Filipino seminary shelters tourists trapped on holiday

Filipino seminary shelters tourists trapped on holiday

Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puerto Princesa, Philippines. Credit: Jayzl Nebre-Villfania via Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0).
Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puerto Princesa, Philippines. Credit: Jayzl Nebre-Villfania via Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0).

.- A Filipino seminary has opened its doors to over a dozen trapped tourists, who have been stranded since a mandatory lockdown was extended last month.

Saint Joseph Seminary in Puerto Princesa is providing shelter to 18 people now stranded in Palawan province following a forced extension to their holiday.

The tourists began their vacation March 11, but government orders placed Palawan on a more enhanced lockdown, canceling all domestic and international flights March 17-April 12.

Instead of returning home, the travelers were staying at guest houses until they ran out of money for food and lodging. Local officials then asked help from the Vicariate Apostolic of Puerto Princesa.

“I told them that we are ready to help and they can stay as long as they need shelter. The seminary will be open to cater to the needs of people in a similar situation, especially in this time of crisis,” said Father Roy Vasquez, the seminary rector, according to the UCA News.

While resources are limited, the priest expressed hope for future donations and gratitude for those who have been kind enough to share already.

“Of course, our resources are limited. So, eventually when they run out, we will ask for help or donations. But so far people are sharing their blessings, so we are really very thankful,” he said.

Tags: Philippines, Coronavirus, Vicariate Apostolic of Puerto Princesa

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