The Bataan Death March test run from Abucay, Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga was scheduled for February 10. Unfortunately for me, I was not able to join this test run which was an important preparation for the BDM 102Km Ultramarathon set for March 2 & 3, 2013.
The reason for my non-participation in the 50km test run (For the results, please refer to http://baldrunner.com/2013/02/12/result-2013-bdm-102-test-run-km-50-km-102/ ) is that on that same day my son, Marcel, together with his Grade 7 classmates, was to take his Sacrament of Confirmation at the Church of Gessu inside the Loyola Heights Campus of the Ateneo de Manila. Given the conflict of schedule , the choice is clear. I was first a father before I was a runner.
Here are pictures from the event.
|Marcel in front of the Church of Gessu|
|Marcel with mom|
|Marcel with dad|
|Marcel with Ninang Leila|
|Marcel with Ninong Steve|
|Inside the church|
The event was truly a special one for the confirmants, parents, ninongs, ninangs, teachers and family. In the mass, the Most Reverend Patricio Alo, DD ( Bishop of the Diocese of Mati, Davao Oriental) and Fr. Norberto Maria Bautista, SJ (Headmaster of the Ateneo de Manila Grade School) both reminded the confirmants that the with blessings of the Sacrament of Confirmation come the responsibility to commit to serving the Church more. The confirmed is expected to graduate from being self-centered to becoming concerned with the welfare of Christ-in-the-world (the Church) and the welfare of Christ-in-his-neighbor.
An inspiring reminder not only for the Grade 7 confirmants but for all the adults present in the celebration.