pose with some employees of KCFAPI who organized the Paskong KCya.

The Cross Vol. 13 No. 2  
The Cross Vol. 13 No. 2  

KC to Walk for Life in support of CBCP