Negros Nine Weavers Exhibit @ PanaadSan Columbano 14th Centennial Death AnniversaryThe Brian Gore StoryWELCOME TO NEGROS NINE DEMO FARM!!!Abaca Weaving Program for Women of Negros NineNegros Nine Nutrition Program
Negros Nine Feeding Nutrition Program at Colambo Primary School in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental


April 12, 2016
by Arman Toga
Negros Daily Bulletin

The Diocese of Kabankalan paid tribute to the late Atty. Francisco B. Cruz, a human rights lawyer, for his commitment and legal services to the victims of abuses during the Martial Law years.

KABANKALAN DIOCESE TRIBUTE. Left to right, Manuel Fortun, Jaoquin Fortun, Jenna Cruz-Fortun, Julio Cruz, Lita Cruz, Kerl Cruz, Kerr Michael Cruz, Bishop Patricio Buzon and Fr. Eryl Agus.*

Led by Bishop Patricio Buzon and Fr. Eryl Agus, director of the Commission on Social Action, the April 8, 2016 ceremony at St. Pope Pasul Pastoral Center at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental was attended by Atty. Cruz’ family.

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Widows and Widowers of Saint Columban

Last November 23, we celebrated the 1,400 death anniversary of Saint Columban and here in the Philippine Church we celebrated 2015 as the “Year of the Poor”.

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To mark these two occasions and to give more substance to them, I decided to organize the widows and widowers around San Columbano Retreat House, our former Columban Central house in Negros. This had been in my mind for some time.

We are calling this organization, in the language of the island (Illongo), “Asosasyon sang mga Balo ni San Columbano” or in English “Association of the Widows and Widowers of Saint Columban”. In Illongo the word for widow and widower is the same – Balo.

San Columbano 14th Centennial Death Anniversary

November 22, 2015

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Weekend at Negros Nine with Villanova

Fr Kevin Visits Negros Nine

SM, DTI, CITEM, NCCA, Philippine STAR partnership: Crafts and communities at SM

April 12, 2015

MANILA, Philippines - As “My City, My SM, My Crafts” continues its series of road shows around the Philippines, it showcases not only the best of traditional arts and modern Philippine design, but also creative community-based crafts that have become a source of livelihood for many Filipinos.

Negros Nine Human Development Foundation’s Fr. Brian Gore with weavers Bernalyn, Jonathan and Danila at the My City, My SM, My Crafts event at SM City Bacolod. Through its Abaca Weaving Project, the foundation which is run by the Columban Fathers, provides livelihood opportunities for a community of weavers in Kabankalan City.

ABS-CBN - Bacolod MagTV na Amiga

ABS-CBN - Bacolod MagTV na Amiga Features Negros Nine Weavers

St. Columban’s Day Celebration

Dalgan Park, Navan, Ireland
24th November 2014

Thirty Years Later

This article appeared in Far East Magazine November 2014 issue and Columbans Ireland website

It is hard to believe that it is thirty years since the story of an Irish Missionary priest facing death in the Philippines hit the headlines in Ireland. It was a story that captured the headlines not only in Ireland but also, in many other countries around the world, especially Australia and the United States. Lots of things have happened in the intervening period for the Catholic Church, not all of them positive stories, but the story of the Negros Nine should not be forgotten and for all the right reasons.

I was a young reporter in RTE (Ireland’s National Radio and TV Station) when the story broke. Two Columban missionary priests, one secular priest, and the six lay leaders had been arrested and charged with the murder of a local Mayor on the island of Negros in the Philippines. I can vividly recall Niall O’Brien being interviewed on RTE Radio from his prison-cell in a place called Bacolod, telling how he and his two fellow priests, Australian, Brian Gore and secular priest Vicente Dangan, along with six lay leaders, were facing a possible death sentence on a trumped-up charge.

In essence this was a simple story of priests siding with the local sugar-workers on the island of Negros, helping them in their struggle to get better conditions. For their efforts, they were framed with the murder of the Mayor of Kabankalan, Pablito Sola. Even though the Mayor had been killed by members of a rebel group called the New Peoples Army, it suited the local ‘sugar barons’ to accuse them of the murder.

Negros Nine Abaca Weavers to Join 10-day Exhibit

Negros Nine Human Development Foundation has recently received an invitation from SM City Bacolod through their PR Manager, May V. Castro.  The invitation states that the “Negros Nine Abaca Weavers” has been selected as one of the participants to take part on special promotional campaign of Negros Occidental’s best products.

Father Brian Gore of Negros Nine being interviewed by May Castro, PR Manager of SM Bacolod

This SM Bacolod special project is dubbed as “My City, My SM, My Crafts”. And this is in partnership with The Department of Trade and Industry, CITEM, Bureau of Domestic Trade and the Philippine Star.


Fr Brian Gore

Father Brian Gore was sent to the Philippines after his in ordination in 1969. He arrived on the sugar-rich island of Negros where he worked among the poor until his arrest in 1982...

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Fr Niall O'Brien

Father Niall O’Brien, 64, a good friend, a brave and courageous priest of unquestionable integrity died 27th of April 2004 in Pisa, Italy, after a long struggle with illness.

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Board of Trustees

  • Rev. Fr. Brian E. Gore
  • Rev. Fr. Ricon B. Dagunan
  • Atty. Francisco B. Cruz
  • Milagros C. Villavicencio
  • Lydio J. Mangao
  • Jesus S. Arzaga
  • Nomy T. Muhal

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