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Our Lady of Salambao of Obando, Bulacan

Bulakeños of Obando celebrate their town fiesta from May 17-19, a joint celebration of their three (3) titular patrons -- St. Pascual Baylon, St. Clare of Assisi and Our Lady of Salambao. Each patron is invoked for a specific request -- St. Pascual is for anyone asking for a spouse; St. Clare for those looking for a sweetheart, and the Virgin, for couples begging for a child. The procession is accompanied by a prayerful dance of swaying sideways, skips and hops.

Our Lady is shown as the Immaculate Conception with her hands folded in a prayerful supplication. She stands on a net while a fisherman is shown holding a small fishnet. This depiction relates the story of how her image was discovered and how she came to be known as Birhen Salambao - a title which means "Our Lady in a net."

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Our Lady of Light of Cainta, Rizal

In 1571, November 30, observed as the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, the first mass in Cainta was celebrated. As such, the town’s parish was referred to as San Andres de Apostol de Cainta during the Spanish time. This date has since become the official founding of Cainta and the start of the Christianization of the lakeshore towns bordering Laguna de Bay.

Cainta's first evangelizer, Fray Alfonso de Alvarado, OSA, also planted the seeds of Catholicism in the towns of Pasig, Taytay and Bay. A small chapel of wood and nipa branches became the central place of worship of the Cainteños.

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Our Lady of Covadonga, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary of La Trinidad and the Cordilleras
(Nuestra Señora de Covadonga Reina Del Rosario Santissimo de La Trinidad y Las Cordilleras)

Every day more and more devotees and pilgrims from all over the country are flocking the San Jose Parish Church in Poblacion, La Trinidad, Benguet to venerate and pray for miracles and blessings at the centuries-old image of Our Lady of Covadonga. The image is temporarily encased in a glass box while awaiting completion of her final shrine at the new Parish Church.

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Our Lady of Salambao of Obando, Bulacan

Bulakeños of Obando celebrate their town fiesta from May 17-19, a joint celebration of their three (3) titular patrons -- St. Pascual Baylon, St. Clare of Assisi and Our Lady of Salambao. Each patron is invoked for a specific request -- St. Pascual is for anyone asking for a spouse; St. Clare for those looking for a sweetheart, and the Virgin, for couples begging for a child. The procession is accompanied by a prayerful dance of swaying sideways, skips and hops.

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Our Lady of Light of Cainta, Rizal

On 1571, November 30, observed as the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, the first mass in Cainta was celebrated. As such, the town’s parish was referred to as San Andres de Apostol de Cainta during the Spanish time. This date has since become the official founding of Cainta and the start of the Christianization of the lakeshore towns bordering Laguna de Bay.

Cainta's first evangelizer, Fray Alsonso de Alvarado, OSA, also planted the seeds of Catholicism in the towns of Pasig, Taytay and Bay. A small chapel of wood and nipa branches became the central place of worship of the Cainteños.

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The Miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague de Pagadian

Sto Nino sa PagadianIn 1938, two Columban missionaries (including the late Rev. Father Patrick Campyon SSC) introduced the devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague to the faithful. According to the old devotees, Fr. Jose Maria Reyes SSC, the first parish priest, believed that the infant Jesus has helped the mission at Pagadian. At first, it was venerated as an old framed Image of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague, until someone donated a wooden statue as tall as an 8 year old child, and all were surprised because this donated one was holding His Sacred Heart, instead of a globe.

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Nuestra Senora dela Cotta of Cebu (Fort San Pedro, Cebu)

nuestra_senora_dela_cotta1According to the book by Lutgarda Aviado, entitled "Madonnas of the Philippines," the original image of Nuestra Senora dela Cotta of Cebu, also known as 'Birhen sa Cota sa Sugbo,' was found floating inside a well located in Fort San Pedro, Cebu, around the years 1572-1575. The image is made in the European style (de tallado or Istilo de Europa), details and clothes entirely carved. The venerated image was enshrined in Cota San Pedro. It gained many devotees. The waters from the well were also said to have miraculous powers. Because of healings attributed to Our Lady and the waters, she was given the name Nuestra Senora delos Remedios or 'Mahal na Birhen ng mga lunas'.

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Our Lady of Solitude (Cavite City, Cavite; Binondo, Manila and San Isidro, Nueva Ecija)Our Lady of Solitude

Our Lady of Solitude or Nuestra Señora de la Soledad is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary during her life’s most desolate. This is the time between Jesus’ horrible death on Good Friday and His glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday. She has been widowed by St. Joseph and has just witnessed Her Son’s Passion, Crucifixion and Death.

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Our Lady of Sorrows of Batong Paloway (San Andres, Catanduanes Island)Our Lady of the Thumb

One hot summer afternoon in the year 1896, brothers Paciano and Fermin Sucao of Batong Paloway, San Andres, Catanduanes Island, went out to gather firewood. They found a fallen ‘iba’ tree enough to produce the wood they need. (‘Iba’ trees produce sour-tasting fruits, similar to the common ‘kamias’.) As they chopped the trunk of the tree, they discovered a rectangular stone with a clear, smooth surface. The thumb-sized stone was unusual as it bore a clear image of a beautiful lady. Fermin, the younger Sucao, picked it up and curiously examined it with his brother. Prudently, Paciano advised his brother to get rid of it as it might be a handiwork of the devil. Fermin obeyed and threw the stone on the grassy lot.

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Our Lady of Kalooy (Calape, Bohol)

Our Lady of KalooySometime in 1800, there lived a couple by the name of Maximo Dumangca and Baldomera Borong, in sitio Kalooy, Barangay Bantig, Calape, Bohol. The couple had an only child then named Pedro, but due to extreme poverty, they could hardly eat three square meals a day and their only means of livelihood was fishing.

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Would Jesus Allow You To Outgive His Own Mother?: The Legacy of Edsa ShrineEdsa Shrine

Most people believe that the legacy of Edsa Shrine started with the People Power Revolution of 1986 (aka Edsa Revolution 1), but that is only partially true. The symbolism of Edsa Shrine, which has an international geopolitical and religious impact, started in July 13 1917, in a small village called Fatima, where Our Lady showed hell to the 3 visionaries and said "To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world."

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel of Del Carmen

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel ParishDel Carmen, Surigao del Norte

A BRIEF HISTORY

The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte was established in 1635 as a mission station by the early Spanish Missionaries. It is among the oldest outposts of Christianity in Mindanao and is the oldest Parish of the Diocese of Surigao, since the early heralds of faith first established themselves in the province.

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