San Nicolas of Tolentino Feast Saturday

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MANILA, Philippines - Saturday, Catholics celebrate the feast of Saint Nicholas (San Nicolas) of Tolentino (Italy), a popular Italian saint who is widely venerated in the country, as well as in many parts of the world. Feast masses and other commemorative rites will be held in the Dioceses of Cabanatuan, Mati, and Tandag; as well as in Cabatuan, Iloilo; Anda, Pangasinan; and at the University of Negros Occidental, Recoletos, Bacolod City. In Candaba, Pampanga, a solemn procession bearing his image will be held, to be followed by the traditional giving out of San Nicolas cookies. Named after Saint Nicholas of Myra (more popularly known as Santa Claus), whose intercession was invoked by his parents to have a child, St. Nicholas was a popular Augustinian friar, confessor, and preacher in Italy, where he converted many to the faith. (Christina Hermoso)Historical siteThe National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has declared the Fuerza de Capul Parish in Capul, Northern Samar as a historical landmark. The more than four centuries old Capul Church, which is also in the tentative list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) world heritage, is the fourth in Samar Island to be named into the country's historical sites. The others include the churches in the towns of Guinan in Eastern Samar, and Catubig and Palapag in Northern Samar. Built in 1606 during the Spanish regime in honor of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the original structure was made of hard wood and nipa. (Christina I. Hermoso)Teachers' dayThe Department of Education (DepEd) is all out in honoring its teachers and celebrating the Teachers' Month this September which will culminate in October 5, the World Teachers' Day. …