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20 February 2009
Next stop for the tour was the Archbishop’s Palace in Cebu City, located at D. Jakosalem Street. It was built in 1953 and is the official residence of the Archbishop of Cebu. We weren’t allowed to come near the palace, so I was only able to take very few images of the palace.
According to the Heritage of Cebu blog, the late Pope John Paul II visited the palace in the 1980s and the former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay also stopped over to pray here.
This monument was built to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II’s visit to the Philippines. As what’s stated in a tablet, on the blessed days of February 19 and 20 in 1981, his Holiness Pope John Paul II visited the island of Cebu, spoke to the clergy and the faithful, offered the holy sacrifice of the mass at Lahug, and spent the night here in the episcopal residence of his Eminence Julio R. Cardinal Rosales, D.D. the incumbent Metropolitan Archbishop of Cebu. This monument was unveiled by his Eminence Cardinal Rosales and his Excellency Bruno Torpigliani, the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines in 17 September, 1981. This monument was created by sculptor Ismael A. Gulane.
Located at the grounds of the Archbishop’s Palace is the chapel of Blessed Pedro Calungsod. He is a Filipino Roman Catholic Blessed and martyr, who was killed during a missionary work in Guam. He was born in Ginatilan, Cebu in 1654, and was the first Visayan martyr to be Beatified. He was Beatified in 05 March 2000 by Pope John Paul II at Saint Peter’s Square in Rome.
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