Sponsored by: The Diocese of Dipolog Parishioner in Illinois

Finally it's over…after months of novenas and preparations, the Dipolog City fiesta celebration of the Most Holy Rosary in Illinois ended with lavished color and camaraderie.  Zanorteans, mostly dipolognons and dapitanons flocked to the White Eagle Banquets Hall to attend the most celebrated affair of devotees from the province of Zamboanga del Norte. 500 tickets were printed and were all sold out.

White Eagle Banquets Hall in Niles, Illinois

 The Zanorteans of Illinos celebrated the 4th Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, on October 5, 2007 at White Eagle Banquets Hall, in Niles Illinois. The Diocese of Dipolog Parishioners of Illinois sponsored the affair, spearheaded by Rev. Father Manny Duterte and Mrs. Cita Orbecido Bajamunde.

The fiesta celebration was preceded by a nine-weekly novena which were hosted by a different families of Zanorteans in the Chicago area. The following Zanorteans who prayer hosted the novena mass were:

         1.  Jasmin Osorio Villanos & Family
         2.  Lani & Vicente Rodriguez Jr.
         3.  Jim
, Jing & Felicia Moncada
         4.  Bebing Rafaya, Obet Reluya & Company
         5.  Erwin & Haley Patangan  Logie Jalandoni,  Monina Ricafort
         6.  Jose & Lydia Villanueva
         7.  Hector & Cyndril Palencia
         8.  Drs. Demet & Maryann Nazario & Family
        9.   Ramie Calimutan, Dodoy & Cecile Fortugaleza , Ravena  Flowers

         The first celebration of the Fiesta  of the Most Holy Rosary in Chicagoland was held in October 5, 2003. Since then it was customary that each weekly novena-mass be hosted by different Zanortean in Illinois.

          The fiesta celebration is also a fund raiser in which the Diocese of Dipolog has a project in mind. One of them is the Diocesan Retreat House in Avenda Height, Municipality of Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte. Since its inception the fiesta celebration together with the twin fiesta celebration of Saint Vincent Ferrer in May have collected a total of almost $40,000 towards the construction of the retreat center.

The proposed Diocesan Retreat Center in Barangay Alvenda, Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte

The mass was concelebrated by the Rev. Fathers Manny Recera, Manny Duterte, and Tony Pizzaro.  Fr. Manny Recera delivered the homily where he talked about the power of praying the rosary and the unity of the family.

Mrs. Cita Orbecido Bajamunde at the entrance

The Zanorteans are very religious people. They are firm adherents of Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical, “Populorum Progressio”.  The advocacy spells out and asked families to share their good fortune in America with their fellow believers in in Dipolog, Dapitan in general the Province of Zamboanga del Norte in honor of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.

            Good food followed the praying of the rosary and the mass and dance for young and old alike upto midnight.


The fiesta programs

The Donors

The early guest Perla Celicious and Rachel Adaza
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