The Legacy of David Consunji
Last September 14, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles of Lipa made the Solemn Declaration of the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Padre Pio as a National Shrine in my hometown of Sto. Tomas, Batangas. That was the culmination of at least three years of construction works facilitated by the generous donations of numerous persons as well as the constant flow of pilgrims to the unfinished shrine from all over the country and even from foreign lands. I have been a personal witness to this process because my siblings and I made a very modest donation of land as a right of way to the Shrine in the barrio of San Pedro, where my paternal grandfather was born. This Shrine, that in the future will be visited by hundreds of thousands of devotees to one of the most famous saints of modern times, received a significant contribution from the philanthropist par excellence, David M. Consunji. As a grateful Batangueno, I would like to pay tribute to this admirable engineer, technocrat, public servant and above all, a model Christian gentleman and family man.