Columban Fathers Brian Gore, and Niall O’Brien, along with
six lay church-workers were released from jail on 3 July 1984. Fr Vicente Dangan,
a priest of the Diocese of Bacolod, had been released some time before that.
These men had become known as ‘The Negros Nine’.
The author is editorial assistant of Misyon and interviewed Serafina when she visited us in Bacolod recently.
Serafina Vuda is a 46-year-old Columban Lay Missionary from Fiji. She was on mission in Chile from 1997 to 2000 and in Peru from 2001 to 2007. She came to the Philippines last May to take a course in Family Ministry at Ateneo de Manila University but had to stop after one semester due to her being elected Coordinator of the Lay Missionary Central Leadership Team (LMCLT), taking office on January, 2009.
Our regular readers are more familiar with the author as ‘Joeker Pinoy’. He is
from Gaang, a small village in Barangay Dangoy in the municipality of Lubuagan
in the landlocked province of Kalinga in northern Luzon. The former province of
Kalinga-Apayao became two separate provinces in 1995.
I boarded air-conditioned OA Travel and Tour bus no AS54392H in Accra, capital
of Ghana, bound for Techiman on 29 October 2007.