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Maria Auxiliadora de Marawi at the 38th Annual Grand Marian Procession

Maria Auxiliadora de Marawi was the most sought after marian image at the 38th Annual Grand Marian Procession held within the historic Intramuros, Manila.

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It was a bit cloudy when my friends Philip Reyes and Dr. Jeorge Ferrer decided to meet at the APO Philatelic Club meeting and have a short walking tour.

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Maria Auxiliadora de Marawi

Around past 2:30 pm, It began raining. Participants and devotees decided to take shelter at nearby restaurants, fire station and on the eves of the buildings within the immediate vicinity of the parade route.

Some bloggers and postal heritage walking tour participants like Allan P. Martinez and his group decided to go there later in the afternoon.

We did not manage to see each other because of the large crowd and  weather.

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estampitas, medals and pamphlets were given by the devotees of the marian images from different provinces of the country.

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Story Behind the Image

The image was wrapped with plastic and flower arrangements was done by a flower arranger. I was able to take a few snap shots and was given few pamphlets by a devotee , who told me the story behind the image. There were white Dendrobium UH variety, gerberas and carnations flowers.

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Mr. Nolan Angeles was deeply touched by what happened to the images and the destruction caused by the Maute fighters at the Cathedral of Maria Auxiliadora

He wasted no time contacting one of the country’s well-known sculptors of religious images, Ian Vicente. It was Vicente who made the Maria Auxiliadora de Marawi.

The replica was donated by Mr. Nolan Angeles, a government employee , a Marian devotee and propagator of the devotion to Mary Help of Christians.

When people and participants saw the image, everyone took their time to take few snap shots and i saw some weeping not because of the tragedy but because of immense joy and gratitude.

The marian image will then be turned over to St. Mary’s Cathedral as a donation of the Salesian Society of Saint John Bosco and the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians as well as from all Bosconians.

Mr. Angeles said he is coordinating with Marawi Bishop Edwin de la Peña for the date of the turnover.

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Provincial Contingents 

There were delegates , devotees from different parts of the country. Participants wear beautiful Filipinana costumes.

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The participants were all smiling despite of the heavy rains and Philip Reyes had left at around past 3:30 pm.

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We were quite busy talking photos and managed to have met another Marian devotee along the parade route.

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Another highlight of the festival is the participation for the second year of Santa Cruz parish in Manila .

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Our Lady of Pilar ( Nuestra Señora del Pilar ) Santa Cruz , Manila . The Jesuits enshrined the image of Our Lady of Pilar in 1643 .This is also in preparation for the cononical coronation of the image set on December 8, 2017. The parish had an active Facebook Page. 

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We manage to visit at least half of the marian images before the 4:00 pm parade had started . There were about close to 100 images.  It was another wonderful experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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37th Grand Marian Procession in Intramuros

The 37th Grand Marian Procession within Intramuros had kicked off with hundred of thousands of devotees from all parts of the country went to the annual procession .

The procession was revived in 1980 by Intramuros administration in partnership with  Cofradia de la Immaculada Concepcion , Philippine Navy , Philippine Army,  schools within Intramuros , local government units and devotees.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran  student band

The event was very solemn and simple back in the 1980’s , eventually more marian statues and images from different parts of the country  joined in the annual procession.

 Nuestra Señora de Asuncion  devotees from Bulakan , Bulacan province

This procession became one of the biggest Marian procession attracting foreign tourists and balikbayans. The holding area was the the entire Magallanes drive , since parts of Fort Santiago is being rehabilitated unlike in the previous years.

Saint John of Bosco

I think this is a good idea , since Magallanes drive is bigger and more people can view the images .

Since it will take a long time to upload photos , here are just some of the Marian statues from different parts of the country.

NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LAS SALERAS

The town of Aliaga used to be part of the province of Pampanga, before  In 1848, Gapan, San Antonio, Cabiao and Aliaga were segregated and made part of Nueva Ecija. It was on the 8th of February 1849 that Aliaga was formally erected as town.

 The name “de las Saleras” was associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary because of the miraculous event.

devotees from Aliaga, Nueva Ecija

The Spaniards in search of new colonies in the pacific usually affix a holy image in their shipping vessels. The image of the Blessed virgin or the “Sto. Niño” were commonly placed to serve as a guide and a patron, and also to introduce the Roman Catholic Religion.

We were given some estampitas with some salt ( for blessing and cleansing ) by some of the devotees.  The estampitas is also one way to spread the devotion to other people who might not be too familiar with these images / representation of the virgin mary .

Website : http://nsdsparishaliaga.weebly.com/history.html

Nuestra SEÑORA de Stella Maris  devotees

The devotees of  Nuestra SEÑORA de Stella Maris also gave away 2 kinds of estampitas .

  Stella Maris  refers to Polaris (α Ursae Minoris); A title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known in English as Our Lady, Star of the Sea.

Nuestra Señora de Stella Maris 

Our Lady of Montserrat or Nuestra Señora de Montserrat

The devotion of Our Lady of Monserrat originally came from Spain , eventually the devotion spread into the country .

a devotee holding a minor relic from Montserrat, Spain

The image was owned by a private collector and his family friend showed us a minor relic from Montserrat cave in Spain.  The pieces of limestone rocks were just recently acquired a few months ago .

Our Lady of the Barangay 

Our Lady of the Barangay  had a more elaborate balintawak , crown and  aureola or aureole .  The processional carriage was festooned with dozens of  light pink and fuchia colored roses , carnations , white phalaenopsis flowers , star gazers ( liliums) . We got a more traditional Our Lady of the Barangay  bought from a santo collector from Laguna province last month.

Our Lady , The Untier of Knots

Our Lady , The Untier of Knots is also known as  Mary the Undoer of Knots .

This image had started to gain its following in the country , some parishes in Novaliches , Quezon City. The Parish Church of Kristong Hari (Christ the King) and future Shrine of the Youth . There was a travelling pilgrim statue which toured some parishes within Novaliches area few months ago .

The overall mood was very festive and there were a lot of devotees due to clear weather. We have to leave the place by past 4:30 pm .

Grand Marian Procession 2015

Fort Santiago, Intramuros – Manila, Philippines

It was a hot sunny afternoon past 2:00pm when our group arrived near the Plaza Roma within the heart of Intramuros.

Roads that lead to intramuros were closed – Magallanes street , Aduana street aka Andres Soriano street are lined with concert barriers . There is a high mass at around past 4:00pm where there are several dignitaries and high church officials in attendance .

Manila Cathedral and Plaza Roma

The main plaza- Plaza Roma is colorfully decorated with bamboo arch and festive buntings. The electric and cable wires around the plaza had been removed by the Intramuros Administration and with the help of MERALCO and other telecommunication companies.  This makes the area ideal for photography without the electric cables and wires .

Security was strict compared to last year . Plant boxes and concrete slabs were neatly arranged to form a barrier along the main street. The adjacent streets were closed to traffic and people had to walk several meters just to queue to the parades routes.

ladies in colorful balintawak and native hats

Santa Ana de Hogonoy devotees

beautiful lady in white terno

Fort Santiago marker

students from Cagayan province

participants in colorful ternos and barong tagalogs

foreigners and devotees

The festival had attracted several thousands of devotees from far flung provinces , balikabayans and even foreign tourists. The mood is very festive and the sweet smelling flowers even attracted bees and insects.

There were about 100 Marian images from different congregations and canonically crown images.

The images were festooned with fresh flowers and accompanied by devotees.

some of the processional carriage had even live fruits such as red apples and pineapples as part of the arrangement

 Our Lady of Hope

 live strap leaf vandas and white phalaenopsis orchids add colors to this processional carriage

Metro Manila Development Authority marching band

Ina Poon Bato

Our Lady , The Untier of Knots

Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de Turumba -Our Lady of Turumba

different kinds of cut flowers guzmanias

Nuestra Señora del Mar Cautiva from La Union

We were given some estampitas by a devotee from La Union . He said that the image was at least 100 years -old .

Philippine Navy

There are also several schools within Intramuros which send student cadets and marching bands during the procession.

We have to leave past 4:00pm when the procession is about to start and have a very fond memories of the Marian festival. Congratulations to all the people behind the annual traditional procession.

70th anniversary of the end of second world war exhibit at Bahay Tsinoy

Benito Cu Uy Gam Hall – Bahay Tsinoy, Intramuros , Manila – Philippines

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In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war, Bahay Tsinoy , Wha Chi Veterans Association with special participation of Mr. John Tewell, Mr. Terry Sy , Lopez Museum and Library and the descendants of the Wha Chi 48th squadron .

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The exhibit was open to the public last May 25, 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war in this side of the world. The exhibit theme ” REMEMBERING history, HONORING heroes

paintings, vintage bicycles

It showcases various photos , memorabilias, photos and anecdotes  which showed the extend of the destruction caused by the Japanese from rape of Nanjing , China,  massacre of innocent children and destruction of Manila.

It also showed the Filipinos and Chinese forces helping each other during the second world war with countless of Fil- Chinese joining guerrilla movements like Wha CHi .

 Exhibit runs from May 25 to June 28, 2015.

Note : There is a small entrance fees of Php 100 general public and Php 60 for students with valid ID’s

Puerta Isabel 2 Gate : Colored Postcard

Quezon City, Philippines

I was invited last year in an auction/ bourse meeting of the Banknote Society of the Philippines ( BNSP  founded in 1980) general monthly meeting last year held at the club house within New Manila, Quezon City .

There were a lot of amateurs , young professionals and old- time collectors .Unlike stamp clubs, which held their meetings , auctions , lectures and walking tours past 12:30pm.  The  club  pre-auction is held usually in the morning and auction / a short lecture after lunch time.

At their pre-auction/ bourse normally starts past 10:00am and extends until past 12:00nn where one can see and inspect items for sale in the afternoon. There are more than 600 items for sale . There were several tale bourse / dealers selling some old stuffs and collectible items from old toys, photos, stamps, coins, banknotes , antiques , reproduction photos and postcards.

Puerta Isabel 2 Gate postcard

Two particular items stood out ,  It was an pre-war Puerta Isabel 2 gate and a vintage 1980’s  Saint Jude Catholic School postcard . Since i knew the dealer selling the items, She gave me some discount on both items for sale. It was not a substantial discount . Never least, I was able to buy some items and would show them off to visitors during the postal tour or during show and tell portion whenever i got come chance getting invited in some schools to talk about the beautiful landmarks of Manila.

I also happen to buy some vintage photo reproduction of Escolta, Pasig River and Post Office . Initially , it was Php 50 per photo. Using my haggling skills and a little it of persuasion , It was reduced to 3 for Php 100.

Puerta Isabel II was the last gate to be opened for pedestrian traffic in Intramuros in 1861 . There used to be a tranvia line which enters the gate via Magallanes street ..According to Dr. Ambeth Ocampo ( noted Filipino historian ), Because no Spanish monarch had ever set foot on the islands, indios and Filipinos alike where kept entranced by the magic of royalty through elaborate celebrations held in Manila every year for birthdays of the king and queen of Spain; their daughters (the infantas); the crown prince (principe de Asturias); and assorted titled relatives.

35th Grand Marian Procession in Intramuros

Intramuros , Manila-Philippines

beautiful ladies greeted tourists and devotees

Intramuros Administration together with Cofradia de la Inmaculada Concepción,  feature some of the best-loved images of the Blessed Virgin under various titles, both local and international.

Fort Santiago

At past 2:00pm, People started trooping inside Fort Santiago , Plaza de Armas area was opened to the public and devotees started lining the main entrance. It was a bit overcast sky and there is a big chance of rains. However , it did not stop people in coming .

Nuestra Señora dela Esperanza Macarena

La Macarena is the traditional and historical name of the area of Seville (Spain). The devotion started in Seville and gradually spread in Latin America and found its way to the Philippines.

a young lady all dress-up for the grand parade

2014 also marked the 35th anniversary of the revival of the annual procession ,which ceases after the second world war. The annual exhibition and procession is very grand and serves as a reminder how deeply religious and faithful .

devotees and friends pose for a souvenir shot

There are some 100 Marian images from different parts of the country and several thousands of people from all walks of life attending the parade.

group photo at the national press club

We organized  the usual postal heritage tour with a side trip to the Marian exhibits and procession route within Manila Cathedral . There were a lot of foreigners and balikbayans .

 Nuestra Señora de Salambao of Bulacan

There are new entries which includes  Virgen de Salambao of Obando, Bulacan  and Cavite’s Rosario de Caracol.

Our Lady of Hope

Our Lady of Hope is the title given to the Virgin Mary on her apparition at Pontmain, France  on January 17, 1871.

A place of pilgrimage, it attracts annually around 200,000 drawn from among the people of the region, with some international pilgrimages, especially from Germany. In the Philippines , there are several parishes like in Pag-Asa and Diliman in Quezon City which bears the titular name.

contingents from Catanduanes province, Bicol region

The Lady of All Nations

beautiful arrangement of flowers

Our Lady of La Salette

(French :Notre-Dame de La Salette) It is an important Marian apparition reported by two children named Maxim Giraud and Melanie Calvat which occurred at La Salette – Fallavaux , France in 1846.

 Pope Pius IX on September 19, 1851 approved the public devotion and prayers to Our Lady of La Salette, referring to its messages of apparition as “secrets”. On 24 August 1852, Pope Pius IX once again mentioned the construction of the altar to La Salette. The same papal bull granted the foundation of the Association of Our Lady of La Salette, formalized on 7 September.

religious and sacristans

sacristans

While IGMP participants are mainly replicas, There are  some original images of Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Imus, Aranzazu de San Mateo, Fátima de Valenzuela, Ina Poon Bato de Zambales, Consolación y Correa de Intramuros, Divina Pastora de Nueva Ecija, and the Soledad de San Isidro, also of Nueva Ecija.

a senior citizen dress in a fine Filipiniana outfit

Malabanan said that in 2013 almost the whole population of Pakil, including its local officials, came in droves to Intramuros to show their support for their patroness, Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de Turumba.

Our Lady of Montserrat

Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces

On August 18, 1948, Teresita noticed a very heavenly fragrance, and upon entering her room she saw a beautiful Lady in white who spoke to her: “Do not fear my daughter, He who loves above all things has sent me. I come with a message…” The Lady asked Sister Teresita to wash the feet of the Mother Prioress, to kiss it and drink the water afterwards.  Hence , local devotion was initiated in 1991 after several controversies when local bishop  Initially declared  as non-supernatural in 1951.

Virgen  Milagrosa  del Rosario del Pueblo de Orani

According to oral accounts, it was very much accepted that the Spanish Dominicans brought “a mother” to the people of this place. And this “mother” performed continuous and constant miracles for them. As the years passed by, this “mother” became known as Virgen Milagrosa del Rosario del Pueblo de Orani.

Website: http://balangadiocese.org/BishopRupert/birhenngorani.html

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nsdrorani

Since its launch in in 1980, IGMP has attracted devotees from within the Philippines as well as abroad, some of them tourists and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who make it a point to flock to the Walled City every first Sunday of December in honor of the Immaculate Conception.

Organizers are expecting a bigger and grander festival for 2015 !

Kulay-Doscope ART and Painting Exhibit at Galeria De Las Islas

3th Floor Galeria De Las Islas , Silahis Art Center, General Luna Street , Intramuros, Manila-Philippines

Poster

Pinsel Art Society together in partnership with Galeria De Las Islas present to the public KULAY -DOSCOPE an art , painting event which runs from August 8 to August 23, 2014 .

    Pinsel Art Society was formed in 1995 and the initial core group was composed with 12 artists.Now the group had several dozens of artists .Majority of the art works are made by 24 participating artists.

Mr. Romy De Leon together with his paintings

We were given an opportunity to cover the event and was able to interview Mr. Romy De Leon ( President of the Organization ) He prefers watercolor and acrylic . He prefers colorful style and specializes in sceneries and landscape .

Land Scape 1 watercolor 15x 22

Contact Details:

Mr. Romy De Leon

(0916-368-1130)

Email: archrtdeleon@yahoo.com

Bapomet Oil on canvass 12′ x 19′ top most with goat head  , The Serafidon of Midas by Mr. Paulo Amparo  the other three are works of Ms. Marilou Solano

cat with a jar

Mr. Mark Hernandez art painting

Participating artists includes: Ms. Beth Bravo, Ms. Chas Maratas , Mr. Paul Escobañas , Jerrika Shi, Bal Fornaliza, Mr. Jaime Medina, Mr. Romeo De Leon , Cedric De Leon, Mr. Jaime Leon, Mr. Jun Tivi , Micas Dionisio , Ronald Uy, Mark Hernandez, George Cubacub, Andy Mortell, Marilou Solano, Coleen Elic , Paulo Amparo , Andrew Tan , Raquel Burce, Clarissa Navidad, Lina Dalmacio, Armand Guittenring , Sheril Gagala.

Note: The exhibition is OPEN and is FREE to the public .

Exhibition Hours : 9:00am to 7:00pm