Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, greets the crowd before celebrating the closing Mass for National Youth Day pilgrims at the Cebu City Sports Complex on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28. SAMMY NAVAJA

The Archdiocese of Caceres has been selected to host the next National Youth Day (NYD), which is slated to take place in 2021.

The announcement of Naga as the NYD host city was made at the end of this year’s gathering in Cebu City on Sunday.

This will be the first time the Caceres archdiocese will host the event, Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona said.

When Tirona was still the Malolos bishop, the diocese hosted the first NYD at a national level in 1998.

It was in 1986 when the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines declared every December 16 as National Youth Day.

From 1987, NYD celebrations at the national level were held in Manila. From 1991 to 1997, the events were held locally in the dioceses and parishes.

Since 1998, there have been national celebrations of NYD every two or three years.

The NYD has had the following national venues: Balanga, Lipa, Palo, Bacolod, Davao, Manila, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga.

The NYD 2021 will take place as the Church marks the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines. (CBCPnews)