A rare and beautiful antique statue of our Blessed Mother was bequeathed by the late Ramon R. Ticzon, to one of his nieces, Remedios Ticzon-Gonzales when he passed away in 1999. The Blessed Mother is shown in an unusual pose - seated on the floor and lovingly breast-feeding the Infant Jesus. The beauty and the significance of the image inspired Remy (to her friends) or Baby (to her family) to propagate the spiritual devotion to Our Lady of La Leche in Metro Manila, Philippines.
At first, Baby had to ask herself, what is this image of the nursing Blessed Virgin Mary called? No one whom she approached seemed to know the answer. It was virtually unknown, even to the religious. The statue she acquired had been an heirloom, handed down by her grandmother to her uncle who was a bachelor. Baby decided to ask her parish priest, Rev. Fr. Nick Blanquisco of the Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Mandaluyong City about the possibility of propagating a devotion to this symbol of the Blessed Mother. She worked through the internet and learned that it is called Our Lady of La Leche. She undertook further research and collected enough materials.about this title of the Blessed Mother. With the assistance of Fr. Nick, she was able to obtain permission, on May 8, 2000, from His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin, through the then Vicar General, Msgr. Socrates Villegas, to promote the spiritual devotion in Metro Manila. At the same time, ecclesiastical approval was granted to print the novena prayers.
Thereupon, the Our Lady of La Leche Movement was formed., composed of women friends who are all Marian devotees. Together, they took the task of spreading the devotion and promoting the image, more particularly to pregnant and childless women to whom Our Lady of La Leche stands as a worthy patroness. On September 9 of the same year, the first replica was unveiled at the Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Mandaluyong City. Initially, the members of the OLLL Movement conducted the Saturday novena at the parish church. Eventually, they embarked on an outreach program bringing the pilgrim image of our Lady to hospitals, maternity clinics, homes for unwed mothers and even to private homes in Metro Manila, upon request. Novena pamphlets, stampitas, posters, calendars and tiny statues of our Lady that the members of the Movement distributed, greatly helped to promote the devotion.
The original members of the OLLL Movement are the following:
Remedios "Baby" Ticzon Gonzales - founder
Erlinda L. Magnaye
Caren C. Ramirez
Corazon T. Ticzon
Clarita "Teet" Regalado
Juliet "Yeyet" Tagle Martinez
Estrella "Star" Siao
The OLLL Movement was blessed initially with very kind and generous supporters, namely:
1. Rev. Fr. Nick Blanquisco
Former Parish Priest, Our Lady of fatima Parish
2. Mrs. Belen Ticzon Marte
lChair, Belco Marketing Inc. and Vice-President,
Harrison Plaza Mall
Sr. Pilar Verzosa, RGS
National Coordinator, Pro-life Phils.
Mrs. Lydia Sison
Owner, Rosary Theater
Shangri-la Plaza Mall
5. Graduates of class '55
College of the Holy Spirit