Rain or shine, IEC mass in Capitol to push through

Inspite of the unpredictable weather, the Eucharistic Mass scheduled 4 p.m. today at the Cebu Provincial Capitol grounds will push through.

The Eucharistic Mass will be followed by a Eucharistic procession wherein the Blessed Sacrament will be carried from the Capitol to Plaza Independencia via Osmena Boulevard.

Bishop Dennis Villarojo of the Archdiocese of Cebu expressed that this procession is one of the highlights of IEC 2016.

“This walk with the Blessed Sacrament signifies that we hail and accept Him (Jesus Christ) as our king. The Blessed Sacrament is not an icon, but the real presence of Jesus Christ Himself,” expressed Villarojo.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO CAPITOL. Aerial footage of the prep for the Eucharistic Mass of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) where thousands of devotees are expected to join at 4PM today. The venue covers the front area of the historic Cebu Provincial Capitol, Escario Street and Osmeña Boulevard.After the outdoor mass, grand procession will follow from the Capitol grounds to Plaza Independencia. The procession will be 3-kilometer walk.The custom-made gold-plated monstrance for IEC will accompany devotees on a float to the Plaza Independencia.Heart RizarriAerial footage: PIO Cebu Province

Posted by Cebu Provincial Government on Thursday, 28 January 2016

A few IEC events were canceled due to the bad weather Cebu City has experienced since Monday.

Padayon gyud ang misa (mass will push through), rain or shine,” expressed Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Baltazar Tribunalo.

He explained that sudden rain showers are “impacts of climate change, the new normal.”

12605478_1024361424272427_7688465123269227445_o“For me, this is also a test of our faith. Impacts of climate change must be embraced and be prayed for,” he added.

He then advised delegates and other attendees from the general public to bring raincoats, water and food.

All security and medical plans are already in place, said Tribunalo.

IEC 2016 has about 15,000 delegates but PDRRMO is expecting 50,000 – 100,000 to attend the Eucharistic mass.

12640445_1024380450937191_6943426596505702349_oTwo mobile hospitals are stationed in the Capitol compound to address medical emergencies of official delegates especially the foreign delegations who are not used to the Philippine weather.

Eight medical stations are also scattered around Capitol area, a complement from the provincial and district hospitals of Cebu.

The Philippine Red Cross has provided more than 50 first aiders and first aid stations in between the medical stations.

PDRRMO also has prepared more than 100 first-aiders for the event.

Mobile communicators are scattered around the venue and in the crowd carrying signal sticks for any emergency that may arise. (Lianne Llesol)