St. Pedro Calungsod Fiesta 2015 Schedule

30th Anniversary of the Rediscovery of the Forgotten Visayan Teenage Martyr
The Cebu Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Pedro Calungsod Celebrates the
30th Anniversary of the Rediscovery of the Forgotten Visayan Teenage Martyr
I. J. A. Leyson
Sulod sa daghang katuigan,
Ikaw ni’ng kalibutan hikalimtan.
Apan didto sa kahitas-an,
Sa Dios dugay na’ng gigantihan.
After the martyrdom of Saint Pedro Calungsod and Blessed Diego Luís de San Vitores on 2 April 1672, their mortal bodies were thrown into the ocean by their assassins and their blood that bathed the sand of the shore of Tomhom bay in Guam was burned to make sure the memory of the martyrs would be forgotten forever. And so it was.
But God never forgets. Three-hundred-nine years later, in 1981, while Guam was preparing for the 20th anniversary of its Diocese of Agaña, the failed 1673 beatification cause of Padre Diego Luís de San Vitores was rediscovered in old manuscripts and taken up anew until Padre Diego was finally beatified on October 6, 1985. His beatification brought the memory of Pedro Calungsod to our day because the documentations on Padre Diego always mention Pedro as his lone companion in martyrdom.
After Padre Diego’s beatification ceremony at the Vatican Basilica, the then archbishop of Agaña, the Most Rev. Felixberto C. Flores, informed the then archbishop of Cebu, H. E. Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, that Blessed Diego had a companion martyr from the Visayas by the name of Pedro Calungsod. The Cardinal became very interested to have Pedro also raised to the dignity of the altars, and so he formally opened the canonical process which happily led to the beatification of Pedro Calungsod on 5 March 2000 and his canonization on 21 October 2012.
Naghandum kami kanimo,
Nagdayeg sa kinabuhi mo,
Nininguha nga mahisama nimo,
Naglaum sa pagbulig mo.
Thirty years may not be that much of an anniversary; but for those who cherish the heroic life of Saint Pedro Calungsod and who have him as a faithful helper and inspiring companion in the way of holiness, such an occasion is worth celebrating. Throughout the year 2015, the Cebu Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Pedro Calungsod at the Archbishop’s Residence Compound in D. Jakosalem St., will lead the people in venerating the pilgrim image of the Visayan Martyr and encourage them to help put up the Saint Pedro Calungsod Shrine Center where activities on spiritual formation can be held to promote the devotion to the young saint.
Saint Pedro Calungsod, help us to become saints like you! Amen!

O Bulaha’ng Pedro Calungsod Music Video – Published
The music video has been published on Youtube. Please click here to view the video.

March 5, 2014 – 14th Anniversary of the Beatification of St. Pedro Calungsod
In commemoration of the 14th Anniversary of the Beatification of Saint Pedro Calungsod, the Cebu Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Pedro Calungsod will release a music video of the song “O Bulaha’ng Pedro Calungsod”. The first stanza of which goes:
Sulod sa daghang katuigan
Ikaw ‘ning kalibutan hikalimtan
Apan didto sa Kahitas-an
Sa Dios dugay na’ng gigantihan
March 5 will always – and should always – remain a very memorable day because it marked the end of the 328-long years of forgotten memory of this Visayan proto-martyr.
Watch for the release of the music video on March 5, 2014 – Wednesday.

Remembering November 21
by Msgr. Ildebrando Jesus A. Leyson
November 21 may have become very much part in the history of the evangelization of the Philippines.
November 21, 1564. Although it was the missionary Fr. Pedro Valderrama and six other secular priests from Spain who brought Christianity to the Philippines with Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, it was only with the coming of five Augustinian friars led by Fray Andres de Urdaneta in 1565 that the formal evangelization began in the archipelago. The friars embarked on their mission as they left with the expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi from the port of Navidad in Mexico on November 21, 1564.
November 21, 1994. The purpose of evangelization is for people to know the Christian Faith, to live, to share and even to die for it and so enter into eternal bliss. The sure indication of the success of evangelization is when people become saints. And many Filipinos have been truly evangelized. Some have even been canonized as saints like Saint Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila who is said to have declared before his death, “I am a Catholic and wholeheartedly do accept death for the Lord. If I had a thousand lives, all these I shall offer to Him.” The recently canonized Visayan martyr Saint Pedro Calungsod was only a teenager when he went as a lay missionary catechist to the Marianas. His process for beatification and canonization was opened in Cebu on November 21, 1994.
November 21, 2013. The canonization of Saint Pedro Calungsod may have concluded his eighteen-years-long canonical process which began on November 21, 1994. Yet, by God’s mysterious design, we have been led to celebrate another appropriate conclusion of Saint Pedro’s “journey” to the altars with the blessing of the mosaic of his official portrait presided over by no less than Pope Francis at the papal altar above the tomb of Saint Peter the Apostle in the Vatican Basilica on November 21, 2013. The mosaic was then carried in procession down towards the tomb of Saint Peter and enshrined in the Vatican grottoes not far from the tomb of Pope Paul VI, the first pope to visit the Philippines way back in 1970. Having worked for the cause of the beatification and canonization of Saint Pedro, I whispered to him as I followed the procession, “I have accompanied you even up to this singular moment. May you now in turn accompany me along the way to our heavenly home.” Of those seven who were canonized on October 21, 2012, only Saint Pedro has been given such honor so far at the Vatican. Saint Pedro took his name from Saint Peter the Apostle. Now, he is venerated near the tomb of him whose name he shares not only here on earth but also in heaven.
November 21. But, as we all know, the history of the evangelization of the Philippines has not ended with the canonization of Saint Pedro Calungsod. It continues in each one of us who are all challenged to write other glorious pages of faithfulness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by our lives. This daily struggle and growth towards holiness is very possible with the help of God’s grace, through the intercession of the saints, and with the sure guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Gate of Heaven and Queen of all Saints, to whom Saint Pedro was very much devoted, and whose Presentation and feast under the title of Birhen sa Regla – a devotion so popular in the Archdiocese of Cebu – are celebrated on November 21.
God speaks to us Filipinos “many times and in many ways” (Hebrews 1:1): through the Church, through favors and trials, through important events and ordinary everyday circumstances – even through trivial matters like numbers and dates – to remind us of what He has said once and for all in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Remembering November 21 we hear God telling us once more that “even before the world was made, He had already chosen us to be His through our union with Christ, so that we would be saints” (Ephesians 1:4).