MANILA, Philippines?A monument of the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, the 36th archbishop of Manila and a leading personality in the peaceful EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986, will be unveiled on Friday, at the corner of P. Burgos Street and A. Bonifacio Drive in Luneta at 9 a.m.
The monument is a collaboration between the City of Manila through Mayor Alfredo Lim and the Serviam Foundation headed by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas.
Sin?s monument joins those of Sen. Benigno ?Ninoy? Aquino Jr. whose assassination triggered mass protests that culminated in the downfall of the Marcos regime, and of Cory Aquino who became the President in 1986, the archdiocese said in a statement.
Late evening of Feb. 22, 1986, Sin called the people over Radio Veritas to go out to EDSA to protect the rebels (then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and then Lt. Gen. Fidel Ramos) with their bodies. Radio Veritas repeated the Cardinal?s plea all throughout the night.
Georgetown University in Washington D.C., one of the many universities in America that conferred on Sin an honorary degree in 1986 following EDSA I, called the cardinal the ?Prince of Peace.?
It said: ?In honoring this contemporary ?Prince of Peace,? Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila, Georgetown recognizes a powerful symbol of Christian reconciliation: ever a mediator with Marcos but never an accomplice, ever the passionate protester but never the reckless rebel, an inspiration to the fearful and the tearful ? reminding us masterfully that authority is service, that politics can be priestly, and that marigolds might be mightier than the sword.?
President Benigno Aquino III will lead in the unveiling ceremony. He will be joined by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Mayor Lim and Ballsy Aquino-Cruz.
Also confirming their attendance in the event are Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, bishops and priests, government officials and the siblings of Mr. Aquino. Thousands of students from three public schools in Manila and several Catholic schools in the archdiocese and parishioners will be present at the ceremony.
Mayor Lim donated the statue which was sculpted in bronze by renowned artist Ed Castrillo.
The program will be preceded by a rosary prayer rally at 8 a.m. Viel Aquino-Dee will take part in leading the praying of the rosary.