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EPISODE #228
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: THE MIRACLE OF TONDO

On this podcast, Deacon Steve Greco welcomes a very blessed and holy man to the studio: Fr. Rey Daguitera.

Their discussion centers around the time they spent together in pilgrimage to an area called ‘Tondo’ in the Philippines. This is a community that you simply have to see and experience for yourself to believe. The abject poverty is hard to fathom.. yet, the joy and faith among those who live there is unmistakable!

Tune in and be inspired to reach out “to the least of these…”

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/19/2020

EPISODE #222
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: PHILIPPINES – ON FIRE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

On this podcast, Deacon Steve Greco welcomes some folks who have traveled a great distance to reach our studio today. How does 7000 miles sound to you?

Sr. Neseta Vargas is the Mother General of the Augustinian Order.  She works tirelessly in the area of education in her native country of the Philippines. Our other guest is Fr. JP Alvarado from the Ministers of the Infirm.

Our discussion centers around the street kids they minister to each day; and, how you and I can lend a helping hand from where we are.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 12/8/19

EPISODE #221
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: CALL TO MISSION – IN THE PHILIPPINES

On this podcast, Deacon Steve Greco welcomes a very blessed and holy man to the studio: Fr. Gerald Borja, CM. Fr. Gerald is from the Vincentians in the country of the Philippines.

The work being done on behalf of the poorest of the poor is tremendous.

Find out how you and I can also pitch in the do our part in this blessed service!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 12/1/19

EPISODE #202
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: GUEST IS BISHOP RENE MAYUGBA FROM THE DIOCESE OF LUOAG IN THE PHILIPPINES

On today’s broadcast, Deacon Steve is thrilled to welcome a bishop who has come from many, MANY miles away to join him in the studio on the campus of Christ Cathedral.

His name is Bishop Rene Mayugba from the Diocese of Luoag in the Philippines.

Tune in to hear about some wonderful ministry initiatives that you will want to add to your prayer list!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/7/19

EPISODE #200
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: DOUBT YOUR DOUBT NOT YOUR FAITH

On today’s episode, Deacon Steve welcomes married couple who are doing some amazing work in evangelization in the church today. Their names are Deacon Celso and Agnes Roxas. They have ministered together through El Shaddai Ministry and at Our Lady of Peace Church in North Hills and Incarnation Church in Glendale.

Hear all about the ministry of El Shaddai, which has a tremendous impact – especially in the Philippines.

Listen in, and be inspired!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/23/19

EPISODE #172
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: OVERCOMING ADVERSITY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

Host Deacon Steve Greco interviews guests on a variety of topics. On today’s show, he welcomes a dynamic mother and daughter combo, Jonna & Janine Malabanan.

They’ll talk about the great faith they carry with them at all times, especially whiles facing a dire cancer diagnosis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 11/11/18

 

EPISODE #169
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: HOPE FOR TONDO (IN THE PHILIPPINES)

Host Deacon Steve Greco interviews guests on a variety of topics. On today’s show, he welcomes Fr. Rey Daguitera back to the studio. Fr. Rey was with us for our last episode as well, talking about the souls he ministers to in the extremely poor area of Tondo in the Philippines..

His testimony is powerful.. you will certainly be moved by the words of Fr. Rey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 10/21/18

 

EPISODE #160
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: EVANGELIZATION

Host Deacon Steve Greco interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s program, Steve welcomes two of his dear friends to the show for the first time.

Agnes and Deacon Celso Roxas have an amazing story to share with us. Hear about their early days in the Philippines – to the amazing journey the Lord has brought them to today.

Tune in and be inspired!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 8/19/18

 

PHILIPPINE NUNS, PRIESTS SAY ROLE IN REVOLUTION AFFECTED THEIR FAITH

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Religious and clergy in the Philippines say their experiences in the People Power Revolution 30 years ago have had a lasting impact on their faith and vocations.

Sister Porferia “Pingping” Ocariza, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, told Catholic News Service that what she did Feb. 23, 1986, was worth it.

“Because for me at that time when we were facing the tanks, I believed heavily that God was there,” she told Catholic News Service. “God was there as if the seed (of democracy) was being planted.”

A three-week protest that saw millions of Filipinos converge on a main thoroughfare just outside the country’s military headquarters toppled Ferdinand Marcos, who had been in power for more than 15 years. Marcos had ordered his military to disperse angry crowds that claimed he stole a snap election from Corazon Aquino.

Standing in pairs, Sister Ocariza and 16 other nuns led the rosary as soldiers escorted rolling military tanks with their turrets trained on the sisters. The nun said staring down those tanks has been the scariest experience of her life.

“I said, ‘Lord forgive me for all my sins and even the offenses of our Filipino people.’ If really the tanks would crush us, at least the two of us … kill us sisters, not the people because we (did not) want bloodshed. I love my country.”

But the tanks stopped. And the soldiers joined the protesters reciting the rosary.

Sister Ocariza said she believed that God heard their prayers and saved the country from what could have been a violent, bloody uprising. She said she looks back to that time as a source of courage and a reminder to press ahead to fight for what is right. Today, she continues to press for housing for the poor in metro Manila.

Sister Ocariza, along with droves of clergy and religious, joined the 1986 protests after a message broadcast from then-Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila.

Father Larry Faraon, a former Dominican, was station administrator for Radio Veritas, which at the time was one of a handful of broadcasters not controlled by the government.

Cardinal Sin “only called up once,” Father Faraon told CNS. “But then it was my decision to replay it … every 10 minutes.”

The cardinal had implored citizens of the overwhelmingly Catholic country to pray and especially go and support the rebel forces led by then-defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile and Gen. Fidel Ramos, who both turned against Marcos and sided with the Aquino camp.

Father Anton Pascual, current president of Radio Veritas, said the Marcos regime was “aware of the church’s moral ascendancy. He (Marcos) knew how to play politics with the church” and that the church was very powerful whenever it “would flex her muscle.” But Father Pascual, who was a 25-year-old seminarian assigned to help monitor the vote counting, said Marcos retaliated against the station over the message of Cardinal Sin.

Father Faraon said that, during the turmoil following the snap elections, the Marcos military brought down the Radio Veritas transmitter in Bulacan province, just north of metro Manila. He said he learned from rebel troops guarding the station’s only temporary transmitter in Quezon City that their antenna was in danger of being razed.

Father Faraon had to decide whether to close the station. With just little more than a year in the priesthood, he called it “a defining moment” in his vocation.

He said, “I really had to make a choice between being a martyr or just living it off and returning to my convent and telling everybody, ‘Well, that’s all for you. That’s not for me.’”

But his staff said they wanted to see the work through.

“All of a sudden I felt there was a very, very strong call … to answer right now. … I used to receive a proposal and study (it) and then make a decision, but that was a time that I really had to make a decision, right now … a ‘matter of life and death’ decision. Somehow it helped me. It transformed me. I learned so much … from that personal experience,” said Father Faraon.