QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – The local government of Quezon City has adopted St. Joseph as one of its patrons, giving him the title “Protector of Quezon City.”
Through the petition of Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, Bishop of Cubao, and the parish community of St. Joseph Shrine in Project 3, Aurora Blvd. the 21st Quezon City Council in its 83rd Regular Session has resolved to adopt ST. JOSEPH as PROTECTOR OF QUEZON CITY (Resolution no. SP-8771, Series of 2021).
The said resolution states that the Feast of St. Joseph shall be included in the Quezon City Cultural Calendar to promote its religious significance and all forms of media shall be utilized to promote the Feast of St. Joseph.
This was approved on second reading on December 1, 2021 and confirmed on December 6, 2021. The formal proclamation was held on February 19, 2021 and was attended by city officials headed by Mayor Joy Belmonte and Councilors Jorge Banal and Wency Lagumbay. In the ceremony, the city officials handed over the full text of the resolution to Fr. Ronald Macale, Rector and Parish Priest, who received it on behalf of Bishop Ongtioco and the parish community. A medal bearing the seal of Quezon City was also pinned to the regalia of the venerated image of St. Joseph to symbolize his patronage.
Established in 1951, the Shrine is the first parish dedicated to the St. Joseph in Quezon City.
Story by Rev. Fr. Victor Angelo Parlan