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The traditional Catholic prayer Angelus, once popular among Filipino families, has been given a boost with its recording in various Philippine languages.

Twelve member-bishops of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) recorded the prayer during the CBCP plenary session last January 2017 under the direction of the Holy Angel University’s Center for Kapampangan Studies.

The bishops used the languages of their respective dioceses as part of the Center’s campaign to promote local culture through the use of regional languages.

“The Angelus project aims to revive the habit of families and communities to stop all activity by nightfall and pray together,” the Center’s director Robby Tantingco said.

The participating prelates are the Most Reverends Jose S. Palma, Archbishop of Cebu (who recorded the Angelus in Cebuano), Gerardo A. Alminaza, Bishop of San Carlos, Jaro (Hiligaynon), Jose S. Bantolo, Bishop of Masbate (Masbateño), Renato P. Mayugba, Bishopof Laoag (Ilokano), Crispin B. Varquez, Bishop of Borongan (Waray-Waray), Reynaldo G. Evangelista, Bishop of Imus, Cavite (Tagalog), Joel Z. Baylon, Bishop of Legaspi (Bikol), Antonieto D. Cabajog, Bishop of Surigao (Cebuano), Edwin S. de la Peña, Prelate of Marawi, ARMM (Cebuano), Jesse E. Mercado, Bishop of Parañaque (Tagalog), Victor B. Bendico, Bishop of Baguio (English), and Pablo Virgilio David, Bishop of Kalookan (Tagalog).

Bishop David, former Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, also recorded a Kapampangan version in addition to Archbishop-Emeritus Most Rev. Paciano B. Aniceto’s recording now being aired daily by radio stations in Pampanga. It was Bishop David who helped the University launch the Kapampangan Angelus project five years ago and who helped facilitate the bishops‘ recording sessions during breaks at the last CBCP plenary session.

Compact-disc copies of the Angelus recordings have been sent to the participating bishops and radio stations in their regions so that the prayer can be aired daily. The CD jacket features two paintings of Filipino families praying the Angelus, done by Kalookan artist Romi Mananquil, who is also Kapampangan.

According to Tantingco, the University has also partnered with the Catholic station Radio Veritas which broadcasts nationwide.

“The Angelus prayer is not only a religious habit but also a cultural practice among Catholic Filipinos,” Tantingco said. “By reviving it, we hope to see more youths coming home early instead of staying out late, and more families praying together.”

He said the Angelus project is the University’s second major Catholic advocacy after the Catholic Halloween in which children wore saints’ costumes instead of attires depicting evil creatures. That campaign was also a partnership with Bishop David, then parish priest of Angeles City’s Holy Rosary Parish.

Date Posted: 05-23-2017