CEBU CITY –Former Cebu Governor Emilio Mario “Lito” R. Osmeña Jr. died on Monday in Cebu. He was 82.His son, Mariano “Mimo” Osmeña confirmed in his social media post the death of his father.“So long Dad! You will always be part of us. Thank you is… Read More
To give Cebuanos “full opportunity” to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines, Malacañang declared Wednesday (April 14) a holiday in Cebu City.
Proclamation No. 1130 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea under the authority of President Rodrigo Duterte, and released Monday night declared Wednesday a “special non-working holiday”.
“(It) is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Cebu be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, subject to community quarantine, social distancing, and other public health measures,” the proclamation read.
Archbishop Jose Palma, in his speech during the cultural event at the Ayala Center Cebu, said: “He (Duterte) has declared that the culminating activities on Wednesday, the day of the anniversary of the First Baptism a holiday in Cebu City. We thank the President for such declaration”.
On the other hand, Monsignor Joseph Tan, spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Cebu, said “It is a generous gesture that the President is allowing us in Cebu to feel this special moment in our history”
CEBU CITY– The Roman Catholic Church in Cebu on Tuesday welcomed 100 new members in baptismal rites for adults during the third day of Triduum leading to the 500thanniversary of the First Baptism in the country.
Prelates led by Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Midyphil Billones baptized the 100 adults in the presence of their parents and godparents at the National Shrine of the Our Lady of the Rule in Lapu-Lapu City.
Safe physical distance was maintained among churchgoers to avoid coronavirus disease (Covid-19) transmission.
Other church officials present in the solemn Christian ritual were Archbishop Jose Palma, Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, Bishop Antonio Rañola, Maasin Bishop Preciosio Cantillas and Talibon Bishop Daniel Patrick Parcon.
The mayor of Lapu-Lapu City, Junard Chan and its lone district congresswoman, Paz Radaza also graced the occasion. Read More
MANILA – The Philippines topped the list of countries with the most number of baptisms of young children.Citing data from the Catholic News Service, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website reported on Wednesday that the country recorded more than 1.6… Read More
100 Cebu youths join confirmation rites as part of ‘Triduum’
Some 100 young members of the Roman Catholic Church in Cebu City on Monday received the sacrament of confirmation in rites to mark the second day of “Triduum” as part of the 500th Year of Christianity celebration in the Philippines.
“Triduum” means three days of preparation prior to the big day on Wednesday (April 14), when the country marks the 500th year anniversary of the First Baptism which happened in Cebu City. READ MORE
CEBU CITY – Augustinian friars here are closely working with the Archdiocese of Cebu and national government in preparation for four big events that will be held as part of the celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.The “big day” will have the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu as main venue on April 14.
These events include a concelebrated mass to be presided by Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown, and the reenactment of the first baptism, and giving of the image of the Sto. Niño to the first Christians in Cebu, 500 years ago.
The Sto. Niño image is the oldest Roman Catholic religious relic in the country. It was given as gift to Queen Juana, wife of Rajah Humabon, by Ferdinand Magellan after their baptism on April 14, 1521.Read More
CEBU CITY – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday urged medical front-liners in Cebu to grab the opportunity and be vaccinated with the CoronaVac jabs from China’s Sinovac Biotech.In a virtual briefing with the press, Roque said the healthcare workers (HCWs) have been facing the… Read More
Pope Francis will celebrate with Filipinos in Italy through a Mass the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said on Wednesday.Through its website, the CBPC said Fr. Ricky Gente of the Filipino Chaplaincy in Rome… Read More
MANILA – Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo offered condolences to the family of former senator John Henry “Sonny” Osmeña who passed away on Tuesday.In his commentary show Counterpoint aired on state-run PTV-4 on Wednesday, Panelo recalled the “colorful”… Read More