The late Bacolod Bishop Antonio Y. Fortich will be remembered and celebrated in a week-long festivity to mark the centenary of his birth on August 11.
Spearheaded by the Blessed John Paul II National Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, the activities will culminate with “Insta: A Festival of Faith” set Aug. 10 and 11 at the Redemptorist Church grounds in Bacolod, a press release from organizers said.
“Insta” was the motto Fortich had used to guide his colorful, and oftentimes, controversial episcopacy. It is taken from 2 Timothy 4:2: “Preach the word! Be ready, in season or out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching.”
“Insta: A Festival of Faith” will celebrate what we have become because of Fortich, Msgr. Vic Rivas, president of the Blessed JP II Institute, said.
“While the festival will recall the life and times of Fortich, it will also celebrate what we have become as a people because of what he did in his lifetime,” Rivas added.
Screenings of a video presentation on the late bishop will start at the Redemptorist Church today and will run throughout the week. Students and other interested groups can schedule screenings.
Festival activities include a concelebrated mass, rummage sale, food and drinks kiosks, songs and dances, photo exhibit, bingo socials, feeding and a concert on Aug. 11 at the church grounds.
A motorcade will kick off the festival at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. It will begin at the Redemptorist and move around the city and back.
GMA TV, the official media partner of the festival, will mount the Aug. 11 concert that will feature its Kapuso stars Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal.
A book on Fortich will also be launched on Saturday.*