Manaoag TV docu features Judy Ann Santos, Sarah Geronimo
THE FIRST BROADCAST DOCUMENTARY on Our Lady of Manaoag will air on Black Saturday, April 3, 2-3 p.m., on GMA-7.
Produced by the Philippine Dominican Province, “Manaoag: The Call of the Virgin” will feature exclusive footages of the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan, real-life testimonials from her devotees, and reenactments on the history devotion based on the “Historia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Manaoag” (Manila, 1913) by Fr. Mariano Rodriguez, OP.
Giving testimonials in the docu are award-winning actress Judy Ann Santos and acclaimed director Joyce Bernal, among others.
The long history of the devotion to the Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag started in the 16th century. The devotion has since been marked by significant miracles attributed to the Blessed Virgin. Some of the miracles will be reenacted in the documentary.
To culminate the documentary is the song “Inang Maria,” written by Sto. Domingo Convent prior Fr. Giuseppe Arsciwals, OP, and sung by multi-awarded singer Sarah Geronimo, with musical arrangement by Gerard Salonga and recording assitance by Vehnee Saturno.
In honor of Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Manaoag, the museum dedicated to her in Pangasinan is undergoing renovation.
For donations, contact the Convent of Our Lady of the Rosary (Manaoag) at (+63 75) 529-0132.
Schools of preaching By Christian V. Esguerra Philippine Daily Inquirer DateFirst Posted 22:05:00 03/22/2010
Faith has to be communicated effectively, according to the Institute of Preaching of Santo Domingo Church and the Social Pastoral Communication program of UST A WELL-ATTENDED CATHOLIC SERVICE is the evening Mass at the Christ the King seminary in Quezon City.
Parishioners like that the bespectacled priest descends from his seat in the altar to dialogue with them during homily. They love it whenever the lights are dimmed at one point, giving the Mass the nostalgic feel of a school recollection.
On a recent Sunday, his metaphor was a huge fish bone, which, when pulled out of one’s throat, gives unparalleled relief. Such was the comfort a believer would get when forgiven of his sins, he pointed out in his sermon.
Never mind if the prop seemed unwieldy. He got the Gospel message across. He pulled it off.
To some extent, preaching is “performance,” according to Fr. Nilo Lardizabal, OP, assistant director of the Institute of Preaching housed at the nearby Sto. Domingo Church compound.
It involves strategies and techniques—and even “gimmicks”—all with the clear purpose of communicating the living Gospel of more than 2,000 years ago in the here and now.
But with people “tweeting” and “Googling” nowadays, preaching is probably more challenging and more dynamic today than in any other point in human history.
What it means to be a 21st-century preacher is inescapably defined partly by fresh perspectives and new technologies.
Pope John Paul II spoke of the “Areopagus” of the modern world, referring to new forms of media that could be used for evangelization. There is now a new marketplace of ideas where the Catholic hierarchy no longer dominates the conversation, but instead simply “participates” in it.
In this context, much is expected of the modern preacher. He has to keep pace with the changing world while keeping his fidelity to the Gospel.
The Dominican Province of the Philippines had recognized the urgency not long ago, and came up with the Institute of Preaching in 2005. It offers certificate and Master of Arts courses designed to further train the religious, the clergy—and the laity as well—to become “better and more effective preachers,” said Lardizabal.
At the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, there’s a related and more comprehensive graduate and licentiate course on Social Pastoral Communication (SPC) introduced in 2001 by German Fr. Franz Josef Eilers, SVD.
Both programs are a trailblazer of sorts—the Institute being the only program in the country devoted solely on homiletics or preaching, and the SPC being the first of its kind in Asia.
Lardizabal said it is but natural for the Dominicans—the more popular name of the nearly 800-year-old Order of Preachers—to further nurture their charism to become more relevant and effective in the modern world.
He cites instances when some priests, no matter how academically grounded they are, fail to establish a “connection” with their flock during homily. The result, he says, is either a monologue or outright pontification.
“We reflected upon our own preaching and we realized that sometimes, it seemed like packaged preaching,” Lardizabal told the Inquirer. “Not that we failed, but there’s always room for improvement.”
Besides tackling the historical and theological aspects of preaching, the Institute of Preaching offers extensive training on actual preaching. It prepares the clergy, the religious, and the laity in a life of preaching that cuts across cultures, demographics and preoccupations.
“We discourage pontificating,” Lardizabal said. “We have to be casual. We have to take off from the Internet, YouTube, Twitter—cool, funky, unsophisticated.”
In one subject, students are required to preach in front of the camera. Presentations are then critiqued by a panel of accomplished preachers, the likes of famous Dominican preachers such as Fr. Sonny Ramirez and Fr. Enrico Gonzales.
So far, the Institute has attracted even lay professionals and housewives who intend to spread the Gospel message in their respective work environments and communities, according to Lardizabal.
One couple enrolled because they wanted to raise their child better in a Catholic environment, Lardizabal said.
Communicating the Gospel
The SPC program of Eilers, a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in the Vatican, covers the wider perspective of pastoral communication—the communication dimension of all the ministries of the Church.
In his lectures, Eilers often points to the need for pastors and Christian communicators in general to nurture an “inner disposition” grounded on the Gospel.
“Pastoral communication formation has to start on the personal and interpersonal level, and is based more on inner dispositions than on techniques and thinking only,” Eilers wrote.
The course is probably the first to collate relevant church documents on social communication—the Vatican II document Inter Mirifica and the resulting pastoral instruction Communio et Progressio, to name a few—as a solid basis for the life and functions of the Christian pastor.
Graduates of the SPC course—many of whom came from all over Asia—have since returned to their respective dioceses to take charge of communication programs. Closer to home, Fr. Nick Lalog of the Diocese of Malolos, a former TV news reporter himself, is now editorial consultant of Radyo Veritas. He is also part of the SPC program.
Students of the SPC have been taught methods, like coming up with a comprehensive pastoral plan based mainly on the document Aetatis Novae. Or how communication in and out of the hierarchy should be structured—who should speak, when and how.
For inquiries on the Institute of Preaching, call (02) 7437760, 7437758, or 7126275. For the SPC program, call the UST Graduate School at 7861611 loc. 8247.
‘Siete Palabras’on TV: A Lenten ritual, spectacle By Levine Lao Philippine Daily Inquirer DateFirst Posted 22:05:00 03/22/2010
In the broadcast coverage this year will be testimonials of faith from multi-awarded movie director Marilou Diaz-Abaya and CNN Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida NOW ON ITS 15TH YEAR, the “Siete Palabras” at the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City has become the key Lenten program on Philippine TV.
The program broadcasts the annual Good Friday sermons by the Dominican fathers of the Santo Domingo Convent on the Seven Last Words of Christ.
In an interview, Fr. Sonny Ramirez, OP, one of the pioneer homilists of the program, said “Siete Palabras” is “most inspiring” because it motivates rather than just entertains its audience.
Father Ramirez said the Lenten ritual sticks to its goal of bringing the truth of the Gospel to all, giving emphasis to reflection in commemorating Christ’s sacrifice. This is why a priest follows every Word with a sermon, he added.
The Seven Last Words are: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do,” (Luke 23:34); “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise,” (Luke 23:43); “Woman, behold your son: behold your mother,” (John 19:26-27); “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34); “I thirst,” (John 19:28); “It is finished,” (John 19:30); and lastly, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46).
Of course, the Dominicans, who belong to the Order of Preachers, have been delivering the sermons since time immemorial. But it was only in 1984 that their “Siete Palabras” became a broadcast phenomenon when Father Ramirez made the Lenten ritual as a special edition of “Sharing in the City,” his TV program on Channel 9. Banahaw Broadcast Inc. was the TV producer.
To make the Church program more TV-friendly, the production staff fanned out of the studio to capture real-life stories that embodied the essence of Lent. The broadcast tried to focus on “the seven corporeal Acts of Mercy,” Ramirez said.
According to the Dominican preacher, who singlehandedly delivered the sermons, the situations presented on “Siete Palabras” were actual life scenarios that inspired people and moved them to do what was good and necessary.
A decade later, “Siete Palabras” was passed on to the Dominican Province of the Philippines. It was on this year when Father Ramirez started to deliver the last words on the pulpit of Santo Domingo Church on Good Friday, and Channel 9 made a coverage of the ritual.
In 1998, other Dominicans joined Father Ramirez in delivering the sermons on the last words. As time passed, the Santo Domingo Parish in Quezon City became the fixed venue of the “Siete Palabras” produced by the Dominicans annually. In 1998, too, the total production for the event was transferred to the Philippine Dominican Province, which keeps the tradition alive up to now.
Nowadays, the Lenten program includes solemn musical presentations and interpretative dances to stimulate reflection.
‘Siete Palabras’ 2010
“Siete Palabras” will be aired again live from the Santo Domingo Church, QC on April 2, 12 noon-3 p.m. on GMA-7.
To be presented by the Dominican Province of the Philippines through its Provincial Media Board and Institute of Preaching, the three-hour Lenten special will highlight the recital of the Seven Last Words of Christ before His death, accompanied by reflections from Dominican priests.
The Dominican preachers for the event are former prior provincial Fr. Edmund Nantes; Aquinas University of Legazpi City Rector Fr. Ramonclaro Mendez; Colegio de San Juan de Letran de Calamba Rector Fr. Honorato Castigador; UST Fathers Joseto Bernadas Jr., Florentino Bolo Jr., Jose Antonio Aureada; and Fr. Enrico Gonzales of the Santo Domingo Convent.
Among the performers are soprano Thea Perez-Prosia, singer Noelle Cassandra, the Tining Choir of Letran, the UST Conservatory of Music orchestra, and UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe.
Featured in the broadcast coverage will be testimonials of faith from multi-awarded movie director Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Tahanang Walang Hagdan president Bro. Gonzalo
“Sonny” Goquiolay, and CNN Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida.
“Siete Palabras” will also feature audio-visual presentations from the award-winning students of the Institute of Communications of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila.
Major sponsors of the event are Our Lady of Manaoag Convent, Aquinas University of Legaspi, University of Santo
Tomas, RSL Lights & Sounds, Haloa Toothbrush, Maxi Atletika, Pet Society, Manila Bulletin, and Crossover 105.1 FM. Other sponsors are the Katialis soap and ointment, Caleruega Philippines, Angelicum College-QC, and Letran-Manila.
Post by voltairemad on Mar 25, 2010 22:46:42 GMT 9
Last year was the 1st time that i stumbled upon Siete Palabras. I liked some (not all) of the sermons. They were really reflective. Eventhough there's a fairly good chance I'll be at work, I will be watching out for it.