Our Lady Of Manaoag Is Now In The Big Apple: The Enshrinement


Last year, myusefultips.com featured NYC's annual feast day celebrations in honor of the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Manaog.

Two days ago, the image of Our Lady of Manaoag was formally enshrined at St. Lucy's Church in Manhattan, just in time for its annual feast day celebration. The said event was highlighted by a concelebrated mass, the May flower offering and the enshrinement itself. Rev. Msgr. Oscar A. Aquino, JCD was the main celebrant with Rev. Fr. Roland Mactal, O.P ., and Rev. Fr. Lito Cabatuan as co-celebrants. Fr. Mactal is currently the chaplain of the shrine of Our Lady in Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines. Fr. Mactal's homily centered on the importance of catholic faith regardless of where a person is located and the vital role played by Our Lady in our day-to-day lives.

Dr. Alejandro Alino, MD and Mrs. Nelly Alino were this year's hermano and hermana, respectively. Before the mass, a procession was conducted within the church and among the devotees who took part were about 50 sponsors and patrons who were generous enough to share their time, talent and treasure to make this year's event a success.

The liturgical music was provided by the Himig at Alay Music Ministry of Our Lady of Snows, few members of which come from other NYC-based choir groups. Our friend P. Dancel directed it and likewise made arrangements for some of the music pieces for piano and violin. Just like last year, Mr. Bob Kennaway rendered his version of “Hail Holy Queen” and a sax instrumentalist serenaded his version of the traditional song, “Ave Maria”.

The event was spearheaded by Our Lady of Manaoag Society of America (OLMSA), with its President Nida Cortez acting as the busy host for the day, from being an emcee down to supervising the small details of the gathering. Ms. Cortez encouraged everyone to visit Our Lady of Manaoag, while they are in the Big Apple. A  reception and entertainment followed at the church social hall, with Mr. Rene Ballenas taking charge and making sure that everyone enjoyed the merry making. Incidentally,  Nida Cortez and Rene Ballenas presently hold positions in the Philippine Indepence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI), an organization overseeing activities for Philippines' independence day  in NYC.

Myusefultips.com was fortunate to witness the said event and the author of this article was privileged to be part of this meaningful endeavor.

4 thoughts on “Our Lady Of Manaoag Is Now In The Big Apple: The Enshrinement”

  1. Good to know that our Lady of Manaoag was brought to Manhattan.  The Blessed Virgin of Manaoag is indeed an effective intercessor..In all my petitions, she's always there to intercede in my behalf.   I know it and I can feel it .  Sometime in June, the image was also enshrined at our own  St. Peter's Church along Commonwealth Ave. I was thrilled because at that time I was praying for immediate recovery of a loved one and also for a safe travel  to  Singapore.  They were answered prayers.
    Kudos to this article. Keep it up.
    Hot mama

    1. Thank you hot mama for sharing with us about the help you’ve got from Our Lady in response to your prayers for petitions. You’re such a lucky person as God always hear and answer your prayers (thru the intercession of Our Lady) immediately and at the right time. All the best!

  2. I don’t know about Our Lady of Manaoag. However, the article per se is good, informative and straight to the point. Thanks!

    1. For info., Our Lady of Manaoag is just one of the titles given to the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), the Mother of Jesus. Manaoag is a place where the BVM appeared to a man. As such, it’s called Our Lady of Manaoag (similar to Our Lady of Fatima, etc.)

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