BONTOC, Mountain Province – An ecumenical mass service was recently held at the site of the recent devastating fire in Poblacion, Bontoc, Mountain Province. The service was co-officiated by Bishop Benny Lang-acan, Fr. Marcial Lloyd Castaneda, Fr. Sammy Maximo, and other religious leaders.
The event was attended by prominent political figures, including Congress Representative Maximo Y. Dalog Jr., Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan Jr. represented by Vice Governor Francis O. Tauli, Board Member Joshua Fronda, Board Member Ezra Gomez, Board Member Tom Tawagen, and Mayor Jerome Chagsen Tudlong. Also in attendance were personnel from municipal government, provincial government, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, as well as the fire victims.
During the event, Governor Lacwasan’s message was delivered by Fronda, expressing sympathy for the fire victims and gratitude for the personnel of BFP, PNP, neighboring municipalities, and the people of Bontoc who sacrificed themselves to help.
“Iti purpose nga ikararagan tayo ti fire victims to uplift their spirits, we sympathize with them amin nga pamuspusan tau nga makatulong iti kabaelan adi tako hesitate ay man-ishare. “
Congressman Dalog also gave an inspiring message, urging the victims and all those who extended their hands to continue praying for them.
“…but prayer’s s not enough man idawat tako si tulong ay kabaelan tako iti naawanan ti properties na, para sinan biktima adi tako maawanan si Namnama, LIKE A PHOENIX WE RISE FROM THE ASHES,” Dalog said.
Tudlong expressed his gratitude to everyone who extended their help. “no other words but salamat sinan amin ay tulong yu from abroad, neighboring municipalities and provinces. I assure nga dumanon amin nga donations tako isnan fire victims, we continue to work adi agtan Apo Dios datako si adi tako kaya ay baklayen, someone says maybe it’s Lord testing our faith, so always pray keep the faith..”
Tauli also delivered a message, urging everyone to pray and keep their faith strong.
The ecumenical mass service brought together people from different religions and backgrounds, uniting them in prayer and support for those affected by the devastating fire. It served as a reminder that in times of crisis, the community can come together to help one another and rise above any adversity.