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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #032)

Posted on Sep 04 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #032)

 

Do you know that…

Spring water was discovered in the northeast rocky formation of the Santuario?  Aware of the water problem of Manila, the industrious Father Juan Peguero conceived a solution to this problem by providing inhabitants of Manila with the water flowing from a spring located behind the Sanctuary of San Juan which was of superior quality by procuring facilities for distribution,.  The water was delivered through an aqueduct – a series of water pipes 350 brazas long or about 700 meters down to the embarcadero on the San Juan River.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #031)

Posted on Aug 28 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #031)

 

Do you know that…

In 1643, attracted by the devotion to the venerated image of the Santo Cristo, many people from Manila came to San Juan in pilgrimage?  These devotees thought immediately of establishing an  Hermandad or  Cofradia (which originally would be called  Esclavos del Santo Cristo) with its corresponding chaplaincy.  Ten of them “volunteered to donate P 500.00 each, making a total of P 5,000.00, so that, placed at 5% interest, it could produce P 250.00 a year, enough to pay for the chaplain and other obligations.” Not all Dominicans were enthusiastic in accepting this foundation, as it would go against the established policy of the Holy Rosary Province not to receive rents. Some of them were perhaps afraid that the convent of San Juan would lose its character of casa de convalecencia; many visitors would be arriving from Manila and with them the inevitable noise and distractions. But the devotees of the Santo Cristo, who happened to be the best of the Manila society (lo mas lucido de Manila) or those of the more influential (de mas suposicion) kept on pressing the issue, invoking the honor and service that the  cofradia would render to the Lord. The Provincial finally had to give in and dispense the convent from the existing norm of not receiving foundations. And the chaplaincy was accepted in 1643.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #030)

Posted on Aug 21 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #030)

 

Do you know that…

During the first short period of its existence, when the convent of San Juan served as a place of rest and recovery for the Dominicans, it is safe to assume that most of the religious who lived and worked in the Manila area went there periodically and those who arrived exhausted from the long and taxing galleon trip from Acapulco were sent for a few days before being assigned to far-off lands in the then remote provinces of Pangasinan, Bataan and the Cagayan Valley or to the missions abroad (Japan, Formosa and China)?  Some, if not all of the Dominican Martyrs in Japan, either beatified or canonized now, could be counted among the visitors to San Juan. The Dominican Mission of Japan started in the same year the San Juan convent was built (1602) and was closed after all the religious there suffered martyrdom almost at the same time San Juan was burned. The early Dominican Missionaries of Formosa (1626-1642) and China (1631) could have also benefitted from the healthy climate and refreshing breeze enjoyed during their short holidays at the little convent on top of the San Juan hills.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #029)

Posted on Aug 14 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #029)

 

Do you know that…

The Chinese insurrection, which, in the words of a modern writer, “put the city of Manila in danger and was responsible for shedding torrents of Chinese blood,” took place in 1639?  It so happened that the Chinese of Calamba and neighboring area in the province of Laguna were peeved by the abusive taxes levied on them by the alcalde mayor of the province and decided to raise up in arms and avenge themselves while counting on the help of their brothers in Parian, Sta. Cruz and other Manila suburbs.  They attacked Manila and set Binondo on fire to force their brothers to side with them.  When Governor Don Sebastian Hurtado de Corcuera sent against them a real army of 400 Spanish and 600 Filipino soldiers, the 25,000 rebellious Chinese were forced to retreat towards the Antipolo mountains.  In their flight to the mountains, the retreating Chinese mob stayed for some time at the convent in San Juan. Before proceeding with their withdrawal, they set torch the church and convent.  The little town of San Juan, some of the haciendas , the convent and the church went up in a dark column of smoke, which could be seen far off for several days,.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #028)

Posted on Aug 07 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #028)

 

Do you know that…

The foundation of the Dominican house in San Juan del Monte in the Chapter of 1616 was the twentyfifth among the houses of the Holy Rosary Province and comes right after the foundation of the College of Saint Thomas (or University of Santo Tomas) and the House of the Three Kings of Lingayen in the chronological listing?  Father Domingo Laborda was assigned to the house and in the following year, 1617, Father Juan de Huete was appointed vicar while Fathers Pedro Orio and Juan de Samaniego were assigned in San Juan as well.

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