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Talk on Augustinian Presence in the Philippines

“Memory makes the past present” says Rev. Fr. Arnel Antonio S. Dizon, OSA in his talk last January 21, 2015 on the Augustinian Presence in the Philippines. And indeed, everyone in the school’s audigym was brought back to the past with Father Dizon’s expertise on recounting the history of Augustinians in the country. He focused not mostly on the facts but on the importance of looking back. For his introduction, he cited four significant ideas on studying history: revisiting and rereading the past, appreciating the lessons of yesteryears, and discerning the Divine Presence and guidance through human history. He also relived to the personnel the history of Spain coming to the Philippines through a famous humorous Magellan song of Yoyoy Villame. He discussed the story of the five Augustinian pioneers who became the precursor of the Augustinian arrival in the country in 1542. What was significant to today’s devotion to Sto. Niño was Fr. Dizon’s recounting of the story of Kaplag or finding of the image of Sto. Niño in Cebu in April 28, 1565. Such image was the original one given to Queen Juana in an attempt to start the natives’ evangelization in 1521. The Kaplag prompted the foundation of the Church and Convent of the Augustinians on the actual site where the Sto. Niño was found. This officially started the order’s presence in the Philippines in which this year, we commemorate the Augustinians' 450th year of presence in the Philippines.