House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was the guest of honor in the event, which was also graced by local government officials, headed by Cabuyao City mayor Rommel A. Gecolea, Vice Mayor Leif Laiglon Opiña, and Barangay Mamatid chairwoman Erlinda Alcasabas.
Former First Gentleman Jose Miguel T. Arroyo and former Camarines Sur Rep. Dato Arroyo was with Speaker Arroyo.
They were welcomed by top company officials of Eternal Gardens, led by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer D. Edgard A. Cabangon.
The event started with a Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Gomer Torres, parish priest of the Diocesan Shrine & Parish of San Vicente Ferrer, who also officiated the blessing.
The concrete image of the Transfiguration of Jesus at Eternal Gardens Cabuyao is a work of veteran sculptor Conrado Balubayan, while the image of San Vicente Ferrer at the center of the new plaza is a creation of artist Jubail Bautista.
Eternal Gardens Cabuyao is the company’s third memorial park to open in the Province of Laguna, following its branches in the Cities of Biñan and Santa Rosa, and 11th memorial park nationwide. It broke ground on October 23, 2018.
The other branches of Eternal Gardens are located at Baesa, Caloocan City; and in the cities of Dagupan, Batangas (Balagtas and Concepcion), Lipa, Naga, Cabanatuan, and Cagayan de Oro.
Founded in 1976 by the late Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua, Eternal Gardens Memorial Park is part of the Eternal Group together with Eternal Plans, Inc., Eternal Crematory Corporation, and Eternal Chapels and Mortuary.