The first weekend in September was an important milestone for BCBP Butuan. Friday, Sept 4, the members attended the First Friday Mass followed by a teaching on the New Vision and Mission by Pres. Larry Veloso. An open forum on the topic and various national issues ensued.
Saturday opened with BCBP Butuan’s Joint Breakfast at Luciana Convention Center at 8am with Pres Larry and Dedit Veloso giving their personal testimony. Eight first timers attended. Holy Mass at 10:00 am preceded the formal Installation Rites led by AMD for Mindanao Papias “Jong” Tiro and the re-commitment of members led by RCD Eduardo “Bong” Pelaez. Guest speaker was Pres. Larry Veloso. Lunch and a fellowship program followed with impromptu participation by the BCBP Surigao Outreach and the Butuan ladies.
Installed as Chapter Head was Mark Villareal. His governance team includes: Francis Marasigan – Mission Director; Manjie Rosales – Formation Director; Jensen Jimenez – PSD; Leonardo Espina – Treasurer; Vic Azote and IN Quinones – Unit Leaders.
Later Saturday afternoon several CDO West/ Butuan members and RCD Bong and Beng Pelaez together with the Velosos proceeded to Duka Bay Resort in Medina, Misamis Oriental for the rest of the weekend. Bong Pelaez shares “Sunday morning we paddled kayaks for 4 kilometers, and enjoyed swimming and feeding the fish. Pres Larry can be our best bet for the BCBP Iron Man (Triathlon) competition.” Sunday afternoon saw the group leaving Duka Bay and travelling to CagdeOro for their return home.