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Sunday, March 9, 2014

March Is Astrology Appreciation Month

Last March 2, 2014, members of Astrology Friends Philippines including its founder Resti Santiago trooped to Manila for the event dubbed as Retracing Our Astrological Roots: An Astro-Pilgrimage to Honorio Lopez Monument. The pilgrimage formally opened the celebrations for the Astrology Appreciation Month.

A short discussion on the life and works of Don Honorio Lopez kicked off the day’s activities. Santiago gave out handouts and showed everyone old books written/published by Lopez. From the Manila Grand Opera Hotel, where Honorio Lopez used to perform, the group proceeded to Plaza Moriones in Tondo where Lopez’ monument is situated. A wreath and yellow flower bouquets were laid at his monument to pay homage to Don Honorio Lopez as the proto-Filipino astrologer.



A true renaissance man, Don Honorio Lopez was a writer, publisher, journalist, historian, essayist, lawyer, scientist, public servant, playwright and astrologer, among others. As the first Filipino film actor, he played the leading role in 1912 in the movie La Vida de Rizal on the life of national hero Jose Rizal. It was the first movie produced in the Philippines. Lopez also wrote the famous Kalendariong Tagalog, the very first Tagalog almanac published by a Filipino. He authored several biographies of national heroes and other publications like the Lunario ng Kapalaran (containing lunar positions) and Karunungang Lihim. Don Honorio Lopez died in 1958.
To celebrate Astrology Appreciation Month, the group is launching a series of events including the online seminar of Astro Mundi’s Mari Garcia on March 15, 2014 at Isis International. Moon Signs and You will teach participants how to use their moon signs to understand themselves, their mother archetype, growth needs, comfort food and their needs for safety and comfort. The same set of information can be used to understand others. The funds that will come from this event will be used to buy astrology books for Astrology Friends Philippines’ Astrology Library, which will be launched on the same date. Those who will attend the seminar will automatically become members of the library. Membership fee will be waived. As Garcia said, the lack of books is one of the problems that students of astrology encounter here in the country. Hopefully, this problem will be addressed by the establishment of the Astrology Library. This project is in line with the organization’s goal of creating a vibrant and brilliant astrological community in the country. There will also be a mini-exhibit about the development of astrology in the Philippines this is open to the public from 12 noon to 6:00 pm at Isis International, # 3 Marunong St., Brgy. Central, Q.C. For more details on the seminar Moon Signs and You, as well as the other activities during the Astrology Appreciation Month of March, please visit www.astrologyphilippines.blogspot.com. To register or reserve your slot, please email astrofriendsph@gmail.com or call us at 0905-6882890.

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