Children's choir on tour to help rebuild church

THE LOBOC Children's Choir is scheduled to fly to Europe on the first week of September on a concert tour dubbed "Tubod," which means "wellspring" in Visayan or Boholano.

My friend Gardy Labad, manager of the Loboc Children's Choir, tells me that the town of Loboc is immersed in its music and cultural heritage as a pledge of thanksgiving to the Our Lady of Guadalupe who, on May 24, 1876, protected the town when the Loboc River rose and threatened to flood it.

The Loboc Children's Choir was formed in 1980 through the guidance of Alma Fernando Taldo, its able maestra and conductor.

The concert tour will bring the choir to all countries in Europe. Funds raised from this tour will help rehabilitate the church and convent of Loboc, and possibly build a Music Museum that would serve as a training center for would-be singers and musicians.

Organized under the auspices of the Metropolitan Museum, the concert tour needs more funds for tickets and other expenses. Text Gardy Labad at +63 920 8431929 or call Ino Manalo of MET at +63 2 5211517.

A farewell concert will take place on Sept. 2 at the Studio in Riverbank, Marikina. Sponsored by the Pinatubo sa Pagkakaisa Foundation, the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate.

Virgen de los Remedios

We had written before about the original image of the Virgen de los Remedios in barrio Baliti, San Fernando, Pampanga.

A replica of this image, carved in 1956, is housed in the Chancery Chapel in Barangay San Jose in the city of San Fernando. Every Sept. 8, the image, together with the Santisimo Cristo del Perdon, are brought out to commemorate the canonical coronation of the Virgen de los Remedios, in a procession from the Cathedral back to the Chancery Chapel where it had been taken a month before.

This year the celebration will be held at the open space of the Villa del Sol (along the San Fernando-Olongapo Road) in barrio Dolores. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Sept. 8, a floral offering will take place. The event will be preceded by a concelebrated mass officiated by Archbishop Panciano Aniceto of the Diocese of San Fernando at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

The need to have a replica arose when the people of Baliti did not want to give their image of the Virgen de los Remedios for pilgrim visits to the towns in Pampanga.

Bishop Cesar Ma. Guerrero created the cruzada of the Santisimo Cristo de Perdon and the Virgen de los Remedios in 1952 to bring peace to the province, then plagued by violence due to social unrest. The cruzada would collect from generous people rice, sugar, clothes, money and other goods for distribution to the poor.

The first visit of the Marian image was in Masantol on May 1, 1952. The recitation of the Holy Rosary was continuously observed in the parish church and a procession was ordered along the main streets of the town. The same activities were done in every parish visited by the image. The offering of rice, sugar, clothes and money would be brought along when the image was transferred to another parish and given away to poor people in that area.

In time, the cruzada gained a great number of devotees.

The image of the Santisimo Cristo del Perdon was carved and jointly presented with the image of the Virgen de los Remedios for public veneration and penance. This is the reason why the image of the Santisimo Cristo del Perdon is first during the procession. The people would see first the image of Christ before His Mother, in order to atone and ask forgiveness for their sins prior to their request for blessings from the Virgin Mary.

The three succeeding Archbishops of San Fernando, namely, Most Reverend Emilio Cinense, Most Reverend Oscar Cruz and Most Reverend Paciano Aniceto, intensified the cruzada in terms of helping the needy, fostering unity between the rich and poor and promoting peace in the province.

In the same year that the replica was presented for public veneration, the Pope approved its canonical coronation, the 47th anniversary of which the people are celebrating this year.

Through the efforts of philatelist Jorge Cuyugan, a commemorative stamp honoring the Virgen de los Remedios will also be launched on Sept. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the Center of Kapampangan Studies in Holy Angel University in Angeles City.

Special guests are Archbishop Panciano Aniceto, Postmaster General Diomedio Villanueva, the assistant Postmaster Generals and Fr. Mar Miranda, parish priest of Baliti.

"God Provides" is the title of a book featuring the favors granted by God through the intercession of St. Josemaria Escriva.

Published by Friends of Art and Arts Unlimited in partnership with Gabriel Books, the book tells stories about cures, religious conversions, visas obtained, jobs and suitable partners found, even exams passed through the saint's intercession.

The book will be launched on the following dates: Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. in Fully Booked place in Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center; Sept. 8 at 3 p.m., University of Asia and the Pacific on Pearl Drive, Pasig; and Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. at Hotel Vivere in Alabang. Text Poy Pantaleon at +63 917 8404040. Monina Allarey-Mercado is the editor.

Resplendent cathedral

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Boston St., Cubao looked resplendent during the installation of the new bishop of Cubao, Most Reverend Honesto Ongtioco, last Aug. 28.

Painter Rafael del Casal was the designer of the interiors, with Dr. Raffy Lopez as the production manager and Francisco Vecin doing the different images. Fr. Daniel Santamaria is the parish priest.

Marian pilgrimage

The Daughters of Immaculate, Bataan Diocesan Circle, is joining a pilgrimage of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary that will leave on Sept. 28, with Bishop Honesto Ongtioco as chaplain.

The pilgrimage includes Rome, Pompeii, Monte Cassino Abbey, Venice, St. Anthony of Padua, Vienna, Salzburg and Bavaria, including the passion play village of Oberammergau and the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle.

In Switzerland, the group will ride a cable car up a mountain snow resort. They will also pray at La Sallete of the Marian apparitions, see the medieval walled town of Carcassone, visit the Black Madonna of Montserrat in Barcelona and the Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, and swing by Lourdes, Paray Le Monial (to see the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) Paris and London.

Call Adam's Express Travel at +63 2 5211651-38.

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It takes an expert to tell you that your body needs rejuvenation. Submit yourself to a series of massages and to what is called "lymphatic drain" to rid your body of toxins that cause sickness.

Edge Lopez, who is a licensed therapist, uses aromatherapy oils like lavender, peppermint and chamomile for the massage. Before applying the "lymphatic drain," the body must go through seven sessions of body massages. Text him at +63 919 4202854 or call +63 2 7297558.

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