As part of the celebration of the Year of the Parish and the 14th anniversary of the canonical foundation of the Diocese of Cubao, the Bishop Ness Cup was launched to foster camaraderie among all employees of the Diocese last September 4, 2017. The opening ceremonies was held at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School gymnasium.
In his opening remark, Cubao Bishop, Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, DD, highlighted the importance of teamwork among co-workers. "Bilang isang Diocese, tayo ay iisa lamang... Bawat isa sa atin ay nagbibigay ng mukha sa Simbahan, at nagbibigay ng mukha sa Diocese." As employees of the Diocese, they are the ones who are at the forefront in terms of every parishioner's needs in matters concerning the Church.
Moreover, Bishop Ongtioco imparted that the purpose of the Bishop's Cup is to strengthen the bond among employees and that they may give premium to a healthy lifestyle. "Aanhin mo ang matalas na isip kung lampa ang katawan," the Bishop quipped. He ended by saying that one secret for a happy life is by having a healthy lifestyle. "Mens sana in corpore sano. A healthy mind in a healthy body," Bishop Ongtioco exclaimed.
The opening ceremonies of the Bishop Ness Cup culminated through the lighting of torch and the ceremonial toss. (Cubao Media)