Easter Vigil 2019 at Christ the King of the Universe Parish in Kingspoint, Novaliches

Holy Week is one of the most important event in the Catholic church. One of the most anticipated event at the Christ the King of the Universe parish within Kingspoint subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches in Quezon City is the annual Easter vigil.

church historical marker

A small chapel was constructed early in 1980. While several minor renovations were made in the late 1980’s. Portion of the chapel was enlarged in the mid-1990’s because of increasing parishioner from nearby subdivision. The present church facade and structure was enlarged in 2001 and became a full pledge parish of the diocese of Novaliches in 2004.

holy week schedule of activities

The full holy week schedule was posted at several vantage points within the subdivision and FB page of the parish. Easter day celebrations in the mid- 1980’s and 1990’s were simple.

Christ the King of the Universe parish ( vigil rites)

Images inside churches remain draped in purple. The administration of sacraments is severely limited.

facade of the church

The shift from mourning to joy begins at night with the observance of the Easter Vigil, the third and final day of the Paschal Triduum that began on Maundy Thursday. There was also the procession of Santo Entierro during Good Friday.

Someone from the parish invited me to the vigil which led up to the reenactment of the Easter day “Salubong”.

registration area

Easter day salubong was participated by the community of Kingspoint Subdivision, San Pedro IX, Goodwill Homes 1, Grand Monaco Villas, Dupax compound, Oro compound, Alipio compound, Kasiyahan Village up to California Village in nearby Barangay San Bartolome.

The rite is customarily performed in the early hours of Easter before the first Mass, Which is normally held at around past 4:00 am, while some of the parishioners are already inside the church as early as 3:00am.

participants climb the makeshift platform

Unlike in Makati or some places, Easter Vigil and Salubong takes place around midnight. Easter day celebration within Christ the King of the Universe parish usually happen early dawn at around past 3:00 am.

Easter salubong ritual is meant to depict the apocryphal reunion of Christ and his Mother, the Virgin Mary, after the Resurrection. Statues of both are borne in two separate processions that converge at a designated area which is often an open space with a purpose-built scaffolding at the main entrance of the parish.

children in white dress and wings

The high point of the easter day rites is the angel dramatically removes the veil from the Virgin’s icon, signalling the abrupt end to her grieving and the period of mourning. The veil may simply be pulled off the statue, or tied to balloons or doves that are released into early dawn rites. With white balloons released at the church.

Ms. Jhuie Annika P. Delagala from California Village

Ms. Jhuie Annika Delagala is is hoisted at the makeshift entrance and was the one who took the viel from the blessed mary.

Dozens of children in white dress, with angel wings. While 4 children dress as angels threw in flower petals unto the processional carriages.

start of the easter salubong celebration

The celebrations started with an early morning mass by 5:00 am. The regular mass was celebrated by 6:00 am.

Christ the King of the Universe parish entrance

morning mass at past 10:00 am

Christ the King of the Universe parish within Kingspoint subdivision is getting elaborate and more parishioner are joining the annual Easter celebrations.

Address: King Christian Street, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, 1116 Quezon City, Philippines

 Contact : (02) 937 8941

Easter Postcard from McKittrick , Missouri

Happy Easter and Maligayang Pasko ng Pagkabuhay ! to my avid readers,

Easter postcard circa 1911

I was doing some clean-ups in my personal collection will take back for more than a century on April 12, 1911 when an Easter postcard was send from Montevista College from California to McKittrick, Missouri .

The town  is small according to wikipedia and US census  in 2010 the city had a 678 inhabitants per square mile (261.7/km2). There were 36 housing units at an average density of 400.0 per square mile (154.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White .Reference: US Gazette

The Easter postcards was written on April 11, 1911 Holy Tuesday and was delivered sometime April 12, 1911 Holy Wednesday  to Mr and Mrs. Andy  Schroff from Mc Kittrick , Missouri – It was send by their cousin to congratulate them for having a daughter Lucile and greeting them Happy Easter. Easter falls on April 16, 1911 .

I got this postcard from a local bourse several years ago

 

 

Easter Festivites in Araneta Center

 SMART Araneta Center , Cubao- Quezon City , Philippines

SMART-Araneta Coliseum

After attending an early dawn mass  , I   went to a  food  and plant hunting trip in a weekend market  somewhere in  Quezon City .  Then rode a passenger bus going to Cubao for a quick stop-over .  Traffic was very heavy due to the arrival of passengers coming from the provinces. It was past noontime when i reached Cubao -Araneta Center and bought some pasalubong for my aunt who incidentally is having her 80th birthday .

 a child looking for Easter eggs at the Farmers Market stage area

People visiting the site image that they are in wonderland of some sorts . Floating through the clouds at the giant balloon ride, express their creativity by painting the giant doodle eggs, listen to stories of fun and adventure during storytelling time.

a clown added delights to kids and parents

There is an on going science experiments dubbed as the  Mad Science show, all at the Smart Araneta Coliseum’s Quadrant C Activity Area.

crowd

Kids together with their parents participated in several events like a Magic Show , Dancing contest , “Best in Easter Costume ” , Face Painting contest, on the spot spin a wheel and other freebies.

 emcee together with kids in Easter inspired- costumes

Entrance is free for everyone who wants to come into the fair grounds. To take part in some of the activities and get freebies, just show a P300 single or accumulated receipt purchase from March 15-31, 2013 before entering the fair grounds.

a kid in fairy costume is one of the participants of the costume contest

Glenn in an Easter Egg costume delighted several photographers

I quickly took the opportunity by asking the guardian of this kid .  His costume seems to stand-out in comparison with  the other kids around the activity center, It looked like hand- made and crafted to suit the occasion.  Most of the kids costumes were  ready to wear .

a kid in military -inspired costume

The event is an  all-afternoon affair with tons more activities for kids (and kids-at-heart!)Other activities in store for the kids are games such as the Easter Egg Hunt and Family Egg Relay, face painting, costume contest, rides, and more.

food tents

Media partners includes ABS-CBN channel 2, TV channel 5 and ABS-CBN publication. What did i find in this event? I saw a limited edition collector edition of  Spider man published by ABS-CBN publication ( Marvel)  being sold for just Php 70 pesos! They even called  “The Super Summer Issue ” .

limited edition Marvel Spider man comics

I only stayed for a few minutes at the activity center, It was quite hot and very humid during the afternoon. I had to leave the place by past 3:00pm .

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