It was a blessed morning when the 32 delegates from the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth of the Archidocese of Manila met at the Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport last Novemeber 5, 2017. There was thrill in everyone's faces because the long awaited moment finally started; the journey with Mary through Jesus: the National Youth Day 2017. The flight schedule was at 10:00 in the morning and the plane safely landed at Zamboanga International Airport around 12:00 noon with the NYD volunteers and organizers welcoming everybody with joy. From the airport, the delegates were assisted to the Parish of Our Lady of Ransom, Mercedes, Zamboanga City together with the other delegates coming from the Diocese of Novaliches, Diocese of San Fernando, Puerto Princesa and Diocese of Iligan. They had their lunch in the reception of the NYD 2017 Command Center. The seminar Kits were distributed by Vernon Paolo Olaveja, Head of the committees to assist the delegates upon arrival and his assistant Belinda Villar. After the welcome and orientation, the delegates were assisted to their foster homes. Being with their foster family was the first experience of NYD blessing. To be with a family with different culture and way of life but one in spirit and joy of knowing and sharing Christ. May all the NYD 2017 participants make good memories with their respective host family, and gain a home away from home in the City of flowers.
By Abegail M. Bon