Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral – The Renovation (Part 3 of 3)


(Note: The author have been following the progress of the cathedral’s renovation since 2009. He has no official word from the Diocese of Sorsogon about the details of the renovation. Here are the parts 1 and 2 of this article.)

Over the weekend, the author was in Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. He noticed the new design of the tower that hosted the DGZN transmission tower. He was surprised that the catholic church designed it that way. Furthermore, the author haven’t met any locales yet saying anything positive about the church (to categorize this statement, it doesn’t represent the Catholic majority, plus the fact that they are mostly mid-30s and above).

 

The former tower of DZGN-FM is taking shape.

What struck the author is the comment from his aunt when the latter saw the fruit vendors on the corner of the church, along Rizal St., “This is indeed the church of Jesus”. She was referring to the story in the bible wherein Jesus found this church full of vendors and gamblers. Ironic, isn’t it?

Perhaps, the author’s sentimental spirit brings such opinion in the open.

 

The tower of the St. Peter Basilica in the Vatican seems to be the model of the new tower of Sorsogon's cathedral.

The author would like to close this blog article, that even if he strongly disagrees with the design, in the end, it’s still the church of the Catholic community regardless what the church is made of.

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5 Responses to Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral – The Renovation (Part 3 of 3)

  1. tina says:

    The reason why many Sorsoguenos are unhappy about the renovation of the St Peter and Paul Cathedral is because of the commercial building built in front of it that completely ruined the facade of the cathedral. We now see Chow King and whatever else is there that should not have been built there. Most Sorsoguenos are quite superstitious so many believe that all the strong typhoons we have been experiencing in the last several years including the drought and floods are due to this commercial building. Some liken it to Jesus’ anger at the money changers and animal sellers. I quote: When Jesus cleared the temple of the moneychangers and animal-sellers, He showed great emotion and anger (Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; John 2:13-22). Jesus’ emotion was described as “zeal” for God’s house (John 2:17). His anger was pure and completely justified because at its root was concern for God’s holiness and worship.

  2. VGD says:

    Katedral Sa Aming Bayan

    Sa aming bayan ay aking pinagmasdan’
    Tanawin ng mga nakaraan sa lahat ng paraan.
    Di kayang pawiin, sa bawat sawikain.
    Sa aking paglaki aking naranasan bunga ng kapaligiran,
    Na dulot ay puno ng mabubuting karanasan.

    Noong bata pa ako masarap mamasyal sa likod ng Katedral
    Sa sentro ng bayan sa aming simbahan
    Na kakambal ang punong puno na kasaysayan
    Sa murang edad ako’y nabusog sa aking nalaman
    Ang mayaman na nakaraan ng aking bayan.

    Sabi ng aking mga magulang itong aming Katedral ay lumang simbahan
    Ito ay puno ng pinagdaanan higit pa sa sentenaryong nakaraan.
    Ito daw pong Katedral ay itinayo pa ng mga pinunong simbahan
    Na mga Prayle ang pangalan sa panahon ng mga dayuhan.

    Lumipas ang panahon dumaan ang rebolusyon
    Simbahan nami’y nanatiling matayog ang pundasyon.
    Ito’y abot tanaw saanman dako masdan, sa hilaga, kanluran, timog at silangan.
    Pati kalembang nitong simbahan, sa tuwing may misa na pinasisimulan
    Umuugong sa tinga ang sarap pakinggan.

    Naghimagsik ang mga Indio sa Kamaynilaan,
    Umabot ang buntot maging sa dulo ng Kabilkulan.
    Katedral sa sentro pinamugaran ng mga Sorsoganong mapagmahal
    Mapatalsik lamang ang mga Prayleng nagpahirap sa mamamayan.

    Nagbago ang panahon, isang bagong dayuhan
    Pumasok sa aming mahal na kalupaan.
    Nagbago ang gobyerno, nagbago ang pakikitungo
    Katedral nami’y hindi nagpatalo
    Napanatili ang tayog, napanatili ang kuwento.

    Dumaan man ang bagyo, lindol at digmaan.
    Ah, sadyang napakaganda ang diwa ng kasaysayan
    Anumang bantayog sa tayog ay dumaan
    Ang bantayog ng aming simbahan
    Patuloy ang layag, patuloy na nahayag.

    Ngunit! Bakit ganito? Muli akong bumalik sa aking lupang tinubuan
    “Landmark” na aking kinagisnan di na matanto, di na naparam.
    Asan ka lumang Katedral? Asan ka? Bakit iyong kasaysaya’y di man lamang
    binigyan ng kabuluhan?
    Sa isang iglap ng pagbago ng panahon, iglap karing binago ng bagong imahinasyon.

    Pano pa ako makakabalik sa lupang tinubuan
    Kung ang “Landmark” mo sa diwa ko kaylanma’y di na muling mababalikan.
    Kawawang kasaysayan, bakit hindi ka man lamang nabigyan ng kahalagahan
    Kahalagahan sa pagkilala sa nakaraan.

  3. Dear Editor:

    Dios Mabalos to you for publishing expressions of contempt at the “turning of our Father’s House into a market place,” to borrow the words of the Redeemer. FYI, I was the only Sorsoganon who protested way back in 1995 the desecration of the Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral. You can please read my essays of protest & the reply of the Diocese of Sorsogon, which called me the “Devil” of our province: https://www.facebook.com/pages/mabuhayradiocom/143812262338104 Please just scroll down to look at the articles about the financial scandals in the Diocese of Sorsogon under Bishops Arcilla & Varela. The present bishop, Most Rev. Arturo Bastes, SVD, has nothing to do with the scandals & I have met him already 5 times in Southern CA, where I am based.

    • sorsogoncity says:

      Hi Mr. Reyes,

      It’s nice to know na dili lang palan ako nakamalisya.

      Although mas mayad pa man tabi kay maski papano may patio pa (for how long, it’s anybody’s guess). Sana an Bacon parish or an old church sa Barcelona lain mag irog sa cathedral.

      Dios mabalos!

      SC

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