The year 2015 marks the celebration of three events of utmost importance not only to the Augustinian Order (OSA), but to the entire Filipino nation as well – namely, the 450th anniversary of the finding (“kaplag” in Cebuano) of the miraculous image of the Sto. Niño de Cebu (1565-2015), the 450th anniversary of the Augustinian presence in the Philippines (1565-2015), and the 50th anniversary of the elevation of the Sto. Niño Church in Cebu City to the rank of a “minor basilica” (1965-2015).
In line with the above-mentioned events, a commemorative book (entitled “Kaplag 2015”) was published by the Augustinian Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu – Philippines, edited by Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA. It will be formally launched on April 20, 2015 at the North Wing of SM City Cebu, to be attended by various local government officials, representatives from the Augustinian Order, and press people (among others).
It is 9” x 12” in size and is 16 centimeters thick (exclusive of multi-colored jacket and hard cover). It is composed of 193 pages printed on first-quality glossy type of paper and contains twelve selected and well-documented articles written by various authors on topics concerning the history of the Sto. Niño devotion, the early Augustinian missions in the Philippines, the Augustinian legacy to our people, and so forth. Each article is accompanied by photographs – 131 all in all – set against artistically designed framed pages. The pictures were chosen from more than 13,000 photos submitted to the editor of the book.
Also reproduced are messages from different government and church officials, like His Excellency Pres. Benigno Aquino III, His Excellency Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto (the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines), Most Rev. Msgr. Jose Palma (the Archbishop of Cebu), Rev. Fr. Alejandro Moral Anton (the Prior General of the Order of Saint Augustine), Archbishop Socrates Villegas (the President of the CBCP), Hon. Hilario Davide III (the Governor of the Province of Cebu), Hon. Michael Rama (the Mayor of Cebu City), Hon. Felipe De Leon, Jr. (the Chairman of the NCCA), and Hon. Maria Serena Diokno (the Chairperson of the NHC of the Philippines) – just to name a few.
For those interested in buying a copy of the commemorative book, you may contact the Kaplag Office of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu (tel. 032 2556698 loc. 400) or Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA, from the Theology Office of the University of San Agustin – Iloilo (tel. 033 33748 41 to 44 loc. 239).