ocr-generated OUR LADY OF THE FORT -
THE VIRGEN OF REMEDIES
The second oldest image of the Virgen Mary in the Philippines is the Nuestra Señora de la
Cotta found in the Cathedral of Cebu City:
The Very Reverend Lorenzo Perez O.M. relates the following account:
"In the baptistry chapel of the Cathedral of Cebu is an altar dedicated to the
Virgen of Remedies, more popularly known as the Nuestra Señora de la Cotta: This
image, according to the tradition of the Cebuanos was found in a wel) that was in the
Cotta or Fort of San Pedro in Cebu during the years 1570 to 1575. The discovery was .
considered in those times a miracle due to the cures that 'simple folk experienced from
the waters of the well where she was discovered.
The statue is small, with an Infant in her arms. It is of European sculpture, and
was venerated by the townspeople of Cebu in the chapel of the Cotta until the middle of
the 19th century when it was transferred to the Cathedral"
Today, this image of Our Lady is one of those greatly venerated by the inhabitants of Cebu,
Its feastday is celebrated on the 18th of December each year.
Excerpt form the book
MADONNAS OF THE PHILIPPINES
by Lutgarda Aviado
Quezon City, 1975
To revive and perpetuate this ancient Cebuano Marian devotion to Our Lady of the Fort
the Virgin of Remedies, whose original image was lost during World War II, this new
image is donated to Fort San Pedro of Cebu City, through the Honorable City
Mayor Michael Lopez Rama, Councilor Margarita Vargas Osmeña, Chairman Committee
on Tourism, Local and International Relations and Arts and Culture, and Dr. Librado O. Macaraya, Jrus
Chairman of the Cebu City Parks and Playgrounds Commission.
Donated by Dr. Clodoveo "Louie" Nacorda DPA, of Cebu City, and solemnly blessed by
Rev. Fr. Romeo Desuyo, parish priest of Our Lady of Remedies Parish, Odlot, Bogo, on
this 18th day of December 2010, feast day of Our Lady of th Fort, the Virgin of Remedies: