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The Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady Guadalupe in the town of Pagsanjan, the oldest parish in the Phillipines under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, was established in 1687, under the spanish franciscan missionary Fray Agustin dela Magdalena.
Originally, the church structure was made of nipa and bamboo which was constructed by the male town folks under the supervision of Fray Agustin.
Unfortunately, the beloved cura of the town died the next year, 1689. His magnificent project was, however, carried out by his devout parishioners.
A statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which Fray Agustin has solicited in Mexico, installed on the main altar of the church as the town Patroness on the year that the Parish was established. The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe remained in the church until it was destroyed during World War II, and replaced years later by another gift from Mexico.
On December 12 of 2012 the parish church of Pagsanjan due to numerous letters of favors and miracles granted though the invaction of Mary’s intercession under this title of Guadalupe, Most rev. leo M. Drona SDB DD. created the Parish Church of Pagsanjan to become the Diocesan Shrine which is know today. During that celebration the image given by the people of Mexico was honored the rite of Episcopal Coronation, with the precious diadem fitting for a queen.
Many people to come to Pagsanjan today do not only marvel at the junctures of its two rivers but the juncture of the two stories meeting one onother, of Our Lady of Guadalupe and their own. The faith of Mary and the problems of humanity encounter each other in the golden threads of devotion. As its was in Mexico in the early morning of December, when Mary assured Saint Juan Diego “Am I not your Mother, are you not under my mantle of protection, is there anything else you need.” So it is today to all her chirdren who come to this place in Asia that is called The Home of Our Lady of Guadalupe , the Shrine of the town they call PAGSANJAN