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CSF Unveils Metropolitan Cathedral City Heritage Marker [ Wednesday, 30th of May 2018 | 8 months ago ]


A city heritage marker at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando was unveiled by the Local Government of San Fernando on May 17 to recognize its historical significance.

Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors BJ Lagman and Harvey Quiwa, Metropolitan Cathedral Rector Msgr. Eugenio Reyes and PyestangFernandino 2018 Chairperson Robbie Hizon led the unveiling ceremony. Situated at the heart of the city, Metropolitan Cathedral was founded in 1754 by the Augustinians. On May 5, 1899 the stone church was burned by the Philippine Revolutionary Army on orders of Gen. Antonio Luna. Because of that untoward incident, the historical church was restored through the initiatives of Fernando HizonOcampo, a Kapampangan architect. On October 1, 1981 it was formally established as Metropolitan Cathedral under the Titular ship of St. Ferdinand and Patronage of Our Lady of the Assumption. By then, Metropolitan Cathedral started to develop and strengthen the spiritual values of the Fernandinos. During the program, Metropolitan Cathedral Rector Msgr. Eugenio Reyes expressed his gratitude to the Local Government of San Fernando for recognizing and including the Metropolitan Cathedral in the city's Local Registry of Cultural Properties. "Isang malaking karangalan po ito sa amin na mapabilang at makilala ang Metropolitan Cathedral, dahil malaking papel ang ginagampanan ng simbahan na ito,hindi lamang sa turismo, kung hindi pati na rin sa buhay ng mgatao," Reyes said. For his part, Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago stressed the importance of preserving the heritage sites. He believes that, every heritage places in the City of San Fernando played a vital role in the lives of the Fernandinos, therefore it is a must to preserve its architectural beauty. "In preserving our heritage places, we also preserve our identity. It is very important to protect it because this will be transmitted to the next generation," he said in an interview. Meanwhile, the said event is in line with the celebration of PyestangFernandino 2018.

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