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Cardinal Sin Monument at the Luneta to be unveiled

A monument of Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, the 36th Archbishop of Manila and leading personality in the peaceful People Power Revolution of 1986 known as EDSA 1 will be unveiled on Friday, February 25, 2011, at the corner of P. Burgos Street and A. Bonifacio drive in Luneta at 9 a.m. The monument is a collaboration between the City of Manila through Mayor Alfredo Lim and the Serviam Foundation headed by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas and Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes. “Serviam” was the motto of Cardinal Sin. It means “I will serve.”

His monument joins the monuments of
Ninoy Aquino whose assassination triggered the movement against the dictatorship and Cory Aquino who ascended as People Power President following the end of the Marcos regime.

On the evening of February 22, 1986, Cardinal Sin issued the call to the people over Radio Veritas to go out to EDSA to protect the rebels (then Defense Secretary
Juan Ponce Enrile and PNP Chief Fidel Ramos) with their bodies. Radio Veritas repeated the Cardinal’s plea all throughout the night.

Georgetown University
in Washington D.C., one of the many universities in America that conferred on him an honorary degree in 1986 following EDSA 1 called Cardinal Sin, the “Prince of Peace.” It said, “In honoring this contemporary ‘Prince of Peace,’ Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila, Georgetown recognizes a powerful symbol of Christian reconciliation: ever a mediator with Marcos but never an accomplice, ever the passionate protester but never the reckless rebel, an inspiration to the fearful and the tearful… reminding us masterfully that authority is service, that politics can be priestly, and that marigolds might be mightier than the sword.”

President Benigno S. Aquino III will lead in the unveiling ceremony. He will be joined by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales,
Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Mayor Lim and Ms. Ballsy Aquino Cruz.  After the unveiling there will be short messages from Mayor Lim (on the significance of the monument) and Archbishop Villegas (on Cardinal Sin and EDSA 1). Cardinal Rosales will give a message of thanksgiving, while President Aquino will give the final message. 

Also confirming attendance to the event are Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, bishops and priests, government officials and the siblings of President Aquino. Thousands of students from three public schools in Manila and several Catholic schools in the Archdiocese and parishioners will be present at the unveiling ceremony. 

Mayor Lim donated the statue which was sculpted in bronze by renowned artist Ed Castrillo. 

program proper will be preceded by a Rosary Prayer Rally at 8 a.m. to be conducted by the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila. Ms. Viel Aquino-Dee will take part in leading the praying of the Rosary. ###

Ceremony for the Unveiling of the Statue of JAIME L. CARDINAL SIN
P. Burgos corner Bonifacio Drive
Luneta, Manila
February 25, 2011




8:00 a.m.


Ms. Viel Aquino-Dee, catechists, students of Catholic and Public Schools in Manila, Religious, City officials, employees

9:00 a.m.



9:15 a.m.

Recollection of Cardinal Sin’s call to the people to go to Edsa aired over Radio Veritas


9:30 a.m.

Arrival of President Benigno S. Aquino III in front of monument of President Cory to offer wreath.





9:40 a.m.


Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes
Aklanon Friends of Cardinal Sin Choir

9:45 a.m.


President Aquino, Cardinal Rosales, Bishop Reyes, Mayor Alfredo Lim, Dr. Ramon Sin, Ms. Ballsy Aquino-Cruz

9:50 a.m.

Reading of Marker

Rev. Fr. Rufino Sescon, Jr.,
Chancellor, Archdiocese of Manila

9:55 a.m.


Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim

10:00 a.m.


Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas

10:05 a.m.


Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales

10:10 a.m.

Introduction of the President

Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas

10:11 a.m.


President Benigno S. Aquino III

10:16 a.m.

Release of Doves

President Aquino, Cardinal Rosales, Mayor Lim, Sin and Aquino families and other dignitaries


School children, public offer flowers before the Monument of Cardinal Sin.