MANILA The Diocese of Baguio has asked the faithful who want to offer flowers at the wake of retired Bishop Carlito Otto Cenzon to instead bring plants and seedlings.
In Circular 16-2019 issued on Thursday, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the people of the diocese to bring ornamental plants and seedlings of highland trees in line with the advocacy of his late predecessor.
I am recommending that for those who wish to bring bouquet of flowers at the wake of Bishop Otto at the Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral on July 3, 2019 onwards to bring ornamental plants and seedlings of highland trees instead, he said.
This is our response to his active role in the care for the environment. Rest assured that these plants will be cared of in his memory, the Baguio prelate added.
Bendico noted that his predecessor was actively involved with all aspects of life in Baguio City and the Province of Benguet and an advocate of care of the environment.
He initiated the Tree of Life Program in the diocese to propagate bamboos for the protection of the environment, he said.
He headed the Fencing Committee in the city to raise funds in reinstating the children's park and fencing the entire Burnham Park for its protection and preservation, Bendico added.
Bendico succeeded Cenzon on January 10, 2017.
The late bishop's remains will be at the Baguio City Cathedral on the evening of July 2 and will remain there until July 6.
The necrological service will be at 4 p.m. on July 5 and the funeral mass will be at 8:30 a.m. on the following day at the cathedral.
Cenzon will be buried at the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) Cemetery inside Maryhurst Seminary compound in Baguio City.
He passed away on Wednesday at the age of 80.
The former Baguio prelate served as bishop for nearly 27 years and was first appointed in 1992 as Vicar Apostolic of Tabuk, Kalinga. Cenzon was ordained priest in 1965 for the CICM. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency