COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 927          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   09 May 2017


Sixteen (16) members, Commission on Appointments, rejected last 3 May 2017, Gina Lopez’ appointment as DENR Secretary.  Their reasons: Lopez’ arbitrary and illegal directives as interior DENR Secretary.  Eight (8) approved her appointment.

We lost a credible, competent and committed Secretary!

Regina Paz La’o Lopez was born on 27 December 1953 to Eugenio Lopez, Jr. of Iloilo and Conchita La’o of Manila.

Studied at Assumption College, Manila; Newton College of the Sacred Heart, Boston, Mass., U.S.A.; and Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Manila, where she earned her M.A. in Development Management.

Searching for a meaningful spiritual experience she joined the Ananda Marga and became a Yoga Missionary for 20 years in Portugal, India and Africa where she met her ex-husband who was her boss with whom she has two sons.

She stayed 11 years in Africa, 6 years in Kenya.  She taught yoga and ran pre-primary schools and children’s homes for the underprivileged.  Her motto: “Service to humanity is service to God”.

Back in Manila she became managing Director, ABS-CBN Foundation.  Initiated corporate social responsibility programs: Bantay Bata 163; Bantay Kalikasan; Pasig River rehabilitation; micro-finance assistance for micro-entrepreneurs; production of educational and technical shows on science, mathematics, values, history and English for elementary and Philippine Literature for High Schools; and reforestation of Sta. Mesa Watershed Reserve; among others.

Awards: United Nations Grand Award for Excellence (for Bantay Bata), 1997; International Public Relations Award of Excellence for Environment, 1997; Outstanding Manilans Awards for the Environment, 2009; UNESCO Kalinga Award (for the Sineskwela), 1st Southeast Asian Awardee; Doctorate Degree in Humanities, Honoris Causa, Ateneo de Naga University. (Wikipedia)



Date: 29 April 2017, 04:23AM.  Magnitude= 7.2.

Depth = 57kms.  Location = 05. 02oN, 125.24oE, 053Kms.  30oW of Sarangani (Davao Occidental).

Reported intensities.

  • Intensity VI – General Santos City, Glan, Sarangani, Sarangani, Davao Occidental.
  • Intensity V – Koronadal City; Sta. Maria, Jose Abad Santos, Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental; Polomolok, Tupi, South Cotabato; Alabel, Malapatan, Sarangani; Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat.
  • Intensity IV – Davao City; Zamboanga City
  • Intensity III – Cagayan de Oro City
  • Intensity II – Kidapawan City

(Melo Acuña, CBCP Monitor)

Reminder: Four major faults below the proposed SMI Tampakan Copper-Gold Project’s open pit.  500 has., 800 meters deep, equivalent to a very tall building of about 200 floors/storeys!  No such building exists in the world today.


  • March 26, 2017

Theme: “Himoa Ninyo Ini sa Akon Handumanan” (Lk. 22: 19)

22 participants

Venue: Christ the King Retreat Center, OLPHS Compound.

  • April 20, 2017

Theme: “Wala Siya Diri! Nabanhaw Siya” Mateo 28: 6.

17 participants

Venue: City Hall Conference Room, Koronadal City

PAID-UP TEAM: Fr. Joel Aliligay, Remi (Kirska), Arlan (GKK), Mam Betty (TOEs), Paeng (Pres. TOEs), Erlan (TOEs, SAMARIA), Pearl (TOEs).


Mayor Peter P. Miguel (financial); Knights of Columbus Koronadal and Marbel Councils (materials), Brgy. Officials (transportation).


April 19 – 22, 2017

Venue: Subere Residence, Koronadal City

15 participants (3 PAID-UP) (Fr. Joel)


Date and venue: 24-28 April 2017, Archbishop’s Residence, Catadman, Ozamis City

Theme: “Ang Pag-asa sa Pag-unlad ng Komunidad”

Participants: 69: 62 lay, 4 sisters, 3 priests, Abp. Martin and Bp. Broderick Pabillo, Bp. Ambo David.

Marbel: Fr. Joel and Aldrin Fernandez, OLPGVP

Topics and speakers:

  • “Celebration of the Word in the Light of Communion”

Sr. Marriane Gorit, OSB

Based on Vat. II, LG 1, 4, 8; PCP II; Acts 2: 42; 4: 32-35.

“Divine Communication is dynamic.  It involves in our part: listening, responding and proclaiming God’s word.


Speaker: Doc Nati Pagadot

An encounter with the Lord through the words in the Bible.

BFAST – Bible for Faith and Action Sharing Team.  Introduced by Bp. Ambo.

  • “Bible Interpretation and Bible Translation”

Speaker: Sr. Miriam Alejandrino, OSB

Literal translation.  Word for word.  Difficult!  Not followed. Dynamic translation.  Getting the sense or meaning of word

  • “Introduction to Jewish Methodology in the Study of Torah”

Speaker: Doc Nati Pagadut

Mt. 5: 17 “I did not come to destroy the Law (and the prophet), I came to fulfill it.” Matthew’s audience – Jewish Christian.  No explanation.  Luke’s audience –Gentiles.  He explains.

  • “Bible as literature/Salvation History”

Speaker: Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo

Bible: 100% human, 100% divine.

  • 100% human: written by human beings, with their own abilities and limitations.
  • 100% divine. Bible is the written Word of God.  Should be accepted with faith and be obeyed.  Confer Vat. II, Verbum Dei 33,34, 44.

Sacred Scripture is the Word of God in human language.  The thought and the words belong at one and the same time both to God and to human beings in such a way that the whole Bible comes at once from God and fromthe inspired human authors.

The Bible is historico – literary’ work. (cf. Vat. II, Dei Verbum, 12).

Bibliya Bilang Kasaysayan ng Kaligtasan.

“GO and Proclaim the Good News.”

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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