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Ciudad de Cavite
El lugar de nisos Caviteños Chabacanos

Nuestra Seņora de la Soledad
Porta Vaga

Our most loving Mother, Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga!
Look down upon us, your loving children, prostrate before your august presence.
We humbly beg and ask of Thee to obtain for us from your Son Jesus, all the graces, favors, blessings and aids, we badly need both for ourselves and our loved ones.
Dearest Mother, we loved Thee.
Envelope us always within the Maternal wings of thy Motherly Tutelage and protection. Amen.

La Virgen de la Soledad de Porta Vaga - the patroness of the city of Cavite, also called "Reina de Cavite". She has been the refuge of the immortal spirit, the center of religious life and special sanctuary of every true Caviteņo. The virgin is depicted as a lady in mourning. Mary, garbed in black and white attire, seems to be on her knees as she contemplates the passion of her son. Before her are the crown of thorns and the nails instrument of Christ's passion.

The image of the virgin is painted on a canvas. An inscription was found at the back of the painting. A doze de Abril 1692 aņos Juan Oliba puso esta Stma. Ymagen Haqui, which means,"The sacred image was placed here by Juan Oliba on April 12,1692. This particular icon was used to bless the galleon plying between Cavite and Acapulco (Mexico) during formal sending off ceremonies. Thus, she was called the Patroness of the Galleon. The most venerated image of La Virgen de la Soledad de Porta Vaga is an invaluable treasure inherited by the Caviteņos from their antepasado (ancestors). This is the oldest existing dated Marian painting in the Philippines. The Virgen de la Soledad was acknowledged as the Celestial Guardian and Protectress of the entire province of Cavite and the port since her arrival in Cavite shore.

In 1892 Don Julian Felipe, the Philippine National Anthem composer, composed the hymn "REINA de CAVITE", on the occassion of her fiesta in which Caviteņos celebrate it every second Sunday in the month of November, and for the opening of the Exposicion Regional Caviteņa. The lyric of the hymn was taken from the poem Himmo a la Virgen de Cavite written by Fr. Tomas de Andrade, the rector of the Jesuit College of Cavite sometime in 1689.


Reina de Cavite per siempre seras:
Es prenda tu nombre de jubilo y paz:
Reina de Cavite por siempre seras;
Es prenda tu nombre de jubilo y paz.

Madre Immaculada, prez del serafin,
Luz de Filipinas, protegenos sin fin:
Luz de Filipinas, protegenos sin fin.

Devotion to La Virgen de la Soledad de Porta Vaga is a shinning example of faith and religiosity of every Caviteņos. It is an expression of rich colorful history and great heritage. She has been the symbol of that inner strength that sustain her people.

Every 2nd Sunday of November,Caviteños all over the world celebrate Cavite City fiesta in honor of "Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga," patroness of the city of Cavite.

O Mary Virgin most pure.
O Mother of the most loving son,
obtain for me through your painful solitude the grace
to suffer with patience the trials of this earthy life,
with the protection of your maternal care,
may I sing your praise with grateful heart in heaven forever. Amen.


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