Thursday, May 24, 2007


Did you know Pedro Calungsod was a seventeen year old Visayan boy. In his short life he was quite accomplished. Besides being an artist, singer and carpenter, he could read, speak and write Spanish, Visayan and Chamorro. It was because of his linguistic abilities that Father Diego Luis De San Vitores ask Pedro to accompany him to the Marianas in 1668. Father Diego wanted to catechize the Chamorro natives. When the Chamorro Chief’s wife asked to have her daughter baptized, Father Diego fail to get the Chief’s approval. Pedro tried to protect Father Diego. Both were hacked to death with catanas and their mutilated bodies were dumped into the sea.

Now for the rest of the story

In 2000 Pope John Paul II made little Pedro Calungsod a Saint. Negros has it's own home grown saint.

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