Most Ouanos will­ing to ac­cept to­ken from Au­gus­tinian priests

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Chris­tell Fa­tima M. Tud­tud/FPL

Some mem­bers of the Ouano fam­ily in Man­daue City are will­ing to ac­cept the to­ken from the Au­gus­tinian priests con­trary to ear­lier re­ports that the en­tire clan is re­ject­ing the present from the Basil­ica Mi­nore del Sto. Niño.

A mem­ber of the Ouano fam­ily who re­quested anonymity clar­i­fied yes­ter­day that only a few of the mem­bers of the clan are not ac­cept­ing the to­ken.

"The ma­jor­ity of the fam­ily is is­su­ing this state­ment to cor­rect what­ever mis­im­pres­sion Mr. (Rex) Fer­nan­dez state­ment may have caused," read the press state­ment sent to The FREE­MAN.

"We're shocked why they come up with that state­ment. That (to­ken) should be ap­pre­ci­ated. A to­ken is ac­tu­ally a sim­ple form of ap­pre­ci­a­tion," said the fam­ily mem­ber in a phone in­ter­view.

Lawyer Rex Fer­nan­dez al­legedly did not have the author­ity from the en­tire clan to speak on their be­half.

Fer­nan­dez ear­lier is­sued a state­ment claim­ing that Ouanos is not ac­cept­ing the to­ken from the Au­gus­tinian priests be­cause they were not con­sulted about the changes in the flu­vial pa­rade.

Ac­cord­ing to Fer­nan­dez, the Ouanos were in­sulted by the sud­den change of the flu­vial ac­tiv­i­ties with­out them be­ing con­sulted.

The im­age of the Holy Child will no longer pass the Ouano res­i­dence dur­ing the flu­vial pro­ces­sion this year. From the na­tional shrine of St. Joseph in Man­daue City, the im­age will be brought to Lapu-Lapu City where the an­nual flu­vial pa­rade will kick off.

Over the past four decades the Ouanos in Man­daue City had been host­ing the im­age be­fore the flu­vial.

Aldo Nelbert Banaynal

Dancers from the Univer­sity of the Visayas per­form on the street dur­ing the Sin­u­log 2018 Open­ing Pa­rade.

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