Davaoeños Take on the Anticipated Papal Visit in Early 2015

Pope FrancisIn the wake of the frenzied preparations for the much anticipated visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines commencing 15th January 2015, the residents of Davao already posted their reaction to it in a survey conducted by the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), through the Social Research, Training and Development Office (SRTDO), in the later part of 2014.

Davaoeños in the three districts of metropolitan Davao were asked about the level of importance of Pope Francis’ visit: Slightly above half (51.9%) of the residents of District 2 expressed that the visit is extremely important, while only slightly below half (48.6%) of the residents of District 3 thought so.  The residents along the city’s urban center (that is, the downtown area and its vicinities constituting District 1), posted only slightly above a third (39.8%) of their response to this question.  Meanwhile, both District 2 and District 3 agreed that the visit is important (32% and 28.8%, respectively); however, the same percentage (39.8%) of urban dwellers in District 1 thought of the visit as such.

slide_390394_4734748_freeIn a practical manner of speaking, it could be said that one in every three residents of Davao considers Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the Philippines as generally important.

Given the frenetic preparations that have already started all over the country in eagerness of this pastoral visit which, for all intents and purposes, was precipitated by the horrible impact of the massive devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda on the eastern part of the Visayas, the respondents were then asked whether or not Davaoeños are prepared for the coming of this most charismatic of popes in modern contemporary era. The responses of the residents in the three districts (close to 80% of whom claimed to be Catholics) posted a slightly higher answer to this second question than the first one.  This time, District 3 residents believed that they are prepared, registering a percentage of 65.4%, as compared to the residents of District 2 with only 53.4%. Unsurprising perhaps (if the first question is anything to go by), urban dwellers of District 1 answered rather conservatively—only slightly below half (45.8%) of them said that they are prepared. Continue reading

ADDU Gives Children of Adecor Elem. School Early X’mas Gifts

The Sama children of Adecor Elementary School, an indigenous school in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), received Christmas gift packages consisting of toys, school supplies and food stuffs from the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) on 14th December 2014 through the Pagbabahagi Pasko 2014 project. Totaling around 300, including those given to school’s teachers, the gift packages were given in a special ceremony conducted during the Community Program.

The Community Program was attended by the members of the community of Adecor Elementary School headed by Mr. Benito Manguiob, the school principal, who gave an opening message; by the personnel, staff and student volunteers of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, headed by Ms. Lilibeth Arcena; by the chair of the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), Atty. Romeo Cabarde; the faculty of the ADDU Grade School, headed by Asst. Headmaster for Formation Ms. Liza R. Lao; and the representatives of other offices and student organizations that partnered in this year’s implementation of the Pagbabahagi, such as the First Year Development Program (FYDP), the National Service Training Program (NSTP), the Arrupe Community Engagement team, the Campus Club Organizations (CCO), the Social Work Department, the SAMAHAN Central Board, and the Engineering and Architecture Students Executive Council (EASEC).IMG_9320 IMG_9323 IMG_9366 IMG_9435 IMG_9520 IMG_9541 IMG_9543 IMG_9563

After the short welcome program, the children were then asked to proceed to their respective classrooms where, in the presence of their class adviser, the actual giving of toys and school supplies took place, facilitated by selected Arrupe Vols.  Immediately afterwards, gift packages consisting of food stuffs were also distributed to the families of the children.

The program ended with a table fellowship, with packed lunch boxes provided by Jollibee Corp., Pagbabahagi 2014’s external project partner.

The Pagbabahagi is a special year-ender project of the Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP), headed by Mr. Noriel Rogon and Ms. Janice Camañan. (by Arrupe Communications)