By Rey Andres
A joyful Easter Sunday celebration will highlight this year’s Lent Season observance at the St. Linus Catholic Church on April 24 with the traditional staging of the “Salubong”, a revered tradition observed in the Philippines and in areas of the world where Filipinos are located.
The “Salubong” at 13915 Shoemaker Ave., Norwalk will begin at 6:00 a.m. with an Easter procession, praying the Holy Rosary and attending the celebration of a Mass at 6:30 a.m.
The traditional â€œSalubongâ€ is a colorful reenactment of the meeting of Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mother for the first time, after His resurrection from the dead.
The choreographed event at St. Linus will highlight the performance St. Linus Liturgical Dancers, the St. Linus Filipino Choir and an ensemble of musicians providing the background as “the Blessed Mother meets her Risen Son and the Easter Angel lifts the veil of mourning.”
The religious celebration will continue after the Mass with a fellowship where participants will participants will be feted with what organizers call â€œa hearty Easter breakfastâ€ of â€œarrozcaldoâ€, â€œpan de salâ€ with queso, putobungbong, putongputi and kutsinta, among others.
The â€œSalubongâ€ is a Catholic celebration that has its roots â€œin Ignatian Spiritualityâ€. Ignatius noticed that the Bible did not mention Jesus appearing to his mother after His resurrection, which he though He could not have done otherwise. From this â€œinsightâ€originated the popular devotion of â€œSalubongâ€ and which became the doctrinal content of the Philippine devotion where an angel lifts the veil of mourning of Mary.
Easter Sunday ends the 40-day Lent and the three-day mourning following the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross and is considered the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year.
The Philippine celebration of Easter is as unique and as peculiar as the observance in the provinces, which blend their unique interpretations in the age-old religious tradition.
At dawn in many Catholic churches at around 4:00 a.m. of the glorious Sunday, a crowd would gather in front of the church for the â€œSalubongâ€, where children dressed as angels would re-enact the scene in the center of the arc specially constructed for the purpose.
The participants in the procession are segregated by gender with the men and boys following the image of Jesus Christ, while women and girls follow the image of Mary. The church bells are rung, and the procession of the images of Christ and his mother that ends up inside the church where a Mass is celebrated.
OC Fil-Am Chamber Shares Secrets of Business Success
The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County (FACCOC) has invited successful entrepreneurs to share their business secrets to whoever will care to listen at Emerging Entrepreneursâ€™ Day on April28 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Anaheim.
Former Advisor to Bill Clinton, Franklin Ortega, who is also the CEO of Digital Coast Advisors, will lead the speakers who will share their stories on how they build their businesses.
Also invited to are MendreiLeelin, of World Class Entertainment, Alice Ramos, CEO/President of her company and a certified photogrammetrist (ASPRS) and GIS professional (URISA), and Health Care Entrepreneurs Jessie Sioson, and Linda Stone, among others.
FACCOCâ€™s Mentorship Program will also be launched on the same day.
Organizers say the â€œthis monthâ€™s event will be more than just another small business meet and greetâ€ for its will be packed with valuable content about entrepreneurs who have their wealth successfully.
Soledad Mendoza-David, 92 Soledad Mendoza-David went to be with the Lord last April 10 after losing her battle with a lingering illness. She was 92. She is survived by her children, Louie, Henedina, Maria Consuelo, Elizabeth, Antonio, Cynthia, Ansol, Liza and grandchildren.