Aranzazu@300 docu’s 3rd installment premieres today

Aranzazu@300 docu’s 3rd installment premieres today
The Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora Aranzazu of San Mateo, Rizal marks three hundreds years this year.

SAN MATEO, Rizal – To mark the 300th anniversary of the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora Aranzazu in San Mateo, Rizal, the third and final installment of the documentary on the devotion to the patroness will be officially released today, Sept. 9.

According to Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Aranzazu’s media and public information ministry head Arnel Yango, this final installment will can be considered one of the “[peaks] of the 300th year celebration of the devotion to Our Lady of Aranzazu: the culminating activity of the coronation of our Lady and of the devotion of the people of San Mateo, Rizal, showcasing the planning, preparations like numerous meetings, formations, seminars, dialogues, symposiums, and the most important, the event itself.

Topping the list of highlights is the canonical coronation of the image of the Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu (NSDA) held on May 31.

3-part documentary

Prior to this, two earlier installments featured the “The Devotion” and “The History” of the Our Lady of Aranzazu respectively.

“The first film documentary was about ‘The Devotion’, as an establishing plot for the trilogy, emphasizing the undying faith of the devotees [and] most especially, those miracles that were said to come from Our Lady,” said Yango.

According to him, the second film documentary was about “the rich and meaningful history of NSDA and the shrine-parish [and] … how the devotion propagates throughout its neighboring social and political jurisdictions,” Yango explained.

Many miracles

With time, the devotion of Filipinos to Our Lady of Aranzazu has grown, said Michael Delos Reyes, a Jesuit historian, who helps keep NSDA records.

According to him, the devotion to Our Lady under this title originated from 15th century Spain. An apparition was documented to have happened to a boy named Rodrigo.

Many miracles attributed to the Virgin followed the said apparition.

It was during the 1700s when the Jesuits introduced the devotion in San Mateo, Rizal. After the image’s arrival in the Philippines, many miracles have since been reported. Greg Gregorio/RCDA SoCom/CBCPNews