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KOTA KINABALU – The Catholc Women Commission of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese organised a birthday dinner to mark its advisor’s 5oth birthday on 12 June 2018 at the Putera Theatre Ballroom Bukit Padang here.
In her welcoming remarks, Anita Tunggolou, head of the commission, said that the members felt it would not be right to let the occasion go quietly.
Born on 6 June 1968, Archbishop John Wong was ordained priest in 1999 and a bishop in 2010. He succeeded Archbishop John Lee when Lee retired in 2012. His installation as second Archbishop of Kota Kinabalu took place in 2013.
In his address, Abp Wong thanked the CWC for 0rganising the dinner and the people for turning up to support it. He said he felt relatively old initially when he turned 50 but took comfort in the thought that Tun Dr Mahathir was 92 when he was sworn in as prime minister a second time on May 10.
The honouree was pleasantly surprised by the presence of his mother, Mdm Rose Chung, and five of his siblings and their families at the dinner.
Among the invited guests were Abp Emeritus Lee, Bishop Julius Gitom of Sandakan , and several priests and religious.
The 1,000-strong diners were entertained by the dance and song performances by various groups including some priests and religious. A video clip of various youth groups and religious wishing the honoree on his birthday was screened.