The Iloilo City Government celebrates the Feast of Nuestra Señora dela Candelaria, patroness of Jaro and of Western Visayas.
The miraculous image of the patron saint was found along the Iloilo River in the year 1587. Tradition says that when the foot-sized image was found by the fishermen, they could not initially carry it due to its weight. When they decided to bring it to Jaro, the image was carried lightly until it reached the church. It was placed in the niche found at the facade of the cathedral, but the folks and devotees attested to its miraculous growth as years went by, thus its transfer from the niche to the balcony. On February 21, 1981, during the Apostolic Visit of Pope Saint John Paul II, the Holy Father canonically crowned the image of Nuestra Señora dela Candelaria.
From: Archdiocese of Jaro, Commission on Social Communications

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