April 14, 2021 declared special non-working day in Cebu City

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MALACAÑANG has declared April 14, 2021, Wednesday, a special non-working day in Cebu City as it celebrates the 500th year of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.

In Proclamation 1130 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the Palace said "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."

Malacañang, however, reminded the people of Cebu City to observe the minimum health protocols, like social distancing, among others, during the celebration to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The Archdiocese of Cebu has set several activities as part of the quincentennial celebrations of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.

The activities on Wednesday, April 14, include the following:

* Reenactment of the First Baptism in front of the Magellan’s Cross, Plaza Sugbo – 2 p.m.

* Pontifical Mass in commemoration of the 500 Years of Christianity in front of the Magellan’s Cross – 4 p.m.

* Declaration of Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño and the Snr. Sto. Niño image as National Cultural Treasures at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño Pilgrim Center – 5:30 p.m.

* Blessing of the Sto. Niño exhibit at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño Museum – 6 p.m.

* Cultural events at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño Pilgrim Center – 7:30 p.m.

The Archdiocese of Cebu announced earlier that only 700 people will be allowed to witness the First Baptism reenactment. (LMY)