Para sa Ina

Rust-to-Art Exhibit

A fundraising digital exhibition to support the experts & teams behind the restoration of San Sebastian Basilica, Quiapo, Manila

Curator's Notes

The current exhibit focuses on the two beloved mother figures associated with the history of the San Sebastian Church. The Para sa Ina: Rust-to-Art Exhibit aims to strengthen the devotion to the two Señoras, Nuestra Señora del Carmen de San Sebastian and Nuestra Señora de la Salud. It had been a union of artists with different mindsets, subjects, media, and genres, but all were solidly of one heart to help in the restoration of the all-metal basilica.

Considering the pandemic situation, the exhibit date was moved to January 2022, in time for the celebration of the Feast day of Nuestra Señora del Carmen de San Sebastian. It is available for viewing online as we aim to further educate the public in the preservation of faith, promotion of art, and conservation of the all-metal basilica.

The artists were given the opportunity to reflect on the devotion to Nuestra Señora del Carmen de San Sebastian and Nuestra Señora de la Salud. The rust particles were provided solely by the Foundation and delivered to the artists from the San Sebastian Basilica site.

It was not easy managing 22 artists, but we were able to produce 35 art pieces, ranging from paintings, sculptures, and mixed media to watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylic, stainless steel, and beeswax that encapsulated diverse artistic philosophies and beliefs about faith and devotion. The pieces were collected in November 2021.

Through this exhibition, may we convey the true meaning of our devotion and faith in the presence of the loving Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ through the artist interpretations and the incorporation of rust in the art pieces. This exhibition gives the artists the opportunity to reflect on how they perceive Mama Mary and in turn, we learn from their insights visually.

The rust serves as a reminder of the commitment of the all-steel church in fostering ties between us and the faith that the church has established. The rust takes on a new meaning as it garnishes paints, canvases, frames, and sculptures. It becomes a new beginning, a renewal of faith, a birthing of new ideas, and best of all, a conduit of our love to the Blessed Mother. It becomes light in a moment of darkness and despair, the way our Mother stands as the light of our homes and hearths.

— ASST. PROF. MARY ANN VENTURINA BULANADI, PH.D.
Curator
Para sa Ina: Rust-to-Art Exhibit

Documentation upon the arrival of art pieces in San Sebastian Basilica. Coordination with artists for proper handling and opening of art pieces. Photo Credits: Carlo Gonzales de Chavez (November 20, 2021)

Documentation upon the arrival of art pieces in San Sebastian Basilica. Proper opening of the art pieces and initial inspection of them. Photo Credits: Carlo Gonzales de Chavez (November 13, 2021)

Documentation upon the arrival of art pieces in San Sebastian Basilica. Cataloguing and rechecking of measurements and medium used. Photo Credits: Carlo Gonzales de Chavez (November 6, 2021)

Discussion of the Curatorial Team and inspection of the formal photo session of the art pieces for the Exhibit and press release. Photo Credits: Carlo Gonzales de Chavez (November 13, 2021)

Nuestra Señora del Carmen de San Sebastian
(Our Lady of Mount Carmel de San Sebastian)

On the third mission of the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR) to the Philippines in 1618, they received the image of the Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) as a gift from the Discalced Carmelite nuns during a stopover in Mexico City. Initially, the image was kept at the convent of the Augustinian Recollects in Intramuros. Then on May 5, 1621, Nuestra Señora del Carmen was enshrined in the main altar of the newly inaugurated church of San Sebastian in Calumpang.

(Calumpang was the old name of the area where the present-day San Sebastian Church in Quiapo still stands. According to Dr. Fernando Zialcita in Quiapo: Heart of Manila, calumpang refers to a huge tree that grew in the area, which produced nuts from which oil was extracted for use in lamps.)

The Cofradia of the Virgen del Carmen was established in 1625 by Monsignor Juan Velez of the Manila Cathedral, who attributed his miraculous recovery from an illness after praying to the holy image. As the devotion to the Lady of Mount Carmel spread from Manila to Southern and Central Luzon, devotees wore brown and white scapulars under their clothes to signify membership to the confraternity.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen de San Sebastian.
Photo Credits: Viel Joson (May 4, 2018)

The Cofradia received consent to propagate the Brown Scapular on November 26, 1650 from Fr. Diego del Castillo, Vicar Provincial of Andalucia, Order of the Carmelites. The first canonical approval was issued in 1682, decreed by the Superior General of the Order of the Discalced Carmelites (OCD). It was followed by a second authorization in 1691, issued as a decree by Father Pablo de Santiago, the Carmelite Prior General.

Meanwhile, the all-steel structure of the San Sebastian Church was constructed between the years 1887 and 1891. A hundred years later, the ivory image of Nuestra Señora del Carmen was canonically crowned on August 18, 1991 as authorized by Pope John Paul II.

The feast day of Nuestra Señora del Carmen was initially celebrated every 21st of January but has since been moved to July 16 in accordance with worldwide celebrations.

— REV. FR. ROMMEL RUBIA, OAR
Prior & Vice President for Administration & SARF Director
San Sebastian College-Recoletos (Cañacao Campus)

Procession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel de San Sebastian around San Sebastian Parish in Quiapo led by Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR. Photo Credits: San Sebastian Parish (July 15, 2021)

The Recollect fathers celebrate the universal Feast Day of Nuestra Señora del Carmen at San Sebastian Basilica. Photo Credits: San Sebastian Parish (July 16, 2021)

The community celebrates the universal Feast Day of Nuestra Señora del Carmen at San Sebastian Basilica. Photo Credits: San Sebastian Parish (July 16, 2021)

The community celebrates the 400th year anniversary of the arrival of Nuestra Señora del Carmen de San Sebastian. Photo Credits: Lorenzo Atienza (May 4, 2018)

Nuestra Señora de la Salud
(Our Lady of Health)

When the missionaries from the Order of Augustinian Recollects once again set sail to the Philippines from Mexico, they were gifted with the Nuestra Señora de la Salud by the Discalced Carmelite nuns in 1634. The small image was made of ivory, with dark hair and skin, and carried an infant child. Her clothes were adorned with precious colorful stones.

On that journey, the Recollect missionaries prayed to the Lord through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary as many of the passengers had fallen ill. It is said that their prayers were answered when miraculous healings occurred onboard the ship. Hence, the image became known as Nuestra Señora de la Salud, wherein salud means “health” in Spanish.

Upon arrival in the Philippines, the image of the Nuestra Señora de la Salud was initially enshrined at the Church of San Juan de Bagumbayan in Intramuros. However, the image had to be moved several times due to a series of unfortunate events.

Nuestra Señora de la Salud.
Photo Credits: RCI Media Library

In 1762, the Bagumbayan church was destroyed so the image was moved to the Church of San Nicolas in Intramuros, Manila. While there, more devotees came to pay their respect to the holy image.

At the end of the World War 2 in 1945, the image of La Salud survived the bombings and was brought to the sacristy of San Sebastian Basilica in Quiapo, Manila for safekeeping.1

For the next 25 years, the Nuestra Señora de la Salud and the Nuestra Senora del Carmel de San Sebastian were both housed at the San Sebastian Church. In 1970, the Vicar Provincial of the Order of Augustinian Recollects transferred to Congressional Village subdivision in Quezon City, bringing along the image of La Salud. It is currently housed at the Museo Recoleto in Tandang Sora, Quezon City, alongside the relics and memorabilia of the Augustinian Recollects.

1 https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1053136

— REV. FR. ROMMEL RUBIA, OAR
Prior & Vice President for Administration & SARF Director
San Sebastian College-Recoletos (Cañacao Campus)

Celebrations of the devotion to Nuestra Señora de la Salud led by the Recollect community, various years. Photo Credits: RCI Media Library

Celebrations of the devotion to Nuestra Señora de la Salud led by the Recollect community, various years. Photo Credits: RCI Media Library

Celebrations of the devotion to Nuestra Señora de la Salud led by the Recollect community, various years. Photo Credits: RCI Media Library

Celebrations of the devotion to Nuestra Señora de la Salud led by the Recollect community, various years. Photo Credits: RCI Media Library

A Message from the Prior Provincial

San Sebastian Basilica is a Recollect legacy that was born from resilience. Over 400 years since the first Recollect missionaries in the Philippines opened the church doors in 1621, we continue our duty to maintain the church as a shrine to the country’s first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

San Sebastian is home to this blessed image that still inspires the hearts of many Filipinos. It stands as a symbol of permanence in our city, a true historical landmark that survived wars, natural disasters, and now, a global pandemic. On the global stage, San Sebastian stands proudly as Asia’s only all-metal church.

Today, San Sebastian remains so unique that it was given the title of National Cultural Treasure. Step inside and you are transported to 19th century Manila, surrounded by original Filipino paintings, German stained glass, and the gifts of seven nationalities that breathe life into the metal.

The Foundation is committed to protecting this shared history by once again putting action to prayer with international conservation experts, Recollect friars, and our community.

This Para sa Ina: Rust-to-Art Exhibit, now available to view and purchase online, showcases the beauty inspired by the Marian devotions tied to San Sebastian. Your support and donations will ensure that future generations can experience this authentically Filipino legacy of resilience.

— REV. FR. DIONISIO SELMA, OAR
Prior Provincial
Order of Augustinian Recolects - Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno

Rev. Fr. Dionisio Selma, OAR celebrates mass at San Sebastian Basilica on the Feast Day of San Sebastian. Photo Credits: San Sebastian Parish (January 20, 2021)

A Message from the Foundation

What does it take to save San Sebastian Basilica?

I would use the oft-quoted expression “it takes a village” for us to reach our goals in preserving this unique all-metal structure. On the technical side, my organization, the San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc. is fortunate to have engaged some of the most brilliant minds in the field of heritage conservation here and abroad. It is truly humbling that these esteemed professionals are devoting their time, effort, and knowledge in what could be one of the most complex preservation projects in the world at the moment.

But no sustainable heritage conservation project would be possible without a strong community of supporters. We are grateful that the members of the Order of Augustinian Recollects have vowed, since 1621, to be the primary stewards of San Sebastian. We are also thankful for the parish community, our fellow heritage advocates, and friends online who continue to join us in our activities that promote the restoration project.

The exhibit titled Para sa Ina aims to transform an almost dire situation of actual material failure in the structure to an optimistic one.

When an exhibit featuring rust in art works was first conceived in 2017 and eventually done in 2018, the idea itself is a direct defiance to the this main enemy of the basilica’s physical fabric. It conveys the message that the team and stakeholders are not afraid to confront the elements that contribute to the deterioration of the church. The 2022 edition of the exhibit reiterates the aforementioned theme.

Moreover, the emphasis for this second exhibit is on Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, of whose presence and its devotion in San Sebastian made the resolve of the builders of the present church more determined to erect a strong structure that would withstand natural calamities.

Again, what does it take to save San Sebastian Basilica? The answer is simple, we would not succeed without everyone’s help.

— MS. MARIANNE CLAIRE VITUG
Executive Director
San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc.

Ms. Marianne Claire Vitug inspecting the construction of the scaffolding system. Photo Credits: Carlo Gonzales de Chavez (May 2021)

The 25-meter scaffolding system for the technical restoration of the dome area visible behind the temporary altar at San Sebastian Basilica. Photo Credits: San Sebastian Parish (2021)

Explore the Catalogue

ART PIECES INSPIRED BY
Nuestra Señora del Carmen de San Sebastian

DANNY SANTIAGO

NANING ESTRELLA

POL A. MESINA JR.

AL PEREZ

PIA SORIANO

PIA SORIANO

BIANCA TAN

JOOD CLARINO

JOE DATUIN

JUN VICALDO

JUN VICALDO

BYAHENG LAWTON

DING ROYALES

ART PIECES INSPIRED BY
Nuestra Señora de la Salud

DERRICK MACUTAY

ADECASTROAN

LAWRENCE CASTILLO

NANING ESTRELLA

PAOLO ICASAS

PIA SORIANO

PIA SORIANO

PIA SORIANO

JULIUS LEGASPI

DING ROYALES

ART PIECES INSPIRED BY
Faith and Devotion I

JOOD CLARINO

BYAHENG LAWTON

MARIUS BLACK

ROBERT BESANA

VINCENT BALANDRA

ROBERT BESANA

ART PIECES INSPIRED BY
Faith and Devotion II

JUAN ALCAZAREN

MICHAEL MUÑOZ

MICHAEL MUÑOZ

LORA LEDESMA DOMINGO

LORA LEDESMA DOMINGO

LORA LEDESMA DOMINGO

LORA LEDESMA DOMINGO

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Orders

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Para Sa Ina: Rust to Art Exhibit, online fundraising exhibition (Jan 28-April 28, 2022)

The art pieces will be exclusively available for purchase on this website from January 28 to April 28, 2022. The Foundation will fulfil the orders together with the curator. See Shipping Rates & Schedules for more shipping details.

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• Purchased pieces will be marked as “Sold” and the request forms on their respective pages will be deactivated. The piece may still be viewed on the website until April 2022.

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If the art piece is unpaid after the reservation period of seven (7) calendar days, the reservation is revoked. The art piece will be available to others again.

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The available modes of delivery vary depending on the Vendor and the items. Read Shipping Rates & Schedule Page for more details. Modes of delivery are also presented and chosen during check-out.

Para Sa Ina: Rust to Art Exhibit: Shipping will be scheduled in two (2) batches. Buyers must confirm that they will be ready to receive or pick up their orders before the artworks are packed and scheduled for shipping. Failure to do so within the deadline will ultimately result in the delay of the shipping.

• The shipping fee is not included in the amount paid during the check-out on the online shop unless otherwise stated. The shipping fee is paid directly to the courier when the items are delivered.

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Shipping Rates and Schedules

Important Note

If you order other products from our website, you will need to pay separate delivery fees for each ship out, just like when you order from different stores in Shopee or Lazada.

Only after your payment is confirmed, the Foundation will ask you to choose your preferred Mode of Delivery or In-Person Pick-Up. Please be guided by the information of the shipping options below. The Foundation is taking the utmost care in ensuring that your pieces are handled safely and safety protocols are observed by trusted courier services.

Please expect a text message and/or email from the Foundation closer to the shipping schedule to confirm that you are ready to pick up or receive your order. Buyers must confirm within the disclosed deadline so that your order/s will be packed and prepared for pick up or ship out. Failure to do will ultimately mean a delay in pick up or ship out.

Batch 1

Orders that will not be picked up or shipped out due to the lack of buyers’ confirmation will automatically be included in Batch 2. Please check below for more information on the schedule.

Batch 2

Orders that will not be picked up or shipped due to the lack of buyers’ confirmation will be further reviewed by the Foundation for the next steps as the exhibit officially closes on April 28, 2022.

For any questions or requests, please email the Foundation at officialstore@savesansebastian.org.

Shipping of Batch 1 (i.e. all paid orders from January 28 - March 4, 2022)

In-Person Pick-Up: March 12, 2022 (Saturday)

The buyer or an authorized representative may pick up the art piece/s from the Foundation office. You can check the location by pinning “San Sebastian Church, Pasaje del Carmen Street, Quiapo, Manila” in Google Maps, Waze, or any other equivalent app or website.

The buyer must provide the name of the authorized representative before March 12. On the day of pick up, the authorized representative must bring a government-issued ID, vaccination card, and an authorization letter signed by the buyer.

Transportify (Metro Manila only): March 12, 2022 (Saturday)

This is a same-day delivery option within Metro Manila. To estimate your shipping fee, use Transportify’s Instant Quote calculator for Economy, Whole Vehicle (FTL). Pin “Sebastian Church, Pasaje del Carmen Street, Quiapo, Manila” as the Pickup Point.

Please expect a text message and/or email from the Foundation with the estimated delivery fee closer to March 12.

Asian Tigers Philippines (within the Philippines only): March 12, 2022 (Saturday)

The Foundation and the curatorial team prioritize the safety of your art piece/s and have chosen this trusted courier service.

Please expect a text message and/or email from the Foundation with the final delivery fee closer to March 12.

Shipping of Batch 2 (i.e. all paid orders from March 5 - April 28, 2022)

In-Person Pick-Up: May 7, 2022 (Saturday)

The buyer or an authorized representative may pick up the art piece/s from the Foundation office. You can check the location by pinning “San Sebastian Church, Pasaje del Carmen Street, Quiapo, Manila” in Google Maps, Waze, or any other equivalent app or website.

The buyer must provide the name of the authorized representative before May 7. On the day of pick up, the authorized representative must bring a government-issued ID, vaccination card, and an authorization letter signed by the buyer.

Transportify (Metro Manila only): May 7, 2022 (Saturday)

This is a same-day delivery option within Metro Manila. To estimate your shipping fee, use Transportify’s Instant Quote calculator for Economy, Whole Vehicle (FTL). Pin “Sebastian Church, Pasaje del Carmen Street, Quiapo, Manila” as the Pickup Point.

Please expect a text message and/or email from the Foundation with the estimated delivery fee closer to May 7.

Asian Tigers Philippines (within the Philippines only): May 7, 2022 (Saturday)

The Foundation and the curatorial team prioritize the safety of your art piece/s and have chosen this trusted courier service.

Please expect a text message and/or email from the Foundation with the final delivery fee closer to May 7.

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The Foundation reserves the right to change and update these Terms & Conditions, without prior notice.

Para Sa Ina: Rust to Art Exhibit:

• The Foundation is not liable for damages resulting from improper use or mishandling of items.

• Items are handmade. Minor variations in each item are expected. The actual color of the items may also vary due to different screen resolutions of gadgets.

Questions and Concerns

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will I get a Certificate of Authenticity for the piece I'm planning to purchase from Para sa Ina?

Yes. All of the art pieces in our Para sa Ina: Rust-to-Art Exhibit 2022 Catalogue will be issued a Certificate of Authenticity. The Certificate will be given to the buyer upon delivery or pick-up of the purchased piece.

Questions and Concerns

For other questions and concerns regarding Para Sa Ina, you may reach our Help Desk via email at officialstore@savesansebastian.org, Monday - Friday (9am - 6pm).

Press Kit

Interested to feature Para sa Ina for your news outlet, platform, or website? You can download the official Press Release here (PDF): LINK. For additional questions or requests for a feature, please email sfpacardo@savesansebastian.org.

Project Team

San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc.

  1. Marianne Claire Vitug
  2. Executive Director
  3.  
  4. Samantha Pacardo
  5. Ysabel de Dios
  6. Cristina Solis
  7. Carlo de Chavez
  8. Ar. Genchar Siroma
  9. Paulo Cerezo

Curatorial Team

  1. Asst. Prof. Mary Ann Venturina Bulanadi, PhD
  2. Curator
  3.  
  4. Yel Mempin
    Assistant Exhibition Designer
  5.  
  6. Joseph Edward Capiral
    Photographer

Acknowledgements

Rev. Fr Dionisio Selma, OAR
Prior Provincial, Order of Augustinian Recollects - Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno

Rev. Fr. Rommel Rubia, OAR
Prior, Vice President for Administration, and SARF Director, San Sebastian Campus-Recoletos (Cañacao Campus)

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR
Parish Priest, San Sebastian Basilica Parish and 4th Councilor, Order of Augustinian Recollects - Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno

Rev. Fr. Bernabe Dosdos, OAR
Chairman, Provincial Procurator, and Prior, St. Ezekiel Moreno Provincial Center

Rev. Fr. Leander Barrot, OAR
Chairman, Commission on History, Culture and Heritage - Recoletos and 1st Councilor, Order of Augustinian Recollects - Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno

Rev. Fr. Julius Marcos, OAR
Prior, San Sebastian Basilica

Rev. Fr. Rene Paglinawan, OAR
Former Prior, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish

Rev. Fr. Ricky Villar, OSA
Director, Museo de San Agustin

  1. Header. Nuestra Señora del Carmen de San Sebastian arrives at San Sebastian Basilica. Photo Credits: Viel Joson (May 2018)
    Footer. Rev. Fr. Dionisio Selma, OAR, bows to Nuestra Señora de la Salud. Photo Credits: RCI Media Library (November 2020)
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