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National newsbits for June 21, 2014

FEAST OF SAINT ALOYSIUS GONZAGA

Today is the feast day of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron of the Christian youth. In the country, commemorative rites and festivities in honor of the Italian saint will be held in San Luis, Agusan del Sur; Caluag, Quezon; San Fernando, Pampanga; and at the St. Louis University in Baguio City. In Rome, Italy, pilgrims and devotees traditionally gather for the religious services and procession at the Church of St. Ignatius, where the well-venerated saint was buried. Born in 1568 in a castle in Castiglione, Italy, St. Aloysius’ first spoken words were the holy names of Jesus and Mary. He taught catechism to poor children and was a great devotee of the Blessed Mother. In 1591, while serving the sick as a Jesuit student during a plague in Milan, Italy, he contracted the disease and died at the young age of 23. (Christina I. Hermoso)

RAINY WEEKEND

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said occasional rains will prevail over the western section of Luzon and the Visayas over the weekend due to southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat.” Fernando Cada, forecaster of the state weather bureau, said Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog ; Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Western Visayas and the provinces of Bataan and Zambales will experience occasional rains over the weekend. Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. (Chito Chavez)