IYBA 2013 Day 1

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The start of the International Young Brothers’ Assembly (IYBA) was heralded by a calm and quiet morning. A week ago, plane arrivals and hectic schedules dictated the pace – today was different. Already settled in De La Salle Dasmarinas (DLSU-D), the participants arrived in small groups – some walked, others were shuttled – at the DLSU-D Retreat and Conference Center (RCC) veranda.

The goal of the IYBA is to present a concrete message of the Young Brothers for 45th General Assembly. Aside from discussions, the IYBA also created a Listening Team to assist in this; the team’s goal is to collect the reflections of the Young Brothers, articulating the spirit of the IYBA to further express the message of the young Brothers.

Under this vision, the brothers gathered for the opening ceremony at the RCC Corporate Hall. Each of the sector representatives introduced themselves by stating what they can contribute to the assembly in the coming days. The groups displayed their creativity in introducing themselves, their culture, and their identity. Despite the language barrier, the Brothers were able to communicate via the translators.


RELEM delegates introducing themselves to the tune of “We Will Rock You”.

Directly after their introductions, the Brothers had their first prayer together. Everyone lighted a candle – a representation of the gift that they bring to the assembly – and headed for the chapel. This first prayer set the tone for the coming days, guided by the following verse:

“I came so that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10,10)

This passage defines the IYBA theme. Through this, the gathering aims to not only receive life, but to increase it by living the mission with creativity, zeal, solidarity and faith.


Lighted candles symbolising the Brothers’ contribution to the assembly.


The Brothers at the RCC Chapel.

After their lunch, the Brothers spent their afternoon touring the two campuses, De La Salle Dasmarinas (DLSU-D) and De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLS-HSI).

The tour was followed by a mass at The Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary in DLSU-D, presided by Fr. Mark Reyes, the University Chaplain. But prior to the mass proper, the Brother Visitor of the Lasallian East Asia District, Br. Edmundo Fernandez FSC, gave the welcoming remarks, quoting a passage from Circular 466. This was followed by a video showcasing the Philippines’ riches – including a few Filipino Brothers – and, by the time it ended, received applause from the delegates.


Brother Alvaro Rodriguez Echeverria FSC inspiring the young Brothers to make themselves heard.

At the end of the mass, Brother Superior General, Br. Alvaro Rodriguez Echeverria FSC delivered his message to the young Brothers, imploring them to, “…go out because our mission is to be instruments of salvation, especially to the poor.” His call to action states that, “we Brothers cannot be absent and you young Brothers are called to be the accelerator not the brake.”


The IYBA Delegation together with the Superior General and the Lasallian East Asia District Brother Visitor.

After, the Brothers headed to Ugnayang La Salle for their welcoming dinner, hosted by DLSU-D. The young Brothers were treated to a Filipiniana Night, highlighting different cultural aspects of the Philippines.

The program started with a parade of colors, hosting a flag from each of the participants’ home nation. This was followed by the welcoming message of Br. Gus Boquer FSC, EdD, President and Chancellor of DLSU-D and DLSHSI.


Br. Gus Boquer FSC delivers his welcoming remarks to the IYBA delegates.

Before dinner, the DLSU-D Filipiniana Dance Company displayed the La Jota, the Binasuan, and the Subli – traditional Filipino dances. The DLSU-D Chorale and DLSHSI Saringhimig then serenaded the participants, under the direction of Mr. Nasser Salcedo.


The DLSU-D Filipiniana Dance Company.

After the Brothers’ meal, the night was capped off with the return of the DLSU-D Filipiniana Dance Company. One of their last performances was the Tinikling, a dance that requires the dancers to step in and out of two bamboo poles. Several Brothers were invited to dance and they did not disappoint – an indication of things to come for the IYBA.


Br. Johnmar successfully dances the Tinikling


Photo opportunity with the Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut).


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