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The Association of Pangasinenses in Austria together with the Filipino Catholic Chaplaincy in Vienna celebrated on October 6, 2019 the feast of our Lady of Manaoag. The Feast of „Apo Baket“ was held at the Filipino Catholic Church in Vienna’s 10th District. hundreds of Filipino faithful attended the celebration.
A nine-day novena was also held from 29 September to 5 Oktober 2019 at the above-mentioned church by the devotees in Austria led by APA (Association of Pangasinenses in Austria) in preparation for the feast day of Our lady of Manaoag.
The Filipinio Catholic Chaplaincy expressed its deep appreciation to the Pangasinan group and devotees for bringing the image of Our Lady of Manaoag to Austria as she inspires unity and hope in the religious community.
Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag is Mary, The Mother of Jesus, as the patroness of the town of Manaoag, in the northern province of Pangasinan in the Philippines. It is the same Our Lady of the Rosary title globally ascribed unto The Blessed Virgin Mary.
With this highly esteemed and endearing title, Mary, The Mother of Jesus, is locally venerated as the patroness of the town, especially the sick, the helpless and the needy. She is often referred to in both the Pangasinense and Ilocano dialects by the sobriquet “Apo Baket” (English: “Venerable Madam”).
“Apo Baket”´ is used interchangeably towards the Our Lady of Manaoag. Grandmothers and elderly women are addressed as Apo Baket in this region as a sign of love or respect.
Profuse testimonials and copious tales of her miraculous cures and indubitably astounding powers of intercession for other blessings from God spread through word of mouth nationally and eventually to foreign shores. These inspired the pilgrims and compelled those with morbidly dreadful diseases to seek her renowned healing miracles and most potent intervention for other requests and blessings. Thus, Our Lady of Manaoag is one of the most venerated Marian images in the country as the Blessed Virgin Mary is the patroness of the sick, the helpless, and those in need of favors from God especially through Jesus Christ. The devotees believe that the holy water and oil from the Shrine are epulotic – possess healing powers. END
- Hector Pascua, philippine-press.com