Calungsod’s image to visit dioceses

MANILA—Few days after the canonization in Rome, the official image of Saint Pedro Calungsod will be brought back to Manila to begin the visit to some dioceses in the country prior to National Thanksgiving celebration in Cebu.

During a press briefing in Intramuros on Tuesday, CBCP Assistant Secretary General Fr. Marvin Mejia said the official image of Calungsod will return to the Philippines by October 25 to start the ‘Duaw Nasud’ or the visit of the statue to dioceses around the country.

Cebu Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal posing with the image of San Pedro Calungsod. Photo Credit: gallery.sunstar.com.ph

A motorcade will take place from the airport to the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral for a proper turn-over marking the start of the ‘Duaw Nasud’ or the Nationwide Visit of the official image of Pedro Calungsod.

“For the first night, the image will be in the University of Sto. Tomas (UST). The statue will visit some dioceses in the National Capital Region (NCR) such as the Archdiocese of Manila, Dioceses of Parañaque, Pasig, Cubao, Antipolo and Caloocan before it will visit dioceses in Northern Luzon down to the Bicol Region,” said Mejia, who is also a member of the Cebu commission for the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod.

On October 31, according to Mejia, the image will be brought to Villamor Airbase where the Military Ordinariate is located before it will be transported to Vigan on November 2. From Vigan, it will go to Legazpi before travelling to the Visayas and Mindanao islands where the image will stay from November 13 to 27.

The image will return to Cebu on November 27 in time for the Triduum Masses leading to the National Thanksgiving on November 30.

Mejia explained the idea of the image visiting some dioceses around the country was conceptualized because the commissions wanted to share Calungsod to the Filipino people and to promote awareness on the saint.

But not all dioceses will be visited by the image because of time limitation, Mejia said.

“The original plan was to visit the four ecclesiastical territories in the year 1862, but many dioceses are sending their invitation for the image to visit their diocese. So we cannot accommodate all the dioceses because of the little time we have prior to the National Thanksgiving celebration,” Mejia furthered.

The ‘Duaw Nasud’ is a partnership effort of the National Commission and Cebu Commission for the National Visitation of the official image of soon-to-be San Pedro Calungsod.

The National Commission is in-charge of the Luzon visitation while the Cebu Commission takes charge of Visayas and Mindanao. (Jandel Posion)