(Note: The more than a century old image of San Pascual Baylon was stolen at dawn of June 13, 2010 at the San Pascual Baylon Parish Church in Guinarona, Leyte, Philippines. Hopefully, with the awareness created by this blog, efforts will double up to recover the priceless icon. Source of literature: Souvenir Program, Guinarona Annual Fiesta, May16-17 .)
A Brief 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.
Past Hemanos Mayores
Hereunder is the list of past Hermanos Mayores for San Pascual Baylon in Guinarona:
|1904||Alfonso Maray||1945||Sixto Justimbaste|
|1905||Fernando Sudario||1946||Juan Almenario|
|1906 – 1907||PULAHAN YEARS||1947||Leon Lobrigo|
|1908||Francisco Benitez||1948||Maximo Ty|
|1909||Timoteo Daclizon||1949||Cipriano Tibe|
|1910||Pioquinto Cardante||1950||Balbino Jandoc|
|1911||Raymundo Mintay||1951||Fernando Aniano|
|1912||Eusebio Lobrigo||1952||Esteban Justimbaste|
|1913||Eulogio Olimpo||1953||Melanio Ordame|
|1914||Alejandro Gaspay||1954||Eleuterio Maray Sr.|
|1915||Isidro Calbitaza||1955||Anacorita Porteza|
|1916||Antonio Balatar||1956||Obdulia Aragon|
|1917||Mauricio Aragon||1957||Crestita Martinada|
|1918||Mass Celebration||1958||Esteban Justimbaste|
|1919||Andres Daclizon||1959||Timoteo Justimbaste|
|1920||Alfonso Palita||1960||Almerino Family|
|1921||Aquilino Ordame||1961||Raymundo Tibe|
|1922||Alejo Maganda||1962||Dominga Quartela|
|1923 – 1924||Mass Celebration||1963||Zosimo Berida|
|1925||Marciano Camposano||1964||Alejandro Balderian|
|1926||Juan Nario||1965||Concordio Tibe|
|1927||Juan Balatar||1966||Pablo Remalate|
|1928||Agosto Balatar||1967||Pablo Ontimare Jr.|
|1929||Mass Celebration||1968||Segundo Caneda|
|1930 – 1937||Court Litigation||1969||Gerardo Florencio|
|1938||Ponciano Remalante||1970||Pacita Tibe|
|1939||Ponciano Raquel||1971||Meliton Iroy|
|1940||Gavino Go||1972||Anastacio Emata|
|1941||Hermogenes Martinada||1973||Buenaventura Cuartela|
|NEW GENERATION||1976||Maria Collado|
|2000||Bardillon Family||1978||Apolonio Ontimare|
|2001||Eufracia Raquel||1979||Crispen Cerno|
|2002||Eugenia Aniano||1980||Raymundo Jandoc|
|2003||Miguel Ontimare||1981||Licerio Martinada Sr.|
|2004||Shangrela Lea Loreno||1982||Bardillon Family|
|2005||Godofredo Talavera||1983||Salustiano Remalante|
|2006||Erlinda Almaden||1984||Pedro Agda|
|2007||Eulalia Guarino||1985||Enrique Cardante Sr.|
|2008||Ruena Family||1986||Eleuterio Malate|
|2009||Shiony Nabora||1987||Epifanio Balidio|
|2010||Aleta Aniano-Sayong||1988||Pelagio Bayona|
|1990||Hermogenes Martinada Jr.|
|1992||Ben de Dios|
|1994||Serafin Olimpo Jr.|
|1997||Felipe Bayona Jr.|