THE Diocese of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Camiguin (MOBUCA) of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) based in Cagayan de Oro will turn 25 years on Saturday, August 28.

The celebration coincides with this year’s feast of the city’s patron, Saint Augustine.

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The event will be highlighted by an early morning religious parade around the city and thanksgiving mass with Diocesan Bishop Felixberto L. Calang as main celebrant together with the diocese’s more than 30 priests and deacons and IFI General Secretary Bishop Ephraim Fajutagana, the guest preacher.

Another highlight of the celebration is the first diocesan music festival featuring the original works of MOBUCA composers and arrangers.

Both the thanksgiving mass and the diocesan music festival will be held at the Cathedral of Jesus, the Nazarene located at the corner of Cayetano Pacana and Pabayo Sts.

But the celebration does not end there as in the evening of Sunday, August 29, a theater arts presentation depicting the life and ministry of MOBUCA Diocese and the IFI will be shown by the Youth of the IFI at Capitol University Gym.

Called Handuraw, the theater arts presentation is choreographed and directed by Cyrell Allan Russel "Sai" Collado of the famous Saiyawe International.

The show is expected to draw audience not only from the IFI community but also from the non-IFIs, particularly history students and teachers.

The Diocese of MOBUCA used to be part of the Diocese of Northern Mindanao that was originally composed of the two provinces of Agusan, Surigao, Misamis, Zamboanga and Lanao, including Bukidnon. This was during the stint of the late Bishop Camilo C. Diel Sr., who himself spearheaded the growth of the IFI in southern Philippines in the early 1950s. (PR)