Mommy Dionisia Shares About Her Encounter with Mama Mary

Broadcast journalist Atom Araullo traces the story of Dionisia Pacquiao, mother of renowned Pinoy boxer Manny Pacquiao, and gets to know the mysteries behind her strong faith in Jesus and the Virgin Mary this Friday (Feb 1) in “Pinoy True Stories: Hiwaga.”


Though many know that Mommy D is a devotee, her faith is not something she has formed overnight because when Manny was a child, she claimed that she had seen an apparition of the Holy Mother. She was diagnosed with leukemia then but after this encounter, her illness suddenly disappeared.

But the story doesn’t end there because years later, she was afflicted with an inexplicable disease which made her sleepless and bloated. Would her faith give in to this test? Or would it make her stronger?

Don’t miss the full story in “Pinoy True Stories: Hiwaga,” anchored by Atom Araullo this Friday (Feb 1), 4:45 p.m. after “A Gentleman’s Dignity” on ABS-CBN. For updates on the program, visit

Watch the other “Pinoy True Stories” produced by ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, such as “Bistado” with Julius Babao every Monday, “Engkwentro” with Karen Davila every Tuesday, “Saklolo” with Maan Macapagal and Dominic Almelor every Wednesday, and “Demandahan” with Anthony Taberna every Thursday.

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