2,000 participate in 2017 National Youth Day Print
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 17:25


More than 2,000 pilgrims and 15 bishops have arrived in Zamboanga to participate in the 2017 National Youth Day.

The event, organized by the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, is anchored on the theme “The Mighty One has Done Great Things for Me and Holy is His Name.”

The National Youth Day is a five-day series of activities which will enable youth ministers to congregate and celebrate Christ’s mission.

Mark Saavedra, NYD Executive Secretary, said that 2.052 pilgrims aged 13-39 years old arrived in Zamboanga since Sunday to participate in the event.

Saavedra said that the organization expects the arrival of more participants until November 8.

The program was opened via a holy mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Immaculate Conception yesterday afternoon.

This was followed by a grand parade known as the “Parada del maga Jovenez del Paiz” from the Metropolitan Cathedral to the Tetuan City Coliseum.

Other activities include two processions, the Gran Procession Mariana or Grand Marian Procession and the Parada del maga Peregrinos or Pilgrims’ Parade.

The pilgrims will also participate in religious and social sessions to be held in different parts of Zamboanga.

“Great things will be learned by coming together and hopefully this will be shared in the different parts of the country,” said Rev Father Conegundo Garganta, Executive Secretry of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth.

The National Youth Day is celebrated every two to three years. (RGAAGo)