Category Archives: Address

Catholic Higher Education in the Philippines: A Commitment to Quality Education in the Spirit

[ADDU University Lecture, July 29, 2022.] Our University Celebration of St. Ignatius of Loyola today is occasion for reflection on Catholic Education in the Philippines and how it is a commitment to quality education in the Holy Spirit. Catholic education … Continue reading

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Under the Cross of Christ the King

Address.  ADDU General Faculty Convocation.  July 4, 2022. Last June 28, the year of celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Ateneo de Davao founded in 1948 commenced.  The Diamond Jubilee began fittingly with the blessing of the Senior High … Continue reading

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Strong in Faith, in Hope, Discerning and Wise

[College Graduation Address.  23 April 2022] It has been my privilege today to officially confer on you your degrees for the courses you have completed.  You have worked hard for them.  Rejoice in them.  Bear them both with pride and … Continue reading

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A Stellar Online Batch

[Address.  SHS Graduation.  22 April 2022.] It is a privilege for me to finally be able to address you, if not face to face, online.  When you enrolled for the ADDU Senior High School (SHS) two years ago, the pandemic … Continue reading

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In a VUCA World, “Take Courage, Do Not Be Afraid!”

To Our Students, Prospective Students, and Our Parents: Before the COVID 19 pandemic, there were other pandemics.  When the COVID 19 pandemic finally ends, there will still be pandemics.  It is certain: more pandemics will come.  Uncertain is only how … Continue reading

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On Church Involvement in the 2022 Elections: Fraternity, Social Friendship, and Politics

[DADITAMA Recollection for Davao Clergy and Diocesan Pastoral Workers. March 9, 2022:  8:30 – 10:30 a.m.] For some, elections are a time to race for power.  It is an investment of personal energy and assembled wealth to gain enough power to … Continue reading

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We serve the Kingdom of God!

[Address to the Oathtaking Ceremony and Awarding of Certificates of Election of the Samahan Central Board | February 24, 2022] To Ms. Daisa Salinas, the chairperson of your Commission on Elections, my sincere gratitude for the kind invitation to address … Continue reading

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May God Be With Us in ADDU Throughout 2022!

[A New Year’s Message for the Community of the Ateneo de Davao University] The shepherds “found Mary and Joseph and the Infant lying in a manger” (Lk 2:16).  It was the sign through which they knew that the message of … Continue reading

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Happy Feast of All Saints!

[1 November 2021] On this Feast of All Saints we can think of all the saints in heaven – all those who through their lives of faith on earth are witnesses to the saving power of God.  “Since we are … Continue reading

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The Technocratic Paradigm in Laudato Si and Mining in the Philippines

[Contribution to CEAP’s Webinar:  UnderMIning Lies:  the Truth About Mining in the Philippines, Wednesday, October 27, 2021.] Good morning!  I have been asked to share some reflections on Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on “Our Common Home” (2015), especially as … Continue reading

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