Petition to save the historic Simbahan ng Balayan church school and convent in Lipa, Batangas

Immaculate Conception Parish Church (Simbahan ng Balayan, Lipa, Batangas

Immaculate Conception Parish Church (Simbahan ng Balayan, Lipa, Batangas

There is a petition circulated by the Lopez of Balayan of Batangas Foundation addressed to Archbishop Ramon Arguelles in

Archdiocese of Lipa: Don’t betray history. Save centuries-old Balayan Church school and convent from destruction


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1st National Marian Prayer Congress in Lipa, Batangas on September 8-12, 2010

Thousands of Marian devotees are expected to flock this bustling Carmelite church this September as the preparations to the 7th National Pilgrimage to Lipa step up.  The annual pilgrimage to the church entrusted to Mary Mediatrix of All Grace is also tagged as the “National Day of Prayer for World Peace and for the Sanctification of the Clergy”.  Featured this year is the holding of the First National Marian Prayer Congress organized by the Pueblo Amante de Maria Philippines.  Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles is its president.

According to Archbishop Arguelles, the Congress will precede the September 12 pilgrimage which has drawn thousands of devotees from all over the country, attracted to the surging interest on Mary Mediatrix of All Grace.  On September 8th, the Nativity of Our Lady, the congress will open with a Eucharistic Celebration at the Metropolitan Cathedral at 4:00 p.m.  to be followed by a grand Marian procession.  Different Marian images are expected to be brought to this Marian festival.  If things will materialize, Archbishop Arguelles said that they have invited the papal nuncio to be the presider at the opening Eucharistic Celebration.

From September 9-11 at the Carmel Monastery–Mediatrix Chapel, the prayer congress proper will be held.  Dr. Manfred Hanuke, President of the Mariological Society of Germany, will be the guest speaker.  Dr. Manfred is a renowned Marian lecturer and author of several books on Mary.  He is expected to give two conferences a day–one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  The rest of the time will be spent on “Praying with Mary”, interspersed with singing and faith sharing.  Each day will end with the Holy Eucharist tagged as “At the Foot of the Cross with Mary.”

On the evening of September 11, the devotees will troop to the Cathedral for an overnight vigil, capped by a Healing Mass.  Early morning of September 12, the usual procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the Cathedral to the proposed Mediatrix Parish, some hundred meters from the Carmel Monastery will be held.  After the Benediction, there will be a Mass followed by reflections to be rendered by lay people.  The month of September is called the Laity Month in the Centennial Celebration of the Diocese of Lipa.

In the afternoon, the closing mass is expected to be graced by many archbishops of the country.

Source: a poster from Pinoy Catholic:

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles lifts the 1951 ban on the public veneration of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace

BATANGAS CITY — Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles confirmed that he had lifted the 1951 ban on the public veneration of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace.

In a phone interview Tuesday night, Arguelles said he lifted the ban on Nov. 12 as “there was nothing wrong in praising apparitions” as he was well-aware of “the love of the people for the Blessed Mother.”

“The Blessed Mother has [protected] the country from calamities,” he said.


When Arguelles declared the official lifting of the 1951 ban on Nov. 12, it was the 61st anniversary of the last of the series of apparitions to Castillo which occurred from September to November in 1948.

Arguelles stressed: “My order on Nov. 12 was merely a ‘relifting’ of Gaviola’s order.”

He also said that last month, he went to Rome to ask permission to search the archives for documents pertaining to the controversial apparitions but no such documents were found.

The Lipa Archbishop said that at 3 p.m. every 12th day of the month, the rosary is prayed by devotees from different towns in Batangas and from all over the country.

Source: Marrah Erika Lesaba, Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/18/2009)

Monk’s Hobbit’s Notes:

I have heard Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, D.D. say mass a few times.  Unbelievable.  This bishop is a real preacher and catechist.  His homilies are long and steeped in church doctrine.  In a Holy Triduum years ago, he explained, for example, that the vestments are red because of the festive nature of the celebration.  And he explained many other things.  You would think that he is already giving a homily.  But the mass has not yet begun!  Unbelievable.  If he comes to say mass in a church near you, don’t miss him.