By Kier Edison Belleza
The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), as a tribute to the late Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, has recommended to Malacañang to declare October 26 a holiday in Cebu.
Vidal will be laid to rest at the mausoleum of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral at around 9 a.m. on Thursday (October.26).
In a statement released last night, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Diño said declaring it a holiday would enable the public, especially the Catholic faithful to join others in mourning.
“In light of requests by local government units in Cebu and the ardent desire of the Cebuanos, I have communicated to the Office of the President through the Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, our wish to have October 26 declared a holiday to honor (the late) Ricardo Cardinal Vidal,” he said.
“Indeed a pivotal shepherd for 29 years in our archdiocese, the declaration of a holiday on the occasion of his interment will enable our people to pay their last respects to the beloved Cardinal,” Diño continued.
OPAV said the formal request was sent to the President Friday afternoon.
“The Office of the Executive Secretary is now studying the request. I am looking forward to a positive response from Malacañang,” Diño added.
In an interview, Cebu Archdiocese spokesperson Msgr. Joseph Tan, for his part, said the archdiocese welcomes the action.
“We welcome such a gesture. It’s a gesture that we did not expect, but if it is extended to us by all means, we are more than grateful for the thoughtfulness of paying respect to the memories of our beloved Cardinal Vidal,” the monsignor said.