‘Patroness of Ilocos Norte’ to be pontifically crowned

‘Patroness of Ilocos Norte’ to be pontifically crowned

The pontifical coronation of “La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc” was granted through the Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments with Protocol Number 495/17.

LAOAG, Ilocos Norte – In a decree issued Dec. 6, 2017 by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Robert Sarah, its Prefect, granted “La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc,” patroness of Ilocos Norte, the privilege of being crowned as mandated by papal authority. The pontifical coronation is set on May 31.

This was granted in response to Laoag Bishop Renato P. Mayugba’s petition requesting papal recognition of the image’s importance through a pontifical coronation.

The pontifical coronation, as announced in a Jan. 13 pastoral letter by Mayugba, will be on the Feast of the Visitation. He stated the significance of the date as the “…moment when John the Baptist (“in utero”) LEAPED FOR JOY!” It must be remembered that the Parish of Badoc is under the patronage of st. John the Baptist and the Lady of Badoc is also known as “Cause of our Joy.”

In a Facebook post, Fr. Danny Laeda, known as the “Historian of the North,” recalled that the attempt to seek a papal mandate for the coronation of the sacred image of the Virgin started during the foundation of the Diocese of Laoag in 1961 by the then Bishop of Laoag, Bishop Antonio Mabutas. This would only be realized by his second successor, Bishop Edmundo M. Abaya on Dec. 8, 1980, who mandated a diocesan coronation. This served to jump-start the devotion to the Virgin of Badoc.

Thirty-seven years after the episcopal coronation, in preparation for the bicentennial anniversary of the establishment of Ilocos Norte as a civil province, the present Bishop of Laoag, Bishop Mayugba started working for the granting of the pontifical coronation of “La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc.” This was granted through the Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments with Protocol Number 495/17.

The Diocese of Laoag is expecting Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle as the crowning prelate and Cotabato Archbishop Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, OMI, a native son of Ilocos Norte, as the preacher for the Mass.

The presence of the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia; the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Davao Archbishop Romulo G. Valles, and other Philippine bishops are also expected to grace the event. CBCPNews