It was a day of celebration as Karl Matteo Billena Venus, the second child of Roel and Geraldine Venus, was welcomed to the Christian world in a lavish baptism ceremony, officiated by Fr. Sarjit Xalxo, at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine Redemptorist Church in Bacolod City recently.
The godparents are Myrna Alegato, Marnelli Chua, Mark Gemora, Ma. Josefa Padernal, Xavier Angelo Vinco, Annie Calderon, Sharlene Castillo, Marie Christine Empeno, Luna Ria Marie Golez, Lilibeth Owen, Ramon Tonquin, and RCJ.
The baptismal reception and lunch followed at the newly-opened Apollo Restaurant in Mandalagan. The proud parents were all smiles as they welcomed friends, relatives, and guests at the reception venue, which was filled with colorful decors and balloons.
Roel Catulay Venus is the chief of Ceneco's Consumer Services Division and a part-time college and graduate school professor of the University of St. La Salle, La Consolacion College Bacolod, and STI–West Negros University. Geraldine Billena-Venus used to work as executive secretary of Alyussof Glass Holdings in Bahrain.*