Rhaydz B. Barcia | BicolMail.Com
LEGAZPI CITY — Bishop Joel “Bong” Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi is earnestly hoping that a 100-foot high statue of St. John Paul 11 will rise at Kapuntukan Hill to protect the Albayanos from harm, specifically during bad weather.
The Kapuntukan Hill, also referred to as the “Sleeping Lion,” whose peak resembles a lion’s hunched shoulders stands like a sentinel guarding the city’s harbor along Albay Gulf.
Bishop Baylon’s aspiration was announced publicly during the opening of St. John Paul 11 exhibit where his mementos were unveiled at Museo de Legazpi here for the first time. He said that St. John Paul 11 holds a very special place in the Bicolanos’ heart as the Pope visited Legazpi City, the first and only Pope that set foot in this city 38 years ago.
“We remembered these things because St. John Paull 11 holds a very special place in our heart. This historic event of the Holy Father (St. John Paul 11) coming to Legazpi is something that would never be repeated again by a Pope to visit us. So this is something we really treasure. This man who visited us is now a saint,” the Legazpi prelate said.