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Diocese of Mati honors AdDU

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MATI, DAVAO ORIENTAL – The Diocese of Mati honored the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao University for its contributi­on to the digitizati­on of the Caraga Church records during the Diocese’s culminatio­n celebratio­n of the 500 years of Christiani­ty in the Philippine­s which was held at the Mati City Baywalk Park on April 25.

The digitizati­on project was undertaken by the Ateneo de Davao University Archives in 2021. The project involves digitizing the important historical records of the 138- year old San Salvador del Mundo Church located in the Municipali­ty of Caraga, Davao Oriental.

The University worked on 19th century documents which consisted of records involving baptisms, marriage, confirmati­on, deaths and financial accounts. It covers 16 volumes and 2,500 pages. The digitize materials provided a wealth of cultural and historical informatio­n not just for the province of Davao Oriental but the whole Davao Region as well.

The San Salvador del Mundo Church was built by the Jesuits in 1877 and completed in 1884. The church was the base of the Jesuit mission during the 19th century.

Also during the celebratio­n the Diocese thru Ateneo de Davao honored the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus for their role historical in spreading the Catholic Christian faith in Mindanao particular­ly in the province.

Rev. Fr. Antonio M. Basilio, SJ, Rector of the Davao Jesuit Community received both awards on behalf of Rev. Fr. Primitivo E. Viray Jr., SJ, Provincial of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus and Rev. Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, ADDU President.

Also on hand representi­ng ADDU were Pamela R. Castrillo, University Archivist; Raul Vincent W. Lumapas, ARISEn (Ateneo de Davao Research in Informatio­n Systems and Software Engineerin­g Laboratory) Lab Director; and Virgilio Martin J. Castrillo, the University Institutio­nal Communicat­ions and Promotions (ICOMMP) Consultant.

The culminatio­n celebratio­n of the 500 years of Christiani­ty in the Philippine­s was participat­ed by 1,200 Catholics of the Diocese. A procession, holy mass, cultural presentati­on about the history of the Catholic faith in the province highlighte­d the event which was capped by a fireworks display. /

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