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‘Mummified’ baby found in Bohol

By Ma. Rosanna Mina, | 08/26/2009 3:54 PM

MANILA – A preserved corpse of a baby girl has reportedly been unearthed in the municipality of Mabini in Bohol.

Such discovery sparked widespread interest among residents of Brgy. San Roque (Cabulao) in Mabini.

Curious residents have been trooping to the St. Michael Cemetery to catch a glimpse of the “mummified” baby.

A mummy is a corpse treated for burial with preservatives in the process done by ancient Egyptians.

It could also be a body that is unusually well preserved possibly through incidental exposure to chemicals, very low humidity and extreme coldness.

A body could also be preserved if there is a lack of air when it is submerged in a bog or a wet ground with soil.

Dug up

The baby girl’s corpse, which was accidentally dug up by a gravedigger about a week ago, is in a casket with a glass cover.

“Di nag-decompose,” was how people described the corpse, according to Councilor Vicente Gulle. It has been almost a year, yet the baby has allegedly not decomposed.

“Di maubusan ang tao lalo nung na-discover,” Gulle told over the phone. He added that local newspapers already featured the discovery.

Gulle, who is part of the Mabini Municipal Council, said he has not been to the cemetery because he had work to do.

“Di na masyado marami,” he noted of the people who are presently going to the cemetery.


Fr. Mario Umbao, meantime, said about 100 people were at the cemetery when he went there Wednesday afternoon.

Umbao is the parish priest of St. Michael Parish in Brgy. San Roque (Cabulao).

He said he was able to speak with the baby’s father, Rico Tuyor. The baby’s mother was not in the cemetery because she had just given birth.

Tuyor always goes to the cemetery because he fears that the body of his baby, Mary Jane, would be stolen. “Baka manakaw,” Umbao said of Tuyor’s fear.

Umbao said Tuyor told him the baby was 1 year and 4 months when she died last September from pneumonia and loose bowel movement (LBM).

He then mentioned that he feels “neutral” about the situation.

However, he disclosed: “I’m afraid the people will lose their faith in God as they are concentrating on the mummified body of the baby.”

But he cannot help it. “I cannot prevent them from going to the cemetery,” he said.


Veronica Asas, 30, was one of the many who wanted to see if the “mummified” baby is true.

Asas, a housewife, went to the cemetery with her brother because they just live nearby.

The baby’s clothes were said to be rotting but the corpse was still intact and fresh. The baby reportedly had fever before she died.

Asas said the corpse was washed with alcohol because it was muddy when dug up. The baby’s skin color reportedly changed to purple because of that. “Parang nasunog,” she said.

In addition, she said the baby’s eyes were open. But Umbao noted that the baby’s eyes were closed when he went to the cemetery.

“Hindi naman nakakatakot ang mukha,” commented Asas.

She surmised that a lot of people went to the cemetery because they probably believe it was a “milagro” (miracle). “Di nangamoy,” she added.

“Buong-buo,” was what Asas’ brother, Federico Ibañez, Jr., said about the corpse.

Asas and Ibañez said they heard that the baby would have been 1 by September.


Ibañez, 46, noted that they did not pay any amount to see the corpse, although he mentioned that there was a donation box in the cemetery.

Umbao explained that the curious people would leave money after seeing the corpse. Some would just leave the money around since there was no place for them to put it.

A small box was placed but it could not hold the amount of money the people were donating. A larger box was then placed by Tuyor.

Umbao related that Tuyor also fears that the donation box would be stolen when there are no more people in the cemetery.

According to Umbao, the donation money will be divided between the cemetery and Tuyor.

Gulle, meantime, said he will look into the donation box matter.

Mabini, where Gulle serves as municipal councilor, is located in the eastern part of Bohol. According to the 2000 census, Mabini has 22 barangays, 5047 households and a population of 27,250.

Brgy. San Roque (Cabulao), meantime, has a population of 2391. It also has 451 households.
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Re: Mabini shaken by `miracle' of a mummified baby
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2009, 10:50:57 AM »
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  • It's just been almost  a year since the baby was buried.
    The embalming chemicals had preserved and slow
      the decomposing state of the body.

    Too much superstition instead of checking the facts.
    In a way, it's beneficial to the parents since the
             people dug into their pockets to give donation.

    The parents need to get the box of donation at the
           end of the day before the thief will get
            their hands into it.

    Basin maunhan pa sila sa k******n.
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    It may not guide you to everywhere you want to go in this world, but it will ensure  that you arrive safely in heaven.


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    Re: Mabini shaken by `miracle' of a mummified baby
    « Reply #2 on: August 26, 2009, 05:08:08 PM »
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  • nahitabo baya pod ni bata pod nga namatay unya gikubkub mao sab ang itsura nga wa ma decompose.bandang luzon man yata girl pod.unya gibutang man man nila sa chapel sa ila barrio.kalipat lang ko og pila ka tuig na patay.
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    Re: Mabini shaken by `miracle' of a mummified baby
    « Reply #3 on: August 26, 2009, 05:27:01 PM »
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  • there must be something with baby corpses
    heeey? what's the point of this?

    if you can't quit, then please help warn the kids..
    support Picture-Based Health Warning Bill  =>


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    Re: Mabini shaken by `miracle' of a mummified baby
    « Reply #4 on: August 26, 2009, 05:44:31 PM »
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  • If the child was preserved via embalming fluid and or if the child's organs were removed, this can lead to a high yield in preservation as the organs, particularly the stomach contents and GIT is responsible for the leakage of proteases and kinases that break down tissue and facilitate bacterial proliferation which leads to the bloating of the body after rigor mortis occurs.

    If the child was mummified meaning its organs were removed, then this would delay the decomposing effect.

    However, I do believe in incorruptable preservation.

    There are many bodies of Catholic Saints that have been preserved perfectly through the centuries and some were preserved for almost 2 thousand years.

    The body of St. Silvan, the Martyr, has been perfectly preserved in its original state since the 4th century A.D when he was martyred in what is now present day Croatia.

    The body of St. Beranadette Soubouris is preserved so perfectly and she looks like as if she is just sleeping. The bodies of these saints are not preserved, and have defied the natural process of decay and decomposition.

    And I do believe in this, as it relegates to Psalm 15, "You will not allow your holy ones to be corrupted."


    St. Bernadette of Lordes
    b: 1844 d: 1879
    She was not embalmed.

    St. Silvan the Martyr,
    martyred in: AD: 310
    St. Silvan was a young priest.

    The body of the Saint is over 1600 years old. Not embalmed.

    Look closely, St. Silvan was martyred by a cut on the neck. His throat was slit by a blade.
    He was a young priest who spread the word of Christ in what is now present day Croatia--converting pagans.

    God the Father who can raise the dead on the Last Day has preserved St. Silvan's body,
    a living testament to the Power of God.
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    Re: Mabini shaken by `miracle' of a mummified baby
    « Reply #5 on: August 26, 2009, 05:57:37 PM »
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  • I was reading a testimony by a French Surgeon, who was there when they exumed the body of St. Bernadette of Lordes in 1909, the body of the Saint was clothed in her Ministerial Order, the only part of the body that was exposed was her face and her hands.

    No smell of human decomposition was present, they examined her body, to notice that her body was perfectly preserved. No markings of embalming.

    And even embalming can only delay decomposition for 2-5 years at most.
    The natural order of the human body wills it that the cells will break down and release proteases, and kinases as well as cytoplasmic granules that will lead to the breakdown of tissue, ligaments, and even bone.

    The body of St. Bernadette had no odor of decay, rather, they could still see the veins in her hands, and her nails were perfectly preserved. Her clothing was riddled dust, and the rosary that was in her hand was rusting, but her skin and her body has remained unaffected.

    For over 100 years it has not decayed.


    St. Bernadette was a sickly woman in life. But her vow to Christ was as powerful.
    The preservation of her body is a testament to the Power of God.
    Who defies nature, for He created and wrote Nature.

    Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
    Luke 18:27


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  • kini wala moagi og in pagkamatay gilubong jod.
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    Re: Mabini shaken by `miracle' of a mummified baby
    « Reply #7 on: August 26, 2009, 08:31:47 PM »
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  • It is a mystery. Medical Science dictates that a human body will decompose by the end of the 1st week if it isn't embalmed. The human body will rigor mortize, then it will bloat, then it will liquify. All that will be left is the skeletal remains.

    If embalmed, the body will last and be preserved for no more than 5~ years. Eventually it will develop mycological growth (fungal), then it will then bloat, and give in to the natural process of decay and decomposition.

    However, there are instances, as seen in the bodies of the Incorruptible Saints.

    Where the body is preserved for centuries and in some cases, even millenias.

    It defies natural order of things.

    Then again, if we believe that God can raise the dead back to life on the Last Day, who is to say that He cannot prevent the bodies of His Saints from decomposing?

    Faith. There are some things that we cannot explain.

    I speak as 2nd year Medical Student.
    And I obey the fact that there are things that cannot be explained by science and logic.

    For God works outside the understandings of Man.
    Man can never fully understand God's Wonders. :)

    Isaiah 55:8
    "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.


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