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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, November 22, 2012
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Several roads will be closed today at the Bacolod City downtown area for the procession of the statue of St. Pedro Calungsod, Traffic Management Unit head, Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche, said yesterday.

Acebuche said that at 3 p.m. today, Rizal–Locsin, Cuadra-Locsin and Galo-Gatuslao streets will be closed to avoid clogging of vehicles in the route of the procession.

From Kabankalan City, the 3-foot statue of the second Filipino Saint will be in procession along Araneta, Gonzaga and Gatuslao streets where residents and students are expected to line up and welcome the image, Acebuche said.

Vehicles from the north will be rerouted to Burgos Street going to the reclamation area while south-bound vehicles will need to turn left to Gonzaga Street going to San Juan Street, he added.

Bacolod City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said plainclothes policemen will also be deployed at the San Sebastian Cathedral where a vigil will be held tonight.

De la Paz reminded those who will visit the statue of St. Pedro Calungsod not to bring valuables that may attract thieves.

The official image of St. Pedro Calungsod is being accompanied by three priests, a family that supported the pilgrimage from Rome and some volunteers and will be brought to Iloilo tomorrow for the continuation of the nationwide pilgrimage.

A thanksgiving mass will be held at the Archdiocese of Cebu, to cap the nationwide pilgrimage of his statue.*APN

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