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Book traces Virgin of Penafrancia devotion

Jose Fernando P. Obias, Naga City

Jose Fernando P. Obias, Naga City

Updated: September 16, 2010 04:01 AM GMT
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Statue of the Virgin of Peñafrancia
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A new book about the devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia in the Philippines’ Bicol region will be launched today. Written by well-known historian Danilo M. Gerona, The Lady of the Cimarrones is said to be the most authoritative account of the 300-year-old devotion. Research for the book, which will be launched at the International Pilgrims’ Congress at the Peñafrancia Basilica, has taken Gerona to as far as the Archivo Franciscano Ibero-Oriental in Madrid. “This book is by itself a testament of many miracles. From start to completion, the writing of this book met with many obstacles,” he said. “I pushed for the completion and publication of this book primarily as a personal commitment and as a token of my gratitude to the Virgin of Peñafrancia whose countless blessings by themselves constitute a worthy narrative.” He said he received a miracle from “Ina” (mother) last year, when his daughter was unhurt after falling from a flight of stairs. This book is also about the Cimarrones, an ethnic minority group in Bicol, he said. “Being formerly baptized by the missionaries, they longed for the presence of priests and for a chapel where they could worship.” Related reports Movie to highlight role of Penafrancia devotion Special novena issued in time for Jan. 1 Marian feast Devotees want feast focused on Mary, not parties and beauty pageants PM11227.1619

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