Palace declares October 21 as ‘National Day of Celebration’ for Calungsod

President Aquino declared October 21, 2012 as a National day of Celebration on the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod. The President issued Proclamation No. 481 to honor the ‘life and martyrdom’ of Calungsod, who is set to be proclaimed as the second Filipino saint.

The President said that Calungsod’s canonization on Oct. 21 in Rome, Italy “shall instill national pride in the hearts of Filipinos worldwide.” He also hopes that the occasion will encourage Filipinos, particularly the youth, “to live a life anchored on values and principles.”

Calungsod was a teenage catechist from the Visayas who accompanied Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores in Tumhon village in Guan, Marianas, where they were killed on April 2, 1672.

Pope John Paul II beatified him in March 2000.

Over a thousand Filipinos are flying to the Vatican for the canonization rites of Calungsod, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines posted on its website.

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