The formal reception held at Capitol Banquet Hall after the Thanksgiving Mass included a short program with some speeches and a dance. I have always held that the priesthood is always for the people…and even in this celebration, it is less about me and more about the people whom I have had the privilege of serving through the years.
I was actually ordained to the priesthood on the 18th of December 1990. Since it falls at a time when there are so many things happening during the Christmas season, the parish decided [with my consent] to celebrate it in January. In that way, more people are able to attend.
The Thanksgiving Mass was held at the Saviour of the World Chinese Church followed by a formal reception.
My mother was able to travel from the Philippines and my siblings together with their families were also able to attend.