OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
time the Virgin crossed the Pacific Ocean. In Acupulco the galleon lay at anchor until March, 1653, when the newly-appointed governor- general,
Sabiniano Manrique de Lara, Archbishop Miguel Poblete, Fray Rodrigo Cardenas, bishop-elect of Cayagan, and many other passengers embarked and set sail for Manila. Their sufferings during the voyage were horrible.
Almost overcome by a violent storm, the ship became unmanageable. Rain poured in torrents, whilst her decks were washed by the surging waves, and all was on the point of utter destruction.
In this plight the Virgin wras exhorted, and not in vain, for at her command the sea lessened its fury, the wind calmed, and all the horrors of the voyage ceased.
Black and threatening clouds dispersed, and under a beautiful blue sky a fair wind wafted the galleon safely to the port of Cavite.
a These circumstances gained for the saint the title of a Virgin of Good Voyage and Peace;a and the sailors who acknowledged that their lives were saved by\her sublime intercessiona followed V by ecclesiastical dignitaries and military chiefsa carried the image to her retreat in Antipolo (September 8th, 1653), where it was intended she should permanently remain. However, deprived of the succour of the saint, misfortune again overtook the galleons. Three of them were lost, and the writer of the brochure supposes that perchance the sea, suffering from the number of furrows cut by the keels of the ships, had determined to take a fierce revenge by swallowing them up!
a Once more, therefore, the Virgin condescended to accompany a galleon to Mexico, bringing her back safely to these shores in 1672.
a This was the Virgina s last sea voyage. Again, and forever, she was conveyed by the joyous multitude to her resting place in
BATTALION OF THE SECOND OREGON TROOPS.
Returning to Manila after the Battle of Paco.
Antipolo Church, and, on her journey thither, there was not a flower, adds the chronicler, which did not greet her by opening a buda not a mountain pigeon which remained in silence, whilst the breezes and the rivulets poured forth their silent murmurings of ecstacy. Saintly guardian of the soul, dispersing mundane evilsa no colors, the historian tells us, can paint the animation of the faithful; no discourse can describe the consolation of the pilgrims in their refuge at the shrine of the Holy Virgin of Antipolo.a
We cannot blame the Filipinos for being superstitious when such stuff as the foregoing is printed by their religious teachers as veritable history. It is stated, in the nature of a sequel, that, in
spite of the holy influence of this shrine, the village of Antipolo is a the center of brigandage, the resort of murderous highwaymen, the focus of crime,a by which we might infer that it does not pay to prevaricate in order that good may come.
It is related as a notorious fact that in a church near Manila, a few years ago, an image was made to move certain parts of its body as it was appealed to during the course of his sermon by the priest in charge. It would wag its head and extend its arms, while the native women in the audience wept and wailed. As soon as knowledge of this miraculous contrivance reached the ears of the archbishop, he ordered the image removed, and severely reprimanded the padre whose excess of zeai had induced him to resort to so shallow a trick for the conversion of his parishioners.
During Holy Week it was formerly the custom of many of the natives to parade the streets almost in a state of nudity, doing penance for a the wounds of our Lord.a They
A SUBURB OF OLD MANILA OCCUPIED BY NATIVES.