Gov. Chatto, Mayor Yap, one with the Catholics in the Diamond Jubilee Celebration

The weather was erratic. Black clouds hovered over the horizon; drizzle of rain seems to frolic to and fro. But surprisingly, as if the rain was on cue, the drizzling stopped when the various vicariates from all over Bohol started entering the CPG Complex.

Amidst the praise and worship songs of Couple for Christ choir, multitudes of parishioners from all over the province trooped to the venue to celebrate a historic and monumental occasion for all the faithful and devout Catholics in Bohol.

Seventy-five years have passed, and the glory from which the Diocese sprung continues to grow despite the threats of the advancing world which attempts to undo the traditional Christian values that mark the birth of our faith.

The Boholano Family has been the pillar of strength of the Catholic Church’s endurance amidst the challenges during difficult times. The occasion was a fitting tribute to the bishops, priests, religious men and women, missionaries, prominent statesmen and exemplary lay Catholics, who have uphold the church through the years.

According to Rev. Fr. Val Pinlac, one of the frontrunners of the event, “The Diamond Jubilee Celebration is a resounding testimony of the Boholanos’ faith, commitment and dedication amidst the difficult trials which often rocked our belief.”

The City Government of Tagbilaran under the leadership of City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap and the Provincial Government of Bohol led by Governor Edgar Chatto joined forces to mount the occasion. Eight Vicariates from all over the province showed support to the celebration led by the priests and lay workers.

A Eucharistic Celebration officiated by the Most Reverend Father Bishop Leonardo Medroso and the lighting of the Jubilee Flame served as the centerpiece of the celebration. The Jubilee Flame which symbolizes the people’s unwavering hope and faith was passed on from Bishop Leonardo Medroso to City Mayor John Geesnell Yap, then given to Governor Edgar Chatto, down to the priests, then to the leaders and parishioners. It is hoped that this flame of faith will not die down, but will ablaze amidst the challenges and triumphs in the years to come.

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