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LOOK: Pilgrimage Monument to Rise on the Historic Limasawa Island

The seven-story monument commemorates the First Easter Mass held on the island in 1521.

Construction of a pilgrimage site is currently underway on the historic Limasawa Island in Southern Leyte province. The project, called “Shrine and Pilgrim Center with a Tower of Light,” is a seven-story monument that is led by the Diocese of Maasin.

During the breaking-ground ceremony held in February last year, Bishop Prescioso Cantillas of Maasin thanked everyone who donated their time, money, and efforts to make the project happen. (Read: Vatican Applauds ‘Diocese of Maasin’ for Renewable Energy Efforts)

“I invite you to give thanks to God for the gift of faith we all have received by donating an amount of construction materials,” said Bishop Cantillas. He adds that donations are still welcome for the project.

The target is expected to be finished before the local celebrations for 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines end in March 2022.

Pilgrimage Monument

Photo from 498th Anniversary of First Mass in Limasawa Island Facebook

According to the Maasin diocese, the Shrine and Pilgrim Center with a Tower of Light is just one of their main projects for the year-long celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. (Read: 500th Year Celebration of PH Christianity to Push Through This April)

Local celebrations for the quincentenary will officially kick off in Limasawa on March 31. This is to commemorate the First Easter Mass which took place on the island on the same day in 1521. (Read: NHCP Confirms First Easter Sunday Mass Held in Limasawa Island)

Archbishop Charles John Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, is attending the celebration along with some bishops and priests from other dioceses.

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