PROUD Bantayanons warmly rolled out the red carpet for the very first bishop the island has produced, Most Rev. Bishop Emilio “Boy” Bataclan. The returning “local” was celebrating a golden milestone—his 50th Sacerdotal anniversary!
Here’s a brief rundown of Bishop Boy’s impressive ministry. From 1972 to 1995, he served as parish priest of Daanbantayan, Bantayan Island, Alang-Alang, Mandaue, Bogo and San Nicolas.
It was in 1986 when he became director for the seminarians’ spiritual pastoral formation year. The next two years saw him as Archdiocesan Chancellor.
After being installed as Bishop in 1995, he again became parish priest in Iligan for nine years, before coming back to Cebu to serve the parishes of Danao, Carcar and Liloan.
It was no wonder then that on that historical day in May 2016, five Ceres busloads of well-wishers landed at the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Bantayan, to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
At the mid-morning Mass, the church was filled to the rafters with parishioners and friends, not to mention a battery of more than 10 co-celebrants. A moving scene was the offertory, where Ligaya, sibling of Bishop Boy, was one of the offerers.
Following the ceremonies the entire “village” turned up for lunch to toast their beloved Bishop golden boy. Cheers!