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2nd Week of October, Quezon City, Metro Manila

A 9-day novena is held at the Sto. Domingo Church in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, culminating with a religious procession.

October 14, Angeles City, Pampanga

This town fiesta is held in honor of the Virgin of the Holy Rosary. Homes welcome friends, relatives, and surprise guests with warm hospitality and good food.


Our Lady of La Naval novena starts on Oct. 4
By Josephine Darang
Posted: 8:09 PM (Manila Time) | Sept. 28, 2002
Inquirer News Service

Vessel of devotion

ON OCT. 3, the beautiful image of Our Lady of La Naval will be moved from the side altar to the main altar of Sto. Domingo Church, which signals the start of the nine-day novena on Oct. 4 at 6:50 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The fiesta Masses, which fall on the second Sunday of October, which is on the 13th this year, will be held every hour.

A long procession attended by most Dominican saints will be held after the afternoon Mass. The La Naval procession is one of the most attended in Metro Manila. When the image is brought back to the main altar, people wait for the image to be safely enthroned and the "Salve Regina" is sung.

When I asked Adrian Ma. Guerrero what "la naval" meant, he explained: "The Latin word for ship or "barko" is "nave." Our Lady is the 'ark of the covenant' because she carried in her womb the child who was to save the world. She is the vessel of devotion."

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, who interceded the victory of the two galleons named after her, and another title, Nuestra Seņora de Encarnacion, defeated the Dutch in 1646. The Archdiocese of Manila declared "the decree of the miracle" on April 9, 1652, that through the intercession of Our Lady, the five battles were won.

Because of this decree, permission was granted for a feast to be held, celebrated and preached.

I got this information from the book "The Story of La Naval" written by Fr. Roger Cortez, O.P., subprior of the province of the Dominicans in the Philippines.

Father Cortez translated the decree from Spanish to English. It was taken from the "Almanaque de Nuestra Seņora del Rosario," 1946.

During novenas and fiestas of the Our Lady of La Naval, the church is always full of people. Our Lady's devotees come faithfully to honor her, thank her for favors granted and ask for her help. She never fails to help. I can attest to this.


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Oktobre 13 / Angeles City

Kahapon ay pista ng mga taga Angeles City at ngayon ay may pista na naman. Iba iyon! dahil ang pistang iyon ay sa Historical-District ng Angeles City, tinatawag na Bagius Festival at ngayon ay La Naval Fiesta. Kung ang Quezon City ay may sariling paraan ng pagdaos ng kanilang La Naval fiesta mayroon din ang Angeles City. Bilang pag-alala sa Birheng Maria na lumaganap sa bawat aspeto ng buhay ng mga Pilipino. Sa katunayan, Ang mga residente ng Angeles City ay mayroon nito bilang pagpapasalamat sa pagkapanalo ng kastila laban sa Dutch na gustong lumusob dito sa ating bansa noong 1800Õs. Ang pagkapanalo ng kastila ay binansagan simula noon na La Naval Fiesta, isang makarelihiyosong paggunita sa sinapit ng araw na iyon.


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