Soledad Exhibit 2021 : A Virtual Tour

In line with the celebrations for the upcoming Fiesta of Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga, San Roque Parish Church (the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga) officially launches an exhibit dedicated to the patroness of Cavite.  Our Lady of Porta Vaga is not just the patroness of Cavite City but of all the provinces in Cavite, hence the title “Reina De Cavite” (Queen of Cavite).

It is one of the well known Marian devotions in the country. The image is also considered as the oldest extant dated Marian painting in the Philippines and is recently declared as a National Cultural treasure. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, all the traditional festivities including the colorful parades, caracol, and grand procession were cancelled. However, there will be concelebrated masses for both first and second fiesta. In addition to that, an exhibit dedicated to the miraculous image will run for three weeks and will be opened publicly.

Soledad Exhibit 2021 comes with a theme ” Inang Soledad: Ina ng Pag-asa: Huwaran ng Pagmamalasakit at Pagdamay sa Kapwa“.

It is interesting to note that Soledad Exhibit is a “Traveling Exhibit” organized by the Cofradia dela Virgen dela Soledad de Porta Vaga. The exhibit aims to introduce the different images of Soledad to different towns of Cavite and other provinces in the country and also to spread the growing devotion to the miraculous image. The exhibit is originally done as part of Lent celebration and was last held in Tanza, Cavite in 2017.

In celebration of her Feast day, the exhibit is finally back in her shrine after five long years (the last Soledad exhibit in the city was in 2016 – Luz de Filipinas).

The exhibit will showcase a huge collection of Soledad images as well as items and memorabilia that are associated to Our Lady of Porta Vaga. It is officially opened on November 3 and is scheduled to run till November 21. The exhibit is open from 8am to 6pm at the upper floor of the church. It is also worth noting that the exhibit will gather all the venerated Soledad images in the country for the very first time.

Here are the images from the Soledad Exhibit 2021
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The image is known in its province as the “Queen of the City and Province of Cavite” and “Exalted Patroness and the Celestial Guardian and Protectress of the Province of Cavite and its Port”
11_7_2021 5_20_21 PMAccording to historical records, the image is sometimes called “Mother of Candles” due to her prayerful iconography of two candles, hundreds of bottles of candles was offered in front of the image in the weeks of her festival in Cavite.
11_7_2021 5_17_14 PMThe oldest known design of an Estampa or print of Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga
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Scaled replica of the Galleon. The icon was used to bless departing trade galleons plying the route between Cavite and Acapulco, Mexico, earning her the title “Patroness of the Galleons”, while claims of miracles associated the icon as “The Virgin of a Thousand Miracles”.
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The Blessed Virgin Mary is depicted as garbed in black and white, kneeling before the instruments of Passion of Jesus Christ. This is a 3D interpretation of the painting.
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Different Stampitas of Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga
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11_7_2021 6_30_01 PMThe last Soledad Exhibit in the Parish was held in 2016 during the Luz de Filipinas Lent Exhibit. Feel free to revisit it here.
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Commemorative stamps issued by the Philippine Postal Services office on Apr 12 19992 was formally presented to Mayor Tim Encarnation and Pedro Arigo, the Diocesan administrator of Cavite. The stamp was designed by Rafael Asuncion and approved by
the Postmaster General Jorge Sarmiento. Four hundred thousand stamps were issued under two denominations.
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11_7_2021 6_47_50 PMNuestra Señora dela Soledad, Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol
11_7_2021 6_49_00 PMNuestra Señora dela Soledad de Sulipan (Pampanga)
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11_7_2021 6_51_34 PMNuestra Señora dela Soledad, Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol
11_7_2021 6_52_33 PMNuestra Señora dela Soledad de Maquinaya (Olongapo, Zambales)
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La Virgen Dela Soledad de las Islas Filipinas
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Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Camba (Manila).
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Nuestra Señora dela Soledad de Porta Vaga
11_7_2021 7_18_23 PMLa Virgen Dela Soledad de Oaxaca
11_7_2021 7_20_33 PMLa Virgen Dela Soledad De Nueva Ecija
11_7_2021 7_22_39 PMNuestra Señora de la Soledad de Buhi
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Nuestra Señora dela Soledad de Calbayog, Samar
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Nuestra Señora dela Soledad de Panggasinan
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Nuestra Señora dela Soledad de Malabon
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11_7_2021 8_00_07 PMThis pigment ink drawing La Virgen dela Soledad was made to remind the Faithful of the Graces and Blessings we receive during this trying times through Motherly intercession of the Virgin Mary
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This pigment ink drawing of La Virgen dela Soledad de Porta Vaga was made to commemorate the 3 great events: The Declaration of the Parish as Diocesan Shrine, the Canonical Coronation of the original image, and the declaration of the original image as a National Cultural treasure. (Check: Cavite City Celebrates Feast Day of Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga, Her Canonical Coronation and Declaration as National Cultural Treasure)
11_7_2021 8_04_14 PMThis image of La Virgen dela Soledad was made to honor Mary’s role as the comforter of the afflicted. It was made to remind people that our lady is here, consoling and protecting us against the Covid 19 virus and other illnesses.
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This image is a digital artwork rendered and inspired by artworks and paintings in Spain which is the origin of the very first image of Our Lady of Solitude
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Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Paloma
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Nuestra Señora dela Soledad de Villa Cañacao
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A Filipiñana Costume that features the Image of ‘Nuestra Señora Dela Soledad De Porta Vaga” and is matched with a headpiece that portrays the Galleon Vessel of ‘Reina De Cavite’. The Hem line is embellished with Mussels (Tahong) which is natural resources & a native product of Cavite.

For the complete photos of the images from the Soledad Exhibit: Check out the album here. 

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