COTABATO CITY - Thousands of people flocked to the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral to witness and join the special mass for Orlando Cardinal Quevedo.
President Aquino personally attended the celebration.
The President landed at Cotabato Airport at 4:20 this afternoon and headed straight to the cathedral. He arrived twenty minutes later.
The mass was supposed to start at 4:00 but has been delayed for 30 minutes to wait for the President's arrival.
Visitors from different sectors, religious, academe, and government officials were among the attendees.
The mass started at 4: 50 p.m.
Aside from Aquino, other officials who attended the event include Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman, Budget Secretary Butch Abad, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.
The papal nuncio, Joseph Pinto, is also here to celebrate the historic event along with other cardinals and bishops.
Cardinal Tagle was not able to join the event.