Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. led fellow Ilocanos in paying tribute to His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo during a testimonial dinner held in his honor last April 5, 2014 at the North Greenhills Clubhouse in San Juan City.
A native of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Quevedo was named by Pope Francis as one of the new cardinals of the Catholic Church on January 12, 2014. He was elevated as a cardinal in the papal consistory on February 22, 2014.
Sen. Bongbong referred to Quevedo as the Archbishop who has “embarked on a journey to Vatican and returned as a Cardinal.” This, according to the Senator, has brought pride, joy, and hope, not only to the Ilocanos but to the entire Filipino nation as well.
“This event and his elevation to the College of Cardinals…should not really be considered as a surprise because that 50 years of his priestly life is 50 years of compassion and service to God, and service to the people, the poor and the needy,” said Sen. Bongbong.
The Senator also recognized that the “fresh wind” brought by Pope Francis to the Catholic Church— bringing it back to the original teachings— will be a perfect background for the new Cardinal to play a part in, “because he has always been extremely close to the people, he has always been in remembrance of the poor, and he has always been in humility before God.”
Sen. Bongbong reminded the people that, as Catholics, they should strive to emulate Cardinal Quevedo’s example, saying this is “the best hope and prayer that we can have for our church.”