MANILA, Oct. 8, 2012— Sunday, October 21, will be a national day of celebration on the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod.
President Benigno Aquino III approved Proclamation No. 481 to honor the ‘life and martyrdom’ of Calungsod, the soon-to-be second Filipino saint.
He said that Calungsod’s canonization, slated on October 21 in Rome, “shall instill national pride in the hearts of Filipinos worldwide.”
Malacañang is also hoping that the said occasion will encourage Filipinos, particularly the youth to get involved in public and civic affairs.
“The life and martyrdom of Blessed Calungsod shall serve as an inspiration to Filipinos, particularly the youth to live a life anchored on values and principles,” part of the proclamation reads.
Calungsod was a teenage catechist from Visayas who accompanied Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores in Tumhon village in Guan, Marianas, where they were killed on April 2, 1672.
Blessed Pope John Paul II beatified him in March 2000.
Over a thousand Filipinos are flying to the Vatican for the canonization rites of Calungsod. [RL/CBCPNews]