Twice the Charm

Or the two contemporary miracles of San Pascual Baylon. 

If you don’t believe in magic, magic will not manifest in your life. To paraphrase further, if you don’t believe in miracles, forget about witnessing one.

And we are talking here about the recent miracles from San Pascual Baylon, Guinarona’s parton saint. But first, the preliminaries. Guinarona’s century-old image of San Pascual Baylon, which Guinarona’s founders bought with blood, sweat and tears, disappeared or was stolen in June 2010 and has not been recovered since. Since that time, we were able to obtain the saint’s bone relic from the nuns at the Basilica San Pascual Baylon in Vila-real, Spain. And a counterpoint happened–we don’t know if it was the collective karma of Leyte-Samar on account of the desecration–the region was hit with Earth’s most powerful storm, the super typhoon Haiyan, which caused unimaginable damage to life and property.

In our search for answers, we got this oracle in the United States, which stated matter-of-factly that San Pascual’s image is under the ocean, the boat that carried it having sunk as well. And that precludes our having to recover it, ever.

We don’t know if it was because we initiated an online novena for San Pascual coinciding with Guinarona’s 110th San Pascual Baylon Fiesta–the first after the super typhoon and the second fiesta of the saint’s bone relic–that San Pascual appeared to us, thanks to the wonders of the Internet Age.

We call it miracle number one, when on May 16, San Pascual appeared on a scry, and here are the images, with a comparative picture of the saint’s rendering. As to the intent of this appearance, time will tell.282854_464244313604397_1857778375_n_pe5_pe




Miracle number two was on May 21, when San Pascual popped up on a Guinarona fiesta photo, a thing we did not notice before. Again, here are the photos.303399_357505187648075_884135907_n_pe303399_357505187648075_884135907_n_pe4_pevib303399_357505187648075_884135907_n_pe4_pevib2_pe2

As we have said, time will tell as to the intent of these appearances by San Pascual.

And, yes, we await and welcome more of these miracles.

A Fiesta Gallery

The 110th Guinarona San Pascual Baylon Fiesta, May 16-17, 2014 is also:

  • The first fiesta after the super typhoon,
  • The second fiesta for the San Pascual Baylon bone relic.

We focus here on the fiesta altar.  (Original photos by Evelyn Fabian-Ausa.)10341522_10152881528565620_4110597020890411552_n2_pe10341522_10152881528565620_4110597020890411552_n3_pe10341522_10152881528565620_4110597020890411552_n5_pe10341522_10152881528565620_4110597020890411552_n7_pe10341522_10152881528565620_4110597020890411552_n25_pe10341522_10152881528565620_4110597020890411552_n28_pe


All things considered, the fiesta was a roaring success. Congratulations, all!

Feature: How Vila-real, Spain, Celebrates St. Paschal’s Feast

Among all places in the world, Vila-real City in Spain it was that commiserated with the people of Guinarona on the loss/theft of the latter’s century-old image of San Pascual Baylon.  When we decided to hold a delayed centennial for San Pascual in 2012, two years since the theft in June 2010, the people of Vila-real, through it’s mayor, sent us warm felicitations.  The Basilica San Pascual Baylon, meanwhile, sent in books and mementos about San Pascual to Guiinarona.  To top it all, the Basilica sent in a portion of San Pascual’s body (bone relic), which arrived Manila on May 2, 2013, and we were able to enshrine it May 15, 2013, ante vesperas of Guinarona’s 109th fiesta.  Which makes Vila-real a de facto sister city of Guinarona’s.

Vila-real is where San Pascual spent his life as lay brother of the Franciscan Monastery.  It is also where the saint took his last last breath, and Vila-real keeps all of San Pascual’s relics.

How do the people of Vila-real celebrate the feast of San Pascual Baylon?  Low-key it is not, most definitely,

As in, they celebrate San Pascual for 9 days with different activities for each day.  Their fiesta menu consists of the standard paella and barbecued meat and sausages–all done outdoors.  Their food is not elaborate, but their joie de vi·vre and hospitality are a given.


A Photo Art Tribute to San Pascual Baylon de Guinarona

As we celebrate the 110th Guinarona San Pascual Baylon Fiesta, May 16-17, 2014, and even as our century-old image has heretofore not been recovered, we pay tribute to the saint through a photo essay. The original was a scanned copy from former fiesta hermana, Salvacion Juanico-Navora. Our celebration is akin to a remembrance of the dead, the physical body/image no longer being there. Our loss, however, is being tempered with the presence of the San Pascual Baylon bone relic, which the Basilica San Pascual Baylon in Vila-real, Spain, has kindly provided Guinarona. The bone relic is the first of its kind in the whole Philippines, a great distinction for our place.

On the other hand, here is the Guinarona San Pascual Baylon bone relic.65650_10201178049639255_53647280_n_pe

As Pliant as the Bamboo

Give it to Filipinos in general and Guinaroanhons in particular: They are as pliant as the bamboo, just swaying to whichever the wind blows. And no matter the vicissitudes, the Filipino will just plod on and hope for the best.

Take the case of the month of May, the most-fiesta laden month of the year. In spite of–yes, vicissitudes–Guinronanhons will take the challenge head on–that is, in paying homage to San Pascual Baylon. In effect, Guinaronanhons have two fiestas, one for Metro Manila and the basic one, the Guinarona fiesta, May 16-17. The one in Metro Manila is held every fist Sunday of May and has been a tradition since 1978.

Also head on we face the stark loss of our century old image of San Pascual Baylon, which has made someone rich beyond measure. The rogue that the thief is, we wish him well.

And, as you well know, we are having a new state of the art San Pascual image curved as we speak.

Yes, we are as pliant as the bamboo.