KC Luzon holds 7th Family Day, mini olympics
MANILA, May 10, 2011―At least one thousand members of the Knights of Columbus and their immediate families participated in the KC Family Day and mini Olympics held at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City last May 7.
Dubbed as “7th Fr. George J. Willmann, S.J. Family Day and Mini-Olympics 2011”, the recent sports event had the biggest turn out of attendance since the KC began the activity seven years ago.
The family event aimed to encourage strong comradeship among the Knights with their immediate families.
According to Supreme Director and Luzon Deputy Alonso Tan “the objective of holding such event is to enhance physical fitness, health consciousness and above all to promote closer relationship, friendship and camaraderie.”
Tan in his message also stressed that the Knights of Columbus as a family organization advocates the involvement of family members in KC activities.
“We are a family organization, while members of the Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen, service activities and social events usually include the entire family. I congratulate our brother Knights who are here today with their family members, as players or even as cheerers only,” Tan said.
This is also an event at which the KC family paid tribute to Fr. George J. Willmann, S.J., Father of Knights of Columbus in the Philippines.
The activity started with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Fr. Rudy Magbata, Assistant Parish Priest of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Quezon City.
It was organized by Luzon Deputy Tan, Ex-Officio Chairman, State Secretary Arsenio Isidro Yap, Ex-Officio Co-Chairman, State Program Director Bonifacio Martinez, Chairman, State Council Director Elmer Eroles, Vice Chairman, and State Athletic Events Chairman Noel Lacanilao.
KCFAPI Executive Vice President, Ma. Theresa Curia was also present to witness the event together with KCFAPI employees.
The highlight of the event was the lighting of olympic flame by State Advocate Justice Jose Reyes, Jr., assisted by State Warden Pascual Carbero and State Council Director Eroles.
The games started at 9 a.m. until four in the afternoon. Forty-nine councils with their family members came from Metro Manila and nearby provinces of Cavite and Bulacan,
KCFAPI employees with their immediate families, and Columbian Squires competed for the first place in the 15 events.
The basketball game has more participants this year to the usual number of delegates who participated in the past years.
Meanwhile, the Columbian Squires held its investiture in the afternoon, adding 11 new members to the KC youth organization.
Winners were proclaimed immediately after the games and awarded with trophies and medals by Luzon Deputy Tan, assisted by Yap, Martinez and Eroles.
The Over-all Champion for this year’s Mini-Olympics was Manila Council 1000 of Intramuros Manila followed by Council 12125 of Puntorin, Valenzuela City as first runner-up. Council 5124 of Balut Tondo, Manila and Council 14359 of San Sebastian Recoletos, Cavite City were proclaimed 2nd and 3rd runners-up, respectively. The said councils received trophies and cash award.
Other councils who bagged special awards and given trophies and cash award were Council 1000 for the Biggest delegation with 141 members; Council 12308 of Sta. Teresita, Quezon City for the Best in Uniform; Council 10582 of Calumpit, Bulacan as the Farthest delegation; and 20 year old Ms. Ruby Christine Domingo of Council 12125 as the Best Muse.
The organizers had awarded 69 gold medals, silver medals and bronze medals each to the deserving winners for individual and group events.
Everyone enjoyed the said fun-filled activity which was concluded with a closing remark from State Secretary Yap.
KCFAPI, and Nestle Philippines sponsored the sports event. (Vanessa Puno)