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Manila gains a new-look Cardinal Sin
Three meter high statue of late archbishop fails to impress Church leadersChurch leaders witness the unveiling of the statue of Jaime Cardinal Sin, the late archbishop of Manila
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- February 25, 2011
â€œItâ€™s quite different... but I donâ€™t want to criticize," said the late cardinalâ€™s successor, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.
Father Rufino Jun Sescon, who was Cardinal Sinâ€™s private secretary, was also surprised.
"While it was being made we suggested some revisions, but as you very well know every artist has his or her own interpretation," Father Sescon said.
He said another statue of the former prelate at a local bank "resembled the cardinal more."
Asked by reporters if the Church wanted the statue scrapped, Father Sescon said that decision was up to the Manila city government who funded the project.
However, Father Mark Munda, priest at the Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Sta. Ana in Manila, said the statue did look a bit like the cardinal when he was a younger man.
"If you saw Cardinal Sin when he was still a young priest youâ€™ll see some resemblance," he said.
The 3-meter monument of the late archbishop by sculpture Ed Castrillo now stands next to those of former president Corazon Aquino and former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. on the corner of Padre Burgos Street and Bonifacio Drive outside the walls of the old city.
The Aquinos, parents of President Benigno Aquino III, and the late Cardinal Sin were leading figures in the fight against the Marcos dictatorship that led to the 1986 people power uprising.
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