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Camomot songwriting contest in Carcar today

Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — A nationwide original songwriting competition commemorating the life, teachings, and values of Venerable Teofilo Camomot, will happen for the third year today at the Daughters of St. Teresa (DST) Compound in Brgy. Valladolid, Carcar City, Cebu.

DST, a religious congregation Camomot founded, has announced the third season of the “AwiTeofilo,” a songwriting festival dedicated honoring the legacy of the Cebuano auxiliary bishop.

Today, March 3, is also the birth anniversary of Camomot, for whom efforts are ongoing to elevate him to sainthood, like fellow Filipinos San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod.

In a press statement sent to The Freeman, the DST said this year’s finalists are the the songs “Nang Dahil sa Iyo, Teofilo” by Hardie Bigcas; “Teofilo, Your Love Shines” by Joseph Barulo and Mary Donnell Barulo; “Paragon of Virtue” by Angelo Morales; “Salamat sa Gugma Mo” by Dionilo Abella; “Clay in the Potter’s Hands” by Jay-arr Librando;

“Bokasyon sa Paghigugma” by Katrina Bacalso; “Ang Diyos Anaa sa Atong Kasingkasing” by Riel Tabasa and Baby Tabasa-suan; “Halandong Teofilo” by Bradrey Ledesma; “O Dear Teofilo” by Saint Anthon Madaya; “Huni sa Pagsangpit” by Arnel Samson; “A Humble Servant of God” by Mateo Barulo Jr.; and “Balaan Ka ug Gasa sa Diyos” by Fray Samuel Eyas, OAR.

The grand champion will receive P100,000; first runner-up, P75,000; second runner-up; P50,000; best interpreter, P10,000; and non-winners, P20,000.

There would also be a special performance by Marielle Montellano and JM Dela Cerna, the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” Duets Grand Champion.

Proceeds from this event will be used for the construction of the Archbishop Teofilo B. Camomot Center of Spirituality building.

Event tickets can be purchased at the DST Motherhouse in Valladolid; Patria de Cebu Front desk; Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño Rector's office; Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral Parish office; and St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish office in Carcar City.

Camomot, who died in a vehicular accident on September 27, 1988 at the age of 74, was noted for his dedication to the poor and detachment from material possessions and “known for his fame of sanctity during his life, his death and after his death”.

It was during the time of Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal when the cause for his beatification and canonization started on Dec. 27, 2010. And on May 21, 2022, Pope Francis announced his elevation to “Venerable”.

Camomot, who is now called “Venerable” after the Holy Father Pope Francis on May 21, 2022 the authorized Marcello Cardinal Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in the Vatican, to promulgate a decree on his heroic virtues, granting him the title of Venerable.

After further procedures, which include having miracles verified as his, he would be elevated to the sainthood. (CEBU NEWS)

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