In a Basilica Minore atop a hill overlooking the Chico River, the image of our Blessed Mother is specially venerated under the title “Our Lady of the Holy Rosary”. In 1604, the sons of St. Dominic brought the revered image from Macau, China to the ancient city of Lallo-c, Cagayan, which was then the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Nueva Segovia.
For the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres (SPC), the year 2004 marks a century-long journey with the Filipino people, which started on October 29, 1904 when seven Sisters, having left Saigon on the 20th of the same month, landed in Dumaguete, led by Mother Marthe de St. Paul Legendre, first Superior.
The convent and church of San Francisco de Asis in Intramuros were razed to the ground during the liberation of Manila in 1945. Instead of rebuilding at the same location, the Franciscans decided to construct a new church elsewhere.
In 1603, a fisherman by the name of Juan Maningcad caught a little statue of the Blessed Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, about 10 1/2 inches tall, in his net while fishing along the Pansipit River in Barrio Caysasay of the town of Taal, Batangas. On seeing this marvel, Juan did not know what to say or do. He prostrated himself before the image and began to pray. The news spread and when it reached the town, the parish priest and judge went to Juan's house. Upon seeing the beautiful image of the Mother of God, they knelt down to venerate it and decided to take the statue to Taal, where a grand fiesta was celebrated and to this day continues to be celebrated on December 8 in honor of the Virgin.
This is the first time that the World Meeting of Families will be held in Asia. The first was held in Rome (1994) during the Year of the Family, the second in Rio de Janeiro (1997), and the third in Rome (2000) in the framework of the Jubilee of Families.
The struggle for a free and independent nation, coupled with the desire to have a Church that genuinely serves the interest of the people triggered the birth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente – a historic, nationalist and independent Church – which was proclaimed by the Union Obrera Democratica (UOD) on August 3, 1902.
VESAK DAY is a day of great significance not only to Buddhists but also to advocates of peace, compassion and unity. This day falls on the day of the full moon on the month of May each year and marks three important events in the life Gautama Buddha. It is the day of His Birth (583 B.C.); it was on this day that He subsequently gaineq Enlightenment; and it was also on this day that He entered Parinirvana (the passing away of Buddha’;s physical body).
In 1601 the Jesuit Vice-Provincial, Fr. Diego Garcia founded the Colegio de San Jose and placed Fr. Pedro Chirino as its first rector. As later authorized by both the civil and ecclesiastical authorities, the purpose of this college was “to train ministers of the gospel” This was the start of the modem San Jose Seminary. Classes opened on August 1, 1601, and on August 25 of the same year the college received full approval.
Colegio de San Bedawas founded by Spanish Benedictine monks from the Abbey of Montserrat who had come to the Philippines in 1895 to work as missionaries in Surigao. Aftertheir imprisonment by Filipino revolutionaries in 1899, the monks came to Manila and decided to go into education. The school opened on June 17, 1901 in a two-stored building on Arlegui Street, with 212 students. Under an agreemenl signed in 1906, the University of Santo Tomas recognized the courses offered by the school. In 1910 the Colegio was granted government recognition, In 1918, it was officially renamed San Beda College.
Angels are not just metaphors or symbols. Their existence has been proven several times in the Bible, the Old and the New Testaments. They have no bodies but they live to do God's will. In the Old Testament, angels are messengers for God as they continue to do in the New Testament. Angels are created beings and however close to God and faithful intermediaries they are, with the coming of Christ in the New Testament, they are not equal to Him. As Christ is God, they do his will. Like superhuman beings, angels descend to earth at God’s behest to intervene in the affairs of humans.