PASIDUNGOG: A CELEBRATION OF FAITH AND SERVITUDEWritten by Lara Dawn Lara
- Published: 23 February 2018
In this 307th fiesta celebration of Dalaguete and as one with the Archdiocese in preparation for the five hundred years of evangelization in the Philippines, this year’s theme “Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons” has paved way for this celebration named Pasidungog. This celebration is also an invitation for deeper discipleship and communion towards a common journey towards holiness. Over the years, Dalaguete has a good number of religious persons that dedicated themselves to the service of the Lord. They serve as a constant reminder to us Dalaguetnons to love unconditionally, to forgive steadfastly, and to serve selflessly. They are not only the pride of their respective family but also to every Dalaguetnon.
The Fiesta Executive Committee 2018, to celebrate this year’s theme and together with the celebration of the annual fiesta, held the “Pasidungog: A Celebration of Faith and Servitude” last February 8, 2018 at the Dalaguete Sports Complex. Dalaguetnon nuns and priests who have successfully transcended into priesthood and the convent life were the honoured guest. The event served as a tribute to the consecrated persons as a way of giving thanks, showing appreciation and acknowledging their dedication in spreading God’s word and educating people about faith.
The event started with a holy mass at 5:30PM at the San Guillermo de Aquitania Parish, celebrated by Most. Rev. Oscar Jaime Florencio, D.D Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cebu, it was attended by Dalaguetnon nuns and priest who have confirmed their attendance for the event. It was also graced by family members of nuns and priests who are present, as well as family members of those who cannot come because of conflict of their schedule, some who are based abroad because of their assignments and some nuns are not allowed to go out because of their orders. When the mass ended, a private dinner was held at the courtyard of the church where families and honoured guests were given the opportunity to socialize with one another. Familiarizing themselves with fellow Dalaguetnon consecrated personalities whom they have met for the first time or those whom they have not seen for a long time. Everyone was elated. The catching-up moment brought so much laughter especially within family members of the consecrated people. God truly favored the event for He has given us a fair weather on that night.
After the dinner, honoured guest and their respective families proceeded to the sports complex for the prepared program and a little entertainment show. The program started at around 8:30PM, students from Meadow of Growth opened the program through a doxology. Rev. Fr. Aloysious Alojipan and Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante, both gave their respective messages to welcome the honoured guests, their families and guests who have come to witness the event.
The Cebu Clergy Performing Arts graced the event by entertaining all present guests as well as spectators. They performed a variety of songs in different genre to satisfy the audience’s delight as well as to make the night livelier. Chosen local talents have also graced the event, performing a few songs for everyone. As one of the main purpose of the event, recognizing the profound dedication of Dalaguetnon consecrated persons in their chosen field, awarding ceremony proceeded to present to the Dalaguetnon nuns and priest and to their family members their respective plaque of appreciation. Every family had the chance to be on stage, to be on the limelight. We owe it all to them for being able to raise a child fully dedicated to service.
The event ended with a video compilation of all Dalaguetnon nuns and priests wishing every Dalaguetnons a merry and joyous fiesta and to remind everyone the true meaning of such celebration. The event ended successfully together with cooperation of the Fiesta Executive Committee 2018 and the participating local government offices that made everything possible for that night.