O glorious St. Sebastian,
Intercede for Us.
Grant Us peace
and Protect our Family
Hermandad y Comite' de Festejos 2011
Catedral de San Sebastian
Summary of Events
After the Tarlac City Fiesta of 2010, the Talon family was designated as
the next Hermandad for the 2011 fiesta. The Fiesta of Tarlac is celebrated
on Jan. 20 every year on the feast day of our patron saint, St. Sebastian.
This year, it fell on a Thursday. The religious fiesta celebration is usually
ushered in with 9 days of Novena masses culminating with masses and
merriment on the fiesta day itself.
This year the first day of the novena masses was made more meaningful
with the presence of the relic of St. John Bosco in the cathedral where the
mass was with Most Reverend Florentino F. Cinense, the Bishop of Tarlac
and the Salesian priests.
With the succeeding novena masses, no less than 5 priests celebrated the
High mass every night with different choir groups singing.
San Sebastian was honored on his feast day with masses throughout the
day with the main mass at 9 am. with the Bishop of Tarlac presiding and
38 priests concelebrating, capped with a procession in the afternoon.
The celebration of the feast day was not limited to spiritual devotions. After
every novena mass, the priests were treated with a sit down dinner in the
convent. And the feast day itself was marked with partaking of food, the
other side of the fiesta.
Breakfast for at least 100 persons was served in the bishop’s place.
This was followed with lunch for 500 persons in the same venue.
Dinner for the bishop and for about 50 guests was served in the evening at
the bishop’s residence.
To give our priests their own fiesta celebration, dinner for about 100
persons was served in the seminary on the eve of Jan. 17.
An innovation, the Pagtatapos ceremony was introduced in this year’s
fiesta. This was to formally end the term of the 2011 Hermandad and
transfer the honor to the next Hermano Mayor. There was a procession
in the afternoon of Jan. 21 around the city plazuela with the image of San
Sebastian borne on the shoulders of young men who danced with the
lively music of the Camp Aquino Band. An added attraction was an ati
atihan group composed of children that gave a native touch to the affair.
The mood here was more of merriment unlike the fiesta procession which
was more of a solemn affair. The Hermandad, and Fr. Melvin Castro
joined in the procession . The members of the Collectors Ministry came in
force with their colorful saya and merry movements. The turnover rite was
done during the mass presided by the Bishop of Tarlac. Another dinner for
300 persons followed in the bishop’s place..
The fiesta celebration came and was over in no time at all. Generous
people shared more than 616 thousand pesos in the 11 day celebration.
We had about 467 thousand expenses, the bulk of which was for food and
the priests stipend. We had about 150 thousand pesos left after paying off
all the expenses.
As is the practice, the Hermandad decides on what to do with the
remaining money. Evangelization was the Hermandad’s focus for this
year’s 2011 Fiesta celebration.
To this end, 25 thousand pesos was donated to Radio Maria Philippines for
its role in propagating our Catholic Faith in the air ways, bringing Christ into
An equal amount was given to Our Lady of Peace College Seminary here
in Tarlac for its role in preparing young men for the priesthood.
And lastly, the remaining amount was given to Patronato de San Sebastian
de Tarlac corporation for its role in preparing catechists to serve in the
diocese of Tarlac.
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