By Beatriz Decena
Different Marian images were displayed in Pasig as the city opened its first Grand Marian Exhibit on September 7 in celebration of Mother Mary’s birth month.
The Associacion de Camarero y Camarera de la Santisima Virgen Maria, a group who takes care of Marian images, organized the exhibit at the Pasig City Museum together with the city government and Pasig Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office.
“The main goal and aim of Marian exhibit is to promote the devotion for Mama Mary and bring her closer to Pasigueños,” Arjay Librea said, founder of the Associacion de Camarero y Camarera de la Santisima Virgen Maria.
According to Librea, the Asociacion decided to push through the exhibit “out of own initiative” to strengthen the devotion and inspire the youth to continue the tradition.
“Aside from the devotion, we are in search of persons who are to really inspire [sic] with the exhibit… Sana meron kaming ma-inspire na bata na pwedeng magpatuloy ng devotion kay Mama Mary,” he said.
More than a hundred images of Mother Mary were showcased in the exhibit including La Immaculada Concepcion, Our Lady of Manaoag, and Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario.
Most of the images came from the exhibitors of Pasig City, but Librea said that other camareros outside the city also volunteered to display their images.
This year’s theme is “Maria, Ina ng Bawat Pamilyang Pasigueno.”
“We are very fortunate na napagbigyan yung aming request. Actually, too much of our request were given by the Pasig City government,” he said.
Aside from the museum as place of exhibit, the government provided refreshments, decorations resources for activities.
Free transportation service to museum was also offered to Marian images in Pasig City.
Librea believes that the exhibit will inspire the millennials to continue their faith to Mother Mary and push through the exhibit “until becomes a tradition.”
“Sabi nga anything you ask from Mama Mary will directly go to Jesus Christ. Malakas ang ina sa anak,” he said
He added that the exhibit is important since not everyone, especially the youth, is familiar with the different faces of Mother Mary.
Although located in Pasig, other devotees outside the city are also invited to join the exhibit.
Visitors include a 103-year-old woman in wheelchair from Paco, Manila accompanied by her daughter.
“I gave them a couple of rosary as remembrance… nakakatuwa kasi although ang layo nila, they have come to Pasig City,” he said.
Prior to the exhibit, the Associacion had a dry run on May 19 to 28 at Escuela de Sto. Rosario in Pasig City. Forty Marian images participated.
On September 8, during Mother Mary’s birthday, a mini concert “Harana para sa kaarawan ng Birheng Maria” was held on the plaza beside the museum.
Different groups in Pasig such as scholars and market vendors are scheduled to witness the exhibit which will run until September 23.
Rocelle Gucan, 18, a student and city scholar, said her experience brought “spiritual happiness.”
“….Seeing those [images] reminds me of her love and purity. I hope and pray that Pasig Museum will continue this kind of activity,” she said.