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Vatican’s Nativity Scene features Nine Filipino Statues

During a solemn evening ceremony last Dec. 24th in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square, the nativity scene or locally called as ‘belen’ was unveiled and nine statues were ‘Filipinos’ as traditional figures of the Holy Family. Dressed in colorful native attire and playing musical instruments, these portray the joyful spirit of the Philippine Christmas which is known as the “longest and most festive celebration in the world”.

Kublai Ponce-Millan, the Filipino sculptor who designed the statues said these represent the different indigenous groups of the Philippines in a festive celebration of faith, music, food and family on the occasion of the birth of Jesus. Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See, Mercedes A. Tuason who is present during the event thanked the Governorate of the Vatican City State for giving the Philippines a special place in the center of the Roman Catholic Church’s celebration of the birth of Christ this year.

The Philippines is the first country outside Italy to be given a major part in the Vatican nativity scene. This event was attended by ecclesiastical authorities of the Holy See and civil authorities from the City and Province of Rome. At 6pm sharp, Pope Benedict XVI lighted a candle for peace while watching the unveiling ceremony from his apartment window. He blessed the crowd with the light of a single candle amid the darkness. It was in 1982 when this tradition started by then Pope John Paul II.

Source: Vatican’s nativity scene featuring Filipino figures unveiled from CBCP News

Screenshot from  Rome Reports Philippines helps with Vatican Nativity Scene in Youtube

Come See the Vatican

ANOTHER photo exhibit in Greenbelt 5 caught my wandering eyes (yes, wandering)during the Holy Week commemoration. Sixteen (16) exquisite pictures of the different spots in Vatican - the official residence of the Holy Pope are in display. I was totally amazed not only because I am seeing an insoluble piece of world history in terms of religion but I am also watching the many greatest works of arts in the world particulary in painting, sculpture and architecture by Constantine, Michaelangelo, Raphael and many more.

This exhibit aims to promote the Vatican Insider Tour Experience supported by the Vatican Observatory Foundation. A three-day-four-night VIP group package providing extraordinary off-limits and after-hour access to the artistic and spiritual treasures of the Vatican:
* Vatican Museum Candlelight Dinner after-hour in the Rafael Room with string quartet.

* Seating Near the Pope at his Wednesday Vatican Audience  (Castel Gandolfo in summer)
* Sistine Chapel Cocktail Reception after hours

* St. Peters Basilica Holy Mass in Private Chapel after hours

* St. Peter's Basilica Wine and Cheese Reception after hours

* The Pieta private viewing after hours

* Tower of the Winds Vatican home of the original Vatican Observatory with renowned artistry off-limits to the general public

* Vatican Museums Front of Line Access with Vatican Studies Professor and Vatican Certified Elite Senior Tour Specialists

* Access to Rarely Seen Vatican Sites including Scavi Tombs under St. Peter's Basilica, and the private Papal Gardens and the Museum of Papal Carriages off- limits to the general public.

In the coming months, this exhibit will also be displayed in other Ayala malls: Ayala Cebu (Sept. 1-14), Glorietta (Sept 15-30),
Market Market (Oct. 1-14) & Alabang Town Center (Oct. 15-28).

Anyone who are interested to join the tour and/or put up a business in producing merchandise licensed/acknowledged by Vatican such as Calendars,

Books, Bags, Apparel & Mugs please let us know. Contact information and

number will soon be added.