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« on: July 13, 2010, 09:38:02 PM »

The image of the Kasilak was reported to have been originally enthroned in a church in Butuan, Agusan del Norte on September 8, 1597.  When the Magindanao, Balangingi, Iranon or Illanon and Laut (pirates from the southern seas) attacked the coastal villages of Mindanao, concerned Butuanons sailed north towards Bohol bringing with them the wooden statue of Our Lady. Unfortunately, the attackers were also wreaking havoc on some communities on the island.  The group was determined to sail towards Cebu but the Marian devotees opted to sail towards the western rim of the island, dropping anchor in Sandingan, a tranquil island near mainland Loon.

Upon knowing that a well-established community existed in Napo, the group led by Rev. Fr. Pedro Lopez, SJ brought the image to the latter where it was warmly received and enthroned.  This allegedly happened in 1610 (unconfirmed).  For several years, the Birhen sa Kasilak was venerated by the Loonanon faithful in this old poblacion of Loon.

In 1753, Fray Manuel de Elizalde of the Jesuit Mission became the first parish priest of the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Luz (Our Lady of Light).  In 1768, the Jesuits ceded administration of the parish to the Recollects.  Years later, the image of the Kasilak was permanently enthroned in the present church of Loon which was completed around 1855.

The first miracle attributed to the Kasilak happened in the 18th century when a band of pirates sailed towards Napo to loot its houses of valuables.  Our Lady allegedly appeared atop the steps of Inang-angan in her most radiant glory.  The blinding lights radiating from her forced the intruders to sail away.  Since then, countless untold miracles have been experienced by the Loonanon faithful.

Today, SidlaKasilak, Loon’s Festival of Lights, brings back the memory of those days when Our Lady was brought to Loon almost 400 years ago.  A few days before September 8, the feast day of the town’s patroness, we Loonanons stage the festival to commemorate the arrival of the image of Our Lady from Butuan.

The “Birhen sa Kasilak” exhorts all of us to seek the True Light, Jesus Christ, especially in these times when selfishness, corruption, indifference and deceit seem to eclipse the real essence of life and living.  She also encourages everyone to pass on this Light to all families and communities so that all will live united in a much better world.

Note: The mother parish of Our Lady of Light (Nuestra Señora de la Luz) gave birth to four other parishes, two of them also dedicated to Mary, namely, Mary Help of Christians (Auxilium Christianorum) and Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje).    


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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2010, 06:49:18 PM »
Rey, I visited the site in Loon marked by a poster. I will post the picture of the area when I have time.

Thanks for the additional information as its much appreciated.

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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2010, 04:08:40 PM »
yay... fiesta na sad!!!  ::)
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2010, 11:00:24 PM »
Yes, on September 8.

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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2010, 11:37:53 PM »
Happy Fiesta for all Loon-anons.

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2010, 04:48:07 PM »
Si Ondoy Gwargz sakay na ug barko padolong mamiyesta, happy bring house Doy!

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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2010, 12:03:37 AM »
Miabot na Manay. Karon pa jud. Gidad-an ko'g daghang durian. Dia pud ang iyang kapikas, duha ka magulang babaye plus husband sa usa, ug duha ka taga Manila nga family friends nga nakigdungan nila sa barko.

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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2010, 12:09:47 AM »
bibo na sila ..... haaayyyyyyyyyy

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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2010, 05:00:41 AM »
Happy Fiesta Loon! Gwargz and Koddi, i-apil ko diha ug bahog! Cheers and enjoy!  In the late 70`s nakapamista ko diha kuyog mga barkada "Engineering students sa UB" apil pod ko ug kumbabit sa jeepney balik sa Tagb.

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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2010, 09:56:12 PM »
If I was in Bohol, I would have already driven there. In fact, I know that my uncle and aunt are there right now. My aunt-in-law is from Loon.

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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2010, 01:26:42 PM »
Nakapamista nako diha ,kay daghang kong mga barkadang taga Loon. Balik ko sa Tagbi pikas patos nalang sa sobrang kahobog!

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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2010, 12:34:04 AM »
As usual, daghan kaayong namista.

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« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2010, 12:58:29 AM »
Rey, donde es los cuadros? agradece a mi amigo!

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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2010, 06:59:05 AM »
happy fiesta to all loonanons specially sa moto norte, the birthplace of my anhing lolo sisoy corbeta.
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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2010, 02:24:56 PM »
Gwargz, sinaw naba ang imong simod sa homemade torta?

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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2010, 10:42:24 PM »

Bisita nako ang anak babaye ni Nong Lucio nga tua na sa San Isidro, Davao Oriental. Diri pud iyang brother ug mama.

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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2010, 11:54:11 PM »
i dunno if my parents and my uncle did went to loon the other day for the fiesta. they always go there every year.



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