Short history of Ina ng Poon Bato

The following short history of the Ina ng Poon Bato is taken from the inapoonbato.webs.com as our reference for our devotion to Mary under this title:

In 1607, shortly after the Augustinian Recoleto Missionaries arrived in Zambales, they heard stories of the Miraculous Lady of the Aetas.Thinking this to be part of their "anito worship",the priest wanted to see the miraculous Lady.Upon seeing the image,the Recoletos missionaries  were amazed."This is unbelievable",cried the young friar."It's our Blessed Mother! How can she be here ahead of us!"the older priest said ,"She must have paved the way for our coming."

The friars transferred the image to the Church.There She stayed until after the Philippine Revolution.After executing the Parish priest,Fr. Julian Jimenez,patriot rebels took the image to their newly established church, The Philippine Independent  Church.

In 1976, a columban priest, Rev. Fr. Patrick Duggan ordered a replica made of the Ina Poon Bato image by the famous religious scultor, Maximo Vicente.

In 1981, moved by an inner prompting ,Mother Therese Vicente H.F.J., Foundress of the Holy Face of Jesus, borrowed the image and brought it to Mrs.Rosellyn Enciso Magsaysay for her to promote the devotion.The diocese of Zambales,under His Eminence Bishop Henry Byrne,gave the devotion and the mission ecclesiastical approval.Then Fr.Duggan asked Rosellyn Magsaysay to replace his wooden Statue at the grotto that was damaged due to exposure to the rain and sunlight. Then restored by Mrs. Rosellyn Magsaysay.Fr. Duggan gave the wooden statue to her as a gift.Which is now known  as the International Pilgrim Image that has been canonically blessed by Pope John Paul II in St. Peter Square,Vatican,Rome.

Since then Ina Poon Bato has been to nearly all the Dioceses in the Philippines.She visited various States in America,Europe and Asian countries.In Rome,accompanied by Archbishop Paciano Ancieto,D.D.,the image was blessed by Pope John Paul II.

Source:  http://inapoonbato.webs.com/

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