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Monday, September 15, 2014

Bishop Álvaro del Portillo to be beatified on September 27

Bishop Álvaro del Portillo was the first successor of St Josemaría, the founder of Opus Dei. He will be beatified (to be officially proclaimed as “Blessed Álvaro del Portillo”) on 27 September 2014.


Bishop Álvaro was St St Josemaría’s closest collaborator and first successor


Today, September 15, is the anniversary of the election of Bishop Álvaro (1914-1994)
as the first successor of St Josemaría, founder of Opus Dei.

Bishop Álvaro was the closest and longest collaborator of St Josemaría, having lived with St Josemaría for forty years and worked side by side with the founder in establishing Opus Dei all over the world.

As St Josemaría’s successor, he faithfully led Opus Dei according to the spirituality that St Josemaría preached: to seek God in one’s everyday life and to let as many people as possible know that God actually calls everyone to holiness whatever their age, profession, social and cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, or race may be.

Bishop Álvaro visited Anihan


Anihan Technical School was fortunate to have been visited by Bishop Álvaro when he came to the Philippines. On 26 January 1987, Bishop Álvaro toured Anihan which was then newly-constructed and consisted of a single-level building only. He greeted and talked to the students and encouraged them to study well and to use what they learn to serve others and God.

Anihan's first oven which was shown to Bishop Alvaro del Portillo when he visited
the school on 26 January 1987. To date, this oven continues to be functional.

The school management showed him the one and only oven that the school owned then. They told Bishop Álvaro that even with that lone oven, they were baking hundreds of brownies and selling them to raise scholarship funds for the school. Bishop Álvaro touched the oven and responded that, with it, the staff were not only making brownies but were also teaching the students to be good professionals and to be close to God.

The poster outside the gate of Anihan informs the barangay that Bishop Alvaro del Portillo
who was once a visitor of Anihan and Brgy. Milagrosa is now near sainthood.

Earlier during that day, Bishop Álvaro also visited the Makiling Conference Center which is located within the same complex as Anihan. Makiling Conference Center is one of Anihan’s industry partners. More importantly, many of its staff volunteer part of their time to be mentors of the Anihan students. He also met and talked to the residents of the barangay.

Right-click on the image above to download a copy of the prayer card.
An updated version will be released after the beatification.

We are happy in Anihan to be able to see the beatification of this saintly priest who had been a father not only to the members of Opus Dei, but to all the people who benefited from the many social enterprises he inspired and encouraged in the Philippines and in the other parts of the world.
The live telecast of his beatification ceremony will be aired over IBC-13 and EWTN on 27 September 2014, Saturday, 6:00 pm (Philippine time).

Read more about Bishop Álvaro del Portillo and his beatification on www.alvaro14.org.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Anihan Graduate Testimony

An Anihan graduate posted on Facebook her testimony about her experience as an Anihan scholar.


Maria Carmina Hinguillo graduated from Anihan in 2002. She started working in the country at a fast food franchise. After some years, she was able to find employment in Canada where she is now based. She supports her family and was the one who encouraged her younger sister, Ahmielitz, to study too in Anihan. Below are excerpts from Carmie's Facebook post on 4 May 2014:

Baking and more

"What does Anihan offer? Baking as our first thought. However, baking is more than just making dainty cakes and pastries and presenting them beautifully. Anihan taught me how to assess my entire work, this included…the time I chose my recipe, division of labor, procurement of the ingredients, working in the kitchen, the end product and ensuring the kitchen was left as clean as before I even stepped in. The whole process allowed me to analyze my strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. In short, it made me realize how vastly I can improve not just my baking skills but also as a person.

Developing my personality

My time as a student in Anihan was amazing and so much fun. I was the youngest of my batch and I had a very low self-esteem. I was always late and I didn’t even know how to fix myself except for my hair because my mother would get mad at me if I left the house without tidying up my hair. But my hair would stay the same until I went home. I remember one of my classmates pulling me to the powder room to fix me up, but I was too shy to look at myself in the mirror so I just ran away. Surrounded with girls a year or two older than me, I noticed how presentable a girl can become with some powder and lip gloss. And, having a Personality Development class, I learned that I had to make myself presentable not just to look good but to have self-confidence to face people.

Learning how to be a professional

Anihan is a school that teaches more than Personality Development and Baking. It teaches the student to have the professional work ethics that you would not learn from others. This is our edge, what we have in common. The regulations are strict but we all need this much to learn. The big sisters, we call them "ate", are persistent. They would look for you to talk to you even if you didn’t want to say anything. I remember hiding in the washroom before so I didn’t have the whole time to talk to her. But I missed her a lot when I left. I missed the person (Ate Jing) that gave me the feeling of assurance, that there is a person willing to listen to all of my whims, bitterness and childishness while keeping me focused on the right direction as I go along.

Going for my goals

I realized so much in just two years of my stay in this school. I was able to determine my priorities and goals in life. I learned the humility of accepting mistakes and understanding what I can do to make things right. Criticisms are challenges laid out for me, analyzing the situation reveal the problems and solutions. I feel sad, angry, happy, and such, as I go through difficulties, but at the end of the day, I always think of what I can thank for. And one great blessing that I have is my time in Anihan, that's why I sent my sister to study here, so she can learn as much as I did, and she is having a blast!

Time passes, people change, goals keep getting bigger and so we continually improve. I am currently working in Alberta, Canada as a store manager for two stores and I have a cleaning job at night. I am also, doing an online course in Bookkeeping. I was able to send my sibling to school and buy a decent home for my parents. Yes, an Anihan graduate was able to fulfill this much and more..."

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

St. Josemaría Escrivá: Finding God in everyday life

Find God in your everyday life. This is St. Josemaría Escrivá’s teaching.


Called a saint of ordinary life, St. Josemaría spent most of his years telling people of all races and all social backgrounds that it is in their daily life that they can seek and find God. One does not have to wait for extraordinary events in order to experience the nearness of God.

St. Josemaría’s life was an example of how, by doing one’s ordinary work extraordinarily well, one can please God and be holy. “Extraordinarily well” means doing one's tasks and occupations in the best possible way and with the intention of serving others and serving God.

http://www.opusdei.or.ke/en-ke/article/passionately-loving-the-world/

He waits for us every day, in the laboratory, in the operating theatre, in the army barracks, in the university chair, in the factory, in the workshop, in the fields, in the home and in all the immense panorama of work. Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it. - St. Josemaría, Homily: Passionately Loving the World

As early as the 1940’s, St Josemaría was already sharing with the first female members of Opus Dei his dream of opening greater opportunities for women through education and training, especially for those who have less financial resources. Anihan stands today as one of the many schools around the world that have been inspired by St. Josemaría’s vision.

St. Josemaría’s feast day is on June 26. All over the world, there will be masses celebrated in his honor on or around this date. Some of these are:

Laguna

June 25, Wednesday, 5:15 pm
San Pablo Cathedral, San Pablo City

June 25, Wednesday, 5:15 pm
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus Chapel
UP-Los Baños Campus

June 26, Thursday, 5:30 pm
San Isidro Labrador Parish Church
Brgy. Makiling, Calamba City

Batangas

June 26, Thursday
Lipa Cathedral, Lipa City

Manila

June 26, Thursday, 6:00 pm
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus Shrine
Manlunas St., Pasay City
(in front of NAIA 3)

Click here to see the schedule of all the Masses in the Philippines and in the rest of the world.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Anihan's Summer Baking Classes: Last Day on May 31

Anihan's Summer Baking Classes will be on its last day on May 31.


The first five classes were all about quick breads, bread, cookies and pies, pastries, and cakes. This Saturday, the participants will be learning about preparing and displaying petit fours.

http://www.anihanschool.com/2014/03/summer-baking-classes-2014.html
Anihan's 6-Part Special Hands-on Training in Bread and Pastry Production