Pedro Calungsod: Patron saint of the youth

I WAS in Cebu last Friday the 12th and the whole city was celebrating the countdown to the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod. All churches had novenas and the atmosphere was as festive as our MassKara preparations. I tried to join in the bandwagon of the euphoria. In Plaza Colon, they had this beautiful structural […]

San Pedro Calungsod chapel turns 1, holds fun run

THE chapel of San Pedro Calungsod at the South Road Properties in Cebu City will celebrate its first feast on Oct. 21. Part of the activities is the “Run for San Pedro Calungsod” at SM Seaside Complex, 4 a.m., on Sunday, Oct. 13. It will feature 3K, 5K and 10K categories. Read the rest of […]

Rocco Nacino to play San Pedro Calungsod

ACTOR Rocco Nacino is set to embark on his most challenging role on the big screen, portraying the life and martyrdom of Filipino saint, San Pedro Calungsod of Cebu. The actor was officially launched Sunday afternoon as the lead actor in “San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir,” an official entry in this year’s Metro Manila Film […]

Bishops approve special ‘San Pedro bills’

THE Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has approved the proposal to use an image of San Pedro Calungsod on a commemorative P50 bill that will be circulated in April this year. CBCP President and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma told Sun.Star Cebu the bishops were consulted on the proposal, which they subsequently approved. Read […]

Mayor stresses need to protect Pedro’s temple, environs at SRP

TO PRESERVE the site of the San Pedro Calungsod thanksgiving mass at the South Road Properties (SRP), Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama directed Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Ramon Melvin Buenafe to deploy police personnel to guard the templete (small temple) and its surroundings. Rama said in a news conference yesterday that when he […]

Devotees flock to greet Calungsod

The image of San Pedro Calungsod arrived in Cebu around noon Tuesday on board a fast craft from Getafe, Bohol. It was greeted by devotees who lined the streets, waving at the image and offering prayers to the first Visayan martyr. Read the rest of this entry

Calungsod thanksgiving mass site’s tab reaches P16 million

Expenses for the development of the San Pedro Calungsod thanksgiving mass site at the South Road Properties (SRP) have reached P16 million. With barely a week to go until November 30, SM Prime Holdings Inc. reported Friday that work on the mass site is 83 percent complete. Read the rest of this entry

Archbishop Palma joins ‘Barkada ni Pedro’

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma joined “Barkada ni Pedro” during the “Audience with the Archbishop” facilitated by volunteers of the Commission on Youth of the Archdiocese of Cebu few months ago at the Archdiocesan Youth Center. The online prayer community called “Barkada ni Pedro” (BNP), which received great commendation, was presented by Marlito Cabigas to the [...]

Crowds urged: Brace for mud during Calungsod thanksgiving

Mud and large puddles marred a big portion of the 27-hectare venue for a national thanksgiving mass for Pedro Calungsod’s sainthood on November 30, after last Tuesday’s rains. The situation, if repeated next week, would pose a problem for at least 500,000 pilgrims expected to attend the 5 p.m. mass that will be presided by [...]

Aquino to speak, but after Calungsod thanksgiving mass

A high-ranking Vatican official and President Benigno Aquino III will attend the national thanksgiving mass for San Pedro Calungsod on November 30. Aquino, however, will have to wait until after the mass before he can address the crowd. Read the rest of this entry

‘Kasadya’ to honor Calungsod with a heritage walk

N HONOR of the Visayan saint San Pedro Calungsod, this year’s 8th Kasadya sa Downtown carries the theme “Kalinaw, Kalamboan, Kahayag.” This year’s Kasadya will have a heritage walk on Nov. 28, two days before the Nov. 30 National Thanksgiving Mass of Calungsod at the South Road Properties. Read the rest of this entry

Cebu offers shelter for Calungsod devotees

The Cebu City Government decided to put up a pilgrim shelter for devotees who will attend the national thanksgiving mass for the sainthood of Pedro Calungsod on November 30. Unlike what was earlier planned, Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias said the pilgrim shelter will not be like the Devotee City the City organizes each January for the [...]

Priests, Cebu City scramble to finish work for Nov. 30 Calungsod mass

THE national thanksgiving mass for San Pedro Calungsod at the end of the month is open to the public. “There are no restrictions, no tickets needed,” said Msgr. Dennis Villarojo, Cebu celebration coordinator. He warned, though, that parking spaces will be limited and that the organizing committee will be distributing four passes for buses and [...]