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Grand Parade and Opening Ceremony Mark the Inauguration of Youth Congress 2023

Mountain View College, July 24, 2023. About 24,000 delegates across Mindanao showed unity and enthusiasm as they joined the magnificent parade and watched the opening ceremony of the highly anticipated Youth Congress Evangelism Camp with the main theme, “It’s Time,” which commenced in the morning today. 

Early on, a picture taking took place at the open space in front of the grandstand, in which delegates gathered to form the letters, “It’s Time”. It was followed by a flag-raising contest and a long procession, led by the Color Guards and Master Guides, that began from the grandstand and ended at the Alumni Church. Everybody, including organizational leaders and guests, wore the assigned color of their shirts for the said congress. 

The church slowly came alive with the arrival of a massive crowd that witnessed the mesmerizing opening ceremony graced by esteemed guests, and well-known leaders from various missions, the SPUC, and the SSD, which all lent their support to the young people. Communications Director Pr. Roxie Joy V. Pido introduced these guests, the lecturers, and, most importantly, the youth directors and delegates from the eight mission fields under SPUC territory. 

Among the notable personalities present was Hon. Azucena P. Huervas, mayor of Valencia City. She gave an inspiring address that resonated with experience and learning. “I encourage you to embrace the opportunity to learn from one another, expand your horizons, cultivate wisdom and understanding."

MVC President Dr. Remwil R. Tornalejo reminded everybody that the school is an institution that should not only be one that “can give us something, but also it is an institution that we can give something for the glory of God.”

Pr. Roger O. Caderma, who delivered the inspirational message, appealed, “It's now time to use our hands, to put our hearts for the mission. May God touch us and bless us as we serve His church.”

The inspiring speeches and messages were followed by “Glimpses of Mindanao” which featured visual presentations by delegates from their respective missions and conferences. The said presentations highlighted cultural identity or recognized aspects of their assigned territories. LJ P. Lantaya, the songwriter and singer of the theme song, was given a plaque of appreciation for her invaluable contributions. 

Declaring the Youth Congress Open 

Addressing the enthusiastic crowd, SPUC Youth Director Pr. Jemsly D. Lantaya officially declared the event open. He then called upon the delegates to participate in all the activities, introduced important individuals who would deliver services during the one-week event, and talked about important reminders, rules, and regulations. Lastly, he wished all delegates to enjoy witnessing, listening, and participating in the ongoing youth congress.

By Quin Salarda
Reporter, SPUC ComDept

(Photos by Fordy Caño)