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1995, I was lucky to fulfill one of my biggest wishes—to visit the Taj Mahal. I thank God for making this dream come true.

Lorena Isla, 2002

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Madrid, morning of February 26, 2010, after 10-hour bus ride from my land Galicia, I had to take a plane to Mexico. One hour before the flight, I found out I had no passport. I immediately entrusted myself to the policeman at the Barajas airport so he would make me a passport for all my money. Miraculously I made it to the plane, which, thank goodness, was delayed. I made this retablo in gratitude.


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Catalina Villanueva warmly thanks Saint Jerome with this retablo because they let her go to Europe with her boyfriend. There they could go to nudists beaches without worrying of being recognized.

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Carolina Robledo sincerely and warmly thanks Saint Jerome because he fulfilled her great wish to visit Italy and to see one of the last performances of Luciano Pavarotti.

Ricardo Palacio and his wife went as tourists to Yanga Palmillas, a place with a mysterious and marvelous stone ball. When they approached it, they suddenly saw a blazing UFO in shape of a plate appeared and was hanging 100 m high in the air for few minutes. The spouses thank Saint Rose of Lima for protecting them from a danger. They bring this retablo as gratitude.

Cordoba, Veracruz, 1963

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During her tourist trip to Puebla, the Italian Antonella Peruzzi met a young painter Baltazar Mendez in the artistic neighborhood. She thanks Saint Anthony of Padua for having met in him the love she was always looking for. She married him and stayed to live in this beautiful city and wonderful country.


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We thank the Virgin of Guadalupe for having guided us during our peyote trip in the desert in which we saw various wonders such as flowers of incandescent light and improbable animals that showed us the way and illuminated our path. We came back from this trip much wiser and more tolerant to the other human beings, and also more understanding.

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My husband and I were going through a marriage crisis. We even went to the family therapy but it didn’t work. I didn’t want to divorce him but I didn’t know what to do. I’m infinitely grateful to Saint Anthony of Padua for blessing me with an idea to invite my husband to the Zipolite nudist beach for a week-end. Thanks to this trip the flame of our love was revived, and now we love each other as much as when we were newlyweds.

Diana R.
Zipolite, Oaxaca

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Facundo Mendez brings this retablo to Saint Patrick thanking him because he went to New York and saw the Rolling Stones’ concert from the first row.

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I thank the Virgin of Zapopan for being a part of the folk dance group of my state. In this way, I’ve been able to travel around the world and to show a little bit the colors of my beloved Mexico. I dedicate this humble retablo for that.

Guadalupe Soriano
Guadalajara, Jalisco

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We thank the Virgin of Guadalupe for we have met the love and happiness in this house in beautiful Mexico. We have only pleasant memories of its culture and traditions and it will be forever in our hearts.

Victoir and Erve di Rosa
Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico
August 2002

Erve di Rosa is a French artist and a Mexican culture lover. He helped Alfredo Vilchis to create his retablo book.

Ismael de Rodas and his wife came to Yucatan as tourists. There an Ufo chased them for 30 minutes. Being scared they ran over all Chichen Itza. Finally they prayed Saint George, and then the UFO rise up at high speed and quietly disappeared in the sky. The spouses offer this retablo.

San Cristobal de las Casas
October 18, 1965

Vicente Gutierrez offers this retablo to Saint Patrick thanking him because he went to Las Vegas and won the ticket to an Elvis’ concert.

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