Marian exhibit highlights ‘rich history’ of Santisimo Rosario Parish

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Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P., pastor of the UST Santisimo Rosario Parish leads the ribbon cutting ceremony together with UST Museum Director Fr. Isidro Abaño, O.P. of the Marian exhibit marking the 75th anniversary of the parish church. Photo by Rhenwill James G. Santos

A MARIAN exhibit marking the 75th anniversary of the UST Santisimo Rosario Parish and recalling the rich history and evolution of the parish opened at the UST Museum on Friday.

The exhibit also featured sculptures and paintings of the Blessed Mother, including a stunning wooden image of the Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario at the center of the UST Museum.

Vergel Enriquez, president of the Marian Evangelization Community said the organizers wanted to go beyond the “aesthetics” and decided to show the milestones of the parish.

“We wanted to emulate what would it feel like to go to a parish. This exhibit does not only showcase aesthetics, it is also to show all the ups and downs [and] the milestones of the Santisimo Rosario Parish,” Enriquez told the Varsitarian in an interview.

The image of the Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario is placed at the center of the Marian exhibit titled “Viva Santisimo Rosario,” at the UST Museum. Photo by Rhenwill James G. Santos

Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P., the parish priest, encouraged Thomasians to visit the Marian exhibit to appreciate the importance of the Santisimo Rosario in the University.

“The exhibit will show them that the essence of being a Thomasian [is not only confined] in academic endeavors but also through service, such as how the chapel becomes a spiritual haven for Thomasians,” Coronel told the Varsitarian.

Coronel also said the exhibit aims to guide the visitors “pastorally” amid challenges in society.

Organized by the Marian Evangelization Community and the Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominican group, the exhibit, titled “Viva Santisimo Rosario,” runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 12.

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