Southern Tagalog priests combine prayer, sports

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TAGAYTAY City, Oct. 28, 2015 – Hundreds of priests from dioceses, vicariates, prelatures belonging to Southern Luzon Tagalog Region (SOLTARE) have converged here from Oct. 19 to 22 for several days of sports competitions and sessions on spirituality.

Hosted by the Diocese of Imus led by Bishop Reynaldo G. Evangelista, DD, the four-day 9th SOLTARE CUP bore the theme: “PARI FOREVER…LARO PA MORE…#eh di WOW”.

As the theme suggests the entire four-day event was a blend of spirituality, solidarity, and action. The daily games at the Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol Seminary compound always started and ended with communal prayers, liturgy, celebration of the Eucharist and bonding over meals courtesy of generous donors.

Priests got talent too

Led by their respective bishops the clergy of priests, deacons, and religious belonging to eight dioceses, vicariates and prelatures of SOLTARE arrived at the venue on Oct. 19 to compete among themselves in friendly basketball, volleyball, badminton, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis, bowling, chess, darts matches, including the crowd-pleaser “Priests Got Talent” Night.

On Tuesday night, shortly after dinner the “Priests Got Talent” Night was held and saw priests, deacons, and a bishop unleashing hidden talents of music, dances, comic timing and the like.

The clergy of Lucena (Quezon) bested other competitors during the night of talents with their renditions of American singing sensations Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Superman, and the like.

The clergy of Boac, Marinduque with no less than their prelate Bishop Marcelino Antonio M. Maralit, Jr. leading the group with their musical performance using bamboo sticks garnered second place.

Championship games

Third prize went to a former “Singing Bee” talent of ABS-CBN, one of San Pablo’s singing priests, Fr. Albert San Jose.

Bishops Emilio Z. Marquez of Lucena Diocese, Victor C. Ocampo of Gumaca, Maralit, Jr. of Boac, Marinduque, and Evangelista of Imus were present at the event.

As of press time, priests players representing their respective dioceses, prelatures, vicariates are still vying to win the championship games/

The games were held at various venues including the Divine Word Seminary; Society of St. Paul Seminary (Silang); Tagaytay Highlands; Samahan ng Mabuting Pastol Seminary all in Cavite and several more. (Fr. Romy O. Ponte / CBCP News)

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