THOUSANDS of devout Catholics mostly from Cebu and nearby areas flocked to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral for the requiem mass of the late Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal on Thursday, October 26.
As early as 6 a.m., Cebuanos from different walks of life were already lining up outside the church. By 7 a.m., the Cathedral was opened to usher those who will attend the mass at 9 a.m.
As of midnight Wednesday, October 25, the church was closed to the public to prepare for the burial rites.
Police and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office have estimated about 10,000 people in attendance, starting from Plaza Independencia to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, with about 7,000 inside the church as of Thursday morning.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its morning forecast that Cebu will have cloudy skies and scattered rains and thunderstorms.
WEATHER FORECAST: Cebu and the rest of Visayas and Palawan will have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms.— SunStar Philippines (@sunstaronline) October 26, 2017