How the propagation of Our Lady of Manaoag in Visayas started.
Edna Ouano Toral once joined a pilgrimage to Manaoag organized by Chito Makalintal. Inside the church, she asked Our Lady of Manaoag for healing because she was very sick at that time. She doesn’t remember if she promised Our Lady she would propagate her devotion, but she did.
In 1994, she called Our Lady’s shrine in Manaoag to talk to a priest. It was Fr. James Alamillo, OP, who answered her call. Edna asked permission to enthrone the image of Our Lady in St. Joseph Church in Mandaue City, Cebu, where the Ouano family is from.
On September 6, 1996, the image was enthroned at the left side of the church near the front door. The image then was a two-feet statue which she bought in Manaoag. On March 26, 1997, a replacement image made of ivory and wood was enthroned and blessed by Cardinal Vidal, and is now inside the niche dedicated to Our Lady.
To date, there are now 33 churches and chapels in Cebu and Leyte where the image of Our Lady of Manaoag is enthroned. The latest was in the women’s section of the Cebu city jail where 200 female inmates are held. The image was enthroned there in the morning of September 7, 2003.
You can find our images of Our Lady of Manaoag enthroned in the following places:
Our Lady of Manaoag Chapel – Gintarcan, Bantayan Island, Cebu
Sto. Niňo Parish Church – Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu
San Roque Parish Church – Yati, Lilo-an, Cebu
San Agustin Parish Church – Carmen, Cebu
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish – Cantumog, Carmen, Cebu
Our Lady of Manaoag Rosary Center, St. Benedict Monastery – Corte, Carmen, Cebu
San Vicente Ferver Parish Church – Bato, Toledo
St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church – Naga, Cebu
San Juan Nepomuceno Parish Church – Moalboal, Cebu
St. Martin de Porres Chapel Fransiscan Sisters – Baybay, Leyte
St. James the Apostle Parish Church – Kaibiran, Leyte
Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church – Kalubihan, Leyte
Our Lady of Holy Rosary Cathedral – Naval, Leyte
San Joaquin Parish Church – Palo, Leyte
Immaculate Conception Parish Church – Leyte, Leyte
Sto. Niňo National High School – Malitbog, Leyte
Our Lady of Manaoag Chapel – Brgy. Dibay Calayan, Cagayan
San Antonio de Padua Parish Church – Kalayaan, Laguna
St. Joseph The Worker Parish Church – Calendola, San Pedro, Laguna
Holy Family Parish Church – Colgante, Apalit, Pampanga
St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church – Tapilon, Daanbantayan, Cebu
WG&A Our Lady of Manaoag Vessel
Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center ( Women’s Ward ) – Lahug, Cebu City
Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Chapel – Mactan Air Base, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu
Mactan International Airport Chapel – Lapu Lapu City, Cebu
Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church – Pardo, Cebu City
Nuestra Seňora de los Remedios Chapel – Butigis, Bantayan Island, Cebu
San Isidro Labrador Chapel – Doong, Bantayan Island, Cebu
San Pedro Chapel – Ripayran, Bantayan Island, Cebu
Sta. Cruz Chapel – Mambukayaw, Bantayan Island, Cebu
Sto. Tomas de Tolentino Parish Church – Malabuyoc, Cebu
Christ the King Parish – Alang Alang, Mandaue City, Cebu