Cardinal Vidal as one of the First Communicants

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It was 77 years ago, almost to the day, a born and bred small town boy from Marinduque braved the seas and transported via tranviato receive his first holy communion in Manila.

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, 83, nostalgically recalled the first time he left Marinduque with his parents to participate in the first International Eucharistic Celebration (IEC) held in the Philippines in 1937.

“I was nervous, it was my first time to leave home,” Cardinal Vidal exclaimed. Upon his arrival, he was puzzled to see concrete roads in the city; “In my small town, concrete sidewalks are only found near the houses of the rich. But when I got to Manila, everything was concrete, people here must be all rich,” Cardinal Vidal said.

Another remarkable memory he had of his IEC 1937 experience was seeing the Papal Legate up-close from his seat, “I would not forget the Papal Legate wearing his capa magna – all dressed in red passing by just right in front of me with his 24 foot veil. He looked like a queen!” Cardinal Vidal recalled. Little did he know that he would be wearing one too, except only 12 feet shorter.

The 5th among six siblings, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal is the child of Maria Natividad Vidal, a public teacher, and Fructuoso Vidal, town’s treasurer. Chosen by the Bishop of Lipa, Cardinal Vidal felt honored to represent their whole town during the Children’s Day of the IEC 1937.

It took two years to prepare for the International Eucharistic Congress 1937. Necessary orientation was done and they were made conscious of the main purpose of their first communion and the IEC 1937 event. Cardinal Vidal can even still memorize and sing the IEC Congress Song titled “Gloria de Jesus Que- Glory to God, Jesus who is enclosed in the Host” in Spanish.

During his administration as a bishop, Cardinal Vidal continued to go to IEC events abroad; in countries like New Delhi, India, Seoul, Korea, Poland and Philadelphia.
When asked about his feelings towards having IEC 2016 being held in Cebu, “Grateful and very much honored. Because it is good to know that Pope Benedict specially picked Cebu to have the IEC 2016. Moreover, Christianity began here in Cebu” he exclaimed.

His message to everyone who will be joining the 51st International Eucharistic Congress 2016: “Prepare yourselves very well. See Jesus through eating his flesh (Bread) and drinking his blood (Wine). Take it as a memorable day to witness many things. Know who Jesus is and know your purpose.”

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Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal shows an enlarged aerial photograph captured during the International Eucharistic Celebration last February 17, 1937 in Manila, pointing the exact same spot he sat and saw the Papal Legate up-close.

archbishop-cardinal-vidal

The witty Cardinal Vidal. Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and IEC volunteers Mai Enriquez and Denice Dabon, sharing a good laugh during the interview.

Text by Denice Eloisa Dabon & Mai Alexandra Enriquez
Photos by Marie Allysa Sicad

It was 77 years ago, almost to the day, a born and bred small town boy from Marinduque braved the seas and transported via tranviato receive his first holy communion in Manila.

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, 83, nostalgically recalled the first time he left Marinduque with his parents to participate in the first International Eucharistic Celebration (IEC) held in the Philippines in 1937.

“I was nervous, it was my first time to leave home,” Cardinal Vidal exclaimed. Upon his arrival, he was puzzled to see concrete roads in the city; “In my small town, concrete sidewalks are only found near the houses of the rich. But when I got to Manila, everything was concrete, people here must be all rich,” Cardinal Vidal said.

Another remarkable memory he had of his IEC 1937 experience was seeing the Papal Legate up-close from his seat, “I would not forget the Papal Legate wearing his capa magna – all dressed in red passing by just right in front of me with his 24 foot veil. He looked like a queen!” Cardinal Vidal recalled. Little did he know that he would be wearing one too, except only 12 feet shorter.

The 5th among six siblings, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal is the child of Maria Natividad Vidal, a public teacher, and Fructuoso Vidal, town’s treasurer. Chosen by the Bishop of Lipa, Cardinal Vidal felt honored to represent their whole town during the Children’s Day of the IEC 1937.

It took two years to prepare for the International Eucharistic Congress 1937. Necessary orientation was done and they were made conscious of the main purpose of their first communion and the IEC 1937 event. Cardinal Vidal can even still memorize and sing the IEC Congress Song titled “Gloria de Jesus Que- Glory to God, Jesus who is enclosed in the Host” in Spanish.

During his administration as a bishop, Cardinal Vidal continued to go to IEC events abroad; in countries like New Delhi, India, Seoul, Korea, Poland and Philadelphia.
When asked about his feelings towards having IEC 2016 being held in Cebu, “Grateful and very much honored. Because it is good to know that Pope Benedict specially picked Cebu to have the IEC 2016. Moreover, Christianity began here in Cebu” he exclaimed.

His message to everyone who will be joining the 51st International Eucharistic Congress 2016: “Prepare yourselves very well. See Jesus through eating his flesh (Bread) and drinking his blood (Wine). Take it as a memorable day to witness many things. Know who Jesus is and know your purpose.”

archbishop-emeritus-cardinal-vidal

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal shows an enlarged aerial photograph captured during the International Eucharistic Celebration last February 17, 1937 in Manila, pointing the exact same spot he sat and saw the Papal Legate up-close.

archbishop-cardinal-vidal

The witty Cardinal Vidal. Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and IEC volunteers Mai Enriquez and Denice Dabon, sharing a good laugh during the interview.

Text by Denice Eloisa Dabon & Mai Alexandra Enriquez
Photos by Marie Allysa Sicad

It was 77 years ago, almost to the day, a born and bred small town boy from Marinduque braved the seas and transported via tranviato receive his first holy communion in Manila.

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, 83, nostalgically recalled the first time he left Marinduque with his parents to participate in the first International Eucharistic Celebration (IEC) held in the Philippines in 1937.

“I was nervous, it was my first time to leave home,” Cardinal Vidal exclaimed. Upon his arrival, he was puzzled to see concrete roads in the city; “In my small town, concrete sidewalks are only found near the houses of the rich. But when I got to Manila, everything was concrete, people here must be all rich,” Cardinal Vidal said.

Another remarkable memory he had of his IEC 1937 experience was seeing the Papal Legate up-close from his seat, “I would not forget the Papal Legate wearing his capa magna – all dressed in red passing by just right in front of me with his 24 foot veil. He looked like a queen!” Cardinal Vidal recalled. Little did he know that he would be wearing one too, except only 12 feet shorter.

The 5th among six siblings, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal is the child of Maria Natividad Vidal, a public teacher, and Fructuoso Vidal, town’s treasurer. Chosen by the Bishop of Lipa, Cardinal Vidal felt honored to represent their whole town during the Children’s Day of the IEC 1937.

It took two years to prepare for the International Eucharistic Congress 1937. Necessary orientation was done and they were made conscious of the main purpose of their first communion and the IEC 1937 event. Cardinal Vidal can even still memorize and sing the IEC Congress Song titled “Gloria de Jesus Que- Glory to God, Jesus who is enclosed in the Host” in Spanish.

During his administration as a bishop, Cardinal Vidal continued to go to IEC events abroad; in countries like New Delhi, India, Seoul, Korea, Poland and Philadelphia.
When asked about his feelings towards having IEC 2016 being held in Cebu, “Grateful and very much honored. Because it is good to know that Pope Benedict specially picked Cebu to have the IEC 2016. Moreover, Christianity began here in Cebu” he exclaimed.

His message to everyone who will be joining the 51st International Eucharistic Congress 2016: “Prepare yourselves very well. See Jesus through eating his flesh (Bread) and drinking his blood (Wine). Take it as a memorable day to witness many things. Know who Jesus is and know your purpose.”

archbishop-emeritus-cardinal-vidal

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal shows an enlarged aerial photograph captured during the International Eucharistic Celebration last February 17, 1937 in Manila, pointing the exact same spot he sat and saw the Papal Legate up-close.

archbishop-cardinal-vidal

The witty Cardinal Vidal. Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and IEC volunteers Mai Enriquez and Denice Dabon, sharing a good laugh during the interview.

Text by Denice Eloisa Dabon & Mai Alexandra Enriquez
Photos by Marie Allysa Sicad

It was 77 years ago, almost to the day, a born and bred small town boy from Marinduque braved the seas and transported via tranviato receive his first holy communion in Manila.

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, 83, nostalgically recalled the first time he left Marinduque with his parents to participate in the first International Eucharistic Celebration (IEC) held in the Philippines in 1937.

“I was nervous, it was my first time to leave home,” Cardinal Vidal exclaimed. Upon his arrival, he was puzzled to see concrete roads in the city; “In my small town, concrete sidewalks are only found near the houses of the rich. But when I got to Manila, everything was concrete, people here must be all rich,” Cardinal Vidal said.

Another remarkable memory he had of his IEC 1937 experience was seeing the Papal Legate up-close from his seat, “I would not forget the Papal Legate wearing his capa magna – all dressed in red passing by just right in front of me with his 24 foot veil. He looked like a queen!” Cardinal Vidal recalled. Little did he know that he would be wearing one too, except only 12 feet shorter.

The 5th among six siblings, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal is the child of Maria Natividad Vidal, a public teacher, and Fructuoso Vidal, town’s treasurer. Chosen by the Bishop of Lipa, Cardinal Vidal felt honored to represent their whole town during the Children’s Day of the IEC 1937.

It took two years to prepare for the International Eucharistic Congress 1937. Necessary orientation was done and they were made conscious of the main purpose of their first communion and the IEC 1937 event. Cardinal Vidal can even still memorize and sing the IEC Congress Song titled “Gloria de Jesus Que- Glory to God, Jesus who is enclosed in the Host” in Spanish.

During his administration as a bishop, Cardinal Vidal continued to go to IEC events abroad; in countries like New Delhi, India, Seoul, Korea, Poland and Philadelphia.
When asked about his feelings towards having IEC 2016 being held in Cebu, “Grateful and very much honored. Because it is good to know that Pope Benedict specially picked Cebu to have the IEC 2016. Moreover, Christianity began here in Cebu” he exclaimed.

His message to everyone who will be joining the 51st International Eucharistic Congress 2016: “Prepare yourselves very well. See Jesus through eating his flesh (Bread) and drinking his blood (Wine). Take it as a memorable day to witness many things. Know who Jesus is and know your purpose.”

archbishop-emeritus-cardinal-vidal

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal shows an enlarged aerial photograph captured during the International Eucharistic Celebration last February 17, 1937 in Manila, pointing the exact same spot he sat and saw the Papal Legate up-close.

archbishop-cardinal-vidal

The witty Cardinal Vidal. Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and IEC volunteers Mai Enriquez and Denice Dabon, sharing a good laugh during the interview.

Text by Denice Eloisa Dabon & Mai Alexandra Enriquez
Photos by Marie Allysa Sicad

It was 77 years ago, almost to the day, a born and bred small town boy from Marinduque braved the seas and transported via tranviato receive his first holy communion in Manila.

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, 83, nostalgically recalled the first time he left Marinduque with his parents to participate in the first International Eucharistic Celebration (IEC) held in the Philippines in 1937.

“I was nervous, it was my first time to leave home,” Cardinal Vidal exclaimed. Upon his arrival, he was puzzled to see concrete roads in the city; “In my small town, concrete sidewalks are only found near the houses of the rich. But when I got to Manila, everything was concrete, people here must be all rich,” Cardinal Vidal said.

Another remarkable memory he had of his IEC 1937 experience was seeing the Papal Legate up-close from his seat, “I would not forget the Papal Legate wearing his capa magna – all dressed in red passing by just right in front of me with his 24 foot veil. He looked like a queen!” Cardinal Vidal recalled. Little did he know that he would be wearing one too, except only 12 feet shorter.

The 5th among six siblings, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal is the child of Maria Natividad Vidal, a public teacher, and Fructuoso Vidal, town’s treasurer. Chosen by the Bishop of Lipa, Cardinal Vidal felt honored to represent their whole town during the Children’s Day of the IEC 1937.

It took two years to prepare for the International Eucharistic Congress 1937. Necessary orientation was done and they were made conscious of the main purpose of their first communion and the IEC 1937 event. Cardinal Vidal can even still memorize and sing the IEC Congress Song titled “Gloria de Jesus Que- Glory to God, Jesus who is enclosed in the Host” in Spanish.

During his administration as a bishop, Cardinal Vidal continued to go to IEC events abroad; in countries like New Delhi, India, Seoul, Korea, Poland and Philadelphia.
When asked about his feelings towards having IEC 2016 being held in Cebu, “Grateful and very much honored. Because it is good to know that Pope Benedict specially picked Cebu to have the IEC 2016. Moreover, Christianity began here in Cebu” he exclaimed.

His message to everyone who will be joining the 51st International Eucharistic Congress 2016: “Prepare yourselves very well. See Jesus through eating his flesh (Bread) and drinking his blood (Wine). Take it as a memorable day to witness many things. Know who Jesus is and know your purpose.”

archbishop-emeritus-cardinal-vidal

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal shows an enlarged aerial photograph captured during the International Eucharistic Celebration last February 17, 1937 in Manila, pointing the exact same spot he sat and saw the Papal Legate up-close.

archbishop-cardinal-vidal

The witty Cardinal Vidal. Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and IEC volunteers Mai Enriquez and Denice Dabon, sharing a good laugh during the interview.

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