What happens when the Tanging Ama of the Diocese of Novaliches, Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D., and the Tanging Ina of the Silver Screen, Ms. Martina “Ai-Ai” Delas Alas, come together on one special evening this coming July?
It would probably be an unpredictable yet spiritually enriching occasion that would reveal the Mercy of God through His Church and Ministers. A meeting that many would look forward to be a part of–knowing the persona of our Bishop, who is ever compassionate, and of Ms. Ai-Ai, who is every bubbly and generous.
Announced by the Bishop during his 76th Birthday Eucharistic Celebration held in the Visitation of Our Lady Parish last June 13, 2017, this special meeting of the Bishop and Ms. Ai-Ai will be in Radio Veritas 846AM’s Hello Father 911 Monday Edition new episode entitled, “Magtanong Kay Bishop!”
Magtanong Kay Bishop! will be anchored by Bishop Tobias every 2nd Monday of the Month and will start on July 17, 2017 at 9PM-11PM with Ms. Ai-Ai guesting for its pilot launch.
During the said new episode, the topic will be on marriage and annulment (nullification marriage) in the Catholic Church that Bishop Tobias specializes in being a Canon Lawyer and being the Vice Judicial Vicar Of The National Appellate Matrimonial Tribunal.
Ms. Ai-Ai will be guesting the program in part of the Diocese of Novaliches’ effort to reach out beginning this Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities to celebrities within its jurisdiction, through its Social Communications and Media Ministry (SocComm Nova), out of recognizing their hunger for spiritual nourishment and guidance.
SocComm Nova Director Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi has raised during the February 21, 2017 Social Communications Ministry of the Ecclesial Province of Manila Meeting this need to gather celebrities from the Diocese by involving them in the Media Ministry of each Parish and to gather them into one assembly once or twice a year like during Lent and Advent for spiritual formation as a means to address their spiritual hunger.
Bishop Tobias, who was present during the said meeting, has approved to put this into action. He then decided in the June 9, 2017 meeting with Radio Veritas to begin this initiative through Ms. Ai-Ai since he announced approving her wedding to 30-years-younger Gerald Sibayan that the same week.
“Magkinig kayo sa Hello Father 911 para malaman niyo kung bakit ko pinayagan ang kasal ni Ai-Ai,” plugged Bishop Tobias during his Birthday Mass after Ms. Ai-Ai and other representatives from the different members of the Diocese gave their birthday message.
Ms. Ai-Ai, who was present in the said Mass with her future husband, Gerald, and her best friend, Our Lady of Fatima Parish Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Daniel Allan Samonte, proclaimed her gratitude to the Bishop through the blessings she received through him such as the Papal Award and her wedding’s approval.
“Ito ay katunayan na ang Simbahan po talaga ay mapagpatawad…Kaya dito po ako magsisimulang babangon at magpapakasal sa Simbahan,” she testified.
The Bishop’s 76th Birthday Eucharistic Celebration was attended by members of the Clergy, Religious, and Laity of Novaliches, as well as, members of the Bishop’s family. A simple dinner with live music followed the Eucharistic Celebration to end the joyful event. (~Minnie Agdeppa)