HAGONOY, Bulacan, Oct. 30, 2016 – The community of the town of Hagonoy, Bulacan rejoiced on Oct.29 over the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Dedication of the Church of St. Anne as a national shrine, particularly reminiscing about the numberous vocations attributed to the devotion to “Apo Ana.”
“According to historians, the very important reason which made the CBCP decide for [our church in] Hagonoy to be the national shrine was how in the span of time, the town has produced more than 100 priest-sons and several more religious brothers and sisters,” said Msgr. Ranilo S. Trillana, P.C., president of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. (KAKATHA) in a message expressing his thanksgiving for the blessings received by Hagonoy.
“Truly with such a grace, [the church of] Hagonoy could not but receive this honorific title as a national shrine,” he added.
KAKATHA, an organization of priests in the Philippines, has a list of 114 priest-sons of Hagonoy, 66 of whom are still alive and actively serving in different dioceses and religious congregations, here and abroad.
In honor of the said event, the Municipal Government of Hagonoy headed by Municipal Mayor Raulito Manlapaz, Jr. initiated the civic commemoration of the anniversary of the proclamation of St. Anne’s Parish as a national shrine. Held at the Municipal Hall of Hagonoy, the said event was attended by several of the original committee members who paved the way for the declaration of St. Anne’s as a national shrine.
“The whole town prepared for the event with offering time, effort, and resources in order for the patroness of our town, Apo Ana, may be given due respect and in thanksgiving to God for this special grace,” said Municipal Special Events office in a message that recalled the events of 1991 when the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s proclamation was communicated to the parish community of Hagonoy.
Malolos Bishop Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Kalookan Bishop Emeritus Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr., D.D., and the clergy of Malolos led a Mass procession after.
The ceremony commenced with a prayer, the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, the singing of the original hymn in honor of the 1991 event performed by Banda Santa Ana, followed by a traditional folk dance performance by the Sta. Monica National High School Folk Dance Troupe. (Kendrick Ivan Panganiban / CBCP News)