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LOVE ALIVE FOR SOUTH B SENIORS

Two years ago, I never thought I would embrace another service that will revitalize my spirit and get me excited all over again! One fine day, my husband and I were invited to attend a Senior Couples Retreat. During that time, it was only my husband who had “dual citizenship” but since it was a couples retreat, going with him was the most natural thing to do. I did not know what to expect but at the end of it, I realized it was meaningful and even life-changing for me and my husband. It helped us understand the different changes that come our way as we advance in age. Seeing the beautiful fruits of this retreat, South B immediately formed a Core Team headed by Boy and Lida Granados. We were blessed to be included in this team, although I wasn't in my senior years yet then. 


The SB Senior Core includes Jun and Betty Ancheta, Jun and Tina Ymson, Jun and Ching Ybarola, Jimmy and Beth Guray and Grace Buntag as the representative for HOLD. 

 

To date, the sector core team has conducted two Big South Seniors Retreat and retreats in Daet, Legazpi and Albay, Davao City and in Tagaytay. Two mission teams have been formed from the graduates of the big South retreat and South B is now mission ready to serve provincial and regional SCR’s.

 

Our very first project was a joint participation with Metro Manila South A supported by Jess and Emy Marasigan. Sectoral events were also held. 

 

In May this year, we did a one-day fair focusing on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, conducted jointly with UNILAB Foundation and Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish Council, with CFC SB and parishioners attending. 

 

Traditional events such as talks on wellness, on the rights of senior citizens, Visita Iglesia during Holy Week and recollections were likewise hosted by the core. 

 

One very fruitful mission we conducted was for our CFC brethren in Davao City, held last September 1-2. Participants included the Davao governance team led by Ony and Nelia Partoza. Antit and Tinay Macatol from Iligan and Bong and Merissa Bautista of Butuan joined us in this mission as speakers.

 

Prior to Davao City SCR, South B conducted one SCR under the leadership of Boy and Bless Vidad at Layforce, San Carlos Seminary. A total of 13 couples, all occupy-ing leadership roles in our sector, attended. At the onset, they were hesitant, saying they didn’t need to attend the retreat anymore.

 

After finishing the retreat however, they are all now willing to support it and be speakers for the next SCR. They likewise volunteered to join missions if there are any, whether here or abroad.South B, led by Boy and Lida Granados, Rene and Mimi Bello and Ike and Carmen Bontia, launched the program in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. 


Indeed, having this program in our community is certainly a blessing from God! Most of all, the Seniors Program is a blessing to all the senior citizen members of our community. (Eva Monserrat)

Added on Tuesday, November 7, 2017


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