MANILA, Nov. 4, 2014 — The University of Santo Tomas Theological Society’s exhibit on Mary featured her various images at the Rector’s Hall at the UST Central Seminary last Oct. 27 to 29, 2014 and aimed to increase Filipino families’ love for the Blessed Virgin as “patroness of the Philippines.”
Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani presided over the celebration of the Holy Eucharist after the viewing of the images of Mary on the exhibit’s first day and stressed the significance of Mary “in our midst and to our nation as a whole.”
Theological Society president Sem. Christian Dale Dakila opened the exhibit with a message stressing the importance of the Filipino tradition of recognizing Mary as Queen of Filipino families.
Maria Ana Harper, former president of the Heritage Conservation Society of the Philippine also shared her testimony about the “loving presence of our Mother Mary in the traditional Filipino families”, which she said, the faithful should emulate in the face of secularism.
Fr. Roberto Luanzon, Jr. OP, vice rector of the UST Central Seminary blessed the exhibit in the presence of Bishop Bacani, seminarians, guests, religious men and women.
Fr. Benildus Ma. Maramba, OSB, a Benedictine monk, together with the UST CS Psalterion, rendered a piano piece as a musical tribute offered to Mary.
Similarly, the UST CS Quintet and UST String Quartet also entertained the guests with classical, instrumental renditions. (Vanessa Puno)