Well, it’s almost May. . .and we are honoring San Pascual Baylon de Guinarona with a Centennial Fiesta!

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To us, Guinarona Fiesta in the Philippines, is the event.   Not even Christmas comes close.  Although the fiesta is too much work, it’s a miracle that we go through the rigmarole with high spirits.  Having a huge house to clean up in preparation is no joke either.  Like two weeks before May 17, we would clear awnings, alcoves and exteriors with escuba–really a cluster of woody weeds bunched up like a broom, but with a long handle, the better to scour every nook and cranny.

And boy do we have to apply tons of red wax to the wooden floor, then polish it with a million strokes of the bunot.  But then what happens is that your floor becomes a sad spectacle with the fiesta traffic.  It’s like, why do we have to clean up, polish up with all the mess afterwards?  Aren’t fiestas crazy?

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Hello, We Want a Trade Off!

In the picture are (1) the Vatican Museum in Rome (2) our last picture of the 108-year San Pascual Baylon icon, taken in April 2010 courtesy of Evelyn Fabian-Ausa, before it was stolen in June 2010 or two months later, and (3) San Pascual’s drawing of August 28, 2010 of a ship with arching smoke, through rum libation.

According to a very reliable source, when Salvacion Aguillon, leader of the Ang Banal na Pagaaral Group — a world-wide charismatic organization — visited Guinarona on March 10, 2012, she revealed that our cherished San Pascual image is now in the Vatican Museum. Yes, you heard it right: Vatican Museum in Rome. Note that Aguillon has an office in Rome too. Our forebears bought the icon through their blood, sweat and tears, and it is now in the Vatican–just like that. Note, too, that museums have budgets to buy their stuff, so this begs the question: Did money change hands? You bet, blood money in the instant case. As Guinaronanhons, should we demand a trade off? You can bet on that too. As far as I am concerned the trade off should be that they build the Guinarona church into a BASILICA. We welcome your suggestions, so we can prepare the petition addressed to the Vatican. In the meantime, ours will only be a Centennial by Proxy. So on with the show!

In hindsight, the automatic drawing of the ship meant that on August 28, 2010, San Pascual’s icon was on its way to the Vatican. Or it could bode well for other related things.