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Judiel Nieva
Born 1977
Other names Angel dela Vega[1]
Occupation Actor
Known for claiming to be a visionary of apparitions by the Virgin Mary

Judiel Nieva (born 1977), also known as Angel dela Vega,[1] is a Filipino trans woman notable for her claims of seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary in Agoo, La Union, Philippines from 1989 until 1993 in what was then labeled as the "Miracle of Agoo".


Early life

Nieva is the seventh of eight children. Her parents Pedro and Julia sold goods out of two stalls which they operated in the local market. Even as a young child, Nieva was believed to have special powers and was sought out as a healer.[2]

Marian visions

Nieva claimed to have begun seeing visions of the Virgin Mary in 1987 when she was only 10 years old. On March 31, 1989, she reported that the first of several public apparitions, in which she claimed to have seen a bright light, then heard voices and the sounds of trumpets while angels descended from heaven towards him singing “Allelulia” and “Salve Regina”. The Holy Family next appeared on a cloud, St. Joseph holding a shepherd’s staff and the Virgin Mary sitting on a rock holding the baby Jesus on her lap.[2] Other "miraculous" events associated with Nieva included a Host turning into actual flesh and blood, messages reportedly coming from the Virgin Mary, images of the Virgin Mary "weeping" tears of blood and a "dancing" sun.[3]


Initial reactions

The public was initially inclined to believe Nieva's claims. On March 6, 1993, during a "manifestation" on "Apparition Hill", an estimated one million people gathered to witness a "visitation" from the Virgin Mary. Numerous government officials, media personalities and even a Catholic bishop attested to the veracity of these events.[3]

Declaration as non-supernatural

In 1993, a theological commission established by Bishop Salvador Lazo condemned the aforementioned events as Constat de Non Supernaturalitate (Latin, "clearly evident to be not supernatural"). Accounts reported in the news media regarding the financial corruption of the discredited seer's family and her own transsexualism were seen as proof of this finding.[2][4][5]

Acting career

In 2003, Nieva, who now calls herself by the screen name "Angel dela Vega", starred in a film entitled "Siklo". In the film, she plays a woman who falls in love with her neighbor.[6]


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