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Catholics in Manila celebrate Cardinal Tagle’s birthday by giving blood

Cardinal Tagle (Photo: CNS)

Instead of material gifts, a priest and employees of the Archdiocese of Manila have gifted Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle with their blood.

The collection drive was held at the Archdiocesan Chancery in the historic Intramuros to commemorate the birthday of the cardinal, who turned 60 this week.

Fr Sanny de Claro, archdiocesan director of human resource development, told that the group chose to gift the cardinal with their blood because it symbolises life.

“I think the best gift is to help save or extend somebody’s life, that’s why we have this blood donation drive,” Fr de Claro said.

“Through this, we also want to show the cardinal that we treasure life,” he added.

The blood collected will be used particularly to help poor people who cannot afford to buy blood, the priest said.

“We do this yearly for the cardinal for that purpose … we want to give life,” he said in expressing thanks to those who joined the effort.

In the past, the archdiocese also held a blood donation drive to celebrate the birthday of then-Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales. Cardinal Tagle succeeded Cardinal Rosales in December 2011.

The blood donation drive was organized by the archdiocese in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross.