Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (IHMP) Maluso Fiesta 2014

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (IHMP) of Townsite Maluso Basilan successfully celebrated its fiesta last August 22, 2014. It started with a nine day novena Mass sponsored by different organizations from the town and culminated with a procession of the statue of Blessed Virgin Mary around the town. maluso fiesta 7The theme of this year’s celebration was “Corazon de Maria Refegio de Amor, Esperanza y Paz” (Heart of Mary refuge of Love, Hope and Peace). There were different activities like community decoration contest for every zone, street dance, Maluso got talent, Basketball tournament, beauty contest, and parlor games. There was a tie up with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Maluso the IHMP church leaders headed by the parish priest Rev. Efren Decreto, CMF. The highlight of the fiesta celebration was the street presentation participated by the different schools of Townsite, Maluso, a show of different ethnicities present in the Philippines both participated by Muslim and Christian students alike. It was a show of solidarity between the different faiths and their thrust for peace in the area.

The fiesta concluded with the Eucharistic celebration in the morning of August 22 presided by the Rev. Fr. Leo Dalmao, CMF, Provincial Superior of the Claretian Missionaries – Philippine Province. The following concelebrated during the Mass: Rev. Fr. Angel Angeles,CMF, the Parish Priest of St. Anthony Claret Parish in Zamboanga City, Rev. Fr. Euclid Balosbalos, Parish Priest of San Vicente Ferrer Parish in Matarling, Lantawan, Basilan, Rev. Fr. Joselito Borja, Police Chaplain of Butuan City, Rev. Fr. Elmer Cantular, CMF, Local Superior of the Claretian Community of Basilan, and last but no the least the Parish Priest of  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rev. Fr. Efren Decreto, CMF. Christian communities under IHMP also attended the Eucharistic celebration. Indeed it was a solemn and blissful festivity.

Many Basilenos attended the fiesta celebration and they appreciated the preparation of both LGU and the IHMP. The whole town of Maluso became the embodiment of the theme of the fiesta celebration. The town of Maluso became the refuge of love, hope and peace in the war torn insecure Basilan Province. Distinctly it is with providence of God and maternal care of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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