Orders for Blessed Calungsod statue increasing

October 20, 2012 5:35 am 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Oct. 19 — With two days left before Blessed Pedro Calungsod’s scheduled canonization in Rome, the orders of the soon-to-be saint statue has increased.

An article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines (CBCP) news website reported that a woodcarving shop in Paete, Laguna had to increase its workforce to be able to meet the demand.

The shop of Justino Cagayat Jr., or Mang Paloy to people close to him, has received many orders after he released the wooden and three feet tall official statue of the soon-to-be second Filipino saint, which he finished after two weeks.

Mang Paloy’s shop in Paete specializes in religious images and supplies Churches all over the country.

According to Kevin Cagayat, Mang Paloy’s youngest son, they got many orders after the release of the official statue.

“Demands from old and new clients started to pour in coming from different provinces,” he said, adding that, “When the demand for order gets high and there are rush orders, we also outsource workers to do the carving and finishing touches.”

Cagayat added that Calungsod statues can be made of fiberglass resin and wood from “Batikuling” tree.

“Since August, high demands and orders forced us to produce around 100 statues a week since August,” he said.

The statue’s features are based on the descriptions of then Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal including the Doctrina Cristiana book, which he is carrying since he was a catechist, and a palm attached to martyr’s body as a symbol of martyrdom.

People are trooping to Paete, Laguna, known to be the wood carving capital of the Philippines, to buy resin and wood statues of Calungsod.

The prices for the statues ranges from P350 (8 inches) up to P7,000 (four feet) for resins. They also has 10 inches (P500) and 12 inches (P800), 2 feet (P1, 600), and three feet (P4, 000).

For the wood, sizes start at 12 inches at P4, 500, two feet costs P12, 000, three feet is P24, 000, while the biggest statue, which is 4-feet tall, is worth P40, 000.

He noted that resin statue is easy to produce since it only takes less than a week to make unlike the wood, which normally takes them more than a week.

Cagayat added that they expect orders to further increase after the canonization of Calungsod on October 21. (PNA)



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