Ilocos Norte marks 1st anniversary of Our Lady of Badoc’s Pontifical Coronation
The Lady of Badoc continues to touch the lives of numerous people as she makes herself known as the persecuted Marian image in the 16th century feudal Japan and who came as migrant to Ilocos, where she is venerated as patroness of Ilocanos. COURTESY OF DEACON ERYLE EMMANUEL CORDERO
By CBCP News
June 1, 2019
A large number of devotees turned out at the first anniversary celebration of the Pontifical Coronation of “La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc,” the venerated patroness of Ilocos Norte.
The celebration was highlighted with a Mass presided over by Bishop Renato Mayugba of Laoag, with his clergy concelebrating at the Badoc Basilica.
During the Mass, a diadem personally blessed by Pope Francis during an audience with him in Rome was crowned on Apo Badoc’s official pilgrim replica.
The event was also marked by a series of novena Masses and a fluvial procession led by Archbishop Marlo Peralta of Nueva Segovia at Dadalaquiten, the barrio where the images of Mary and the dark crucified Christ of Sinait were discovered by local fishermen about 399 years ago.
Both images of the Madonna and the Crucified Christ were afloat in boats in the procession.
Thousands of people attended the event as they also anticipate the quadricentennial celebration of the arrival of the miraculous images to Ilocos next year.
The images are believed to have come from Japan, set afloat by the persecuted Christians for the precious images to avoid iconoclasm or for the Christians to stay away from being implicated as believers. By circumstance, the crate that ferried the images drifted to the shores of Dadalaquiten, a barrio between the town of Sinait and its former “visita” (peripheral mission) of Badoc.
Meanwhile, in Rome, after Bishop Mayugba’s presentation of the replica of the Lady of Badoc as his gift to Filipino migrants, there is a move for the image to visit the houses of devotees in Rome.
Flordeliza Villa, coordinator of Maria, Madre della Divina Provvidenza Community has informed CBCP News of the plan.
“Fr. Ricky Gente [Chaplain of the Filipino Chaplaincy in Rome] has suggested that the image of the Lady of Badoc will visit the houses of Ilocano migrants and also others who will be willing to welcome the Lady in their homes,” Villa said.
This was the result of the recent pilgrimage of the Lady of Badoc to Rome which has stirred the interest of Filipinos living in the world’s center of Roman Catholicism.
Last week, a three-foot replica of the Madonna was enshrined at Christuskirche in the small German village of Obereisesheim in the city of Heilbronn, Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart.
‘Great joy’ in Ilocos Norte as Patroness receives Pontifical Coronation
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato and Bishop Renato Mayugba lead the pontifical coronation of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc at the St. John the Baptist Church in Badoc, Ilocos Norte, May 31, 2018. PHOTO FROM PGIN COMMUNICATIONS FACEBOOK PAGE
By Fr. Mickey Cardenas
June 1, 2018
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
Just like St. John the Baptist and St. Elizabeth, Ilocanos had a reason to “leap for joy” as the patroness of Ilocos Norte, “La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc”, received the Pontifical Coronation on May 31, the feast of the Visitation of Our Lady.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, “in the name and by the authority of the Holy Father, Pope Francis”, crowned the Marian image in her shrine at St. John the Baptist Parish in Badoc.
Thousands of devotees, various bishops and a huge number of priests from Ilocos Norte and neighboring provinces were present.
In his homily, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, a native of Ilocos Norte, started by recalling the story of La Virgen Milagrosa’s arrival in the Ilocos region together with the “Santo Cristo Milagroso de Sinait”.
The wooden images came to Ilocos shores contained in a tightly sealed wooden box which was discovered by Badoc and Sinait fishermen four centuries ago.
The Cotabato archbishop expounded that these sacred images are believed to have come from the persecuted Christians in Japan who had jettisoned these religious artifacts to the sea to avoid being implicated as Christians.
Quevedo recalled the martyrs of this persecution, particularly Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon and St. Lorenzo Ruíz. He ended the homily with a challenge that, like these holy men, the faithful should follow “La Virgen Milgrosa” who stands beneath the cross of “Santo Cristo Milagroso”.
Days before the Coronation, a series of Masses were held including a fluvial procession in the spot where “La Virgen Milagrosa” was found.
The devotees were led to reflect on the theme of the event: “Exultavit in Gaudio!” – Leap for Joy! from Lk. 1:41: “Upon Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth, the child John the Baptist ‘in utero’ (in the womb), leaped for joy”.
The chosen theme was inspired by the fact that the Lady of Badoc is also called, “Cause of our Joy” and the patron saint of the town of Badoc is St. John the Baptist. Hence, doing the coronation on the Feast of the Visitation is very fitting.
The culminating day was marked by the Mass and Coronation with a procession of “Virgen Milagrosa” around the main streets of Badoc accompanied by thousands of devotees who were recipients of her powerful intercession.
‘To crown Mary is to love the poor’
In his address of thanksgiving, Bishop Renato Mayugba of Laoag said that “crowning our Mother and our Queen with diadems finds its fulfilment and meaning through extending our help to the poor and the needy and particularly to those in the peripheries…to crown Mary is to love the poor.”
With this, among the resolutions made during the event was the establishment of the foundation “Caritas Badoc” dedicated to helping the indigenous peoples and indigenous cultural communities in Ilocos Norte.
Mayugba added that the foundation will also be dedicated to fund the training of future priests, particularly poor and needy seminarians.
The day was culminated by a Thanksgiving Mass presided by the Bishop Mayugba in the afternoon.
The joy of devotees was not only confined within the locality of Ilocos Norte. On the same day of the coronation, Fr. Ericson Josue, a priest historian from the Diocese of Laoag, celebrated a thanksgiving Mass at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome which was attended especially by Filipino migrants who came in pilgrimage from various parts of Europe.