Thursday, May 24, 2018




Dated: May 24, 2018

Parishioners kiss the hand of Fr. Niño Jomel Halili De Leon, the town's 116th priest-son at a novena Mass in honor of Virgen delas Flores at the National Shrine and Parish of St. Anne. Photo Courtesy: Trisha Anne Vega

HAGONOY, BULACAN – Last Tuesday, a priest who has roots from this town celebrated his first Mass in thanksgiving for receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Fr. Niño Jomel Halili De Leon, 26 led the Eucharistic celebration at the National Shrine of St. Anne at 6:00 in the evening coinciding with the novena in honor of Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Inmaculada Concepcion de la Asociada de Hagonoy (Our Lady of the Most Pure, Immaculate Conception of the Association of Hagonoy), a title of the Blessed Mother special to the hearts of the faithful in the town. 

Roots from his father

Fr. De Leon is the eldest son of Napoleon De Leon, who originally lived in Hagonoy and Susana Halili-De Leon of Sta. Maria, Bulacan. He finished his primary studies at St. Paul School of Sta Maria and had his secondary studies and priestly religious formation at the Immaculate Conception Seminary (Minor) and Immaculate Conception Major Seminary in Guiguinto, Bulacan. Despite being raised in a different town, his paternal lineage places him in a list of several priests who have been ordained with roots to what has been called as a "Levitical town". Also, Fr. De Leon has served the town during his assignment at the National Shrine and Parish of St. Anne and St. Anne's Catholic School during his pre-diaconal program late last year.

The blessing of vocations

Reflecting on the Gospel on Jesus' love for serving others,  Fr. De Leon said that, "Love must be expressed. It's not just about words. It's about (imitating Jesus) with one's actions." He reflected that in beginning his ministry as a priest, it has always been important to choose to love everyone as God has loved. He said, "God's love is not choosy. He loves everyone. The Holy Spirit comes in his special way (to each of us) because you are preciously loved." According to him, it is this grace in choosing to love everyone that brings meaning to the way of life a priest lives, in the service of the community, guided by the spirit of the Gospel.

Fr. Niño Jomel Halili De Leon was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Malolos by the late Bishop Jose F. Oliveros, D.D. last March 20, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Parish - Cathedral and Minor Basilica, Malolos City. Photo Courtesy: Ranz Joseph Villamil, Design Courtesy: DOMVS AVREA Ecclesiastical Designs.
A town's heritage

Priestly and religious vocations have been known to come from this town ever since the first known ordination of one of its townsfolk, Fr. Sebastian Dela Rosa De Lara in 1765. Research confirms Hagonoy town has produced 116 priest-sons, 68 of which are alive and assigned in different parishes and communities both in the Diocese of Malolos, other dioceses and in other parts of the world. According to Msgr. Sabino A. Vengco, Jr., "Despite the difficulties in producing priests in today's age, it has been such a blessing for the town of Hagonoy to continue having an abundance in such vocations." He further said, "This is a heritage this town has, an attribution of the townsfolk to the intercessory power of the local patroness, St. Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary." 

With Fr. De Leon's addition into the roster of the town's priest sons, he is automatically a member of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc., the priest-sons' association founded in 1971. KAKATHA News Admin.

Friday, March 24, 2017




Dated: March 21, 2017

Rev. Fr. Daniel Maniego Coronel (center) is Hagonoy's 115th priest-son who celebrated his thanksgiving Mass with members of KAKATHA and his priest batchmates at the National Shrine of St. Anne. (Photo by: Ranz Joseph Villamil)

HAGONOY, BULACAN – Last March 21, 2017, Rev. Fr. Daniel Maniego Coronel celebrated his first solemn Mass at the National Shrine of St. Anne, Hagonoy, Bulacan. It began through the procession, which began at Santiago Trillana Academy in barrio San Sebastian with devotees of St. Anne and Our Lady of Remedies following their respective carozzas to the shrine. The Mass begun at 5 o’clock in the afternoon with his priest batchmates, members of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. (KAKATHA), members of the Malolos clergy and religious priests concelebrating.

In his homily, Rev. Fr. Federico Ramos III whose served as Fr. Coronel’s preacher thanked the Lord for the grace given to Fr. Coronel despite the many challenges he faced. He recognized that it is indeed the grace of God, which helped him throughout his journey to the priestly ministry. He also noted of the importance the people had been in Fr. Coronel’s life as it was in their generosity that sustained him in his years in seminary formation.

Fr. Vicente Lina, Jr., former president of KAKATHA spoke in behalf of his fellow Hagonoeño priests, thanking the Lord for the blessings given to the gracious town of Hagonoy for a continuous line of priest-sons, signs of God’s abundant love through the intercession of St. Anne, called by the locals as Apo Ana. He said that may Apo Ana’s further assistance to the people of Hagonoy allow for the increase of priestly and religious vocations for the formation of more faithful Catholics to service in the Church.

Fr. Coronel, a native of Mercado Hagonoy, Bulacan is noted as the 115th priest to be ordained from the town. The record of the KAKATHA holds that town has 49 deceased priests beginning with Rev. Fr. Sebastian dela Rosa de Lara ordained in 1765, 67 active and retired priests and 5 priests who have chosen other callings to life in holiness. Fr. Coronel will be assigned as assisting priest at the Diocesan Shrine of Mahal na Poon ng Krus sa Wawa – St. Martin of Tours Parish in Bocaue, Bulacan up to June of this year before being enrolled in the diocesan neo-presbyteral program. KAKATHA News Admin.

Monday, October 31, 2016




Dated: October 29, 2016

HAGONOY, BULCAN - Last October 29, 
the community of the town of Hagonoy, Bulacan rejoiced on the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church of St. Anne as a national shrine.  In honor of this celebration, the Municipal Government of Hagonoy headed by Hon. Raulito Manlapaz, Jr., Municipal Mayor initiated the Civic Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Proclamation of St. Anne’s Parish as a national shrine. The said event was held at the Municipal Hall of Hagonoy attended by several of the original committee members who prepared the way to the declaration of St. Anne’s as a national shrine.

This commemoration comprised of a reminiscing of the events that occurred in 1991 when the proclamation from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) was given to the parish community of Hagonoy. The Municipal Special Events office mentioned that, “The whole town prepared for the event with offering time, effort and resources in order for the patroness of our town, Apo Ana may be given due respect and in thanksgiving to God for this special grace.” The ceremony commenced with a prayer, the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, the singing of the original hymn in honor of the 1991 event performed by Banda Santa Ana and followed by a traditional folk dance performance by the Sta. Monica National High School Folk Dance Troupe.

Called to speak on behalf of the clergy of Hagonoy, Rev. Msgr. Ranilo S. Trillana, P.C., President of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. (KAKATHA), expressed his thanksgiving for the blessings received by Hagonoy. He said, “According to historians, the very important reason which made the CBCP decide for Hagonoy to be the national shrine was how in the span of time, the town has produced more than 100 priest-sons and several more religious brothers and sisters. Truly with such a grace, (the church of ) Hagonoy could not but receive this honorific title as a national shrine.” KAKATHA, the present organization of priests-sons in the country has a list of 114 priest-sons of Hagonoy, 66 of whom are still alive and actively serving in different dioceses and religious congregations, here and abroad.

After the words of gratitude, the Parish Pastoral Council of Sta. Ana, the guests of honor and the clergy went to St. Mary’s Academy of Hagonoy to pay respect to the priests who were arriving their for vesting.  From the academy, the Mass procession began led by the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos and Most Rev. Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr., D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Kalookan and the clergy of Malolos. (KAKATHA News Admin.)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016



Dated: September 13, 2016

Rev. Daniel Maniego Coronel (Mercado) [At Center] together with his classmates (from L to R:) Reverends John Patrick G. Gumasing, Jonathan Paul G. Ventura, Arvin Ray C. Jimenez and Ritz Darwin P. Resuello were ordained as deacons by the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos at ICMAS Theologate Chapel. (Photo Courtesy: Rev. John Patrick G. Gumasing)

GUIGUINTO, BULACAN - Last September 13, five seminarians of the Diocese of Malolos were ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons. Sem. Daniel Maniego Coronel, a recent graduate from the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary was ordained a deacon together with his four companions by the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos at the seminary Theologate Chapel at 9:00 in the morning. 

   In his homily, the Bishop instructed the deacons on the importance of their ministry - to be helpful to him and to the institutions of apostolate they were about to serve and to preach God's Word. The Bishop also pointed out the importance of their vow to celibacy, that they will no longer be saying during their presbyteral ordination since promising not to marry is already part of the Diaconal Ordination. 

   After the Mass, members of KAKATHA together with the clergy of Malolos, seminarians and guests had lunch at the seminary gymnasium. Some of those who attended from KAKATHA in the celebration were Rev. Fr. Vicente Burayag Lina, Jr. (Sto. Niño), President Emeritus of KAKATHA, Rev. Fr. Manuel Martin Manicad, (San Sebastian), Episcopal Vicar for Religious, Rev. Fr. Garry Medina Clemente (San Juan), Rev. Fr. Edward Cruz Pecson (Sta. Monica), Rev. Fr. Enrico Cruz Crisostomo (Sto. Rosario) and Rev. Fr. Elmer Roque Ignacio (Tampok).

   Rev. Daniel Maniego Coronel is the son of Danilo (+) and Soccoro Maniego Coronel from Mercado, Hagonoy, Bulacan. He is from the Parish of Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario, Sto. Rosario, Hagonoy, Bulacan. In the duration of their diaconal ministry, the five deacons are assigned monthly to different houses of apostolate and will be serving in several parishes in the Diocese.  KAKATHA News Admin.  

KAKATHA NEWS 2015: KAKATHA celebrates at the 24th Anniversary of Sta. Ana Shrine


Dated: October 29, 2015

HAGONOY, BULACAN - Last October 29, the whole town of Hagonoy rejoiced that at the end of the flood caused by the Typhoon Lando, the Parish Church of St. Anne has celebrated its 24th anniversary of being a national shrine. During the said celebration, the priests of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. (KAKATHA) gathered to be one in the celebration at the 9:00 am mass, considered the Misa Mayor of the day. The celebration was presided over by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Sabino Azurin Vengco, Jr., H.P. (San Jose), President Emeritus of the group who will be celebrating his 50 years as a priest come December 21 (Bodas de Oro). 

   In his homily, he said that he likened Hagonoy to the city of Jerusalem, full of splendor with the many graces it has received through the ages. Yet it also poses the challenge that in being the faithful of the shrine, we are called to do better with our lives as we aim to be with God through promoting more vocations. Before the Holy Eucharist ended, Rev. Msgr. Ranilo Santos Trillana, P.C. (Sta. Monica), President called on the faithful to give thanks to God for the five priests to be awarded for their celebration of Golden and Silver Presbyteral Jubilees and one who was newly ordained to the priesthood. Two of the said celebrators, Msgr. Vengco and Rev. Fr. Romulo Manocom Perez (San Sebastian) received their awards for the Golden and Silver Jubilees respectively during the celebration of the Mass. Rev. Fr. Virgilio Mangahas Cruz (San Jose), KAKATHA Treasurer and another Silver Jubilarians received his award when he came during the reception. Two other Silver Jubilarians, Rev. Fr. Elmer Roque Ignacio (Tampok) and Rev. Fr. Peter Ronald Saldaña Eugenio, O.F.M.Cap. were unable to attend due to ministerial commitments. The benjamin of the group, Rev. Fr. Ferdimagne Coronel Pascua, O.S.J. was also unable to attend due to adjustment to his new parish at Ibaan, Batangas.

   After the Mass, the members of KAKATHA dined and met at the reception for priests at the Knights of Columbus Hall at the shrine convent. There, a decision was made to extend the term of the present KAKATHA officers as well as to provide a monetary collection for the expenses during the event. Also, Msgr. Trillana had a private book launching of his new work on homilies for the seasons of Advent and Christmas entitled, "Halina, Hesus Halina."

   The members of KAKATHA present during the celebration were the following: Rev. Msgr. Ranilo Santos Trillana, P.C. (Sta. Monica), Rev. Fr. Anacleto Clemente Ignacio (Sta. Monica), Rev. Fr. Rolando Reyes Atienza (Sagrada Familia), Rev. Fr. Virgilio Mangahas Cruz (San Jose), Rev. Fr. Vicente Burayag Lina, Jr. (Sto. Niño), Rev. Fr. Manuel Martin Manicad (San Sebastian), Rev. Msgr. Sabino Azurin Vengco, Jr., H.P. (San Jose), Rev. Fr. Peter Eymard Cabrera Balatbat (Sto. Niño), Rev. Msgr. Vicente Amado Bernardo Manlapig, P.C. (Sta. Monica), Rev. Fr. Garry Medina Clemente (San Juan) and Rev. Fr. Romulo Manocom Perez (San Sebastian). KAKATHE News Admin.  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

KAKATHA NEWS 2015: KAKATHA President launches Christmas Homilies Book


Dated: October 29, 2015

HAGONOY, BULACAN - Last October 29, Rev. Msgr. Ranilo Santos Trillana, P.C. (Sta. Monica), President of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. (KAKATHA) introduced his new book to the members of KAKATHA during the meeting of the  association after the concelebrated Mass in honor of the 24th anniversary of the elevation of the Church of Sta. Ana in Hagonoy as as national shrine.

 His book entitled, Halina, Jesus, Halina!: Pagmumuni-muni sa Salita ng Diyos sa mga Pangkaraniwang Araw ng Adbiyento at Pasko ng Pagsilang is a book on his own homilies and reflections on the spirit of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Advent is the 4-week liturgical and spiritual preparation within the Church in awaiting for Christ's coming. Christmas is our commemoration of the coming of Christ on earth. These seasons have been given much emphasis by Msgr. Trillana in this new book which has been released so that readers such as priests, religious, seminarians and even our lay faithful may read ahead and have reference material for more reflections on the seasons of Christmas and Advent.

   Msgr. Trillana plans to have this further announced during the Malolos Clergy Recollection this coming November. Msgr. Trillana has already produced three more books on homilies under the series title, Ang Tawag, Tagumpay sa Liwanag: Pagmumuni-muni sa mga Salita ng Diyos sa mga Araw ng Linggo (Books A, B at C). This shall now be his fourth book both as a writer and in his compilation of homilies. For further inquiries on the book, please contact Msgr. Trillana in his parish, La Purisima Concepcion Parish, Sta. Maria, Bulacan (Nos.: 044-641-4226, 044-896-2179, 09238167786) KAKATHA News Admin. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

KAKATHA News 2015: 114th Priest-Son ordained in Batangas


Dated: August 22, 2015

The clergy and confreres of the Oblates of St. Josepg (OSJ) with Rev. Fr. Ferdimagne Coronel Pascua, O.S.J. (third from right, first row), the new priest-son of the town of Hagonoy, Bulacan. Taken at the Archdiocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Joseph the Patriarch, San Jose, Batangas. (Source:

SAN JOSE BATANGAS- Last August 22, on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, two priests and four deacons were ordained under the Oblates of St. Joseph (O.S.J.), a religious order founded by St. Joseph Martello in 1878 with the charism of work for the youth and the poor. One of the newly ordained priests is Rev. Fr. Ferdimagne Coronel Pascua, O.S.J. who took his perpetual profession in 2014. Fr. Pascua has roots in Hagonoy, Bulacan, making him the 114th son of the town to be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood.

The ordination took place at the Archdiocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Joseph the Patriarch in San Jose, Batangas, a church handled by the O.S.J. confreres and one of the oldest ones they still handle. He was ordained together with Rev. Fr. Helbert E. Jadraque, O.S.J. and Reverends Aldrich Gamboa, O.S.J., Gilbert Aboyo Hervias, O.S.J., Rodrigo Pecto, O.S.J. and Niño Randolf Reyes Subiaco, O.S.J. They were ordained by Most Rev. Agustinus Agus, Archbishop of Pontianak, Indonesia. He is presently assigned at the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Joseph the Patriarch in San Jose, Batangas where he is Parochial Vicar. Previously, Fr. Pascua has been assigned in O.S.J. parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila and in the Diocese of Pasig. 

The officers of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. has invited Fr. Pascua to become the presider for the Eucharistic celebration for this year's anniversary of the Parish of St. Anne as a national shrine on October 29, 2015. KAKATHA News Admin.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Hagonoeño installed as Rector of San Carlos Seminary


Dated: July 31, 2015

MAKATI CITY - Last July 31, the Royal and Conciliar San Carlos Seminary, the major seminary of the Archdiocese of Manila rejoiced with the installation of its Rector, Rev. Fr. Joselito Robles Martin. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist with the rite of Installation was presided over by His Eminence, Most Rev. Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D., Archbishop of Manila with the formators and priests from other dioceses as concelebrants at 6:00 pm at San Carlos Seminary's Lay Force Chapel. Being a formator in San Carlos Seminary since 2002 with the late Jaime Cardinal Sin then as Archbishop of Manila, Fr. Martin served in the seminary first as Spiritual Director, then as Spiritual Director. Before being assigned to the highest post in this institute of formation, he was the Director for the Psycho-Spiritual Integration Year (PSIY) of the San Carlos Graduate School of Theology. He was assigned as Rector last July 2 during the general reshuffle of the clergy of the archdiocese. 

Fr. Martin, or Fr. Joey as his close companions and the seminarians call him, is the ninth of ten siblings of Jose Sebastian Martin of San Sebastian, Hagonoy, Bulacan and Feliza Arellano Robles of Abulalas, Hagonoy, Bulacan. He finished his elementary studies at St. Anne's Academy (now St. Mary's Academy of Hagonoy) under the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) sisters. He finished his high school at Immaculate Conception Seminary (Minor) in Guiguinto, Bulacan finishing Valedictorian. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Classical Philosophy at Immaculate Conception Major Seminary - School of Philosophy, also in Guiguinto, obtaining the Most Outstanding Seminarian of the Year Award. Transferring to the Archdiocese of Manila, he spent his theological formation at San Jose Major Seminary under the Jesuit Fathers at Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. He was ordained by Cardinal Sin on June 17, 1995 at the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral - Basilica.

Before becoming a seminary formator, Fr. Martin was assigned as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Old Sta. Mesa, Manila; Parish Priest of Sta. Rita Parish in Novaliches, Quezon City and Parish Priest of Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, West Triangle, Quezon City. KAKATHA News Admin | Photo Courtesy: San Carlos Seminary and EDSA Shrine Twitter.

Friday, September 26, 2014

KAKATHA NEWS 2014: KAKATHA Former President celebrates Silver Sacerdotal Jubilee in Malolos City


Dated: September 12, 2014

Fr. Vicente Burayag Lina, Jr., Former President of the
Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. (KAKATHA)
in joy for the celebrating of his 25 years in the priesthood.
MALOLOS CITY - Last September 12, one of Hagonoy's priest-sons celebrated 25 bountiful years in the priestly ministry. Rev. Fr. Vicente Burayag Lina, Jr. (Sto. Niño), former President of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. (KAKATHA) offered his thanksgiving mass for the said jubilee at the Immaculate Conception Parish-Cathedral and Minor Basilica in Malolos City coinciding with the celebration of the Holy Name of Mary. Originally set on August 12, Fr. Lina decided to have the event a month after in respect to his mother Julita whose first death anniversary was held last September 7.

Before the Holy Eucharist, Fr. Lina with his family and friends held the procession starting from the ancestral house of the Tantocos in Sto. Niño to the minor basilica at 3:30 in the afternoon. The mass began at 4:00 with the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos and almost 50 priests from the Malolos clergy and from other dioceses as concelebrants.

In his homily, Rev. Msgr. Andres Santos Valera, H.P. (San Jose), Episcopal Vicar for the Northern District and a dear friend to Fr. Lina expressed his thanksgiving for the many things the celebrator has given in his 25 years. Fr. Lina has been recognized as an advocate of Church cultural heritage both in Bulacan and in other areas. He said of how the celebrator love Mary, whose images he would look after with other saints, some of whom are above a hundred years old. In his thanksgiving speech, Fr. Lina also expressed much joy for all that has been given to him. In his 25 years he thanked the parishes of the Immaculate Conception in Malolos, where he became part of the Team Ministry, Nuestra Señora del Santissimo Rosario in Hagonoy, San Pedro Apostol in Borol 2nd, Balagtas and the Sacred Heart Diocesan Shrine in Cruz na Daan, San Rafael where he is now Parish Priest and Rector.

After the celebration, the guests were welcomed to the Immaculate Conception Hall at the Diocesan Pastoral Center for supper with shades of blue, silver and gold adorning the venue. Indeed, 25 years has truly been a grace for the continuing service of Fr. Lina in working in God's vineyard, the Church. KAKATHA News Admin | News Courtesy: Ronald M. Santos | Photo Courtesy: Joan Larion and Derick Fabian.

Photos of the Event:

The procession to the Minor Basilica in honor of Fr. Lina's 25th sacerdotal jubilee starting from the Tantoco Family Ancestral home at Brgy. Sto. Niño.
Fr. Lina being dressed in preparation for the Holy Eucharist at the minor basilica.
Fr. Lina, shedding tears of joy as he is embraced by Sem. Daniel M. Coronel, a Hagonoeño seminarian before the procession for the Holy Mass at the basilica.
Fr. Lina renewing his vows as a priest in front of hte Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos at the beginning of the Holy Eucharist.
Fr. Lina being dressed his Marian chausable by family members for him to preside in the celebration.
The beginning of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Fr. Lina.
Rev. Msgr. Andres Santos Valera, H.P., friend and fellow Hagonoeño in his homily for Fr. Lina's mass.
Fr. Lina in his thanksgiving speech for all those who supported him in his 25 years in the priestly ministry.
Fr. Lina with the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D. and the clergy of Malolos and classmates after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Fr. Lina with family members during the reception of the celebration.
The cake for Fr. Lina's 25th anniversary at the ground floor of the Diocesan Pastoral Center.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

KAKATHA NEWS 2014: 112th Hagonoeño Priest celebrates First Mass in Hagonoy


Dated: May 3, 2014

Rev. Fr. Raymund Victor Acuña, the 112th priest from the town of Hagonoy, Bulacan celebrates mass in the Parish of Sta. Elena Emperatriz, his home parish in Sta. Elena, Hagonoy which serves as his "Prima Misa Solemne" or first mass in the town. Together with him is Sem. Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban, Publication Director of Dambana at Pananampalataya: An Official Online Magazine of the Vicariate of St. Anne-Diocese of Malolos and Sem. John Paul M. Morales, a seminarian from the parish.

HAGONOY, BULACAN – Last May 3, the 112th priest-son to be ordained from the town of Hagonoy, Rev. Fr. Raymund Victor Acuña celebrated his first mass in the town of Hagonoy. Fr. Acuña, who came from the barrio of Sta. Elena in Hagonoy presided over the mass for the ninth day of the novena in honor of the celebration of the feast of St. Helena the Empress, known locally by the parishioners as “Apo Elena”, patroness of the Parish of Sta. Elena Emperatriz in Hagonoy.

   During his homily, Fr. Acuña focused on the value of the gift of vocation as he has been a “seed” that came from Hagonoy, and was planted in the Diocese of Tarlac to bloom and be able to serve in his ministry as a priest of his community. He also mentioned the value of the devotion of the people to their dear patroness, Apo Elena, who by an increase of pilgrims visiting her shrine yearly is an event of great admiration. He wishes that Apo Elena may continue to help the people of Sta. Elena, especially in moments of crisis and tribulations. Towards the climax of the celebration, the people gathered in order to perform the ceremonial offering of flowers to the dear patroness and was crowned by the Hermanos Mayores of the 2014 Fiesta, Mr. and Mrs. Renato and Rosario Mendiola (for Apo Elena) and Mrs. Sol Liwanag (for the Holy Cross)

   Before the mass ended, Sem. Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban, who assisted during the celebration delivered the message of the officers and brother-priests in the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. In the message, the fathers mentioned Fr. Acuña's record being the 112th priest from the town of Hagonoy, Bulacan and 66th of those still alive. They also reminded Fr. Acuña through their message to be always loving in his ministry and never lose faith in the Lord. They ask the faithful together in the celebration to pray for their priest-son as well as all Hagonoeño priests wherever they may be. In conclusion, Fr. Acuña thanked all who attended and wished them all the best and that they continue to pray for him. KAKATHA News Admin.