The groundbreaking ceremony for the 18-story obelisk in Dumaguete City was held last November 27, 2020, at the Manuel L. Quezon Park. A few weeks after, criticism from the church are received due to the masonic structure to be built in front of the Dumaguete Cathedral. Several citizens are also opposed to the idea of an obelisk as a new tourist attraction. Read more below!
18 Story Obelisk in Dumaguete – Uypitching Legacy
Dumaguete Mayor, several councilors, and dignitaries attended during the groundbreaking ceremony. Among them are Councilors Lilani Ramon, Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Michael Bandal, Edgar Lentorio, Bernice Elmaco, Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores, SK President Renz Macion, City Chief-of-Police Lt. Col. Mark Gifter Sucalit, Miss Dumaguete Krizia Hamsirani, and 30 Punong Barangays or Barangay Captains.
According to Don Ramas Uypitching, it is now the right time for him to leave a legacy by building a tower that can be a new tourist attraction or site for the city. The Uypitching family will fund the construction of the said obelisk. During Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo remarks, he commended generous citizens like the Uypitching family, who merely want to give back to their community. Mayor Remollo said that what Dumaguete needs are builders and creative people to make the city famous, strong, and a real City of Gentle People sustained by civic-minded citizens who donate or contributed properties for the public good.
Dumaguete Diocese Criticize Masonic Obelisk
The planned construction in front of the cathedral is being opposed by the Dumaguete diocese. Msgr. Gamaliel Tulabing, Diocese of Dumaguete’s Judicial Vicar, branded the city’s new project as a “vocation campaign” for a masonic lodge. The church has been consistent on its stand against freemasonry, with few pastoral considerations.
An obelisk is a pagan structure,” Msgr. Tulabing said.
Why build an 18-story masonic obelisk in front of the Cathedral?” he continued.
According to the priest, there are a lot of “nominal masons” and at the same time “nominal Catholic” who are uniformed that mason organizations are “irreconcilable and incompatible” from the Church doctrine. He even said that it is clean that there is evil in the teaching of freemasonry.
Freemasonry is identified as a nonsectarian religion. Its adherence, in fact, regard it as a universal religion thereby reducing Christianity as simply as another of the dozens of secs,” he explained.
According to them, a ranking freemason is said to be funding the tower’s construction amounting to roughly Php 50 million. The Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council has earlier petitioned the National Historical Commission of the Philippines to intervene on the matter. There are 5 key pointers that are highlighted in the petition for NHCC to consider: religious, cultural, and historical; legality; health and environment; peace and order; and the city’s decision to build without public consultation.
We pray for your kind intercession to stop the planned construction of this Obelisk within our public plaza,” read parts of the petition.
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