As part of the Holy Cross of Davao College’s efforts in forging stronger bonds and collaboration with organizations and institutions all over the world, the institution has hosted the Canadian-Filipino Thanksgiving, spearheaded by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham) last October 14, 2022.

The face-to-face event was conducted at HCDC because the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines sought to engage with institutions coordinated with the establishments that the Canadian Missionaries founded in Mindanao. 

“Our chairman, Mr. Leonilo G. Claudio, is a member of (the Ignatian Institute of Religious Education Foundation) IIREF based here in Holy Cross. Because of the ties of the Holy Cross with the Canadian Missionaries, we were taught that the thanksgiving would be in coordination with the establishments that the Canadian Missionaries established here in Mindanao,” Maria Rowena Gempesaw, Events Membership Manager of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said.

The occasion also set the mark of a possible partnership between HCDC and the Canadian Chamber of the Philippines through an exchange program to link HCDC with different academies in Canada, which will give the institution more opportunities to participate in the programs provided by their country.

The celebration was attended by the HCDC administration headed by Br. Noelvic H. Deloria, S.C. and guests from various congregations, such as the PME Fathers, The Sacred Heart Brothers, The RVM Sisters, and the archdiocese of Davao. The gathering was also graced by Davao Archbishop Most Rev. Romulo Valles, D.D.

“I would also like to commend our institutional Partners, the Holy Cross of Davao [College], and the various congregations such as the PME, the Sacred Heart, the RVM, and the archdiocese of Davao for agreeing to be part of this event. What a dream to be a part of this event. For their Devotion, devoting their time, resources, and energies to projects for the benefit of others,” Mr. Leonilo G. Claudio, Chairman, Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines – Davao City Chapter, said.

Vice President of the Philippines Sara Duterte-Carpio and Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte who were also invited to the thanksgiving, expressed their gratitude for the continued support and service that the CanCham provided for the country. 

“My warmest greetings to the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the Holy Cross of Davao College for hosting the Canadian Thanksgiving celebration. I also want to express my sincerest admiration for the continued work of the Canadian Society of Foreign Missions in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, for the past 85 years. Your service to the Filipinos is truly valued – building parishes, schools, and health institutions in remote municipalities in Davao and other parts of Mindanao,” Vice President Sara Z. Duterte greeted through a recorded video.

Meanwhile, the younger Duterte also expressed his admiration for the Canadian missionaries.“Davao City and Mindanao could not thank enough the Canadian Missionaries who brought positive change to the socio-economic landscape of the City and this island by way of establishing education and health institutions at a time when the people need it the most,” Christian Cambaya, from the Davao City Investment Promotion Center, speaking in behalf of Davao City Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte, said. (Christian Dave D. Rica, The New Crusader Yearbook Scholar)