and The Blessed Mother:
A Reflection on Subic Marian Peace Regatta
participation of CFC-FFL District of Paranaque in the Subic
Marian Peace Regatta last 28 October was another blessing
for the community. As we commit ourselves as a community as
devotees of the Blessed Mother, the event gave us a greater
understanding and appreciation of the awesome love of and
affirmation from our Lord Jesus Christ through Mary, our Mother.
the coordination meeting with the organizer and the bearers
of the other images and titles of the Blessed Mother, I found
myself in the midst of women Marian devotees who successfully
launched a similar event in New York a few years back. Everyone
seemed to be excited though to know that CFC-FFL will be the
bearer of Mary, Mediatrix of All-Grace. With practically three
(3) days to attend to the physical preparations, I uttered
a simple prayer: “Lord Jesus, this is for Your Mother.
Lead us. Blessed Mother, may Your Son be honored as we commit
ourselves to you.” And from then, blessings, or call
it miracles, started to unfold.
devotee from Ayala-Alabang pledged to provide all the buntings
while a sister who’s sponsoring the Lady of Fatima provided
the prescribed materials for the décors. Another sister,
who just heard of the event volunteered to lend us the image
of Mary Mediatrix, a replica of the one in Lipa and a special
one - blessed and given to her by healing priest, Fr. Fernando
Suarez. The brothers and sisters in our District household
then took active roles. The décors were handcrafted
with love by our brothers and sisters from GK Sison, a generator
set for the carroza was provided by a brother, and fresh flowers
from Davao were made available by Saturday afternoon.
Sunday morning at the Subic Yacht Club, we saw the assigned
yacht, quite a
small one, already decorated. Our brothers and sisters who
left Paranaque early Sunday morning then proceeded to decorate
the carroza – another labor of love by our brothers
and sisters who collectively poured time, effort and resources
to come up with such a beautiful carriage for Mary Mediatrix.
Just a few hours before the 1:00pm Regatta, the organizers
called advising us that a bigger yacht will be provided. Not
only that, it was volunteered by an American owner, a Protestant
at that! This allowed a good number of our brothers and sisters
to ride the yacht and join the Regatta.
huge crowd at the Subic boardwalk is astonishing. The messages
of Marian priests and the visionaries were very inspiring
and touching, too. I also saw how people from all walks of
life expressed their devotion to the Blessed Mother –
praying in front of the images, wiping the image of Mary Mediatrix
with their hankies, taking pictures with their cameras and
mobile phones. The event culminated with a procession that
ended about 10pm. I can only offer words of thanks and gratitude
to brothers and sisters who have to travel back to Paranaque
at such late hour of the night.
though, it was not all smooth and orderly. I had my own share
of challenges to overcome at that time. And while in Subic,
my patience and humility were tested - had a flat tire the
night we arrived, my car would not start at one in the morning
and had to buy a battery in the city. But the God’s
mercy is never exhausted, He sent people to help us overcome
each burden we faced.
back, the three (3) days of preparation and the successful
Marian even t are but miracles from the Lord Jesus through
the Blessed Mother. I believe it is only when we humbly say
“yes” to our Lord, the same way Mary said “yes”
to God and became the first disciple, that we are freed from
our anxieties and apprehensions. Mary, the Blessed Mother,
is our way to Christ.
event gave us an opportunity to know the Blessed Mother more
and commit ourselves to her in true service and devotion.
Truly, the way to the Son is through His Mother. And our Lord
Jesus Christ wants us to honor His Mother.
Bro. Jojo Dunglao
Diocese Coordinator for the Diocese of Paranaque