WYD 2016 Day 4 – 20/07/16 – Three days hard work rewarded by local Mayor

25/7/2016
Work continued for our pilgrims at schools in Panglao Island continuing to help out wherever needed.
Work continued for our pilgrims at schools in Panglao Island continuing to help out wherever needed.

Blog by Jennifer Merryweather

Work continued for our pilgrims at schools in Panglao Island continuing to help out wherever needed. St Augustine’s Academy has been slowly rebuilding after the devastation of the 2013 earthquake and pilgrims have been painting classrooms in the new buildings constructed after the 2013 earthquake. Across the road at Panglao Central Elementary, assisted with painting and maintenance around the school. At Doljo Elementary, students are helping with gardening.

Pilgrims assisted with painting.
Pilgrims assisted with painting.


Pilgrims are also helping with feeding programs for malnourished children. At both Panglao Central Elementary and Bolod Elementary, volunteer parents visit every day and cook food for the 30 to 40 children at each school. Pilgrims have been helping these parents out with this program by cooking and serving food.

Fr Chris giving mass.
Fr Chris giving mass.


Pilgrims have had a lot to reflect on the last couple of days and during evening Mass Fr Chris spoke about reading the sign of God and opening our hearts through being merciful.

‘Mercy is not about those who deserve mercy. It is to see the good in the other even when the other is not able to see it in themselves,’ he said.

Pilgrims ended the day with a dinner and festival hosted by Panglao Mayor Leonila Montero in gratitude of the work of pilgrims in local schools. Representatives from each school were represented, performing many traditional (and not so traditional) Filipino dances representing the cultural influences in the Philippines.

The dinner demonstrated the friendship that has developed between the two Dioceses. In a speech to pilgrims, Bishop of Tagbilaran, the Most Rev Leonardo Y Medroso DD said pilgrims had followed the call to be merciful.

‘You have made know God’s mercy on you and extended that gift of mercy to others,’ he said.

More photos in the gallery of the right. 
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