IA#4 Museum Visit 1

1st Picture: The Presentation of the Santo Nino in Cebu : Carlos V. Francisco : 1965

  • We knew that one of the Filipino values is being religious. That is why on the first image we saw about the presentation of Sto. Nino to the people wherein up to now we still celebrate this feast every January. One of the biggest even that we celebrate that most of Filipino joined in, is the Papal Visit 2015 Mass in Quirino Grandstand wherein many or some of us brought our little images of Sto. Nino to celebrate his feast together with Pope Francis as our presider. Through the celebration of this feast we see each people in different areas of our country joined to proclaim the greatness of the Lord through our own little ways.

2nd Picture: The Black Nazarene of Quiapo : Ricarte M. Puruganan : 1937

  • One of the biggest religious celebration on the 9th day of January, wherein many devotees visit the Image of the Black Nazarene in Quirino Grandstand and Quiapo Church. I picked this image because personally I witnessed this big event and I have a part on this celebration. I am a devotee of the said image for almost 4 years and through this devotion I know that all my prayers will be answered. I know that every devotee on this celebration has different prayers in which I knew that through the procession on the image they offered their lives just for their faith. The Faith Exposed.

3rd Picture: The Station of the Cross (Via Crusis), VI. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus : An Unknown Bohol Master : 1830

  • This is one of the events in the Station of the Cross wherein we Catholics commemorates this event specifically during Lenten Season, the time when we repent to our sins and believe in the Gospel. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus Christ when He was carrying the cross because Veronica is very sad on the sacrifice that He will done for us. That’s why we Filipino Catholics thank always the Lord for the sacrifice He has done for us. For me this in one of the most important event in the bible wherein because of the sin of the people, Jesus himself carrying the cross and received the death through the cross.

4th Picture: Painted Window of Christ the King : Cesar Amorsolo : 1946

  • The image shpwed the triptych featuring Christ the King seated in the Central panel, flanked by the archangels Raphael and Gabriel, bowing low, on the side glass panels. The iconography of Christ the King is a classical Christian representation based on several passages of scripture. Cesar Amorsolo, however chose to omit the conventional depiction of Christ’s right hand up in a gesture of majestically in silk robes on an elevated throne, he is instead portrayed here with arms on his sides and palms facing inward — a sign of blessed welcome into his heavenly kingdom.

5th Picture: El Bautismo de Jesus por San Juan Bautista : Simon Flores Y De La Rosa : Late 19th Century

  • The Baptism of the Lord reminds us the priestly, prophetic and kingly mission of Jesus Christ to us Christians. Wherein it reminds us every Christian that through baptism we are being cleanse from the original sin that the first man and woman did in the garden. That’s why when we receive the sacrament of baptism we have the mission to become one of the soldiers of Christ.

6th Picture: The Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis), XII. Jesus dies on the cross : An Unknown Bohol Master : 1830

  • This is one of the biggest event in the Roman Catholic Church wherein through this image or depiction of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross we are being reminded that Jesus Christ offered His life for our salvation from hell. That is why we the so called celebration of the Holy Eucharist or the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass. That is why this image reminds me that without Jesus Christ I maybe not saved from the persecution of the first people during His time but for his promised for us He, then sacrifice everything for all of us.

7th Picture: The Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis), XIII. Jesus is taken down from the cross : An Unknown Bohol Master : 1830

  • Jesus is dead. From his heart, pierced by the lance of the Roman soldier, flow blood and water: a mysterious image of the stream of the sacraments, Baptism and the Eucharist, by which the Church is constantly reborn from the opened heart of the Lord. Jesus’ legs are not broken, like those of the two men crucified with him. He is thus revealed as the true Paschal lamb, not one of whose bones must be broken (cf. Es 12:46). And now, at the end of his sufferings, it is clear that, for all the dismay which filled men’s hearts, for all the power of hatred and cowardice, he was never alone. There are faithful ones who remain with him. Under the Cross stand Mary, his Mother, the sister of his Mother, Mary, Mary Magdalene and the disciple whom he loved. A wealthy man, Joseph of Arimathea, appears on the scene: a rich man is able to pass through the eye of a needle, for God has given him the grace. He buries Jesus in his own empty tomb, in a garden. At Jesus’s burial, the cemetery becomes a garden, the garden from which Adam was cast out when he abandoned the fullness of life, his Creator. The garden tomb symbolizes that the dominion of death is about to end. A member of the Sanhedrin also comes along, Nicodemus, to whom Jesus had proclaimed the mystery of rebirth by water and the Spirit. Even in the Sanhedrin, which decreed his death, there is a believer, someone who knows and recognizes Jesus after his death. In this hour of immense grief, of darkness and despair, the light of hope is mysteriously present. The hidden God continues to be the God of life, ever near. Even in the night of death, the Lord continues to be our Lord and Saviour. The Church of Jesus Christ, his new family, begins to take shape.

8th Picture: The First Mass in Limasawa : Carlos V. Francisco : 1965

  • The first Catholic mass in the Philippines happened on March 31, 1521, just three days after Ferdinand Magellan landed on Philippine shore. This event is seen to be the birth of Roman Catholicism in the country. The location of the mass was contentious. Originally it was thought to be in the island of Limasawa, in Leyte, but other historians argue that a mistranslation resulted to that error, and that the place should be Butuan (the place where the Golden Tara was also discovered).
  • The mural depicts Fr. Pedro Valderrama officiating the mass in an improvised altar in the presence of Ferdinand Magellan, Pigafetta (chronicler of Magellan), Spanish soldiers, and the natives in awe. Another fine example of a historical painting is the First Mass at Limasawa by Botong Francisco. The artwork, which was commissioned by the national government, was created to commemorate the 400 years of Philippine Christianization which was held in Cebu in 1965.

9th Picture: La Sagrada Familia : Juan Senson : Late 19th Century

  • La Sagrada Familia popularly known as “Holy Family” has a big impact to us Filipinos. Wherein in us Filipinos we value the word “family” wherein family is the start of everything we have now. Mary and Joseph surround the young Christ Child in love. The Virgin holds the Child, and the Child playfully extends his hands to his mother. This icon shows us a meaningful picture of the tender and devoted relationship between Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, as well as their love and sacrifice for others. In this icon, the Christ Child is at the centre, with Mary and Joseph at his side. Jesus outstretches his arms to his mother with love and tenderness, and Joseph offers a guiding hand of fatherly support. “The Holy Family” icon is an example and reminder of the importance of family in both human and divine existence.
Picture inside and outside of the National Museum dated February 11, 2017 : 2:30PM