On 19 February 1960, four Irish Presentation Sisters arrived in Negros island,one of the more than seven thousand islands called the Philippines, in Southeast Asia. Encouraged by the Redemptorist Fathers to respond to the needs of the Church in that country but taken in by a Columban Father into his parish, the Sisters brought the light of the Nano’s lantern to the people made poor in a town called Himamaylan now considered a City.Later on they spread the light to Binalbagan, a town next to Himamaylan.In 1981, they brought the lantern to the island of Cebu, one of the central islands in the country. The islands in the country are grouped into regions: Luzon in the north, Visayas in the center and Mindanao in the south. Negros and Cebu belong to the Visayas Region.
The population is predominantly Christians.The majorityare Catholics.In some places in southern part of the country there are a good number of Muslims.
The four Sisters who were the first to come were Annunciata Hayes, Baptist Kearns, Carmel Claxton and Regina Keyes, all from Kilkenny Convent in Ireland.
From them and the other Irish Sisters who came and went home, the number has grown to seventeen. Of the seventeen, twelve are Filipina and five Irish.