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Given at the Provincial Offices in Cebu City on June 15, 2020 ADVISORY # 3 As of 5 PM, 15 June 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Updated results from the Cebu City Health Department on the repeated swab tests for the five (5) personnel of the Basilica del Santo Niño Convent still turned out to be “All Positive”. The swab retests were conducted last June 10, 2020. These five Covid-19 positive personnel continue to be asymptomatic and are maintained in strict quarantine. We advice the...

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family.  The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view. For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of...

The dreadful COVID-19 has caused the disruption of so many fabrics of human existence and that of the society. The Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) sets the tone of change the way things are normally done in order to flatten the curve of transmission of the virus. The Augustinians in Cebu through SNAF’s Augustinian Relief Service (ARS) and the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu respond to the call of the time by being in solidarity with those who cannot...

  Dear brothers and sisters and members of Augustinian lay organizations and fratenities: We live in difficult times. The news that comes to us every day speaks of illness and death. It seems as if darkness, pain and sadness have taken over our world and the beauty of creation has perished in the face of this evil drama. Given this complex reality, I need to be reminded and want to remind you of our call to follow Jesus, of our being disciples. I...

The first is that we should not minimize the problem. The situation is very serious Perhaps it is hard for us to accept it and we tend to downplay the issue. Made no mistake. The pandemic is advancing in an apparently unstoppable way and it is contaminating continents and nations, leading an imprint of disease and death. We are facing an alarming world situation. Therefore, a humble attitude is essential. We must first be humble. From there we can assume...