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placeholder June 22, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA

Members of the Maharlika Cultural Troupe from Martinez dance a jotabal during the June 13 Filipino celebration at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.
all photos by José Luis Aguirre




Carina Comes, Ethan Ponce, Koby Uy and Carina Uy from St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord carry an outrigger boat filled with rice, vegetables, fruits, bread and wine during the offertory procession.

Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrates a morning Mass for the Filipino community gathered at the cathedral.

Bishop Cordileone, wearing a traditional Filipino shirt, stands with Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of the Arch-diocese of Cotabato, Phili-ppines, after Mass. Archbishop Quevedo, a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, said Mass at the conclusion of the celebration.

ABOVE: After Mass, members of the Tradicion Rondalla, a project of the Philippine Native Strings Society dedicated to the preservation of classic Philippine folk tunes, haranas and folk dances, entertain on the plaza. They were one of 14 groups providing traditional entertainment.
BELOW: Filipino Catholics began their celebration with a procession on the cathedral plaza. Parishioners carry a statue of Santo Niño de Cebu (Holy Child of Cebu), followed by statues of the Immaculate Conception, and Blessed Pedro Calungsod and images of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and St. Rose of Lima.

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