If you would try to read the lyrics of the Turumba song, you will come across this, "Biyernes nang makita ka, Linggo ng iahon ka." That's the story behind the devotions to Our Lady of Sorrows of Turumba.
It was traced back a long time ago when an oil painting of the latter, 9x11 in size, was brought along by a missionary by barge through Laguna de Bay. Encountering a severe thunderstorm, the painting fell overboard and it was later seen by fishermen floating over water. It was a Friday when they found it (Biyernes nang makita ka...).
When the priest started lifting the image, the people began to sing and dance, yelling to high heavens, "Sa Birhen! Sa Birhen!" The image became light and the priest was able to lift image all by himself. After all, it is just a 9x11 image. They returned back to the church with the miraculous image while singing and dancing happily. That was the first Turumba to Our Lady.
Another coincidence, on that same day, September 15, 1788, marked the celebration of Our Lady of Sorrow throughout the Roman Catholic Church worldwide!
SA BIRHEN! SA BIRHEN!
Getting to Pakil:
- Getting to Pakil, Laguna is easy.
- You can either ride a bus at Cubao EDSA - HM Transport or at Buendia - Greenstar bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
- Alight at Sta. Cruz, Laguna and ride a jeep bound to Siniloan. Tell the jeep driver to drop you off at Pakil.
- Bus fare is around P150 one-way and the jeep fare is around P50.
- Going back to Manila, you can ride a jeep at Pakil back to Sta. Cruz. Don't forget to tell the driver to drop you off at Jac Liner (the terminal).
- You can always shoot inside the church, but be sure not to disrupt the mass solemnity.
- The marshals of the image is not strict but the image's carrozza is too high for you to take good angles.
- However, after the procession, the image will be brought down from her carrozza for the beso manto. Grab the opportunity to take pictures.
- The very old image is the original image that came from Spain. It's really old and fragile already so pls. be careful in taking pictures.
- The original oil painting is located inside a chapel on the 2nd floor of the church. It is enclosed inside a ratablo. The chapel is open for the public.
- The church is one the most beautifully crafted structures I have encountered. Try to shoot the details of the church, both interior and exterior.
- You can also find a small museum upstairs.
- The procession route is very short and it is only the during the 1st Lupi that the image of Turumba be brought at the 'pool side' for the blessing.
- During the 3rd Lupi or the Pistang Biyatiko, the crowd is really thick, thus it is more festive.
- The image will be processioned in all her Lupis.