Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Originally published on Philippine Daily Inquirer Lifestyle 5 March 2007, Monday 

A back-to-back exhibit will open at the Museo de Santo Domingo in Quezon City as part of the celebration commemorating the centennial of the canonical coronation of Our Lady of the Rosary, La Naval de Manila, as Patroness of the Philippines. The fourth and fifth in a series of exhibits will begin on March 10 and 24, respectively.

 SAN JOSE CON NINO JESUS. An early 20th century piece courtesy of Gino Marasigan. 

The fourth exhibit, "San Jose, Esposo de la Virgen", will feature various images and depictions of St. Joseph, the patron of the universal church. Gino Marasigan, with his early 20th century image, is the hermano of the exhibit, together with the Cofradia de San Jose headed by Rolly Tayo. Other images and icons will be provided by designers Manny Castro; Steve de Leon; Fr. Roland dela Rosa, OP; Fr. Robie Reyes, OP;Nena Bernales; Ting Escobar; Deus Antique Shop; Toots Munar; and museum curator Rei Nicolas.

 SAN JOSE, from the collection of Rei Nicolas. 

The special veneration of St. Joseph began in the east where the apocryphal "History of Joseph" enjoyed great popularity in the fourth to the seventh centuries. In the ninth century, Irish Felire of Oengus, a commemoration is mentioned, but it was not until the 15th century that the veneration of St. Joseph in the west became widespread when his feast day was introduced in the Roman Calendar in 1479. The devotion was particularly popularized by St. Teresa of Avila and St. Francis of Sales.

The chaplain of the shrine, Rev. Fr. Roberto Pinto, OP will open the exhibit on March 10, at 4: 30 p.m., with a blessing of the information lobby of Santo Domingo Convent. The exhibit runs until March 19.

 VIRGEN DOLOROSA, owned by Tom Joven. 

The fifth exhibit, "Misterios Dolorosos" will open at the Museo on March 24 and will run until April 6. It highlights the rosarian character of the Sto. Domingo Church, with rare images, icons, photos and prints of the suffering of Christ and the Mater Dolorosa on exhibit.

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