The Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod located at the SM Seaside City at the South Road Properties (SRP) is known as the most modern church in Cebu. The entire area is so spacious, peaceful and breathtaking. Up close, you’ll be amazed at the sight of 100 concrete walls of varying sizes. From afar, it also looks an interesting giant puzzle. This air-conditioned chapel holds the image of San Pedro Calungsod with a seating capacity of 1,000 people.
Sacred Place of Prayer and Meditation
Everyone is invited to visit this sacred place of prayer and meditation. Visitors can explore their Adoration Chapel, sunken gardens, Stations of the Cross, magnificent walls and unique architecture. During the time I was there, a beautiful wedding took place, so the main door was kept closed to keep the ceremony, sacred and solemn, without any distractions from the outside. I also entered their Adoration Chapel, a peaceful and quiet area of worship. Reading the signs on the walls is a challenge for me, because I cannot read them close up. I have to distance myself a few feet to be able to read those chopsticks designed fonts.
The Architect and Original Owners
The design was headed by Filipino-American architect Carlos Arnaiz. The Philippine Star reported on December 22, 2012, that Architect Arnaiz intends to pay homage to Cebu’s dynamic spirit with his contemporary design. The property was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Teresita Sy to the Archdiocese of Cebu and is dedicated to Pedro Calungsod.
About Pedro Calungsod
Pedro Calungsod is a Roman Catholic young Filipino saint who was once a sacristan and missionary catechist who arrived in Guam on June 15, 1668, along with Jesuit priest Fr. Diego Luís de San Vitores. The missionary team preached Christianity and Roman Catholicism on the island through catechism and baptized infants, children and adults. On April 2, 1672, Pedro Calungsod and Fr. Diego were both killed by two natives because of their Christian Faith. Pedro Calungsod was beatified by Pope John Paul II on March 5, 2000. Calungsod was officially declared as a Saint by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012.
How to Get There
There are no jeepneys to take passengers from the church to other parts of the city, so you will need to consider other options. If you are somewhere in the downtown area, it will only take a few minutes to reach the church by taxi. There are lots of parking spaces for you to choose from in front of the church or across the street if you plan to travel to the church in your own vehicle.
Holy Mass Schedule
The chapel is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily and until 7:30 PM during the Mass days.
Sunday — 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Monday — 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Tuesday — 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Wednesday — 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Thursday — 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Friday — 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Saturday – 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM (Anticipated Mass)