GUIGUINTO, BULACAN, Last November 17, 2018, in the presence of 117 delegates, 9 outstanding altar servers from the Diocese of Malolos received Ang Tungkod: Gawad Obispo Almario sa Tunay na Paglilingkod in the event Lakbay-Tugon kay Kristo, a vocation festival held at the Bp. Cirilo Almario, Jr. Gymnasium, Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS), Tabe, Guiguinto, Bulacan.
Recipients include Carlo Guevan of the Christ the King Parish, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, John Kervie Lajom of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Baliuag, Bulacan, Kervin Libunao of the Nuestra Señora delos Remedios Parish, San Miguel, Bulacan, Jericho Nardo Mendoza of the Sto. Cristo-San Andres Kim Taegon Parish, Bocaue, Bulacan, Ariel Pulayan of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Sta. Maria, Bulacan, Jose Mari Bacolod Navarro of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, Malolos, Bulacan, Ronald Allan Doma of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Plaridel, Bulacan, Jerome Completo of the San Isidro Labrador Parish, Valenzuela City, and Vince Joseph Inocencio of the National Shrine and Parish of St. Anne, Hagunoy, Bulacan.
Parishes sent nominees who manifest zeal in their service both inside and outside the liturgical celebrations and whose leadership impact to other youth is exemplary. The ICMAS Vocation Promotion Team assessed them and chose an awardee per vicariate.
“Ito ay upang parangalan ang nagtatag ng seminaryo, ang puso ng ating diyosesis. Magsisilbi rin itong parangal sa kanya na pinakamatagal na naglingkod bilang obispo sa ating diyosesis. (This is to honor him who founded our seminary, the heart of our diocese. This also serves as a tribute to him as the longest-serving bishop in our diocese so far),” said ICMAS Vocation Promotion Director Fr. Michael G. Antonio, on why such an award is named after the late bishop. “TUNGKOD simply stands for Tunay na Naglilingkod,” added Sem. Mark Henri D.G. Ramos, ICMAS Vocation Promotion Ministry Head.
Lakbay-Tugon is a annual seminary-sponsored diocesan event which aims not only to promote camaraderie among altar servers but also to deepen altar servers’ understanding of their role in lay empowerment, of the universal call to holiness, and of the priestly vocation. Formerly called as Sacristans’ Day, it took a break from 2014-2016 and resumed on 2017 with the name Lakbay-Tugon. (Sem. Ariz V. De Castro, Immaculate Conception Major Seminary, Guiguinto, Bulacan)