With the theme "Loving remembrance of the past... Joyful thanksgiving for the present... Daring commitment to the future", I was lucky to have joined the culmination of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Marist Presence in the Philippines held last Saturday, June 6, 2009 at the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU), Gen. Santos City.
I learned that 60 years of existence of the Marist Brothers in our country has brought a lot of blessings to the people. I am happy to say that I am part of this 60 years when I entered as a college freshman in June, 1997 at the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC), a Tertiary institution run by the brothers.
I'm with Bro. Damian (left), one of the first four Marist Brothers who came to the Philippines 60 years ago and Bro. Pop (right), the first and oldest Filipino Marist Brother, taken at the NDDU, Gen. Santos City
The Marist Mission in our country began when four American Marist Brothers went to the Philippines 60 years ago as a response to the invitation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Out of the four pioneering brothers, only one is still alive in the person of Bro. Joseph Damian Teston, FMS whom I was able to meet during the said affair in NDDU. Some of the American Brothers who were also assigned to the Philippnes and are now based in the United States were also present during the celebration.