San Pedro Calungsod Chapel
During our Cebu Fam Trip courtesy of Mövenpick Resort and Spa Cebu, one of the places we visited is the new Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod. From the seaside entrance, the structure looks like a giant puzzle because of its 100 walls of different heights and widths.
San Pedro Calungsod is an amazing chapel that is located at the SM Seaside Complex in Cebu. This chapel is a great creation that is made in the memory of the great Roman Catholic Filipino saint – San Pedro Calungsod.
Calungsod was a nobleman, who had to suffer from religious prosecution and martyrdom because of his fight for promoting the missionary work. Soon he became a preacher of Christianity and tried to explain to people how good and bold the religion can be and what are the knowledge and wisdom one can gain from it.
This chapel stands as a living memory of that great Saint, who could believe in the power of religion. San Pedro got its recognition from the Church of 100 walls, and these hundred walls have great importance to the architecture that is present in the chapel, as the entire chapel is surrounded by these hundred walls of different width and different heights.
Designed by US-based architect Carlos Arnaiz, The architectural work is not only perceived on the exterior of the chapel, but it has also made its way in the interior too. The walls of the chapel are elevated and this elevation is part of its design because the area where the chapel is built is prone to floods hence, this elevation acts as a barrier against that natural calamity.
At the same time, these barriers create a sunken space in-between, which are utilized by the beloved pilgrims for meditation and prayer, carried in a peaceful environment. This space can accommodate up to 803 people, which makes it the central point of the chapel.
The chapel even owns its roots from the touch of nature, as like the earth has its mysterious forests and stones that can be present almost everywhere, in the same way, the church exfoliates itself with the numerous structures of sands and stones that are risen everywhere, only to depict how beautiful and generous nature can be.
The entire 100 walls of the San Pedro are elevated in one direction, and this makes the chapel totally opaque from the other side, but providing a transparent view on the other side. And these two states represent the dark and light side of your life, which walks right behind you. It even has 14 Stations of the Cross and even a quite childcare room, where your child can be kept at peace when you are praying your heart out.
This mesmerizing chapel was donated by Henry Sy, Sr. and Felicidad Sy to the Archdiocese of Cebu, which stands nothing when compared to the amazing works and ideas that have been put up by the architecture. This is the reason why people commend to this chapel, as an immortal part of their world.
The chapel is open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily and until 7:30PM during Mass days.
San Pedro Calungsod Chapel Holy Mass Schedule
- Monday: 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
- Tuesday: 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
- Wednesday: 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
- Thursday: 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
- Friday: 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
- Saturday: 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM – Anticipated Mass
- Sunday: 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM / 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
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