New photo book chronicles Manila Cathedral history

New photo book chronicles Manila Cathedral history

Papal nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia receives a copy of the Manila Cathedral photo book from Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, president of the Manila Cathedral Foundation, March 9.

By CBCP News

March 9, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Manila Cathedral has launched a new book on Saturday telling the story of the church from its foundations to the present day.

Containing facts, figures and events, “Manila Cathedral: Restoring a Monument of Faith, Architecture and History” gives a glimpse of the structure through the years since its first establishment in 1581.

There are hidden gems like never-before-seen old architectural plans and photos of the post-war rebuilding that have been uncovered from the archives.

Fr. Reginald Malicdem, the cathedral’s rector, said the photo book is “a combination of history and faith”.

“The book will be a lesson of how the cathedral played an important role in the development of Christianity in the Philippines,” he said.

The rector said it’s significant not only for the Church but also for the faithful considering that the cathedral is the country’s “Mother Church”.

“Even Pope Francis himself said that the Manila Cathedral is the Mother Church in the country being the first cathedral in the Philippines,” said Malicdem.

Present during the launching were Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Apostolic Nuncio of the Philippines, and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila.

Also in attendance were the board and trustees of the Manila Cathedral-Basilica Foundation, Inc., led by former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban.

The book was produced with the guidance of its editor, renowned heritage architect Gerald Lico, photographer Marc Henrich Go and with the support of The GT Foundation, Inc.

Copies are available at the Manila Cathedral for P2,500.

Malicdem said proceeds from the book sale will go to the maintenance of the cathedral.