A simbang gabi mass with
the community of Barangay Baclaran,
During Christmas season, parish priests in and outside Tagaytay request help from the seminary professors to celebrate the Simbang Gabi masses (traditional nine day novena masses before Christmas). For more than ten years now, some SVD priests go down to Balayan in Batangas, 60 kilometers east of Tagaytay, a first class municipality (population ca. 70,000) with 48 barangays. Each priest is assigned to celebrate at least four masses a day usually in the barangay chapels, sometimes in basketball courts.
Chapel of Barangay Baclaran,
For this year's Simbang Gabi, SVDs who are helping out there are Martin Mandin (Moral Theology professor), Mike Layugan (Dean of Studies), Ariel Tampos (preparing to go to Botswana in Africa) and this blogger.
The Church of Immaculate Conception
Balayan, Batangas, Philippines