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Palace declares April 14 special holiday in Cebu City

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.

HOLIDAY. Left photo shows a copy of Proclamation No. 1130 declaring April 14, 2021 a special non-working holiday in Cebu City. Right photo shows the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu which is set to be declared as national cultural treasure after the pontifical Mass on Wednesday afternoon. (PNA photo of the church by John Rey Saavedra)

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”


BAPTISM FOR ADULTS. An old woman receives the sacrament of baptism from a bishop in special rites at the National Shrine of the Our Lady of the Rule in Lapu-Lapu City on Tuesday (April 13, 2021). The event was conducted on the third day of Triduum in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the First Baptism that happened in Cebu on April 14, 1521, to be celebrated on Wednesday at the Plaza Sugbu near the historic Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu and the Magellan’s Cross. (Screengrab from an Archdiocese of Cebu video)

Catholic church welcomes new members

 April 13, 2021

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

Philippines tops countries with most number of baptisms

 April 14, 2021

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

CONFIRMATION RITES. Palo, Leyte Archbishop John Du administers the chrism oil to a Roman Catholic faithful during the confirmation rites for 100 young members of the church, at the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City, Cebu on Monday (April 12, 2021). Du, in his homily, highlighted the friendliness and hospitality of the Filipinos’ ancestors as early expression of Christian values. (Screengrab from Archdiocese of Cebu video)

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

CENTENNIAL EVENTS set at Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu

NATIONAL TREASURE. This January 2019 photo shows the facade of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu in Cebu City. Declaration of the Minor Basilica as “National Cultural Treasure” will be done on April 14, 2021 as part of the celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. (PNA file photo by John Rey Saavedra)

4 major ‘quincentennial’ events slated

 March 17, 2021

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 HEALTH CARE WORKERS against Sinovac jabs

Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center front liners prefer to get vaccinated with other brands

Roque urges Cebu medical front-liners to avail of CoronaVac vaxs

 March 4, 2021

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 to hold Mass for 5th centenary of Christianity in Philippines

At St. Peter’s Basilica at 10am on March 14

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


Palace condoles with ex-senator Osmeña’s kin

 February 3, 2021, 5:25 pm

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