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‘Cebu is 125% IEC-ready’ – priest

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Members of the media complete their accreditation process for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) at the IEC Pavilion a day before the event's opening, Jan. 23, 2016. (Photo: Nirva Delacruz)

CEBU City, Jan, 23, 2016 – A priest involved in last-minute preparations for what many consider to be the biggest gathering of Catholics this year expressed confidence that the Church in Cebu has more than what it takes to host the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) set Sunday.

“Modesty aside, we are 125 percent ready. We are down to our last two percent of things that remain to be done … the nitty gritty,” explained Msgr. Joseph Tan of the IEC committee, less than two days before the event kicks off.

WYD for adults

Tan pointed out, however, that a feeling of readiness does not give organizers an excuse to be complacent.

According to him, IEC is to adults what World Youth Day (WYD) is to the younger generation of Catholics.

He said this means it is a rare opportunity for the Visayan hub to shine as a pilgrim and festival city.

‘Birthplace of Christianity’

“We hope that we will make a very impressive opening day given the number of people expected to attend although we know there are many who registered for the second half of the congress.

Tan noted IEC organizers look forward to welcoming members of the international community representing no less than 71 different countries.

“We are excited to listen to our top caliber speakers … We invite everyone to enjoy the special cultural devotional events [Cebu has to offer],” he added.

The current IEC, the 51st to date and the second to be held in the Philippines, is scheduled on Jan. 24 to 31 in various venues across Metro Cebu, the “birthplace of Christianity in the country.” (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)


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