Manila, Day 1

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Before lunch on Thursday, I got a tour of the Brothers Residence and we met Brother Simon from Vietnam. Some of the scholastics insisted on a photo, since the three of us formed quite the trio of heights!

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After lunch, Brother Michael led us on a thorough tour of De La Salle University, a very impressive place. We ended up in the president’s office, where former president and prominent Lasallian Partner Carmelita Quebengco provided me with a detailed and helpful explanation of the Lasallian East Asia District and its ministries.

Brother Marty and I with Lita Quebengco.

Brother Marty and I with Lita Quebengco.

A sobering moment on our tour occurred when we visited the main chapel at DLSU, where 16 Brothers, a Redemptorist, and several lay people were slaughtered by the Japanese in 1945. The plaque testifies to their martyrdom.

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Many of them were killed right in this main aisle of the chapel.

Later, we joined the District Council of LEAD for a delicious dinner out. It was good to be reunited with some Brothers I already knew from General Chapter (Sockie and Tom Lavin) as well as meeting some new ones.

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There is at of pride and spirit on display at DLSU. The color of the Lasallian schools in the Philippines is green, so DLSU is certainly a “green” campus!

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And finally, a closing shot of Manila Bay in late afternoon.

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