Filipinos celebrate Calungsod sainthood

Posted on October 20, 2012

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MANILA—As thousands of Filipinos descend on Rome, millions more across the Philippines are gearing up to celebrate the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod in the Eternal City on Sunday.

The Catholic faithful are expected to gather in different church events in Tondo, Manila; Novaliches, Quezon City; Makati; Mandaluyong; and in Cebu to watch a live telecast of the ceremony where Pope Benedict XVI will formally raise Calungsod to the altar.

According to the church website sanpedrocalungsod.com, more than 1,000 members of the youth from across Metro Manila will gather at the Sto. Niño de Tondo Parish in Manila from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to watch the canonization.

Around 600 young people are also expected to gather at the Good Shepherd Cathedral Covered Court in Novaliches while the Federation of National Youth Organization (FYNO) will also celebrate the event in Makati.

Dubbed “Pedro at Ako,” the FNYO event will be held at the Savio Dome of Don Bosco Technical Institute-Makati from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday.

Wood carvers were also reporting an increase in the demand for statues of the would-be saint, according to a report on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines website.

“There are many orders coming from different provinces; from old and new clients,” said Kevin Cagayat.

His father Justino was commissioned by the Jesuits to carve the official statue of Calungsod.

“Since August, high demands and orders forced us to produce around 100 statues a week since August,” Cagayat added. /Inquirer

 

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