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Cebu church designs logo for St. Calungsod

CEBU CITY – In preparation for the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod on Oct. 21, the Archdiocese of Cebu recently launched a local logo.

The CBCPNews said the logo is in line with the theme for Calungsod’s canonization, “Kinabuhing Gi-ula, Pagtuong Gimantala (Life that isOffered, Faith that is Proclaimed).”

The local logo’s design centered on the five basic elements of uniqueness, timelessness, adaptability, scalability, and simplicity.

Organizers said other elements were inserted in the design such as the title of the event done in red, converted image of Blessed Pedro, 10 green leaves of the palm of martyrdom, the islands of Guam and Cebu inserted in the palm, the Cross in red at the tip of the palm, and the years 1672 and 2012.

The local celebration of Blessed Calungsod’s canonization is scheduled to take place in Cebu City in November.

St. Calungsod, according to records,  saw the first light of day in Molo, Iloilo City in  1655. He went to Cebu and was tutored by the Spanish Jesuit missionaries as a catechist, then studied also under the Jesuit in the town of Loboc, Bohol before joining the evangelization movement in Guam. He could read, write and speak the local* *Visayan dialect, Spanish and Chamorro.*

No record exists as to how St. Calungsod looks like. The current portrait of the saint is said to have been designed by some artists who based it on features of Ilongos of that era to create his image.

*Together with fellow 17 boy catechists, including himself, Calungsod sailed to the Ladrones Islands in the western Pacific in 1668 with some Spanish missionaries from the Philippines led by Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores to convert the Chamorros to the Catholic faith.

Prior to his departure for the Ladrones, Padre Diego was credited to have covered places  in his missionary work from 1662 to 1667 in Taytay, Manila, Sta. Ines, Sta. Barbara, Marilaya, Mindoro, etc, all in the Philippines.

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