ILOILO CITY - Sister Visitacion Alecto was only 16 when she went to Beaterio Del Santisimo Rosario De Molo to become a nun.
It was Maria Beatrice Rosario Arroyo, known as Mother Rosario, who welcomed her.
Alecto described Mother Rosario as simple and generous, who would give rice to the poor every Friday.
The Vatican recently recognized Mother Rosario's "heroic virtues," an early step in the sainthood process, and granted her the title "venerable."
Sister Ma. Arlene Nacionales said they received the news 2 days before Mother Rosario's death anniversary. They are now waiting for the promulgation of the decree to prepare Mother Rosario's journey to sainthood.
Mother Rosario was the founder of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary in the Philippines.
She was born on Feb. 17, 1884 in Molo, Iloilo City and devoted her life to the service of the poor. She died on June 14, 1957 and entombed at Beaterio Del Santisimo Rosario De Molo.
Mother Rosario is the great, great grandaunt of former first gentleman Mike Arroyo. - Report from Jennifer Garcia, ABS-CBN News