Monday, August 10, 2015

Fr. Harold Rentoria and Augustinian Fathers Announce Kaplag in Celebration of the 450th Founding of Sto. Nino in PH

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We just came from a press conference led by Father Harold Rentoria and the Augustinian Fathers. It was held at the San Agustin Church in Manila earlier this morning, August 10, 2015.

In celebration of the 450th Anniversary of the finding of the sacred image of the Sto Nino by soldiers under Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, friars of the Order of St Augustine, who administer the Basilica Minore del Sto Nino de Cebu, will be bringing the pilgrim image of the historic relic to Manila and Laguna from August 14 to 18 under the aegis of Kaplag, a year-long commemorative programme that takes its name from the Visayan term for "discovery" or "finding."

Upon arrival on the 14th, there will be a motorcade to Quirino Grandstand followed by a foot procession for the image to teh San Agustin Church, and His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will preside over the Mia De Pueblo at 12 noon.

On the 15th, there will be a mass in the morning at Manila Cathedral, a trip to the Baseco compound for the veneration of the faithful, and Sinulog rites in the afternoon, before bringing back the image to the Manila Cathedral. Simultaneously, there will also be the 450 Kaplag Heritage Conference at the auditorium of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts beginning at 1:30 pm with Father Czar Emmanuel Alvarez OSA, Professor Regalado Jose Jr., and Attorney Lucille Karen Malilong-Isberto as resource speakers.

Kaplag Manila-Laguna Pilgrimage of the Sto. Nino de Cebu

A replica of the image of Sto. Nino de Cebu

Father Harold Rentoria
 I too a video of Father Harold Rentoria explaining the celebration happening on the 14th to 18th of August, so be sure to watch out for that at our YouTube channel
San Agustin Church
On the 16th, after a morning mass at the Manila Cathedral, there will be a fluvial parade along the Pasig river from Intramuros to Guadalupe ferry terminal, then followed by a foot procession to the Nuestra Senora de Gracia parish at Guadalupe Viejo. A High Mass will be in the afternoon followed by night-long vigil by parishioners.

On Monday, August 17, after the 6 a.m. departure Mass at NSDG, the image will be brought to the Sto Nino Parish in Binan, Laguna via motorcade. Another Sinulog takes place in the afternoon, followed by talks on the historical perspective and call to evangelization. Residents will also hold a vigil until midnight. The sacred image will then be flown back to Cebu on August18.

Supplementing the tour and heritage conference is a photo exhibition, which will be on view at the San Agustin Museum from August 10-15 and at the Colegio San Agustin Binan from August 17-31.

Kaplag also celebrates 450 years of Augustinian presence in the Philippines, as it was the members of the Order led by Fray Andres de Urdaneta, Fray Martin de Rada, Fray Andres de Aguirre, Fray Diego de Herrera, and Fray Pedro de Gamboa who were with the Legazpi expedition as the first Christian missionaries to reach Philippine shores. The discovery of the sacred image was taken as a sign of divine favor and protection. Thus the Augustinians’ local missionary work through the past centuries have been carried out under the aegis of the Holy Child, whose original image is venerated at the Basilica in Cebu under the custody of the Augustinian Order. The Basilica itself, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, making Kaplag a triple celebration.

The 450 Kaplag Manila-Laguna tour of the pilgrim image was made possible with the support of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, the Diocese of San Pablo, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the National Parks Development Committee, the Manila International Airport Authority, Intramuros Administration, the Metro Manila Development Authority, the Cities of Manila, Makati, and Binan, the Province of Laguna, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Philippine National Police, and Philippine Air Lines.

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