Vacation Bits 05: Antipolo City Churches

March 26, 2013 at 12:26 am | Posted in PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | 2 Comments
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Antipolo City is a city located in the mountainous province of Rizal, and is the next province east to Manila. It is 7th largest city in the Philippines.  Its name was derived from the word “Ang Tipolo” (The Tipolo). Tipolo is a tree that was once abundant in this component city (wikimapia).

This city is close to my family’s heart because my parents once lived here. After getting married, they moved in to a house in the hilly Woodrow Hills and enjoyed the cool winds and peaceful place.

Everytime we visit the Philippines, we always visit our house here. We also don’t forget to visit the churches that were once frequented by my parents.

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That is Mom and I (pulling a bag) walking towards the church.

This one is the Antipolo Church, also known as the “National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage” and was first built in 1578 by Franciscan missionaries who arrived in the place during that Spanisih era. The church have undergone lots of renovations since then.

Because of this church, the city became known as a pilgrimage site. The Marian image of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage or the Virgin of Antipolo, which was brought in from Mexico in 1626, and enshrined in the Antipolo Cathedral has a continuous following among Filipino Catholics since the Spanish era.

A popular custom of pilgrims to the Virgin of Antipolo is the trek going to its shrine on the eves of Good Friday and May 1, from various locations in Rizal Province and Metro Manila. Some pilgrims would begin the trek from Quiapo Church in Downtown Manila following the procession of the image.There is also an existing custom to have new cars blessed at the church in the belief that this will ensure the safety of the car and its passengers (wikipedia).

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This is the interiors of the church. There was an ongoing wedding ceremonies when we visited.

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Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage on the altar


After visiting a centuries-old church, we moved in to a rather new church – Piazza Della Trasfigurazione (The Transfiguration of Christ Parish).

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During the times when Mom and Dad still lived here in Antipolo City, this church was still being constructed. The funds for the construction came from the people who live around the area. The church officially finished by last year only.

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The interiors of the church


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My parents were surprised to see the great improvements of the church. They used to attend holy masses here during the time when this church was still without walls, and people would bring their own chairs because there were not enough benches for the churchgoers. Mom was still pregnant with me that time 🙂

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These places of worship are close to my parents’ hearts, so they always try to come back here everytime our family is here in the country. Our way of expressing our gratitude for the blessings that come our simple life.






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  1. Thanks for publishing these beautiful pictures about your church visits.

    • Thanks for stopping by, AuntyUta 🙂

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