MANILA, June 18, 2013—Several dioceses and organizations in the country will commemorate the 27th World Youth Day at the same time with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with local celebrations and overnight vigil on July 27-28.

The dioceses of Cubao in Quezon City and San Pablo in Laguna together with the Federation of National Youth Organization, Military Ordinariate of the Philippines and the some dioceses under the National Capital Region Youth Ministries (FNYO/MOP/NCR) will hold simultaneous and separate local celebrations in different venues.

3 organizers, 1 celebration

With three organizing groups, the FNYO/MOP/NCR will have their own celebration at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City from 1:00 p.m. of July 27 up to 1:00 p.m. of July 28.

Activities for the overnight event will be an opening mass, catechesis, small group sharing, youth festivals, praise and worship night, a live streaming of the vigil with the Pope and closing mass.

Attendees are young people from parishes in dioceses around NCR, member organizations of FNYO and MOP and schools under the regional jurisdiction.

Participants will be asked to pay a registration fee of P150.00 to cover for materials and food for July 28. They will also have to bring water bottle, snacks and dinner for July 27, sleeping bag and utensils.

Cubao diocese

Due to different local celebrations being organized in other dioceses and organizations, the diocese of Cubao will forgo a big celebration similar to what was organized last WYD 2011.

The diocesan celebration will be held at the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles Gym on July 27-28, with young people from all over the diocese.

A live feed from Rio de Janeiro with communications from the official Cubao delegation is being finalized for the live streaming of the overnight vigil with Pope Francis.

Southern Tagalog

Meanwhile, in San Pablo diocese, the activity will start from 5:00 in the afternoon of July 27 with a walk of faith or the so-called ‘lakbay ng pananampalataya’ to the main venue.

There will be three plenary talks, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Taize prayer and reconciliation, a plenary concert, live streaming of the vigil in Rio, the message of the Pope, and the closing mass.

Calamba City will host the event, which is open not only to the youth of the diocese, but also to young people from nearby dioceses and throughout Southern Tagalog Region.

Organizers are expecting around 7,000 attendees from all walks of life, not only young people.

San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura Famadico will celebrate the  Mass culminating the simultaneous celebration of the local WYD organized by the diocesan commission on youth. (Jandel Posion)