Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Vangie is standing in front of pictures on the "Perez Family Wall" at the museum, i.e. The National Museum of the Cathedral Basilica. Pictures show the Cathedral under construction in the late 50's.
' dad, Frank, one of the founders of Perez Bros. Construction, donated most of the concrete used in the building of the Cathedral. Greg Perez Frank's efforts were emblematic of the laity's efforts to rebuild the Church after WWII.
Vangie's efforts show that the laity is still the strength of the Church. When
was rector of the Cathedral
Basilica he needed someone to marshal the various artifacts that have come into
the possession of the archdiocese, many of which were donated by the laity. James
Vangie volunteered and with the help of other volunteers to include
with the generous assistance of Duty Free Shoppers, was able to set up the
museum on the second deck of the Santa Teresa Chapel. All of Vangie's and
the other volunteers' workmanlike efforts almost went for naught though because
apuron and his henchmen, Msgr. Quitugua and Fr. Cristobal, ordered the museum
closed at the end of the first day that it was open on James Santos August 4, 2014 in order to
remove the evidence of Msgr. James' good works.
Vangie guarded the relics as best she could and saw to their safe, at least as safe as possible given the hostility of the apuron regime, storage. After the departure of apuron permission was sought to redisplay the relics. Permission was granted for the Christmas holidays. I visited the display on
and was so impressed that I, "Miskino Bob," ponied up a double
sawbuck as a donation! Tres Reyes
Vangie and volunteers kept the museum open during the holidays and remain its real champions. These folks have shown the continuity, strength and tenacity of the laity to protect the treasure of the Church even when the clergy would use it in their petty squabbles and opportunities to grandstand.