Feast of San Juan Diego
The Roman Catholic Church commemorates today the feast day of San Juan Diego, the first indigenous American saint, to whom Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Philippines, appeared in 1531 in Mexico.
Commemorative masses will be celebrated today at the Chapel of San Juan Diego in South Cembo, Makati City, in solemn observance of his feast day.
Festivities will also be observed in Silay City, Negros Occidental in honor of its patron.
Venerated as the protector and advocate of the indigenous peoples, San Juan is considered as Our Lady’s messenger “to bring the Gospel to the Americas.”
According to stories, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to him for the first time on Dec. 9, 1531 on Teppeyac Hill (now Mexico City) in Mexico and requested that a church be built on the spot of her apparition. On Dec. 12, 1531, her image miraculously appeared on St. Juan’s tilma (woven cloth), that convinced the bishop of the authenticity of the apparitions.