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Bishop calls for repair of city landmark

Baguio Protestant urges restoration of neon cross and bell

Bishop calls for repair of city landmark
Bishop Juan Marigza with a young parishioner
Maurice Malanes, Baguio City

February 17, 2011

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A Protestant bishop in the northern Philippine city of Baguio has called on the faithful to help restore a neon cross that stands in the middle of commercial billboards in the city. “I challenge all of you to restore a neon crucifix, which used to prominently proclaim the Lord’s presence in this city,” said Bishop Emeritus Juan Marigza of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines-Baguio (UCCP). The bishop lamented that the church has been drowned by neon signs and billboards of commercial establishments like restaurants and bars. Until the 1990s, the cross on top of the UCCP church near the famed Burnham Park in the city had a neon light that was later broken. Bishop Marigza also challenged his parishioners to restore a bell which was destroyed some years ago. “That bell had a miraculous and inviting sound, reminding parishioners to prepare themselves for every worship service,” he said. The UCCP church and the more prominent Catholic cathedral on top of a hill in the city have become landmarks in the so-called Philippine summer capital. Bishop Marigza challenged UCCP members “to continue proclaiming the Good News beyond the borders of Baguio, even in the villages,” and help the Church restores its symbols. Related reports Church backs siren call to prayer Evacuees and supporters tell their stories to Filipinos far from battle zones FABC Office of Laity and Family Organizes AsIPA Courses PL13323.1641
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