Latest Stories

Purely Personal

‘Pater Noster’ intoned in Bicol during Peñafrancia Masses in Manila


LEGASPI Bishop Joel Baylon incenses Our Lady of Peñafrancia inside San Agustin Church on Sept. 9.

You would think I was a Bicolana when I joined the Bicolanos sing “Ama Niamo” during the Triduum of Masses, Sept. 5-8, at the Malate Church honoring Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Bicol’s patroness.   With tenor  Chris Añago  on the organ and the Comelec Choir leading the singing, the faithful—mostly Bicolanos living in Metro Manila—sang,  “Ama niamo/ na yaon ka sa langit/ sambahon ang ngaran mo… ”

The “Ama Niamo,”  sung to  the music of Father Obico, former parish priest of Camalig, Albay, and Everardo Napay,  has a totally different melody from the Tagalog “Ama Namin”; it has a lilting melody of supplication.

The hymn was sung again on Sept. 9 at noon in Malate Church and during the High Mass officiated by Legazpi Joel Bishop Baylon at 6 p.m. at San Agustin  Church.

Concelebrating with Bishop Baylon were Msgr. Joselito Asis,  CBCP assistant secretary general; Fr. Ramil Tapang, SSP, vocation director of  the Society of St. Paul and parochial vicar of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish;  Fr. Peter Cacino, prior of  San Agustin Monastery; and Fr. Jay Aguilar of the Archdiocese of Nueva Caceres.

Episcopal motto

Bishop Baylon, the chair of the Episcopal Commission on Youth, has adopted for his Episcopal motto “We fly unto their patronage, O Holy Mother!”—placing himself under the patronage of the Blessed Mother.

When I asked him why devotees always cry when they see Our Lady of Peñafrancia in a procession, Bishop Baylon explained: “They could be tears of joy or tears of hope (praying that Our Lady would help them).”

Known for her miraculous intercessions, the Peñafrancia is visited in Naga on her fiesta on the third Saturday of September, not only by Bicolanos but also by pilgrims from all over.

Fr. Alvin Paras, OFM, attests to “Ina’s” miracles. He said the Blessed Mother saved his mother, Milagros Paras, from death when the Colgante Bridge collapsed on Dec. 20, 1972.  Mrs. Paras was pregnant with Father Alvin at that time.  He was born on March 12, 1973.

Those who want novenas or estampitas of Our Lady of Peñafrancia can write   lawyer Ed Castelo, VP of the devotees’ association (RGC Bldg., 219 Apo St., Mandaluyong City). Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. You can also fax 5326334; call 5311577; or e-mail  castelaw@yahoo.com.    Dr. Charito Felipe is PDA president, while Fr. Alan Dialogo is the spiritual director.

Marian pilgrimage

DEVOTEES bring Our Lady of Peñafrancia to San Agustin Church

Fr. Alex Thomas, parish priest of  Peñafrancia de Manila Parish in Paco, will bring  devotees on a Marian pilgrimage starting Oct. 5, before proceeding to Rome for the canonization of Visayan martyr Pedro Calungsod on Oct. 21 on St. Peter’s Square.

The itinerary includes visits to the Church of the Miraculous Medal in Paris; shrines of Lourdes in France, and Fatima in Portugal; and the   Monastery of Monserrat  in the Catalonian Mountains in Spain, where the Black Madonna, believed to have been carved  by St. Luke, is enshrined.

(Call Adam’s Travel at 5211691 or 5211698; text Father Alex at 0915-2278406.)

Sacerdotal anniversaries

Fr. Benjie Ledesma will mark his 12th sacerdotal anniversary on Sept. 23, with a Thanksgiving Mass, 6 p.m., at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in  Leveriza, Malate.  Main celebrant is Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle.

In the Diocese of Gumaca,   Fr. Reynato Baldovino celebrated his ninth year as  a priest on Sept. 8 with a Thanksgiving Mass at the  Conversion of St. Paul Parish, where he is liturgist in residence. Parish priest is Fr. Jay Pagcaliwagan.  Bishop of Gumaca is Msgr. Buenaventura Famadico.

Charismatic healer Fr. Diwane Cacao celebrated a healing Mass on  his 60th birthday on Sept. 7 at the Sancti Dei Healing Center in Lopez Village in Los Baños, Laguna.

Parochial Handmaids of the Holy Spirit

The Parochial Handmaids of the Holy Spirit (PHHS) celebrated their 25 years of apostolate in the Philippines on Aug. 18 with a dinner-concert at the Rogationists Multi-Purpose Hall in Silang, Cavite, featuring the world-famous University of Santo Tomas Singers under the baton of   Fidel Calalang of the UST Conservatory.

The PHHS is a congregation of nuns founded by Mother Guiditta Martelli (1893-1957) on April 13,1933, in Portigliola, Calabria, Italy, embracing the mission to give Christian education to poor and abandoned youth.

Mother Guiditta and other  nuns took care of the children of soldiers during World War II and the victims of the big typhoon that devastated Calabria at that time.

Besides cultivating Christian values among the children, the nuns also taught the adults technical skills like tailoring for livelihood. They took care of the sick, especially the abandoned and the widows of war.  The order came to the Philippines in August 1987.

Special guest in their 25th anniversary celebration was Mother Superior Rita Sgambellone, who flew in from Rome, to be with her nuns during this momentous  and happy occasion.


Padre Pio rosary

In 1963, when he was 13, Gaudencio “Boy” Ponce visited San Giovanni Rotondo with his mother, and he was suddenly asked to be a sacristan for Padre Pio’s Mass.

After the Mass, Padre Pio gave him a rosary.

Padre Pio, the Franciscan stigmatist, has been canonized, and his image and the rosary he gave Ponce will be venerated at the Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish in BF Homes on Sept. 22-23 after the 6 p.m Mass.

Boy Ponce will talk about his experience with the saint.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Other Stories:

No related posts found!

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Bicolana , Boy Ponce , Comelec Choir , Episcopal Commission on Youth , Malate Church , Parochial Handmaids of the Holy Spirit (PHHS) , Peñafrancia de Manila Parish , Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  3. Palawan favorite getaway of show biz celebrities
  4. Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  5. Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  6. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  7. A tale of two Priscillas: my mother Prissy and Chona Recto Kasten
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  10. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  7. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  10. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  6. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  7. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  8. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  9. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


  • Former solon, 2 others sanctioned for unfair labor practice
  • Let us pray for the nation, healing priest asks leaders
  • AFTA to kill PH agri industry in 2015, says neophyte senator
  • Blame game on as Edsa repairs miss deadline
  • Baptist church ransacked; even spoons, forks stolen
  • Sports

  • Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters
  • Rain or Shine grabs No.4, sends Ginebra to 8th
  • Red-hot Alaska rips injury-depleted San Mig Coffee
  • Pacquiao courtesy call to Aquino set for Monday
  • Nick Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk
  • Lifestyle

  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Korean animation comes of age
  • Entertainment

  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts
  • Persistence pays off for The 1975
  • Special section in LA fest for Filipino films
  • Business

  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Golden Week
  • Bourse to woo Cebu stock mart investors
  • Supper power
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
  • Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit
  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats