From being a simple family thanksgiving affair, the May 1 fiesta became a day of pilgrimage for hordes of devotees from distant places who would show up uninvited at the Valmonte house to pray for intercession before Her image. When she finally met the friar and recounted to him her dream, he was moved by her display of great faith. The name of the image, the friar told Juana, was "La Divina Pastora. In time, other miracles began to be attributed to the Divina Pastora. Juana returned to Gapan with the Divina Pastora, to the family home -- traditionally referred to by old-time residents as "bahay na sim" for a reason that has been lost in time -- that used to stand beside the river, along what is now Valmonte Street near the Gapan Church. News of Her miracles quickly spread to other places in Gapan and neighboring towns, drawing numerous believers. The following day, she told her father about it and he advised her to go to Intramuros in Manila to see a friar-friend -- an Augustinian, it can be surmised, as the Gapan parish then was administered by the Augustinian Order -- and seek his help in deciphering her dream.
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