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CBCP Monitor


Vol. 13 No. 23

November 9 - 22, 2009

The Cross

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

GO FOR COMPUTERIZED ELECTION SYSTEM. CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS GO FOR POLL AUTOMATION AND SUPPORT COMELEC ON “EMBRACING CHANGE”. More than 2,000 people were present in the Voters’ Education Forum held on October 27, 2009 at SMCity Events Center, Baliuag Bulacan. The forum was facilitated by the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI), Knights of Columbus, Shoemart and the Daughters of Mary Immaculate, Inc. Commissioner Rene Sarmiento was the prime speaker during the event. Similar fora have been facilitated by civic organizations like the K of C and the DMI, which is said to be one of the reasons cited for the increased voters’ registration and awareness.

KCFAPI together with Bulacan K of C, DMI, DSWD and SM City Baliuag hosts voters’ education forum

(L-R) Grand Knight Harry Curia, DMI Regent and KCFAPI Executive Vice President Ma. Theresa Curia, President Antonio Borromeo, Comm. Rene Sarmiento, Mayor Romeo Estrella and Mrs. Sonia Estrella during the voters’ education seminar.

Comm. Rene V. Sarmiento together with the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) Rosarian Circle, Makinabang Baliuag, Bulacan.

THE Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) together with the Knights of Columbus (K of C) Rosarial Council 10104 headed by Grand Knight Harry Curia with the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) Rosarian Circle led by Regent Ma. Theresa Curia hosted a voters’ education forum last October 27 at the SM Events Center in Baliuag, Bulacan. The voters’ education was held in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) headed by Ms. Jo Labasbas together with Architect Andrew Cristobal and Ms. Jenne Teodoro and LG Officials led by Mayor Romy Estrella. The forum, which was attended by more than 2,000 people from Bulacan was meant to help educate the voters on poll automation that will be introduced for the first time in next year’s national and local elections. Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Commissioner Rene V. Sarmiento, an active member of the Knights of Columbus, was the main resource speaker who discussed in detail the voting process, various features of the machine to attain clean and transparent elections and some of the alternatives that have been planned in case of unexpected occurrences. Sarmiento also discussed the necessary preparations that COMELEC has been doing to attain a “smooth sailing” election. He also gave assurance that COMELEC will disclose to the political parties the source code that will be used in the automated election system. “The source code contains the readable instructions on how the machine will operate. This will be made available for political parties for them to justify that no marking has been made yet in the machine,” the COMELEC commissioner stated. Fraternal counselors and other KC members in the area, led by District Deputy Ronnie Robles participated in the forum. Ma. Theresa G. Curia, Executive Vice-President of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) and Regent of Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI); Ronulfo Antero G. Infante, Senior IT Manager of the Management Information Systems Department, Gari M. San Sebastian, Fraternal Benefits Services Manager and volunteer educators of KCFAPI were also in attendance. (KCFAPI News)

Intramuros residents, barangay officials attend voters’ education forum

AT least 50 residents and officials of Barangay 655 in Intramuros, Manila attended the voters’ education forum conducted by the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI). The forum was held October 30, 2009 at the Barangay Hall of the said area. Headed by Mr. Edwin B. Dawal, Manager of the BC Holders’ Relations Office, together with Mr. Basil Occeño, Assistant Manager of Mace Insurance Agency, Inc. and Mr. Andrei Rosana, a former Underwriting staff, the activity was made possible. The presenters first introduced the vision of the Voters’ Education campaign, which is to

educate the people on the right voting process at the 2010 automated national elections. “Basically, ang tinuro namin ay kung paano yung voting process, kung paano ang tamang shading sa mga bilog, kung anu yung mga hindi iko-consider kapag mali yung pagshade,” he narrated. The facilitators also discussed other issues relevant to the first automated national elections that will be held next year. The group ended the discussion with a question for the participants, “Ngayong educated na kayo tungkol sa kung paano ang pagboto sa automated election, ilan ang mai-educate ninyo sa inyong pamilya, o komunidad?” (KCFAPI News)

KCFAPI Fraternal Benefits Services Manager Gari San Sebastian with DSWD head Jo Labasbas during the voters’ education forum held last October 27.

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CBCP Monitor Vol. 13 No. 23

November 9 - 22, 2009

Chairman’s Message Patrocinio R. Bacay THE national election has been in every Filipino’s mind, young and old, rich and poor. For many years, election time has been branded as the national past-time in the country. How come a very important event in the life of a country acquired such a lowly nomenclature? Is it perhaps that people often times do not take it seriously enough to use their time and spend effort in convincing themselves to be aware of what is going on? Unfortunately, it is only those who have vested interests who take active role in every election we have. We have all been witnesses to the tragedies of making wrong choices when it comes to committed leadership. Once more, every Filipino voter should feel important because he can personally help determine the future of his country. Perhaps a change of mindset can be good if each one will make his right of suffrage a sacred responsibility, in the sense that his time and effort will not be wasted in making it his business to be aware of current changes such as the poll automation in this particular election come May 10, 2010. It is important that each voter take initiative educating himself on this new process of voting and feel responsible for helping others to use this method intelligently. Let us seriously try to know about the people whom we will choose to lead us. We are a Christian nation. We put high values for honesty, for integrity, for competence and for their priorities. As always, we pray for a good election day and ask our God to enlighten us in choosing the right people to make this country part of a truly Christian world.

President’s Message Antonio B. Borromeo

IN about six months’ time, we will have our new political leaders. It is timely, therefore, that all voting citizens be educated with regard to poll automation. The Commission on Elections has been educating the public through various organizations in different occasions. KCFAPI has been part of this voters’ education by creating a team working hand in hand with COMELEC. The team’s project theme is: “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Understand Poll Automation.” Its mission is to educate the voting population regarding the new system of voting by initiating a network of social awareness. This is being done through formal seminars, group or individual discussions and through posters and flyers. KCFAPI together with Commissioner Rene V. Sarmiento had its first formal voters’ education last September 9 at the Head Office of KCFAPI, the next one was held in Cabanatuan. Last October 10, he was one of the speakers during the Luzon Convention and he also spoke at the SM Events Center Baliuag, Bulacan last October 27 about poll automation. This campaign of educating the electorate will go on until April of 2010. This is one way by which KCFAPI is responding to the needs of the times which is to educate the Filipino voter. It is also another way of showing its commitment to corporate social responsibility. KCFAPI will always be at the forefront of activities for the good of the Knights of Columbus Order and the nation. Whoever said that KCFAPI is only concerned in providing fraternal benefits to our members?

‘I cried like a baby when my father died’ By Arsenio Isidro G. Yap (This is a tribute to my father who was a 4th Degree Knight and the Treasurer of Gomburza Co. 5310 at the time of his abduction. I wish to share this story to all brother knights who have already lost their fathers and terribly miss them. I know the aches and pains you’ve experienced when you lost your father. I want to share mine.) I CRIED like a baby when my father died. It happened on December 3, 1981 at the Chinese General Hospital. I was 26 years old, married and with a one-year old special child, yet I cried unabashedly. He was only 57. On January 8, 1973, just a little over three months from the declaration of martial law, my father was kidnapped on his way to work just about a block from our residence. It was just fortunate that our driver lives in the area and his neighbors were able to witness the incident. Some of them went to our place to inform us of the abduction. They were able to relate the matter to a first cousin of mine who immediately informed her husband who was then an executive in a reputable insurBrother Knight Arsenio L. ance company. He reported the matter to the Gomburza Council 5310 Metropolitan Command (METROCOM) and gave the details of our car to them. Our vehicle was spotted along EDSA in the Makati area. Sensing that they were being followed, the abductors engaged the lawmen in a shootout still on EDSA but in the Pasay City area. After the volley of gunshots and the smoke cleared, my father lay wounded, two of his abductors escaped, one died in the car and the other severely wounded. The wounded alighted from our car, knelt down, raised his arms in surrender and begged for his life but to no avail. He was gunned down until he was dead. The two abductors who died had no identification papers with them and remained unknown up to the present. The case was left unsolved. I was in school, a college freshman when the news came to my knowledge. My relatives took me to the Hospital where he was brought by

the authorities. Not knowing the severity of his wounds, I knew right there and then that the beginning of the end has began. How long? I really didn’t know. I said to myself to be ready to accept any eventuality. At 17, what could I do to help my father in his situation? A few days later, we heard the prognosis and it was not good. My father was shot at the back; the bullet entered from one side and exited to the other and grazed his spinal column without breaking it but caused him to be paralyzed from the waist down. He was in such a pitiful state for almost 9 years before he succumbed. Before the tragedy happened, my father and two uncles ordered six of us cousins to join the junior Order of the Knights of Columbus, the Columbian Squires. All we could do was howl in protest but the end result was the same, we all became Columbian Squires. Eventually, about 15 of us first cousins on my mother’s side became members of it. I didn’t like to join because I was an altar boy and a boy scout, the groups I really liked to be associated with. In due time however, I also began to like it. I became a Chief Squire on my last year as a Squire and have occupied the highest positions a council and an assemYap, former Treasurer of bly could offer when I joined the Knights of Columbus at the age of 20. It was ironic, that my father was not given the opportunity to savor my successes in the Columbian Squires and in the Knights of Columbus. I’m sure he would have been so proud of me. It was even sad to note that I was the Chief Squire when he was shot and became paralyzed. As if adding insult to injury, I was the Grand Knight when he died. About a week before he died, his heart stopped and was revived by an uncle who pumped on his chest as hard as he could. Two days later, his heart stopped again and was revived again by my uncle. We brought him to the hospital for a series of tests to determine what’s causing his heart to stop. Just a little over a month before he died, I was drawn to his side in an unusual way. I felt so helpless seeing him in such a situation. For almost nine years in his sorry state, he was in constant pain, at

least according to him. No one really knew if he felt pain or was merely imagining it. He felt pain even on the paralyzed portion of his body. He felt pain even after an hour of being injected with pain killer. And from the looks of it, he felt pain all the time. It was this situation that had drawn me to him one morning about a month before his death. I felt so sorry and so dejected that I could not do anything for him. I asked him about his pain. I asked him where he felt the pain. He could not answer me back as he was twitching in extreme pain that morning. I had to answer for him and he would nod if I was correct. I describe several types of pain and was able to establish that his pain was similar to that of muscle cramps. His muscle cramps was however twice or thrice intense than our normal cramps. I pointed to different parts of his body where I think he had cramps and nodded. Then I asked, all over your body? He nodded yes. I asked him the frequency and tried to figure his answer. I asked, every time? He nodded yes. I followed up, everyday? He nodded yes. At this point, I could no longer control my emotion, went out of his room and allowed tears to fall on my face. It was a 24/7 for him. It was only then that I realized his agony in all those years. Despite the pain, he never complained nor had been a difficult patient to care for. On days when his pain was not so intense, he was able to take life as it is; watching TV, reading the newspaper, listening to music, eating and conversing with us, even laughing when a joke was cracked. Those were few moments when he was able to handle his situation. We were at the hospital on the night of December 3, 1981 when he died. He had a hearty meal and was for the first time seemed to be not in pain, was even in a good mood. Sensing that we were tired he told us to go home and rest. We never suspected that it would be the last time we would see him alive. Upon reaching home, our household helper told us that they received a call from the hospital a few minutes earlier and asked us to go back. We were not talking with one another as we drove back to the hospital. Could it be what we had expected for 9 long years? I hope not. I was still hoping against hope that somehow he would be alright. Upon reaching my father’s room, the doctors had just given up on reviving him. Seeing his lifeless body and recalling with vividness the pain he had endured for almost 9 years, I could not help but cry. I cried unabashedly like a baby. It pains me to see a brother knight in a coffin. It always reminds me of my father’s death especially if the brother knight is a father who’ll be missed by his family. It refreshes the wound in my heart that has long been healed by time. To you Papa, I just want to say thank you. Thank you very much for all the things you have done for our family, for all the sacrifices you have made in a very short life. Yes, your life was short, but short though it was, it was a life well spent. Thank you Papa!

Visayas Jurisdiction extends help to victims of typhoon Ondoy THE Knights of Columbus Visayas Jurisdiction has recently extended their help to the victims of typhoon Ondoy. A day after the heavy rains brought by typhoon Ondoy, Visayas Deputy, Bro. Dionisio R. Esteban, Jr. called on the brother knights in the Visayas Jurisdiction through their District Deputies to extend assistance to the typhoon victims in Luzon. According to Sis. Allen C. Bohol, Fraternal Benefits Associate, the knights immediately responded that they were able to collect thousands of goods from different districts and areas. The gathered relief goods were placed under the custody of the

Visayas Columbian Foundation Squire in Cebu City. After which, the collated goods were dispatched to KC Luzon Jurisdiction to be distributed to the affected KC member victims in different parts of the country. Present during the said activity were Bro. Esteban; Visayas Secretary, Atty. Allan Nicolas C. Ouano; and Engr. Patrocinio R. Bacay, Chairman of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI). The brother knights from the St. Joseph the Patriarch Council 5308 and Remedios Council 7397 also supported the activity. (KCFAPI News)

KC Davao conducts initial tree-planting activity the city itself. Oplan Kontra Baha is known to be as one of the contending projects of Knights of Columbus in Davao. The tree planting was undertaken by putting up a mini-nursery on vacant lots owned by the parish, government and KC members. The said mini-nursery can also be financially

self-sustaining as it can produce seedlings, which can be sold to other groups who are also engaged in tree planting activities. Included in the success of Oplan Kontra Baha are the networking and linkages built with all sectors of society from the military, government agencies, NGOs, Academe, and the Catholic Church. (KC News)

Vice Mayor of Davao Inday Sarah Duterte together with Grand Knight Boy Sarmiento of Catalunan Grande Council 9573 and some Coast Guard officers and Brother Knights during the tree planting activity.

Vice Mayor Inday Sarah Duterte and some DENR Officials and Brother Knights.


THE Knights of Columbus (KC) in Davao City particularly councils nearest to Davao Rivers conducted its first tree planting activity last October 24. This project, which contributed to the success of Oplan Kontra Baha is believed to be an activity of a greater scale unseen before in the history of KC in Davao and even of

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Christian Conscience and the Christian roots are the key Future of Politics to true freedom By Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson

POPE Benedict XVI has long made clear that Christianity does not believe in political messiahs. Recently, he reminded us that only faith in the true Messiah—Jesus Christ—can allow us to influence politics in a profoundly ethical way. His words in September in the Czech Republic—a country celebrating 20 years since the fall of Communism—have important implications for all of Europe, for the Philippines and for the American continent, places whose history is inseparable from Christianity. Speaking there at an ecumenical meeting, the pope noted, “As Europe listens to the story of Christianity, she hears her own. Her notions of justice, freedom and social responsibility, together with the cultural and legal institutions established to preserve these ideas and hand them on to future generations, are shaped by her Christian inheritance.” Moreover, Pope Benedict explained, Christianity must not be limited to the margins of society. Religious liberty must be protected, and Christianity must have a voice in the public arena, in shaping the conscience of the continent and in bringing moral consensus. He said, “I wish to underline the irreplaceable role of Christianity for the formation of the conscience of each generation and the promotion of a basic ethical consensus that serves every person who calls this continent ‘home’!” What Pope Benedict said about Europe holds equally true for the Philippines and the Americas. Christians must bring the truth of their faith to bear on the formation of their nations’ consciences. The same day the pope spoke in Prague about religion and ethics in the public square, a symposium on religious liberty sponsored by the Knights of Columbus was held in Mexico City. It discussed the history—and future—of religious freedom in the American hemisphere. In the Americas, as in Europe and the Philippines, the entire

history is one of “baptized Christians.” Christians founded each country in America, and, equally important, each country has a strong Catholic tradition. Indeed, from the days of Bishop Juan de Zumárraga—the first

bishop of Mexico—to the important work for religious freedom in the United States carried out by Bishop John Carroll, our predecessors in the Knights of Columbus and countless others, the Americas have been an important place for debates over conscience and religious liberty. In the past century, the Catholic Church has been a witness to conscience, whether the issue was civil rights, religious liberty or the right to life. So, what should the future of politics look like? We should start by considering how Catholic social teaching can inform the entirety of our political platforms. There must be space for Christianity in the “political ethics” of the state. Long before there was a “left wing” or a “right wing,” there was the Gospel, and long after these political labels have faded into oblivion, the Gospel will remain. As people of faith, we all have the responsibility of protecting the Gospel from manipulation by any political philosophy—including our own. Pope Benedict is calling us to continue what French philosopher Jacques Maritain called the “evangelization of the secular conscience” by applying “faith respectfully yet decisively in the public arena, in the expectation that social norms and policies be informed by the desire to live by the truth that sets every man and woman free” (cf. Caritas in Veritate, 9). Our task as Knights is to continue this evangelization of conscience and to work for the protection of religious freedom. In step with Pope Benedict and his predecessors, we embrace these responsibilities. And in this light, we recall the meaning of true freedom. During his meeting with Czech leaders, Pope Benedict put it this way: “True freedom presupposes the search for truth—for the true good—and hence finds its fulfillment precisely in knowing and doing what is right and just. … For Christians, truth has a name: God. And goodness has a face: Jesus Christ.” Vivat Jesus!

FBG holds 10th Fraternal Service Training for 2009 FCs from North East Luzon Cavaliers join Producers’ Forum FRATERNAL Counselors from the North Eastern Luzon have joined the Cavaliers Producers’ Forum last October 16-18 at the Governor’s Garden Hotel in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. Grouped as North Eastern Luzon Cavaliers, these FCs were from the provinces of Cagayan, Kalinga, Apayao, Ifugao, Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya. This forum aimed to assure attainment of the FYCI and the number of the “paid lives” and to increase the number of awardees for the 2009 Annual Awards. It also intended to orient the FCs on the various products of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) aside from the “Gold Series Plan” that was recently presented to them. Gari San Sebastian, Fraternal Benefits Services Manager, and Armando Gonzales, Area Manager of the North Eastern Luzon presided the said conference. San Sebastian discussed the directions and strategies of the area such as the product positioning and packaging while Gonzales talked about the incentive programs and other events of KCFAPI. To date, KCFAPI has been organizing the Council of Honors, TOKCA, MODD and the Annual Family Service Awards. Gonzales, likewise, tackled the BC holders’ Register and the individual prospect list that concerns the area. San Sebastian also reported that “14 FCs were able to meet the minimum of four paid lives during the short-run sales drive.” (KCFAPI News) You may contact KCFAPI through our TEXT CONNECT INFORMATION SYSTEM (TEXT BILIS) Send to: 0917-825-KOFC or 0917-825-5632 To register KCREG<space>FCCODE<spac e>PINCODE<space>CONFIRM CODE Example: KCREG 00000 123456 123456 To inquire allowance ALLW<space>FCCODE <space>PINCODE Example: ALLW 00000 123456 To inquire for Submitted, Released & Paid BCs SRP<space>FCCODE <space>MMYYYY Example: SRP 00000 012008

AIMING to orient the newly appointed fraternal counselors in Luzon on the recent development and products of the association, the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) held its 10th fraternal service training for the year 2009 last October 28. This service training was organized at the KCFAPI home office in Intramuros, Manila. A number of newly appointed fraternal counsel-

ors from the different parts of Luzon such as Bicol, Northern and Central Luzon, Metro Manila as well as South Western Luzon attended the seminar. Several matters were discussed to present the entirety of the KC Association to the participants. Among the topics discussed were the objectives of KCFAPI; and its products such as Gold Series Plan, a dollar-denominated single-pay ten-year endowment plan, Fraternal Accidental Death Benefits

Central Visayas Boomers holds area meeting AN area meeting of the fraternal counselors in the Central Visayas region was held last October 10 at the JJ’s Dimsum, Tagbilaran City. Named as the Central Visayas Boomers (CVBohol Area), the meeting was headed by Area Manager, Bro. Ireneo Guadalquiver and Fraternal Benefits Associate, Sis. Allen C. Bohol. The qualifications and other relative information on the incentive program of the Knights of Colum-

bus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) which is the Council of Honors Awards were further discussed. Council of Honors Awards is intended for the KC Councils of the three jurisdictions namely: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It was recently announced by the KCFAPI that October 30 is the final date to qualify for the Council of Honors Awards.

DEPTCODE: UND - for Underwriting FBG - for FBG FMAS - for FC’s Account SERVICE - for BC Services CORPSRV - for FADB FGJWF - for Foundations

Bohol has presented to the FCs the various products being offered by the Association such as the Gold Series Plan (KC C.A.R.E.S.), KC Capital Accumulator Plan, KC Assurance Plan, KC Retire Plus Plan, Enhanced College Savings Plan and Super Saver Plan. Sales performance and production as well as some sales techniques had also been given priority in the said meeting. (KCFAPI News)

KCFAPI sets to break 2008 sales record THE Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI), will be surpassing the P102 Million First Year Insurance Contribution Income (FYCI) which was generated in 2008. For the record, it was the highest FYCI which the Association made in a single year. It was even more remarkable achievement since the feat was made during the Golden Jubilee celebration last year. After the conclusion of the sales report as of October 31, 2009, the year-to-date 2009 first year contribu-

tion income stood tall at P95 Million. With 2 months left in the year, the sales leaders of the Fraternal Benefits Group are confident that the P102 Million record will be shattered by November 30, 2009. Fraternal Benefits Group (FBG) Vice President, Joseph P. Teodoro, expressed optimism that the Association will even hurdle the P110 Million FYCI assignment for 2009. This achievement in sales was made possible through the popularity of the lead insurance products of the Association namely:

1. KC US Dollar Supreme. The high yielding one time pay plan in US dollar denomination. 2. SPEK. The plan which enables the elderly and those with special risks brother knights and family members to participate in the insurance program of the Order. 3. The KC C.A.R.E.S. Plans which were launched in 2008 during the celebration of our Golden Jubilee year. The 15-Pay Life which is affordable thereby allowing members and their families to provide themselves life

Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines Inc., an established Mutual Benefits Association is currently looking for:

Underwriting Supervisor Underwriting Assistant Accounting Supervisor Accounting Staff Auditor BRO Staff

If you are dedicated, service-oriented, and have the promising potential to join us in our continuous drive to provide mutual aid, assistance and excellent service to our members. Kindly send your comprehensive resume’ thru fax number 527-2244 or handcarry resume’ with a 2x2 photo and transcript of records to:

To inquire for the status of Benefit Certificate BCINQ<space>ACCOUNT#<space>BIRTHDATE Example: BCINQ 1002840 01061971 To text a particular Department D E P T C O D E < s p a c e > Yo u r N a m e < s p a c e > Yo u r M e s s a g e Example: To text Underwriting Department for followup UND Juan Dela Cruz Follow-up application of Bro. Joel Garcia

(FADB); Special Plan for Elderly Knights (SPEK) and Council Mortuary Benefit Plan (CMBP). Also, the group discussed the Underwriting process and the total sales production for the Columbian Year 2009-2010. The current total membership of the Knights of Columbus Luzon Jurisdiction was also tackled. Fraternal Benefits Services Manager, Gari San Sebastian conducted the said training. (KCFAPI News)


You may also call 527 – 2223 local 202 for queries and look for Ms. Kristianne.

insurance protection notwithstanding their greater priorities for other financial needs. Sales promotions also played a big factor in the good sales performance this year. FBG worked out an array of incentive schemes for the sales organization and the three levels of the Order (the territorial jurisdictions, district deputies and councils). Call KCFAPI Fraternal Benefits Group at 527-2243 if you wish to get more information about the life insurance products and services. (Joseph P. Teodoro)

The Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines Inc., is an established and progressive Mutual Benefits Association operating for 51 years, has been highly committed to provide mutual aid and assistance to its members and their immediate families. KC Fraternal firmly believes that the continued progress and success of the Association depends to a great extent on its human capital KC Fraternal also believes that through training and a host of other benefits if coupled with hard work, will help employees and the Association attain their goals and objectives. In our continuous drive to provide excellent service to our members, we are currently on the look-out for individuals with promising potentials. He must be dedicated, service oriented, and willing to undergo training Our compensation and employee benefits are comparable, if not better than most companies of our same size and nature of business.

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Fr. George J. Willmann website launched THE Knights of Columbus Fr. George J. Willmann successfully launched its website last October 22 at the Knights of Columbus main office in Intramuros, Manila. The website is a project of the Committee of Mass Media of the Fr. George J. Willmann Charities, Inc., headed by Msgr. Pedro Quitorio. According to Msgr. Quitorio, who is also the Spiritual Director of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI), the website is intended to raise awareness on the cause of Fr. George J. Willmann. Luzon Deputy and President of the Fr. George J. Willmann Charities, Inc. SK Alonso Tan led the “ceremonial click” to formally launch the new website. Justice Jose C. Reyes, Jr., Chairman of the Fr. George J. Willmann Charities, Inc. lauded the project as a tool in spreading the ideals of Fr. Willmann. “The website was launched to promote further the cause for the beatification of Fr. George J. Willmann,” Reyes said. The KC Fr. George J. Willmann Charities appeals to all Brother Knights, whose lives and families were touched by the good works and inspiration of Fr. Willmann to please volunteer testimonials of answered prayers and petitions made through his intercession. This is in order to accelerate the process of his beatification. Those who would like to seek the intercession of Fr. Willmann may download the prayer for his beatification (with Imprimatur) at his website This new website highlights resource materials on Fr. George J. Willmann, news and events, Willmann fellows, testimonials, and podcast on Fr. Willmann, among others. Fr. George J. Willmann, S.J. is the Father of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines. He considered KC as a “university where men’s character could be molded for the greater honor and glory of God.” (KCFAPI News)

KC Philippines Foundation, GK complete 2nd year housing project KC Philippines Foundation President Alonso L. Tan, GK Foundation Chairman Atty. Jose Tale and San Jose del Monte Mayor Angelito Sarmiento during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

THE Knights of Columbus Philippines Foundation and Gawad Kalinga Foundation have successfully completed its 2nd year housing project last October 21 in continuation of its first-phase project last year. Aligned with the completion were the blessing of the Fr. George J. Willmann, SJ Chapel and awarding of additional houses to the beneficiaries, which were held at the Gawad Kalinga Housing Project in Tungkong Mangga, San Jose del Monte in Bulacan. Msgr. Pedro C. Quitorio III, Spiritual Director of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI), who was also one of those who encouraged the construction of the chapel once said, “If we can build houses for men, why can’t we build a house for God?”

The awarding of the certificates to the beneficiaries of the seven additional houses.

Msgr. Pedro Quitorio heads the blessing of the houses at the Gawad Kalinga in Tungkong Mangga.

KC Mindanao celebrates Columbus Day KCFAPI donates P100k for Borongan’s Home for the Aged Priests © Fred Padernos / Leyte Samar Daily Express

THE Knights of Columbus (KC) Mindanao celebrated the Columbus Day last October 16. The celebration was in sync with the theme: “We stand by Peter, in solidarity with our Bishops and Priests.” Grand Knights of Councils in the Archdiocese and other Officers invited chaplains for a dinner program, which encompassed various presentations that included a talk on “Tribute to our Priests” by State Secretary SK Hernando Jordan, special prayer for Priest, and information on the ongoing “Cenacle Prayer Movement for our Priest” which is a special program activity of some councils in the Archdiocese. Meanwhile, Auxiliary Bishop Most Rev. George Rimando, DD delivered the inspirational talk. DD Gerry Mission, Chairman of the DD’s Round Table and concurrently, the Chairman of the Columbus Day Celebration together with other 250 brother knights attended the program. (Bro. Sofronio R. Cruz)

The establishment of the chapel at the center of the housing project is in line with the objective of the KC Foundation to help meet not only the temporal but also the spiritual needs of the people in socially-depressed areas in the country. The chapel was named in honor of the Father of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines, Fr. George J. Willmann, SJ, and was dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The said inaugural rite consisted of the blessing of the altar and a Eucharistic celebration that was presided by Msgr. Pedro C. Quitorio III. Following the Holy Mass was the awarding of seven additional houses to the beneficiaries chosen by the two associations. This has brought a total of 17 housing units built by the KC Foundation in this site. KC Philippines Foundation President and Luzon Deputy Alonso L. Tan, and Atty. Jose Tale, Chairman of the Gawad Kalinga Foundation, Inc administered the preparations necessary for the event. KCFAPI officials led by Chairman Patrocinio R. Bacay, Mindanao Deputy Sofronio R. Cruz, Visayas Deputy Dionisio R. Esteban Jr., KCFAPI President Antonio B. Borromeo and Executive Vice-President Ma. Theresa G. Curia attended the said blessing. Congressman Arthur Robes and Mayor Angelito Sarmiento of San Jose del Monte graced the event. KC Philippines Foundation, headed by Justice Jose C. Reyes, Jr. is one of the Corporate Social Responsibility arms of KCFAPI and its two corporate subsidiaries, Keys Realty Development Corp. and Mace General Insurance Agency Inc. (Kate Laceda)

Guests, NCD Chairman Rey Trinidad, Speaker Pol Benedicto, Bishop George Rimando and Mindanao Deputy Sofronio Cruz during the Columbus Day Celebration.

Most Reverend Crispin Varquez, DD, Bishop of the Diocese of Borongan (center) receives a check worth one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) from Bro. Dalmacio “Massey” Grafil (2nd from left), Regional Deputy of the Knights of Columbus for Eastern Visayas, as donation of the KCFAPI for the construction of the Home for the Aged Priests. Also in photo are Bro. Eldito Nabong, KCFAPI area manager for EV; Bro. Rufino Homerez, Faithful Navigator of the Don Jaime C. De Veyra Assembly, Tacloban City; and Eastern Samar Senior Board Member and Provincial Deputy Bro. Generoso Yu.

THE regional deputy of the Knights of Columbus for Eastern Visayas Bro. Dalmacio “Massey” Grafil personally handed a check worth P100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Pesos) to His Excellency, Most Rev. Crispin Varquez DD, Bishop of the Diocese of Borongan on October 4, 2009 during the Feast Day of the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. Present during the turnover held at Guiuan parish convent were Senior Board Member Generoso “Colon” Yu, the provincial deputy of the K of C for Eastern Samar along with Bro. Eldito Nabong, KCFAPI Area Manager for Eastern Visayas, and Bro. Rufino Homerez, Faithful Navigator of the Don Jaime C. de Veyra Assembly, Tacloban City. According to Grafil, the donation for the construction of a building called Home for Aged Priests in Borongan, Eastern Samar, a project of the diocese; was taken from the funds of KCFAPI which is the Insurance Agency of the Knights of Columbus members and their families. K of C as a whole sees the importance of such project, saying that priests are singles, which means they don’t have children or a family of their own to take care of them when they re-

tire and grow old. But with this home for the aged priests some personnel would be provided to take care of them in that home, said Grafil. Msgr. Lope Robredillo, parish priest of Guiuan and Vicar General, told Leyte Samar Daily Express that the plan to erect the building started in 2008 but due to budgetary constraints up to this year the construction has not yet started. Msgr. Robredillo said the 12-room Home for the Aged Priests (HAP) would cost P4 million, and for the construction to start, the diocese must be able to raise an initial fund of P500,000. Without mentioning how much they have already raised, Msgr. Robredillo said, they are getting close to the P500,000 starting fund. This project will start soon, he said. Because the budget is quite high, the diocese is doing different kinds of fund sourcing such as solicitations, benefit concert of the Priests, to include it in the Misa de Gallo love offering collection this coming December. Any person or group who wish to take part in the realization of the project is welcome to donate any amount of their own discretion. (Fred Padernos, Leyte Samar Daily Express Correspondent)

The Cross Vol. 13, No. 23  

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