The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Basilica or “Manila Cathedral” reopened its intricately carved doors to devotees on Wednesday night (April 9, PH time) after two years of undergoing structural retrofitting.
The new and improved Manila Cathedral now boasts of brighter lights, stronger framework, and CCTV installations, which is just some of the improvements done in the historical landmark.
A mass and a candle-lighting ceremony was held, officiated by Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. 12 candles were lit, symbolizing the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ.
“After the greeting of Mass, a special ceremony will be held the lighting of dedication candles at the placing of 12 dedication crosses symbolizing that our Catholic Church is founded on the 12 Apostles of course with Jesus as the head,” said Msgr. Nestor Cerbo in an interview on Radyo Veritas.
A video presentation featuring the reconstruction of the Cathedral was also shown. A cultural program will also be held at Plaza Roma for guests and the general public.
The reopening mass was attended by several Filipino personalities, including President Benigno Aguino III.