Saturday, February 9, 2013

SAN PEDRO CATHEDRAL: THE OLDEST AND PREMIER HISTORICAL LANDMARK OF DAVAO CITY

San Pedro Cathedral

San Pedro Cathedral is not only the oldest church in Davao City, but also the city's premier historical landmark. It was named after San Pedro (Saint Peter), the patron saint of Davao. The original structure was built in 1847 during the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors, led by Don Jose Uyanguren.


Old San Pedro Church - 1901


This magnificent Spanish-style architecture with its distinctive modern design frontal-curved solid structure was first built using nipa and bamboo in 1847 and was subsequently rebuilt in wood in the mid 1900s by the late Architect Ramon Basa until it was finally remodelled in concrete in 1964 by Architect Manuel Chiew.

The present design is reflective of the convergence of Christians and Muslims living in Davao City. The frontal-curved roofing was designed to look like the prow of a vinta gliding over waters carrying a Cross at the helm. The vinta represents the Muslim Mindanao and the Cross representing Christianity - who stand united despite differences in beliefs and perhaps ways of life but points toward the glory of God.

The Bell Tower

San Pedro Cathedral Bell Tower are houses an image of the Pieta, a statue of the sorrowful Blessed Virgin Mary with the dead body of her son, Jesus, on her lap, and the two concrete tablets of the Ten Commandments of God.

Inside the Church

Masses in the Cathedral are in both English and the Visayan dialect.

Vendors outside the church

Schedule of services


Schedule of Parish Services

Daily Masses

6:00 AM - English
12:00 NN - English
4:30 PM - Visayan (Every Wednesday and 1st Friday of the Month)
5:30 PM - Visayan

First Saturday

6:30 PM - Nocturnal Eucharistic Adoration
Every Wednesday right after 12:00 NN, 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM Masses and Blessing of religious articles

Sunday

5:00 AM - Visayan
6:30 AM - English
8:00 AM - English
9:30 AM - Visayan
11:00 AM - Baptism / Confirmation
12:00 NN - English
1:30 PM - Visayan
3:00 PM - Visayan
4:30 PM - Visayan
6:00 PM - English

Individual Wedding

Everyday except Sunday at 8:00 AM
Monday at 3:00 PM only
First Friday and First Wednesday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM only

Baptism – Every Sunday except last Sunday of the month
Confirmation – Every last Sunday of the month

Community Wedding – 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 8:00 AM
Sick Call – Coordinate with the parish office

Confession – Every Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Funeral Mass, Blessing of House, Office or Building – To be scheduled at the office, preferably three days prior to said occasion.


How to get to San Pedro Cathedral

The Cathedral is very accessible as it is located at the very heart of downtown Davao City right across the Sanguniang Panglunsod ng Dabaw Building along the busy San Pedro Street where public utility vehicles are en route.


Contact Information

San Pedro Cathedral
San Pedro Street, Davao City
Tel (082) 226-4740

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