The 16th Annual Novena and Fiesta Celebration of the Canonization of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila will be making its annual pilgrimage in Hampton Roads with the Novena on Friday, October 18, 2013 through Saturday, October 26, 2013 (7:00 pm) at the Philippine Cultural Center (“PCC”).
The Fiesta will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the PCC (3:00 pm)
On September 29, 1637, San Lorenzo Ruiz professed his faith via martyrdom and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Manila and later canonized on October 28, 1987. San Lorenzo Ruiz is the first to be beatified outside of the Vatican and is considered the first Filipino saint. (Internet search, Wikipedia)
Special Thanks to the Council of United Filipino Organizations of Tidewater (“CUFOT”) and Madonna M. Valdez, Novena and Fiesta Coordinator, for the information to assist in production of this article.