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Manila Archdiocese gives gift of life on Tagle's birthday

Church workers donate blood to Red Cross to wish prelate many happy returns as he turns 62.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila thanks those who donated blood during an annual event to celebrate his birthday on June 21. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

Church workers in Manila Archdiocese offered their blood as a gift to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila when he celebrated his 62nd birthday on June 21.

It was nothing new, said Rowena Ranola, 58, who works with the archdiocese’s Persons with Disability Ministry.

It was Ranola's fifth time donating blood at what has become an annual drive to celebrate the cardinal's birthday.

"It's good to donate blood," she said. "Aside from being able to help people, it's good for the body as well," said Ranola who encouraged her children and other people to do the same.

Father Sanny de Claro, director of the archdiocese’s Human Resource Department, said the event is the church workers' way of showing Cardinal Tagle that they treasure life.

The donated blood will be given to the Philippine Red Cross. "It's really the poor who will benefit from this," said Father De Claro.

Dr. Ricky Castillo, medical officer of the Philippine Red Cross, said it is healthy to donate blood every three months, adding that it will help prevent hypertension.

"The blood you donate could save three lives," said the doctor. He noted that more people donated during this year's event.

Father Roy Bellen of the archdiocese's Office of Communications said the Cardinal prefers activities that will benefit others instead of holding a party for his birthday.

"This is a good concrete gift because it will not be for just one day but really help prolong other people's lives," said the priest.

"More than [the cardinal], he really wanted people to benefit," said Father Bellen.

"In fact, his exhortation is for us priests to work for the poor," he added.

Source: UCAN

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