Piat’s giant ‘Cross in the Sky’ lights up to bring hope amid pandemic
PIAT, CAGAYAN — A 16-meter-tall cross perched on the 50-meter-high Black Hill was ceremonially lit on Friday night (May 7) to serve as a symbol of faith, hope, and love for residents of Piat who are battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Called the “Cross in the Sky,” it stands at the People’s Integrated Agritourism Center. The local government of Piat allocated P1.5-million for its construction.
“The cross brings the message that we can surpass all problems including the pandemic if we have Jesus as our center of life,” said Mayor Carmelo Villacete on Saturday (May 8).
Villacete said the Piat Basilica Minore church and surrounding villages have been locked down following the death of a church organist, as well as the infection of two doctors and 11 other health workers.
Located near Piat’s black lagoon, the giant cross is expected to lure tourists once travel restrictions are lifted, according to tourism officer Benedict Santo Tomas. He said the Piat municipal government will strictly enforce all health protocols when that happens.
The Municipality of Piat also spent P3 million to build the road network that leads towards Black Hill, said municipal engineer James Garcia.
VILLAMOR VISAYA JR INQ
The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.