Barili municipal officials and parish council officers join hands for a grand celebration of the Sta. Ana Parish’s fourth centennial on July 26. In a press conference held at the Allure Hotel in Mandaue City recently, the officials bared a list of activities for the celebration.
Said to be the fifth oldest in Cebu, the Sta. Ana Parish used to be the head of the district of parishes in the southwest stretching as far south as Samboan and Pinamungahan in the north as its visitas for an area of over 100 kilometers. It also had a mission in Guihulngan.
The parish later disintegrated when the visitas and the mission became independent parishes in the 18th century.
In the press conference, the LGU was represented by Mayor Teresito Mariñas, Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Nemeño, Sangguniang Bayan members Rene Alquizola, Ana Maria Ewican and Fe Villegas.
The parish was represented by council president Engr. Edward Barolo who is also the municipal engineer, liaison officer Jinky Pañares, historian Azucena Pace, Orlando Carvajal, Teresita Carampatana, Teddy Solon, Delsa Miraflor, Jesusa Chan, Tito Mariñas, and Lee and Nenette Macecampo.
Mayor Mariñas said that the show of force of both camps likewise was a ‘show of solidarity’ for the big celebration adding that ‘faith unites the Barileños, both church and state.’
Considering the principle of the separation of church and state, the mayor added that the LGU will exercise caution in the use of municipal funds so as not to violate any law.
The celebration started last year and will culminate on July 26, the date of the 4th centennial fiesta itself. Mass weddings and pastoral visits of the image of Sta. Ana to other parishes and barangays that used to be part of the Sta. Ana parish are among the religious activities in the centennial celebration.
Socio-civic activities include sports tournaments, cultural exhibits, heritage tours, agri-fair, the Kaumahan Festival and a Pista sa Nayon.
The parish prides itself in producing more or less 20 priests in the 400 years of its existence among whom are Fr. Seth Marinay who later became a Vice Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila and Fr. Cesar Alcoseba who translated the bible, the Lord’s Prayer and other prayers, among others, into the Cebuano language.