December 3-8, 2010
Roxas City, Philippines
Theme: Pag-ambitanay, Pagkinalipay, Pagpasalamat (Sharing, Joy and Thanksgiving)
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The Holy Week Celebration in Capiz, Philippines is different charm for everyone that combines native traditions and modern day touches with numerous innovations. This has been considered as the holiest week. As Pan-ay town and Capiz became the center of Catholicism in the Panay Island during the Spanish colonization in 18th century, Capiznon tradition in celebrating Holy Week was greatly influenced by Spanish conquistadores.
Lenten season has been solemnly observed by Capizeño through “Pagpamalandung” with a mixture of pagan rituals and “Panimad-on” or superstitions. Others where busy looking for “Pangalap” or amulet in the mountains and caves in Capiz specially during Good Friday where they believed could protect them from harm, physical or otherwise. Some are fulfilling their vows or “pana-ad” through “penitensya” or penitence, sacrifices, myriad of flagellants, “puasa” or fasting; and church visits or “visita iglesia”.
Holy Week Processions in Good Friday is one of the spectacular activity should’nt be missed.
Lenten season is also a chance for family members, batchmates, classmates, kababata and barkadas to be reunited in which majority of them where having their vacations. Continue reading
Traditionally, on this day, Catholic faithful solemnize the importance of Holy Thursday through Visita Iglesia or Church Visits.
Four (4) activities where commemorated in observance of Maundy Thursday:
The last supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles was also observed on this day.
But what is more important in the custom/tradition of the Filipino Catholic faithful during Huebes Santo is to do the visita iglesia, literally, church visits. This tradition was an ancient practice started in Rome, where early pilgrims visited seven (7) pilgrim churches in Rome as penance.
Here in the Philippines, faithful carry out this tradition of Visita Iglesia as their “Pana-ad” by visiting seven churches (others may extend it to 14) and say the Stations of the Cross or Via Crusis, with two stations in each churches.
They follow this sequence:
Capiznon became truly faithful in observing this tradition, looking back to its history, Pan-ay town became the second Spanish settlement in the Philippines next to Cebu. Capiz then, became the center of Catholicism in the entire island.
Here are the possible route for visita iglesia in Capiz based on its proximity and accessibility (Roxas City->Pan-ay->Pontevedra -> Bailan -> Panit-an -> Loctugan -> Roxas City):
1. Immaculate Concepcion Metropolitan Cathedral – Roxas City
2. Sta. Monica Parish – Pan-ay, Capiz
3. St. Isidore Parish – Pontevedra, Capiz
4. St. Vincent Ferrer Parish – Brgy. Bailan Pontevedra, Capiz
5. St. Laurence Parish – Panitan, Capiz
6. St. Therese of Avila Parish – Brgy. Loctugan, Roxas City
7. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish – Roxas City
Capiznon Online talks about everything and anything you want to know about Capiz and Roxas City, its allure, its beauty, the latest issues being talked about, the happenings as well as the latest landmarks, recreational centers, watering holes and all the things that make Capiz truly captivating and bewitching. This is a place where Hectic Capiznon Bloggers of 2009 can be found.
Fr. Santiago Losada founded Loctugan, a district of Roxas City, in 1834 but it continued being a part of Capiz (now Roxas City). On June 6, 1840, it was declared a parish by decree of General Lardizabal. However, this decree was annulled because the people were not able to comply with the conditions imposed on constructing public buildings. In 1844, it was definitely created a parish under the patronage of Sta. Teresa de Avila.
Since its foundation, it served the spiritual and moral needs of its parishioners. This was briefly interrupted during the Second World War when the Japanese Imperial Army used the church as a fortress while being besieged by the USAFFE guerillas. Continue reading
When Capiz became a diocese in 1951, Msgr. Vicente Gonzales was the incumbent parish priest. He was succeeded by the following: Msgr. Edmundo Fuerte, Msgr. Vicente Hilata, and Archbishop Onesimo C. Gordoncillo, the present parish priest
The ancient replica of Immaculate Concepcion Metropolitan Cathedral. Far different from the present but still it embody the same purpose as the “house of God”.
Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral
5800 Roxas City, Capiz
Capiznon Online talks about everything and anything you want to know about Capiz and Roxas City, its allure, its beauty, the latest issues being talked about, the happenings as well as the latest landmarks, recreational centers, watering holes and all the things that make Capiz truly captivating and bewitching. This is a place where Hectic Capiznon Bloggers 2009 can be found.
Titular: Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8
Parish Priest: Most Rev. Onesimo C. Gordoncillo, D.D.