Marking the end of the celebrations of the 74th Foundation Anniversary of San Sebastian College – Recoletos Manila (SSC-R Manila) this year, the 5th Stags Run is slated to be held this Sunday at the Plaza Rajah Sulayman in Baywalk, Roxas Boulevard. This project, which was started in 2011, is aimed at raising funds for the institution’s involvement in missionary work here and abroad.
Dubbed as “Takbo Para sa Misyon”, the Stags Run in 2011 was able to raise funds used to support the missionary work of the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR) in Sierra Leone, Africa, and in the Cascian Island in Palawan through media evangelization and educational apostolate. The OAR runs the SSC-R Manila.
The following year, the institution’s educational mission and different outreach programs were realized because of the funds raised during the “Takbo Para sa Edu-Misyon” held that year. Intended to obtain funds for the support of vocations to the priestly and religious life, similar running events were held the following two consecutive years aptly named “Takbo Para sa Bokasyon” and “Stags Charity Run” respectively.
This year, SSC-R Manila pivots its way towards its vision stipulated in the theme for its 3-year celebration leading to the 75th Foundation Anniversary next year: Greatness Awaits One Who Recollects. Now focusing on the sub-theme, Roots of Creativity: Retrospection, Redefinition, and Revitalization of Sebastinian Education, SSC-R Manila takes up the challenge posed by Pope Francis in his recently-concluded pastoral visit to the Philippines of continuing to serve as missionaries of light, by serving the poor, the downtrodden, and the marginalized. Rev. Fr. Lauro Larlar, OAR, the Prior of the Order of Augustinian Recollects in the Philippines, admonished the community in his homily during the opening Eucharistic Celebration for this year’s foundation to also become shepherds: “Look for the sick, the poor, the weak, the disadvantaged. Those who are suffering more than the rest, those who are in the margins of the society, take care of them.” But he also posited that in order for the community to accomplish that, it is necessary to retrospect, redefine, and revitalize the Sebastinian education.
This year’s Stags’ Run, therefore, is also geared towards raising funds that will allow the school to sustain its involvement in pastoral ministry and missionary work.
With the hope of attracting more participants this year in order to surpass the 4,000 runners last year, the organizers promise a more fun and engaging event by tweaking it a bit as a Color Run this year. Divided into 3K, 5K, and 10K categories, the event is expected to start at 6 o’clock in the morning. For more details, interested individuals may contact Ms. Analissa Tanquiling at 734-8931 to 39 (loc 174) or Mr. Joselito Gando at 998-4625.