Retablo Series. The Quest for the Unknown Saint

Five years ago, three saints were left unidentified in my graduate thesis. The goal then was to properly name all the saints in my hometown’s (Silang) retablo, explore  their iconography, present their hagiography… Continue reading

Retablo Series. Saint Therese of Avila

The image can be found as a 17th century hardwood relief, located on the first level, middle frame, Gospel altar of the Silang Church. The polychrome artwork featured the Carmelite nun in brown… Continue reading

Retablo Series. Saint Francis Borgia

Depicted on a relief in hardwood, located on the first level, third frame from the left, Epistle altar of the church. A Jesuit memorial in the altars of Silang, the polychrome relief features… Continue reading

Retablo Series. Saint Gabriel

Gabriel | גַּבְרִיאֵל | Gavri’el  | Γαβριήλ | ገብርኤል | جبريل | جبرائيل | Jibril | Jibra’il “God is my strength” The angel of the annunciata relief in Silang’s 400-year old retablo is… Continue reading

HUDYAT ng Pag-aaklas

Buwan ng Setyembre 1896 ay buwan ng hudyat ng pag-aaklas sa bayan ng Silang. Ating gugunitain ang mga Silanguenong namuno at nagbuwis ng buhay para sa ating kalayaan. May ilang mga pangalan na… Continue reading

Candelaria Series 2 of 7

Chapter II | Sa Kanyang Paggagala.Kailan naggala ang Birhen ng Silang? Bakit ito nakapaggala? Tingnan natin ang ang isang yaman ng simbahan ng Silang na itinatago ng mga Mother Butlers Guild. Maraming kwento… Continue reading

Candelaria Series 1 of 7

Chapter I | Unang Pista. Kailan naganap ang unang pistang bayan sa Silang? Ilan ang unang nabinyagan sa bayan? Sino ang mga unang Ninong at Ninang? Ano ang mga unang tradiyon o ritwal… Continue reading


    Welcome to the virtual museum of Silang, Cavite, an online venue to showcase the rich local history of one of the oldest towns of the Philippines. This will provide viewers with a glimpse of a forgotten world highlighting various changes in society, government, culture and rural landscape. Its virtual gallery brings together old photographs courtesy of the local people, from antiquarian books and private collections, and the National Archives. It also offers the local community a venue to discuss local history and to fill in the vacuum of information on the internet on local historical heritage. Contributors are very much welcome to join in this historical venture.

  • About the Author

    Phillip L. Medina, a Silangueno