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ASIA PACIFIC 18 PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY March 1 - 15, 2018 Dr. Regina Siongco, Inc. General Dentistry ͸Ͳ͵ǦͶͻͺͲ‹‰•™ƒ›ǡ—”ƒ„›ǡͷ Ͷ͹Š‘‡ሺ͸ͲͶሻͶ͵ͶǦ͵Ͳͳ͵Ȉ ƒšሺ͸ͲͶሻͶ͵ͶǦ͵Ͳ͹͹ Clinic Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 8AM to 5PM ‡†‡•†ƒ›ǣͳͲ–‘͹Ȉ ”‹†ƒ›ǣͻ–‘͸ Dr. Regina Siongco KABABAYANS ALL SET FOR MANILA CAR Cardinal’s talk to address challenges faced b More than a thousand kababayans are expected to fill the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver on March 19th 2018 at 6pm to hear Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s talk about “Keeping Families in Faith: The Domestic Church in a Global Village”. Deacon Greg Barcelon, head of the Filipino Ministry at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver (RCAV) says, the past two months have been a whirlwind of preparations for Tagle’s visit, whose invitation from Rev. Archbishop Michael Miller was sent as early as August 2016. It is also the first big event the Filipino ministry is organizing to show strength in numbers among Pinoy Catholics in the Greater Vancouver area. “The ministry was created primarily to bring in the Filipinos and be able to makes use of Filipino capabilities and talents and resources for the service of the Church. It’s not about the Filipinos needing something that the Church should be giving, but it’s really because of the huge number and what we can give…as seen in our Filipino Catholic associations,” said Barcelon. Cardinal Tagle’s talk comes at a time when many family values are challenged by changing definitions on the meaning of family, excessive use of technology, increasing numbers of children who have stopped practising the faith, and the harsh reality of recent immigrant families trying to survive with 2 or more jobs instead of spending quality time together. Deacon Barcelon admits many of these challenges affect the Filipino community today. One of the main challenges is a need to develop vocations for Filipino priests, followed by the need to get Filipinos united to move towards one direction. “We’ve been so used especially here in the Archdiocese, not being so close to the Church, everybody just goes their way. Many of them can Tagle appeal to faithful: Val Stressing that life is a gift from God, Manila archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle appealed to the faithful to value the life of their enemies and society’s so-called outcasts. In his homily during a Mass for the Walk for Life prayer rally, the prelate said Filipinos should value life even if it is one whom they consider to be an enemy or they don’t like. “Let us bring back the belief that people are not simply objects which we can derive benefits from, but they are humans. Their life is a gift from God that should not be discarded,” Tagle said. WWW.PHILIPPINEASIANNEWSTODAY.COM Tagle was the main celebrant of a Mass at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where the second Walk for Life was held. He warned that life is often the first casualty when people start to think of other people in terms of their worth or usefulness, instead of looking at people as the gift of life. Life is a gift from God. But when we start thinking of other people’s lives in terms of their usefulness to us, it becomes so easy for us to just do away and discard life,” Tagle said. He added: “When there is someone