Mama Mary is coming home.
After being away for 42 years, the image of the Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion y del Triunfo dela Cruz of Ozamiz will be coming home to the Archdiocese of Ozamiz on December 8.
The image was stolen from the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in 1975. It, however, was discovered in an exhibit of Marian images at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City in October this year.
Its owner decided to return the religious image to the Catholic Church.
Since its disappearance, devotees had been flocking to its replica, a carved image of the Señora de Triunfo on the wall of the fort, facing the Panguil Bay.
The Archdiocese of Ozamiz and the city government have prepared a grand welcome for the long-lost image on December 8, the feast day of the Immaculate Conception.