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Mandaue ready for "Traslacion"
By Flor Z. Perolina (The Freeman)
Updated January 08, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (0)

CEBU, Philippines - Mandaue City is all is set for the annual "Traslacion," the practice of taking the Señor Sto. Niño image to the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City from Cebu City two days before the city celebrates the Sinulog festival.

The Holy Child together with the Lady of Guadalupe will arrive in Mandaue at around 9 a.m. and will be met by devotees at barangay Subangdaku, and a procession will proceed to the St. Joseph Shrine where a mass will be held at 9:30 am.

After the Mass, a vigil will be held until dawn and during this time devotees would take the opportunity to kiss both the images of the Sto. Niño and the Our Lady of Guadalupe.

A Mass will be held at 4:30 a.m. after which the holy images will be TAKEN to the Ouano Wharf through a procession.

The images would be taken to the home of devotee Ernesto Ouano before the images are taken on board a galleon.

The holy images will then be brought back to Cebu city through a fluvial parade as a reenactment to show how the holy image of Sto.Niño got to Cebu.

Lawyer Pat Acabodillo, Mayor Jonas Cortes representative to the Sinulog celebration this year said devotees who wish to join the fluvial parade said the Coastguard is now starting to give accreditations to sea vehicles whose owners have indicated their intention to join the fluvial parade.

In line with the Traslacion 2011, the Mandaue City government also launched this year its Traslacion Photo competition which is open to all professional, amateur, and would-be photographers who are residents of the city.

The subject of the photo contest this year is "Traslacion, Tagbo sa Sagrada Pamilya sa Mandaue."

All entries should adopt the theme "Paghiusa sa Katawhan, pag-amoma sa Kalikopan ug pagsanay sa binhing Kristohanon.

Winning photos must also depict the three characters of the Holy family.

Prizes for the contest is P5,000 for the third prize, P7,000 for the second prize, and P10,000 for the grand prize.

Winning photos will be displayed from January 26-31 in time for the Cebuano Heritage Month at the Parkmall located at the Reclamation Area.

Other highlights of the Traslacion sa Mandaue include Opening of Mandaue Heritage Exhibit at Parkmall on January 8, Dance showdown at Plaza Square on January 10, Bulilit Idol at Plaza Square, Balikbayan Night/Grand Baile at the Mandaue City Sports Complex on January 13, Mandaue's Got Talent at the Plaza Square on January 14, and street dancing at the Plaza` square on January 14. (FREEMAN NEWS)

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Traslacion expo slated
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:55:00 01/08/2011

Filed Under: Religion & Belief, Belief (Faith)

TWENTY-FIVE images of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph are on exhibit at Parkmall in Mandaue City starting today.

This is part of the traditional traslacion, or ritual transfer of images of the Sto. Niño de Cebu and Our Lady of Guadalupe, brought by motorcade to Mandaue City’s National Shrine of Saint Joseph on the Friday before Fiesta Señor.

After an overnight vigil in the shrine, the images are brought back to Cebu City through a fluvial procession down the Mactan channel.

Professional and amateur lensmen are encouraged to take pictures of the event for a photo contest run by the Mandaue City Tourism Office.

There is a P300 contest registration fee./CORRESPONDENT JUCELL MARIE P. CUYOS
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Mandaue ready for "Traslacion"
By Flor Z. Perolina (The Freeman)
Updated January 08, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (0)

CEBU, Philippines - Mandaue City is all is set for the annual "Traslacion," the practice of taking the Señor Sto. Niño image to the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City from Cebu City two days before the city celebrates the Sinulog festival.

The Holy Child together with the Lady of Guadalupe will arrive in Mandaue at around 9 a.m. and will be met by devotees at barangay Subangdaku, and a procession will proceed to the St. Joseph Shrine where a mass will be held at 9:30 am.

After the Mass, a vigil will be held until dawn and during this time devotees would take the opportunity to kiss both the images of the Sto. Niño and the Our Lady of Guadalupe.

A Mass will be held at 4:30 a.m. after which the holy images will be TAKEN to the Ouano Wharf through a procession.

The images would be taken to the home of devotee Ernesto Ouano before the images are taken on board a galleon.

The holy images will then be brought back to Cebu city through a fluvial parade as a reenactment to show how the holy image of Sto.Niño got to Cebu.

Lawyer Pat Acabodillo, Mayor Jonas Cortes representative to the Sinulog celebration this year said devotees who wish to join the fluvial parade said the Coastguard is now starting to give accreditations to sea vehicles whose owners have indicated their intention to join the fluvial parade.

In line with the Traslacion 2011, the Mandaue City government also launched this year its Traslacion Photo competition which is open to all professional, amateur, and would-be photographers who are residents of the city.

The subject of the photo contest this year is "Traslacion, Tagbo sa Sagrada Pamilya sa Mandaue."

All entries should adopt the theme "Paghiusa sa Katawhan, pag-amoma sa Kalikopan ug pagsanay sa binhing Kristohanon.

Winning photos must also depict the three characters of the Holy family.

Prizes for the contest is P5,000 for the third prize, P7,000 for the second prize, and P10,000 for the grand prize.

Winning photos will be displayed from January 26-31 in time for the Cebuano Heritage Month at the Parkmall located at the Reclamation Area.

Other highlights of the Traslacion sa Mandaue include Opening of Mandaue Heritage Exhibit at Parkmall on January 8, Dance showdown at Plaza Square on January 10, Bulilit Idol at Plaza Square, Balikbayan Night/Grand Baile at the Mandaue City Sports Complex on January 13, Mandaue's Got Talent at the Plaza Square on January 14, and street dancing at the Plaza` square on January 14. (FREEMAN NEWS)

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Traslacion expo slated
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:55:00 01/08/2011

Filed Under: Religion & Belief, Belief (Faith)

TWENTY-FIVE images of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph are on exhibit at Parkmall in Mandaue City starting today.

This is part of the traditional traslacion, or ritual transfer of images of the Sto. Niño de Cebu and Our Lady of Guadalupe, brought by motorcade to Mandaue City’s National Shrine of Saint Joseph on the Friday before Fiesta Señor.

After an overnight vigil in the shrine, the images are brought back to Cebu City through a fluvial procession down the Mactan channel.

Professional and amateur lensmen are encouraged to take pictures of the event for a photo contest run by the Mandaue City Tourism Office.

There is a P300 contest registration fee./CORRESPONDENT JUCELL MARIE P. CUYOS
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Plaza Independencia partly opens for Sinulog
By Fatrick Tabada
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:48:00 01/08/2011

Filed Under: Sinulog, Monuments & Heritage Sites

After a two-month renovation, the historic landmark Plaza Independencia will have its soft opening next week in time for locals and visitors here for the Sinulog.

A portion of the sprawling plaza, which was closed in 2006 when a subway tunnel was built under it for the new road network of the South Road Properties, will be opened to the public on Jan. 15.

The plaza, which will be completely opened on February, is 60 percent finished, said City Councilor Nida Cabrera, chairperson of the Parks and Playgrounds Committee.

"We had originally planned to open the whole plaza during the Sinulog, but due to some difficulties in finishing the removation, we cannot, " Cabrera said.

Lopez Street, which is part of the renovation, will be opened to minimize traffic jams during the Sinulog parades as well as a portion of the plaza grounds where some concrete benches and light posts will be installed, Cabrera said.

The renovation, which cost the city around P40 million, started on October last year.

Mayor Michael Rama had earlier ordered the contractor to finish the plaza in time for Christmas but intensive renovation delayed the contractor, Geety Realty Construction, Cabrera said.

The fencing, which cost P1.3 million, was finished last year while the whole grounds—including the war veterans' monument, Legaspi obelisk, Magsaysay monument and a fountain—is nearly done.

Cabrera also said that new comfort rooms were installed in the plaza.

Mayor Rama has identified the Plaza Independencia renovation as one of his administration’s major projects.

The preservation of heritage sites, open spaces and parks are important for Cebu City, he said, for a better quality of life for urban residents and to make Cebu a more welcoming destination for tourists.
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Plaza Independencia partly opens for Sinulog
By Fatrick Tabada
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:48:00 01/08/2011

Filed Under: Sinulog, Monuments & Heritage Sites

After a two-month renovation, the historic landmark Plaza Independencia will have its soft opening next week in time for locals and visitors here for the Sinulog.

A portion of the sprawling plaza, which was closed in 2006 when a subway tunnel was built under it for the new road network of the South Road Properties, will be opened to the public on Jan. 15.

The plaza, which will be completely opened on February, is 60 percent finished, said City Councilor Nida Cabrera, chairperson of the Parks and Playgrounds Committee.

"We had originally planned to open the whole plaza during the Sinulog, but due to some difficulties in finishing the removation, we cannot, " Cabrera said.

Lopez Street, which is part of the renovation, will be opened to minimize traffic jams during the Sinulog parades as well as a portion of the plaza grounds where some concrete benches and light posts will be installed, Cabrera said.

The renovation, which cost the city around P40 million, started on October last year.

Mayor Michael Rama had earlier ordered the contractor to finish the plaza in time for Christmas but intensive renovation delayed the contractor, Geety Realty Construction, Cabrera said.

The fencing, which cost P1.3 million, was finished last year while the whole grounds—including the war veterans' monument, Legaspi obelisk, Magsaysay monument and a fountain—is nearly done.

Cabrera also said that new comfort rooms were installed in the plaza.

Mayor Rama has identified the Plaza Independencia renovation as one of his administration’s major projects.

The preservation of heritage sites, open spaces and parks are important for Cebu City, he said, for a better quality of life for urban residents and to make Cebu a more welcoming destination for tourists.
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Archbishop’s residence ready for new occupant
By Bernadette A. Parco
Saturday, January 8, 2011

THE Palacio de Arzobispo is ready for its new occupant, Archbishop Jose Palma, who is expected to arrive from Palo, Leyte on Wednesday.

The turnover ceremony will be held the following day, Jan. 13, at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

As part of the preparations, incumbent Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal left the official residence last weekend and moved to his residence in Sto. Nino Village in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City.

But Vidal left behind many of his personal belongings and donated these to the Archdiocesan Commission on Cultural Heritage of the Church, a first for a high-ranking church official.

"It is the first for an archbishop of Cebu to leave his things. He wants things that he owns to be part of Cebu, when he is not even from Cebu," anthropology professor and Heritage Commission member Jojo Bersales told Sun.Star Cebu.

He views Vidal's donation as a significant heritage collection that reflects the important events in the past three decades.

Selfless

"It shows his personality. (Leaving his belongings) is a generous, selfless act. His attitude shows how other priests should live," he said.

The preparation at the archbishop's official residence for Archbishop Palma began even before Vidal reached the compulsory retirement age for bishops, which is 75 years old.

In 2005, Cardinal Vidal directed his then personal secretary Msgr. Agustin Ancajas to renovate the residence.

In a separate interview, Heritage Commission member Louella Alix told Sun.Star Cebu that it was Vidal's decision to leave the residence before the turnover ceremony next week.

"He (Vidal) vacated the palace, so the new bishop can have a free hand,"she said. “He had the residence renovated, prepared for the next bishop. It is now comfortable and well decorated and with proper amenities."

Alix said Cardinal Vidal transferred his belongings before Christmas. But he left personal things like books, notebooks and vestments.

Vidal, who has served in Cebu for 29 years, also donated an expensive Lladro porcelain collection.

Lladro, Alix explained, is a popular maker of limited edition porcelain figurines.

"Many people gave him gifts through the years and most of these are religious figurines. Before he left the residence, he gave it all to the museum," she said.

He donated his old cassocks that have delicate Calado embroidery and the vestments he used to the conclave or the papal election.

Also to be included in the display are the silver pectoral cross given by the late Pope John Paul II, a letter from Mother Teresa, as well as awards and medals given by the local and national government.

One wing of the museum is dedicated to the Cardinal, the Via Veritatis gallery, and another display was set up at his residence that was arranged by a Lipa City-based donor.

"It is just proper that his things are here. He established the museum. The memorabilia is a salute to a life well-lived," Alix said.

With the transfer, the memorabilia items will be on display at the Cebu Cathedral Museum. The exhibit will be opened in time for Vidal's 80th birthday next month.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 08, 2011.
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Archbishop’s residence ready for new occupant
By Bernadette A. Parco
Saturday, January 8, 2011

THE Palacio de Arzobispo is ready for its new occupant, Archbishop Jose Palma, who is expected to arrive from Palo, Leyte on Wednesday.

The turnover ceremony will be held the following day, Jan. 13, at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

As part of the preparations, incumbent Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal left the official residence last weekend and moved to his residence in Sto. Nino Village in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City.

But Vidal left behind many of his personal belongings and donated these to the Archdiocesan Commission on Cultural Heritage of the Church, a first for a high-ranking church official.

"It is the first for an archbishop of Cebu to leave his things. He wants things that he owns to be part of Cebu, when he is not even from Cebu," anthropology professor and Heritage Commission member Jojo Bersales told Sun.Star Cebu.

He views Vidal's donation as a significant heritage collection that reflects the important events in the past three decades.

Selfless

"It shows his personality. (Leaving his belongings) is a generous, selfless act. His attitude shows how other priests should live," he said.

The preparation at the archbishop's official residence for Archbishop Palma began even before Vidal reached the compulsory retirement age for bishops, which is 75 years old.

In 2005, Cardinal Vidal directed his then personal secretary Msgr. Agustin Ancajas to renovate the residence.

In a separate interview, Heritage Commission member Louella Alix told Sun.Star Cebu that it was Vidal's decision to leave the residence before the turnover ceremony next week.

"He (Vidal) vacated the palace, so the new bishop can have a free hand,"she said. “He had the residence renovated, prepared for the next bishop. It is now comfortable and well decorated and with proper amenities."

Alix said Cardinal Vidal transferred his belongings before Christmas. But he left personal things like books, notebooks and vestments.

Vidal, who has served in Cebu for 29 years, also donated an expensive Lladro porcelain collection.

Lladro, Alix explained, is a popular maker of limited edition porcelain figurines.

"Many people gave him gifts through the years and most of these are religious figurines. Before he left the residence, he gave it all to the museum," she said.

He donated his old cassocks that have delicate Calado embroidery and the vestments he used to the conclave or the papal election.

Also to be included in the display are the silver pectoral cross given by the late Pope John Paul II, a letter from Mother Teresa, as well as awards and medals given by the local and national government.

One wing of the museum is dedicated to the Cardinal, the Via Veritatis gallery, and another display was set up at his residence that was arranged by a Lipa City-based donor.

"It is just proper that his things are here. He established the museum. The memorabilia is a salute to a life well-lived," Alix said.

With the transfer, the memorabilia items will be on display at the Cebu Cathedral Museum. The exhibit will be opened in time for Vidal's 80th birthday next month.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 08, 2011.
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City eyes Osmeña Mausoleum as park
By Garry B. Lao/BRP (The Freeman)
Updated January 10, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (0)

CEBU, Philippines - The plan to develop the Osmeña Mausoleum along M. J. Cuenco Avenue into a people’s park will likely push through after the Cebu City Council granted authority to Mayor Michael Rama on a land swapping agreement with the owner of the property, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cebu (RCAC).

City Councilor Jose Daluz III, chairman of the committee on budget and finance, and the real property, said the RCAC represented by Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal already agreed to swap it for the city’s property located in Barangay Pasil.

The Osmeña Mausoleum has an area of 9,282 square meters with an appraised value of P106,278,900 while Pasil property only has 729 square meters with an appraised value of P3,200 per square meter.

Since the Osmeña Mausoleum is of much greater value and area than the Pasil property, Daluz said the excess and difference shall be paid by the city government in the amount of P5 million to RCAC.

According to Daluz, the RCAC came up with P5 million by crediting amount as payment for the real property tax, in favor of the city government for five years or from 2010 to 2014.

Daluz said that since the RCAC approved the swapping of lots, the city plans to develop the area in order to preserve the place and uphold its historical importance.

Built in 1920, the mausoleum, contains the mortal remains of Doña Estefania Chiong Veloso de Osmeña, the first wife of Philippine Commonwealth President Sergio Osmeña Sr., Sergio Osmeña Jr., who is the president’s son who also became mayor and governor of Cebu and senator, Juana Osmeña, the president’s mother, and several other members of the Osmeña, Veloso, Suico and Sotto families. — (FREEMAN)

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City gov’t, archdiocese in land swap
1/10/2011
By Fatrick Tabada, Correspondent

THE Cebu City Government will soon own the cultural heritage, Osmeña Mausoleum, via a land swap deal with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu(RCAC).

Under the deal, the city government will give the 729-sqm lot located at Pasil, Cebu City to the church in exchange for the mausoleum which has an area of 9,282 sqm.

The Osmeña Mausoleum has an appraised value of P106.2 million while the Pasil lot has an appraised value of 2,332,800.

In Friday's council session, the city council approved the resolution of Councilor Jose Daluz, for Mayor Michael Rama and outgoing Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal to sign the Memorandum of Agreement.

Daluz said the city would have to pay P5 million to the archdiocese for the difference in the property’s valuation but the archdiocese will get it in the form of tax credits for the real property tax for other church-owned lands.

The amount as payment for the real property tax will acrue for five years (2010-2014).

Although Catholic-owned lots are mostly exempted from taxes, Daluz explained that the city has been charging real property tax on the lots of the church which are not used for religious purposes.

According to cebuheritage.com, the Osmeña Mausoleum, built in 1920, is located on a cemetery in M.J. Cuenco Avenue near Carreta Cemetery, and contains the remains of Doña Estefania Chiong Veloso de Osmeña (first wife of Philippine Commonwealth President Sergio Osmeña Sr.), Sergio Osmeña Jr. (the president’s son who became mayor and governor of Cebu and senator), Juana Osmeña (the president’s mother), and other members of the Osmeña, Veloso, and Suico families.

The actual tombs are located in a crypt at the basement which can be accessed through a flight of stairs at the back of the mausoleum.

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City Hall pursues deal before cardinal retires
By Jujemay G. Awit
Monday, January 10, 2011

BEFORE Cebu Archbishop Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal retires, the Cebu City Council wants to exchange a property in Pasil with the Osmeña Mausoleum owned by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cebu (RCAC).

The council passed last Friday a resolution authorizing Cebu City Michael Rama to sign a memorandum of agreement with the RCAC, to be signed by outgoing Archbishop Vidal.

The Cebu City Government will give up a 729-square meter property in Pasil, which is leased to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. but subleased to the Sisters of Charity.

In exchange, the City will get Osmeña Mausoleum, which City Hall believes is of historical value.

The mausoleum is the resting place of the late senator Sergio Osmeña Jr., father of Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district) and the late first lady Estefania “Doña Pepang” Veloso Osmeña, wife of the late president and Cebu’s “grand old man” Sergio Osmeña Sr.

Former Cebu City councilor Rogelio “Jingjing” Osmeña Jr. was also laid to rest at the mausoleum.

“The Osmeña Mausoleum is of historical importance to the City of Cebu,” the draft memorandum of agreement (MOA) read.

On the part of the RCAC, “The Sisters of Charity is worried that someday, when the contract (with RAFI) ends, they will be ejected from the place, thus, hampering one of the objectives of the Roman Catholic Church, which is to serve the poor.”

The Osmeña Mausoleum covers 9,282 square meters, appraised by the City Appraisal Committee at P11,450 per square meters.

The Pasil property was only appraised at P3,200 per square meters.

Both parties already agreed that since the mausoleum is of greater value, the City will pay RCAC P5 million. It will not be paid in cash but it will be deducted in the tax payments of the RCAC’s real properties for five years, starting in 2010.

While Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young does not have a formal objection to the MOA, he wondered why Pasil was only appraised at P3,200 per square meter when it is a prime commercial area.

Councilor Jose Daluz III, the sponsor of the resolution, said that appraisal was based on the Bureau of Internal Revenue taxes and fair market value.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 10, 2011.
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City eyes Osmeña Mausoleum as park
By Garry B. Lao/BRP (The Freeman)
Updated January 10, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (0)

CEBU, Philippines - The plan to develop the Osmeña Mausoleum along M. J. Cuenco Avenue into a people’s park will likely push through after the Cebu City Council granted authority to Mayor Michael Rama on a land swapping agreement with the owner of the property, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cebu (RCAC).

City Councilor Jose Daluz III, chairman of the committee on budget and finance, and the real property, said the RCAC represented by Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal already agreed to swap it for the city’s property located in Barangay Pasil.

The Osmeña Mausoleum has an area of 9,282 square meters with an appraised value of P106,278,900 while Pasil property only has 729 square meters with an appraised value of P3,200 per square meter.

Since the Osmeña Mausoleum is of much greater value and area than the Pasil property, Daluz said the excess and difference shall be paid by the city government in the amount of P5 million to RCAC.

According to Daluz, the RCAC came up with P5 million by crediting amount as payment for the real property tax, in favor of the city government for five years or from 2010 to 2014.

Daluz said that since the RCAC approved the swapping of lots, the city plans to develop the area in order to preserve the place and uphold its historical importance.

Built in 1920, the mausoleum, contains the mortal remains of Doña Estefania Chiong Veloso de Osmeña, the first wife of Philippine Commonwealth President Sergio Osmeña Sr., Sergio Osmeña Jr., who is the president’s son who also became mayor and governor of Cebu and senator, Juana Osmeña, the president’s mother, and several other members of the Osmeña, Veloso, Suico and Sotto families. — (FREEMAN)

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City gov’t, archdiocese in land swap
1/10/2011
By Fatrick Tabada, Correspondent

THE Cebu City Government will soon own the cultural heritage, Osmeña Mausoleum, via a land swap deal with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu(RCAC).

Under the deal, the city government will give the 729-sqm lot located at Pasil, Cebu City to the church in exchange for the mausoleum which has an area of 9,282 sqm.

The Osmeña Mausoleum has an appraised value of P106.2 million while the Pasil lot has an appraised value of 2,332,800.

In Friday's council session, the city council approved the resolution of Councilor Jose Daluz, for Mayor Michael Rama and outgoing Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal to sign the Memorandum of Agreement.

Daluz said the city would have to pay P5 million to the archdiocese for the difference in the property’s valuation but the archdiocese will get it in the form of tax credits for the real property tax for other church-owned lands.

The amount as payment for the real property tax will acrue for five years (2010-2014).

Although Catholic-owned lots are mostly exempted from taxes, Daluz explained that the city has been charging real property tax on the lots of the church which are not used for religious purposes.

According to cebuheritage.com, the Osmeña Mausoleum, built in 1920, is located on a cemetery in M.J. Cuenco Avenue near Carreta Cemetery, and contains the remains of Doña Estefania Chiong Veloso de Osmeña (first wife of Philippine Commonwealth President Sergio Osmeña Sr.), Sergio Osmeña Jr. (the president’s son who became mayor and governor of Cebu and senator), Juana Osmeña (the president’s mother), and other members of the Osmeña, Veloso, and Suico families.

The actual tombs are located in a crypt at the basement which can be accessed through a flight of stairs at the back of the mausoleum.

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City Hall pursues deal before cardinal retires
By Jujemay G. Awit
Monday, January 10, 2011

BEFORE Cebu Archbishop Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal retires, the Cebu City Council wants to exchange a property in Pasil with the Osmeña Mausoleum owned by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cebu (RCAC).

The council passed last Friday a resolution authorizing Cebu City Michael Rama to sign a memorandum of agreement with the RCAC, to be signed by outgoing Archbishop Vidal.

The Cebu City Government will give up a 729-square meter property in Pasil, which is leased to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. but subleased to the Sisters of Charity.

In exchange, the City will get Osmeña Mausoleum, which City Hall believes is of historical value.

The mausoleum is the resting place of the late senator Sergio Osmeña Jr., father of Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district) and the late first lady Estefania “Doña Pepang” Veloso Osmeña, wife of the late president and Cebu’s “grand old man” Sergio Osmeña Sr.

Former Cebu City councilor Rogelio “Jingjing” Osmeña Jr. was also laid to rest at the mausoleum.

“The Osmeña Mausoleum is of historical importance to the City of Cebu,” the draft memorandum of agreement (MOA) read.

On the part of the RCAC, “The Sisters of Charity is worried that someday, when the contract (with RAFI) ends, they will be ejected from the place, thus, hampering one of the objectives of the Roman Catholic Church, which is to serve the poor.”

The Osmeña Mausoleum covers 9,282 square meters, appraised by the City Appraisal Committee at P11,450 per square meters.

The Pasil property was only appraised at P3,200 per square meters.

Both parties already agreed that since the mausoleum is of greater value, the City will pay RCAC P5 million. It will not be paid in cash but it will be deducted in the tax payments of the RCAC’s real properties for five years, starting in 2010.

While Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young does not have a formal objection to the MOA, he wondered why Pasil was only appraised at P3,200 per square meter when it is a prime commercial area.

Councilor Jose Daluz III, the sponsor of the resolution, said that appraisal was based on the Bureau of Internal Revenue taxes and fair market value.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 10, 2011.
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i don't think the Cardinal can still sign the MOA. But I am also certain that Archbishop Palma will honor whatever agreements were made by the Cardinal as part of his duties in the Archdiocese.

so the news is still good news. this park will be like those cemeteries in Paris, Hamburg, Berlin and much of Europe that are now tourist attractions, especially because of the artworks that are there in marble or cement.
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i don't think the Cardinal can still sign the MOA. But I am also certain that Archbishop Palma will honor whatever agreements were made by the Cardinal as part of his duties in the Archdiocese.

so the news is still good news. this park will be like those cemeteries in Paris, Hamburg, Berlin and much of Europe that are now tourist attractions, especially because of the artworks that are there in marble or cement.
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... nice idea sir bino.... an ed tour sa mga buhing hulagway sa mga famous and remnant cebuano personas nah give og dakong tampo sa sugbo ug gawas sa nasud nah nitaliwan nah.....
may.hinuon mahinumduman lng nato sila ginagmay buh....
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... nice idea sir bino.... an ed tour sa mga buhing hulagway sa mga famous and remnant cebuano personas nah give og dakong tampo sa sugbo ug gawas sa nasud nah nitaliwan nah.....
may.hinuon mahinumduman lng nato sila ginagmay buh....
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i don't think the Cardinal can still sign the MOA. But I am also certain that Archbishop Palma will honor whatever agreements were made by the Cardinal as part of his duties in the Archdiocese.

so the news is still good news. this park will be like those cemeteries in Paris, Hamburg, Berlin and much of Europe that are now tourist attractions, especially because of the artworks that are there in marble or cement.

Outgoing Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement that would swap the archdiocese’s Osmeña Cemetery lot with the city’s Pasil lot property. ALDO NELBERT BANAYNAL

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http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local...urch-swap-lots

"Cebu City, church swap lots"
By Jujemay G. Awit
Tuesday, January 11, 2011


CEBU. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama gives Cardinal Ricardo Vidal a copy of the land swap pact. (Arni Aclao)

IN HIS last official act as Cebu Archbishop, Cardinal Ricardo J. Vidal signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Cebu City Government for an exchange of properties.

But the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cebu (RCAC) will be giving up a property of greater value to what it is getting from the City.

“It is an act of historical concern and love,” Vidal told reporters yesterday.

RCAC will give Cebu City the Osmeña Mausoleum, the resting place of the late senator Sergio Osmeña Jr. and the wife of the late president Sergio Osmeña Sr., known as the “grand old man” of Cebu.

The Osmeña Mausoleum is of great historical importance to Cebu City.

In return, the City will RCAC a 729-square meter property in Pasil, which was subleased to the Sisters of Charity.

The Pasil property was appraised at P3,200 per square meter or a total of P2,332,800. The mausoleum’s assessed value is P105,278,900.

In addition to the lot, though, Cebu City will grant a P5-million tax break to RCAC's properties for a period of five years.

Vidal signed the agreement with Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday.

The Cebu archbishop, who will be turning over the reins of the archdiocese on Thursday to his successor, was close to Rama's family, particularly the Lopez side.

Vidal told Rama that he had objected to the initial plan to allow the Cebu South Coastal Road to pass through the Pasil property, home to a charitable institution.

Vidal joked with reporters that he was afraid the MOA signing will be considered a “midnight appointment,” referring to irregular appointments undertaken by a government executive shortly before stepping down from office.

Today is the cardinal's last day in office.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 11, 2011.
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i don't think the Cardinal can still sign the MOA. But I am also certain that Archbishop Palma will honor whatever agreements were made by the Cardinal as part of his duties in the Archdiocese.

so the news is still good news. this park will be like those cemeteries in Paris, Hamburg, Berlin and much of Europe that are now tourist attractions, especially because of the artworks that are there in marble or cement.

Outgoing Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement that would swap the archdiocese’s Osmeña Cemetery lot with the city’s Pasil lot property. ALDO NELBERT BANAYNAL

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http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local...urch-swap-lots

"Cebu City, church swap lots"
By Jujemay G. Awit
Tuesday, January 11, 2011


CEBU. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama gives Cardinal Ricardo Vidal a copy of the land swap pact. (Arni Aclao)

IN HIS last official act as Cebu Archbishop, Cardinal Ricardo J. Vidal signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Cebu City Government for an exchange of properties.

But the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cebu (RCAC) will be giving up a property of greater value to what it is getting from the City.

“It is an act of historical concern and love,” Vidal told reporters yesterday.

RCAC will give Cebu City the Osmeña Mausoleum, the resting place of the late senator Sergio Osmeña Jr. and the wife of the late president Sergio Osmeña Sr., known as the “grand old man” of Cebu.

The Osmeña Mausoleum is of great historical importance to Cebu City.

In return, the City will RCAC a 729-square meter property in Pasil, which was subleased to the Sisters of Charity.

The Pasil property was appraised at P3,200 per square meter or a total of P2,332,800. The mausoleum’s assessed value is P105,278,900.

In addition to the lot, though, Cebu City will grant a P5-million tax break to RCAC's properties for a period of five years.

Vidal signed the agreement with Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday.

The Cebu archbishop, who will be turning over the reins of the archdiocese on Thursday to his successor, was close to Rama's family, particularly the Lopez side.

Vidal told Rama that he had objected to the initial plan to allow the Cebu South Coastal Road to pass through the Pasil property, home to a charitable institution.

Vidal joked with reporters that he was afraid the MOA signing will be considered a “midnight appointment,” referring to irregular appointments undertaken by a government executive shortly before stepping down from office.

Today is the cardinal's last day in office.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 11, 2011.
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Palma ordination plans set
1/11/2011

Gov says new prelate, to arrive this Wed., will be welcomed by Cebuanos
By Candeze R. Mongaya and Dale G. Israel, Reporters

The Cebu Archdiocese has laid out its plans for welcoming their newest shepherd of the flock on Wednesday.

Msgr. Cristobal Garcia, chairperson on the committee on worship, said they expect more than 1,000 guests to attend the canonical installation of Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in downtown Cebu City.

Palma, who will replace outgoing Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, will arrive in Cebu on Wednesday.

He will be greeted with a motorcade toward the Archbishop's Palace on D. Jakosalem Street in Cebu City.

Margie Matheu, a member of the organizing committee for Palma's installation, said the event will be attended by members of the clergy and lay people from Palo in Leyte, Jaro District in Iloilo City; and Calbayog City in Samar.

About 500 guests from the Archdiocese of Cebu composed of bishops, priests and lay people will also attend the event.

Matheu said Palma's flight from Manila will arrive at 3 p.m. at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

Flower route

Palma will be met by church officials headed by retired bishop Antonio Rañola and bishop Julito Cortes, Cebu officials and military personnel.

Three vehicles will motorcade from the airport to the Archbishop's Palace on D. Jakosalem Street.

Metheu said parishioners and children will wait along the road from Mactan Island to Mandaue City then to Cebu City to shower the route with flowers to welcome the new prelate.

Upon reaching the Archbishop's Palace, Palma will be welcomed by Vidal along with nine episcopal vicars and two auxillary bishops.

They will have a short prayer in the chapel of St. Joseph and Palma will proceed to his room to rest.

By 7 p.m., a dinner reception at the Sacred Heart Center will be attended by Palma along with the Council of Laity, charismatic communities and the papal awardees.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama were also invited to the event.

Oldest ceremony

The canonical installation will follow one of the oldest liturgical ceremonies practiced since the time of King Henry VIII four centuries ago.

Garcia said the canonical installation to be held on Thursday this week starts with a short liturgical service followed by the oath of office.

Vidal and the committee chairpersons of the clergy would administer the recitation of the Nicene creed, the expanded version of the Apostles creed.

Msgr. Garcia said only the Cebu Archdiocese retained the Nicene creed, which is relatively longer compared to the Apostles Creed.

He said it is only appropriate for Cebu to retain the Nicene creed as it reflects its status as the biggest archdiocese in the country with the most numbers of seminarians and ordinations in the whole world.

After administering the Nicene creed, the clergy members will pledge obedience and respect to the new Archbishop. Vidal will address the congregation to formally announce the installation.

The apostolic letter given by the Holy See will be read by the chancellor, Msgr Adelito Abella.

Kiss of peace

After the reading, the people will respond “ thanks be to God” and Msgr. Roberto “Boy” Alesna will show the letter to Cardinal Vidal and the public.

The ringing of the church bells will announce Palma's installation as Cebu Archbishop.

Cardinal Vidal will approach Archbishop Palma at the altar and seat him on the Cathedral, the seat of the archbishop.

He would then hand his staff to Palma, then go down from the altar and sit with the other bishops at the front of the church.

Afterwards, a deacon will present to Palma, the bishops, board of consulters, chairperson of the commissions and lay counterparts.

They will go to the altar and do the “Kiss of Peace” by kissing Palma's hand which symbolizes their promise of obedience to him.

The general intercession will be recited followed by the chant of the “Gloria” and the readings chosen by Palma himself.

Then Palma will bless the Cebuano people for the first time.

Accomodation

After the Mass, a message from the Holy Father will be read.

Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, the papal nuncio and Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Carnia Rosales will also give their messages.

Matheu said one of their biggest problems is the accomodation since most of the hotels and pension houses are fully booked with revelers for the Sinulog festival.

She said most of the guests stayed in retreat houses and monasteries while others stayed with families and relatives in Cebu.

Governor Gwen Garcia said Cebuanos will welcome Palma.

She also offered the use of the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City for the reception after the formal installation at the Metropolitan Cebu Cathedral.

“I have always say that there are Cebuanos by birth and there are Cebuanos by conscience and there are Cebuanos by choice...we no longer distinguish if the person was born in Cebu or had parents in Cebu, we distinguish them by performance,” she said.

She said the provincial government will support Palma's programs particularly on the preservation of relics, images and structures found on centuries old churches around Cebu.
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Palma ordination plans set
1/11/2011

Gov says new prelate, to arrive this Wed., will be welcomed by Cebuanos
By Candeze R. Mongaya and Dale G. Israel, Reporters

The Cebu Archdiocese has laid out its plans for welcoming their newest shepherd of the flock on Wednesday.

Msgr. Cristobal Garcia, chairperson on the committee on worship, said they expect more than 1,000 guests to attend the canonical installation of Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in downtown Cebu City.

Palma, who will replace outgoing Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, will arrive in Cebu on Wednesday.

He will be greeted with a motorcade toward the Archbishop's Palace on D. Jakosalem Street in Cebu City.

Margie Matheu, a member of the organizing committee for Palma's installation, said the event will be attended by members of the clergy and lay people from Palo in Leyte, Jaro District in Iloilo City; and Calbayog City in Samar.

About 500 guests from the Archdiocese of Cebu composed of bishops, priests and lay people will also attend the event.

Matheu said Palma's flight from Manila will arrive at 3 p.m. at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

Flower route

Palma will be met by church officials headed by retired bishop Antonio Rañola and bishop Julito Cortes, Cebu officials and military personnel.

Three vehicles will motorcade from the airport to the Archbishop's Palace on D. Jakosalem Street.

Metheu said parishioners and children will wait along the road from Mactan Island to Mandaue City then to Cebu City to shower the route with flowers to welcome the new prelate.

Upon reaching the Archbishop's Palace, Palma will be welcomed by Vidal along with nine episcopal vicars and two auxillary bishops.

They will have a short prayer in the chapel of St. Joseph and Palma will proceed to his room to rest.

By 7 p.m., a dinner reception at the Sacred Heart Center will be attended by Palma along with the Council of Laity, charismatic communities and the papal awardees.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama were also invited to the event.

Oldest ceremony

The canonical installation will follow one of the oldest liturgical ceremonies practiced since the time of King Henry VIII four centuries ago.

Garcia said the canonical installation to be held on Thursday this week starts with a short liturgical service followed by the oath of office.

Vidal and the committee chairpersons of the clergy would administer the recitation of the Nicene creed, the expanded version of the Apostles creed.

Msgr. Garcia said only the Cebu Archdiocese retained the Nicene creed, which is relatively longer compared to the Apostles Creed.

He said it is only appropriate for Cebu to retain the Nicene creed as it reflects its status as the biggest archdiocese in the country with the most numbers of seminarians and ordinations in the whole world.

After administering the Nicene creed, the clergy members will pledge obedience and respect to the new Archbishop. Vidal will address the congregation to formally announce the installation.

The apostolic letter given by the Holy See will be read by the chancellor, Msgr Adelito Abella.

Kiss of peace

After the reading, the people will respond “ thanks be to God” and Msgr. Roberto “Boy” Alesna will show the letter to Cardinal Vidal and the public.

The ringing of the church bells will announce Palma's installation as Cebu Archbishop.

Cardinal Vidal will approach Archbishop Palma at the altar and seat him on the Cathedral, the seat of the archbishop.

He would then hand his staff to Palma, then go down from the altar and sit with the other bishops at the front of the church.

Afterwards, a deacon will present to Palma, the bishops, board of consulters, chairperson of the commissions and lay counterparts.

They will go to the altar and do the “Kiss of Peace” by kissing Palma's hand which symbolizes their promise of obedience to him.

The general intercession will be recited followed by the chant of the “Gloria” and the readings chosen by Palma himself.

Then Palma will bless the Cebuano people for the first time.

Accomodation

After the Mass, a message from the Holy Father will be read.

Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, the papal nuncio and Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Carnia Rosales will also give their messages.

Matheu said one of their biggest problems is the accomodation since most of the hotels and pension houses are fully booked with revelers for the Sinulog festival.

She said most of the guests stayed in retreat houses and monasteries while others stayed with families and relatives in Cebu.

Governor Gwen Garcia said Cebuanos will welcome Palma.

She also offered the use of the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City for the reception after the formal installation at the Metropolitan Cebu Cathedral.

“I have always say that there are Cebuanos by birth and there are Cebuanos by conscience and there are Cebuanos by choice...we no longer distinguish if the person was born in Cebu or had parents in Cebu, we distinguish them by performance,” she said.

She said the provincial government will support Palma's programs particularly on the preservation of relics, images and structures found on centuries old churches around Cebu.
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yup i stand corrected. read it thsi morning also.

i thought canon law already prevented him from making official acts since he was only a caretaker. we were given the impression by a canon lawyer that he no longer carried official capacity in terms of signing.

had we known we could have had him sign a landmark heritage agreement also.
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yup i stand corrected. read it thsi morning also.

i thought canon law already prevented him from making official acts since he was only a caretaker. we were given the impression by a canon lawyer that he no longer carried official capacity in terms of signing.

had we known we could have had him sign a landmark heritage agreement also.
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