By Jay Bolusa
October 28, 2008 – It is almost midnight… I just came from the concelebrated mass at San Lorenzo Ruiz center at Jamaica, Queens. The main celebrant was Msgr.Edgardo Juanich, with co-celebrants Msgr. Oscar Aquino and Fr. Warlito Namo, who came all the way from Los Angeles to be with the Bishops.
Fr. Warlitz homily reminded the faithful on humility and acceptance of the Will of God. I am always reminded of Fr. Warlitz as a young seminarian at St Joseph Seminary and this is the first time I heard him read the gospel and delivere the homily and I was impressed and proud that we, in Palawan, produced a priest of the highest caliber.
Palawan’s loss is California’s gain. He is helping Msgr. Juanich with the fundraising campaign for the construction of the Cathedral in Taytay. Tentative time frame for the construction is five years but with the help from the Filipino-Americans from the United States the timetable could be reduced to two years.
The mass was attended by Filipinos from Luzon Visayas and Mindanao. Palawenos who were there were doctors Elmer and Rene Argubano Elma with son John, Minirva and Edgar Timones,Tina Macolor and Carmen Ledesma, Belle Sanchez and Veronica Escalona, Aveline Abiog and Minda Bacaltos and JB.
Msrg. Juanich and Aveline Abiog had a city tour of Manhattan last Saturday and yesterday we went to the Opera “La Traviata” at the Metropolitan Opera at the Lincoln Center. When we reached at Aveline’s apartment we identified ourselves to the Corncierge as Jay Bolusa and the Monsigneur, the Concierge was kind of amazed or puzzled and we don’t know why he acted as such. When we reached upstairs we learned why the guy downstairs acted that way. About quarter of an hour before we came Fr. Warlitz just arrived from California. He can’t figure out why Aveline could have these religious visitors in the middle of the night. We left him to his own interpretation. Be that as it may.
October 26, 2008 at 10:55 a.m., Carlos Gonzales Macolor left us and joined our creator. His death was confirmed by his only daughter, Cristina Macolor. He retired sometime ago as Chief of Palawan Provincial Fisheries. I came to know Carling Macolor when he married my piano teacher, the young and beautiful lass from Holy Trinity Junior College, Linda delos Santos. Their union was blessed with seven children, six boys and a girl, Robert, Caloy Dale, Cristina, Emmanuel, Dennis and Roy.
Carmen Ledesma, who is Carling’s younger sister also grieves for his passing I told Tina and Mameng that we should grieve not that our loved ones leaved us but rather we should rejoice that they are nor entering an everlasting life.
Till next week, Ciao and God Bless!