Saints We Are

By: Fr. Randy Figuracion, SDB

When we talk about “saints,” we immediately think of the “canonized ones” – those proclaimed by the Church as blessed because they have lived extraordinary lives beyond that of an average Christian. Here we note that the Church does not make or create saints, but rather recognizes their virtues and present them to the faithful as role models in the practice of the faith.

The first saint I have known is San Antonio of Padua. My mom entrusted me to his care in my childhood. She even added it as my baptismal name. He was known for his persuasive preaching and impressive miracles borne out of his deep faith in God. The saint who inspired me most is St. John Bosco. Having read his life as a boy, his personality captivated me because he was such a talented individual both in nature and in grace. But my favorite saint is John Paul II because he inspired me to be a priest. Most of all, he is the only saint I have seen in my life.

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Making A Difference

Youth-at-Risk

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The original nature of works and services for youth-at-risk

As he went through Turin’s streets, Don Bosco saw the dangers faced by needy youth and responded to their difficulties and poverty by opening new types of pastoral services. As soon as he entered the Convitto, Fr Cafasso entrusted him with the task of visiting the prisons where, for the firs t time, he encountered and witnessed the alarming and the unfortunate conditions of many young prisoners. His encounter with these young prisoners had a deep impact on him – it touched him, disturbed him and moved him to reflect on what needed to be done.

He considered himself sent by God to respond to the cries of the poor and the young. His insight told him that it was important to give an immediate response to their problems and above all to prevent the causes through a holistic educational approach. This is why he first of all sought to take upon himself the care of orphaned and abandoned youth who came to Turin in search of work, their parents being unable, or uninterested in caring for them.

We too encounter children, teenagers and older youth living in conditions of social exclusion, and we do so with Don Bosco’s zeal. Social exclusion is to be understood in the broader sense which goes beyond the mere

economic meaning usually intended by the traditional concept of poverty. It also refers to limited access to education, culture, housing, work, lack of recognition and achievement of human dignity and the fact that they are often disbarred from exercising real citizenship. We believe that the most effective form of response to this difficulty would be preventive action in its many forms.

The option for poor youth and those abandoned and at risk, has been at the heart of the Salesian Family and its life from the time of Don Bosco till today. A great variety of projects, services and facilities for poor youth, with the choice of education as inspired by the Salesian preventive criteria, has sprung from this.

Urged on by our awareness that social exclusion is on the increase, we acknowledge the need to ensure that Don Bosco’s system of education is practised, so that young people can overcome difficulties and marginalisation, imbibe an ethical understanding of education and personal development and be socially and politically involved as active citizens. We want to see young people educated and the rights of the minors defended in the struggle against injustice and for building up peace.

DON BOSCO ILOILO – DUMANGAS
Official Name: Don Bosco Boys’ Home and Training Center
Location: P.D. Monfort South, Dumangas, Iloilo

Primary Service: Vocational Training Center- Boys’ Home – Campus Ministry – Youth Center
Salesian Community (2017-2018)

  1. Fr. PALOMO, Aguedo – R/BH/Pr C
  2. Fr. ROTOR, Felix – Ec
  3. Fr. ELEVADO, Allen George – Vc/PA/T
  4. Fr. BACATAN, Abundio – Student (Civil Law)DirectoryDon Bosco Iloilo
    P.D. Monfort South
    5006 Dumangas, Iloilo
    PHILIPPINES+ 63 (033) 361-2500 FAX Office
    History

    Since 1979, the Salesians of Don Bosco have already planned to have a new presence in Iloilo where many students of Don Bosco Victorias came from. Since then, there were continuous efforts to materialize the plan. The plans in the year 1993 did not prosper due to the difficulty of converting the land from agricultural to institutional. This situation did not hinder the Salesians to pursue their plan.

It was in 1996 that the late Archbishop Alberto Piamonte of the Diocese of Jaro, being an admirer of St. John Bosco, donated a 7 hectare land in Dumangas. Don Bosco was so thankful and enthusiastic of the offer that they immediately acted upon it. Fr. Jaime M. Carmona, SDB, who was then assigned in Mambucal followed up the program started by Fr. Edgardo Espiritu and the group of Don Bosco Alumni. Hon. Narsico D. Monfort, Congressman 4th District of Iloilo where Dumangas belongs, facilitated the conversion of the land. With the site final and ready, construction of the buildings for the new Don Bosco-Iloilo began. The construction of Phase 1(Boys’ Home Building, General Shop, Tractor Shed and sports facilities like basketball court and football field) started in 1996 and the Boys’ Home Building was finished October, 1997.

Don Bosco-Dumangas formally opened its doors as a home for marginalized boys and a training center for the out-of-school youth in February 1998. Don Bosco’s presence in Dumangas is part of the church’s growing consciousness that the countryside of Iloilo should be developed to help solve the social and economic problems of the province. The Catholic Archdiocese of Jaro, through the late Archbishop Alberto Piamonte, wished to be more relevant in addressing the problem of poverty that he asked the Salesians to put up a Boys’ Home and Training Center.

Don Bosco Boys’ Home and Training Center aims in helping the young themselves so that they may become good Christians and productive citizens. It is, therefore, a residential care center and undertakes every spiritual and corporal works of charity directed to the young especially street children, orphans, poor and abandoned boys between 10-17 years of age. In the process of their stay in the center they will be moulded with values and will be learning a trade or a skill to prepare them for life.

Primarily, the TVET center is only for the boys of the residential care but due to the many instances of poverty around, Don Bosco opened its doors to the out of school youth, poor but deserving students. Now, its TVET center is one of the most promising centers of the FIS province offering three courses on SMAW NCI, SMAW NCII, and SMES.

From the year 2016 to the present, the daily oratory-youth center has been revived especially after school hours. Students from the nearby schools come to Don Bosco to do some recreation and praying of the rosary in a daily basis.

 

DON BOSCO BOYS’ HOME – LILOAN 
Official Name: Don Bosco Boys’ Home and Training Center
Location: Cotcot, Liloan, Cebu

Primary Services: Technical Training Center – Residential Home and Assistance for Children in Need of Special Protection – JHS & SHS – Magone Aftercare Center – Parish

Salesian Community

1. Fr. VILBAR, Ronel – R/VDB Cebu
2. Fr. BOLLOZOS, Rhine Marco – Vc/BH/Asst Pr/PV
3. Bro. CRESCENCIO, Silvestre – Ec/T/CYM CILO
4. Bro. GUSTILO, Arsenio III – PA/YC/BH Asst
5. Fr. ABATAYO, Arvin – MH/Missions
6. Fr. BACLAY, Leonides – PP/Conf
7. Bro. BESONIA, Raffy – Pt BH
8. Cl. YSULAN, Julius – Pt BH
9. Bro. MONTEJO, John – Pt MH

Directory
Don Bosco Boys’ Home and Training Center
P.O. Box 474,
6000 Cebu City
PHILIPPINES
+ 63 (032) 424-7002 Boys’ Home/ Administrator
+ 63 (032) 424-7003 Training Center

History 
Don Bosco Boys’ Home was formerly the “Cebu Juvenile Home, Inc.” This was constructed in 1972 to answer the needs of young detainees as a result of the curfew implementation during the Martial Law era. The Philippine Constabulary (PC) stockade at Gorordo venue became congested wherein the young and old people were mixed together which gave the problem of sleeping space and hygiene. The environment was not healthy and the young boys were exposed to the bad habits of the older detainees. To solve this, Lt. Col. Eddie Foronda, the PC Provincial Commander called on some civic-minded citizens for assistance. This marked the birth of Cebu Juvenile Home, Inc.

The formal dedication of Cebu Juvenile Home took place in February 1973. Three years, March 17, 1976 it acquired its juridical status as a corporation. The institution was administered by a Congregation of Sisters called the Hijas de Jesus while its security was provided by the PC. The Hijas de Jesus managed the institution for almost ten years trying to keep these boys busy washing bottles and sending the brighter ones to school. However, after running the institution for almost a decade, they found it hard to maintain it, due to lack of funds and personnel. Thus, it was handed back to the PC, who in turn started to look for a group to manage the center.

Dona Maria Aboitiz was a Spanish Lady and a great philanthropist came to the rescue. This woman has been instrumental in bringing the Salesian Fathers and Brothers of Don Bosco and started a Boys’ town in 1954 in Punta Princesa, Cebu City. Thus, she turned once again to the Salesians who were appalled by the way the institution had been managed. The boys in the center did not have a decent place to sleep, no plates for their food. They were smoking, gambling, drinking and doing whatever they like.

In December 8, 1982, the center was offered as an outreach program of Don Bosco Technology Center (then known as Don Bosco Technical High School). Fr. Peter Zago, Fr. Lenard Mcmanus and Cleric Doey Alpeche would go during the day to take care of the boys of the Cebu Juvenile Home in Banilad, Cebu City. In 1986, Cebu Juvenile Home Inc. became officially known as Don Bosco Boys’ Home Inc. Fr. Leonard Mcmanus became the first Salesian-in-charge. He started to stay with the boys of Don Bosco Boys’ Home the whole time together with some lay volunteers. He was later on followed by Fr. Peter Zago.

In January 18, 1989, the Don Bosco General House in Rome issued the canonical erection of Don Bosco Boys’ Home as a regular Salesian House. In May 1989, a Rector and other full-time personnel together with domestic helpers completed the staff of the house. The first Rector was Fr. Marcelino Benabaye followed by Fr. Francis De Meulenaere in 1995. The third Rector was Fr. Ronald Guiao in 1997.

In 1998 due to certain circumstances in its lot ownership, another story is born. “Don Bosco Boys’ Home” needed to relocate to Cotcot, Liloan, Cebu. Fr. Ronald Guiao had to start from scratch. A three hectare lot was donated by the Aboitizes to facilitate the transfer eventual transfer from Banilad to Liloan 1999. The German Ministry and Jugend Dritte Welt donated the funds for the Don Bosco Boys’ Home Residential Care Services while “AMIE”, a Belgian Foundation that helps Belgian Missionaries through Fr. Francis De Meulenaere donated the funds for a Machining and Welding Shop. The Training Center was opened and accepted its first batch of students in 2000.

In 2001, Fr. Adriano Satura became the fourth Rector. The Third floor of the Residential Care services Building was completed and a second shop for Carpentry was built during his term.

In 2005, Fr. Lamberto Paradiang Jr. became the fifth Rector of Don Bosco Boys’ Home. The site development of Don Bosco Boys’ Home continued due to many generous benefactors here and abroad. A new chapel dedicated to St. Dominic Savio was built. A new gym and the Magone Home Aftercare Services were added to the facilities of Don Bosco Boys’ Home.

At present, DBBH is also a parish named after St. John Bosco (although it is still using the DBBH chapel for its services)  and an extension of the Liloan National High School in the adopt a school program of DepEd with a 5- year MOA to subsidize its teachers and maintain its facilities.

In 2016, the festive oratory was born through the initiative of its rector, Fr. Joriz Calsa, SDB, also the CYM delegate of the FIS province.

Courses Offered
Mechanical Technology and SMAW