Antipolo Cathedral – Antipolo City, Rizal

The National Shrine to Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage is popularly and simply known as Antipolo Cathedral.  A landmark in Rizal, Antipolo Cathedral often attracts people from all corners of the country including the National Hero, Jose Rizal.

Devotees lighting up candles to accompany their prayers
Devotees lighting up candles to accompany their prayers

As a kid, I fondly remember lining up at the back of the altar to get a chance to touch the mantle of the Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage).  After the mass, we would buy some cashew nuts or kakanin (rice cakes/products).

Suman, bibingka, kasoy:  the traditional pasalubong
Suman, bibingka, kasoy: the traditional pasalubong
You can still find some of those traditional pasalubong around.
You can still find some of those traditional pasalubong around.

Decades later, the edifice around the church has changed.  The pasalubongs have evolved.

Starbucks, McDonald's, a big-chain grocery, a lot has sprouted around the Antipolo Cathedral.  This photo was taken in the morning, look at how many bystanders were there
Starbucks, McDonald’s, a big-chain grocery, a lot has sprouted around the Antipolo Cathedral. This photo was taken in the morning, look at how many bystanders were there

If there are some changes, there are also things that stayed the same.  Religious souvenir items are still available.

Take home some souvenirs
Take home some souvenirs
Altar items
Altar items

The Antipolo Cathedral, evolving since it completion in 1632, has retained its charm.

The church facade
The church facade on a weekday
Church facade on a Sunday
Church facade on a Sunday
Subdued and uncrowded on a weekday morning
Subdued and uncrowded on a weekday morning
The church's interior was under construction when I visited (in August 2014)
The church’s interior was under construction when I visited (in August 2014)

 

Date Last Visited:  August 2014

 

 

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