Monday, March 30, 2015

2015 Holy Week Activities in Calamba City, Laguna

Parokya ng San Juan Bautista | Lunsod ng Calamba
Mga  Pagdiriwang sa Kuwaresma | Mahal na Araw
 March 22-29
Parish Lenten Exhibit
Parish Pastoral Center

March 27
05:30 pm – Misa
06:30 pm – Lenten Recollection | Rev. Fr. Mardie Maligat
07:30 pm – Kumpisalang Bayan

March 29
Linggo ng Palaspas
Ang pagbabasbas ng mga palaspas ay gagawin 15 minuto
bago ang bawat misa sa Parish Pastoral Center

March 30
Lunes Santo
05:30 am – Misa
05:30 pm – Misa

March 31
Martes Santo
05:30 am – Misa
05:30 pm – Misa
06:30 pm – Estasyon Heneral
(Burgos Street – Cailles Street – Rizal Street – Sampalukan – Burgos Street)

April 1
Miyerkules Santo
05:30 am – Misa
06:30 am – Pabasa, Parish Hall
05:30 pm – Misa
06:30 pm – Prusisyon ng mga Santo
(Rizal Street – Sampalukan – Burgos Street – Cailles Street – Rizal Street)

April 2
Huwebes Santo
06:00 am – Misa ng Krisma, Katedral
05:30 pm – Misa ng Huling Hapunan
07:00 pm – Pagtatanod sa Santisimo Sakramento

April 3
Biyernes Santo
11:00 am – Tenebrae
12:00 nn – Pitong Huling Wika
03:00 pm – Pagdiriwang ng Pagpapakasakit ng Panginoon
06:00 pm – Prusisyon
(Rizal Street – Sampalukan – Burgos Street – Cailles Street – Rizal Street)

April 4
Sabado de Gloria
10:00 pm – Pagbabasbas ng Apoy, Bihilya ng Muling Pagkabuhay

April 5
Linggo ng Muling Pagkabuhay
Regular na mga misa
12:30 pm – Easter Egg Hunting

Rizal Shrine in Calamba City Close from February to June of 2015

Saw this posted recently on the fence of Rizal Shrine in Calamba City, Laguna:
FEBRUARY 2, 2015 TO JUNE 16, 2015


The Rizal Shrine is most likely on the same refurbishing activity that the Mabini Shrine in Tanauan City, Batangas and the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite had recently.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cathedral Parish of St. Paul the First Hermit Visita Iglesia 2015

With the Lenten season already underway, the religious and the devout (at least in the Roman Catholic faith) can now start planning for their own pilgrimages or for the more popular Visita Iglesia.

The parishioners in San Pablo can join in the Visit Iglesia organized by the Cathedral Parish of St. Paul the First Hermit on March 30, 2015, Holy Monday. See the details below:

* Cathedral Parish of St. Paul the First Hermit Visita Iglesia 2015

Bondoc Peninsula

- Diocesan Shrine of St. Anne (Malicboy, Pagbilao, Quezon)
- Holy Cross Parish (Padre Burgos, Quezon)
- St. Isidore the Farmer Parish (Agdangan, Quezon)
- St. Peter the Apostle Parish (Unisan, Quezon)
- Conversion of St. Paul Parish (Pitogo, Quezon)
- Cathedral Parish of San Diego de Alcala (Gumaca, Quezon)
- Our Lady of the Angels Parish (Atimonan, Quezon)

04:30 am – Assembly (Cathedral Patio)
05:00 am – Departure
12:00 nn – Holy Mass at Atimonan, Quezon

For inquiries and reservations, please visit the Cathedral office or call (049)562-1039.
Package cost of 1,000 pesos covers transportation, lunch, t-shirt, booklet of prayers, and registration.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

San Pablo Cathedral Renovation: Update 1

The renovation of the San Pablo Cathedral proves to be an interesting progress to monitor as mentioned in a previous post (“San Pablo Cathedral Makeover Commences”). The white cover of the cathedral facade is almost gone now and one might wonder now what the next phase will be on this refurbishment. I was fortunate enough to be able to talk to the foreman from Escuela Taller Intramuros who oversees the current work and he was willing enough to share the status of their renovation. 

* Escuela Taller Intramuros students and alumni working on the San Pablo Cathedral

Basically the first stage is to remove the cement and paint covering the façade. In this set up water, primarily from rain, gets inside the façade itself and gets retained there. This eventually weakens the structure as time pass by. So the best thing to do is to remove the covering and cover the façade with something more durable. Before that, they still have to inspect each and every brick* now exposed and see if any of them must be replaced. This inspection however shall involve laser technology which will be done by another group from the Escuela.

Once the inspection and possible brick replacement are done the ‘coating’ comes now. We call this thin stucco layer as paletada**. Lime is the tried and tested ingredient which will be used for the façade. However, the foreman said, a meeting will be held first to determine the look or the general color of the lime mixture. It can be light or dark so it will go down in determining the proper mix (I prefer the term ‘timpla’) of sand, lime, or charcoal. Again it will be dependent on the decision of the people behind the renovation. 
* a piece of the removed covering the San Pablo Cathedral façade

Still according to the foreman, there were two lion figures on the front area and these can be replicated if they will be asked to do so. This first phase was set for five months and it might be expected that the renovation will continue throughout 2015.

As a final note on the workers themselves, it is composed most of Batch 2 students of Escuela Taller plus a number of alumni.

These details on the San Pablo Cathedral’s façade would definitely excite the historically-inclined ones. I for one would want to see the renovation on a day-to-day basis if possible. We’ll have more updates soon!


* Bricks or ladrillos are made from molded clay and fired in a place called horno. Jose, Regalado. “Simbahan: Church Art in Colonial Philippines 1565-1898.” Makati: Ayala Foundation Inc., p. 36.

** Jose, Regalado. “Simbahan: Church Art in Colonial Philippines 1565-1898.” Makati: Ayala Foundation Inc., p. 38.