MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Sunday declared October 21 as a "National Day of Celebration" and "a day of great spiritual joy and national pride" in honor of the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod.
Under Presidential Proclamation 481, Malacañang said the canonization of Calungsod as the second Filipino saint is a great honor for the country.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte yesterday said Calungsod's canonization will bring pride to Filipino Catholics as well as "for those who call the Philippines their home, especially our countrymen in the Visayas and Mindanao."
Vice-President Jejomar Binay and Energy Secretary Rene Almendras are in Rome to head the Philippine delegation, along with top officials of the Philippine Catholic Church.
Calungsod was a mission worker for Jesuit priest Diego Luis de San Vitores, who was beatified in 1985.
Calungsod will be the second Filipino to be declared a saint and will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI along with Franciscan nun Maria Anna Cope, French Jesuit Jacques Berthieu, German lay woman Maria Schaeffer, Italian priest Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Spanish nun Maria del Carmen and Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be named a saint. -- Report from DZMM and Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News