On February 2, the blessing of the UP Covenant Monument was led by UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and Rizal-Blumentritt Pamathalaan Academy President Rafael A. Morales.
The blessing of the marker was initiated by Fr. Rey Vigo, Malacañang chaplain of the Presidential Security Guard. “It serves as a marker for leaders and citizens in their renewal for unity, peace and prosperity,” said retired UP Professor Consolacion Alaras, head organizer of the UP Covenant Monument.
According to Morales, “the blessing was a radiant sign for the academy that the Interfaith Blessed Mother will fulfill her promise to care and protect President Duterte, so his prophetic presidency will fulfill the Rizal prophecy and Fatima prophecy that is leadership guided by divine grace.”
At the blessing, DILG Director Leocadio Trovela represented DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero, and received for UP President Pascual and Atty. Morales a box of gold with a golden key that represented the Philippine barangay education of the Rizal-Blumentritt Pamathalaan Academy .
Highlighting the ceremony was the unveiling of the UP Covenant Monument marker by Pascual and Morales. Also present were the members of the Rizal-Blumentritt Pamathalaan Academy, representatives from the Office of the President, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the House of Representatives, as well as from other sectors. At the unveiling of the The UP Covenant Monument marker, the music of National Artist Ramon P. Santos was played.
“The UP Covenant Monument marker event was prophesied by the February 14, 2005 sacred soil from Fatima, Portugal marking Malacañang garden fronting Malacañang museum as a pilgrimage sacred space to realize the Rizal prophecy and Fatima prophecy,” Prof. Alaras said.
As stated in the marker, The UP Covenant Monument, erected in 2016, symbolizes the Covenant of Leaders and Citizens with the nation and the world for renewal, unity, peace, and prosperity. Inaugurated during the administration of Republic of the Philippines President Rodrigo R. Duterte, this monument is a legacy project of UP President Alfredo E. Pascual. The construction was underwritten by Rizal-Blumentritt Pamathalaan Academy President and UP Law alumnus Rafael A. Morales, with spiritual guidance from UP Arts and Letters retired Professor Consolacion A. Alaras. The design was created by UP Fine Arts Professor Emeritus Nestor O. Vinluan. Project implementation was facilitated by UP Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan, and Campus Architect Enrico B. Tabafunda. (Stephanie S. Cabigao, UP MPRO)