Cultural Properties Regulation Division
CAVITE CITY’S 300-YEAR OLD MARIAN PAINTING NOW A NATIONAL CULTURAL TREASURE
The National Museum has officially declared the sacred painting of the image of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga in Cavite City, including the intangible properties intrinsic to the cultural significance of the painting, as a National Cultural Treasure.
In time for the celebration of the feast of the holy image on November 24, 2018, a public declaration ceremony was held at the Diocesan Shrine of La Virgen de la Soledad de Porta Vaga – Parish of San Roque which was led by Ms. Raquel DC. Flores, Deputy Chief of the Cultural Properties Regulation Division of the National Museum’s Cultural Properties Regulation Division.
“The artistic integrity and intactness of the 300-year old painting, also called “Reina de Cavite,” is a witness to the prolific history and culture of the City and Province of Cavite and their unyielding faith throughout the years,” Flores said, adding that its outstanding artistic and cultural significance reflects the history, culture and heritage of the Philippines.
Under Republic Act 10066, also known as National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009, all cultural properties declared as National Cultural Treasure shall be given priority funding from the government for protection, conservation and restoration.
With this recognition, the community, including the church and the local government of Cavite City, manifested their pledge of commitment to preserve the rich tradition of the sacred painting.
Most Rev. Reynaldo G. Evangelista, Bishop of the Diocese of Imus and Rev. Fr. Dominador B. Medina, Shrine Rector and Parish Priest also expressed their gratitude to the National Museum for giving the highest honor the state can bestow on a cultural property.
Also, in attendance during the event were Ms. Gemma Cruz Araneta, former Director of the National Museum, Rev. Fr. Virgilio Saenz Mendoza, historian and cultural heritage committee of Diocese of Imus, Cavite Governor Boying Remulla, Cavite City Mayor Bernardo S. Paredes and Councilors of Cavite City.
The grandiose ceremony started with a karakol, a dance expressing Cavite’s religious devotion, followed by the enthronement of the Original Image of the Reina de Cavite and military honors, and ended by a mass and procession for the sacred painting of the image of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga.