Written by Jessie T. de Guzman



The ICLA Director, Fr. Samuel Canilang, CMF, turned 52 on October 19, 2015; however, the ICLA community celebrated his birthday the following day, Tuesday, at lunchtime. Fr. Sammy returned from a short teaching stint outside the country on the night of his birthday.


Several students “took over the kitchen” and prepared authentic and tasty Asian dishes for the simple birthday banquet. At the end of the meal, a short program was emceed by Fr. Phe Ha of Myanmar and Sr. Bulan of Thailand with songs and dances from Vietnam, China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, and Korea. The celebration ended with Fr. Sammy’s sharing about his joy in living in this beautiful intercultural community, and giving his blessing to the community.



An ICLA academic staff member, Mr. Ronald Meniano, also celebrated his birthday on this day.


To both of you, Fr. Sammy and Ronald, may the Lord continue to deepen your dedication to your vocations and to ICLA’s mission. Maligayang kaarawan!