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National Officers Visit Virac, Catanduanes - May 22 - May 23, 2013

National President Lilia M. Pineda and Vice President for Luzon Mely Diaz, ventured across the Philippine Sea on the Roro from the Port of Tabaco Albay to the Port of San Andres, Catanduanes during their visit to Bicol in May.  The trip covered four of the Bicol provinces - Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay and Catanduanes.  It included driving around the vicinity of Mayon Volcano.  There was great anticipation to see the famed perfect cone;  unfortunately the cloud cover was heavy during the entire visit.  The Roro was quite an adventure, taking almost 3 hours to traverse 26 nautical miles, but the blue seas were calm and the beauty of the island of Catanduanes was enough to make the visitors forget their seasickness.  A half hour drive from the Port of San Andres to Virac passed through scenic mountains and heavy green forests. Lilia and Mely agreed they were blessed to be visiting such a beautiful island.

The meeting with the Virac Chapter took place in Sea Breeze, the restaurant owned by our Chapter President Trinidad Laynes. Chapter membership stands at 37, and most of them were able to attend.  Special guest for the evening was  the Bishop of Catanduanes, the Most Rev Manolo de los Santos, who has been the Shepherd of the Diocese since 1994.  The Diocese has 5 Vicariates, 19 Parishes and 4 Mission Churches.

In her Welcome Remarks, Trinidad apologized for being an over-staying President, a statement that drew much laughter from the  group.  All present, however, agreed that she continues to do a great job.  Their activities and their output are faithfully recorded and the Bishop was there to witness to MBMG's invaluable contribution to the Diocese.  It was a happy gathering with members joining in a serenade and ending with all singing the MBMG hymn.

On the 23rd of May, the Diocese came together for the ordination of 7 priests.  It was a memorable visit indeed.

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