Installation of church administrator

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I WAS in sitio Maomawan in barangay Babag yesterday for the installation of my good friend and spiritual adviser, Rev. Fr. Rommel Mark Barneso, as new church administrator. Babag is a mountain barangay in the south district of Cebu City. There is an ongoing reshuffling of the assignments of parish priests under the Cebu Archdiocese.

Fr. Mark came from Virgin de los Remedios parish in Labangon. He had short stints in the parishes of Bantayan, Pinamungajan and Canduman in Mandaue City. He was also assigned to handle the archdiocese’s Commission on Youth and headed the Cebuano delegation to the World Youth Congress in Madrid, Spain and in Brazil.

The St. John Mary Vianney mission station in Maomawan is under the Guadalupe parish but it will soon be independent once the 4,000 square meters land where the church and the convent stand is donated to the archdiocese.


The land’s tax declaration is under the names Demetrio and Fructosa Labrador. The Labradors, who are in their 80s, had promised to donate the land. Once the title is transferred to the archdiocese, the area will be declared as a parish.

The church and the convent need immediate repair because these are made mostly of wood and are dilapidated. One of Fr. Marck’s challenges is how to improve the structure of the church and the convent. The church is on an elevated area and the surrounding view is quite good.

Bishop Emilio “Boy” Bataclan installed Fr. Mark. He asked the parishioners to support and cooperate with the new administrator. Also in the installation ceremony were Fr. Mark's family and relatives, including his 80-year-old father who is a retired Scout Ranger.

Fr. Mark’s supporters from Remedios parish and his close friends, like former showbiz talent manager Raul Laurente, Sun.Star Cebu/ Superbalita columnist Eddie Barrita, businessmen Jay Ruiz, Dave Cua and Erson Digal (the R3 division chief of PRO 7), graced the occasion. Acting mayor Edgardo Labella was there.

I was asked to speak after the mass. I appealed to the parishioners to show their support to the young priest. I told them that Fr. Mark is one of my friends in the religious sector. He graduated from Semenario mayor de San Carlos in 2006.

I have known him since he was a newly ordained priest. He is a good and principled.

Dili na siya mangasaba og babaye'ng disgrasyada nga magpabunyag sa iyang anak. Good luck Fr. Mark.


My column last Saturday about the sad experience of Dr. Billy Jaca, who bought medicines at the Rose Pharmacy branch in Fuente Osmeña being a senior citizen, has triggered a lot of reactions by readers.

Jaca is filing a case against the said pharmacy for violating Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2011. City Hall's Office of the Senior Citizens
Affairs (Osca) is assisting him in his complaint.

I also talked with acting mayor Edgardo Labella, who promised to assist Jaca in his complaint. It's a criminal case.

Three readers, who requested not to be named, emailed me and shared their own experience with the same pharmacy. They were not given senior citizen discount.

With these complaints, we can say that this pharmacy has been violating the Senior Citizens law. Unsa man ning maong palisiya, mando gyud sa tag-iya?


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 30, 2014.


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