MANILA, March 27, 2014—Aside from nine-day novena prayers in honor of St. Pedro Calungsod, festive activities are scheduled on the days leading to the feast day of the second Filipino martyr.
According to Fr. Ronnie Samaniego, chaplain of the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel in Bonifacio Global City, there will be a film viewing of the “Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir” movie on March 30. Film director Francis Villacorta will be giving a short message before the film is shown at 1 p.m. and viewers will be admitted based on available seats.
Samaniego said, the chapel will also host a “Palarong Pambata” after the 3 p.m. mass on Sunday as a way to celebrate the youthfulness of Calungsod. A Taizé prayer, meanwhile, will also be held at the chapel on April 1 after the 6 p.m. mass.
On the April 2 feast day, Samaniego said, that there will be a 4 p.m. procession of the image of St. Pedro Calungsod from the lobby of SM Aura Premiere to the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel.
There will be a High Mass at 6 p.m., which will be followed by a “Parangal kay San Pedro Calungsod” concert at 7 p.m. Samaniego said, a photo exhibit featuring the catechists of the Diocese of Pasig will also be set up at the chapel.
In the provinces, the St. James the Greater parish in Dapitan City has organized a blood-letting activity dubbed “Dugong Martir, Dugtong Buhay” in honor of St. Pedro Calungsod on March 31.
Meanwhile, the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in Naga, Cebu will celebrate the feast day on March 29 with a 5 p.m. fiesta mass, a 6 p.m. procession, and “Barkadahay ni Pedro at the Baywalk” at 8 p.m.
Cebu-based “Barkada ni Pedro” has revived its “Tambayan ni Pedro Holy Mass” starting this month. The activity will be held regularly every third Friday of the month at the San Pedro Calungsod Youth Center in Cebu City.
A Visayan native, Calungsod was canonized by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012. He was beatified by the late Pope John Paul II on March 5, 2000. His cause for canonization was propelled by a miraculous healing of a comatose woman after her doctor asked for the intercession of Calungsod. The woman also recovered fully despite going in and out of coma for several weeks. (YouthPinoy)