October 4th 2012--after the traditional enthronement of the canonically crowned image of Our Lady of the Rosary (or the Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario), Sto. Domingo and its liturgical objects were officially declared by the National Museum as National Cultural Treasures.
Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner, O.P., prior provincial of the Philippine Dominican Province and chancellor of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) formally accepted the declaration handed by Dr. Jeremy Barns, Director of the National Museum. He said that “the Church serves as an heirloom of the Filipino people.” According to him, the treasure “is not just a treasure of the Catholic faithful, but of the entire nation.” “This place is where the heart of the nation belongs,” he added. Sto. Domingo Church, La Naval de Manila Shrine declared by the National Museum as National Cultural Treasures
After the image is processed around the Shrine, she is taken to her throne assembled purposely for the fiesta celebration.
As the smoke clears, the image of Our Lady appears gloriously to hundreds of her devotees waving their handkerchiefs, raising their rosaries to pay homage to the Queen of the Filipino People. Regina Sacratisimii Rosarii, Ora pro nobis!