• Short Summary

    HUNDREDS OF FILIPINO PILGRIMS FLOCKED TO TINY CABRA ISLAND, 75 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MANILA, LAST WEEK IN THE HOPE OF WITNESSING THE PROMISED APPEARANCE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.

  • Description

    HUNDREDS OF FILIPINO PILGRIMS FLOCKED TO TINY CABRA ISLAND, 75 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MANILA, LAST WEEK IN THE HOPE OF WITNESSING THE PROMISED APPEARANCE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. BUT IT DID NOT MATERIALISE.

    THE CRIPPLED, THE SICK AND THE HEALTHY TRAVELLED TO THE ISLAND BY BOAT AND PLANE, FOLLOWING THE STORY OF A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL, BELINDA VILLAS, AND SEVEN OTHER GIRLS, WHO HAVE REPORTEDLY SEEN THE IMAGE OF THE VIRGIN ON THE ISLAND MANY TIMES SINCE DECEMBER, 1966.

    ACCORDING TO BELINDA, THE VIRGIN HAD IDENTIFIED HERSELF AS THE "IMMACULATE CONCEPTION" AND HAD PROMISED TO SHOW HERSELF TO OTHERS ON 25 MARCH - THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION.

    A SMALL CHAPEL HOUSED A COLLECTION OF IMAGES OF MARY. INSIDE, BELINDA AND THE OTHER GIRLS PRAYED IN ANTICIPATION OF HIGH NOON WHEN THE EXPECTED MIRACLE WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE PLACE. THEN THEY LED THE CROWD TO A SPOT WHERE THE VIRGIN MARY HAD SAID SHE WAS THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION.

    BRANCHES OF TREES MARKED THE SPOTS WHERE SHE SUPPOSEDLY APPEARED. SOME OF THE PILGRIMS OUT PIECES OF BARK FROM THESE BRANCHES FOR SOUVENIRS.

    THE PILGRIMS INCLUDED THE MOTHER OF PRESIDENT FERDINAND MARCOS.

    MEANWHILE, CARMELITA EVANGELISTA, AGED 19, WHO LOST HER POWERS OF HEARING AND SPEECH, SPOKE AGAIN AFTER GOING TO THE ISLAND LAST SUNDAY.

    THIS CLAIM WAS MADE BY THE MANILA TIMES IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE GIRL. NO OTHER PILGRIMS HAVE BEEN REPORTED AS BEING CURED BY THE VISIT AND NONE HAVE SAID THEY SAW THE VIRGIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8F6SWJM0ZX37E19B8ZLI37INX
    Media URN:
    VLVA8F6SWJM0ZX37E19B8ZLI37INX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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