On June 24, 1981, the Feast of St. John the Baptist, the village was thrown into turmoil by an extraordinary happening. Two teenagers from Bijakovici were walking along a path by Podbrdo hill when they saw the shining silhouette of a young woman holding a baby in her arms. She covered and uncovered the child as if to reveal Him to the children.
One of them, Ivanka Ivankovic, 16, looked up in astonishment and stared at the light. She exclaimed to her friend Mirjana, “Look, it’s Gospa!” (Gospa in Croatian means “Our Lady”.) Mirjana, sure that Ivanka was joking, did not even take the time to look in that direction. “C’mon!” She said, mocking her. “Do you really think I would believe that Gospa is appearing to us?” When Mirjana finally resolved to look up, she saw the Lady too and fell to her knees speechless. Their friend, Vicka Ivankovic, was passing by. “Look up there, Vicka! Our Lady is there! Look how beautiful she is!” They called to her. Vicka made fun of them without glancing toward the hill and ran away. When she met Ivan Dragicevic, 16, in the street she recounted to him the words of Mirjana and Ivanka. Then she said, “Let’s go together and see what is happening!” When they arrived at the foot of the hill, they too saw the silhouette of the Lady. Ivan, frightened, fled to his home at full speed leaving his shoes behind.