CAVITE City, July 20, 2014—Cavite’s Queen, the “Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga” is scheduled to tour nine communities across Rizal, Caloocan, Quezon City, and Manila as part of its yearly “Dalaw Soledad” which seeks to promote devotion to the Blessed Virgin of Solitude.
Since June when the Dalaw Soledad kicked off, the image which is the oldest Marian icon in the country, had already visited Saint Sebastian Parish in Lumban, Laguna; Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel in Jalajala, Rizal; Saint Ursula Parish in Binangonan, Rizal; Parish of Saint Joseph the Worker in Angono, Rizal; and Saint Clement Parish on Doña Aurora St., Angono, Rizal.
The rest of the itinerary is as follows:
- June 20, 2013 – July 27, 2014
Saint John the Baptist Parish
Sumulong St., Brgy San Isidro, Taytay, Rizal
- July 27, 2014 – August 3, 2014
Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Aranzazu
San Mateo, Rizal
- August 3, 2014 – August 10, 2014
Our Lady of Fátima Parish
Magat Salamat St., Urduja Village, Caloocan City
- August 10, 2014 – August 17, 2014
Rayo Veritas Chapel, West Ave., Quezon City
- August 17, 2014 – August 24, 2014
Holy Family Parish
Roxas District, Quezon City
- August 24, 2014 – August 31, 2014
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
- August 31, 2014 – September 6, 2014
Holy Trinity Parish
Calabash Road, Balic-Balic, Sampaloc, Manila
- September 6, 2014
Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel
Bacoor City, Cavite
Devotion to Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga is one of the most popular among Catholic Filipinos as proven by the many Soledad icons venerated across the country.
Nicknamed “Inang Magkakandila”, the Soledad is often associated with Lenten rites and the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day observances.
At the San Roque Chuch in Cavite City, where she is enshrined and honored as the “Queen and Patroness” of the Cavite province, the faithful celebrate her feast on the second and third Sundays of November.
Thanks to the efforts of San Roque Parish priest Monsignor Baraquiel Mojica,and Bishop Felix Perez, the Soledad was crowned canonically in November 17, 1978 by then Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Bruno Torpigliani during the pontificate of John Paul II.
Versions of the miraculous icon are venerated in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Camba, Binondo, Manila; Subic, Zambales; and Buhi, Camarines Sur. (Raymond A. Sebastián)