Saint Paul Seminary held its second annual Philosophy, Communication, and Culture Conference  (PCCC) at the Alberione Formation Complex in Silang, Cavite, last March 1-2, 2019 with the theme “Mano Po: P/Reaching to the Post-Millenials in the Philippine Contemporary Culture”. Convened by Rev. Fr. Norman Melchor R. Peña Jr., SSP, Rector and Dean of Studies of the seminary, the two-day event hosted different plenary talks and concurrent sessions focusing on how best to involve and engage the youth to be at the forefront of the continuing development of the society and of the Church.

On the first day of the conference, his Excellency Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, DD, Bishop of the Diocese of Pasig, gave the keynote address carrying the same title as that of the conference. Using the theme of the local Church’s celebration of the Year of the Youth as the leitmotif for his talk, he shared his opinions and experiences regarding how best to preach and to reach the youth in an increasingly digital contemporary society and culture.

The roster of plenary speakers featured Sr. M. Nimfa Ebora, PDDM, LSBA, who gave a talk entitled “He Grew in Wisdom and Age: Understanding the Youth through Sacred Scripture”. She was followed by Mr. Dennis Prince Germano, DBA, who discussed how to understand and use post-millenial slang in order to better relate and engage them. Mr. Ramon Cualoping III, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary, shared his insights regarding the Philippine government’s program against drugs through his lecture entitled “Rehabinasyon: Explaining to the Youth the Duterte Administration’s Whole of Nation Approach Against Illegal Drugs.”

The second day plenary speakers included Rev. Fr. Maxell Lowell Aranilla, Ph.D, who discussed about the implications and significance of the philosophy of education in relation to the youth of today. Mr. Mark Edwin Aspra, Ph.D. then followed and shared about the notions of gender identity among Filipino post-millenials, while Mr. James Loreto Piscos, Ph.D., talked about popular piety and devotions as a manifestation of power relations among millenials. Lastly, like Bishop Vergara, Rev. Fr. Norman Melchor Peña, Jr., SSP, Ph.D., shared his thoughts and reflections regarding the belovedness, giftedness, and empowerment of the Filipino youth through the lens of the popular anime series “Naruto” and Dragon Ball Z”.

The concurrent sessions featured both undergraduate and graduate paper presentations which dabbled into how philosophy, communication, and culture can affect and further help understand the phenomenon of the post-millenial youth. A number of Pauline aspirants have presented their respective papers, including Sem. Jack Shoeven Baclaan, with his paper entitled “Explaining to the Post-Millenials the Application of Nietzche’s Will to Power to Ecological Responsibility”; Sem. Jean Carl Nathaniel Supan, with his paper entitled “Preaching to the Post-Millenials: An Analysis of Youth Groups on Evangelization through Storytelling”; Sem. John Christian Lacap, with his paper entitled “SKL: Explaining to the Youth the Philippine Political Disinformation in Post-Truth Society using Baudrillard’s Social Theory” and Sem. Earlson Jay Reyes, with his paper entitled “Lowering the Age of Criminal Responsibility in the Philippines: A Study Using Ratzinger’s Critique of Secularism.”

The two-day event concluded with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fr. Jose Aripio, SSP, the Provincial Superior of the Philippines-Macau Province, and attended by many of the participants, including faculty and alumni of the seminary.

The PCCC is an annual conference of Saint Paul Seminary in collaboration with the Episcopal Commission on Culture, which aims to bring people together to initiate meaningful discourse regarding prevalent and relevant issues and concerns in order to serve as a catalyst for informed and reasonable action for social transformation.

Sambuhay Interaktib, the Parish Bible Encounter sa Veritas 2019, launched its pilot episode on the occasion of the Conversion of Saint Paul, January 25, 2019, at the only Pauline parish in Philippines-Macau, Our Lady of Sorrows, Pasay City.

The Parish Bible Encounter is a one-hour program about parishes and their biblical activities and is highlighted by a bible quiz among the parishioners of the featured parish of that day. It is done in an interactive manner even as it is a broadcast in two media platforms, radio AM Frequency and FB go-live of Veritas FB page.

The tandem of Radio Veritas and the Society of Saint Paul is carried out by ST PAULS Audio-Visuals (SPAV) and St. Paul Bible Ministry. 


On January 27 (Sunday) at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Pasay City, the Pauline Family in the Philippines opened the Vocation Year (2019-2020) with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.  The Pauline celebration draws inspiration from the last Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops focused on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocation Discernment” and also coincides with the “Year of the Youth” event of the local Church in the Philippines. 

The opening mass, well-attended by members of Pauline Congregations, Aggregated Institutes and Cooperators, together with the parishioners, saw the unveiling and explanation of the official logo and the recitation of the prayer for Pauline vocations. Presiding the Eucharist was the Provincial Superior Fr. Jose Aripio, while newly ordained priest Fr. Eric Mark Salamat delivered the homily, introducing the Pauline Family’s rich diversity and unity to the assembly.

During the whole day, a vocation booth was put up in front of the parish church where interested individuals could get vocation materials (brochures, bookmarks, flyers, etc.), watch promotional videos, or simply inquire or chat with a priest, brother, sister, or lay consecrated member of the Pauline Family. Before the end of each mass that Sunday, a Pauline member gave a short presentation of his/her Congregation or Institute, encouraging people to consider the Pauline religious calling.

The vocation promoters of the Pauline Family who spearheaded the preparation of the opening event expressed gratefulness for its successful outcome. Inspired by the familial vibe of being sons and daughters of Blessed James Alberione, they commit themselves to collaborate again to plan and set up more events and encounters with the youth during this year-long festivity.

Twenty-three members of CAP-ESW circumscriptions gathered in Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday, 6 February, together with General Councillors, Fr Jose Pottayil, President of CTIA, and Br Darlei Zanon, for a three-day seminar on the document Editorial Guidelines: Identity, Contents and Interlocutors of the Pauline Apostolate

The aim of the seminar is to assist the CAP-ESW circumscriptions in their assimilation and application of the contents of the document, approved by the General Government on 5 June last year, and to explore possibilities of collaboration in the realisation of the document’s aims.

The meeting began with a joyful dance and prayer in honour of Santo Niño, whose feast is celebrated each year in the Philippines on the third Sunday of January. Fr Jose Aripio, Provincial Superior of the Philippines-Macau Province, then welcomed all the participants to the seminar, especially those who had come from other circumscriptions. 

After welcomes from Fr Pottayil and Br Zanon, a letter to the seminar from the Superior General, Fr Valdir José De Castro, was read to the assembly. In his letter Fr Valdir wished all the participants a fruitful meeting "in which you can join forces ... in order to face, with audacity and creativity, the challenges of our mission in the current culture of communication."

The meeting then began its business sessions, with the General Directors of the Apostolate from each of the CAP-ESW circumscriptions giving a report on the apostolic situation in their circumscription, with special reference to new initiatives in the light of the X General Chapter and steps already taken to apply the new Editorial Guidelines. The reports revealed many encouraging initiatives as well as challenges being experienced.

Following a presentation on the Title Waves book centre in Mumbai by Fr Francisco Thazhathel, a member of CTIA and Director of the centre, the final session of the day saw a lively discussion on possibilities for apostolic collaboration among CAP-ESW circumscriptions. The matters raised will be further developed over the remaining two days of the seminar.


The second day of the seminar began with a presentation on the Editorial Guidelines by Br Darlei Zanon. Fr Jose Pottayil then offered a vision for our Pauline book centres going into the future. The afternoon session was devoted to work in groups as the participants were asked to identify key insights concerning the Editorial Guidelines and the book centre apostolate and propose strategies to put these insights into practice. 

Day two also afforded the opportunity for visitors to the Philippines to learn about two notable apostolic activities of the province that have grown considerably in recent years, the St Paul Bible Quiz and the Sambuhay-TV-Audio, which broadcasts Daily Mass. Participants visited the offices of Sambuhay and the Makati book centre. The day ended with a visit Intramuros (inside the walls of the old city of Manila) for dinner and a cultural show.

The final day began with presentations on digital online publishing and digital marketing by two very successful Filipino practitioners in these fields.

The work groups of the final afternoon considered possibilities for the structure of CAP-ESW going forward, and evaluated the seminar. People spoke positively of the opportunity the seminar provided to learn from each other, and to hear about initiatives that could be adopted, with appropriate modifications, in other circumscriptions. Participants were grateful for the additional light that was shed on the Editorial Guidelines.

The meeting was unanimous in its belief in the value of CAP-ESW, with a simplified structure aimed at greater productivity and less bureaucracy.

The seminar concluded with a Mass celebrated with the Pauline Family in the Sanctuary of St Paul, followed by a dinner with the Pauline Family. The wonderful hospitality extended by the Philippine-Macau Province to all the participants was appreciated by everyone.


Message from the Superior General

Presentation of Bro. Darlei Zanon

Day 02 and 03

Day 01

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