Mayor: ‘We should not be afraid of sharing our Faith’

Ms. Vanessa Palas reads Batangas City Mayor’s Welcome Message during the Opening Rites of the 5th National Media Convention held at Monte Maria. (Photo credit: Ramon Alonzo)

The head of a locality encouraged members of the Catholic Church, especially those engaged in the Social Communications and Media Ministry, to be brave in proclaiming their Faith during the 5th National Catholic Media Convention’s (NMC2019) opening ceremonies in Batangas last August 6, 2019.

“We should not be afraid of sharing our faith,” said Batangas City Mayor Hon. Beverly Rose Dimacuha in her message for the said event.

The message was actually read by her Executive Assistant Ms. Vanessa Palas to the delegates of the event gathered in the Pope John Paul II Chapel of the Mother of All Asia Shrine in Monte Maria.

The mayor also reminded, “When we share, inspire and remind others about God’s greatness, we can inspire and remind others to share with their peers which will spread Christ’s love and joy.”

Mayor Dimacuha emphasized that Catholic Media has the power to use the Internet and Social Media to its greatest potential for evangelization–most importantly because Social Media shapes and influences one’s ability to think as it widens and deepens one’s views and perspective on matters that affect our society and the world around us.

Hosted by the Archdiocese of Lipa, the Mayor’s Welcome Address occurred after the celebration of the Holy Mass mainly presided by the Most Rev. Gilbert Garcera, D.D., Archbishop of Lipa.

The 5th National Media Convention is an annual gathering of Social Communications and Media Ministry Directors and members from the 85 archdioceses / dioceses in the Country. The annual theme of the convention is normally aligned with the World Communications Day (WCD) Message of the Pope for the year. This year’s NMC was hosted by the Archdiocese of Lipa from August 6 to 9, 2019. There were almost 200 participants this year. (~Marianne Tenorio)