The town of San Simon has its parish church under the Nuestra Senora Virgen Del Pilar. Although the town was named San Simon the titular patroness still differs. One will be curious of the fact that Bario Del Pilar had already existed (to some extent) even before the San Simon Town was established on November 15, 1771. It impose a question to people who digs the history of the town whether or not Mariano Del Pilar did really exist.
|Facade of the current Parish|
|Virgen Del Pilar courtesy of Facebook|
The monetary aspect of acquisition still remain in question as the Guevara Family does not know exactly how much the image was acquired.
|Virgen Del Pilar on a regular day|
The image of Nuestra Señora Virgen del Pilar has constantly been invited by other Parishes in Indung Kapampangan. Last December 2013, the image was invited in San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor for the Marian Festival. As a token of gratitude, a gown for the image was given to the caretaker (L. Pineda & M. Guevara, Personal Communication, Apr 19, 2014).
|NSDP Church 1974|
Meanwhile in San Simon, the image is only being paraded regularly during its Feast Day, October 12. However last December 2014, Fr. Policarpio requested that the image be processioned on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This is a new tradition being pushed by the new parish priest.
In terms of conservation, the family Guevara will continue to protect and conserve the image as this is valuable and priceless heirloom to their family and to the people of San Simon. The Parish Pastoral Council continues to coordinate with the Guevara Family in this heritage of the town.
|The Original House of Virgen Del Pilar|
Currently, the image is housed behind the former house of Father Juan Guevara. Although the house of Fr. Juan Guevara was the original house of the image.
Nuestra Senora Virgen Del Pilar Facebook Fan Page
Views from the Pampang
AK 10 Research Paper J. Gregorio et.al
L. Pineda & S. Guevara, Apr 2014, Personal Communication
L. Pineda & M. Guevara, Apr 2014, Personal Communication
L. Pineda & R. Guevara, Apr 2014, Personal Communication
Singsing (publication of JDP Center for Kapampangan Studies)