Ex-OFW returns to Compostela park where she 'experienced' stigmata-A A +A
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
VISIONARY Emma de Guzman visited yesterday the Q-Park in Buluang, Compostela, where thousands of pilgrims around the country are expected to spend their Holy Week.
De Guzman, accompanied by a small group that included Norkis Group of Companies Chairman Norberto Quisumbing Jr., prayed at the park’s Stations of the Cross, as has been her practice every Holy Week since 2007.
The former overseas worker was said to have exhibited miracles while praying at the park.
During Holy Thursday in 2007, de Guzman reportedly experienced stigmata, characterized by having body marks or sores in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ.
The next day, she told Quisumbing, who developed the park, and his wife that the Virgin Mary spoke to her of her desire to see a statue of hers standing among the hills.
The 41-foot statue of Virgin Mary has become one of the attractions in the 200-hectare park located in a mountain.
During Holy Week in 2008, the visionary reportedly experienced stigmata again.
Later, in December, a shower of golden dust was allegedly seen in the spot where de Guzman prayed quietly.
De Guzman, who visits the park every Holy Week and during the birthday of the Virgin Mary in December, will spend her Holy Thursday at the Q-Park.
Work on the Q-Park started in 2004 and it was opened to the public the following year, attracting some 30,000 visitors who walked and prayed at the 15 Stations of the Cross, the park’s centerpiece.
Quisumbing, in an interview with reporters, said he has developed another religious park in a 20-hectare property in Patpat, Bukidnon.
The new park completes the goal to create three mountain stations in the country, as was the wish of the Virgin Mary according to de Guzman. The first one was developed in Batangas, where she was said to have witnessed the first miracle.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 17, 2014.