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PIA Press Release
2006/10/18

Former FL hails God’s miracles on bishops’s silver anniversary

By Lanie Pitao-Tupaz

Naval, Biliran (18 October) -- Former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, special principal sponsor of Bishop Filomeno Bactol in his episcopal ordination 25 years ago, came to Naval, Biliran, to attend his silver anniversary celebration of episcopal ordination.

In her speech before the bishops, clergies, nuns, and parishioners, Mrs. Marcos emphasized the miraculous powers of God for those who religiously ask for His help and blessings.

Mrs. Marcos recalled the day they were ousted from the palace for their years of exile in Hawaii. Their destination that day was unknown to her and their family. All she thought was that they were to leave the palace for Ilocos, the late President Marcos’ hometown.

In packing their belongings, the first thing she took with her was the image of the Sto. Niño, the patron saint of her birthplace, Tacloban City. The image of the Sto. Niño stayed with them in Hawaii and it was the Sto. Niño whom she asked for all the strength and courage to face the gargantuan trials she and her family are facing.

Since their ouster in power in 1986, Mrs. Marcos said, they face hundreds of cases not from individuals but from governments and super powers. However, she and her family remain strong as they were. This she attributed to her strong religious faith.

Mrs. Marcos even pitied his friends involved in those cases along with them who passed away along the process.

Somehow, she is still very thankful for the intercession of God for giving her the strength to face all those trials and got acquitted in most of them.

Moreover, she has high hopes for a peaceful community within the entire diocese of Naval with Bishop Filomeno Bactol. (PIA) [top]

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