ILIGAN CITY, October 30, 2017 – The priest who signed a contract with Duyog Marawi (DM) as temporary chaplain for the Catholic community in MSU said that the heart is needed in volunteer service.

During the “Interfaith Prayer, Sending off Prayer” held at Social Hall, Redemptorist compound, Barangay San Miguel, Fr. Alcris Badana said “To have the heart to serve”.

“I’m honored to be with you” said Badana in his talk during the event.

To be part of DM, “it’s more of a coming together, pagkakaisa (unity). Of course, grounded on faith” he explained.

He said that the one thing common among internally displaced persons is that “everybody comes together to help” and that is the Filipino trait, Bayanihan, which is something that defines Filipinos.

The event organized by the MSU Sector of DM was a welcome prayer for Badana as he officially became part of DM.

Participated by both Muslim and Christian personnel of DM, the gathering included Qur’an and Bible reading and a community singing.

Rex Gimena, a Christian, said “I’m so blessed to hear that prayer (Qur’an reading)” because it was her first time to hear such prayer.

When asked what she can say about the Interfaith prayer, she answered, “Ito ‘yong way na bless ko ‘yong sarili ko na maging part ng Duyog Marawi” (This is the way that I was able to bless myself as part of Duyog Marawi).

Aimee Saro, a Muslim, responded “I feel amazed because the interfaith prayer is a rare thing.”

According to Saro, the interfaith prayer between Muslims and Christians is an honor for her especially that she witnessed the event.
Both Gimena and Saro are employees of Duyog Marawi. (AM Acmad/Duyog Marawi News)