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Pinay:

Hehehe, Yeah, Paring Bol-anon is more of a fraternity/organization


that we had become resulting from a thrust (vision) young PBs
started in the late 70s. Fr. Khing Vano and contemporaries organized
the BMS (Bohol Major Seminarians) during their theology days as
many priests at that time were unsupportive of the seminary's
summer pastoral program of sending seminarians to different
parishes - in order to develop their skills in pastoral work - for
reasons I have no recollection at all. BMS served much like an
organized union pressuring priests to allow us do some pastoral
works and support the seminary’s summer program. I'm not sure if
BMS is still in existent today; we haven't heard much about it since
the Ecclesiastical division of Bohol into 2 dioceses in the late 80s.

The Paring Bol-anon, on the other hand, kept growing bigger, and
stronger as ever, until many of our priests started leaving the diocese
for Manila and the United States, hence, the birth of Paring Bol-anon,
USA around 1985 (again with Fr. Khing at the helm). PB chapters
were then established (USA, Manila, Mindanao, etc) much like the
BMS in the early days... and so did the lay alumni groups like BANKA
and TIPASI on the advent of IHMS 40th and 50th Jubilees. Other
than that, wa na jud koy hibal-an sa development sa mga groups until
I got reconnected again a week or so ago. I think nangatiguwang na
mig kalit mao nang nag ijahay na, bwhahaha. Or should I only speak
for myself, hehehe. Ambot bitaw. All I can say is I am doing my best
to kept this whole Paring Bol-anon thing intact in my own little ways
by creating the seminary and the diocese's first websites much like
Nox Arcamo and company are doing with IHMS eGroup. That's why I
have to praise Nox for keeping us together bisan ug wala pa kaayo
ma widely accepted ang iyang effort. I know others are doing the
same in their own unique ways... only we have to fight against the
fact that we have bigger responsibilies in life now compared to when
we were younger (while at the same time our little idealism are
starting to fade, huh!). But hope is not lost... somehow someone will
always continue to carry the torch like you do! Hehehe

J. Roel Lungay (Fro)