Virgin Mary's 'image' appears in quake-hit Bohol

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 29 2013 07:22 PM | Updated as of Oct 30 2013 03:22 AM

BOHOL - An image of the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared on the floor of a school used as an evacuation center at earthquake-hit Barangay Sta. Cruz in Calape, Bohol.

Rowena Mejia, an evacuee, said they were praying the rosary in front of an altar in the Herrera Hall of Calape Central Elementary School when they noticed a likeness of the Mother of Perpetual Help seemingly engraved on the floor.

"Sinabi nung isang evacuee na may nakita siya sa sahig. Nung tingnan namin, para ngang si Mama Mary," Mejia narrated.

She said that they tried to wipe off the image, thinking that it was only due to dirt.

But the image stayed even after they tried cleaning it off.

Evacuees placed a big rosary around the image.

People from other barangays in Calape have started to flock to the school to get a glimpse and pray before the image.

According to Maria Rosana Villaber, the school principal, they will not remove the altar in the classroom even when classes resume on November 5.

Father Marlon Lumanas, the parish priest of St. Isidore the Farmer Parish in Tubigon, Bohol, believes that the image appeared as a reminder to the people.

"Personally, ito'y reminder, sa pagkukulang natin to pray, forgiveness of sins, pagbabalik-loob, pagkakaisa," the priest said.

He also said people should help each other, especially in times of need.

However, Lumanas clarified that it will take a while before they can verify if the image is indeed an apparition.

"It takes time to verify na ito talaga ay isang aparisyon or what, kasi may proseso din yan, di ganun kadali," he added. - report from Dexter Ganibe, DZMM