Social Conscience

By: Fr. Randy Figuracion, SDB

I used to be naughty as I was growing up. I would tease my young siblings especially my sister to the point of making her angry; many times to the point of tears. She even ran after me with a table fork! I had the liberty to do this because my parents were away. At home, we only had our helper who was also a distant relative to manage the house. But I was beyond her control. At any hint of trouble, I was the culprit.

When dad arrived, my sister would immediately report all my trouble making at home. At first, my dad would call me and advise me to be more kind and respectful. But after several warnings and futile efforts to correct me, he was forced to execute disciplinary measures. I remember my dad spanking me several times. I resented him for that. On hindsight, I realize what my dad did was right. He had the duty to correct me. I believe, I am a better person today because of those “spankings.” Today I understand better that he did what he should do because he truly cared for me.

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Don Bosco Retreat House – Mantalongon Received First Major Renovation Since 1967

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Before and after renovation photo of Don Bosco Retreat House – Mantalongon

The Don Bosco Retreat House in Mantalongon, Municipality of Dalaguete, Cebu, underwent its first major renovation since it was built in 1967. In the course of 5 decades various youth formation activities in Cebu Province and the Visayas and Mindanao Regions have been conducted here. It has become a testament to the Salesians’ drive to form young people through guided retreats, recollections, youth encounters, summer camps, and other formative activities.

The renovation of the Retreat House began in June 2016 and was completed on March 2017 through the generosity and solidarity of the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany and Don Bosco Mission-Bonn, Germany.

The massive renovation work is a tribute to the 50 years of existence of the Don Bosco Mantalongon Retreat House and is a pledge to more years of spiritual and formative action.

Location of Mantalongon in Dalaguete, Cebu.