Marker to commemorate ‘Apo Badoc’ pontifical coronation unveiled

Marker to commemorate ‘Apo Badoc’ pontifical coronation unveiled

Grace Relucio Princesa, ambassador of the Philippines to the Holy See, who came from Rome especially for the event unveiled the marker. FR. JOSUE

By Fr. Mickey Cardenas

July 1, 2018

LAOAG

Hundreds of devotees gathered again at Laoag Diocese’s Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Badoc, Ilocos Norte on June 29, for the solemn unveiling of the commemorative marker highlighting the pontifical coronation of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc which took place on May 31.

According to historian and diocesan archivist, Fr. Ericson Josue, the idea of putting up a marker is “to perpetuate the memory of the joyous event and for future generations” to remember the celebration of ‘Apo Badoc’s’ pontifical coronation.

Grace Relucio Princesa, ambassador of the Philippines to the Holy See, who came from Rome especially for the event, unveiled the marker.

‘Pope’s Day’

Celebrating the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Bishop Renato P. Mayugba, Bishop of Laoag, also declared it “Pope’s Day” for the diocese.

The celebration was marked by a Holy Mass presided over by the Bishop of Laoag.

Origin of ‘Apo Badoc’

Thousands of devotees flock to ‘Apo Badoc’, a shorter name for La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc, to seek her guidance and pray for blessings.

“The image, believed to be four centuries old, is said to have been taken out of the sea by fishermen from the towns of Badoc and Sinait. It was found in a wooden box together with the life-size image of the black Crucified Christ, now enshrined in Sinait, Ilocos Sur,” said Josue.

The priest-historian recalled that it was Fray Pedro Vivar, OSA who wrote in a 1764 chronicle that sacred images came to the Philippines from Japan, jettisoned into the sea by persecuted Japanese Catholics during the Tukogawa Persecution (1613-1871) to avoid iconoclasm or to avoid the possibility of being executed for being Christian. ‘Apo Badoc’ is believed to be one of these 15th century images.

Representing Pope Francis who gave the mandate for the image’s coronation, Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D. headed the image’s coronation on May 31.

Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I., D.D., Archbishop of Cotabato, who hails from Ilocos Norte, also crowned an image of the Infant Jesus.