Five novices accepted to the Jesuit Novitiate on the Feast of the Annunciation 2010

On the feast of the Annunciation, March 25, after morning Mass and breakfast at Arvisu House Jesuit Prenovitiate, the candidates received the results of their application to the Jesuit novitiate.

The following are accepted for the May 30, 2010 Entrance Day:

Jose Ma. Joaquin B. Bunag
22 years old
Pasig City
BS Psychology, 2010
Ateneo de Manila University

Ernesto R. Chua, Jr.
34 years old
Santiago City, Isabela
BSEd Biology, 1997
University of Santo Tomas

Marlon T. Fabros
24 years old
Calamba, Laguna
BS Statistics, 2007
University of the Philippines – Diliman

Ricardo E. Flores, Jr.
25 years old
Mandaue City, Cebu
BSEd Religious Education, 2006
University of San Carlos – Cebu

Mamert B. Manus
33 years old
Cagayan de Oro City
AB Interdisciplinary Studies, 1997
Ateneo de Manila University
Bachelor of Business Administration, 2004
& Master of Business Administration, 2005
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

Eight young men have also been accepted to the candidacy program for the next school year as of March 27. They include a college math teacher, a high school chemistry teacher, a former president of the Ateneo Christian Life Community (ACLC), a leader of the Youth for Christ (YFC), an IT professional formerly based in Singapore, a staff member of the NGO Hapinoy, a Proctor& Gamble employee and an MBA graduate of the Asian Insitute of Management.

These candidates will live in community, guided by Jesuit formators, either at Arvisu House in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, or at Haggerty House at Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro.

Twelve more applications to the candidacy program are being processed. These candidates will begin the prenovitiate program this coming May. We ask for your prayers for these young men.

– Fr. Xavier Olin, SJ
National Vocation Director

Pro-Life Week at Ateneo de Manila University: Homosexuality and Abortion

I came from a noon mass for the wake of Fr. Joseph Galdon, S.J. When I left the chapel and went to the cafeteria, I saw a poster about the Pro-Life week at the Ateneo. That was last February 2010. I learned that there was a series of talks and films. One is “Memoirs of a GaySha.” This is a riff of “Memoirs of the Geisha”. GaySha in Filipino is gay siya or “He is gay.” From the title, I can assume that the talk is about a man who was formerly a gay. Another talk is “Homosexual Acitvity: How Gays Separate Themselves From God.”

There is still hope in Ateneo. I thought the homosexual propaganda have succeeded in obliterating Ateneo’s Catholic identity in this culture war. I am glad I am not alone in this battle.

I searched Ateneo Pro-Life week in Google and I found some You Tube videos made by students on abortion in Maikei’s channel. The videos are interviews of Ateneo students on the evils of abortion; it is better to send the child to adoption that to abort it. Another video is on the development of the fetus from conception to birth.  Below the videos is the following note:

For PRO LIFE week Project made by college students from ADMU. Th131-G Prof. Mariles Borja – SY 2009-2010 Group 5: Abortion Matatag Bautista Hansley Juliano Raymod Panotes Mikee Marquez Iyai Villavicencio.  Title….

The teacher, Mariles Borja, is a BS Psychology graduate of Ateneo batch ’89.  She is an instructor in Ateneo de Manila with an MA in Theological Studies.

Alliance of Concerned Parents against Condom stage a rally in front of Department of Health

MANILA, March 12, 2010— Filipino parents took out a rally in Sta. Cruz district to protest against the state government’s promotion of condom and other contraceptives across the country.

The government health department is currently on aggressive campaign to push the use of contraceptives as part of its campaign against HIV. The advocacy also aims to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

But in Manila, around 60 people from the group, Alliance of Concerned Parents against Condom, stage a rally Friday in front of the Department of Health. “The use a condom is another way to promote free sex,” said Jose Rufo Fernandez, one of the protesters. He called on the authorities to implement effective measures if only to stop the spread of the dreaded disease and that is according to moral principles. During the rally, protesters distributed flyers, reading “There’s no such thing as safe sex” to pedestrians and motorists. The group vowed to initiate more rallies in other parts of Metro Manila in the coming days, saying the public needs to know the real score about the government pro-contraceptive policy.

Another protester Alice Mendiola called on the government to close down short-time motels and ban prostitution in the country. She said it’s ironic that the government flaunts its anti-HIV campaign and yet tolerate major venues which cause the disease to spread. “Why do they have to promote condoms that have been proven to be ineffective in the battle against AIDS in other countries,” Mendiola said.

The protesters also called on President Arroyo to clarify the stand of her administration on artificial family planning. Arroyo had been claiming that she is still for natural family planning but the health department, so far, is doing otherwise. Mendiola said the fate of the promotion of contraceptives—considered one of the most contested issues among Church leaders and State officials—still lies in the hands of the chief executive. (CBCPNews)

Request for Prayers for Fr. Joseph A. Galdon, S.J.

Update: From the Friends of Fr. Joseph Galdon, S.J. Facebook Group:

Our dear Fr. G peacefully passed away at 5:30 am, Monday, March 15, 2010, Manila.

Kindly say a prayer for the eternal repose of his soul.

The remains of Fr. Galdon will lie in state at the College Chapel starting March 15. There will be a 8pm mass on March 15,16 & 17 and a 8am mass on March 18. His remains will then be brought to Sacred Heart Novitiate on March 18 for his burial.

Previous Request from Fr. Bill Kreutz:

We ask the Ateneo community to keep in their prayers, Fr. Joseph
Galdon, SJ, retired English professor and former dean of the college.
He is quite weak and is near death. He has pneumonia and is breathing
heavily. He has already been anointed. Pray that he may pass to the
Lord peacefully.

Thank you.

Fr. Bill, SJ
Rector, Jesuit Residence

William H Kreutz SJ
Jesuit Residence
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Road Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City Philippines
Telephone Number (63) (2) 426 5941
Fax Number (63) (2) 426 5987

Six Catholic Bishops now back J. C. de los Reyes and Ang Kapatiran Party: Arguelles, Bacani, Nacua, Navarra, Palang, and Tobias

MANILA, March 6, 2010— What is with Ang Kapatiran (The Brotherhood) party that other political parties don’t have? Four more Catholic bishops came out in the open endorsing the Ang Kapatiran party of presidential aspirant John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes, breaking with the tradition of offering commentary on election-related moral issues without endorsing candidates. The influential prelates now include Bishops Antonio Tobias of Novaliches, Joseph Nacua of Ilagan, Antonio Palang of San Jose de Mindoro and retired Bishop Teodoro Bacani.

According to Bacani, the platform of the said party which, according to its founders, was formed based on Christian precepts is “worth supporting” by “any intelligent Catholic.” He said a “peculiar feature” of the party is that all its candidates are committed to the entire platform and principles of the party without any mental reservations. “I hope that it will catch fire in the imagination and hearts of our formation of this political party. I hope people would join it in great numbers and promote it among fellow Filipinos,” said Bacani.

Tobias affirmed, for his part, “Of course I am with you for the Ang Kapatiran as the conscience vote for the 2010 election.

Nacua said a political party with platform based on clear principles has a roadmap for genuine integral human development. Leadership without vision, governance without morals, cannot lead to true liberation, he said. “The Kapatiran stands on principles for the common good not on personalities. That is the way of genuine representation in government,” said Nacua, the country’s first Capuchin missionary to be appointed as bishop.

Source: CBCP News

Vagina Monologues is back in Ateneo de Manila University in 2010 after it was banned by Dr. Anna Miren Intal in 2002

After my 7:30-8:30 p.m. Ps 121 class last Wednesday, my female student told me that the Vagina Monologues will be shown at the Cervini Field at 6 or 6:30 p.m.  that day, just after our Physics long test.  The play is under the direction of Missy Maramara of the Ateneo English Department (see Petrablog).  This is for the culmination of the Ateneo Women’s Week.  She is excited to watch the play.

I told her that Vagina Monologues should be banned in the Ateneo, because Ateneo is a Catholic University.  Why should the play be shown in Ateneo when it glorifies the sexual liberation of a woman by having sex with a lesbian.  Another student of mine told me that that his Theology teacher also believes in the same way as I do.  I should have asked the teacher’s name so that I can send him a note of thanks for teaching rightly.

In the year 2002, the film was banned by Dr. Anna Miren Intal, the Dean of the Loyola Schools.  Here is an account someone in favor of Vagina Monologues in Ateneo which I got from Pinoy Exchange:

Dr. Anna Miren Intal, Ph.D. is the Dean for the entire Loyola Schools. Obviously, Dean Intal is a female. She took her Ph.D. in Princeton, I believe so she supposedly has . She’s the end-all and be-all of the entire college, and she made her powers felt as she
>effectively derailed the project.

In a meeting with Rabbi and a co-Theatre Arts Major (Missy), Dr. Intal expressed her apprehension and objection about the project because (I’m paraphrasing here) “It goes against the thrust and vision of our Jesuit institution.” Furthermore, “It might destroy the moral fabric of the Ateneo…” (Jeez, you should hear me reinact this LIVE for the “lamb-ish” tone she uses!) When asked if she finds the word “Vagina” objectionable, she just laughs and says “That too…” Missy asked her what in the script she finds objectionable, Dr. Intal says, “To tell you the truth, I haven’t really read the script, but I’ve seen a lot of Broadway plays that are more tasteful…” Rabbi and Missy press her to reconsider, so she gives in a little. She says she’d “forward it to the THEOLOGY Department for moral evaluation.”


My friends went to their professors (to name a few, Ma’am Benny Santos, Sol Reyes, Fr. Nic Cruz, Dr. Ricky Abad) to ask for their recommendations for the staging of Vagina. They got it. Rabbi even went further by getting recommendations from FORDHAM Universtiy (another JESUIT institution in New York City), DePaul University, and some other universities abroad. Locally, he was able to get a a recommendation from a nun who happens to have a Ph.D. in Theology and who happens to be the President of St. Scholastica’s College (one of the more conservative colleges in the country). He wrote a letter to Dr. Intal about how universities like the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, the University of Sto. Tomas, and St. Scholastica’s have agreed to stage Vagina in their campuses. Unfortunately, Dr. Intal did not budge.

She said she had to consider the “tens and thousands of students, parents, alumni who also have a stake in the Ateneo,” and that she doesn’t want “to be responsible for the thousands of people who will flock to the Ateneo in PROTEST” of the staging of Vagina. “I have to think like an administrator.” She even said that she doesn’t want the name “Ateneo” to be linked in the project in any way. She said that the administration has the trademark “Ateneo” and that she wouldn’t allow it to be used. She even said she didn’t want the students involved to say that they were Ateneans. (It was then she hinted of a ‘lawsuit’ if they did.)

How lame is that???!!

I don’t know how this Vagina Monologues got permission to be shown again in Ateneo. Missy Maramara who was only a Theatre Arts major in 2002 is now an Ateneo Faculty.   The quote is revealing: it shows how far the Jesuit universities have been stricken by this Vagina Monologues malady. And even the top Catholic Schools in the Philippines as well.  The Vagina Monolgues has seduced the most brilliant minds . Woe to those who call light as darkness and darkness light! As Christ said, if the light in you is darkness, how great must that darkness be!

I admire Dr. Miren Intal. I was able to join her for lunch once in the cafeteria years ago, long after she ceased to be the Dean of the Loyola Schools. She is a soft-spoken lady, yet principled and strong. May there be more faculty and administrators like her who defends Ateneo’s authentic Jesuit and Catholic tradition.