LEGAZPI CITY, April 29 (PNA) -- The city government will pursue its plan to build a monument of Saint John Paul II here.
Vice Mayor Vittorio Roces said Tuesday that they could not help regretting why they had not done it before.
"Legazpi should have been crowded with pilgrims if we have pursued our plan," he said.
Since 2012, Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi supported the proposal of putting a shrine for the first Pope who visited Legazpi City.
Base on the proposal, the statue would sit at the top of Kapuntukan Hill or known as Lion Hill near the Legazpi City Boulevard.
It would be made out of steel and displayed with relics and memorabilia from the museum of the Diocese of Legazpi.
Some of these relics and memorabilia are Pope mobile, Pope's hat, pictures and other memorabilia during his visit in Albay province on February 21, 1981.
Roces said that a light house and chapel will be constructed at the top of the hill to at least promote religious diversity.
"It was such an honor to be chosen as the place to be visited by a Pope, so after he was named as Saint, it's high time to continue our plan," he stressed.
As part of the plan, according to the official, the city government will allocate fund for the religious project, aside from donations from other stakeholders.
John Paul II and John XXIII were canonized on Sunday by Pope Francis in an unprecedented ceremony witnessed by millions of devotees gathered in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. (PNA) LAM/FGS/AMM/CBD/