The Sisters of Mount Carmel in the Philippines welcomed two young women into their postulancy program by Sister Gloria Ibalio, O. Carm., Regional Coordinator, on May 30, 2015. They will be joined by the four Timorese postulants who moved to the Philippines on March 12, 2015 to continue the next stage of their formation process. Sister Elma Calajatan, O. Carm., with the assistance of Sister Andrée Marie Bindewald, O. Carm., will journey with them in their formation process.  

Jobelle Buenaobra Albaniel was born on October 9, 1986 in Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines by Mr. & Mrs. Jaime Estrella Albaniel, Jr.  She finished herJobelle 1 undergraduate education with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Midwifery at Bicol University in Tabaco City Albay.  She passed the Midwifery Licensure examination in 2005. She also received her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Joseph’s College in Quezon City, Philippines.  Before joining the postulancy program of the Sisters of Mount Carmel in the Philippines she worked as a preschool teacher at St. Mark Learning Center in New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines.


Rey-ann Lequin Pontanosa was born on April 29, 1987 at Cebulano, Carmen, Davao del Norte by Mr. & Mrs. Renato Pepito Pontanosa. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from North Davao College, Panabo City, Davao del Norte, Philippines.  She also obtained a certificate in Massage Therapy NCII from Ventura College, Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Philippines.  Prior to her entrance into the postulancy she worked as Area Supervisor Representative from the Majar Group of Companies in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.  She also actively worked in her parish as a catechist.

Both Jobelle and Rey-ann received their scapular medal during their postulancy acceptance ceremony. They also received the scripture which will be their guide as they continue to respond to the call of God, and as they continue to discern religious life in accord with the constitution, charism, and the carmelite spirituality of the Sisters of Mount Carmel. After the acceptance ceremony they were greeted and welcomed by the sisters and those present during the celebration.

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