Marian Exhibit at SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

A unique exhibit of 50 life-size canonically crowned and miraculous images of the Blessed Virgin Mary   from November 7, 2011 to November  29, 2011 at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Entrance to the marian exhibit

For the past 5 years Radio Veritas has continuously been informing on and propagating the devotion to our Mother through their Grand Exhibit held in different malls and schools throughout the country.


The event was organized by the  Radio Veritas 846 Radyo Totoo is the official  Catholic -run tri-media company with its AM station and is the official radio station of   of the Archdiocese of Manila.Its mission is to further spread the central role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the Roman Catholic Church.

Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

Camarero: Joseph Anthony Sy- Quimsiam 

The cult of the Virgin of Candelaria or Our Lady of Candelaria (Virgen de Candelaria, Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria), popularly called La Morenita, celebrates an apparition of the Virgin Mary on the island of Tenerife ,  one of the  Canary islands in (Spain). The center of worship is located in the city of  Candelaria .  This statute standing on a pedestal  is over 6 feet tall with artificial tree with pink colored flowers at its background.

Our Lady of Veritas and picture portrait of Blessed Pope John Paul II

The relics of Blessed Pope John Paul II, known as the Marian Pope, are also on display.

Our Lady of Porta Vaga

According to one of the organizer of the event, some of the life-sized images of the Blessed Virgin Mary are already several decades or even centuries -old.


Camarera : His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, DD.

One of the most important Marian images are from Manila Archbishop  Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales. 

Origin of the word :

The image on top of a tall bush among kingfishers called casay-casay (pronounced by the Spanish as Caysasay). The priest and the townsfolk took it as a sign that this is the place where the image would want to stay so a chapel was built on the spot.

Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia

The exhibit carries the theme “Miracles and Healing Grace.” according to Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco encourages the faithful “to strengthen their Marian devotion by visiting the exhibit.


Origin:  The image of Our Lady of Aranzazu dates back the fifteenth century, this was on June 11, 1459 in an obscure place in the mountains of Aloña, Province of Guipuzcoa located in the northern-most part of Spain.

A young shepherd, named Rodrigo de Baltzategui, son of a carpenter of the nearby town of Oñate, climbed up the mountain one Saturday noon in search of his flock of goats. Unexpectedly, he thought he saw a vision of a beautiful Lady with an infant in her arms. He approached the heavenly visitor trembling. The apparition spoke to him: “My son, go tell your father to build me in this site a tiny shrine of five thin boards and seven tiles. You will call this a shrine, I assure you that it will be famous in time, that a great number of my children will come here to honor me with songs of praise and attend holy Masses here.”

Afterwards, Rodrigo heard the sound of bell ringing although nobody was around and to utter amazement he discovered a small stone image of a seated Virgin holding an orb on her right hand with Her Son atop a curved thorn-tree trunk. He knelt before it, recited the Hail Mary and other prayers he knew, and later with great reverence, he covered the holy image with branches and other things he could lay his hands on. And because it was getting dark, he brought his flock home.

                                                                          Our Lady of Aranzazu with herd of sheep

The young boy relayed the message to his father and to the other residents of Oñate. It was summertime and there was a severe drought in the land. The people were preparing to make a penitential procession to ask for rain. Rodrigo approached the one in charge and told them the request of the Virgin, with eloquent faith in the miracle. He warned them that unless they construct the shelter for the image in the mountains, their prayers will not be answered. He insisted on this with so much faith that the people began to be curious and the excited residents of Oñate decided to climb up the mountain, guided by Rodrigo. The clergy and the civil authorities of the place did not put any objection to the popular will of the curious populace.

Upon reaching the place, they found the image resting on the entangled prickly branches of the thorn-tree and the cowbell hanging at the foot of the small image. The image had a serenely sweet face and of majestic mien. The cowbell was an antique quadrilateral bronze bell. The people were all astounded and believed what they saw. Everyone prostrated and did homage to the image and afterwards they went back to spread the news of the miracle.

Because of the unusual circumstances connected with its discovery, the image came to be known under many names, namely: Our Lady of the Thorn-tree, Our Lady of Askartza (local name of the place of apparition) and Our Lady of the Bell. But because of the lady’s request it has been called and crowned to this day as Our Lady of Aranzazu.

In the Philippines, This image is venerated in  San Mateo and Montalban  in  Rizal  province , Carcar in Cebu province .

Relics from different saints and holy person on public display

Relics may fall into several categories:

First class relic : parts or body  of the saint ( hair, bone flesh) normally considered as precious and rarely entrusted to any individual but are placed in faith communities .

Second class relic :  A second class relic is any object that a saint touched or used during his lifetime. An example would be an item of clothing he wore or any of his personal belongings. This is different from a first class relic, which is a part of a saint’s body (his blood, bones, hair, etc.) second class relic maybe sub-divided into 2 category .

Third class relic:  maybe a piece of cloth touched to an actual 1st or 2nd class relic. This is the mot common type of relic.

OUR Lady Of China 

Pope Benedict XVI has declared the year 2012 as the Year of Faith to strengthen devotion to Mary and faith in God.

The exhibit open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

For inquiries, please call  Ms.Charice Renee Jose at telephone number 925-7931 or cell phone numbers 0915-5156417, 0919-6139983 and 0922-8598325. 

Note:  Edited version of this may be found in some newsletters

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