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‘Kenosis’ at Punta Taytay

Ninfa Leonardia

“Kenosis”, which means dying to oneself that others will live, is a total sacrifice patterned on the sacrifice of Jesus. It is also this year’s fiesta celebration theme for St. John the Baptist chaplaincy in Punta Taytay, a calling to humble service in the spirit of St. John the Baptist in his feast day.

Rev. Fr. Agustine Hinayan says that “the bottom-line and focus of our mission is the renewal of marriage, strengthening of the family and buildingof the Christian community. We integrate this through the medium of arts such as music, theatre, dance and visuals, with the Word of God amidst the daily struggle of our people. This year is the year of the clergy and religious. The priests and consecrated people are called to be humble Servant Leaders who serve not because of honor and recognition but out of concern for our flock. This entails readiness to sacrifice and being hurt, harassed or persecuted.”

The Festival celebration is a testament of an active parish and a cooperative and joyful community. Activities from June 22-24 included a mass baptism, mass wedding and bloodletting. Highlights were the Pinta Layag, body painting and Porma Balas competitions with games like palo-sebo and tug-of-war. There was a fluvial parade and water sprays on the street. The weekend festivities ended with a performance by the band Nice Ne CReed.

The Pinta Layag winners are Karlem Ayrod Rojo and Karlem Roy Rojo first, Bertito Silvia Jr. and Sammy Boy Bersamin, second, and Danjoe Montero, third. Body painting winning artists are, first placer Mon Richardo Penafiel, second placer Danjoe Montero, and third placers Karlem Ayrod Rojo and Karlem Roy Rojo.

Hinayan further said that “our Church has been reconstructed and repaired to be our people’s prayer place where we gather for the celebration of the eucharists. Our activities focus on uplifting the Filipino family values that is gradually deteriorating through the years, Larong Pinoy and Filipino value oriented activities. We hope that next year, we can introduce a festival that speaks of the sentiments of our people. Everything for the greater glory of God.”*

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