Friday, 08 March 2019 08:32

Manila Cathedral to launch commemorative coffee table book




The Manila Cathedral will launch a commemorative book entitled Manila Cathedral: Restoring a Monument to Faith, Architecture and History on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 10:00 in the morning, at the Manila Cathedral.

The book features not only the rich story of the first Cathedral of the country but more importantly, it tells the story of the structural restoration it underwent in the recent years, making it a good source in the field of heritage conservation.

Among the special features of the new book is the collection of never before seen pictures (not even in Google) found by the researchers from different archives and libraries. An example is a photo from the Pardo de Tavera collection showing the laying of the cornerstone of the postwar Cathedral on December 8, 1954, by Cardinal Fernando Quiroga y Palacios of Santiago de Compostela.

Professor Gerald Lico, multi-awarded architectural historian, and heritage conservationist is the executive editor of the book while the young and promising architectural photographer Marc Henrich Go is the principal photographer.

His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, President of the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica Foundation, Inc., and Mr. Arthur Ty, Chairman of the Metrobank Foundation, will lead the formal turnover of the first copies of the book to His Excellency Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, His Excellency Archbishop Romulo Valles, Archbishop of Davao and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Atty. Guiller Asido, Administrator of the Intramuros Administration, Director Rico Pableo, Jr. of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, Director Cesar Gilbert Adriano of the National Library, and others.

For inquiries, please call the Manila Cathedral parish office at 527-3093. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM - AOC)

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