At the University of Santo Tomas (UST), center of the Philippine participation in the Takayama Beatification Process, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo celebrated the Thanksgiving Mass for the Beatification of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon on the same afternoon as the Beatification Rites in Osaka. It was concelebrated by Fr. Jose Antonio Aureada, OP, Regent of the UST Graduate School, which is the home of the Lord Takayama Professorial Chair for Philippine-Japanese Studies since 1989.
The feastday of Blessed Takayama will now be celebrated every February 3 – Blessed Takayama’s death anniversary. Not only in Japan and the Philippines, but worldwide.
By Dr. Ernie A. De Pedro, Managing Trustee
Lord Takayama Jubilee Foundation