MANILA, Philippines - Blessed Pedro Calungsod, who is set to become the second Filipino saint, may become the patron of Filipino migrant workers.
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said Calungsod’s heroism "could serve as a great inspiration to millions of our migrant Filipinos who face daily challenges in their places of work abroad."
"I would like to hope that after his canonization, Saint Pedro Calungsod would become not only an exemplary role model for our youth but also the patron saint of all Filipino migrants," he said.
Calungsod was a young Filipino missionary, who along with Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, was persecuted and martyred in Guam for their missionary work in 1672.
Binay will be representing President Benigno S. Aquino III in Calungsod's canonization rites at the Vatican in Rome on October 21 (Sunday).
Aside from Calungsod’s canonization, Binay will also attend the 2012 European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels, Belgium.