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SM Aura Premier unveils San Pedro Calungsod Chapel

7smaura4Since it opened last May, SM Aura Premier has been synonymous with luxury and global brands. Yet it still believes in enriching the community’s spiritual needs with the recent launching of the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel at the mall’s top level.

Surrounded by the Skypark with its lush greens and water features, the Chapel is the perfect place to stop, rest, and reflect in this fast paced city. It is named in honor of San Pedro Calungsod, the first Visayan saint, who is considered a role model for the youth. Martyred in Guam for his missionary work in 1672, he was beatified by Blessed Pope John Paul II on March 5, 2000 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City on October 21, 2012.

Located at the mall’s top level, it gives worshippers a top of the world, closer to God feeling with its unorthodox yet aesthetic and tubular design. Shaped like an abstract cave, it has a semi-circular opening that evokes images of the cave of the Resurrection.

7smaura3Gracefully designed ribs lead to the backlit altar-front, inviting the faithful inside for reflection and prayer. The wood and marble finishes give the chapel a simple natural feel. It also has 12 Stations of the Cross, a statue of San Pedro Calungsod and the Virgin Mary.

The chapel of San Pedro Calungsod’s dedication ceremony began with the unveiling of the marker. No less than SM Chairman Henry Sy, Sr, Felicidad T. Sy and their family with Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano were present. Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, Dd. led the dedication ceremony and concelebrated Mass with members of the Sy family and their guests. The bishop later presided on Chapel’s ceremonial turn over to its Chaplain Father Romy Samaniego.7smaura

Capping the event was a MOA signing by SM Prime Holdings president Hans T. Sy and SM Hotels and Convention Corporations President Elizabeth T. Sy with Rev. Father Mariano Baranda, Chancellor of the Diocese of Pasig.

Quietly elegant, the chapel can seat almost 300 people. Masses schedule are Mondays to Saturdays, 12 noon and 5 p.m. and on Sundays, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The chapel of San Pedro Calungsod is located at the 7th level of SM Aura Premier, 26th Street Corner McKinley Parkway in Taguig City.

Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, Felicidad T. Sy, Hans T. Sy, Manila Bulletin

The chapel’s wood and marble finishes give it a simple natural feel. Right: With Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, Dd., are members of the Sy family: Felicidad T. Sy, SM Prime Holdings president Hans T. Sy, and President of SM Hotels and Convention Corporations Elizabeth T. Sy.

ani Cayetano, Taguig City Mayor, Milagros Tagle, Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Mania Bulletin

Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano (center) with Manuel and Milagros Tagle, parents of His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.