Friday, August 26, 2011


The "Trono de la Reina" for the Pabasa 2011

The "Trono de la Reina" for the Pabasa 2011

Devotees take part in chanting the traditional "Pasiong Mahal"

The Pabasa Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Vir Mendoza, our dear Spiritual Director

The Pabasa Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Vir Mendoza, our dear Spiritual Director

Devotees take part in chanting the traditional "Pasiong Mahal"
The President and Vice President for External Affairs,
pose with the Pabasa Hermanas for 2011 and 2012 respectively.

March 11-12, 2011
PABASA Para sa Reina

2009 ushered another FIRST in the history of the Cofradia.
The General Membership approved the proposal for an annual group PABASA, in observance of the season of lent. This is also in affirmation of the classification of the Virgen de la Soledad as a "Dolorosa" or a sorrowful Virgin Mother. This activity also aims to further strengthen and propagate more the devotion to the Virgen de al Soledad and to foster unity and camaraderie among all the members of the organization. This activity is held yearly during the first Saturday of Lent (Saturday after Ash Wednesday).

The pasyon is a verse narrative about the life and suffering of Jesus Christ. The verses are structured in five-line stanzas, with each line containing eight syllables. The pasyon is commonly sung during LENT, starting Ash Wednesday. The reading of the pasyon is a traditional religious practice in the Philippines and people gather around the reader of the pasyon to listen and reflect. It is seen by many of its practitioners as a vow or panata. Several versions of the pasyon began to circulate afterwards, written by anonymous authors. These versions were branded heretical by Spanish friars. In the early 19th century, a native priest named Mariano Pilapil compiled several of these texts and purged them of heresies. The resulting work is known as the Pasyong Pilapil or Pasyong Henares.

Another popular version of the pasyon is the Casaysayan nang Pasiong Mahal ni JesuCristong Panginoon Natin na Sucat Ipag-alab nang Puso nang Sinomang Babasa (The History of the Passion of Jesus Christ our Lord that will set afire the heart of whosoever reads it), which was published by an unknown writer in 1814. This text continues to be used to the present day among the Tagalogs though different versions and translations of the pasyon can be found among other Filipino subcultures.

Many innovations in pasyon singing have been introduced, like the use of the guitar or rondalla for accompaniment and the use of the accordion by a traveling group of pasyon singers. The pasyon is performed in two basic group formations. In the first, two people or groups of people sing alternately. In the second formation, each of the singers take
their turns in singing a stanza of text.

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