Bulacan parish receives historical marker
Parish priest Fr. Virgilio M. Cruz and National Historical Commission executive director III Ludovico D. Badoy unveil the national historical marker at the San Miguel Arcangel Parish in San Miguel, Bulacan as part of the parish’s 293rd parish fiesta. SMAP – COMMISSION ON LITURGY
By Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban
May 7, 2018
SAN MIGUEL, BULACAN
The Parish Pastoral Council of St. Michael the Archangel Parish and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) here in this town held a civic reception on May 3, in recognition of the parish church’s historical significance to the town and to the country.
The joint unveiling of the parish’s historical marker from the NHCP, led by parish priest Fr. Virgilio M. Cruz and NHCP executive director III Dr. Ludovico D. Badoy, was the highlight of the reception. It officially recognizes the parish church’s vibrant history, having been part of the Pampanga province under the parish of Candaba in 1607, founded by the Augustinian (OSA) missionaries.
Later on, the parish came under the parishes of Gapan (Nueva Ecija), then Macabebe (Pampanga) between 1726-1872, yet was already an independent parish since 1725. When its number of priests was enough to rededicate the church independently, it was reappointed as a parish in 1872. By then it was already famously known as “San Miguel de Mayumo” or San Miguel Arcangel Parish.
Among the political and historical events the parish witnessed was the surrender of Spanish forces under Lieutenant Telesoforo Carrasco to the Filipino revolutionary army under Colonel Pablo Tecson in May 1898. The parish was said to have been damaged during the World War II but was rebuilt during the tenure of Fr. Honorio Resurrecion from 1941 to 1948. Its physical structure was also further fortified and retrofitted in 2003.
Local civil officials were also present with San Miguel mayor Marivee Mendez-Coronel represented by her mother, Priscilla Mendez.
The unveiling and the civil reception was part of the parish’s efforts not only to recognize the historical significance of the church but also for the faithful of the town to appreciate their town’s heritage. Badoy noted that it is important for a town and the church itself to be recognized, as its shared history forms part of the social and cultural consciousness of the locals. It was also a timely celebration since May is National Heritage Month. Cruz specially expressed gratitude for the recognition as the parish aims to appreciate more its spiritual and cultural heritage on its 293rd year.
National historical markers are given to different historical or heritage structures, specially if these are pieces of property or places with remarkable historical and cultural significance. San Miguel Church is one of the best preserved parish churches in the Diocese of Malolos, as it retains its original Spanish baroque architectural design with a conjoined façade and belfry, and has recently retrofitted its convent and church grounds.
With the theme, “San Miguel, akayin mo kami patungo sa Diyos Ama” (St. Michael, lead us towards the Father), the celebration commenced with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, followed by rosario cantada (sung rosary). Processions and the kissing of a stone relic from Monte Gargano, the Catholic sanctuary in northern Apulia in Italy where St. Michael the Archangel is said to have appeared, telling the faithful to have the cave dedicated to Christian worship and promising protection of the nearby town from pagan invaders.
The said celebration was also attended by parochial vicar Fr. Jerome B. Robles with Bernard Guy and Rowena Godoy, hermanos mayores 2018.