‘Mama’s boys’ to open Marian exhibit

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CAINTA, Rizal, July 21, 2014—A Catholic lay group of mostly male Marians, committed to spreading devotion to the Blessed Mother, is scheduled to mount a Marian exhibit from August 3 to 24 at the Santa Lucía Grand Mall ballroom in Cainta, Rizal.

“This is our way of expressing our love for Mama Mary, the mother of our Savior Jesus Christ,” Cofradía de los Hijos de María coordinator José Marcelino Romualdo Martinez shared in an interview.

Billed “Salve Regina” (Hail Holy Queen), the annual grand Marian exhibit took the organizers months to prepare and is set to showcase as many as 140 statues and icons of the Blessed Virgin under her various titles.

The Marian exhibit set up by Cofradía de los Hijos de María will include the beloved image of Our Lady of Fatima, among others. (Photo: Ka Ruben)

“These sacred art pieces are from religious artwork enthusiasts and custodians in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces like Rizal and Pampanga,” Martinez explained.

Marian titles range from the most popular to the least familiar ones.

The exhibit, which will be open in time for the “Solemnity of the Assumption” on August 15, is expected to feature the universally recognized Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Lourdes, Fátima, La Salette, the Miraculous Medals, and the Virgin of Guadalupe among many others.

Much-beloved “Filipinized” Marys like those of Nuestra de Guía, de los Remedios, de la Paz y Buen VIaje,  Caysasay, Peñafrancia, de la Candelaria,  de los Desemparados, and del Santísimo Rosario are also slated for the event.

For details, visit www.facebook.com/cofradiasdeloshijosdemaria. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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