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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #037)

Posted on Oct 09 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #037)

 

Do you know that…

During the occupation, the British soldiers engaged in an orgy of crime and plunder.  In the Santo Domingo Church, they desecrated the image of the Virgin of the Holy Rosary hurling it to the ground.  From the other churches, they looted chalices, ornaments and other religious objects. The convent and the Santuario and many houses in San Juan did not fare any better.  They were set to the torch after having been ransacked by the soldiery. The Dominican Fathers and the people of San Juan were suspected of supporting the resistance movement and would not be spared the military punishment the British forces were reserving for collaborators.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #036)

Posted on Oct 02 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #036)

 

Do you know that…

In 1762, the British attacked Manila as part of the Seven Years War and overpowered the defense put up by the Spanish-Filipino garrison? Fortunately, Manila was liberated after two years as the British were ejected from their stronghold, thanks to the loyalty of the Filipino people as rallied by the religious and priests. Even before the British arrived, the Rector of the University of Santo Tomas, Dominican Father Domingo Collantes, recruited students to form four battalions of 200 members each ready to fight the invaders. This act of patriotism merited the University the title of “Royal.”

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #035)

Posted on Sep 25 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #035)

 

Do you know that…

The text of the verses which Father Peguero refers to is still kept up to this time? It was in the form of quintillas (five verses of short meter per stanza) and was written on the walls inside the church – as one enters to the left, from back to front, and then to the right, from front to back. On the arches of the transepts were some Latin verses and sentences taken from the Holy Scripture and on the walls of the choir loft were also Latin verses from Saint Gregory the Great. There were also classic poems from Lope de Vega, Mother Geronima de la Asuncion and other well-known authors of the period. Set to music, some musical pieces were composed expressly for the Santo Cristo of San Juan and would be sung in Latin, Spanish and Tagalog at the celebrations and festivals in honor of the Santo Cristo.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #034)

Posted on Sep 18 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #034)

 

Do you know that…

The Santuario as described by Father Peguero is built on a mountain of solid rock?  It is all of stone quarry and both the house and the church are strong, firm, beautiful and devout.  All in all, they are two of the most perfect structures that exist in the Philippines at that time. All is painted al oleo en jaspe (of marble imitation) from ceiling to floor (del caballete al suelo) and adorned with many texts from the Holy scriptures and many Latin and Spanish verses. There are three altars with artistic proportionate retablos.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #033)

Posted on Sep 11 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #033)

 

Do you know that…

According to the Dominican historian Father Juan Derrando (1871), “the water supplied by Father Peguero’s aqueduct was used by many residents of San Juan, Manila and the outlying district for almost a century and a half afterwards?  In spite of the fact that serious damages caused by earthquakes and other natural agencies such as natural erosion and caving in, deposition took place soon after its construction.  This water was examined by a French chemist – Abad Mongez – in 1787 and was found to be of the best quality.  It was claimed to have also medicinal properties, and many residents of San Juan would swear to that.

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