Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia looks forward to welcoming the next archbishop of Cebu, Palo, Leyte Archbishop Jose Serofia Palma, on Jan. 13.
She hopes Palma will continue the “strong volunteerism” and cooperative spirit of Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.
Garcia assured Palma of the same spirit of cooperation that Vidal has received from the Cebuanos.
The governor met with Vidal to discuss the preservation of heritage churches in the province.
Garcia had met with Msgr. Carlito Pono concerning the Capitol’s willingness to work with the archdiocese in this endeavor.
She was accompanied by Provincial Board Members Agnes Magpale and Peter John Calderon since she needed the support of the board to pass the ordinance I order to achieve this goal.
She said the thrust of the program is to preserve relics, icons and artifacts inside these churches because these represent Cebu’s heritage.
Vidal also received the Order of Lapu-lapu from the Capitol during the 441st anniversary celebration of the Province.
The award is the highest order the Province can give to an individual.
Vidal was the first recipient of the award, as it is meant for a person who has done the most distinctive service to Cebu.