Since 2019, VIDES volunteers have been planning on how the silver anniversary of VIDES Philippines will be celebrated. A lot of ideas have been suggested and were included in the planning. But as all of you know, all the initial plans were scratched out because of the unexpected challenges that we have encountered since the last part of the first quarter of 2020.
Come November 22, 2020, on the day of VIDES Philippines Silver Anniversary Celebration, more than 60 volunteers, both local and international, joined the online get-together of VIDES volunteers from the different parts of the Philippines and the world. The activity began with a mass which was presided by Rev. Fr. Andy Peter Lubi, Rector of Saint Augustine Major Seminary (SASMA) located in Tagaytay. Fr. Andy has been very generous in providing his service and accompanying VIDES Philippines – together with its volunteers and communities – in their journey all these years.
It has been an exciting, joyful and challenging 25 years for all us! Even though we were only able to meet virtually, it was really nice to see a lot of volunteers and some of our dear FMA Sisters. It was a wonderful day, as we were able to push through with the gathering and to also celebrate and reminisce the events and activities that all of us were able to join throughout these years.