Did you know that the town of Bulakan, Bulacan was once part of Tondo, Manila? In 1575, Bulakan was established as a visita of Tondo and it is not part of Calumpit which is already established as an Alcadia (province) by that time. On April 30, 1578, Bulakan town was officially established by the Augustinians with Fray Diego Vivar as its first prior and the convent was dedicated to initially San Agustin. The church of Bulakan was completed in August 1578. The town of Bulakan was then proclaimed a separate parish from Tondo and it was during this time that the first image of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion was placed at the façade of the church and numerous miracles were attributed to the image since then.
One of the earliest known miracles of the Virgin happened during the British Invasion where it is said that while the British forces are preparing for their meals near the vicinity of the church, the food suddenly turned into worms that the forces immediately flee from Bulakan. The miraculous image of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion was episcopally crowned on November 28, 2020. In celebration of the town’s 444th founding anniversary, the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, the Recamaderos de Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion of Cofradia de Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion organized an exhibit, showcasing a collection of replica images of Our Lady of the Assumption.
Entitled “Su Asuncion y Nuestra Devocion”, the exhibit aims to showcase the growing devotion to Our Lady of the Assumption. Some of the images in the exhibit played an integral part to the rich history of Bulakan. The Asuncion exhibit officially opened last July 31, 2022 and is scheduled to run until August 13, 2022.
Here are some of the images from the exhibit.
The official Replica and Callajera image of Our Lady of the Assumption of Bulakan
Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion de Bulakan
A replica of Our Lady
Some of the ex-votos, accessories, and jewelries worn by the original image
Vestment previously worn by the original image of Asuncion which is now permanently enthroned in the main altar of the church
The Assumption of Mary is one of the four Marian dogmas of the Catholic Church.
It depicts the image of Mary ascending into Heaven
Image of Saint Joseph
Santo Niño del Cielo
A beautiful 3D banner made from recyclable materials with images depicting the miraculous Lady and the historic church
The original image of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion de Bulakan enshrined in the main altar of the church
The Su Asuncion y Nuestra Devocion Exhibit in Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Bulakan, Bulacan will run from July 31 to August 13, 2022. The exhibit is just part of their Fiesta celebration. Listed below are the scheduled of activities for their upcoming Town Fiesta
Source of Information: Pintakasi / Inquirer / Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion