November 30 is a special day of thanksgiving for Cebuanos and Filipinos worldwide as we commemorate the sainthood of San Pedro Calungsod. The National Thanksgiving Mass will be presided by His Eminence Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop-Emeritus of Cebu, at the newly constructed Templete de Pedro located at the South Road Properties (SRP) in Cebu.
In preparation for the November 30 celebration, the Archdiocese of Cebu has scheduled a number of activities, including a Triduum mass. Today, November 29, is the third day of the Triduum. A motorcade from Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral to the Chapel of St. Pedro Calungsod at SRP was held at 2 p.m., followed by the consecration of the chapel as presided by his Most Rev. Jose Palma, DD, Archbishop of Cebu. At 7 p.m. tonight, a motorcade from the said chapel to St. Joseph National Shrine in Mandaue City, Cebu, is also scheduled. At 8 p.m., the Third Day of Triduum Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph National Shrine by his Most Rev. Antonio Ranola, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu.
Tomorrow, November 30, the schedule of activities are as follows:
10 a.m. Closure of affected streets
Start of shuttle service (from Osmena Blvd., Cebu City to N. Bacalso Junction of South Road, Talisay City, and vice versa)
Opening of SRP to pilgrims
From North: Entry of authorized vehicles through tunnel (red pass)
Buses unload procession participants on M.J. Cuenco Ave. fronting COA (Commission on Audit) Bldg.
Unloaded buses then proceed to SRP, turning left to J. Palma, then right on Sergio Osmena Jr. to tunnel
Buses coming from central part of Cebu City may unload on Manalili St. near the Freeman Bldg., then proceed to SRP turning right on M.J. Cuenco, left on J. Palma, then right on Sergio Osmena Jr. to tunnel
From South: Entry through SRP road in Talisay (blue pass)
Buses drop off procession participants after Laray junction, then proceed to SRP for parking
For Commuters: Access though Mambaling Road of SRP
For Committee members, guests, clergy, volunteers and service vehicles: Access though all the three entry points: Tunnel, Talisay, Mambaling (yellow pass)
11 a.m. Assembly of participants for the Foot Procession
North Parishes: D. Jakosalem St., and adjoining streets
South Parishes: Talisay Fish Port
12 noon Celebration of Masses to consecrate hosts in Blessed Sacrament Chapels at the venue
1 p.m. Start of Foot Procession towards the venue
2 p.m. Start of Fluvial Procession from Ouano Wharf to SRP
Start of Confessions at the Blessed Sacrament Chapels at the venue
3 p.m. Start of Program at the Templete
4:30 p.m. Arrival of the Pilgrim Image of St. Pedro Calungsod in SRP
5 p.m. National Thanksgiving Mass
7 p.m. Cultural Show and Fireworks Display
A traffic advisory has been issued by the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM) and posted on the official web site of the Cebu Archdiocese (http://www.cebuarchdiocese.org). Below is the announcement:
Traffic Re-Routing Plan For The Celebration Of The National Thanksgiving Of Saint Pedro Calungsod At South Road Properties (SRP)
TO: ALL CONCERNED
CITOM and Traffic Patrol Group, Cebu City Police, Cebu City wishes to announce and inform the riding public that vehicular traffic will be re-routed on the affected streets during the celebration of the National Thanksgiving of St. Pedro Calungsod at the South Road Properties (SRP). SRP is closed to vehicular traffic except for vehicles issued with a specified sticker to allow entry on designated access on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5:00 o’clock in the morning until the celebration will be finished.
Mambaling Trunk Road is designated as pedestrian access and for VIP vehicles in going to SRP to attend the celebration.
Vehicular access (to those issued a valid pass) going to the Coastal Road shall be; at Talisay entry from the South and at the junction of Palma St. and Serging Osmeña Blvd. as entry to pass via tunnel/underpass to those from the North.
One side of the Coastal Road shall be closed for vehicular traffic and shall be utilized for the procession route.
The other half of the Coastal Road (Sea side) shall be utilized for a two-way flow of vehicular traffic. Vehicles from SRP going to the North shall be above the ground, while vehicles from the North going to SRP shall pass through the underpass.
Designated drop-off area will be along Palma St./V. Sotto St. and N. Bacalso Ave. near Mambaling flyover.
Vehicles from the North going to the South of Cebu while traversing along Serging Osmeña Ave. shall turn right to T. Padilla St. or at Gen. Maxilom Ave., to Fuente Rotunda, to B. Rodriguez St., right turn to V. Rama Ave., left turn to Happy Valley Road, left turn to Duterte St., right turn to Katipunan St., then to their point of destination.
Passenger jeep coming from North Reclamation Area while passing along T. Padilla St., shall turn left to M.J. Cuenco Ave., right turn to Bonifacio St., left turn to Sanciangko St./Colon St., then their point of destination/origin.
Passenger jeep going to North Reclamation Area with Route Nos.08F, 12G, 12I and 12J shall follow to Colon St., left turn to Mabini St., right turn to E. Aboitiz St., left turn to M.J. Cuenco Ave., right turn to T. Padilla St., left turn to Benedicto St. left turn to Gen. Maxilom Ave. right turn to Andres Soriano Ave., then to North Bus Terminal, except for PUJ Route Nos. 12G together with 09J and 12E while traversing along Andres Soriano Ave., right turn Juan Luna Ave., right turn to J.C. Veyra St., to Benedicto St., right turn to T. Padilla St., left turn to M.J. Cuenco Ave., right turn to Bonifacio St., left turn to Sanciangko St., to their usual route, then to their point of origin.
Passenger jeep with Route Nos. 22D, 21D, 21A and 22A shall follow to M.J. Cuenco Ave., left turn to Juan Luna Ave., right turn to A. Soriano Ave., left turn to Gen. Maxilom Ave., right turn to D. Gaisano St., right turn to T. Padilla St., right turn to M.J. Cuenco Ave., to their usual route, then to their point of origin.
Passenger jeep with Route Nos. 01B, 01C and 02B bound for Pier area while traversing along T. Padilla St., shall turn left to Benedicto St., left turn to 13th Ave. (going to Blessed Sacrament), right turn D. Gaisano St., right turn to Gen. Maxilom Ave., right turn to Benedicto St., right turn to T. Padilla St., then to their usual route, then back to their point of origin.
All vehicles with transactions or bound for Pier 3, 2 and 1, Port Area shall only have to access at T. Padilla Extn., then to their point of destination.
Trucks, Vans, Trailers and other motor vehicles coming from the South going to SM or to North Area shall follow N. Bacalso Ave., to P. del Rosario St., to Imus New Road, then to the North Reclamation Area.
Trucks, Vans, Trailers and other motor vehicles coming from the North Reclamation Area going to the South are advised to pass along North Road, to M.J. Cuenco Ave., proceed to N. Bacalso Ave., then to their point of destination.
All motor vehicles coming from Tabunok, Talisay, Minglanilla, Naga, San Fernando and Carcar who wishes to go to the North Reclamation Area are advised to pass N. Bacalso Ave., left turn to take F. Llamas St. to avoid vehicular traffic at the Mambaling flyover, then to their point of destination.
II. Motorist, Drivers and other road users are advised to follow the traffic signs installed on the re-routing areas.
III. For widest dissemination.
For those who can’t physically join the National Thanksgiving Mass tomorrow, you can still witness the celebration at http://specials.sunstar.com.ph/pedrocalungsod/