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All the details of the Fiesta iincluding Greetings, Contacts, Hotel accomodations,
Program, Parumpag and Sight Seeing info are included.



For all Fiesta enthusiasts:
(para han mga para-pamatron)

The Carigara East Coast Fiesta this year will be hosted by the Carigaran-ons of
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Florida.

Celebration in the Midwest is on:
Saturday, July10, 2010

PARUMPAG on Sunday, July 11, 2010 at the residence of 
Jose & Naomi (Pascual) Noriega
8001 Stonegate Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60487

It is recommended to use hotels suggested by the host from their invitation.


Fenkfort Square Park District
7540 West Braemar Lane
Frankfort IL 60423
Phone: (815) 469-3524
Fax: (815) 469-8657

Reserve early,For Hotel reservations check out for:
Mature rates, AAA/CAA rates and or Internet rates,
which are much lower than Regular rates.
See you all at the Fiesta.




The Legend

Early one morning, a fleet of Moro vessels suddenly appeared on the horizon. A Moro raid! The people fled in terror. Those who did not die at the hands of the sea pirates were carried off as captives to be held for ransom or sold as slaves. The old and the sick who were left in the village fell to their knees in prayer. As if in answer, the sky darkened and a storm broke. Then above the present town site a huge black cloud took the form of a cross. When the sky cleared the Moro pirates were nowhere in sight. The people fell to their knees again, this time in thanksgiving. They remembered the cross in the sky, and decided to build their town on the spot over which it had appeared - at the mouth of Kalgara River. From that time on, the Holy Cross became the object of veneration and devotion at the annual fiesta of Carigara.

The History

Jesuit missionaries led by Fr. Chirino left Manila in the middle of June 1595. They took the Panay route and sailed for Leyte. They landed on the shores of Carigara in the morning of July 16, 1595, the same day on which the Triumph of the Holy Cross was celebrated in Spain. On the beach, Fr. Chirino and his brother priests said mass and Brother Garay received communion. 

After the mass, Fr. Chirino and his companions erected a cross to mark the day and the place of their historic landing. They then walked to the town proper where encomendero, Cristobal de Trujillo, along with the townspeople welcomed the missionaries with great festivity and rejoicing. This was the first celebration of the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross in Carigara and in Leyte. 

In the time that Fr. Chirino was in Carigara, he noted two admirable customs:
1) the hospitality of the people; and 
2) the price of rice never varied, whether the harvest was good or bad. While Cristobal de Trujillo was having a house constructed for the Jesuits, the missionaries stayed with him and used a chapel left by the Augustinians as their temporary church. As Fr. Chirino's instruction was to select a suitable mission site, he left three of his companions in Carigara to study Visayan and start catechism classes while he and brother priest, Fr. Pereira, sailed east and south to find a second site. When Fr. Chirino returned to Carigara around the end of July, he found his companions occupying the house the people had built for them.

After his victories, which he partly attributed to the miraculous power of the Cross, Constantine became a committed Christian. When his capital city, Constantinople, was inaugurated on May 11, 330, he dedicated it to the holy Trinity and to the Mother of God. The Santacruzan procession in May features a Reyna Elena and a Constantino to immortalize Empress Helena and Emperor Constantine.

The Holy Cross miraculously appeared again in 1212 during the battle of Tolosa in Spain where Christians overcame their Mohammedan foes. It is said that the battle was won because the Holy Cross appeared in the sky lifting the morale of the Spanish soldiers.

Today, the Triumph of the Holy Cross is celebrated annually on the 16th of July by the townspeople of Carigara. The date commemorates the arrival of the Jesuits in Carigara on July 16, 1595.
In behalf of our beloved parish priests, Fr Martin Parayno, and Fr Anthony Mendoza, and all of the Carigaranos residing in Texas and New Mexico, we extend our sincerest welcome to all of the Cariganos who are here today. This is indeed a special occasion for it is the first time that our Fiesta honoring the Holy Cross is being celebrated in this part of the US. As Carigaranos, we always remember to honor and venerate our Holy Cross since the founding of our town and continue to practice our religious customs and tradition wherever we are. It is indeed a tribute to our Catholic background and upbringing that we get together today from all parts of the US and Canada, to participate in this annual affair. Here in Texas, we are blessed with warm weather, the presence of our own Filipino church and a picturesque city making it a prime city for Fiesta celebrations.

We wish to welcome and to thank Fr Ernest Palaming and Fr Ric Saldito, who have graciously accepted to concelebrate our mass with Fr Martin Parayno and partake of our hospitality. We also want to thank the Santo Nino Choir for participating in this joyful occasion, lending their sweet music and helping in the kitchen. To Mrs Irene Wright who helped decorate the Carrosas and the altar, our eternal gratitude.                       

Let us not forget that this is a religious celebration and our feasts, dancing and merrymaking are only secondary. May everyone enjoy and have a good time.                                                                                                        
Teodorico H. Jaceldo MD



History of our Pot Luck
2007 Host New York

When we, Carigaranons of New York City, started this town fiesta celebration 22 years ago in New York City (July 1987), we called those who could come to bring in food to share with everyone who would be coming to attend the celebration. From then on, it became a traditional celebration so that in the following years, we did celebrate Carigara fiesta in the East Coast and most attendees would bring in various Filipino dishes and delicacies as potluck share. However, to make a long story short, some of the food would spoil very quickly due the heat of the sun and the distance being traveled to bring the food into the fiesta location. 

We then agreed that instead of bringing in food, in the following years’ celebration, a donation of $50 would help the host to buy food and other items needed in the celebration. In addition, the host members would still prepare foods and desserts --- carried them into the agreed venue, prepared the hall, managed the kitchen, bought disposable eating utensils, managed the restrooms, and countless other tasks. The host members never get a chance to socialize, which is the main purpose of the celebration, because they are pinned in the kitchen preparing food for lunch, snacks, dinner and putting back the place in its original condition.

Twenty two years have passed and 22 years have also been added to our lives. We thought that celebrating the town fiesta through a caterer would really help our aging bones to be kept in tact and allow us, the hosts, to move around to greet people who come to attend. Because of the success and satisfaction made at the Chicago celebration through the hosts’ arrangement with Itasca Country Club, we, the New York hosts for this year 2007, decided to follow suit and have a caterer feed all of us at the celebration. Hence, we are requesting our Carigaranons to donate the following.

We surmise that a $50 donation for every family is suffecient and not to exceed four members. Additional adult guests should add a donation of $10 each. Children 12 years and under are free.

Please note that there is no limit in the amount of your donation and we would greatly appreciate your generosity.

We thank you very sincerely for your kind support.

The New York Host Members