Among the participants were three Legion of Mary members from New Zealand and two French, one of whom is a Team Captain of the Mouvement de La Jeunesse Catholique de France (MJCF). The 2 French were among the 5 medics who represented the Catholic Association of Doctors, Nurses and Health Professionals in Asia (ACIM-Asia).
The 3-day event, which started on May 8, was formally opened with a Holy Mass at Cogon District Elem. School in Tagbilaran City. The group reached the hill of Fatima Shrine in Carmen on the 11th of May. The hill became alive with songs and prayers and the rain had stopped by then to welcome the pilgrims.
The League members renewed their consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the foot of Our Lady of Fatima.
Fr. Adam Purdy gave a short talk on priestly vocations.
Eleven AoM aspirants were formally accepted into the League through a ceremonial giving of the badge by the League Chaplain, Fr. Roy Dolotina.
The rains that intermittently poured on them as they walked for three days did not discourage the pilgrims who strove to endure the difficulties just to achieve the objectives of the annual event.
Just as in the past years, the annual pilgrimage was capped with evening activities like the Folk Dance and the Marian Song contests, which truly delighted both the judges and the audience. The Catechism exam was also conducted during the pilgrimage. The AoM National Council and Pilgrimage Committee headed by Mr. Jerwin Aguinaldo, in its effort to encourage and inspire the participants, also gave minor awards to deserving contingents.
The Cross News Team
Catechism Exam (Religion & Religions and The Holy Mass)
1st- Aisha Maria Apalisok (San Jose Clan, Bohol)
2nd- Judith Dagatan (Santiago Clan, Gensan)
3rd- Annalie Villajos (Santiago Clan, Gensan)
Marian Song Contest
Most Creative Folk Dance- Miraculous Medal Clan, Jaro, Iloilo
Best Folk Dance Costume- Sta. Barbara Clan, Iloilo
Most Organized Group- Miraculous Medal Clan, Jaro, Iloilo
Most Lively Group- Santiago Clan, Gensan
Largest Contingent- Tacloban City
Best Group Banner- Mt. Carmel Clan, Manila
Most Active Clan- Miraculous Medal Clan, Jaro, Iloilo
Bravo Bravissimo! Very well done!