MANILA, Oct. 26, 2011—The Queen City of the South plays host to the next big gathering of luminaries, workers and newcomers in the pro-life movement as the National “Philippines for Life” Congress 2011 happens on Nov. 16-18 at the Summit Circle Hotel, Cebu City.
Organized by Human Life International (HLI) Pilipinas, the conference gathers pro-life leaders from the government, the Church and the private sector to impart their knowledge and insight on varied topics. Among the speakers are Senate Majority Leader Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Davao Representative Karlo Nograles, former senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad, former Manila mayor Jose “Lito” Atienza, Jr., economics expert Dr. Roberto de Vera of the University of Asia and the Pacific, businessman and Philippine Star columnist Valeriano “Bobit” Avila, HLI Asia and Oceania Director Dr. Ligaya Acosta, Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes DD, Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra, DD, and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (CBCP-ECFL) Executive Secretary Fr. Melvin Castro.
“Every year, there are always new topics to be discussed and a new set of speakers who will deliver their important pieces. These are among the reasons why our participants coming from different parts of the country are always enticed to come to hear, listen and meet with the speakers, especially if there are new insights and new challenges in the pro-life crusade,” said Rene Josef Bullecer, M.D., director of HLI Pilipinas.
Bullecer has been organizing pro-life conferences, symposia, rallies and other similar activities for the past 15 years.
“This is the best venue for the exchange of ideas where any ordinary delegate can ask the experts directly,” he said.
“Also all our regular delegates who are mostly lay leaders in the many archdioceses and dioceses all over the country use this event to meet their other counterpart workers, receive more challenges and as a way for much-needed rest and recreation before returning to their respective areas of concern,” Bullecer added.
This year’s HLI-sponsored conference – titled “Surrender is not an Option, Compromise is not the Solution” – also serves as a show of force for pro-life and pro-family organizations and to let others know that they are “very much alive, moving, growing and gaining ground…especially now that we are in the middle of the battle against the anti-life bills in [the legislature],” Bullecer enthused.
Mass will be celebrated daily during the three-day conference, with Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma DD, Cebu Archbishop- Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, and Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios M. Pueblos DD as presiders.
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia will likewise grace the conference.
The fee for the National “Philippines for Life” Congress is P1,400 per participant (excluding hotel accommodations).
Participants who register before November 1 can avail a discounted registration fee of P1,000. It may be deposited to Metrobank Account # 3083308078818; Account Name: Rene Josef Bullecer. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (CBCP for Life)