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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #026)

Posted on Apr 02 , 2014 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #026)

 

Do you know that…

Most of our streets in the present San Juan today were named after men of substance and influence during the Spanish era?  The list includes the following: Mariano Infante,  Gobernadorcillo, and the ex-Gobernadorcillos: Jose Domingo, Jose Fernandez, Domingo Pascual and Fernando Ibañez. Those decorated with the medal of Merito Civil (which carried a rank equal to that of the ex-Gobernadorcillos, and thus entitled to be addressed as Don) were Don Jose Vicente Soriano and Don Raymundo Morales.  The following were the Cabezas de Barangay: Francisco Ramos, Cornelio Angeles, Fernando Policarpio, Francisco Ibañez, Matelo Valentin, Exequiel Corcuera, Vicebte Tagayon, Jose dela Cruz, Ricardo Estagle, Juan Ibañez, Agustin delos Reyes and Raymundo Morales.  To these we have to add the names of the Tuaño, Castillo, Fermin, delos Angeles, Cristobal, delos reyes, Sunga, Sutilo, Lagmay, Perez de Tagle, Santos, Ortega, Pasucal, San Pedro, etc., all prominent citizens in their own right and residents of San Juan.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #010)

Posted on Feb 12 , 2014 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #010)

Do you know that…

Among the more familiar protagonists of the great missionary saga of the Province of the Holy Rosary in the 1600s and beyond are the following:

Domingo Salazar, Juan Castro, Miguel de Benavides, Juan Cobom Diego de Soria, Diego Aduarte, Luis Gandullo, Francisco Blancas de San Jose, Diego Collado, Alfonso Navarrete, Jordan Ansalone, Guillermo Courtet, Luis Flores, Jacinto Orfanell, Vittorio Ricci, Juan Bautista Morales, Francisco F. de Capillas, Gregorio Lo, Francisco Serrano, Pedro Sans, Francisco Gil de Federich, Vicente Lem de la Paz, Jeronimo Hermosilla, Valentin de Berrior Ochoa, Roque Carpena, Francisco Gainza, Mariano Cuarero, Moduel Calderon and Pedro Muñagorri.

Now you know! God bless!

 

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #040)

Posted on Oct 30 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #040)

 

Do you know that…

Father Diego Serrano’s detailed account does not mention what happened to the image of the Santo Cristo. It could be inferred from his report that it was one of the images that would have to be replaces.  It is Father Ire who goes deeper into the matter.  He reports to the King that apart from the losses suffered in Manila, of which the Catholic Majesty is already aware, “we have suffered the total loss of our house and church in San Juan del Monte, reduced to ashes by the enemy; the sacred and miraculous image of our Redeemer – venerated there and to which all the neighboring areas had so much devotion – was burned.” The only things that could be rescued, according to him, were the holy vessels and a precious relicario of the Lignum Crucis.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #039)

Posted on Oct 23 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #039)

 

Do you know that…

Father Diego Serrano made a detailed account of the losses from the fire, about P 20,000.00, among which are as follows: for materials to reconstruct the church, P 3,500.00; for the reconstruction of the convent, P 4,000.00; to replace altars, retablos, images, P 1,000.00; to replace church jewelry and vases, P 1,300.00.  Father Serrano alleges that this is a very conservative estimate and that these losses do not include those suffered by natives and the mestizos with their goods stored in the convent. Father Serrano’s statement is signed at the convent of Santo Domingo of Manila on July 2, 1764. He adds that the San Juan was set on fire because the British thought logistic support for the Filipino-Spanish forces was coming from there and that the people were loyal to his Majesty, the King of Spain. The Dominican Provincial, Father Pedro Ire, later admits that the bells of San Juan were melted to cast cannons for the Filipino-Spanish forces.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #038)

Posted on Oct 16 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #038)

 

Do you know that…

Father Diego Serrano, Vicar of San Juan at the time, informed under oath how on June 16, 1763, a certain Captain Tiongson, with a group of British soldiers made his appearance at the convent and searched the convent.  He was furious when he found none as he had informed his superiors that there was a cache of weapons hidden in the convent of San Juan. He told Father Serrano that he was under orders to set the place on fire and the orders would be carried out without delay.  Father Serrano was forcefully taken to Manila where he will be kept prisoner for the day and looking back, as he made his way to the capital under custody, he could see already the flames and smoke engulfing the convent, the Santuario and the town.