Eight crosses shine atop Cebu-Cordova bridge in ceremonial lighting

Published April 16, 2021, 10:45 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY—The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) shone brightly Thursday night following the lighting of the eight crosses on top of the structure’s twin pylons.

SHINING BRIDGE. Fireworks light up the night sky during the blessing and ceremonial lighting of the eight crosses of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) 8.5 km Bridge officiated by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma on Thursday night. (Photo by Juan Carlo de Vela/MANILA BULLETIN)

Heavy downpour did not stop the ceremonial lighting of the third bridge linking Cebu and Mactan island.
The lighting of the eight crosses were part of the 500 Years of Christianity (500 YOC) celebrations in Cebu.
Each cross stands as high as 40 meters and were installed on each side of the pylons.
On board a yacht off Mactan Channel, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma led the blessing of the crosses.
A short program was held in IL Corso Mall at South Road Properties (SRP) before the blessing.
“We had a dream to connect Cebu, Cordova and Lapu-Lapu. That dream is becoming a reality. Because we dream and we are inspired as people of God,” Palma said during the program.
Also present during the affair were Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, and Cordova Mayor Mary Therese “Teche” Sitoy-Cho whose father, former Cordova Mayor and Secretary Adelino Sitoy, was instrumental in realizing the third Cebu-Mactan bridge.
The program had just ended when Malacañang announced the passing of Sitoy.
The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), the toll-arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), reported that the P30-billion bridge is already 67 percent complete as of March 2021.
The construction of CCLEX, a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), is expected to be finished this year and will be opened for traffic by 2022.