HAPPY 58TH FIESTA SR. SANTIAGO APOSTOL PARISH JULY 24-25, 2018
The majority of fiestas in the Philippines have their own peryas(trade fairs with temporary amusement parks). The origin of most early fiestas are rooted in Christianity, dating back to the Spanish colonial period when the many communities (such as barrios and towns) of the predominantly Catholic Philippines almost always had a patron saint assigned to each of them. Originally encouraged by the Spanish to coincide with Christian holy days, early festivals became vital instruments in spreading Christianity throughout the country.
Crowd of devoted Catholics in front of St. James Parish, Compostela.
The mass is officiated by the new bishop-elect of the Diocese of Tagum in Davao del Norte province, as appointed by Pope Francis. Father Medel Aseo, 63, of the clergy of the same diocese and the fourth bishop of Tagum, replacing retired Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz.
The mass is co-celebrated by our Parish Priest Fr. Emmanuel Emata and Assistant Parish Priest Fr. Aldrin Olaivar; and participated by other priest around the diocese.
Hon. Mayor Lema P. Bolo as she continues to render service not only for the people of the Municipality but also for the God and His Church.
Fiesta celebration in the provinces or probinsya is more traditional, illustrating Filipino hospitality at its best. There are games and activities for everyone. The celebrations serve as thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest. Each household prepares food for guests. Even uninvited visitors are welcome. Fiesta is usually a 2-day celebration (the fiesta proper and the viesperas, which is the day before the fiesta proper).