DBTI Elementary Department once again proved that the pandemic is not a hindrance in continuing their annual tradition of honoring our Blessed Mother through the Marian Pilgrimage and Harana Para Kay Maria. Last 24 October 2020 (Saturday), the community held its Marian Pilgrimage in the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora De Guia (popularly known as Ermita Church). The department ensured that IATF standards and minimum health protocols were observed during the pilgrimage. Only the management team, headed by Dr. Dondon Buensuceso, PhD, learning area heads, pastoral team and participating teachers and parents physically attended the event. The duration of the pilgrimage—recitation of the Holy Rosary and the Holy Eucharist were both broadcasted in Zoom and streamed in the department’s official FB page.
The event commenced with the administrative staff of Ermita Church, headed by Msgr. Mario D. Enriquez, welcomed the Bosconians. It was followed by a video presentation showcasing the rich history of the shrine; as it is the shrine which houses one of the oldest Marian images in the Philippines. The recitation of the Holy Rosary followed, and it included the presentation of the Harana Para Kay Maria. Each grade level was tasked to serenade the Holy Mother with a fitting song for the mystery assigned to them. The presentations were also centered on a themed prayer—prayers for the government, front liners, deceased and all aspects of the society as now being on a battle against COVID-19. Fr. Juvelan Paul Samia, SDB, the Spiritual Director of DB Makati was the mass presider for the Eucharistic celebration. In his homily, he highlighted the importance of having a devotion to Mary, especially in this time where our faith is tested. Don Bosco Makati lives by its patron’s deep love and devotion to the Blessed Mother. Every school year, October is dedicated to Marian festivities. Marian Pilgrimage, as such, allows the Educative Pastoral Community to visit a shrine dedicated to Mama Mary. Harana Para Kay Maria, on the other hand, allows the boys, as animated by their teachers, to honor our Mother using their talents. The daily recitation of the Holy Rosary reminds the department of the role of Mary in one’s faith. All these activities and festivities during the Marian month are essential in the formation of the Bosconians as they venture to become good Christians and upright citizens.