As we reported in 2015, our program in Antipolo, Philippines, built a new office space and community center. The building project was a community effort, with fathers of sponsored children employed as construction workers, along with others from the local community, and several Antipolo alumni lent their expertise to the project.
The Unbound community in Antipolo recently held a celebration to bless the new building. Father Richard Magararu officiated the blessing, and several members from the community also offered their own prayers in Tagalog, the language spoken by many Filipinos.
Here are their prayers, along with an English translation.
Prayer offered by Niño Godio, a staff member from the Anitpolo office
Ama naming Diyos, inaalala at Ipinapanalangin naming ngayon sa espesyal na pamamaraan lahat ng kaugnay sa pamamagitan ng Unbound sa buond mundo; bukas palad at may mabuting kalooban na mga sponsors, manggagawa, sponsored members, at kanilang pamilya. Nawa’y ang pagmamahal at walang hanggan na pagpapala na ipinagkaloob sa amin ay magbunga, sa buhay ng bawat bata at nakatatanda at kanilang pamilya na aming pinagsisilbihan.
Lord God, we commemorate and pray today, for this very special way that all the people connected through Unbound in the world; our generous and kind sponsors, staff, workers, sponsored members and their families. May your love and endless blessings that you bestowed unto us be fruitful and meaningful into the lives of each child and elderly and their families that we serve.
Prayer offered by Melchor, father of a sponsored member and ERPAT Federation president
Nawa’y ang pagbabago ay magdala ng pagkakaisa, katarungan, tunay at walang hanggan na kapayapaan alinsunod sa kalooban at kabanalan mo.
May this change on us bring unity, justice, true and everlasting peace following your will and holiness.
Prayer offered by Joan, mother of sponsored member Christine
Para sa mga Born Organization ng Unbound Antipolo Project, APPA, APOPA, ERPAT, KOLOKAKOLOY, CYASF, Nawa’y ang kadahilanan ng simulain ng mga samahang ito ay magbahagi ng kabutihan, buhay at kalusugan sa bawat isang pamilya at komunidad na aming pinagsisilbihan.
For all the organization of Unbound Antipolo Project, APPA (Antipolo Project Parent Association), APOPA (Antipolo Project Older Persons Association), ERPAT (Empowerment, Reaffirmation Paternal Ability Training), Kolokakoloy (a Dumagat word meaning Close Relationship, Companion, Part of a Fmily), CYASF (Child and Youth in Action for Sustainable Future), may the advocacy of this movement bring kindness, life and good health to each and every family and community that we serve.
Prayer offered by Michaelle, an Unbound scholar
Para sa Santo Papa, mga Pari at mga pinuno ng simbahan. Ama naming Diyos hinihiling naming na pagpalain si Francisco na aming Santo Papa, ang mga Pari at mga pinuno ng simbahan. Nawa’y patuloy na lukuban sila ng pagmamahal, lakas ng loob, karunungan, kabanalan at malakas na pangangatawan upang maisakatuparan ang misyon ng Simbahan.
For our holy pope, priests and all leaders of the Church, we humbly ask for your blessings. May your Holy Spirit continue to bless them with your abundant love, give them courage, wisdom, holiness and good health to fulfill their mission in the Church.