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Paseo Blessing

Holy Angel University (HAU), the biggest school in the city, joins all Angeleños in the celebration of their La Naval fiesta on October 10 with Triduum Masses and the blessing of a statue of the Holy Guardian Angel, the titular patron saint of Angeles City.

The Archbishop of San Fernando, Most Rev. Paciano B. Aniceto, D.D., who is also the Chairman of the HAU Board of Trustees, will say the Mass for the academic community on October 4 and bless the Guardian Angel statue on October 10.

The statue was donated to the University by Mr. and Mrs. Rene Henson and Dr. and Mrs. Rey Franco, all HAU alumni from Class 1964.

On the same occasion, the Archbishop will also bless the new Paseo de San Angelo, the park fronting the Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angel, also named in honor of the saint after whom the city was named in 1829 by its founder, Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda.

He will also bless the holy images of Our Lady and St. Joseph, both donated by Alex R. Castro in memory of his mother Estrella del Rosario, member of the HAU Batch 1948. Both images will be placed at the main altar of the University Chapel.

Castro is a consultant and museum curator at the HAU Center for Kapampangan Studies.

The blessing is the culmination of a series of activities in the University marking the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels on October 2, starting with the Triduum Masses on September 28, 29 and 30 and the procession of the image of the Guardian Angel on October 4 after the Archbishop's Mass.

The image, on loan to the University by the Nepomuceno family, is the original image commissioned by Don Angel Pantaleon.

The blessing of the two chapel images, the Paseo and the statue on October 10 is the University's participation in the Angeles fiesta celebration, according to Robby Tantingco, head of the committee in charge of the event.

"We coincided the blessing with the La Naval fiesta to remind the city that its first patron saint was the Holy Guardian Angel and that the town was in fact named after him," Tantingco said. "And also to promote devotion to our individual guardian angels, who are the symbol of God's abiding love for us."

Date Posted: 10-09-2010