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Nat’l Museum to carbon-date items to determine if ivory is illegal

November 21, 2012

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A government team yesterday announced that at least six religious images in the collection of controversial priest Msgr. Cristobal Garcia that were made of ivory. But the joint team of personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) cannot yet determine if the ivory icons were sourced […]

Calungsod images, souvenirs in demand

October 16, 2012

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As the day of his sainthood draws closer, more devotees are visiting the shrine dedicated to Visayan youth who will be declared the second Filipino saint. Sales of posters, books, key holders and images of difference sizes have been brisk in the small office-cum-store beside the Blessed Pedro Calungsod Shrine in D. Jakosalem Street in […]

Beato Pedro flies to Rome today

October 16, 2012

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Devotees will send off the official image of Pedro Calungsod who heads for Rome today on a Cathay Pacific flight. At 8 a.m., the statue encased in glass and decked with flowers will be brought by a motorcade from the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral to the Mactan Cebu International Airport, where it will wait inside the […]

Demand for Calungsod icons go up ahead of canonization

October 10, 2012

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by Ador Vincent Mayol, Reporter   WITH a chisel on his left hand and a hammer on the other, 52-year-old wood carver Ramon Gillangao began pounding on a tree log in front of him. Ten minutes after, Gillango managed to carve out the face of the Blessed Visayan martyr Pedro Calungsod. “Dose na kabuok ang akong […]

Vidal defends Garcia on ivory smuggling story

October 3, 2012

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CEBU Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal said he was dismayed over the accusations leveled against Msgr. Cristobal Garcia in a National Geographic Magazine article on ivory smuggling. Vidal said in a conversation he had with Msgr. Garcia last week, he was told about someone who recounted to him on how to smuggle ivory to the […]

Cardinal favors ‘persona non grata’ status for journalist

October 2, 2012

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  If he had his way, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal would have National Geographic Magazine writer Bryan Christy  declared persona  non grata or unwelcome  in  Cebu for  his “Ivory Worship” article  that linked a Cebu priest to the illegal  ivory trade. Vidal’s reaction was reported by ABS-CBN TV Patrol Central Visayas, which  said […]

Loyal friends of Msgr. Cris wish him strength

September 30, 2012

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In the furor over ivory icons and a priest’s dark past that has resurfaced after 28 years, close friends and supporters of Msgr. Cristobal Garcia wait for  the storm to pass. Santiago “Sonny” Academia, head of the Bukas Loob sa Diyos community in Cebu,  said their members were alarmed to read about the controversies in […]

Is that ivory new or antique? Burden of proof is on owner

September 30, 2012

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HOW can you tell if ivory is new or old? Ask the owner. Unlike an elephant’s tusk which is obvious contraband, determining the age of an ivory carving requires more than plain sight. The DENR said it will ask the National Museum of the Philippines to help determine if a piece of ivory is an […]

Sto. Niño icons – Garcia’s devotion since childhood

September 26, 2012

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  Msgr. Cristobal Garcia’s collection of religious icons and paintings are a familiar sight during Cebu’s biggest fiesta honoring the Sto. Niño, of which he has been a devotee since childhood. These would be displayed in exhibits to celebrate the feast day of the Holy Child Jesus every third Sunday of January. Icons of different […]

Msgr. Garcia’s religious icons under scrutiny after NatGeo article

September 26, 2012

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Cebu priest Msgr. Cristobal Garcia will have to explain to environment authorities how he acquired religious icons carved from ivory. “He has to be able to show that he has a CITES permit from us,” said Mundita Lim, director of the DENR- Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau in Manila. She was referring to the Convention […]