Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga, (Spanish, Our Lady of Solitude of Vaga Gate) also called "Reina de Cavite" ("Queen of Cavite"), "La Virgen de la Soledad", and "La Excelsa Patrona y La Celestial Guardiana y Protectora de la Provincia de Cavite y su Puerto", is the patroness of Cavite province in the Philippines (see also María de la Soledad).. The Virgin of Porta Vaga is well known for her miracles thus she is called as The Virgin of thousands of Miracles and the Patroness of the Galleons. The devotion to Our Lady of Porta Vaga is one of the famous marian devotions in the Philippines
The Blessed Virgin Mary is depicted as garbed in black and white, kneeling as she contemplates the instruments of her Son's Passion. Before her are the crown of thorns and the nails. The icon of is painted on a canvas framed in carved wood. The painting itself is set with gold and silver accouterments and precious gems, which are ex votos from her devotees. An inscription found at the back of the painting says: "A doze de Abril 1692 años Juan Oliba puso esta Stma. Ymagen Haqui" ("On 12 April 1692, Juan Oliba placed this most holy image here"). It is considered an invaluable treasure inherited by the Caviteños, and is the oldest extant dated Marian painting in the Philippines.
A legend narrates that many years ago, a small detachment of the Spanish Guardia Civil was stationed at a garita (little garrison, or sentry post) located at the end of the Isthmus of Rosario. One stormy night, a Spanish sentinel was at his post and he perceived a bright, shifting light. A dazzling apparition rose form the currents of Cañacao Bay, startling the sentry with suspicion that it could be pirates out to raid the port (at the time, Cavite was at the peak of economic prosperity because of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade).
Frightened, the sentinel shouted, "¡Alto! ¡Alto!" ("Halt! Halt!"). Instead of stopping, the light proceeded toward him. Hence, in a loud voice he asked, "¿Quién vive?" ("Who is there?"). He then heard a sweet and melodious voice reply:
"Soldadito, ¿por qué el alto me das en noche tan fría? Dame paso. ¿No conoces a María?"
("Little Soldier, why halt me on a night so cold? Give me passage. Thou knowest not Mary?")
The sentinel, struck in awe and confusion, humbly and repentantly replied,
"Perdóname, Virgen María, Reina de mi devoción; pues solo soy un soldado que cumplo mi obligación!"
("Forgive me, Virgin Mary, Queen of my devotion; I am but a soldier that complies with my duty!")
The following morning, fisherman and workers at the Cavite Royal Arsenal passed through the Porta Vaga (Vaga Gate) and found a framed image of the Virgin on the beach along Cañacáo Bay near the place of her earlier apparition. They brought the image to the parish priest who temporarily installed it in the parish church. Later, a small chapel was built near the Porta Vaga's walls, and for three centuries it was the icon's shrine. The icon was used to bless the galleon plying between Cavite and Acapulco, Mexico during formal sending off ceremonies, earning her the title "Patroness of the Galleon."
In 1929, a new parish priest, Fr. Pedro Lerena y Lerena of Logroño, Spain, was assigned to the Puerto. At the same time, he was appointed Rector of the Ermita. His great dedication to the cause of the Virgen de la Soledad saw the beautification and the improvement of the Ermita through the years.
During the Second World War, Fr. Lerena was able to retrieve the precious image of the Virgin from a junkyard where it was thrown by the Japanese invaders and brought it to the Archbishop’s Palace in Intramuros, Manila and later to the vaults of the Philippine National Bank for safekeeping. It was brought back to Cavite only after the liberation in 1945, this time to her home at the San Roque Church because the Ermita was destroyed by Japanese and the combined Filipino–American forces. Until his death in 1972, Fr. Lerena served as the guardian of Cavite’s priceless treasure.
Theft and return 
On March 16, 1984, the icon of the Virgin was sacrilegiously stolen from its altar. After tedious months of search, it was recovered on August 15, 1984, albeit divested of all its original gold decorations and precious stones. Every effort was made by devotees to restore the image to its former glory, and on August 19, 1984, it was re-enshrined in the altar amidst much rejoicing.
Countless miracles have been attributed to the Virgen de la Soledad. Her mysterious apparition and the unexplained arrival of her image were initial revelations of her miraculous reign. During the terrible typhoon in 1830, a fire caused by lightning bolt hit the wooden altar of the Ermita and razed the chapel to the ground, but the image of the Virgin remained intact among the ashes. In 1856, another terrible typhoon flooded the houses, churches and public buildings within the Puerto but the Ermita, as well as its patio were found dry so the people took refuge in the Church. In 1857, a Spanish frigate based in Cavite was caught by a violent typhoon off the coast of Albay and was stranded for 20 days, after running aground. The crew prayed before an image of the Soledad. She appeared before them that night and the tide rose higher and the wind began to blow, thus releasing the frigate free from its rocky trap. There have been other miracles attributed to the Virgin with the passing of the years including present day accounts of healings, families reunited and family problems solved.
Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga is one of the most venerated Marian images in Cavite. Her feast is celebrated every second and third Sunday of November in Cavite City, where she is honored as the Queen and Patroness of the entire province. Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga is also associated with annual Lenten rites and the All Saints-All Souls Day observances; in the latter, she is alluded to as "Inang Magkakandila" (Mother Candlemaker). She is currently enshrined at the Parish Church of San Roque in Cavite City, Philippines. The image celebrated the Pearl Jubilee of its coronation 2008 and the Silver Jubilee of its return the following year.
Through the joint efforts of Msgr. Baraquiel Mojica, former parish priest of San Roque, and Bishop Felix Perez, this miraculous icon of the Virgin of Solitude was canonically crowned on 17 November 1978 by Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Most Rev. Bruno Torpigliani, DD, notably during the reign of Pope John Paul II. She was the first Philippine Marian image crowned during his Pontificate. A Pontificial High Mass was offered in the image's honour at the Binondo Church, Binondo, Manila followed by a concert featuring the works of the National Artist Lucio San Pedro. Devotion to Our Lady gave the Caviteños the opportunity to show their art skills.
The Cofradia de la Virgen de la Soledad de Porta Vaga presently led by Rev. Fr. Virgilio Saenz Mendoza and Jonnell Ryan I. Enriquez heads the devotees of Our Lady. It was established in August 1998 through the efforts of the late Antonio G. Nazareno and then Bishop Manuel B. Sobrevinias. Devotees include overseas Filipino workers and other foreign nationals who flock to the country to join the Porta Vaga Festival.
In 1892 Don Julian Felipe, (also famed for penning the national anthem), composed the hymn "Reina de Cavite" on the occasion of her fiesta and the opening of the Exposición Regionál Caviteña. The lyrics were taken from the poem Himmo a la Virgén de Cavite by Fr. Tomás de Andrade, the rector of the Jesuit College of Cavite sometime in 1689.
Reina de Cavite per siempre seras:
Madre Immaculada, prez del serafin,
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