Patrick King Pascual, VERA Files
Cebu's son has come home.
Last Friday, Cebu held a National Thanksgiving Mass, to welcome back the statue San Pedro Calungsod after it was canonized last Oct. 21 by Pope Benedict XVI.
An estimated 1.2 million people filled the 27- hectare reclaimed South Road Properties (SRP) open field where a small temple was built for the occasion, displaying admirable discipline and patience as they braved the noonday sun.
The celebration started with a foot procession followed by a fluvial procession in the early afternoon. Devotees of different nationalities, the wealthy, the powerful and the masses marched together to bring the image San Pedro Calungsod to the Templete carrying their own San Pedro Calungsod statues on one hand and a rosary in the other hand.
Devotees from different cities and provinces travelled to Cebu just to be part of the event; to have a brief look at the exact image that was brought in Vatican to be blessed by Pope Benedict XVI.Read More »from Viva San Pedro Calungsod!