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October 18, 2018

Filipinos honor 'Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary'

Every year, thousands of Filipino Catholics join a religious procession in the capital Manila to honor "Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary — La Naval de Manila."

Filipino Catholics believe that the Virgin's intercession under this title helped repulse invading forces of the Protestant Dutch Republic during the Battles of La Naval de Manila in 1646.

The faithful also credit the Virgin, through the icon, with maintaining the Catholic faith in the Philippines, which has the religious moniker "El Pueblo Amante de María."

The feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosario-La Naval de Manila is celebrated every second Sunday of October.

The statue of the Virgin, carved from ivory by a Chinese sculptor, was a gift to the Dominicans in Manila by the Spanish governor-general in 1593.

Manila's high society and devotees have venerated the image ever since.

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