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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Memorial Shrine of Pope John Paul II in Morong, Bataan
Hundreds of visitors flocked to the Bataan Technology Park (BTP) in Morong for the unveiling of the Blessed John Paul II memorial shrine last May 2.
BTP Inc. used to be a refugee center for some 400,000 Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians who escaped conflict in their countries during the late 1970s.
Blessed John Paul II, then the pope, visited the center during his first trip to the Philippines in 1981.
While most of the "boat people" did not know who he was, BTPI officials said his presence uplifted the refugees' spirit and demonstrated the late Pope's immense love and concern for "all the children of God."
A life-sized statue of Blessed John Paul II was constructed in the shrine out of cement and sand by Conrado Balubuayan of Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
It depicts the late pope standing on top of a boat with a family of refugees.
The shrine is meant to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II's first visit to the Philippines and celebrate his beatification May 1 . From ABS CBN news
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