Taytay, Palawan – August 22-23, 2023
Archbishop Charles John Brown, the distinguished Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, left an indelible mark during his recent visit to Taytay, Palawan. Marking the 400th anniversary of Christianity in Palawan, his presence infused the town with spirituality. In his message during the luncheon meeting, he highlighted the importance of the separation of church and state, while at the same time stressing the importance of collaboration, cooperation, and understanding between the government and the church to continuously serve both the local government’s constituents and the members of the congregation.
The Papal Nuncio’s arrival was met with Military Arrival Honors, a dignified reception orchestrated by Hon. Christian V. Rodriguez, the Municipal Mayor of Taytay through the Taytay Municipal Police Station headed by PMAJ Victor A Paulino and the 401st MC RMFB headed by PCAPT Marvin L Estegoy.
A pivotal moment came during the High Mass held at St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral. Within the venerable walls, Archbishop Brown’s sermon resonated, underscoring the intrinsic link between faith, compassion, and the human experience.
Archbishop Brown also visited Sitio Batas in Bgy. Poblacion. Here, he engaged in meaningful exchanges with community members and shared insightful moments with Apostolic Vicar Emeritus Edgardo S. Juanich, Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay’s former bishop and a native Taytayano.
The Papal Nuncio’s itinerary transcended spiritual boundaries, delving into Taytay’s cultural tapestry. At the Municipal Hall, he was received at the Mayor’s Office, where he etched his legacy by signing the Official Guest Book of the Town. A luncheon hosted by Mayor Rodriguez was accompanied by captivating cultural performances that vividly showcased Taytay’s heritage, affirming the town’s unity amidst a diverse and vibrant culture and history through artistic expression. The archbishop also visited the 356-year-old Fort Sta. Isabel, which is one of the Spanish relics in the town of Taytay.
Mayor Rodriguez expressed deep gratitude for Archbishop Brown’s visit, highlighting its role in revitalizing communal bonds and spiritual devotion. His office gave the Papal Nuncio a Certificate of Gratitude, together with a VIP Taytay Tourist Pasaporte in appreciation of his visit to Taytay. This visit also coincided with Palawan’s grander celebration of Christianity’s 400-year legacy.
Archbishop Charles John Brown’s visit in Taytay stands as a symbol of unity, faith, and cultural richness. As the celebratory atmosphere in Palawan continues, his presence serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring ties that interweave the civic government with faith, history, and community.