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Coronadas: Pontifically Crowned Marian Images in the Philippines, 1907-2021


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About the book:
Being a Pueblo Amante de Maria is one of the characteristics that describe Filipino Catholics, in as much as one thing outstanding in our spirituality is our approach to Christ through Mary. Indeed, the devotion to Our Blessed Mother is among the strongest factors that have helped nourish and maintain our Catholic faith.  A living testimony of this fervent Marian piety is the abundant number of shrines and churches dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary spread out all over the archipelago. 
In many cases, the various religious orders introduced the devotion and brought the centuries-old images of the different Marian advocations in the parishes and mission areas where they ministered.  Over time, these devotions grew and bore fruits that made particular images of Our Lady become specially revered by the Christian people, such that their churches and shrines have become pilgrimage sites, and have become truly significant for the local church, a region, or even the whole nation. 
A number of these venerated images of the Blessed Virgin Mary have become CORONADAS, crowned nomine et auctoritate Summi Pontificis (in the name and by the authority of the Supreme Pontiff).  A brief history of these images, and the accounts of the coronations since 1907 are gathered in this book, as an offering for the Quincentennial of Christianity in the Philippines. 
Such crowning has always been seen and recognized as the most authoritative, since “the crown conferred by Rome gave an official seal of approval to the miraculous and sacred character of the Marian image which receive the honor, and constitute a visible link between the highest authority of the Catholic Church and the local church or religious institution.” 
Publication Date: 2021
Language: English
Format: Hardcover
Extent: Approximately 220 pages
Size: 165.1 x 241.3mm.
ISBN-13: 9786218199040
About the author:
Michael delos Reyes is a Filipino author and educator.
He is best known for his books on Catholic popular piety. Prusisyon: Paghahanda at Pagdiriwang (2006 and 2018) and Morena Graciosa: The Devotion to the Virgin of Antipolo through the Centuries (2016), both won Best Book in Liturgy in the Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards. Salve Regina: On Crowning Images of the Virgin Mary was a finalist in 2016. A recent one is 
Inmaculada Peregrina: Kasaysayan at Debosyon (2020).
Some of his formative years were spent at San Carlos Seminary. He later joined the academe serving in various capacities at Xavier School, from Christian Life Education teacher and eventually Department Chair, to High School Assistant Principal for Formation. Currently he is Xavier’s Human Resources Director and has been affiliated with the school for almost 30 years now.
In October 1998, Jaime Cardinal Sin granted him a Missio Canonica certification as Minister of the Word. He completed his Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from the Loyola School of Theology at Ateneo de Manila University six years later.
Among other books he wrote are Holy Week and Easter Processions: A Liturgico-Pastoral Guide and Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu: Pamana ng mga Heswita sa San Mateo. He was also a contributor to the book Pueblo Amante de Maria: The Filipinos’ Love for Mary which was published in 2013. As a contributing writer to the Philippine Jesuit Magazine The Windhover, he writes about the early Jesuit missions in the Residencia of Antipolo and the Marian devotions introduced by these missionaries.  He also contributed to the 2021 Special Issue of the Loyola Papers, the student and alumni journal of the Loyola School of Theology.  
In February 2010, he was honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award by his Alma Mater, Cainta Catholic College. He also received their Gawad Katotohanan Award in February 2014.
He assists parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila and the dioceses of Antipolo, Pasig, Kalookan, San Pablo, and Malolos in updating the novenas and devotional booklets to their titulars and patron saints. He is also a resource speaker with expertise on the Liturgy, Popular Piety, and Catechesis on the Crowning of Images of the Blessed Virgin Mary in preparation for Canonical Coronations (Episcopal or Pontifical).
About the illustrator:
Allan Jay Quesada is an architect who loves to paint and to take photos. He possesses the technical training, the gentle hands and the keen eyes that produced the heartwarming illustrations of Coronadas, his second watercolor painting book.
He is the watercolor artist who painted the inspired illustrations of 'Simbahán: An Illustrated Guide to 50 of the Philippines' Must-Visit Catholic Churches', his first watercolor painting book which was published in December 2020. He used holy water from the churches to mix his colors.
The kilometric list of awards for his works from his pre-teen years through his adolescence and school years of secondary and tertiary levels shows the consistency and speed of the progression of his art. This list extends to his current professional status.
He won the Grand Prize of Wiki Loves Monuments Philippines for three consecutive years, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He took the Grand Prize of the Churches of the North Photo Competition sponsored by Victory Liner, Inc.
in 2018 in Quezon City.
In the international scene, he won the Grand Prize in May 2019 in Madrid, Spain at the Climate Tracker and the WHO’s Climate Change and Health Photo Competition sponsored by the World Health Organization. (Check out the accompanying watercolor journal of that stint in Madrid and Barcelona on his vlog at his You Tube channel.)
He took home the Gold Prize of the 2018 International Architecture and Urban Digital Photo Competition in Busan, South Korea.
He started watercolor painting at 5 years of age. His works are mostly landscapes, urban scenes, and heritage structures. He looks up to Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic, his watercolor idols.
Allan gives free painting and rendering seminars in his alma mater, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), where he took up Architecture.
He joined the International Watercolor Society of the Philippines in 2019. He has been a member of the United Architects of the Philippines-Manila Maharlika Chapter since 2011.
He vlogs at the YouTube Channel “Watercolors by Allan Jay Quesada”. He shares regular landscape, portraiture, and floral tutorials and reviews watercolors. 

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