St. Hannibal Empowerment Centre

St. Hannibal Empowerment Center (SHEC) is a religious organization of the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus. It is a community of Spirit-led persons which aims to follow Jesus Christ in his union with his Father and in his proclamation of the kingdom of God. It is an inserted community among the squatters. The goal of SHEC is to empower the poor people of Metro Manila, Philippines, through housing, livelihood, education, health, waste management, youth and values formation.

Location: Pasay City, Metro Manila

Mission: Its mission is to empower the poorest of the poor and catalyze an integral Christian transformation of urban poor communities in collaboration with the local Church by a holistic process that addresses concerns on housing, livelihood, education, health, environment and sanitation, justice and peace, youth formation and values formation. The goals of SHEC consist of assisting in alleviating poverty among urban poor communities in Pasay and other cities in Metro Manila; and building the foundation of community transformation through intensive values formation. Its objectives are, specifically, to facilitate the organization and formation of people’s organization that are self-sufficient and empowered, facilitate the values and spiritual formation and capability building of urban poor leaders, to assist the urban poor / informal settlers of Pasay and other cities in Metro Manila in realizing their dreams of achieving security of tenure through in-city relocation, to facilitate the implementation of economic programs and basic social services in urban poor communities, and to facilitate access to formal education in favor of the poor and deserving students.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


SHEC welcomes December 2010 with renewed faith and hope with Jesus whose Kingdom mission SHEC shares and continues. Jesus was born for this mission (see ), and so was SHEC. Christmas then takes a most profound meaning once it is seen in the context of the Kingdom of God; and this is what SHEC strives to proclaim, especially with the least, the anawim whom God loves in a very special way. Indeed, God’s wonders never cease! He can never be outdone in generosity. And truly, December has witnessed the outpouring of blessings upon SHEC.

December 20 double treat: Eco-Retreat Center and Almost Heaven Retreat Center.
Last December 20, 2010, the deed of donation for the Eco-Retreat Center at Sitio Maramo, San Mateo, Bulacan was signed by Captain Benhur Gomez.
At the same day, the deed of donation for the Almost Heaven Retreat Center at Banaue, Ifugao was signed by Hon. And Mrs. Gualberto Lumauig. For both deeds of donation, the Rogationists were represented by Father General Angelo Mezzari, Vicar General Fr. Bruno Rampazzo, Fr. Jessie Martirizar, Fr. Dexter Prudenciano, Fr. Orville cajigal and Rev. Arlene Gumangan.
The Rogationist fathers afterwards paid a visit to His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.

Musical play for the Kingdom.
To proclaim the essence of Christmas, and to raise funds for the empowerment of the poor, the Essentials Choir of SHEC showcased their multiple talents in a musical play which portrayed Kingdom values as contextualized in the general setting of today’s Filipino families. The successful project was shown at Aritao, Nueva Viscaya last December 29, 2010. The play was written and directed by Fr. Dexter Prudenciano, RCJ and. The actors/singers were Lynly Lacdang, Evangeline Lacdang, Richard Domanico, Mikki Macabenta and the Members of Essentials Choir.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


It’s November—a time to celebrate our hope for the second coming of Christ the King. He will finally establish the Kingdom of God, especially among the poor and oppressed, for whom Jesus will return as the Son of Man who would restore peace and justice (see Mt 25:31-46). It also marks the end of the liturgical year. Accordingly, it is a moment to thank God for many blessings, especially the steps (big and small) we’ve made towards the realization of the Kingdom.

A happy and blessed ordination, Reverend Arlene!
Last November 6, 2010, the Rogationist family and SHEC have been blessed with the diaconate ordination of Rev. Arlene Ordinario Gumangan, RCJ. Truly, Reverend Arlene’s elevation to the holy orders is an expression of his commitment to serve God and the Church, particularly in promoting the Kingdom of God to the poor and oppressed. The joyful and blessed event took place at Don Jose Green Court, San Dionisio, Sucat Parañaque City.

TAO-Pilipinas and Japanese researchers visit SHEC.
In view of improving their services for the poor, TAO-Pilipinas, t
ogether with Japanese researchers led by Mr. Takuya Ogawa and Architect Etsuzo Inamoto, paid a visit and conducted an orientation on SHEC programs at SHEC office, phase 2 site last November 9, 2010. The visit/orientation was facilitated by George Espin.

UP medical studes facilitate first aid training.
Some medical students of the University of the Philippines (UP) who are assigned at SHaCC (St. Hannibal Christian Communities), in coordination with Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ, conducted a first aid training among SHaCC committee leaders and youth sports members. This re-appropriation of the healing ministry of Jesus was carried out last November 9-10, 2010.

Parents of Rogate youth spend quality time with the Lord.
Last November 29, 2010, the parents of the Rogate youth who handle the children’s ministry had a meaningful recollection at the St. Hannibal Training Center. Evangelization always starts and takes roots in the family, which is why an on-going spiritual and values formation for parents is an indispensable aspect of Kingdom work. The event was facilitated by Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ.