News Release

Church Participates in the 23rd Urdaneta City Charter Day Celebration

Leaders and members of the Urdaneta Philippines Stake (diocese) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in this year’s Urdaneta City Charter celebration held last March 15-21, 2021.

Terrence Terceño, Urdaneta Stake President, presented Mayor Julio Parayno III with his family tree chart up to the fourth generation during the event. He was joined by his first counselor Reynaldo Micu, as well as Sarah Tolentino, Communication Council Director.

On the same occasion, congratulatory message videos from the aforementioned stake leaders began to broadcast on the electronic billboards located at the City Hall’s entrance and the New Magic Mall Extension until the last day of the celebration.

A special song number from three youth from the Stake: Princess Nicole Del Finado, Kassandra Unique Valentino, and Rojan Aron Manzano were also featured during the event.

A family history exhibit was also highlighted during the second part of the launch at CB Mall Urdaneta. Aside from putting on display the family tree charts of the National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal and former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos who hails from Pangasinan, the family history consultants taught the attendees how to accomplish their own family trees through accessing the Family Search website.

Members also took the chance to educate the public about the importance of genealogical works by distributing family history pamphlets in every event throughout the week.

Inspired by the family history exhibit’s outturn, City Librarian Bernadine Gravela proposed plans to include such programs as a staple service of the City Library.

In addition, 15 members volunteered to participate in the blood-letting program on March 19. Church leaders coordinated with local officials to ensure health safety protocols are met throughout the event.

In the past years, the Church has been deeply involved in civic initiatives and advocacies that positively helped Urdaneta City and its comprising communities, most especially the City Charter celebrations.

The Church encourages its members to participate in meaningful activities in public spaces that enable them to exercise the duty to be conscientious citizens, which reflects their values as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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