MANILA, Aug. 14, 2016 – Calbayognons living in Manila will mark the Feast of Our Lady of Nativity on Sept. 8 and 11 through activities lined-up for the said fiesta celebration, which includes a 9-day novena at Our Lady of Divine Grace Chapel (Gate 6) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
On Sept. 8, the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Nativity, as celebrated universally by Catholic Church, Calbayognons will gather again as a community at the Quezon City Sports Club in E. Rodriguez Ave, QC.
A Dinner-Dance-Fellowship Night will also be held at the Manila Hotel in Manila on Sept. 11 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.
100 years of celebration
This year’s hermano and hermana are Jose and Minerva Majandog, who organized the event in cooperation with the Doers Club that has been overseeing this annual religious gathering since 1972. Doers Club is a SEC-registered association of and for Calbayognons in Metro Manila.
The first celebration of Manila-based Calbayognons of the city fiesta happened on Sept. 8, 1898 at San Agustin Church in Intramuros.
Home to natural tourist attractions
Calbayog City is home to the famous Christ the King College Youth Symphony Orchestra that sang during Pope Francis’ closing Mass in Luneta in January 2015 and during the Opening Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu this year. It is also the birthplace of some prominent Filipino personalities like Benedicto Nijaga, one of the “Trece Martires”, the 13 Filipino martyrs executed twelve days after national hero Dr. Jose Rizal’s death; Julio Cardinal Rosales, the second Filipino cardinal; former Senate president Jose Avelino, great grandfather of actor Paulo Avelino; film director Chito Roño; visual artist Raul Isidro; Deputy Prime Minister Jose Roño; Press Secretary Tomas Gomez III, and many more.
Calbayog, the most populated city in Samar, is the 3rd largest city in terms of land and water area in the Philippines. Located in the in the Eastern Visayas region, particularly in the west part of Samar Island, it is composed of 157 barangays comprising three administrative districts. Calbayog also prides itself with caves, falls, and natural tourist attractions. It is also known as Samar’s City of Waterfalls. (Carl Jamie Simple S. Bordeos/ CBCP News)