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Br. Lindley Halago Sionosa

Born: General Santos City, Philippines (01/07/1974)
Living in: Maguindanao, Philippines
Province: East Asia
Lindley Halago  Sionosa

I am Br. Lindley Halago Sionosa, FMS. I was born on July 1, 1974 in Polomolok, South Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines.  My parents are Mr. Santiago S. Sionosa, recently deceased, and Mrs. Hermogena Halago-Sionosa. My father worked for Dole Philippines, Inc. for 34 years until his retirement in 2001. My mother, on the other hand, was employed by the same company for some time before she left to devote her entire life to taking care of our home.

I am the eldest of 5 children.  My brother Michael is 2 years younger than I. Self-employed, he is now married with two children.  My next sibling is Melanie, born in 1977. She died when she was 9. My next brother is Friedrick, who was born in 1981. He is a Mechanical Engineer and got married last year, 2016.  Our youngest is Angeline, born in 1983 and a Medical Technologist by profession. She is still single.

I went to a Marist institution, Notre Dame of Dadiangas College, in General Santos City, Mindanao, Philippines, for my entire academic life - from elementary to college, a total of 14 years.  I finished Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in March 1995.  In June of the same year, I received the habit at the Immaculate Conception Novitiate in Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, Mindanao.

I made my first vows as a Marist Brother on May 20, 1997. After that, I studied at the Marist Asia Pacific Center (MAPAC) in Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines for three years, until I graduated with a Bachelor of Secondary Education - Religious Education degree in 2000.

My first active ministry was as personnel at the Notre Dame of Marbel University Integrated Basic Education, having responsibilities for the Campus Ministry and the Community Extension Services.  A year later, in 2001, I was assigned to the Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer in Buda, a rural farming village in the mountains of Bukidnon in Central Mindanao.  In that alternative apostolate of the Marist Brothers, I worked as Youth Animator. That same year, I took the government Licensure Examination for Teachers which I passed. In 2002, I was sent to Notre Dame of Cotabato, the first school of the Marist Brothers in the Philippines, where I taught English to Grade 10 students. While there, I also prepared for final vows; such preparation included a 30-day retreat.

For two summers in 2003 and 2004, I did a Formators' Course in Cebu City, Central Philippines.  That was to prepare me for the ministry in which I stayed very long.  I made my final vows on May 20, 2003 and shortly thereafter, I was made the Master of Aspirants and Postulants.  Our Aspirancy House is located in Lagao, General Santos City.  From July 2005 to June 2006, I was among the 17 participants in the Course for Formators in Nairobi, Kenya (the first 10 months) and L'Hermitage in France (for the remaining 1 month).

Upon my return to the Philippines in July 2006, I resumed my work in the Pre-Novitiate.   From 2007 to 2009, I was in the Preparatory Commission for the 21st General Chapter. After a total of 5 years as Master of Aspirants and Postulants, I was given a 1-year break from formation work.  I taught Grade 9 Values Education at the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University Integrated Basic Education.  I would care to mention that while in Lagao as Pre-Novitiate formator and later as I faculty member in the school, I was also coaching the table tennis team of the high school.

2010 saw me move to the Novitiate in Tamontaka, where I took over as Novice Master, a ministry which I kept for 6 years, until 2016, when the Provincial granted me a break as provided by our Constitutions. I was elected to the Provincial Council in 2013, and re-elected again in 2016.   I moved to Marikina Community in June 2016 where I became the Community Superior, while doing my responsibility in the Province at the same time.

I am currently a member of the International Commission of Brothers Today and will soon take over as Secretary of the Marist Asian Conference.