The Catholic Defender: Reported Vision of the Virgin Mary at Agoo Philippines 1989-1993
“The Virgin Mary spoke to me. She has come down from heaven and has a message for everyone.” These were the words of a young boy named Judiel Nieva
He goes around the country, He prays for you and your family. According to a friend its his mission. He is back to being simple.
The reported story is as follows:
May 1993 Reported. An estimated one million people gathered in a small Philippine town north of Manila on 6 March to witness a visitation of the Virgin Mary. Many people in the crowd, including top Philippine government officials, journalists, and the local Catholic bishop - acting as a representative of the Pope - attested to seeing a silhouette resembling the Virgin Mary appear above a guava tree for approximately five seconds. This was followed several minutes later by flashes of red, yellow and blue lights moving towards a "dancing sun".
Top Philippine government officials, including the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore, attested to the manifestation in Agoo. A radio reporter, Mon Francisco, said over Manila radio station DZXL that he saw a silhouette of a woman wearing a dark waistband. Francisco said he had not expected to see the apparition, and that he "was not hallucinating."
Bishop Salvador Lazo, the province's Catholic bishop, also experienced the phenomenon and created a commission to investigate, gather evidence and testimonies, and report to the Vatican on the event.
The events took place at Apparition Hill in the small town of Agoo, in La Union province. A visionary boy, 16-year-old Judiel Nieva, says that the Virgin Mary has been appearing to him, and giving him messages, on the first Saturday of every month and on special religious feasts since 1989. The pilgrims gathered in Agoo on 6 March because the boy said the Virgin would appear at that particular place and time.
About a month earlier, a statue of the Virgin Mary owned by Judial Nieva's family began regularly weeping tears of blood. The phenomenon was witnessed by thousands during a noontime mass in February. An assistant to the nation âs President said that the statue was brought before his critically ill wife on two occasions, and both times she unexpectedly recovered. There are also reports that Communion wafers turn to flesh and blood in Nievaâs mouth. Another resident of the area said that his statue of the Virgin was also "shedding tears, which later turn blood red."
On the day before the Virgin's visitation in Agoo, thousands of Marian devotees in the area witnessed the phenomenon of the "dancing sun". A Manila Bulletin reporter who was covering these events said he personally witnessed a "spinning and dancing of the sun for about 15 minutes." During an overnight vigil preceding the Agoo visitation, witnesses said that three bright stars appeared to be facing each other just below the Big Dipper constellation in the east. At dawn that day, the sun again "moved or danced" for a few seconds, witnesses said.
On 6 March, with the huge crowd in attendance, Father Roger Cortez conducted a noontime mass at Apparition Hill. After Cortez appealed for silence from the crowd, and called for them to feel the presence of Christ in their hearts, a silhouette of the Virgin Mary appeared for a few seconds above a guava tree. Approximately 10 minutes later, when Judiel Nieva was reading a message that he had received from the Virgin Mary, "lights of different colours came from various directions and moved toward the sun," according to the Manila Bulletin. The young seer said that the Virgin Mary in her message asked Catholics to pray for the children of famine-wracked Somalia. Nieva said the next apparition would be on 8 September, and then "the Blessed Mother will disappear for ever."
The description of the Blessed Virgin Mary according to Nieva's personalized statue is distinct. The Virgin Mary wears a long white tunic, and stands atop a (Guava) tree resting on a cloud decorated with seven roses. The virgin has a six-pointed star on the forehead, and has a "Sailor knot" featuring a tassel and a golden chain ball hanging from her chest.
The six-pointed star is one of the oldest Christian Symbols for God. For Christians, it’s called the creator’s star. It represents the fact that all the persons of the Trinity were present at creation. The Blessed Virgin Mary has a unique relationship with the Trinity, Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.
7 roses reveals a divine favor in some. 7 is also regarded as the perfect number of Christ.
The meaning of this Celtic Knot is that with no beginning and no end, it represents unity and eternal spiritual life. The symbols line interweaves through the circle in an unbroken flow.
The white tunic White represents purity or innocence.
(Guava) tree serves as an Altar to Our Lady of Sorrows help participants share her pain and grief, and reminds them that she is considered the greatest of all Martyrs. She gladly experienced this lifetime of sorrow so believers could receive her Son’s ultimate gift, the grace of redemption.
The Marian title associated with the weeping statue later became known as "Our Lady of Agoo, Immaculate Queen of Heaven and Earth" and features seven roses atop a cloud where the virgin stands.
The public was initially inclined to believe Nieva's claims. On March 6, 1993, during a "manifestation" on "Apparition Hill", an estimated one million people gathered to witness a "visitation" from the Virgin Mary.
Numerous government officials, media personalities and even a Catholic bishop attested to the veracity of these events.
In 1993, a theological commission established by Bishop Salvador Lazo Lazo has not accepted this event, it is still under investigation the aforementioned events as Constat de Non Supernaturalitate (Latin, "clearly evident to be not supernatural"). Accounts reported in the news media regarding the financial corruption of the discredited seer's family. This is always a major finding when investigating such reports. Having a Catholic Bishop who reports witnessing this event at Agoo Philippines is a strong supporting element (regardless what his commission investigated), in deciding an outcome, but other considerations add to the final outcome. The life of Judiel Nieva factors in and there is a lot of concern here? Is he truly a transexual or has he become the center of a push from the far left to attempt to gain acceptance for such a lifestyle. Today, there is a strong political push for Transgender behavior. The Biden Government is seeking to reach children at a young age to promote this lifestyle against parents rights. These kind of decisions should be looked into when a new born baby there might be a concern. The DNA is the best test, not that coming from a later teacher with an agenda. As a result of this kind of twisted reasoning, biologic men have been permitted to compete in women's sports hurting women's sports.
That is possible and Judiel Nieva himself may be totally innocent of such an accusation. This might be clarified as the Catholic Church investigates his life.
1 John 4:1-3 states: "Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh belongs to God, and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus does not belong to God. This is the spirit of the antichrist that, as you heard, is to come, but in fact is already in the world."
Matthew 19:8-12 states: "Jesus said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery.”
[His] disciples said to him, “If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” He answered, “Not all can accept [this] word,* but only those to whom that is granted. Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage* for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.”
I have found no real evidence that Judiel Nieva himself has come out as a transgender, but there is a lot of reports of such, not coming from him, but others I found to be un-named. People would call him "her", "she" As I opened this blog, " He goes around the country, He prays for you and your family. According to a friend its his mission. He is back to being simple." A clue might point to where some of the confusion lies says he tells people their future? That is not what is reported about him. "Nieva is the seventh of eight children. His parents Pedro and Julia Nieva sold goods out of two stalls which they operated in the local market. Even as a young child, Nieva was believed to have special powers and was sought out as a healer." It might be that some who want to use the person of Judiel Nieva and his experience to further their own agendas related to witchcraft or Pagan influences. That would be a major reason the Church would be hesitant on this event.