|San Isidro Labrador fiesta:A celebration of thanksgiving
|Author: Josephine Darang
MY friend pointed out to me one day that of all the
saints’ fiestas, San Isidro Labrador’s is the one that
truly shows us how to celebrate with thanksgiving.
San Isidro is the patron saint of good harvest, so the
celebration of his feast day, especially in the town of Lucban, Quezon, brings
us closer to the earth and all its fruits.
Although I’ve never been to Lucban during the fiesta on May 15, I heard
every house was festooned with kiping, flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Election or not the day before, I am sure many people drove up to Lucban
the next day to partake of the bounty of the harvest and the food every family
prepared for that day.
Angels do the planting
In the history of San Isidro Labrador, it is said that while he was at prayer in
the middle of the day, the angels would do his work in the fields. His landlord
saw this, so San Isidro was not fired from his job.
On his way to work, San Isidro would stop to feed the birds with his grain of
corn. Although he puts out as much corn as possible, his sack weighed the
same, as if nothing was taken out of it. The story of San Isidro, who is called
St. Isidore in English, inspires us to be thankful for every little blessing that
comes, especially during these times.
'Pahiyas' at Century Park
CENTURY Park Hotel has faithfully observed two weeks of thanksgiving in
the month of May with food festival called "Pahiyas," which features Lucban
cuisine plus the town’s handicrafts.
Filemon Casilang, who organizes the event with the hotel management every
year, is truly a devotee of San Isidro Labrador. Colorful kiping hung at the
Café in the Park to welcome guests. The atmosphere was one of thankful
celebration until May 18, last day of the foodfest.
More crafts to be thankful for
ACCENT store at the Glorietta 2 contains all the local crafts we can be
proud of and be thankful for at the same time. Put up by friends Edith
Oliveros, Angie Salazar and the late Rory Guina 27 years ago, Accent is a
delight because it features little things that one can use for the house. Crafts
from Abra come from the bamboo forest of Medy Araneta Singh. Bags, fans,
candles are welcome finds when one is feeling a little letdown.
Offering first nine days of the month
ROSAMY Lim wants to share this ritual of hers that has made her feel better
and more spiritual. She offers the first nine days of the month to the Lord.
She goes to Mass every day of those nine days. Of course, she tries to go to
Mass every day, but offering the first nine days is very important to her. She
says: "Things fall into place. Trials seem easier to overcome. I look at life now
like a full glass, not anymore an empty glass."
Happiness is possible
AFTER READING Rosamunde Pilcher’s latest novel, "Winter Solstice," I
came to the conclusion that happiness is possible. Why? You have to read
the book to find out. It tells of a retired stage actress who, at 62, leaves
London and goes to live in a small village in Hampshire. How she finds
happiness is the plot of the story. Available at National Bookstore.
Making do with what we have
ALMOST everybody agree we are living in difficult times, but in learning how
to cope lies the solution before we go into despair. How to cope positively
by making do with what we have is one answer.
I remember what Guia Imperial, a fellow writer, told me years ago. In Tondo,
where she used to live when her husband Felix Imperial was still alive, the
poor people make do from day to day. If there was one teaspoon of coffee
to be used, then that was it. It is the reason, she said, there is a sachet for
everything—coffee, cream, sugar, shampoo, toothpaste—because it costs
less and is affordable at P2 each. This is the reason we thank the Lord for
every blessing. God provides as we need it. "Nakaraos tayo" is what we say
at the end of the day.
Elsie Gaches Village to be blessed
TWO pavilions of Elsie Gaches Village, Alabang will be blessed before the
Mass on June 6, 3:30 p.m., by Cardinal Jaime Sin. Bishop Crisostomo
Yalung will be co-celebrant in a Mass with His Eminence.
One pavilion is dedicated to Apostol and Sta. Teresa de Jesus, while San
Ramon pavilion is named after the memory of Ramon P. Tambunting. Andres
Lopez Liboro and Teresita Tambunting Liboro are the donors of the other
Ecclesiastical archivists workshop
THE BOHOL Heritage Development Foundation and the Society of
Ecclesiastical Archivists are holding a seminar workshop from May 21-24 at
the Punta Villa Resort in Arevalo, Iloilo. The seminar focuses on diocesan
and religious archives. Those who want to attend can call the Archdiocesan
Archives of Manila at 522-8132 (Lea de la Paz); Bro. Roel Somogod, OP
or Bro. Larry de Dios at 712-6275 or 734-7758.
By the way, those who want to research on ecclesiastical matters can go to
Arzobispado de Manila on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fr. Roy Rosales is the
director of the Archdiocesan Archives of Manila.
Blessed Virgin is expected to appear on May 27
ACCORDING to the members of the third order of Our Lady of the Blessed
Sacrament religious group, the Blessed Virgin Mary is expected to appear on
May 27, 3 a.m., at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Convent in Cuidad
Real, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
This will be the third apparition of Our Lady. The first was on Dec. 2, 2000
at the San Beda College Adoration Chapel during a Rosary vigil of 226
diocesan priests. White roses were offered and they turned into hosts. The
second apparition was on Feb. 11, 5:15 p.m., at the Cuidad Real campus on
the ipil-ipil tree.
In both apparitions, the Blessed Virgin exhorted the people to pray the 15
mysteries of the Rosary daily and, if possible, the 2,000 Hail Mary’s on the
first Saturday of every month. The Blessed Virgin spoke through a visionary,
Fr. Rommel San Agustin, a seminarian soon to become a priest.
The Blessed Virgin said we should pray for the Holy Father. And she also
said she loves the Philippines.
This is the month of the year when fashion designer Oskar Peralta prepares
for the fiesta of Sta. Rita de Cascia on May 22. Since the late ‘70’s, Oskar
has been decorating the carroza of Sta. Rita for the procession and mass at
San Agustin. Devotees attend the celebration to receive roses as a blessing
from the saint.