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Mourners line up to pay respect to Cardinal Vidal

Hundreds continue to line up outside the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral to pay their last respects to the late Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal early Wednesday morning.

In the photo of Sammy Navaja, the official photographer of the Archdiocese of Cebu, the queues reached P. Burgos Street in front of the church, just outside the Chancery office as the compound was already filled with people.

Earlier, according to media reports, former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada was at the wake accompanied by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma. Estrada is known to be a longtime friend of Vidal.

As hundreds are expected to join the funeral mass and interment of Cardinal Vidal on Oct. 26, Thursday, buses will be provided by the Cebu City government, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas, and Valiacar Corp., the operator of Ceres Bus.

People can wait for buses at eight designated areas: Bulacao-Pardo area, Labangon, San Nicolas Parish, Inayawan, Lahug, Mabolo, Talamban, and Guadalupe.

After the funeral mass, there will be a short procession before the interment of the Cardinal's remains in the mausoleum behind the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

From the Cathedral, the congregation will take a right turn to P. Burgos Street, pass through Legaspi Street, right turn to Osmeña Boulevard, right turn to Jakosalem then pass through Legaspi Street, then right turn to Gomez Street to the burial chamber.

Earlier, Malacañang announced that Oct. 26, Thursday, is a special non-working holiday in the province of Cebu, and the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu to allow people to pay tribute to 86-year-old Cardinal Vidal, who was the Archbishop of Cebu for 29 years.

Vidal passed away on Oct. 18, a few days after he was hospitalized. —BAP/KG, GMA News