Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Shrine, Antipolo City: A Journey of Faith, Cashew Nuts, Suman and Stained-Glass Windows

Antipolo Shrine- Every month of May, this small shrine was flocked with thousands of devotees to pay homage to Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. It is considered a big event within the localities that will be part of the pilgrimage, as the people tend to walk their way up to the hills of Antipolo where the shrine is situated, famously known as "Alay Lakad' to commemorate the transfer of the image to its permanent sanctuary.

The facade of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Shrine.
Believed to be miraculous, the Marian image, popularly known as the Virgin of Antipolo, finds its home at this small yet lovely shrine surrounded by stained-glass windows that really fascinated me.

History has it that the image kept the perilous voyage of Governor Tabora and his men safe amidst dangerous water and fire aboard their ship that when they finally arrived at the Port of Manila, the Governor calls for a celebration and thus, the image has been accepted as the Patron Saint of Travelers.
This will be my second time in this place and the only time I was able to bring with me a camera to capture the interiors of the shrine. I'm a Catholic by faith and church-hopping is one of my favorite past time.

Before going home, I visited the stalls just outside the shrine and got some cashew nuts and suman; a local delicacy made of sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves. Never leave Antipolo without grabbing some of this product. Aside from the shrine, this sweet treats make Antipolo famous.

The pure white ceiling is the perfect contrast for the gold-colored main altar and colorful stained glass.

The main altar.

Black Nazarene inside Antipolo Shrine.
Religious images sold outside the shrine.
The famous suman of Antipolo. Eat it on its own or with ripe mango and coco jam. Yummy!!

Map going to Antipolo Shrine.

1 comment:

  1. I miss going to Antipolo. We used to go to church there when we were still staying in Cainta. Tapos buy suman and kalamay after mass. Hay! Kakamiss...


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