That’s how we colloquially call our parish which is under the Diocese of Cubao. The Diocese actually celebrated its 10th year this 2013. The first and currently serving Bishop of Cubao is His Excellency Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco. The first parish priest was an Argentine SVD priest, Fr. Juan Simón, SVD.
Incidentally, our parish was chosen 10 (or maybe more than that) years ago as the cathedral of the then newly-organized diocese.
My uncle is an architect long associated with the parish. In fact, my grandmother and her sisters were one of the first parishioners of our parish from way back. It used to be run by German SVD Fathers who monitored the mission work of Kamuning and Cubao.
Over the years, the cathedral church has undergone major aesthetic renovations and embellishments to the delight of everyone. It is one remarkable example of classical revival. It upholds Filipino and Catholic art heritage and I truly delight in the great work of the muy gracioso, muy simpatico Rafael del Casal whose works grace and beautify the cathedral.
This Christmas season, the cathedral church has been delightfully spruced up with appropriate lighting and decoration. Tasteful, classy and still respectful of the sacred nature of the structure. Sadly, a great majority of churches around the archipelago are dressed-up like, well, cheap fashion mannequins by the local costurera. Some churches look gruesome during Christmas because of the gaudy and excessive decorations!
Good thing our church, led by our Parish Priest, the Rev. Fr. Aris Sison, is well-maintained. I just detest the fact that they have introduced a “professional” innovation: “Communion Station” signs held up. These diminish the beauty of the Liturgy! Para kaming nasa estasyon ng jeep!
Nevertheless, the good work of the Parish team continues!
Our beautiful parish, hopefully, will continue to blossom and inspire souls!