HISTORY OF MAMA PIAT
It is commonly known that the image of OUR LADY OF PIAT in Cagayan came from the St. Dominique Church in Macau. History shows that there was no paper mache arts in Macau at that time and so it is rightful to say that the Marian image actually originated from India.
When the Dominicans of Spanish decent were ousted from Macau, a side agreement with the Dominicans of Portuguese decent stipulated that instead of returning the image to Spain, it was agreed to ship the image to the Philippines.
Thereafter, the image arrived unaccompanied from Macau to the Philippines. Due to lack of appropriate markings it was named OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY. At the Dominican sanctuary in Sto. Domingo Church, the image could only be enshrined in the side altar since it already had a patron in Nuestra Senora del Rosario La Naval de Manila .
For the same reason that it already had a patron image, the paper machied image was transferred to Nueva Segovia in Cagayan Valley as part of the evangelization by the Dominicans. There were a series of transfers and rejections on where the image was to be finally enthroned due mainly because of her color as she was not made of ivory nor bearing the white color.
Eventually, the image was fetched from a parish to be brought to PIAT and then credited to end the drought in the area. Hence, she became known as OUR LADY OF PIAT. Thus, the name Our Lady of Piat has its roots in Philippine history, unlike other Marian images such as Our Lady of Lourdes (France) or Our Lady of Fatima (Portugal).
Upon inspiration, a replica of the paper machied image or Our Lady of Piat was finished and known to us as today as MAMA PIAT.
A visit to the Macau church museum shows that the MAMA PIAT image bears the most startling resemblance to the image of OUR LADY OF HEALTH whose origins was traced to Velankanni, India; except for the white ivory color. (Check out fb photo albums of Macau visit)
Now based in Bulacan, MAMA PIAT is credited with numerous testimonials of devotion, cures and answered prayers that marks this emerging movement and community of believers committed to pray, praise, encourage, affirm and give thanks . The community is rapidly expanding through her visitations to various homes and groups, as well as through the facebook community. It is predominantly Catholic but embraces ecumenism in accordance with the Vatican II documents.