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“WE SHOULD LISTEN TO OUR ANGELS,” SAYS PRIEST MASS CELEBRANT


By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
Correspondent
(© 2015 Journal GlobaLinks)

 PLAINFIELD, Illinois (JGL) – Jesuit Fr. Carlos Llagas, a mass celebrant at the birthday party of Atty. Arcadio “Jun” Joaquin, Jr. here recently said that “you should listen to your angels as you conduct your daily living.”
Father Llagas said during the homily that in the Philippines even children, who have no “yayas” or caregivers, when parents get home from work, they find their children free from harm because Archangel Michael, a cherubim, is watching over them.

WITH MEDIA PEOPLE: ATTY. ARCADIO “JUN” JOAQUIN (second from right) is greeted by his friends from the media from right, Orly Bernardino, publisher-editor Philippine Weekly; Bart SG. Tubalinal, publisher-editor, FilAm Megascene, and Joseph G. Lariosa, correspondent of  Journal GlobaLinks. (JGL Photo by co-publisher-editor Lourdes Bernardino of Philippine Weekly)

WITH MEDIA PEOPLE: ATTY. ARCADIO “JUN” JOAQUIN (second from right) is greeted by his friends from the media from right, Orly Bernardino, publisher-editor Philippine Weekly; Bart SG. Tubalinal, publisher-editor, FilAm Megascene, and Joseph G. Lariosa, correspondent of  Journal GlobaLinks. (JGL Photo by co-publisher-editor Lourdes Bernardino of Philippine Weekly)


“Michael is usually on the left shoulder while Archangel Raphael (also a cherubim) is usually at right, while Archangel Raphael (also a cherubim) inspires our heart.”
When asked what angel should look after the celebrator, Jun Joaquin, Father Llagas suggested it should be Seraphim Uriel, who watches over those people with long life.
The celebrator (Jun Joaquin), when asked what he feels on his birthday, quipped, “Like in the game of basketball at 76 (years old), I am just at halftime.”
Father Llagas said, “Yeah (76 is) half time. Our GPL or genetic potential for longevity is 150 years.”
AFTER THE MASS: ATTY. ARCADIO “JUN” JOAQUIN, JR. (ninth from right) is surrounded by his well wishers after the celebration of the mass officiated by Fr. Carlos Llagas (seventh from right) during his birthday celebration in his home in Plainfield, Illinois. Others in photo from left are Meg Advento, Pam Ibanez, Eloy Asuncion, Susan Asuncion, Mrs. Prieto, Gil Prieto, Eufrocina Joaquin Carandang, Michael Janackovics, Cynthia Janackovics, Florence Garcia, Cristabel Garcia, Joseph G. Lariosa, Crellah Hortillas and an unidentified guest. (JGL Photo)

AFTER THE MASS: ATTY. ARCADIO “JUN” JOAQUIN, JR. (ninth from right) is surrounded by his well wishers after the celebration of the mass officiated by Fr. Carlos Llagas (seventh from right) during his birthday celebration in his home in Plainfield, Illinois. Others in photo from left are Meg Advento, Pam Ibanez, Eloy Asuncion, Susan Asuncion, Mrs. Prieto, Gil Prieto, Eufrocina Joaquin Carandang, Michael Janackovics, Cynthia Janackovics, Florence Garcia, Cristabel Garcia, Joseph G. Lariosa, Crellah Hortillas and an unidentified guest. (JGL Photo)


Dozens of well-wishers streamed into Juan Joaquin’s massive home for the daylong celebration, which has been an annual ritual for him, his wife, Dr. Alice R. Joaquin, and their family.
It was in 1976 when Jun passed the Illinois bar exam and has since become a general law practitioner. Born in Bangui, Ilocos Norte 76 years ago, Jun passed the Philippines bar in 1964 and became a trial lawyer for law firm ROSS, SELPH & CARRASCOSO in Manila while exclusively handling cases of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) when he was with the law firm. But he and his colleagues in the law firm were also retained to handle other cases of such companies as American President Lines; U.S. Lines; Maersk Line, First National City Bank of New York, Cummins Diesel, International Harvester, all merchant vessels entering the Philippines, which were insured by the Lloyd’s of London, Tabacalera, Caltex and Air France. (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)



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