St. John Nepomucene
The St. John Nepomucene Fountain in front of the Catholic church in Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City, was blessed yesterday by parish priest Fr. Aniceto “Mao” Buenafe Jr.
Conceptualized by Tomiko Casiano and designed by architect Rodney Libo-on Rodriguez, the 12 feet 3-tiered fountain with a 10-foot statue of St. John Nepomucene was funded by the family of Isidro Villarosa and wife Lina Patrimonio.
The statue of St. John Nepomucene on top of the fountain was sculpted by artist Michael Villarosa, who said the structure could be the biggest in the province.
Casiano, also the liturgical arts committee head of the Parish Pastoral Council, said the fountain depicts the story of St. John Nepomucene, the first martyr of the Seal of the Confessional and considered as the most popular saint of Prague.
He said the water that flows from the fountain represents the Moldau River in the modern Czech Republic, where St. John Nepomucene was drowned on the orders of Wenceslaus IV, King of Bohemia, in 1393.
The stars on the halo of the replica of the saint on top of the fountain symbolize the five stars that hovered over the Moldau River the night the saint was killed, Casiano added.*NAB
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40th NegOcc cultural
tour slated Dec. 14, 21
The Annual Cultural Tour of Negros Occidental will celebrate its 40th anniversary and has scheduled tours from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on December 14 and 21, in Bacolod City and the province, organizer Ramon Hofileña said yesterday.
These are the Birhen sang Barangay Chapel, with the Dizon Ramos Museum and Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation as alternates, in Bacolod; and Bernardino Jalandoni Museum, Hofileña Museum, and food trip to delicacy sources in Silay City, Church of St. Joseph the Worker in Victorias City, and the Chapel of the Cartwheels in Manapla town, all of Negros Occidental, Hofileña said in a press release.
The histories of the San Sebastian Cathedral, enchanted trees of Talisay, ancestral houses of Silay, Heroes of Guintabuan monument in EB Magalona, first Filipino religious imageries, oldest antique of Negros, and the world’s smallest dolls will be explained by Hofileña.
The “correct histories” about Rizal, Luna, and Hidalgo, and how the Negros Island got its name will also be made, he added.
The tour fee of P1,000 each person will cover everything, including lunch, snack and museum fee. The first 40 college students to register with current IDs will get a discount of P100, the press release said.
Registration is at Jara Laboratory and Blood Bank, corner Lacson-1st streets in Bacolod. Passengers are limited to 50 persons, and children age six years old and below, and grade school and high school students in big groups are not allowed.
The tour is supported by the Negros Occidental provincial government, in coordination with the Negros Occ. Tourism Center, Silay City government, Gonzales Newspaper Dealer, Jara Laboratory and concert pianist Leonor Kilayko.
Those interested may contact Jara Lab at (034) 434-6398, or the Hofileña Museum at (034) 495-4561, the press release added.*
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