This picture was taken after the Mass offered in honor of Governor Vilma Santos Recto who turned 55 last November 3, 2008. The Mass was held at the Provincial Capitol Grounds and was sponsored by the Provincial employees.
Present during the Mass were various municipal officials and of course, the provincial officials led by Vice Governor Mark Levite and the Provincial Board members.
I was the one tasked to give the homily, where I revealed Ate Vi's age, to which she was vigorously objecting, insisting she was only 39. I got that from showbiz columnist Ricky Lo who his column for that day entitled "55 reasons why Ate Vi is happy" something like that. That was my jumping board. Later I shifted to what public thrust is all about. I remined them that all authority emanates from God and God wants this authority to be used for the good of His people. It is a privilege that has a lot of responsibility going with having this authority. Of course, I was referring not only to the lady governor but to all of the officials gathered for the occasion.
With me were: Fr. Sam Titular, Fr. Lito Malibiran, Fr. Gerald Macalinao (main celebrant as he is the assistant parish priest of Euphrasia, which embraces the Capitol grounds), Fr. Jonas Palmares and myself. This is the first time that I said mass for Ate Vi publicly!