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Pro-Life moves back to Manila

HOME sweet home. Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, Inc. (Pro-Life) recently transferred from its previous location inside the Good Shepherd Compound at 1043 Aurora Blvd, Quezon City to its new office inside the San Lorenzo Ruiz Student Catholic Center with address 2486 Legarda St., Sampaloc, Manila last May. Used to be housed by the said Catholic center back in the 1990s, Pro-Life opted to return to San Lorenzo due to its strategic location being at the heart of Manila and at the center of the university belt. Its new location

allows it to cater to more clients in need. The foundation’s official staff members currently enjoy a newly furnished office space courtesy of proceeds coming from fundraising events. Blessing of the new office is scheduled on July 9 to be officiated by San Lorenzo’s Director Msgr. Fr. Vicente Bauson. Pro-Life now also has its new roster of telephone hotlines. For those seeking counseling services, kindly dial the numbers 692-3794 and 733-7027. Telefax number is 734-9425 and our present mobile number 0919-2337783. TOP: The center’s facade facing the busy street of Legarda, Manila

FROM left to right: ProLife Center’s glass doors, the Pro-Life library and resource area, and the center’s 30-seater conference area.

Pro-Life salutes, enjoins mothers during International Day of Families MOTHER power. Pro-Life Philippines Foundation along with its co-members in the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF) celebrated the International Day of Families last May 15 inside the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Compound in Batasan Hills, Quezon City. The organizers opted to center this year’s theme on valuing the importance of mothers with: “Mothers and Families: Challenges in a Changing World. It was given a local version coined as “Si Nanay, Matatag sa Lahat ng Bagay.” Speakers during the event were inspirational writer Mr. Francis Kong, actress Melanie Marquez, and Go Negosyo mentors. Undersecretary Luwalhati Pablo greeted the mothers on behalf of the DSWD.

Pro-Life, the celebration of the International Day of Families was made possible. The event aims to further strengthen the bonds between the members of the family and to focus on the social issues the family is inevitably involved. Based on the proclamation crafted by the members of the United Nations General Assembly in 1989, the year 1994 was considered the first “International Year of the Family.”(Andrew Isiah P. Bonifacio)

PROUD NANAYS. Pro-Life Executive Director Marita Wasan joining mothers from Payatas during the opening parade

Through the efforts of DSWD-NCFF and in cooperation with groups coming from public and private sectors such as

Buntis ka ba? Kailangan mo ba ng tulong o di kaya’y kaibigang matatakbuhan? Nandito kami para sa iyo. Tumawag lamang sa Pro-Life Philippines: 734-9425 / 692-3794 / 733-7027 O kaya’y magtext sa: 0919-2337783

Pro-Life FYI ORG NEWS Pro-Life finds niche in Meycauayan City

2 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Antonio M. Kosca, Jr Chairperson

Sec. Jose L. Atienza, Jr President Edgardo C. Sorreta Vice President Xavier S. Padilla Secretary Florinda M. Lacanlalay Treasurer Members: Emmanuel R. Amador Baby R. Nebrida-Ballesty Rep. Ma. Carissa O. Coscolluela Esther P. Magleo Coun. Janet M. Malaya Eric B. Manalang Melquiades A. Robles Rep. Wiliam Irwin C. Tieng Mariano Michael C. Velarde Sr. Mary Pilar L. Verzosa, RGS Founder Ma. Julieta F. Wasan Executive Director

BOARD OF ADVISERS Lina Arevalo Dr. Angelita Aguirre, M.D. Dr. Primitivo D. Chua Esther Dela Cruz Minda Fuentes Bro. Gonzalo Goquiolay Dr. Cely Malinit, M.D. Ma. Asuncion Ramirez Jose Sandejas Benjamin Santillan Ruperto Somera, Ph. D. Nita Trofeo Mercy Tuazon Dr. Myrna Zapanta, M.D. Atty. Adrian C. Sison Legal Adviser Most Rev. Paciano B. Aniceto, D.D. Spiritual Adviser

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Marilou O. Agsaluna Kent J. Bianes Andrew Isiah P. Bonifacio Aurea G. Jaucian Edwina S. Meily Ellen M. Sanchez Jonnel G. Sesalim

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Andrew Isiah P. Bonifacio Editor Jonnel G. Sesalim Graphic & Lay-out Artist Marilou O. Agsaluna Edwina S. Meily Jonnel G. Sesalim Contributors

A JOURNEY begins with a single step and this was what the organizers of Pro-Life Meycauayan City took in light of their fierce commitment to guard and preserve the sanctity of life. In their eager pursuit to promote the culture of life, a group of parishioners headed by Rev. Msgr. Epitacio Castro of the local Parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Meycauayan City, Bulacan decided to establish its own local Pro-Life Center, which was formally launched last May 23 during the oath-taking ceremonies of their very own officers. Pro-Life Philippines (Pro-Life) Executive Director Marita Wasan with Program Officer Weena Meily witnessed the momentous event. “It was a picture of total commitment!” Meily said. “They were determined to be promoters of the culture of life.” Before the formal heralding of the said pro-life chapter, the organizers personally went to Pro-Life’s old office inside of the Good Shepherd Compound last April to meet up with the foundation’s incumbent staff. Armed with a mission, they

went on straight to the point of expressing their interest of instituting their Pro-Life Meycauayan’s new set of officers taking their oath of own pro- commitment. life center in Meycauayan City. taking, Pro-Life Meycauayan “They asked for help on City is in full operation trying to how to put up a pro-life center cater and reach out to troubled in their parish, because of their families, men, women, teenagdeep concern for the youth in ers, and children. their area,” Meily said. “No one gives what he According to the National does not have. You cannot say Statistics Office, Meycauayan you value life if you yourself City has an estimate of 200,000 do not give value to life” said residents and a huge percentage Msgr. Castro during his openof this population belong to the ing speech. A memorandum of age bracket of 13 to 30. Like in agreement will soon be signed Metro Manila, the organizers of between the national and their Pro-Life Meycauayan City ad- own local chapter. mitted that they have observed Aside from the oath-taking, many cases of teen pregnancies, Wasan gave the new officers attempted abortions, family and members of the newlybreakdown, etc. thriving within established pro-life center the their vicinity. pro-life orientation lecture. She “Indeed they were disturbed made mention of the basic eleby the realities brought about ments of the pro-life way of life by the culture of death” Meily and the several anti-life issues said. plaguing the society today. (EdToday, even before the oath wina S. Meily)

CBCP, Pro-Life reaches out to Mindanao via counseling WORKING toward the institution of a parishbased Center for Women and Children, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Office on Women sponsored a series of seminars dedicated to training potential counselors and life coaches last May 3 to 10 at the St. Anthony Hall of the Cathedral of St. Augustine, Cagayan De Oro City. The said event was attended by 28 delegates coming from the dioceses of Digos and Cagayan De Oro City. As a collaborative effort between the CBCP Office on Women and the local parishes, this project seeks to respond to the need for parishioners to create a Center for Women and Children in each parish, which would satisfy the needs of women and children in crisis through offering counseling and referral services for free. Facilitated by Pro-Life Philippines Founder Sr. Mary Pilar Verzosa, RGS and Program Officer and Life Coach Edwina Meily, the project yielded success. Included in the week-long itinerary was

a counseling training workshop was conducted by a well-adept and licensed counselor Sr. Grace Butalid, RGS. It was followed by an orientation on the promotion of the culture of life as conducted by Pro-Life Philippines. Also held during the series were a short legal discussion about the legal implications of RA 9208: Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act with Atty. Beverly Musni and a talk on Domestic Violence and The Dignity and Vocation of Women (based on the Apostolic Letter of the late P. John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem) by Meily. Plans and strategies for setting up the women’s desks eventually followed after all of the talks. Sr. Pilar and Meily also teamed up in giving a One-day Teen Sexuality Seminar to high school students from Camiguin Island in Camiguin National High school. The activity was part of a month-long live-out summer camp of high school students from different schools island-wide. (Edwina S. Meily)

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CBCP pleads for more prayers to halt RH bill passage

MANILA, May 22, 2009—Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Family and Life Chairman and San Fernando (Pampanga) Archbishop Paciano B. Aniceto asked for the Catholic faithful to intensify their prayers to block the controversial Reproductive Health Bill now pending in the Lower House. In his homily at a concelebrated Mass at the gathering of ProLife advocates held Wednesday afternoon at the Makati Sports Club, the prelate said Catholics need to fervently pray for divine intervention to enlighten the minds of those who support the controversial measures. “While our friends at the House are trying their best with their power of argumentation, proper reasoning and moral arguments,

just like Moses, we hold our hands in supplication to the Lord, we have gathered different groups composed of lay leaders, bishops and legislators to oppose the controversial bill,” Aniceto said. He added the pro-life lawmakers are trying their best to win over the latest 22 party-list lawmakers who recently assumed office. “Twenty-two can be a deciding factor during the final voting,” he said. Lawmakers Leonardo Montemayor of ABA-AKO party list and Congressmen J. Roilo Golez, Eduardo Zialcita, Raul Del Mar also attended the event. Aniceto also asked for prayers for the new lawmakers for them to really understand the real issues against the controversial reproductive health bill. Among the Church-based groups represented during the meeting were Kanlungan ng Buhay Foundation, Pro-Life Philippines, Couples for Christ-Foundation for Family and Life and Alliance for the Family. (Cited from an original article by Melo M. Acuna for cbcpnews.com dated 05/22/09)

Archbishop objects to ‘foreign financiers’ funding artificial contraception

MANILA, May 23, 2009— ARCHBISHOP Paciano Aniceto branded international agencies US-AID, the European Commission, Australia’s Agency for International Development and even Agencia Espańola de Cooperacion Internacional of Spain as “unethical” after replenishing their in- Bishop Aniceto terest in funding local maternal health and population management programs which include artificial birth control. The Commission on Family and Life head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said these agencies are also key players in pressuring lawmakers to pass a controversial “reproductive health” bill while linking increased aid to its passage. “Unmindful of the already sharply decreasing rate of population growth in the Philippines after 39 years of unrelenting and well funded population control programs, still these international birth control groups foist upon our country their agenda for population reduction to a level that courts national peril,” Aniceto said. Aniceto added that billions of pesos have been earmarked for release in the coming months to be channeled to local government units and NGOs. Yet, the Philippines was listed among 74 countries as "intermediate-level fertility." The meeting noted that if current trends persisted, those

countries were expected to reach below replacement fertility levels. He lamented that hefty funding which should be spent for authentic maternal, infant and child care, basic hygienic systems and measures are inappropriately allotted for contraceptives and birth control devices. In defense, foreign funding agencies assert that they are alarmed with the fast growth rate of the Philippine population. The head of the delegation of the European Commission in the Philippines, Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, reportedly has intervened in a contentions legislative debate, pushing Filipino lawmakers to pass the RH bill. Speaking at a forum sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to promote the Reproductive Health Care Act of 2008 in Manila recently, MacDonald chided the legislators for failing to pass the bill. He called the “provision of effective and accessible” reproductive health services “a responsibility of the State towards the people of the Philippines.” Australia-AID and Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, the global aid agency of Spain's socialist government also called for the passage of the bill at the UNFPA forum. (Cited from an original article by Roy Lagarde for cbcpnews.com dated 05/23/09)

Bishop prods on schools to teach ‘proper’ sex ed MANILA, May 29, 2009— CUBAO Bishop Honesto Ongtioco will have no reservations with sex education in the academe for one condition: it should be taught “properly” by being in accordance with church teachings. Further, the prelate added that sex education has to be taught to young people at the right time and with a Catholic perspective. “The sacredness of sex is a gift from God. For me, sex education should be taught in a proper way and [should] match the age of the child,” Ongtioco said over Radyo Veritas. “There should be a Catholic view of sex, meaning you are presenting sex in a proper way because others may be narrow-minded,” Ongtioco also said. For a holistic approach, the bishop mentioned that an age-appropriate method and presentation are highly recommended for elementary school pupils, high school students and college students. Ongtioco deemed it necessary for the Department of Education to be the prime mover in disseminating this fact in coordination with the Catholic Church and other competent agencies. Opponents to the program which includes the Catholic Church said public school system was promoting premarital sex with its teachings about condoms and other contraceptives. But officials of the education department said the goal of the program is to discourage, rather than encourage, the sexual act among unmarried young people. (Cited from an original article written by Roy Lagarde for cbcpnews.com dated 05/29/09)

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Indian government sacks Westernized sex ed in schools NEW DELHI, June 12, 2009— PRATIBA NAITTHANI, an Indian teacher, always believed in abstinence as the best way of family planning and avoiding the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases. It is within this principle that she wants to continue teaching and the Indian government agrees with her. Having to do nothing in lowering cases of teenage pregnancy and proven to be promoting sexual promiscuity, the Indian government strongly rejected Western-style sex education programs, a government report said. According to the government, the curriculum prepared with the material from UNICEF, had “shocked the consciences” of the country and was described as “quite frightening.” If implemented, the report said, it would “promote promiscuity of the worst kind.” The report was issued in March by a committee of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament, and says that the introduction of

sex education in India’s schools should at least be delayed until the issue has been fully debated in public. The program had been touted as a means of preventing the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Materials for teachers and facilitators in India included explicit details about “alternative methods” of sex, including anal and oral sex, presented as a means of avoiding AIDS. The Indian government’s reasoning stands in sharp contrast to that of the West, which, in reaction to steadily increasing rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, has invariably increased access to free contraceptives and abortion and exposed ever-younger children to more explicit sex education. The testimony of witnesses and petitioners upon which the report was based was a stinging critique of the effects that such programs have had in the countries that have embraced them. The petitioners told the committee that the proposed

Website for pro-life teens launched INDIANAPOLIS, June 11, 2009—ITS FRIENDSTER with the pro-life agenda. US-based pro-life group Indiana Right to Life recently launched a new social networking web site for teenagers and young adults called Teens for Life (teensforlife.com). "Our goal is to educate, motivate, and activate a new generation to impact its culture by advancing positive and healthy alternatives to abortion," TeensforLife.com editor Mike Fichter said. Hashed as an online community/forum type of website, TeensforLife.com offers visitors a wide range of resources to supplement its social networking abilities, including information on crisis pregnancy assistance, milestones in fetal development, and even book and music reviews. Also, a SpeakOut section is made for feedbacks on current issues. "The future of the pro-life movement is here, and we're giving it a voice of its own," says Fichter. The group will be undertaking an advertising blitz in the coming weeks and months to attract new members and will be featured at events such as Christian concerts and festivals. (Cited from an original article by Steven Ertelt for lifesitenews.com dated 05/11/09)

A classroom of girls in Saint Anthony’s English Medium School in India

curriculum would “strike at the root of the cultural fabric of our society that had been nourished over the millennia.” If implemented, the petitioners said, the program would “corrupt Indian youth and lead to collapse of the education system.” Over all, they said, such programs are nothing more than an “education to sell condoms” that will lead to the creation of an “immoral society” and to an increase in single-parent families.

Petitioners had pointed to the increasing rate of teenage pregnancies in other countries, noting that in France, schools are equipped with nurses to distribute “contraceptive pills” to girls the morning after “unsafe sex.” The report also noted the situation in the UK, in which schools are “connected to abortion centres to terminate teenage pregnancies.” (Cited from an original article by Hilary White for lifesitenews.com dated 06/12/09)

World Congress of Families promotes pro-life values in Africa

ABUJA, NIGERIA, JUNE 10, 2009—INTERNATIONAL prolife group World Congress of Families, held an important pro-life event called the "Dialogue of Civilizations" featuring representatives of nations across Africa. The event, held in Nigeria last June 4-7, was very well received according to its sponsors with more than 300 in attendance from Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, Ghana, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Foundation for African Cultural Heritage organized the con-

ference, where speakers "decried attempts of international agencies and Western aid-givers to force abortion" on the continent. Speakers included Nigerian Senator Osita Izunaso; Theresa Okafor, Foundation for African Cultural Heritage; the Most Reverend Valerian Okeke, Archbishop of Onitsha Archdiocese; Mr. Nana Yaw OseiDarkwa, Focus on the Family International, Ghana. Don Feder, the communications director for the World Congress of Families, spoke on the "Demographic Winter"

and how abortion has resulted in underpopulation, work force shortages and other cultural problems in many nations across the globe. Along with the "Riga (Latvia) Family Forum" on May 15, the Nigeria meeting was a preparatory conference for World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam in August. African nations have long been a target for well-funded abortion advocates from Western countries to expand their pro-abortion agenda. (Cited from an original article by Steven Ertelt for lifenews.com dated 05/10/09)

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Pro-Life partners with Norfil for FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION FORUM

Ms. Marissa Basada, Program Officer of Foster Care and Adoption of NORFIL, giving an overview of the forum.

PRO-LIFE Philippines Foundation in partnership with Norfil Foundation conducted a forum on “Foster Care and Adoption” last June 6,2009 at the training center of Norfil Foundation in

Quezon City. Its objective is to educate the participants about these two alternative ways of parental care to respond to the needs of children who are orphaned, neglected and abandoned. Also, it hopes to find potential families who are willing to open their homes and share their resources on either a temporary or a permanent basis Ms. Weena Meily, Pro-Life Phil. Program Officer led an inspiring opening prayer and gave a brief info on what Pro-Life Philippines is, and Ms. Marissa Basada, Program Officer of Foster Care & Adoption gave an overview of the Mission and Programs of Norfil Foundation. She made a presentation showcasing its 20 years of service to women, children and youth with special needs. Pro-Life Philippines is networking with Norfil Foundation’s maternity home for pregnant women, foster care

and adoption programs. Maru and Matet are Norfil Foundation’s social workers on foster care and adoption and also the main speakers of the event. They discussed important points regarding differences between foster care and adoption. It was clearly stated that foster care provides a temporary substitute family care to a child by a licensed foster family while adoption provides a permanent family to a child whose parents have given up their parental authority voluntarily or involuntarily. There are 12 steps in the legal process of foster care and adoption. Step 1. Inquiry Step 2. Attendance to Forum Step 3. Application Step 4. Assessment / Preparation of Home Study Report Step 5. Approval / Disapproval of application Step 6. Matching / Family Se-

lection Step. 7 Preparations for Child’s Placement Step. 8 Child Placement Step. 9 Supervised Trial Custody Step. 10 Finalization of Adoption Step. 11 Issuance of Adoption Decree / Certificate of Finality Step 12. Issuance of Amended Birth Certificate. Clarifications and questions were raised after. Participants were encouraged to promote and apply these new learnings on their respective parishes and organizations. The gathering ended with an invitation to do their “homework”. And that is, to spread the good news, that there is indeed hope for children deserving love and care from foster and adoptive parents. For more inquiries please call Norfil Foundation, tel.nos. 372-3577 to 79. (Malou O. Agsaluna)

Youth Camp banners respect for human dignity and integrity of creation

AS A means of rendering proper and Catholic-inspired formation among the Filipino youth, the Don Bosco Youth Center provides holistic programs molding young people to become good citizens of this country. In fulfillment of their mission, the youth center went on holding one of these activities such as the Don Bosco Youth Center Summer Camp last May 27-29. This year, the annual youth summer camp ‘09 focused on RESPECT FOR HUMAN DIGNITY AND INTE-GRITY OF CREATION. The event was held in Roma Beach Resort, Sariaya, Quezon Province. There were 150 participating cam-pers and 35 organizers and facilitators. It was not a typical camping event, which is usually all just about games, fun, and sheer enjoyment. It was an activity organized by young leaders with common goals, with good out-

put expectations in a spiritually formative way. Dubbed, “BOSCONIANS FOR LIFE,” the event fulfilled three objectives: the campers learned how life begins in the mother’s body; each participant savored the importance of life as

a precious gift from GOD; and each Bosconian gave importance to his/her life in most meaningful ways. Important topics relevant to the life of the youth were discussed during sessions like the “Bata, Bata, Paano ka Nag-

simula?” “I - Survived” “FallOut-Shelter” and Salesian Youth Spirituality. There were workshops, journal writing, and other exciting activities like beach games, Life Baggage, My Life, and a Cultural Night, that gave participants the opportunity to share and listen to their cocampers’ ideas, thoughts and experiences. The culminating celebration of the Eucharist was presided by Fr. Ike Veloso, SDB. He encouraged the youth camp participants to promote and respect human dignity and preserve the integrity of creation. Responses from the participants were good, indicating the success of the camp. It is the hope of the organizers that the experience, learnings and insights will not end there, but rather be a model in valuing life from womb to tomb.(Jonnel G. Sesalim)

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henever we hear or see the word sex on tv primetime shows and news, billboards, magazines, internet and even with our conversations, there is always a wrong take how we view it. And no wonder, sex scandals are talk of the town at this point. It is commercialize and stand as an open book for everyone to watch. Scandals on sex disgraces its original purpose and plan. Moreover, it becomes a commodity to someone who wants it whenever, wherever, whoever. Psychologists, biologists, scientists or experts may expound on this topic but we certainly believe that to know the truth we must consult the Author of Sex.

Now, God has something to say! God is the architect, engineer, builder, inventor and author of sex. It is a carefully planned facet of our humanity, created for our good and His glory. Anyone who questions whether sex is good, questions whether God is good. To put sex

Pro-Life FYI the earth and subdue it.” God’s command to reproduce required the sexual merger of man and woman. This was one command they were happy to obey. God confers His stamp of approval on each facet of his creation. All that He had made was out of blemish or flaw. SEX is GOOD according to the Creator. “For this reason

minds, the unity of souls. God looks on their nakedness and their sexual union with the smile of complete approval. They are UNASHAMED. Maybe you would ask, “Why did He limit sex to marriage?” The answer is He wants us to experience greater joy and pleasure- without guilt, without danger and with deeper lasting meaning. So while the world promotes it far out from God’s perspective, we encourage you to make wise and right choices, to offer our life as a living sacrifice to Him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to Him. (Cited from www.wagmuna.com)

Sex scandals under scrutiny God’s Open View about Sex in perspective, we must begin at the beginning-creaUnashamed to be Puretion. Having fashioned man and woman with heir distinctive sexual natures, “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill

a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” Man and woman accomplished marriage through Godordained sexual union. This means not just the blending of bodies, but also the merging of

Sr. Cornelie Sarmiento, SPC: Into her Golden Years by Sr. Mary Pilar Verzosa, RGS WHEN people ask me how I started the pro-life movement in the Philippines, my memory goes back to 1974 when a group

of us nuns from different congregations involved in the Technical Committee on Health of the AMWRSP, invited Fr. Paul Marx, OSB and founder of Human Life International, to talk to various audiences in our country. Afterwhich, we eventually moved on to our primary interests and congregation assignments. I pursued the pro-life mission and developed it to what it is today: Prolife Philippines Foundation - a SEC-registered, education and advocacy NGO. Among those who remained very supportive of the pro-life cause is Sr. Cornelie Sarmiento, SPC. I had the opportunity to visit her last week while I was in Cagayan de Oro giving workshops on setting up women’s crisis centers. I was so happy to see that Sr. Cornelie, now 77 years old and will be celebrating her Golden Jubilee in July, is still very active in counseling and teaching Natural Family Planning as well as organizing pro-life seminars in Maria Reina Hospital which is run by the St. Paul de Chartres Sisters. She relates how she encourages the married hospital staff, both the male and female to be

responsible parents and plan their families accordingly. She now has 20 employees successfully practicing the Billings Ovulation Method or the Standard Days Method, depending on their choice or whatever is appropriated for their natural cycles. These “practitioners” are now teaching the other employees, their neighbors or relatives. She said the Standard Days Method, which is approved in the Diocese of Cagayan de Oro, is easy to teach and is learned easily by the couples. But she claims that she makes sure they strictly follow the guidelines, gives them enough information so they do not use condoms or other contraceptives, and she does not teach them the methods without first giving value-formation sessions on the meaning of marriage, sexuality, fertility, and value of human life. She wants to make sure they remove any contraceptive mentality in their mind and life-style before she even teaches them any of the Natural Family Planning Methods. The nurses and midwives assigned to the OB Wards happily include among their tasks the teaching of breastfeeding and the

NFP LAM or Lactational Amenorrheaic Method. Researches have shown that fully breastfeeding mothers delay the onset of their fertility to eight months or even up to a year, thus they can space the next pregnancy to two or three years before the next baby is born. It is with mixed feelings that Sr. Cornelie informed me that she will be assigned to their retirement home in Iloilo by June. She said she will surely miss her mission here in Mindanao, the fourteen years in CdO which was preceded by ten years in their hospital in Maramag, Bukidnon. Now, she has fully recovered from four months of coma after a tragic car accident in Quezon City in 1989. She bravely and persistently struggled through her physical and speech therapies. A few months after the accident, I visited her. She was sitting then and able to take care of her daily needs. “My memory… my memory.…that is all that I beg God to restore to me”, she cried. Her prayer has been answered a million times over. Congratulations on your Golden Anniversary, Sister! *****

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Pro-Life Life Coach Marilou Agsaluna joined the Effective Helping Skills Seminar at Asian Social Institute, last April 23-24.

Pro-Life Philippines staff development at the LaMesa EcoPark last May 22.

Pro-Life Philippines participated during the celebration of International Day of the Familly at DSWD Ground, May 15.

Poro-Life Executive Director Ms. Marita Wasan gave talk on Human Sexuality to 30 youth leaders from St. Andrew Parish.

Participants during the pro-life orientation at St. Francis de Assissi, Meycauayan, Bulacan, May 23.

Participants during the Comtemplative Prayer at the Pro-Life office, June 27.

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