The 15th Century San Pascual Baylon Relic for Guinarona: A Chronology

REFLECTION. San Pascual was an angel of innocence and virtue and was angelic treasure. However, he mortified his body with sacrifices and penance. Will you go to heaven for the comfortable path of the gift of your appetites?
–2nd day, Novena for San Pascual Baylon

With the loss/theft of our century old image of San Pascual Baylon in mid-June 2010, we were on edge as to how to maintain Guinarona’s standing as a pilgrimage site for the whole of Leyte, Philippines. For since 1903, Guinarona has attracted hordes of pilgrims from all over Leyte and Samar, all because of the venerable San Pascual Baylon.

Welcome Home, San Pascual Baylon (1).avi from

Welcome Home, San Pascual Baylon, Guinarona, Philippines.avi from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

Well, we might call it poetic justice that we now have the 15th Century relic of San Pascual–a portion of the saint’s bone–yes, a Class A relic–encased in sliver, courtesy of the sisters at the Basilica San Pascual Baylon, fully authenticated. It should be noted that San Pascual’s body did not decompose, and for years it was on display at the Vila-Real Church (now the Basilica San Pascual Baylon) in Spain. That is, until the Muslims attacked and burned down the city, including the church–and San Pascual’s body as well.

Welcome Home, San Pascual Baylon (2).avi from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

Welcome Home, San Pascual Baylon (3).avi from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

Welcome Home, San Pascual Baylon (4).avi from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

For all intents and purposes, our San Pascual relic is the real deal. It has the saint’s DNA. In fact, you could tell that its power is immense, just by looking at its aura. Too, the pictures of the relic reveal faces of beings all around it.  And take this:  It is the ONLY San Pascual Baylon relic in the whole Philippines!

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The 15th Century Relic of San Pascual Baylon in its Eucharist-like container. Photo by Romeo Magcuro, Jr.

July 7, 2012 was when we first started negotiating with the Basilica San Pascual Baylon as per the timelines below:

July 7, 2012

9:09am
Benito Maray
Estimado señor Oscar,
Estamos interesados en tener algunas reliquias de San Pascual Bailón que se consagrados en Guinarona San Pascual Iglesia Parroquial. Por favor, háganos saber qué tipo de reliquias están disponibles y cómo tener / adquirir ellos. Si es positivo, podemos enviar a alguien a buscarlos en lugar de que el envío de las reliquias por servicio de mensajería?
Gracias por esta atención y más poder.
Todo lo mejor,
BENITO MARAY
July 7, 2012

8:35pm
Basilica San Pascual Baylon
Hola Sr. Benito Maray, tenemos los dos tipos de reliquias , van las dos en una caja de plastico con tapa de cristal con el escudo de la basilica de San Pascual, y con el certificado de autenticidad . El precio es de 50 euros , si les interesa les dariamos la cuenta corriente donde ingresarlo y en caso de los gastos de correo o mensajeria seria aparte , no creo que sea mas de 15 euros para Guinarona , ya que cuando os envie el paquete nos costo unos 30 euros, si quieren tambien enviar a alguien a buscarlo perfecto no hay problema. En cuando se haga la transferencia bancaria , se tarda unos 15 dias, en prepararlo y enviarlo.
Os envio un enorme abrazo para todos,
Oscar .

April 7, 2013 was when we were able to send the money. Then on April 28, 2013, the Basilica loaded the relic on FEDEX with it finally arriving Manila May 2, 2013. Romeo Magcuro, Jr., the relic project coordinator, received it at 2:30 p.m., same day. May 3, 2013, The Metro Manila Guinaronanhons offered a vigil and a simple bienvenida for San Pascual Baylon. May 5, 2013, the relic was brought to Pateros on the occasion of the Guinarona-Metro Manila fiesta for San Pascual.

History is still being made as we speak, as the relic travels from Manila to Guinarona, for its installation at the San Pascual Baylon shrine, and for sure, we will be documenting it for posterity.

As an update, San Pascual’s relic was installed May 15, 2013 at the San Pascual shrine at 2:30 p.m., the same time that it arrived and was received in Manila. Further documentation is forthcoming. Just keep track of our updates in the social media.

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