MANILA, Philippines — My brother-in-law needs a miracle!”
“We can't guarantee we a spectacle though what we can do is deliver we to Our Lady of Namacpacan, a Lady Who Feeds, also famous as ‘Apo Baket’ that is an Ilocano tenure used for a reputable and worshiped Elderly Lady.”
In 1871, a boat carrying a statue of Our Lady dictated for a Seminary of a Immaculate Conception in Vigan sought cover in Namacpacan. When a continue improved, she could not be carried behind to a boat and so inhabitants took it as a pointer that she wanted to stay there and be famous as Our Lady of Namacpacan. And to feed, she did. A tide of Igorots came down from a plateau looking for a Lady who came to feed them and invited them to come down to Namacpacan. When they saw her statue, they pronounced she was a Lady who invited them and, thus, they became converted and were baptized.
Many miracles have been attributed to her such as a supernatural recovering of “Nagasat a Rosa” or Lucky Rosa who was sore and was visited by Our Lady and was healed. Nagasat a Rosa would afterwards revisit a fishermen, tell them where to expel their nets, and they would get a good catch.
I, too, have been sanctified with her miracles. The initial time we saw her, we suspicion she was tiny though when we went nearer, saw she was 7’1”. For her 25th anniversary given her authorized coronation, she was on a cover of Weekend Magazine.
On a 50th anniversary of her authorized coronation, Fr. Alfonso “Mons” Lacsamana invited me to support a Papal Nuncio in crowning Our Lady.
I asked Fr. Mons, “How can we when my left feet is in a cast?”
He answered, “You were a choice of a Parish Pastoral Council and we will urge that your leg would be improved by then.”
The day before a coronation, my expel was removed.
After carrying a convention on Heritage and History in La Union, we invited a lecturer, a Cambridge connoisseur on Museology, Dr. Ana Labrador, to revisit Our Lady of Namacpacan. we told Ana to kneel in front of her, gawk adult into her eyes and flow out her heart’s yearnings to a Mother Mary. She went adult a stairs and knelt on a side.
I asked: “Why did we not kneel in front of her as we suggested?”
Ana said: “I told Apo Baket ‘I am not estimable to kneel in front of we so greatfully concede me to urge from a side.’”
“Did we see her demeanour laterally during you?”
Ana did a double-take: “You saw it, too?!”
The latest request that was answered was in Vancouver. Fr. Mons has been bringing a reproduction of her picture to opposite tools of North America and this year, from Seattle, we brought her to Vancouver. A mom who was disloyal from her daughter for 13 years assimilated a novena in respect of Apo Baket and on a eighth day, she dreamt of Apo Baket who asked her, “If we extend your petition, will we guarantee not to cry?” She went to church for a ninth day of a novena, and on reaching home, a phone rang. It was her daughter! She wanted to cry though remembered her guarantee and, with joy, thanked Apo Baket.
As to a chairman who wanted a miracle, we prayed during a side tabernacle where her picture is enthroned and were enchanted by a splendid light around a face of Our Lady. When a organisation proceeded to a church rectory, a postulant went behind alone and was surprised: a aura around her face was left and her splendid eyes were closed. He came out and asked us, “What is a definition of saying her eyes closed?” Only he can tell, though a spectacle indeed happened and he was touched.
Countless miracles have been felt and countless prayers have been answered. This year, we will applaud a 60th year given her authorized accession and we demeanour brazen to her sesquicentennial or 150th year given she chose to stay with us in La Union in 2021.
Namacpacan is now called Luna, after a brothers, Antonio and Juan. Come to Luna where she is enshrined. Drink a H2O from her good beside a church. Will your prayers be answered? Will we be overwhelmed by a miracle? Only we can tell. But a bishopric clergyman during a Shrine of Our Lady of Namacpacan, Fr. Perpetuo Concepcion told me of a lady from Alaminos who came to get H2O from Apo Baket’s well. She went behind to a United States and forgot to move with her a bottle of water. Five years later, she was asked to go behind to Alaminos since her mom was severely ill. On her arrival, she saw a bottle of H2O that she left behind on a tabernacle of their Alaminos home, done her mom splash it, and her mom was healed and lives adult to this day.
Pray for us, feed us, and decorate us with your maternal love, dear Apo Baket of Namacpacan.