SOME 300 pilgrims, including three priests, from Cebu City attended the first “Duaw Camomot” in Carcar City, Cebu yesterday despite the lack of information dissemination about the activity.
A church official, though, is confident that more devotees are expected to attend in the next scheduled tours.
Pilgrims belonging to the Vicariate of the Most Holy Rosary went to the Daughters of St. Therese (DST) Mother House in Barangay Valladolid, Carcar City, which was the first stop in the series of tours aimed at educating Cebuano Catholic faithful on the life of the late Archbishop Teofilo Camomot.
During the tour, an orientation was conducted and was followed by a holy mass celebrated by Msgr. Ruben Labajo, vicar forane of the Vicariate of the Most Holy Rosary.
Labajo, who is also the head of the team of pastors of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, noticed that only he and three other priests from two other different parishes attended the Duaw Camomot.
The Vicariate of the Most Holy Rosary is composed of several parishes within Cebu City, including Sto. Rosario Parish, Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Mother of Perpetual Help Parish, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, San Vicente Ferrer Parish and the St. Joseph Chaplaincy.
But only devotees and clergy of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Sto. Rosario Parish, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish on Magallanes St. and the Sacred Heart Parish attended the Duaw yesterday.
In an interview yesterday, Labajo admitted that not all parishes were properly informed about the pilgrimage tours.
Labajo, however, said that despite the lack of attendance the devotion to Camomot remains strong.
One of the pilgrims, Lilia Yurag, said that she joined the tour because she wants to ask for Camomot’s intercession, especially in providing her family with good health and good life.
Yurag, 66, a mass server working at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, said that she is also praying for the souls of the 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force who were killed during in an encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Another pilgrim, Regine Ignacio, 12, said that she is praying to Camomot for the early release of her grand uncle, who is in jailed.
But despite their devotion, both pilgrims admitted that they don’t know much about Camomot’s life.
Fondly called Msgr. Lolong, Camomot was born in Barangay Cogon, in the then town of Carcar on March 3, 1914. He was the third of eight children born to Luis and Angela Bastida Camomot.
After retiring as bishop, Camomot died in a vehicular accident in Barrio Baho in San Fernando, Cebu on Sept. 27, 1988. He was 74.
The process of Camomot’s beatification is being processed in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.