- Posted July 2, 2012 by
Our Lady of Piat Feastday
The Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat is one of 12 minor basilicas in the Philippines. It is distinguished as the home to the venerated Black Virgin Mary.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Piat is located in the town of Piat, which is 1 hours away by land from Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Province.
This pilgrimage site attracts a large number of devotees especially on July 1 and 2 when the feast of Nuestra Señora de Piat is celebrated.
The first thing I noticed that was different about the Basilica of Our Lady of Piat was its entrance arch. It was located at the back of the church. You’d have to go around from the entrance to see the the church facade.
One thing is known, the people of Piat seemed to have fallen in love with the image. Although the statue did not have the face and hands of ivory, the dark color of the Virgin Mary may have been more appealing.
Especially since the townspeople believed the image to be miraculous.