Sunday, May 12, 2013


Featuring the Santa Ana Parish in Manila, Shrine of Our Lady of  the Abandoned.

From the mob, I saw Edrian Santollano of the PPMK Online Ministry. It's like the meeting of the Two Holy Founders.

As I enter the church, I saw on one side the image of Our Lady. I did not hesitate to touch her manto. Later, when I asked one of the people looking after the Caro, I came to knew that I was able to touch the Original Image, as the replica is enshrined at the Altar. 

How I wish Ivan is really here... 

It was also the first time in years that I meet my dear brother, Fra Lloyd Paul Elauria, OFM. It reminds me of my CCS days.

We were given a random chance to go up the Belfry of the oldest Church outside Intramuros. From there, you could see the skyline of Makati and Mandaluyong Cities.

The interior of the Church

This mystical well at the back of the church houses water said to be miraculous.

People from all walks of life gathered together with Our Lady in procession. This was her 300th Feast since her arrival in the Philippines.

...where out of nowhere, we pulled the Caro of San Francisco. I don't know where the real pullers of the Caro were at that moment, but I can't help thinking that for that special night, we were chosen to take charge.
During my stay there at Santa Ana, the noticeable wonder I saw was her face. It has a sterling smile, ready to show concern to her children in need. It's like telling you that you could certainly ask her anything you wish, knowing that you will never be confounded. I hope this would not be the last time I would visit her in her Shrine. Viva La Virgen!!!

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