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The City of Mandaluyong will be welcoming the arrival of the relic of Saint John Bosco on the afternoon of January 6. The relic (the preserved right hand of St. John Bosco) will be coming travel from Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati, enclosed in a glass box placed inside a wax figure of the saint. The Salesians of Don Bosco decided to bring the relic first to the Mandaluyong City Hall, and is expected to arrive at 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. A short program lead by Mayor Benhur Abalos will be held to welcome the relic during the said date. “The whole city is very honored. All of us Bosconians here will welcome the relic in it's two-hour stay in the City Hall like family,” Abalos said. The relic's visit to the City Hall is its first ever visit to an LGU. It normally visits Don Bosco schools, parishes and youth centers run by Salesians. After a short program, the City Government will prepare their City truck adorned with flowers to carry the relic to the Don Bosco Technical College along Kalentong Street. The relic will remain there until January 8 and will travel to its next destination in San Jose Cathedral, San Jose City, Nueva Ecija on January 8-10. Abalos, a Don Bosco alumni (Batch '79), was awarded “Pro deo et patria” (Natatanging Bosconian) awardee for the year 2000 – the highest award given by Don Bosco to its alumni. Several City Hall department heads, former Vice-Mayor Rene Sta. Maria, councilors such as Jon Abalos, Edward Bartolome, Mike Ocampo, Roel Bernardo, Francisco Esteban, barangay captains Brando Dominguez (of Hagdang BatoLibis) and Tracy Domingo (of Pag-Asa) and SK chairmen who are also Bosconians will pay tribute to their patron saint. The Bosconian Employees Association of Mandaluyong City, Inc. (BEAM) was establish by Abalos a year ago after learning that many Mandaleños in both private and public sectors are graduates of Don Bosco Mandaluyong. The Don Bosco Technical College is known as the 'Motherhouse of all Salesian Works in the Philipines,' making it the premier Salesian institute for higher-learning in the country. Founded in 1953, the school's historical roots dates as far as 1716 as seen in the 18th century Spanish building at the hear of the campus which also became an orphanage and home to Mother Consuelo Barcelo from 1883-1899.


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