|Pagoda San Sebastian by Domingo Bombio|
|Ca 1595. tagalog nobility from Boxer Codex|
Pinagbuhatan was then relegated into just another "visita"of Pasig. But through the years people of Pasig would refer the area as "pinagbuhatan ng misa" or "pinagbuhatan ng simbahan", hence Pinagbuhatan got it's name.
"Sa visita muna tayo"
Many stories in a form of oral tradition fills the lore of the patron saint. Perhaps the most touching story about the people's devotion to the San Sebastián was the story of a group of guerilla fighters from Pinagbuhatan returning home after World War II. The guerilla group all belonging to the legendary Agustin Marking's Command, were disembarking from the military vehicle when they were overheard saying: "Sa visita muna tayo...kung hindi sa kanya marahil patay na tayo".(Let's go to the chapel first...if not for him- San Sebastián-we could have been dead).
A True Identity for Pinagbuhatan
And through the years, the people of Pinagbuhatan did not lose their identity as devotees of San Sebastián. According to recorded history and common belief, the fiesta and the pagoda had been celebrated yearly for three centuries now. It is a historical fact, that it is one of the oldest catholic traditions of Pasig.
Indeed, proudly we can say: "Founded on the 20th of January, in the year of our Lord 1572, on the feast day of our patron saint, San Sebastian."
"Viva San Sebastián!"
|Painting by Sodoma depicting San Sebastián c. 1525|
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