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The Brown Madona of Benguet

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Inaugurated on October 4, 1986 is the Shrine of the Brown Madona of Benguet located along the Asin provincial road at Kilometer 7, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet.

The Shrine was the project of the people of Pacac, Asin Road, in cooperation with the municipality of Tuba and St. Vincent's parish. It was initiated and coordinated by the National Correspondents Club thru its president, Narciso (Nars) Padilla.

The Shrine of the Brown Madona was erected as a symbol of peace and reconciliation anchored on prayer power. Since its establishment, mass weddings are being held at the shrine, the most in number of which was in 1989 when 21 pairs of young couples made their vows.

Every year, two celebrations are held at the Shrine - one on Conception Day, December 8 and on October 4, the anniversary date.

During the inauguration on October 4, 1986, the mass was concelebrated by Monsignor Emiliano Madangeg with Fr. Roger Positor, OSA; Fr. Fred Jova, OSA; and Fr. Regino Boncaya, order of the recolletos.

The modona stands 9 ft. six inches tall and weights one ton, more or less. The success of the project was thru the cooperative efforts of many people including doners such as Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Kabluyen, Ignacio Regina and Family, former mayor Claro, Pat Pruna, Victor Dulay and family, Engr. Bernardo M. Vergara, Capt. and Mrs. Felipe, Mirasol Buena, Estella Padilla & Family, and several others.

Government officials and civic leaders who attended the inaugural included PC chief Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, city Mayor Bueno, Midland Courier editor Cecile Afable, and Monette de Villa.

Others who gave assistance to this project are the people of Asin Road barangay headed by punong barangay Reynaldo Lopez Nauyac.

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