Arch­bishop Reyes Av­enue, Cebu City

The Freeman - - OPINION - Clarence Paul Oam­i­nal

It is the por­tion of what is for­merly known as D. Jakos­alem Ex­ten­sion ex­tend­ing from Gorordo Av­enue to Jose dela Mon­tana ( now known as Pope John Paul II Av­enue).

Gabriel Martelino Reyes was born on Mar. 24, 1892 in Kal­ibo, Capiz ( Kal­ibo is now a prov­ince). He was or­dained pri­est on Mar. 27, 1915. He was ap­pointed Dioce­san Chan­cel­lor of Jaro and Sec­re­tary of Mon­signor James McClosky. He was also Par­ish Pri­est of Santa Bar­bara and also of Capiz.

He was ap­pointed by Pope Pius XI as Bishop of Cebu on Oct. 11, 1932. When the Dio­cese of Cebu was el­e­vated into an Arch­dio­cese on Apr. 28, 1934, he was like­wise el­e­vated as Arch­bishop. Un­der his ju­ris­dic­tion were the dio­ce­ses of Jaro, Cal­bayog, Zam­boanga, Ba­colod and Ca­gayan de Oro.

He was ap­pointed by Pope Pius XII as CoAdjutor of Arch­bishop Michael O'Do­herty of Manila on Aug. 20, 1949. Arch­bishop Reyes, was ap­pointed Arch­bishop of Manila on Oct. 14, 1949 mak­ing him the first Filipino Arch­bishop of Manila. It was dur­ing his term that the par­ish in Cebu par­tic­u­larly of Guadalupe, Tabue­lan and Si­mala was es­tab­lished. It was he who con­cep­tu­al­ized the com­ing up of a weekly news­pa­per for the Catholic Church, ti­tled " Lung­sura­non", which still ex­ists up to now. In 1939 he started the con­struc­tion of the Asilo de Mi­la­grosa, a house of refuge for the or­phans and the aged. He was also re­spon­si­ble for the es­tab­lish­ment in 1940 of the " Knights of Colum­bus".

Arch­bishop Reyes suc­ceeded Bishop Juan Bautista Gorordo. He was suc­ceeded by arch­bish­ops Julio Ros­ales in Cebu and Rufino San­tos in Manila. The Cebu City Coun­cil on mo­tion of Coun­cilor Eu­lo­gio E. Bor­res on May 15, 1962 en­acted City Or­di­nance No. 377 re­nam­ing a ma­jor thor­ough­fare in honor of a pri­est born in Western Visayas who served the peo­ple of Visayas and Min­danao and spent the rest of his re­li­gious life in the first Arch­dio­cese of the coun­try.

The or­di­nance was ap­proved on May 24, 1962 by City Mayor Car­los J. Cuizon. The Pres­i­dent of the City Coun­cil then ( to­day's equiv­a­lent of Vice Mayor) was Mario D. Or­tiz ( who later be­came Mayor).

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