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Preservation of Calungsod
thanksgiving mass site eyed

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has called for the preservation of the site where a thanksgiving mass was held for the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod.

“The event should be immortalized, remembered,” he said.

The Prelate was worried that the templete, which was built with bamboo, cloth and other indigenous materials, will soon deteriorate.

“The ground is not ours. Sooner or later, the template will be gone and considering its material, it will not last,” he said.

The Templete de San Pedro was built specifically for the national thanksgiving celebration last Nov. 30 in Cebu City’s South Road Properties.

The celebration came a month after the official declaration in Rome of the second saint from the Philippines.

Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal had celebrated the mass within the template, which is located inside a 27 hectare area of the SRP

The templete itself has a floor area of 1,200 square meters.

Fr. Brian Brigoli, templete construction chairman, said there are no instructions yet on what to do with the structure.

A memorandum of agreement between church officials and Cebu City government representatives is being discussed.

Late last year, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama issued an executive order declaring the template as a heritage structure. He also formed a team of government and church representatives to ensure the preservation and maintenance of the structure.

The move is important as part of efforts to preserve the culture and history of Cebu, said Brigoli, adding the moveto declare the template as a heritage structure is for a living memory imbued in the structure of the template.

It will be “a living reminder for all generations on the value of the celebration on Nov. 30, 2012.*PNA

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