This year, the feast of Our Lady of La Naval was made more special with the declaration of Santo Domingo Church and its liturgical objects as National Cultural Treasures by the National Museum. This event made the headlines of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, see below.
National Treasures...Our Lady of La Naval etching her presence deeper into the Filipino identity, this was publicly declared during the opening of the annual celebration of La Naval de Manila, the Enthronement of Our Lady in the main altar of Sto. Domingo on October 4th.
After buying flowers in Dangwa to be used for the carroza of Beata Imelda Lambertini, passed by the Rotonda where Quezon City proudly declares their devotion to our Lady. It's been a while since I've been to Sto. Domingo for the fiesta of Our Lady of La Naval (with me participating in Marikina's Holy Rosary procession), so I decided to drop by...even though I will not be able to see her in procession, at least to see the carroza's of the Dominican Saints ready for procession would somehow give me that feeling...
Treasure before our eyes. The declaration, recognizes Santo Domingo-La Naval both as an institution and a structure, as well as a repository of modern art. A National Cultural Treasure is a cultural property, a unique object found locally, possessing outstanding historical, cultural, artistic and/or scientific value which is significant and important to the country. Also, archaeological objects are qualified to be declared as National Cultural Treasures for its outstanding value to the history and identity of Filipinos. It also has historical significance because of its association with prehistoric events and past industries that are the foundation of the Filipino culture.
Santo Domingo, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, is the first National Cultural Treasure in Quezon City and the 72nd place in the country to be declared as such.
National treasure...hmmm...what more if the original Sto. Domingo church in Intramuros survived...we owe a lot to the Dominican Fathers who did their best to ensure that Our Lady of La Naval was protected and safe at all cost. Praise God!
Sto. Domingo lovingly gazes over devotees entering the Shrine to see Our Lady of La Naval.
Our Lady of La Naval enthroned at the main altar of Sto. Domingo. Regina Sacratisimii Rosarii, Ora pro nobis!
The Queen and her saints...Dominican saints on their carroza's ready for the procession in the afternoon.
The unmistakable La Naval silhouette...beautiful from all sides.
The boat-shaped carroza of Our Lady of La Naval
Our Lady and her beloved spouse
San Lorenzo Ruiz leading the Dominican Saints in procession; this Grand procession culminates the La Naval festivities.