CAVITE City, Nov. 7, 2014—As one of the highlights of her upcoming feast day, a documentary film on Cavite’s Queen, the Virgen de la Soledad de Porta Vaga (Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga), will be shown on Nov. 9, Sunday, at 2:30 p.m. inside San Roque Church.
Admission is free.
Entitled “Porta Vaga, La Venida de la Reina” which is Chabacano de Cavite for “The Arrival of the Queen”, the film traces the history of the beloved Marian image, as well as the phenomenal devotion it has inspired over the centuries.
Produced by the Mass Communications Department of San Sebastián College-Recoletos de Cavite, together with the National Council of the Cofradía de la Virgen de la Soledad de Porta Vaga, the movie celebrates the 30th anniversary of the recovery of the icon, which was believed to have been lost forever after its theft in 1984.
To watch the trailer, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pRSTeHFS3o.
Devotion to Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga, considered the revered Queen, Mother, and Patroness of the City and province of Cavite, is one of the most popular among Catholic Filipinos as attested by the many Soledad icons displayed and venerated in households nationwide.
Nicknamed “Inang Magkakandila,” the Soledad is often associated with Lenten rites and the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day observances.
The Marian image was granted canonical status on Nov. 17, 1978 by then Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Bruno Torpigliani in behalf of then Pope 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)