The Church of San Pedro Calungsod

A modern chapel was built on the property bought by SM Holdings Inc. as a fitting remembrance to San Pedro Calungsod, the first Visayan and the second Filipino to be canonized as a saint. The Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod is a stone's throw away from the newly opened SM Seaside City mall at the South Road Properties in barangay Mambaling, Cebu City, Philippines. It was donated by the Sy family to the Archdiocese of Cebu.

The chapel has been in operation long before the mall opened. It is the first structure built on the SM Seaside City complex. I have gone there several times to attend weddings. The church sits on a 5,001-square meter lot and can accommodate a total of 803 people.

Currently, daily mass services are available at the chapel and there are also more masses on Sundays. While a relatively new church, many people already visit the place. It has become a popular wedding venue, a common stop for tours at the SRP, and a place of worship for mall goers.

San Pedro Calungsod

San Pedro Calungsod to whom the church is dedicated to, is the first Visayan and second Filipino to be canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. He was martyred in Guam where he preached Christianity to the Chamorros. His birthplace could either be Molo district, Iloilo City or Ginatilan, Cebu although there are also claims that he was from Loboc, Bohol and from Leyte. He was beatified in 2000 and canonized in 2012.

Architecture

One of my friends commented that the architecture of the San Pedro Calungsod Church reminds him of a more modern rendition of England's Stonehenge. This impression is probably brought about by the arrangement of 100 parallel walls that make the chapel's architecture a unique one. Each of the 100 walls is of different width and height.

San Pedro Calungsod Chapel in Cebu City, Philippines
Walls of the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel in Cebu City, Philippines


Location

The Church of San Pedro Calungsod is located near SM Seaside City at the South Road Properties, barangay Mambaling, Cebu City, Philippines. It is located in between the SRP Farmers' Market and SM Seaside City mall.


References

  1. Out of Town BlogAccessed 12 February 2016.
  2. The Philippine Star. Accessed 12 February 2016.
  3. Wikipedia. Accessed 12 February 2016.

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