Filipino Annual Picnic – August 2014

August 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Asia, Director's Blog, Philippines

On August 16th, 2014, Fr. Michael Harrington, Director of the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity, joined the Filipino Community of the Archdiocese of Boston for their Annual Picnic. Starting off the day with Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Alvin Te, Vocation Director of the Order of Friar Minor, the event was open to all ages and offered fun activities for the youth, as well as authentic Filipino food. Special guests at this event included State Senator John Keenan who came to greet and socialize with the attendees, as well as Mayor Thomas P. Koch of Quincy and his wife Christine, who dropped by to welcome the Filipino community to the City of Quincy and  interact with the group.

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Belinda Manuel, Fr. Michael Harrington, Fr. Alvin Te

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Fr. Michael Harrington with active leaders of the Filipino Apostolate.

This was the first time the Filipino Apostolate held their Annual Picnic at the Adams Field in Quincy, which is closer to their chapters (Quincy, Malden, and West Roxbury). This new location doubled the number of attendees in comparison to previous years where the event was held at the Hopkinton State Park, which is significantly farther away. According to Belinda Manuel, active member of the Filipino Apostolate, the new venue was key to the great representation they had from the three chapters.

“I had a great time, I was very happy to see Fr. Mike and the communion among the chapters at this event.” – Belinda Manuel, Chapter Coordinator of West Roxbury

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Youth members of the Filipino Apostolate.

In addition to the adults and senior groups attending the event, there was a great turnout of young adults, youth and kids. Everyone had a great time participating or cheering at friendly sport competitions (volleyball, basketball and softball) and at games such as sack race, marathon relay, badminton and hula hoop.

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Youth during friendly competitions.

“The picnic was a great success! Over 200 people attended the event, including Quincy’s Mayor, Thomas Koch. There was a lot of activities for the kids, sport competitions with participation from the 3 chapters of the Filipino Apostolate, and lots of food!” – Nards Gutierrez, former Pastoral Council Chairman.

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Some of the youth with Fr. Alvin Te and some of the leaders of the Filipino Apostolate.

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Members of the Filipino Apostolate gathered for traditional Filipino food at a picnic table.

“Everyone had a great time, participants and spectators alike. The success is the result of the planning, preparation and collaboration of the officers and active members of the three Chapters (Malden, Quincy and West Roxbury).” – Gracita (Teng) Chiefe, Pastoral Council Chairman

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