MANILA, August 30, 2011—A street in Mandaluyong City will get a new name in honor of the late Cardinal Sin of Manila.

The street, formerly E. Rodriguez will be renamed Jaime Cardinal Sin Street in formal ceremonies at 5:30 pm on August 31, 2011, the 83rd birth anniversary of the late Archbishop of Manila.

Church officials led by two of Cardinal Sin’s former secretaries – Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan and Bishop Gabriel Reyes of Antipolo will join Mandaluyong officials in the renaming rites.

Jaime Cardinal Sin street intersects the main thoroughfare Shaw Boulevard, where Villa San Miguel, Cardinal Sin’s residence for the duration of his term as Manila Archbishop is located.

The idea to rename the street was put forward soon after the death of the charismatic Church leader, one of the main heroes of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

The main highlight of the ceremonies will be the unveiling and blessing of the street signs: Shaw Blvd/Sin St; Pascual/Sin Streets; De La Paz/Sin Streets and V. Victorino/Sin Streets.

Officiating at each unveiling and blessing will be a Mandaluyong City official, Church official, a Mandaluyong parish priest and a relative of Cardinal Sin.

The blessing is also a way of “consecrating” the neighborhood where a revered man of the Church once resided.

Aside from Archbishop Villegas and Bishop Reyes, the other bishops at the ceremonies will be Bishop Francisco San Diego, Bishop Emeritus of Pasig, Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig, Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao, Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga and Manila Auxiliary Bishop Bernardino Cortez.

An exhibit will also be put up featuring photos and memorabilia of Cardinal Sin at Villa San Miguel, and a vestment which had been worn by Blessed John Paul II and Cardinal Sin.

An entertainment will follow the unveiling and blessing of the street signs. The program will feature a magician to remember the occasions when Cardinal Sin would gather children in his residence to watch clowns and magicians. (Peachy Yamsuan)