Solidarity in the Philippines
The answer was incredible!
Hundrend of people decided to help the poor families of Pulpogan, a poor area in the district of Consolation in Cebu, the Philippines.
I had been in Cebu in 1994 and 1997, but only from August 1998 we were able to show our solidarity to them.
We want to thank the social worker, Mrs. Marissa Lendio who greatly aided us in our solidarity toward reaching our brothers and Sisters in Pulpogan
We were able to help lot of people. We would like to especially thank the secretary of the Parish of Consolacion, Mrs. Cherry Villono, the cordinator of all the cathechist, Mrs. Terry Rosales, the principal of High Scool in Pulpogan, Mrs. Violeta Dabalos.
Solidarity Mission' Story
is a village in Consolation that is very needy called Pulpogan. I decided to do something
for the people living there.
in the '94 nor in '97 had we succeeded in doing anything for them.
25th of July in 1998 I departed for Cebł with the intention of giving the poor some
offerings that sponsors donated to me in January. The question I thought about
was: to donate the offerings and to definitely close or to start up a project to
help these poor brothers?
first solution would have been more comfortable, but my conscience would have
rebelled: You cant see the sufferings of our brothers and sisters and to be
in peace just by giving them some alms.
thought that it would have been more adherent to the Gospel, even if it was more
of a commitement, to begin a discourse that made it feel to these brothers the presence
of the provident God of whom Jesus spoke.
then before leaving Cebu I created a team of references formed respectively
by the secretary of the parish of Consolation Mrs. Cherry Villono; the coordinator
of all the catechists of the parish, Mrs. Terry Rosal; the principal of the high
school in Pulpogan, Mrs. Violeta Dabalos and the social worker, Mrs Marissa
Lendio . They would be the ones who would be responsible of taking care of the: "Mission of Solidarity" ("Solidarity
I came back from the Philippines I spoke to many people about the possibility to
more concretely help our poor brothers and sisters in Pulpogan and indeed the answer
was unbelievable! So many people answered to the call of solidarity. As a result,
10 months we had received almost got 19 million lira. We immediately sent two million
to the Philippines while a million was sent to the Comboniani fathers for the
emergency in Sudan.
I brought the remainder of the money to the Philippines myself.
August of 1999 I returned to Cebł. I met S. E. the Cardinal Riccardo who showed
appreciation for our concern and for the project in Pulpogan,
however his first and only difficulty was: father Bruno how many
months or years do you think you can stay here to carry out the
project? Given the impossibility for me to stay there, the problem was: who can
carry out the project? There was a silence moment while the cardinal was
thinking what to do then the
cardinal said: " Maybe the Nuns of Mother Ignacia who already have a small
house in Pulpogan could carry out the project since they too have a project to
built a free clinic for the community of Pulpogan. At this point I had no doubts:
I delivered the money to the cardinal.
asked the Cardinal if he could give me a letter addressed to the Cardinal of
Naples S.E Card. Michele Giordano to advise about the project and to reassure all the
sponsors about their money.