OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
Mexico, in 1626, in the state galleon, by Juan Nino de Tabora, who was appointed governor-general by Philip IV. The remarkable history of this saint is told in a pamphlet published at Manila, from which the following information has been obtained:
a The waiter says that the people of Acupulco (Mexico) were loth to part with their Holy Image, but the saintly Virgin being disposed to succour the inhabitants of the Spanish Indies, she herself smoothed all difficulties.
a During the first voyage, in the month of March, 1626, a tempest arose, which was calmed by the Virgin, and all arrived safely at thea shores of.Manila. The Virgin was then taken in pro-
cession to the cathedral, whilst the church bells tolled and the artillery thundered forth salutes of welcome.
a Solemn mass was celebrated, at which all the religious communities, civil authorities, and a multitude of people assisted.
a Six years afterward, Governor-General Tabora died.
a By his will he entrusted the Virgin to the care of the Jesuits, whilst a church was being built, under the direction of Father Juan Salazar, for her special reception. During the erection of this church, the Virgin often descended from the altar and displayed herself amongst the flowery branches of a tree called by the natives Antipolo \Artocarpus incisa).
a The tree itself was henceforth regarded as a precious relict
by the natives, who, leaf by leaf and branch by branch, were gradually carrying it off. Then Father Salazar decreed that the tree should serve for a pedestal to the Divine Miraculous Imagea hence the title, a Virgin of Antipolo.a
a In 1639 the Chinese rebelled against the Spanish authority. a In their furious march through the ruins and the blood of their victims, and amidst the wailing of the crowd, they attacked the sanctuary wherein reposed the Virgin. Seizing the Holy Image, they cast it into the flames, and when all around was reduced to ashes, there stood the Virgin of Antipolo, resplendent, with her hair, her lace, her ribbons and adornments intact, and her
beautiful body of brass without wound or blemish!
a Passionate at seeing frustrated their designs to destroy the deified protectress of the Christians, a rebel stabbed her in the face, and all the resources of art have ever failed to heal the lasting wround.
a Again the Virgin was enveloped in flames, which hid the appalling sight of her burning entrails. Now the Spanish troops arrived, and fell upon the heretical marauders with great slaughter; then, glancing with trembling anxiety upon the scene of the outrage, behold! with astonishment they descried the Holy Image upon a pile of ashesa unhurt!
- a With renewed enthusiasm, the Spanish infantry bore away the Virgin on their shoulders in triumph, and Sebastian Hurtado, the governor-general at the time, had her conveyed to Cavite to be the patroness of the faithful upon the high seas.
a A galleon arrived at Cavite, and, being unable to go into port, the commander anchored off at a distance.
a Then the governor-general, Diego Fajardo, sent the Virgin on board, and, by her help, a passage was found for the vessel to enter.
a Later on, twelve Dutch warships appeared off Mari-veles, a point to the north of the entrance to Manila Bay. They had come to attack Cavite, and in their hour of danger the Spaniards appealed to the Virgin, who gave them a complete victory over the Dutchmen, causing them to flee, with their commander mortally wounded. During the affray, the Virgin had been taken away for safety on board the a San Diego,a commanded by Cepeda. In 1650 this vessel returned, and the pious prelate, Jose Millan Poblete, thought he perceived clear indications of an eager desire on the part of the Virgin to retire to her sanctuary.
a The people, tco, clamored for the saint, attributing the many calamities with which they were afflicted at that period to her absence from their shores. Assailed by enemies, frequently threatened by the Dutch, lamenting the loss of several galleons, and distressed by a serious earthquake, their only hope reposed in the beneficent aid of the Virgin of Antipolo.
a But the galleon a San Francisco Xaviera feared to make the journey to Mexico without the saintly support, and for the sixth
A MOUNTAIN BROOK IN LUZON.
Showing, also, a rustic native bridge built of bamboo poles, and strong enough to sustain the weight either of men or horscr ,