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PHOTO: Inauguration of the Memorial Shrine for Blessed Pope John Paul II at the Bataan Technology Park

Newly–appointed Chairman of the state-owned Bases Conversion Authority (BCDA) Felicito Payumo and Municipality of Morong Mayor Cynthia Linao-Estanislao unveil the marker in the Bataan Technology Park (BTP), where the Blessed Pope John Paul II celebrated a Holy Mass before some 20,000 Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian refugees on February 21, 1981. Payumo said a campaign for more locators to the BTP is now being undertaken by the state-owned BCDA as it is an ideal site for eco-tourism, and more recently a pilgrimage site. The Bataan Technology Park, Inc. (BTPI), BCDA’s subsidiary, is also offering affordable rates for investors, and they would get the same benefit like those in the Clark and Subic economic zones.


Blessed Pope John Paul II memorial shrine rise at state-owned Bataan Techno Park. Former First Lady and Congresswoman Imelda Romualdez-Marcos cuts the ceremonial ribbon inaugurating the shrine in honor of Pope John Paul II at the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center in Morong Bataan, now converted into a special economic zone called the Bataan Technology Park, a special economic zone under the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). It was the former first lady in her capacity as then Minister of Human Settlements who invited Pope John Paul II to celebrate mass before Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian "boat people." Mrs. Marcos is flanked by (from left) Municipality of Morong Mayor Cynthia Linao-Estanislao, Bataan Rep. Herminia Roman and Bataan Technology Park Inc. Chairman Antonino Habana.


The image of the recently beatified Pope John Paul II stands at the newly inaugurated shrine built in his memory by the state-owned Bataan Technology Park Inc. (BTPI) and the Balanga Diocese. The shrine is a replica of the Papal stage where the Pontiff held a mass on February 21, 1981 before a mixed crowd of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian refugees. Photo shows from left: Bases Conversion and Development Authority Chairman Felicito Payumo, who led the inauguration of the shrine, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson, Knights of Columbus Luzon deputy Alonzo Tan, Mrs. Perla Limjoco Castor (wife of BTPI President Wilfredo Castor), Bataan Rep. Herminia Roman, former First Lady and Congresswoman Imelda Romualdez-Marcos and Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos.