Thursday, September 20, 2012


An altar-ful of santos from the Diocese of San Pablo and its Churches. From the book edited by Chit Lijauco and photographed by Mon Acasio. (c) 2000 by the Diocese of San Pablo.

 SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT. From the church of San Gregorio Magno. The patron saint of Majayjay, he was elected Pope in 590 A.D., the first Benedictine to occupy the highest position in the Catholic hierarchy.  He was resposible for the Gregorian chant. Feast Day: March 12.

 ST. BARTHOLOMEW. From the church of San Bartolome de Apostol. One of the 12 apostles of Jesus. Tradition holds that he preached in the East and died a martyr's death in Armenia, being flayed alive for having won converts to the Lord Jesus.. Feast Day: August 24.

 ST. PETER ALCANTARA. From the church of San Pedro de Alcantara in Pakil. The town's other patron is the Ntra. Sra. Dolores de Turumba. Feast Day: October 19.

 VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE. From the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Pagsanjan. Fray Agustin de la Magdalena donated the first image of the town patron, Virgen de Guadalupe in 1687. A new image was crowned in 1947 by Bishop Obviar. Another image was donated by the Basilica of the Ntra. Sra. de Guadalupe of Mexico in 1958. Feast Day: December 12.

 ST. JOHN NEPOMUCENE. The second patron saint of the town of Pakil is the martyr San Juan Nepomuceno. Feast Day: December 11.

OUR LADY OF O. From the Church of Our Lady's Nativity in Pangil. The image of the pregnant Virgin and the Christ Child were sent by King Carlos II to Pangil in 1764 as sign of his gratitude. Feast Day: December 18.

SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA. From the church of San Antonio de Padua in Pila. The Franciscan patron is housed in the first Antonine parish in the Philippines (est. 1581). The town's other patrons include San Roque and Virgen de las Flores. Feast Day: June 13.

SAINT ROSE OF LIMA. From the church of Santa Rosa de Lima in Santa Rosa. The Peruvian santa, whose devotion was begun by Dominicans who first ministered in the area in 1792. Feast Day: August 23.
SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST. From the church of San Juan Bautista in Calamba. The church where Dr. Jose P. Rizal was baptized was rebuilt after WWII. Feast Day: June 24.

SAINT PAUL. From the magnificent domed Cathedral of San Pablo in San Pablo. The first hermit is the patron of the town, although images of San Francsico de Asis and San Agustin are displayed prominently on the church facade. Feast Day: January 15.


  1. San Bartolome was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus. He never became a Franciscan because the Franciscan order did not exist yet

  2. Yes, you are so right, mea culpa. Hmm, where did I get that info!?! I had him confused with St. Bartholomew Buonpedoni, who did become a 3rd Order Franciscan.