Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Day 9: Ferry Bacolod-Iloilo
At 5:15 this morning, Patrick and I biked from the Redemptorist monastery in Bacolod to the pier where we took the Ocean Jet fast craft that brought us to Iloilo. We reached Iloilo by 7:30. We were met by Fr. Patrick Sugrue (the parish pries of the Clement's parish), from Fr. Ryan, the media liason officer of the Archdiocese, and the Ilongo Cycling priest - Fr. Abing. There were also 6 local bikers who joined us as we biked along the thoroughfares of the city led by two motrocycle cops. We reached the Redemptorist monastery where we had breakfast and this was followed by a press conference arranged by Fr. Ryan. I was free the rest of the day until 5:30 pm when we had the mass for life and peace. There were four Redemptorists who concelebrated with me. There was a good turn out among the church-goers, considering that today is an ordinary working day. As usual, I preached on the Good News on life and peace and I also strongly appealed for the resumption of the peace negotiations between the Government and the Nationa Democratic Front.