DAVAO City, July 5, 2015—Calling themselves the “Davao Agila” Team, some members of the Diocesan Clergy of Davao will join a basketball tournament in Cebu City for the benefit of their chosen charity, the Archdiocesan Nourishment Center (ANC) of the Archdiocese of Davao.
“We will be playing basketball hoping that we will have a good play. We are confident that the Lord is with us as we enter the court and play the games,” said Fr. Rene Ribac, professor of St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary and member of the “Davao Agila” Team.
The tournament, dubbed the “Spring Rain Mission’s Cup”, the 3rd Inter-Clergy Basketball Tournament is set on July 6 to 10 in Cebu City with 14 participating teams of priests from different dioceses and religious congregations in the Philippines.
The 12 Davao priests, who make up “Davao Agila” Team, chose the ANC as its beneficiary since it is one of the Archdiocese of Davao’s programs for the poor and needy.
Fr. Leif Simbajon, parochial vicar of Sto. Rosario Parish in Toril, who is part of the “Davao Agila” Team said they chose ANC because they want the children under the said program to benefit from the proceeds of their prize as they see the need to continue the feeding program of malnourished children in the Archdiocese of Davao.
Playing for the mission
“I was once assigned in the Our Lady of Fatima Parish and ANC is located near the parish and there I have seen the health situation of the children, who are mostly our parishioners, and I also saw the eagerness of the volunteers to serve but the feeding program needs funding for its continuity,” said Simbajon.
ANC is located in the house formerly occupied by the Missionaries of Charity. The same house was also the residence where Blessed Theresa of Calcutta, the founder of the congregation, once stayed in during her visit in Davao City years ago.
Aside from feeding the children, the ANC also takes care of their spiritual nourishment and gives parents formation and seminars on parenting.
“Playing for the Mission and Win for your Mission,” is the tournament’s theme, further inspiring the Davao clergy to practice and do their best on the court.
“We will need the prayers of our fellow priests and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Davao,” said Ribac during an interview. (John Frances C. Fuentes/CBCPNews)