1M come to see PH’s new saint in Church’s ‘Duaw Nasud’ tour


A SMALL temple rises on reclaimed land, called South Road Properties in Cebu City, to serve as venue on Nov. 30 for what could be the Catholic Church’s biggest religious celebration in recent days—the canonization of Pedro Calungsod, the country’s second saint. TONEE DESPOJO/CEBU DAILY NEWS

CEBU CITY—Catholic Church officials are seeing a revival of faith in the nationwide tour of the image of St. Pedro Calungsod, saying that up to a million people have gone out into the streets to greet the likeness of the new Filipino saint everywhere it went.

The saint’s nationwide tour, which Church officials call “Duaw Nasud” (Visit the Country), also drew out stories of healing that reinforced belief in miracles, which is one of the drawing powers of Catholicism and other religions.

Fr. Marvin Mejia, who accompanied the image, cited one story of healing of a United States-based Filipino who was cured of cancer. His testimony was read during the image’s stay in the cathedral in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

The man attributed his healing to St. Pedro Calungsod.


Woman walks

In the cathedral in Bacolod City, volunteer Cheryl Andan cited the case of a woman who had been unable to tilt her head upward and walk without a cane and who was healed when Calungsod’s image passed in front of her.

Restored to health, the woman announced the miracle to her daughter and vowed to be present at the National Thanksgiving Mass for Calungsod on Friday here at South Road Properties.

The belief, or hope, for miracles also manifested itself in Maasin, Southern Leyte, where a sick woman who could barely move was accompanied by relatives just to get close to and touch the image of Calungsod.

According to volunteer Ruby Dy, who saw the manifestation of faith, the woman’s relatives wiped Calungsod’s image with a piece of cloth that they wiped on the woman afterwards.

The faithful came in busloads to greet Calungsod’s image. In many instances, people started to line up to touch the image in the evening and the queue kept growing until the morning of the next day, according to Fr. Mejia.

Long queue

People in the streets waved handkerchiefs or lit the night with torches and candles as the image passed by.

At every church stop, top Church officials insisted on delivering homilies and celebrating Mass for Calungsod. Many bishops said it was God’s work that Calungsod was canonized in the Year of the Faith for the Catholic Church.

Fr. Charles Jayme, official custodian of the image that had been flown to Rome for the canonization rites, said Duaw Nasud had achieved its goal of promoting devotion to the Philippines’ second saint.

Promoting devotion

The rapid recovery of a woman from a coma that has been attributed to Calungsod had been key to his canonization.

The image was toured around 18 dioceses and archdioceses in Metro Manila and 18 in the Visayas and Mindanao, Jayme said. With a report from Carinne Asutilla, Inquirer Visayas

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  • mchang1978

    Is there a more decent and civilized way of promoting a devotion to a saint than the dubious healing miracles? This is a common trick among charismatics, self-proclaimed priest healers,  and quack-doctors in the Philippines to attract gullible, poor Filipinos. This type of faith would easily fade away when science shapes our worldview. Sanctity has something to do with a passion for God, with uprightness, respecting human dignity, with justice and ethics in society, with self-sacrifice. Our religious promoters focus more on the primitive, magical side of religiosity, rather than on the ethical and socio-political spirituality. Woe to you! You yourselves don’t believe in those miracles!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Kung hindi ka kasama sa milyong binabanggit sa artikulong ito, wala kang dapat ibunghalit  o ikainggit.Para ka kasing hindi nakapag-aral, scientist ka pa naman yata. Dapat alam mong may tinatawag na freedom sa pananampalataya. Iba ang faith sa science.
      Faith is believing in something that science cannot prove. Kaya, kung scientist ka, malamang sa paniniwala mo, wala kang kaluluwa, o perhaps, kahit conscience man lang. Kaya, diyan ka na lang sa science mo. Hayaan mo ang faith sa faithfuls…at nang hindi ginuguyak ng inggit o insecurities ang puso mo.

      • richard whiterabbit

        katangahan yan!!mga baliw!!  

      • julymorning


      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Baliw na ;yang tangang ‘yan.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Kayo ang sumasawsaw dito…baliw na katangahan ‘yang kinababaliwan mo, tanga!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQRDASE2HXIZ6R4QQ7LETHJTS4 Arvin

      Respect the religion of what people believe in……..we don’t have the right nor the other to condemn any religious group as long they are doing within the bound of their belief, not hurting anyone….As long as mayapa ang kanilang adhikain……

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      The more decent way is for you to realize that you have not learned anything from education, ie., if you are educated…if your common sense, if you have any, cannot realize that you are not a part of this congregation, what are you doing here?


    AS usual, to the gullible, RIGHT CONSEQUENCE, WRONG ANTECEDENT.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      That’ your pointless point, UrHORROR.

  • $23228448

    yes and soon everyone will be walking on water…what a farce…when are the UFOs arriving

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Nariyan ka na di ba?  Di mo na matandaan o ma-identify kung ano ang sinakyan mo?  Ngayon, subukan mong mag-barko papuntang Cebu, sa gitna ng dagat, lumundag ka, kapag hindi ka nakalakad sa ibabaw ng tubig, you will get the right response to your comment…otherwise, simply respect the rights of others, so that they may respect you, as well.

  • angtangamo

    Yung genital warts ko nawala nung madaanan ako ng imahe nya. Kaya ngayun ang saya ko kasi pwede na naman akong tumambay sa beer house.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Ang tanga mo kasing bastos ka…ang gawin mo ipa-bless mo ang ulo, baka sakali, mag-milagro magkaroon ng laman. Hindi ‘yang pati ang pagkapal ng libag mo diyan sa balls mo at ang pagsingaw ng dalawang extra meats sa noo mo iko-correlate mo sa imahe.
      Dangan kasi, angtangamo kasing bastos ka.

      • angtangamo

        Bwahahaha. Si baDING galit na naman. U mad bro? Magpa exorcise ka at baka yan lang ang pag asa na mawala ang kabaklaan mo. Yung wetpu mo punong puno ng sperm dahil na din sa kabaklaan mo. Naghugas ka ba ng pwet mo bago ka nagpost dito?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQRDASE2HXIZ6R4QQ7LETHJTS4 Arvin

        Put your comment in the right perspective…..educated bloggers don’t make this kind of comment. 

      • angtangamo

        This is not a blog and I am not a blogger. Do you even know what a blog is? For you to make assumptions about my educational background based on what I post in an internet forum just illustrates how ignorant you are. Also, does “Put your comment in the right perspective” make any sense to you? it does not to me. Which 3rd rate school did you go to? Pwede ka naman mag tagalog kung hindi ka marunong mag english. Bopols.

      • julymorning

         RIGHT, A’HOLE!!!

      • angtangamo

        Yes I am :)

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Doon ka sa idol mong tulad mo…siguro, mayro’n ka ring pendant na tanikala sa leeg.

      • angtangamo

        At doon ka rin sa idol mo na retarded. Laplapin mo ang dilaw ng itlog.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Just apply what you learned in school…respect so that others may respect you.

        Sa napili mong itawag sa ‘yo…alam ng kahit sino kung ano ka.

        Angtangamo kasi, grabe!

      • angtangamo

        You should be the one doing that. Baka nakalimutan mo matagal na kita inaasar, but you started it. If you are prepared to make snide remarks then you should be prepared to get some in return :)

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        At matagal na kitang pinaglalaruan.

      • angtangamo

        Bwahahaha. Pero sino sa atin ang laging barado at asar talo? LOL.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Bwaaah…maghilod ka kung marunong kang maligo…hindi pati ‘yang libag mo sa paligid ng singit mo iaasa mo sa milagro…

        Angtangamo kasi, saksakan…sana sa tao, chicks, hindi chicklet, hindi ‘yang kung saansaan, talagang kakapal nga ang libag niyan, g kawahig ng mukha mo….hahaha…hihihi…hohoho.

      • angtangamo

        Bwahahaha. Natutuwa ako everytime na naiinis ka. LOL.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Enjoy ako na gawin kang laruan…tulad ng ibang mga naglalaro sa iyo dito…ni hindi ka naman makahalata…wala yatang gustong makasama ka, kung bakit dito pilit sumasawsaw, pinaglalaruan ka lang naman.

      • angtangamo

        LOL. Your inventing things now, if you have nothing to say then better to just shut up. I’m not sure if you noticed, but this is a public forum so kahit sino pwede sumawsaw. I actually contribute and engage in intelligent discussions on this forum. Unlike you who only sings praises to your retarded idol BS Aquino.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NOMBBSLZPGCELF545RBCZMOWLA dante

    Is it Promoting Devotion or promoting idolatry?  Church leaders should tow  the fine line between veneration and idolatry that they are trudging their followers into.  Its our great responsibilty towards God and Man.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      It depends on who the believers are.  We promote God the way we believe it should be.  We are not promoting idolatry…that’s only how they regard some of our practices…but, the truth of the matter they are only causing confusions.  Those who do not like our practices, we respect that right of theirs; in the same token, we demand that these people also respect ours.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYRtmMxB5yw CrossWinds

    Luke 14:23
    Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

  • $37644997

    There is a freedom of religion likewise a freedom with-in a religion,beleive it and you may take it or leave it.There are supplemental issues to any religion that have long been ignored.That you need to seek.Seek and Ye shall find it,knock and it shall be opened unto you.That’s what the Bible say.

  • tonyoks

    1 Million!!! asan????
    pls lang lokohin nyo na lang sarili nyo…
    aba 400 years na kayong nag-uuto eh…
    tama na…di na kau natitigil sa pang-guguyo nyo…

    kung sa amin bulag nakakakita, bingi nakakarinig, lumpo nakakalakad ano gimik pa kaya maimbento nyo???

    mga patay nakakaboto pa…

    libo libong botante parepareho pirma…saan ka pa?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Alangan namang sa iyo…ni hindi mo nga kayang patahimikin ang sarili mo sa malaking inggit, eh.  Ni wala ka na ngang modo at pakundangan sa kagandahang asal…kung hindi ka miyembro ng kongregasyong ito, magdusa ka…hindi ‘yang atungal ka nang atungal…kung naiinggit, at ayaw mong nakadarama ng kapaitan kung kanino ka mang kongregasyon kasama, eh, magbago ka na, at matutong makipagkapuwa tao. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    Pray pray to the BLOCK of WOOD.

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