PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
Simbang Gabi 2020
With the initiative of the UBLA newly elected set of officers under the leadership of Rafael Torres, Chairman of the Board and Giovanni Fulgentes, President with Fr. Juan Pablo Z. Carpio, Director of the Katekismo Program of the Archdiocese of Caceres; the UBLA community, amidst the threat of COVID19 were able to attend the traditional Simbang Gabi via Online Live Streaming thru Zoom. With the support of Msgr. Rodel M. Cajot, Rector of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Basilica Minore and National Shrine in Naga City and the blessing and approval of His Excellency Rolando Octavus J. Tria, Archbishop of Caceres devotees can get a glimpse of our Blessed Mother and attend mass live from Her home. The 12:15 pm(Naga City)/8:15pm(Los Angeles) regular schedule at the Basilica were attended by members and families from across the globe.
Basilica -UBLA-Katekismo Online Daily Mass
The partnership of UBLA, Basilica Minore and Katekismo continues to the Daily Masses via Online Live Streaming thru Zoom and Facebook. The previous schedule of 12:15 pm (Naga City) / 9:15pm (Los Angeles) was retained and another schedule:11:00am (Naga) / 8:00pm (Los Angeles) was added due to DTS. Prayer Intentions from members, friends and families were included in the Mass, most especially those who have been facing health issues and threats from COVID-19. Prayer intentions for the eternal repose and happiness of our dearly departed loved ones were also included. Through the daily mass, we find comfort and strength in prayers despite the challenges and adversities we are facing, and we are grateful for the priests and friends who continuously pray for us and our loved ones.
Holy Week & Easter 2021
Though online, the UBLA community were able to observe Holy Week and Easter. The Blessed Sacrament Parish thru their Pastor Fr. Ike Udoh SJ provided a talk on “The Role of the Blessed Mother during Lent”. On Palm Sunday, we had a Community Penitential Service and a talk by Diocese of Daet Bishop, Rex Andrew Alarcon on “Ina and our Repentance”. Via Crucis and a talk by the Archdiocese of Caceres Rolando Octavus J. Tria Tirona, where he discussed “Ina and Our Way of the Cross” were the activities during Holy Monday. On Holy Tuesday, Divine Mercy Chaplet was recited and we listened to a talk by Fr. Pablo Carpio on “Ina and our Paschal Triduum”. Replays from Holy Week activities from the Archdiocese of Caceres were shared during the Zoom meetings from Holy Wednesday(Chrism Mass), Holy Thursday(Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper) and Good Friday (Siete Palabras and Celebration of the Lord’s Passion). Holy Saturday was an anticipated Easter Mass presided over by Fr. Pablo. On Easter Sunday, the Rector of the Basilica Msgr Rodel M. Cajor presided over the mass with the homily focusing on “Celebrating Easter and the Marian Mission of the Bicolanos”. Indeed it was a meaningful and reflective Holy Week and Easter!
Special Tribute to Dear Departed Members
Two of our most valued members unfortunately passed away this year, Adoracion Lopo-Peña and Lilibeth Credo-Foster. Both were given an Online Tribute, attended by their own families and friends from the UBLA. A special program intended to honor their lives as our way of saying thank you to their contribution to our community and organization and also as an expression of our love for them. There were tears shed, stories reminisced, memories recalled, music shared and unending prayers for them even though they have gone to the everlasting life with the Lord.
PEÑAFRANCIA DE MAYO 2021
UBLA introduced a new activity this year, inspired by the same activity in Naga City, Peñafrancia de Mayo, although there were COVID restrictions and protocols. Through the collaboration of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and UBLA with its officers, members and this year's Hermano & Hermana Mayor, Senen and Gene Leaño, 4 images of our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Peñafrancia were crowned. There were also 4 Reynas present during the Coronation: Dr. Maricel Aluning, Betty Cheng, Rose Gardoce & Maria Paulina Llaga. The UBLA Board, Officers and Community were blessed by IMHC Pastor Fr. Rolando Clarin. We are grateful that after missing lots of events due to the pandemic, we were able to celebrate the Peñafrancia de Mayo and shout joyfully “Viva la Virgen, Viva Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia!”
Annual Picnic Summer 2021
It is very fitting to join together as easing of COVID restrictions were. The Annual Picnic was held at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park last July 11, 2021. Members and families were treated to food, music and fun company!
May Crowning 2021
Through the invitation of the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, UBLA joined in the 16th Archdiocese of Los Angeles Marian Celebration: Santacruzan May Crowning 2021. The image of our Inâ, Our Lady of Peñafrancia, was blessed and crowned. Zaida Amelia Fulgentes, walked as one of the estrellas of Reina delas Estrellas. Officers and members were present in this celebration.