Just Putting it Out There. . .

. . .For destiny to decide.

Final Renders, Guinarona San Pascual Baylon Apparitions Cathedral from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

A Walk Through ot the Guinarona SPB Cathedral from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

The Wasif Design of the Guinarona SPB Apparitions Cathedral from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

The New Guinarona San Pascual Cathedral from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

Ever since we suggested a new cathedral/shrine for San Pascual Baylon de Guinarona, the saint has appeared to us three times already!

Here is the idea/concept of the new cathedral/shrine.GuinaronaSPBS (1)_pe

San Pascual’s reliquary in Guinarona is the inspiration for the concept.006-13

We have had a dream as to the location of the San Pascual Cathedral, and here it is.379548_562087137153447_1880101551_n2

The Summer Solstice

Very significant for us was the summer solstice of 2014, which fell on June 21st. Significant in that San Pascual Baylon appeared to us for the third time.

Someone remarked that ever since we vouched the idea of a new cathedral for San Pascual Baylon de Guinarona, the apparitions materialized. What could that possibly mean?

Here are the photos of San Pascual’s third apparition(s). DSC05785-2_pe1511360_760135917348567_1150716037_n22_pe2_pefinal_pe2_peDSC05834okie_pe7_pe1511360_760135917348567_1150716037_n22_pe2_pefinal_pe4_pe1511360_760135917348567_1150716037_n22_pe2_pefinal_pe3_pe1 (1)_pe_pe_pe5

Back to the new cathedral idea. The edifice is to rise in Guinarona’s Paraiso district, west of the poblacion. We were guided in a lucid dream of where to put it up.

The San Pascual Apparition: A World Premier

Consistent with Guinarona’s motto of being “The Chosen Place,” we are unveiling today, June 19, 2014, our official photos of San Pascual Baylon’s apparition. Please note that these are first-hand photos, taken with a Sony DSC-S90 digital camera. Enhancements were though the Smart Photo Editor.

GUINARONA, THE CHOSEN PLACE (4) from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

Whereas the apparition of the Lady of Guadalupe in the 16th century was sketched by a third person, San Pascual’s apparition, in real-time, was synchronous with the Computer and Internet age, hence the genuine feel of it.

Here is the original photo, taken March 2, 2012.429450_307912925939866_1400936836_n_zpse8182536

And here are our enhanced official photos.429450_307912925939866_1400936836_n_zpse8182536_pe2_pe7429450_307912925939866_1400936836_n_zpse8182536_pe2429450_307912925939866_1400936836_n_zpse8182536_pe2_pe9429450_307912925939866_1400936836_n_zpse8182536_pe2_pe10_pe429450_307912925939866_1400936836_n_zpse8182536_pe2_pe4422885_307912695939889_1871120191_n_pe_pe_pe_peok2422885_307912695939889_1871120191_n_pe_pe_pe_peokDSC05782_zpsc5ef1bec_pe2okie_pe2okie_pe2DSC05782_zpsc5ef1bec_pe2okie_pe2_peokie

It is as if an indubitable force has been nudging us to publish the photos. And we hope that with this release, Guinarona will even be more butressed as a pilgrimage destination.

Yes, It’s Possible!

Not to be gratuitous about it, but we guess it’s how the cookie crumbles. As in, is it possible that San Pascual Baylon, through synchronicity, communicates from the beyond? In his life, San Pascual was a mystic, so yes, it is possible and probable.

Here are photos of San Pascual, which the saint has sent through–would you believe–the scrying mirror.422885_307912695939889_1871120191_n_pe_pe429450_307912925939866_1400936836_n_pe_pe429450_307912925939866_1400936836_n_pe_pe_pe

In comparison, here are the traditional renderings of San Pascual10313358_466921730121403_8461459891553590458_n_pe200px-LienzoS_Pascual.

Again, not to be gratuitous about it, here again, is a miracle by San Pascual. Or aren’t the similarities of the pictures very uncanny?

The Ides of June

Or it’s the fourth year since they stole San Pascual Baylon. . .


The last photo of San Pascual Baylon de Guinarona, taken on April 14, 2010 or two months before it went missing. Photo credit: Evelyn Fabian-Ausa.


Close up of San Pascual Baylon de Guinarona taken in 2009 by Salvacion Juanico-Navora.

San Pascual Baylon de Guinarona Documentary.avi from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

It’s June 2014, and the fourth year since our dear old image of San Pascual Baylon was hijacked, never to be seen again. And who would forget the denouement, the divine justice that was the super typhoon Haiyan that hit Leyte-Samar–the biggest and strongest typhoon to ever hit earth?

From our oral history:

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 substantial amount during that time.

Dagami’s Parish Priest, then was Fr. Manuel Pascasio.

After a month-long voyage by sea, the image of SAN PASCUAL BAYLON arrived in Tacloban City. The barrio founders met the image at Dagami after which a procession followed, bringing it to Guinarona.

As oral history would have it, SAN PASCUAL BAYLON’s first miracle was when the cancerous lesions on Pedro Tibe’s foot healed after a handkerchief patted on the image was placed on it. News about the miracle spread like wild fire and pilgrims flocked to Guinarona by the hundreds. Because of their sheer numbers, some pilgrims had to stay overnight in Guinarona. San Pascual’s image was then in the care of Raymundo Casarilla.

Guinarona’s reputation as a pilgrim’s mecca gradually spread in Leyte and Samar, and this contributed in no small measure to the prosperity of the place. Guinarona then had all sorts of businesses mostly owned by Chinese traders.

The image of SAN PASCUAL BAYLON’s accumulated much cash from its devotees such that in no time a church was built, initiated by barrio illustrados such as Francisco Benitez, Alfonso Maray, Fernando Sudario, Esperedion Raquel, Raymundo Casarilla and Basilio Raquel.

The church and convent were completed in time for the second fiesta celebration, Don Alfonso Maray having been voted as the first Hermano Mayor.

On April 30, 1930, a big typhoon hit Leyte, totally destroying the church and the convent. It was so strong that the entire church was blown to a distance of about six meters from the original site. The altar was also destroyed, but the image of SAN PASCUAL BAYLON was well intact as though nailed to the floor. After the disaster, the Parish Priest of Dagami, Fr. Pedro Aruta, enjoined the people of Guinarona to build a temporary chapel for SAN PASCUAL BAYLON’s image.

Upon the initiative of Jose Raquel and Teniente del Barrio Apolonio Bacal, son-in-law of Antonio Justimbaste, the church was built as pilgrims doubled in number.

On November 5, 1971 at 7:00 AM, Guinarona was inaugurated as the Parish of SAN PASCUAL BAYLON during the visit of Msgr. Manuel S. Salvador, Bishop of Palo. The creation of Guinarona as a separate parish came about through the noble efforts of illustrious Guinaronanhon, the late Msgr. Esteban Justimbaste, the Vicar of Carigara Parish. Guinarona’s first parish priest was the ebbulient Fr. Romeo Mazo.

So where do we go from here? Well, we think the following quote is appropriate.10352931_10152290765087819_7507755118801706721_n

And we will not forget about the desecration of our San Pascual. Ever.

An Invite to Investors

1While the post-super typhoon Haiyan rehabilitation and reconstruction programs are in full swing in our neck of the woods, there are lots of opportunities for investors and visitors to matter. For instance, the establishment of bed-and-breakfast and other tourist-oriented businesses holds promise. Food production and light industries are another.

Guinarona The Chosen Place from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

Guinarona, The Chosen Place (2) from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

Guinarona, The Chosen Place (3) from Benito Maray on Vimeo.

Time and again, Guinarona has been besieged by pilgrim tourists, and the lack of inns to stay in is felt. Therefore, we wish to invite those with resources to invest and take part in our development.