‘Year of the Poor’ closing set

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TAGUM City, Oct. 18, 2015 – A host of activities set on Oct. 19 to 22 will officially wrap up the nationwide celebration of the Year of the Poor (YoP) in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte, to be capped by Alay Kapwa (AK40)’s culmination day on Oct. 23.

According to a press release from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice, and Peace (NASSA), priests from various dioceses of the country will join the “Support and Shoot for the Poor” through a basketball tournament and outreach activities that will highlight vocation awareness and advocacies for the poor.

As many as ten teams will vie with one another at the Inter-Clergy National Basketball Tournament (ICNBT) starting on Oct. 18.

The top two contenders will compete in the championship game on Oct. 23.

With tickets sold, the game aims to raise funds and promote vocation promotion and outreach/ immersion for the clergy of the participating dioceses.

YoP & AK40 raffle tickets are available for Php 20 each and available at Social Action Centers and NASSA until Oct. 20.

Prizes are as follows:

  • Php 50,000 (Grand Prize)
  • Php 30,000
  • Php 15,000
  • Php 1,000 (x40) – consolation prize

Part of the ticket sales will go to the development and advocacy projects of each diocese, and another part earmarked for national and social action network advocacy projects for the poor.

Meanwhile, diocesan participants can showcase their respective evangelization ideas through the “Walk with the Poor” Gallery Exhibit Contest.

Organizers express hope these activities will not “end” the Year of the Poor, but inspire further the continuing mission of the Church of the Poor in the Philippines.

The Year of the Poor celebration is part of the local Church’s answer to the “Era of New Evangelization” – a nine-year preparation for the 5th centenary of the coming of Christianity to the Philippines in 2021.

CBCP-NASSA was assigned as the lead commission on the Year of the Poor. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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