|Kawit folk recount miracles
of St. Mary Magdalene
|Author: Josephine Darang
MILAGROS Solania-Que, this year's hermana mayor of the
fiesta in Kawit, Cavite, honoring St. Mary Magdalene, told me
miracles she experienced through the saint's intercession.
When she was asked for the first time years ago to be the ''Ina''
in the church's celebration of Christmas, she immediately said
yes although she did not know how she would feed the
hundreds of people who would come, and where she would put
them as she had only a small house. This was when she and her
husband Tony Que were starting an electronics business.
Mila's prayer was: ''Next time, St. Mary Magdalene, please make
my house bigger, so I could welcome more people.''
True enough, she and her husband were able to build a bigger
house in the same neighborhood. Their house in Perpetual
Village in Paraqaque also became bigger after their business
Never to say no when asked to be hermanos in the fiesta. Mila
and Tony Que are this year's hermanos.
The fiesta officially began with the first set of novenas last July
4 in the parish church. A motorcade went around the town and
stopped in each barangay hall or chapel for prayers. St. Mary
Magdalene's image was borne on andas and placed atop a jeep
and brought around. People awaited on the raod so they could
pray to her.
According to Mila Que, the saint will help a devotee for as long
as he or she has ''bukal na kalooban'' (pure intentions).
I learned about St. Mary Magdalene as patroness of Kawit way
back in 1994 when I was invited by the Marian group of Joel
Cadiz to the Marian exhibit they organize every September.
Somehow I got attached to the saint and became close to those
who are devoted to her, like Edith Copada whose prayers are
always answered; Nena Pobre Aguinaldo who is the sister of
Mayor Ben Pobre; and Mila Que herself.
Jovita Peregrino attests to St. Mary Magdalene's miraculous
intercession after she was cured of cancer. Tita Jovita is now
the caretaker of the saint.
Out of the blue, Ali Garcia promised to make St. Mary
Magdalene a dress for the fiesta. It was his sort of ''panata'' for a
Two different Marys
St. Mary Magdalene is often mistaken for St. Mary, sister of St.
Martha who lived in Bethany.
Mary of Magdala was a sinner who lived in the village of
Magdala but asked the Lord to forgive her. She's called Mary of
Magdala or St. Mary Magdalene and she was the first person
Jesus Christ appeared to after He rose from the dead.
Schedule of novenas and fiesta
The novena to St. Mary Magdalene has three sets: July 4-12 for
the barangays; July 13-21 for the municipal employees, schools,
civic and religious groups; and July 23-31 for religious
organizations in the parish. Novenas are at 6:30 a.m.
Masses on the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene on July 22 start
at 5 a.m. every hour until 9:30 a.m. when the concelebrated Mass
led by Bishop Sobreviqas and Monsignor Pagniligan is held.
An 11 a.m. Mass follows, then later at 5 p.m.
The procession around the town is held after the 6 p.m. Mass.
The people of Kawit gather as one community in the celebration
of the fiesta. Ali Garcia, Leonor Kilayko and myself were there
last July 4 to attend Mass and to join the motorcade. We felt
very welcome in the community.