The 1987 Guinarona Fiesta

Mano Panyong Balidio was that year’s Hermano Mayor–and his celebration was one of the most memorable for us.  It was one year after the so called EDSA Revolution, and the Philippines was in a political funk, which was carried out to our work place.  We were in a funk as well, because our boss, who was…

Coming to Terms. . .

. . .With One’s Mortality When you reach the half-century mark, consider yourself blessed and ask your inner self what more you could do to leave an imprint once you finally go. Although it could only be downhill from today, and considering that you have outlived some of your relatives and friends, feel blessed still….

History Repeating Itself

In 1903, in the midst of a cholera epidemic, THE FOUNDERS OF GUINARONA sent Timoteo Daclizon to Manila to procure the image of SAN PASCUAL BAYLON, known far and wide to possess miraculous powers. Residents of Guinarona offered contributions in the form of cash, abaca, palay and coconut for the purchase. Contributions totaled two pesetas,…

A Rendering. . .A Flashback

For all intents and purposes, we were still a baby and would not even be allowed to step out of the house without an o.k. from our parents.  But we do remember and how! That was a time for playing, a time for mandatory siestas.  We would play fiesta–yes, ersatz fiesta with imaginary food–with cousins…

For Eco Tourism: A Pictorial Report

Tourism is one of the sectors we are paying particular attention to, because it is one in which we can successfully pursue our agenda of inclusive growth, given the multiplier effect on jobs and the amount of money it brings into our country. –President Benigno S. Aquino Guinarona abounds in nature spots conducive for eco-tourism….

A Shout Out

Here is our campaign on Indiegogo for which we are enlisting everybody’s support.  A New San Pascual Baylon Image

Going Full Throttle

With the arrival and installation of the 15th century relic of San Pascual Baylon, Guinarona in Leyte, Philippines, has entered the pilgrimage tourism zone.  It is expected that San Pascual devotees will flock to Guinarona in large numbers to offer candles and have their prayers said.  So that in the meantime that the original San…

Image Dynamics

Virulent at times have been the reactions of some people, especially the born-again types re our attachment, specifically, to the century old image of San Pascual Baylon of Guinarona, lost or missing since June 2010.  Of course, we raised our hackles because for one thing, the image was a memento from our ancestors–really a distillate…

Synchronicity of San Pascual Baylon

Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner. The concept of synchronicity was first described in this terminology by Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychologist, in the 1920s.[1]–WIKIPEDIA If you want to know how the gods or the powers of fate regard…