The Life and Work of Padre Domingo Carceller, Agustino Recoleto

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by Ferdinand M. Bautista, Music Literature Department, UST Conservatory of Music

Domingo Carceller Y Galindo was born on 22 December 1894 in Forcall (Castellon dela Plana) Spain[1].  Out of eight children born to his parents, Don Joaquin Carceller and Dona Manuela Galindo, seven became members of various religious orders.  In other words, except for his eldest brother Joaquin Jr. who got married, all his five brothers (Jaime, Jose, Manuel, Pedro and Francisco) became priests like himself, while his only sister Monica became a nun.[2]  Fr. Carceller attended the Colegio de San Millan from 1907 to 1911.  He made his  Religious Profession on 6 September 1912. Seven years after, he was ordained priest on 14 June 1919 at the age of 25.  It was at the Colegio de San Millan where he was able to study music theory and piano with a certain Padre Paciente Corral as mentor.[3]

Map of Spain.
Familia Carceller

Fr. Carceller arrived in the Philippines in October of 1920, a year after his ordination.  Upon his arrival, he stayed temporarily at the convent of San Nicholas de Tolentino within the walls of Intramuros.  Shortly after, he was assigned to the Convento de San Sebastian where he studied Tagalog extensively and intensively for 2 years.[4]  On 19 February 1922 he was scheduled to be transferred to the Church of San Juan Nepomuceno in Bolbok, Batangas.  But for some reasons, the assignment was changed to Calapan, Mindoro where he would serve as parish priest until June 1928.[5]  In an article entitled “Querido de Dios y de los Hombres”, which was published in the Boletin dela Provincia de San Nicolas Tolentino Orden Agustinos Recoletos,  Padre Gregorio Armas wrote that the convent in Calapan, Mindoro was open to all.  Whether they were Hindus, Chinese or even Freemasons they were equally welcome at the convent and were all considered friends of Fr. Carceller.[6]  He was thus probably one of the earliest exponents of ecumenism.  After his work in the parish, Fr. Carceller would be seen walking at the pier followed by children “Pied-Piper” style.  He would give each of these kids tiny medals and whenever he would run out of supply, he would promise them that more would be coming “when the ship arrives…”[7]  The children easily warmed up to Fr. Carceller because of his ready smile and calming voice.  It was also in Calapan where Fr. Carceller organized a group of young ladies who were to be in the service of the Church.  These young ladies would be made to wear white dresses with long sleeves.  Fr. Carceller asked Monsignor Alfredo Versoza, the Bishop of Lipa, for official permission to form the group and it was duly authorized.  Later becoming two hundred-strong, the members of the group called themselves the Hijas de Maria.[8]

Intramuros Manila
Recoletos in Intramuros
Retablo of the Recoletos Church in Intramuros
Friars of San Sebastian (Fr. Carceller second priest seated left to right)

On 22 June 1928, as per the instructions of the Recollect Provincial Superior, Fr. Carceller was informed of his new post:  the Parish of San Juan Nepomuceno in Bolbok, Batangas.[9]  When the Calapenos heard about this, they quickly gathered the signatures of their townsfolk which were all appended to their request for the permanent assignment of Fr. Carceller in Calapan.  This was addressed to the Superior of the Order as well as to the bishop.  However their pleas fell on deaf ears as within a month Fr. Carceller was still transferred to San Juan Bolbok.

Different places where Fr. Carceller served as pastor

San Juan Nepomuceno Church, Bolbok, Batangas.

The Church of San Juan Nepomuceno was formerly situated near the coastline.  It was constructed under its first secular parish priest Padre Damaso Mojica in the year 1843.  Because of frequent flooding at the said location, it was ordered by a Superior decree issued in 1855, to be transferred to a place that was not prone to flooding.  This was done when the church came under the management of the Augustinian Recollect Order.  The construction was begun in 1890 under the joint aegis of Fr. Victor Lopez, OAR and the Gobernadorcillo of the time, Benedicto de Villa.  Four years later it was inaugurated during the term of Fr. Celestino Yoldi, OAR as parish priest[10].

Fr. Carceller with children

I have gone to the church of San Juan myself to examine the parish records which may shed light on Fr. Carceller’s activities while he was there.  The opportunity came when in June of last year I was asked to join a pilgrimage to parishes formerly held by the Recollects in Laguna and Batangas.  The invitation was extended by Fr. Emil Quilatan who was as that time the archivist-historian of the Augustinian Recollect Order.

According to Fr. Quilatan, the Parish of San Juan is of sentimental value to the Recollects because it was here where the members of the Order felt especially loved by the townspeople, contrary to the popular belief that the priests in the Spanish Era were all prototypes of the infamous friar characters of Dr. Jose Rizal.[11]  Fr. Quilatan added that similar to the signature-gathering incident in Calapan where the townsfolk petitioned for the permanent assignment of Fr. Carceller in their town, the citizens of San Juan also addressed a similar request to higher authorities.  The historical marker at the Church pays tribute to Fr. Carceller’s special contribution: the construction of the Church belfry.  My research involved scrutinizing the four parish notebooks, namely the Libro de Bautismo, the Libro de Gasto, the Misas recibidas and the copy of the Cartas Circular where I saw the first signature of Fr. Carceller as parish priest there, which is dated December 1928.[12]  Also to be found inside the Church of San Juan is the harmonium which according to the townsfolk, had belonged to Fr. Carceller.  This is now located in the choirloft and is in utter disrepair.

Bishop Versoza, Fr. Carceller with priests, nuns, parishioners and the Hijas de Maria

I also tried to look for senior citizens who may have known Fr. Carceller in their youth so that I could interview them.  The Parish office staff gave me the name of Rosing Cueto,[13] but unfortunately, when I was there, Ms. Cueto was vacationing in her brother’s house in Quezon City.  Fortunately though the Church staff was able to give me her telephone number in Quezon City so I was still able to interview her by phone.  I asked Ms. Cueto what she remembered most about Fr. Carceller. She said that she was still very young then and was a member of the Hijas de Maria whom she described as “young ladies in white”.  She said that Fr. Carceller was very kind and was always smiling.  He was well-loved by the people of San Juan.  He was not very tall.  And she recalls that he spoke Tagalog with uncommon fluency.  Ms. Cueto also added that she still remembered Fr. Carceller’s Ave Maria which their group used to sing at weddings and Venid, Venid Jesus a Consolarme, which they sang during communion.

The Church of San Juan Nepomuceno (Bolbok) Batangas.

In 1935 P.Carceller was appointed as Presidente of the church and convent of San Sebastian in Manila and thus had to leave his parish in San Juan Batangas.  In the Libro de gasto, his last signature is dated May1935.  By the following month it is already the signature of the new parish priest, Padre Ruperto Blas,  that appears in the said register.

Autograph of Fr. Carceller from the Parish records of Bolbok, Batangas
Harmonium used by Fr. Carceller in San Juan (Bolbok) Batangas
Belfry built during the parochial administration of Fr. Carceller
Historical Marker. San Juan Nepomuceno Church, Bolbok Batangas.

San Sebastian Church

From the missions it was a new challenge that P. Carceller faced as Presidente of the Church and convent of San Sebastian which was located then as it is today on Calle del Carmen Quiapo, Manila.  The original Church of San Sebastian was built by the Recollects in 1611, the same year the Colegio de Santo Tomas was established in Intramuros.  Because it was frequently ravaged by earthquake, the Recollects decided to build a Church that could withstand such calamities to a greater extent.  It was Genaro Palacios, a Spanish national residing in the Philippines at that time, who designed the unique Church whose walls were made of steel.  Palacio’s design was sent to Belgium; the structure was constructed there and was later shipped to Manila.  Thus the only church made of steel in the Philippines was inaugurated on 16 August, the feast day of St. Roche[14].  Although named after San Sebastian, martyr and patron of Athletes; it was in this Church that the image of Nuestra Senora del Carmen was enshrined.  One of the major festivities for Manilenos at that time was the feast of the Virgen del Carmen (which was then celebrated on the 29 January, now on July 16 in the revised Roman Calendar) which for many signaled the end of the cold season.  The first day of the Del Carmen Novena was set on 20 January which also coincided with the feast of San Sebastian.  Many attended on the first day as well as on the other days which culminated in a procession of the 29th of January, the feast day of Del Carmen where there would be a Misa Mayor which was accompanied by an orchestra.  In the evening after the procession there was a band concert at the Plaza followed by a grand fireworks display while the Manilenos savored the last days of the cool season.  Ironically, according to the national artist Nick Joaquin, these fireworks on the feast of San Sebastian were mistaken as a signal for the start of a Coup d ‘etat in Cavite in 1897.  The day after the feast, Manila was in disarray as the revolutionary priests and the Creoles were arrested.[15]

San Sebastian Church during the time of Fr. Carceller.
Procession of the Nuestra Senora del Carmen
Appointment letter of Fr. Carceller as “presidente” of San Sebastian.

THE XXXIII Eucharistic Congress and the first publication of the Coleccion.

Very little has been written about Fr. Carceller’s activities in San Sebastian, except for his last days there.  But in the year 1937 the first collection of his works which was entitled Coleccion de Canticos Sagrados por el Padre Domingo Carceller was printed.  The publication was concurrent with the XXXIII Congreso Eucaristico Internacional held in Manila in February 1937.  In connection with the congress, a search for its official hymn was launched and Fr. Carceller’s entry entitled “Gloria a Jesus” won first place.  The lyricist was Emeterio Barcelon, a member of the Third Order of the Carmelites.  As first time host to an international gathering of this nature, the Filipinos threw themselves into a frenzy in preparation for the said event.  In fact according to some documents in the UST Archives, the preparations began as early as a year before the congress.  As if in rehearsal, four years earlier, from December 11-15 1929, the 1st National Eucharistic Congress of the Philippines had been held, where in turn the winning Himno Oficial was the entry of the famous composer Dr. Francisco Santiago with lyrics by Fr. Jose Fernandez, C.M.[16]

The Tribune February 1937. 33rd International Eucharistic Congress

Another document which I found in the Archives was the “Sub-committee report on (secular) music” which was submitted by Ramon Tapales, one of the congress officials on August 7, 1936.  Here the activities that are musical by nature as well as the corresponding expenses were listed in detail.  According to the said document, there was even a “Papal Band” with some 200 members.  Their uniform bore the insignia of the Pope.  Aside from the papal band there was also the Army and Navy band, consisting of Phil. Army band, US Army and Navy bands and the U.P. ROTC band with the total membership of 450.  They were to meet the Pope’s representative at the “New Luneta” as well as to play wherever else they may be needed.  There was also to have been a “concerto sacro” at the Luneta on all the days of the congress where some 300 musicians with the Philippine Cultural Concert Society Symphony Orchestra (P.C.C.S.O) were to perform.  The P.C.C.S.O. was a conglomerate of the different orchestras in Manila “which have the desire to cooperate fully for the success of this world event and for the benefit of all Catholics.”  Together with this orchestra a 1,000 strong chorus was organized.  Aside from this there were radio concerts honoring the Pope’s representative.  Tapales asked for an estimated budget of 17,000 pesos which included all expenses such as rehearsal fess for the players, scores as well as the uniforms of each participant.[17]  And yet through all these lists pertaining to the expenses and the participants never was the name of Fr. Carceller mentioned.

Emeterio Barcelon and Fr. Domingo Carceller

The events started on 1 February 1937 with the arrival of the Papal representative Dennis Cardinal Dougherty.  As envoy of Pope Pius XI, Cardinal Dougherty disembarked from the ship “Conte Rosso” together with other bishops and priests who where coming to Manila for the same reason.  They were met by then City mayor Juan Posadas.  The party went directly to Malacanang where they were received by the then First Lady Aurora Quezon.  The President, Manuel Quezon who at that time was seeking treatment at Hongkong welcomed Cardinal Dougherty via telephone.  The next day, Cardinal Dougherty and the other delegates went on a Pilgrimage to Antipolo.  Later they inaugurated a “Mission Exhibit” at the Paulist Church at San Marcelino, Manila.  Next on the Itinerary was the Rizal stadium where a civic reception for the Papalrepresentative was tendered by Mayor Juan Posadas.  It was here where various groups mentioned by Dr. Tapales performed.  The next day the 33rd International Eucharistic Congress was formerly begun thus occasioning the world premier of the official congress hymn Gloria a Jesus by Fr. Carceller.  For the duration of the Congress, masses where held at 6 a.m. in various churches in Manila and at 4 p.m. daily a holy hour was held at the following churches:  Santo Domingo in Intramuros, San Sebastian in Quiapo, Sto.Nino in Tondo and Nuestra Senora de Remedios in Malate.  In conjunction with the event a book entitled “Missiones Catolicas en Extremo Oriente” was published.  Incidentally Fr. Carceller’s portrait is found in this book.  Underneath the portrait were the words in Spanish meaning, “Prior of San Sebastian and composer of the official hymn of the 33rd International Eucharistic Congress.”  On 4 February 1937 the meeting of the women[18] started and on 5 February it was the turn of the males.  During the latter day Emeterio Barcelon (lyricist for Gloria a Jesus) was chosen to give a short speech about the Blessed Sacrament in Tagalog.  On 6 February the youth gathered in celebration of the Eucharist and it was here where Fr. Carceller directed a choir consisting of student representatives of various Catholic schools.[19]  An estimated 60,000 young people attended the Mass on this day.  All of them wore white.  Earlier during the day they had started marching from various parts in Manila toward Luneta where the event was held.[20]  Breakfast was served to all the attendees.  On the last day, 7 February, at exactly 4 p.m. people gathered into the streets of Manila for the procession.  The lay women started from Dewey (Roxas) Boulevard while the female religious gathered in St. Scholastica.  The males started from Harrison Park while the priests started from de la Salle in Taft Avenue.  All groups headed for the Luneta for the finale of the Congress.[21]  According to the documents which I found from the the UST Archives (Report for the sub-committee on Fireworks), starting from 3 p.m. the church bells of Manila were to ring simultaneously for 5 minutes to herald the procession.  Half an hour later they were to ring again and at 4 p.m. the ringing would last for 10 minutes more except for the churches of Malate and Ermita which were to ring their bells continuously until the Blessed Sacrament reached the Altarin Luneta.  The signal for this point of the event was to be the fireworks display.

Fr. Carceller received his gold medal for his “Gloria a Jesus”.

As planned, according to the Sunday Tribune of February 7, 1937 at 8:15 p.m. the Himno Oficial was heard while the float carrying the Papal representative who was holding the Blessed Sacrament approached its destination.  When the Altar was reached, everyone started to sing the “Tantum Ergo” and this was followed by a benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  Meanwhile, Assemblyman Benito Soliven read the Act of Consecration after which the Himno official was sung again this was followed by fireworks and the ringing of church bells as well as the honking of the horns of all the boats anchored at Manila Bay at that time.  Afterwards the crowd quieted down as they listened attentively to Pope Pius XI who greeted the Filipinos and all the delegates of the International Congress via radio.  At the end the Holy Father gave his blessing in English, Spanish and French.  A few minutes after 9 p.m.

Advertisement of the “Coleccion de Canticos Sagrados”

Dennis Cardinal Dougherty and the other delegates in his party were conducted tothe boat “Tatsuta Maru” to start their journey home.  According to National Artist Nick Joaquin “Playing host to the world in 1937 during the (International) Eucharistic Congress, Manila realized it was no longer just a big town but a world-class metropolis, expert enough to stage an international happening.”[22]

Letter from the executive committee of the Eucharistic Congress to Fr. Carceller.

On December of the same year the second edition Fr. Carceller’s Coleccion de Canticos Sagrados was published.  Unlike the first edition which consisted purely of vocal parts, the second one included organ accompaniment.

1st edition of the “Coleccion”.
Philippines Herald. February 1937
“El Debate”. February 1937. 33rd International Eucharistic Congress. Manila

THE FINAL YEARS OF FR. CARCELLER

Fr. Carceller must have returned to San Juan in 1938 because his signature began to appear again in the parish records.  His return was probably due to the request of the parishioners.  From this time up to the end of the World War II his life was quiet and uneventful.  His works were once more published in still anotheranthology in Manila in 1952.  This time more of his compositions were added and they were also with organ accompaniment just like those in the second edition.  In 1954 Fr. Carceller’s signatures in a couple of documents were replaced by those of his brother Fr. Jaime Carceller.[23]  Still it was possible that Fr. Domingo Carceller himself had gone back to San Juan Bolbok for the third time because his signature was last seen at least once in the parish records of the year 1966.  Very helpful to my research was the Boletin dela Provincia de San Nicolas de Tolentino (March – April 1967).  Although this pamphlet was published in Marcilla, Spain, it is here where the last activities of Fr. Carceller at San Sebastian in Manila are recorded.  He was sacristan mayor in San Sebastian meaning that he took care of the Church vessels and vestments within the sacristy.  He was then afflicted by cardio-vascular disease such that he always had pills ready in his pocket so that he could be immediately be relieved in case he would have an attack.  Details on the events of January, 1967, such as Fr. Carceller’s participation in the religious exercises of the students are written of in the said copy of the bulletin.  After one such encounter with the students he became so tired that he had to rest in his room.  He felt pains in his shoulders and back as well as in his head.  At around 11:00 o’clock that night Padre Abaigar, who occupied the next room to Fr. Carceller, heard the moans of someone who seemed to be in great pain.  Fr. Abaigar immediately went to Fr. Carceller’s room where he found the priest lying on the floor in the dark.  Fr. Abaigar tried to help him up but Fr.Carceller continued to groan in pain; he was having such a hard time so Fr. Abaigar administered Extreme Unction on his colleague, who expired at midnight on 31 January 1967. [24]

Fr. Carceller’s wake lasted for 2 days and many came to pay their last respects.  He was specially mourned by the students of San Sebastian who considered him as their grandfather or abuelito.  Among the Church dignitaries who came and celebrated Mass were three Monsignori:  Toboult, Bishop of Davao;   Bantigue,auxiliary Bishop of Manila and Arriola, Bishop of Legazpi.  A day after the priest’s death a man approached one of Fr. Carceller’s fellow Recoletos, a certain Fr. Simeon.  The man was looking for a priest to whom he had confessed a few days before because that particular priest had promised to give him a rosary.  So when Padre Simeon showed the man the remains of Fr. Carceller the man was amazed because that was the priest who promised him a rosary.  In order not to break the promise, Padre Simeon just gave the man a rosary in Fr. Carceller’s behalf.  The stranger reportedly stayed at the Church to help out until Fr. Carceller was interred at a crypt in San Sebastian Church.  His remains have since been moved to the burial place of the Recoletos at Himlayang Filipino in Quezon City.

Forty years after his death, his relatively few works deserve to be performed as well as preserved for posterity.  After all they were once a part of the faith, life and culture of the Filipinos.  Therefore before I end this presentation, I wish to make a summary of Fr. Carceller’s output as a composer.

Fr. Carceller was mentioned in the “Misiones Catolicas en Extremo Oriente.”
Boletin de la provincial de San Nicolas de Tolentino, OAR. 1967
Libro de Misa recibidas. Fr. Carceller’s signature dated 1951. San Juan Bolbok, Batangas.

As mentioned earlier, the compositions of Fr. Carceller were published in an anthology entitled Coleccion de Canticos Sagrados por el Padre Domingo Carceller, Agustino Recoleto in January 1937, a month before the 33rd International Eucharistic Congress which was held here in Manila.  Printed by the Ramon Roces Publishers, the book was 162 pages.  Following are the contents of the anthology:

I. Gloria a Jesus
-The Himno Oficial of the 33rd International Eucharistic Congress.

II. Veni Creator
-Used for the feasts and celebrations of the Holy Spirit.

III. 8 Tantum Ergos and 2 O Salutaris 
-Both hymns are used for the Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The origin of these 2 hymns dates back from the Time of St. Thomas Aquinas.

IV. Various Hymns (Motets) for the Holy Eucharist and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The devotion to the Sacred Heart was promoted during the Pontificate of Pius XI.

V. 2 Hosannas
– Used for the Procession of Palms on Palm Sunday.

VI. Stabat Mater
– Used during the Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday and the “Soledad”.

VII. Regina Coeli
– is sung during the “Salubong” or “Encuentro”, a native custom dramatizing the meeting of the Joyful Mother and the Risen Lord on Easter Sunday; also used to replace the Angelus on Easter time.

VIII. Sacerdos Pontifex
– is usually sung on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul and in any celebrations that pertains to the Pope.

IX. Te Deum
The hymn was important during the early years of the Spanish colonization of the Philippines.  In Intramuros, the Te Deum was sung in churches when the Galleon arrived and whenever there were announcements of Christian missionaries being martyred in Japan or China.  Now it is used on special feasts in the Liturgy of the Hours.

This particular Te Deum was composed following the traditional style of using the Gregorian chant alternately with measured music.

X. Masses

a. Misa Coral “ Cor Iesu Sacratissimum”
(Used for the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

b. Misa  “In honorem Sancti Joseph”
(For the Mass in honor of St. Joseph)

c. Misa de Requiem
(Mass for the Dead.  Also composed in the traditional style, using Gregorian chant alternately with measured music.)

XI. 2 Trisagios
The Trisagio is a devotional hymn to the Holy Trinity which is recited or sung at dawn.

XII. Rosary Music

a. 2 Virgen Divino Sagrario (This is used at the beginning of the Rosary.)

b. 2 Rosario Cantada (Musical settings of the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.)

c. 5 Letania Laurentana

d. 6 Salve Reginas

XIII. Hymns to the Blessed Virgin Mary

a. Venid y vamos todos (Sung during the flower offering)

b. Canto a Maria

c. Estrella Hermosa

d. Despedida a la Ssma. Virgen (Final hymn after a Marian procession)

e. 2 Oh Maria!

f. Himno a la Inmaculada

g. 2 Ave Maria

h. Tota Pulchra

XIV. Villancicos
(Traditional Christmas Songs sung in the Liturgy during Offertory or Communion)

a. Villancico I

b. Venid, venid Villancico II

c. Nino Divino, villancico III

XV. 8 Hymns to St. Joseph and a Jaculatoria
(The Recolectos have a special devotion to St. Joseph)

XVI. 6 Hymns to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
(These hymns are specially composed for the Virgen del Carmen of San Sebastian Church.)

XVII. Hymn to Nuestro Padre San Agustin

XVIII. Hymn to Sta. Teresita del Nino Jesus

Looking at the contents of the anthology, one can have a glimpse of the Liturgical and devotional life of Filipino Catholics during that time.  There were certainly more novenas to more saints in those days.  The Anthology was published for the second time in December of the same year.  Nothing was added except for the keyboard part.  However in 1952, a third edition was published in Manila.  Printed by Joaquin Clavano- photo engravers and offset printers it was bound at Sionco’s Binding Shop which is located at Antonio St., Sampaloc Manila.

Title page of the 3rd edtion of the “Coleccion de Canticos Sagrados.”

The third edition has 500 pages and 37 compositions were added in the said edition.[25]  There’s a total of 118 compositions by Fr. Caceller based from the 3 editions of the anthology.  Because of its republication in 1957, the music of Fr. Carceller was able to survive.  And through this anthology we are able to look once again to the religious and musical past of the Filipinos when more hymn-like tunes pervaded everyday Church music-making, compared to today’s pop-oriented liturgical music.

Crypta in San Sebastian Manila.

[1] Del Rosario, OAR, R.P.Fr. Miguel Avellaneda. Continuacion del Padre Sadaba o “Catalogo de los Religiosos de la Orden de Agustino Recoletos” (1906-1936) n.p.;n.d.

[2] Pena, OAR, P. Constancio. Ha muerto el Padre Carceller. Boletin de la Provincia de San Nicolas de Tolentino, Orden Agustinos Recoletos. No.612 (1967)

[3] del Rosario, R.P. Fr. Miguel Avellaneda. Continuacion del Padre Sadaba…pg.87

[4] Del Rosario, R.P.Fr. Miguel Avellaneda. Continuacion del Padre Sadaba….pg.86

[5] Del Rosario, R.P.Fr. Miguel Avellaneda. …..pg.86

[6] Armas, OAR, N.P. Gregorio. Querido de Dios y de los Hombres. Boletin de la Provincia de San Nicolas Tolentino, Orden de Agustinos Recoletos., No.612 (1967)

[7] Armas, OAR, N.P. Gregorio…pg.115

[8] Armas, OAR, N.P. Gregorio…pg.115; The hymn Tota Pulchra est is dedicated to the Hijas de Maria. See 1st edition of the Coleccion.

[9] Del Rosario, OAR R.P. Fr. Miguel Avellaneda…pg.86; all of these Official Letters are lost.

[10] Ref. Historical marker outside the Church of San Juan

[11]  I think this is the famous Black Legend which I first heard of from Dr. Summers, at work again.

[12] The Libros de Bautismo are the parish records of baptized Catholics. The Libros de Gasto are the expenses of the Church. The Libro de Misas recibidas are the records of those who give donations and offerings in the Mass. Cartas Circular is a record-copy of all the circular letters of the Superior and the Bishop.

[13] Ms. Rosing Cueto lives at 25c Roces Ave.Quezon City.

[14] Historical Marker outside the Church.

[15] Joaquin, Nick. Manila, my Manila. 1990. Manila. Manila City Government.

[16] Bustamante, Jose  El Primer Congreso Eucaristico Nacional de Filipinas. Manila. 1931 Good Shepherd press. Pg. 91-98

[17] “Report of sub-committee on Secular Music”, Chairman Ramon Tapales. (from UST Archives)

[18] Manila Bulletin  4 February 1937.

[19] El Debate 7 February 1937.

[20] Manila Bulletin 6 February 1937.

[21] Sunday Tribune 7 February 1937

[22] Joaquin, Nick Manila, my Manila: A history for the young. 1990 Republic of the Phil. City of Manila.

[23] The signature of his brother however poses some problems because the younger Carceller is an Escolapio not a Recoleto.

[24] Necrologio. Boletin dela Provincia de San Nicolas Tolentino. Ano LVII Marso-Abril 1967. Vol 57, no.611.Pgs.113-116.

[25] Refer to the Indice of the 1952 edition of the Coleccion de Canticos Sagrados por el padre Domingo Carceller, OAR.

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4 Comments

  1. Pio A. Luistro on June 5, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Our beloved granduncle & aunt, Leonardo Aranda & Claudina Nicasio were married by the Rev Fr Domingo Carceller, O.A.R. on June 5, 1938 (83 yrs ago today) at San Sebastian Church. I am happy to read about his holy life and many accomplishments. The Nicasio’s grandfather, Don Macario Nicasio was a parishioner and resident of Calle R. Hidalgo. I have a picture of their wedding together with Fr Carceller and their wedding certificate signed by him. I can share it if you like.

    By the way, for the record, I would to correct your caption on the picture of Fr Carceller with Hijas de Maria and “Bp Versoza”. Actually, the one in the picture was Padre Alfredo Obviar who was Vicario General of Lipa Diocese at that time. He was later ordained Bishop and made Auxuliary Bishop of Lipa on June 29, 1944 and now ranks as a Venerable Servant of God in the church. Bp Obviar was Leonardo Aranda’s uncle.

  2. Silvestre on June 5, 2021 at 11:25 am

    is there some way that we can acquire a copy of the coleccion de canticos sagrados? I would like to have one

  3. Lawrence Borja on June 16, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Here in the island of Guam, we have a hymn named “Kristo Jesus, Sinantusan” that uses Fr. Domingo Careceller’s tune. Capuchin Missionary, Fr. Roman Maria de Vera, translated the hymn from Spanish into our native Chamoru language in the 1930’s. This hymn-tune is still very popular on our island!

  4. Enrique Polo Moya on August 19, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Excelente reportaje sobre el P.Domingo Carceller. Mi nombre es Enrique Polo y soy natural de Forcall, el mismo lugar de nacimiento del P.Carceller. Quiero que sepan que en su pueblo (y el mío) se siguen cantando algunas de sus obras que él compuso para las celebraciones de aquella parroquia. Tenemos un “Himno a Ntra.Sra. de la Consolación” (Patrona de Forcall, de ahí su tercer apellido “de la Consolación”) así como los “Gozos a San Victor Mártir”, co-patrón de la población y otros breves motetes que conservamos y cantamos en las Fiestas Patronales cada año. También de su hermano P.Pedro Carceller, Escolapio y también músico, cantamos todos los años algunas obras.
    Con el ánimo de recopilar y conservar para nuestra Parroquia las obras de ambos hermanos compositories, mucho les agradecería si pudieran facilitarme información sobre la forma de conseguir la “Colección de Cánticos Sagrados” del P.Domingo que publicitan en esta excelente página. Forcall, su pueblo, le recuerda con cariño y le tiene como hijo ilustre, pese a haber ejercido su apostolado tan lejos de su Patria. Espero su respuesta y les agradezco de antemano su atención. Saludos

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  • All day
    February 1, 2023

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO CONGO-KINSHASA
    (January 31 – February 3)

    DAY 2: KINSHASA
    9:30      HOLY MASS at “Ndolo” Airport
    16:30   MEETING WITH VICTIMS FROM THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY at the Apostolic Nunciature
    18:30   MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM SOME CHARITIES at the Apostolic Nunciature

    BIRTHDAY

    Bro. Ramon Monroy, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Yolanda Zaragoza, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Corazon Timones, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Emma Miguel, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Brigida Gabriel, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Rizalina Salera, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    +Sis. Dorotea Sarmiento, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

2
  • All day
    February 2, 2023

    FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD (CANDELARIA)

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO CONGO-KINSHASA

    DAY 3: KINSHASA
    09:30   MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND CATECHISTS in Martyrs’ Stadium
    16:30   PRAYER MEETING WITH PRIESTS, DEACONS, CONSECRATED PERSONS AND SEMINARIANS in the Cathedral “Notre Dame du Congo”
    18:30   PRIVATE MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS at the Apostolic Nunciature

    27th WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE PATRONAL FIESTA
    OF OUR LADY OF SIERRA LEONE PARISH (Kamabai) Time: 1100H (Sierra Leone)
    Presider & Homilist: Most Rev. Natale Paganelli S.X.

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ma. Petra Pascual, AR
    Sis. Josephine Bangura (Trialer / Kamalo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Socorro Japson, AR

3
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    February 3, 2023

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO CONGO-KINSHASA THEN TO SOUTH SUDAN

    DAY 4: KINSHASA / DAY 1: JUBA

    8:30     MEETING WITH BISHOPS at CENCO
    10:10   FAREWELL CEREMONY at Kinshasa “Ndjili” International Airport
    0:40     Departure by airplane from Kinshasa “Ndjili” International Airport to Juba

    The Holy Father is making the Journey to South Sudan together with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

    15:00   Arrival at Juba International Airport
    15:00   WELCOME CEREMONY
    15:45   COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC at the Presidential Palace
    16:15   MEETING WITH THE VICE-PRESIDENTS OF THE REPUBLIC
    17:00   MEETING WITH AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the garden of the Presidential Palace

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Ceferino Roberto Añez
    Sis. Celerina Santos, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Celerina Jaurequi, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Marilyn Miraña, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Filomena de Jesus

4
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    February 4, 2023

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO SOUTH SUDAN

    DAY 2: JUBA

    9:00      MEETING WITH BISHOPS, PRIESTS, DEACONS, CONSECRATED PERSONS AND SEMINARIANS in the Cathedral of Saint Therese
    1:00       PRIVATE MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS at the Apostolic Nunciature
    16:30     MEETING WITH INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS in the “Freedom Hall”
    18:00    ECUMENICAL PRAYER at “John Garang” Mausoleum

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HUMAN FRATERNITY

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS

    BIRTHDAY

    FRAY BERNARD AMPARADO, Prior Provincial
    Sr. Jannet Nicer, AR
    Sis. Erlinda Dionela, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Diana Concepcion, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

5
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    February 5, 2023

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO SOUTH SUDAN

    DAY 3: JUBA – ROME

    08:45    HOLY MASS at “John Garang” Mausoleum
    11:00    FAREWELL CEREMONY at Juba International Airport
    11:30    Departure by airplane from Juba International Airport to Rome
    17:30    Arrival at Rome Fiumicino International Airport

    36th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (1987-2023)
    OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION PARISH, Miranila, Quezon City
    Time: 1100H
    Presider & Homilist: Prior Provincial

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray James Castelo
    Fray Jovy Gallego
    Sr. Anselma Millan, AR
    Sis. Purificacion Rallos, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Trina Genicet Zamora (RAY-Valencia)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Ofelia Cruz, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    +Sis. Rosario Manese, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

6
  • All day
    February 6, 2023

    GENERALATE: MEETING OF THE DIGITAL EVANGELIZATION TEAM (ONLINE)

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Ronel Gealon
    Mo. Ma. Emilia Gaspillo, AR
    Sr. Doraine Suyko, AR
    Sis. Marlin Regalado, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Dorothy Joy Balcueva, SAR (Baguio Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Alberto Avanzado

7
  • All day
    February 7, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Jess Marco Sanchez
    Br. Christian Peralta (postulant)
    Sr. Ma. Lina Gonzaga, AR
    Sr. Gewena Gay Villarubia, AR
    Sis. Jaena Lascano, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Cecile Pedregosa (RAY-Urbiztondo)

8
  • All day
    February 8, 2023

    9th INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Elflida Palma, AR
    Sis. Lydia Morales, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Crestita Pabon, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Lourdes Cajes, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Ruth Gonzales, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Anita Miranda, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

9
  • All day
    February 9, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Elpedio Sarita, Jr.
    Br. Kirvie Bodiongan (aspirant)
    Bro. Romeo Reyes, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Florentina Alambra, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Teresita Torrecampo, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

10
  • All day
    February 10, 2023

    24th INAUGURATION ANNIVERSARY (1999-2023) OF THE PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Virginia Toledo, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

11
  • All day
    February 11, 2023

    OUR LADY OF LOURDES

    31st WORLD DAY OF THE SICK Theme: “Take care of him” (Lk 10:35) / Compassion as a synodal exercise of healing

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES QUASI-PARISH
    Brgy. Tambo, Ayungon, Negros Oriental
    Time: 1000H
    Presider & Homilist: Prior Provincial

    CHARTER DAY OF TALISAY CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL

    CLOSING OF RED EDUCAR 2023 MEETING
    Venue: Colegio de San Agustin, Costa del Este, Panama
    Date: Jan 20 – Feb. 11, 2023

    GENERALATE: AUGUSTINIAN CLASSROOM OF EDUCATION (MADRID)
    Date: Feb. 11-12, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Filomena Oliva, AR
    Sr. Marisa Dacuya, AR
    Sis. Edelyn Celeste, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (2017-2023)

    Fray Roweno Eugenio Hamo
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros
    Fray John Paul Tanquis

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Romana Caballero, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

12
  • All day
    February 12, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Heart Danielle Nakila (RAY-Balamban)
    Sis. Moonyen Llorca, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Lourdes Bonifacio, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

13
  • All day
    February 13, 2023

    INSTALLATION OF FRAY JULIUS JAMES TINAPAO AS PRIEST IN-CHARGE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO
    QUASI- PARISH, CAIDIOCAN

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Erlinda Vergara, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Catalina Matahum, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Victoria Maniago, SAR (Manila Chapter)

     

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Bro. Pedro Magalit, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

14
  • All day
    February 14, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Filomena Duro, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Mena Quiambao, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Serena Principio, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Era Santos, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Lucresia Samson, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Josephine Palanca, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Mary Grace Escayo, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)
    +Sis. Teresita Labos, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

15
  • All day
    February 15, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Maria Aurora Baygan, AR
    Bro. Julius Cayabyab, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

16
  • All day
    February 16, 2023

    FORMATION OF FORMATORS
    (Part 1: Feb. 16-18, 2023)

    GENERALATE: GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING (ROME)
    Date: Feb. 16-17, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Porferia Tundag, AR
    Sis. Herminia Villanueva, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Cecilia Cabildo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

17
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    February 17, 2023

    5th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARRIVAL OF PIONEER RECOLETOS MISSIONARIES IN CUBA

    GENERALATE:  ONLINE MEETING OF THE GENERAL TREASURER WITH THE PROVINCIAL TREASURERS

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Virgilio Paredes, Jr.
    Sis. Lourdes Tupaz, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Albina Panelo, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Femesolone Gamboa, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Segundina Valderama, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Helen Villarin, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

18
  • All day
    February 18, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Jerik Troy Siozon
    Fray Mark Saludes
    Sis. Erlinda Torrecampo, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Walthrode Conde, OAR
    +Sr. Genoveva del Sgdo. Corazon de Jesus, AR
    +Sis. Estrella Montes, SAR (Manila Chapter)

19
  • All day
    February 19, 2023

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Dunstan Huberto Decena
    Bro. Gavino Bucao, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Remedios Laguisma (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2003-2023)

    Most. Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, D.D. (Bishop of Bacolod)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Pia de San Sebastian
    +Sr. Josefina Disen, AR

20
  • All day
    February 20, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Joseph Neil Baygan (simply prof.)
    Sis. Reba Pacres, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Mary Rose Capulong (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Ines de Padua, AR

21
  • All day
    February 21, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Nimrod Launio
    Sis. Betty Sinon, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Emily Vallejo, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Lourdes Bonete, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Josefina Buletic, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Fernanda Kintanar, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Nellie Cabutotan (Trialer / Baguio Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Aniceta de la Santisima Trinidad, AR
    +Bro. Luis Clauor Jr., SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

22
  • All day
    February 22, 2023

    SEASON OF LENT STARTS: ASH WEDNESDAY

    BIRTHDAY

    Br. Jay-R Vailoces (aspirant)
    Sr. Ma. Flora Silverio, AR
    Sis. Emiline Navera, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Margarita Gamboa, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Soledad Baraya, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

23
  • All day
    February 23, 2023

    FORMATION OF FORMATORS
    (Part 2: Feb. 23-25, 2023)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Ana Maria Rosello, AR
    +Sr. Exaltacion Lagrimas, AR

24
  • All day
    February 24, 2023

    CHARTER DAY OF CEBU CITY

    ANNIVERSARY (2022-2023) OF ACCEPTANCE AS
    BROTHER-GENERAL OF THE PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL
    MORENO

    Prof. Emmanuel Luis Romanillos
    Bro. Edwin Ruiz, SAR

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Rommel Rubia
    Sis. Ma. Magdalena Ramos, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Jesusa de Vera, AR+Sis. Fedelina Escalante, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

25
  • All day
    February 25, 2023

    37th EDSA PEOPLE POWER (1986-2023)

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Roselyn Jardenil, AR
    Sis. Edna Mariano, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Adrian Gonzales (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Wenifreda Sajorda, AR

26
  • All day
    February 26, 2023

    FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Julius James Tinapao
    Br. Ren Hard Rodriguez (aspirant)
    Sis. Gloria Gaviola, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Severino Cuesta (2000-2023)
    +Sr. Teresa Constantino, AR
    +Sis. Lilia Lepasana, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Anita Paloma, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

27
  • All day
    February 27, 2023

    GENERALATE: SPIRITUAL EXERCISES (MONTEAGUDO)
    Date: Feb. 27-March 2, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Teresita Caberte, AR
    Sis. Clarita Cortez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Casimera Griarte, SAR (Provincialate Chapter

28
  • All day
    February 28, 2023

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSIONS

    MEETING OF THE PROVINCIAL PROCURATOR WITH THE LOCAL PROCURATORS
    Talavera House of Prayer, Cebu City / Feb. 28 – March 1

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ma. Crisanta Armendez, AR
    Bro. Fulgencio Culaton, SAR (Baguio Chapter / Brother-General of the Order)
    Sis. Macaria Decena, SAR (Manila Chapter) Sis. Maria Semine, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Perlita Narag (Urbiztondo Chapter) Sis. Emma Basul (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Milagros de San Nicolas de Tolentino
    +Sis. Estrella Montes, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Maria Torralba, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Bro. Waltrudes Torres, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    

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