While Archbishop Jose S. Palma got his appointment as the new Archbishop of Cebu from Pope Benedict XVI on October 15, 2010, His Eminence was only formally installed in ceremonies held yesterday, January 13, 2010.

The Eucharistic Celebration and Canonical Installation was held at the jam-packed Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. A luncheon reception followed at the Cebu International Convention Center.

A dinner reception was held the day before, at the Sacred Heart Center, Cebu City.

Archbishop Jose Palma, who hails from Dingle in the Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo, served as Archbishop of Palo in the province of Leyte. He succeeds Cardinal Ricardo J. Vidal, who has retired.

View more photos of the Canonical Installation, Jan. 13, 2011 >>>

View more photos of the Dinner Reception, Jan. 12, 2011 >>>

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Now that the holidays are over (do I hear, “Wait! Happy Three Kings still to come!”?) and we’re back to the usual daily grind and routine, I couldn’t help but think of those kababayans of ours who are stationed thousands of miles away from home and while wanting very much to be with family and loved ones during the holidays were unfortunate not to be able to come home, either due to work or financial constraints or other personal reasons.

Lost in the holiday rush, the endless parties, reunions  and other get-togethers was the otherwise mute and un-Christmassy regular scenes in the suburbs around Tacloban City.

To those missing home, let me share then some photos taken the day before Christmas – and imagine getting a whiff of the tiniest melody being sang in the background, that of “Silent Night”…

Cheers!!! Happy New Year, everyone!!!

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