Date: June 18, 2011
Location: Oliveros St. , Antipolo City
Rizal @ 150 Passport Stamp: No. 15 -National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage
Yehey! A day before the sesquicentennial birth anniversary of our national hero, Dr.Jose Rizal ,I got another stamp on my Rizal Passport . This is courtesy of these bubbly staff at the Pastoral Office of Antipolo Cathedral.
Enshrined in the Antipolo Cathedral or more popularly known as the Simbahan ng Antipolo is the image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage which is one of the twenty seven (27) sites related to our national hero.
Based on the Rizal Passport, when young Pepe was only seven years old, he and his father took a boat to Manila and Antipolo from Calamba for a pilgrimage to the Virgin of Antipolo.
So while I was in Taytay, Rizal (accompanying my sister -in- law's family to a wedding participated by my niece as one of the flower girls), I made a decision that I will visit this component city of the Rizal Province on our way home.
Antipolo City prides itself as the "Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines" because of a popular custom of pilgrims to the Virgin of Antipolo commencing in the month of May and ending in July.
There was a schedule of activities for this procession in celebration of the "Ang Tipulo Festival 2011" which was held only last month.
The Antipolo Church was built by the Jesuits between 1630-1633. I learned that the image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage has performed miracles since the image was found among the Tipulo trees.Since then the image was often visited by those seeking safe travel and its popularity was reportedly the reason for the road that was built to directly connect Antipolo (formerly Morong) to Intramuros, Manila which used to be the seat of government during the Spanish Period.
In front of the church is the marker placed in 1937 by the Historical Research and Markers Committee. The marker gives us a brief history of the Nuestra Senora de la Paz y Buen Viaje.
"The statue of Nuestra Senora de la Paz y Buen Viaje was brought from Mexico to Manila by Governor Juan Nino de Tavora in 1626 and at his death in 1632 was turned over to the Jesuits for the Church of Antipolo. Nuestra Senora de la Paz y Buen Viaje was proclaimed Patroness of the Galleons. The statue crossed the Pacific, and returned, eight times on board the galleons of Acapulco: in 1641, 1643, 1645-46 on the San Luis; 1648-1649 on the Encarnacion; in 1650 on the San Diego; in 1851-1853 on the San Javier; in 1859-1662 on the San Jose and in 1746-1748 on the Nuestra Senora del Pilar. The statue of Nuestra Senora de la Paz y Buen Viaje was canonically crowned on November 26, 1926, by the Most Rev. Michael J. O’Doherty, Archbishop of Manila, on the Luneta, Manila, in the presence of at least one hundred thousand people."
Unlike many visitors who couldn't find a parking space for their car, we were allowed entry to the Church yard by an instant stratagem. The "parking boy" ( whom I later learned is a commissioned merchant by one of the souvenir stalls )signaled for us to enter. When the police manning the area came to us, I have to introduce myself as "attorney" and was granted entry just like that to the reserved car park in front of the Pasalubong Marker.
Before leaving Antipolo, we made time to buy some pasalubong. Since we couldn't find yet the parking boy whom I promised tobuy cashews from, I made an instant suki with ate Emily. She is very friendly and good at sales talk. She has lots of free taste too! After trying the suman (a local delicacy made out of sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves) with coco jam, I bought P300 worth of suman (Php 50 for nine pieces), Php 480 worth of coco jam (Php 80 per small bottle), P100 worth of calamay (5 pieces) and two big glasses of cashew which she gave me for only P50 per glass. Besides the discount, she even offered to give us three bracelets but I refused because it has a "cross". Instead she gave me a pack of "shing-a-ling" (crunchy snack). She is very nice so check out Emily's Leyble stall when you visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo!
But here's the catch. We found the parking boy and brought us to his stall. Woahh! The stall was selling the big glass of cashew for a staggering Php 180 per glass! I would have bought it easily if I had not bought the same big glass of cashew for only Php 50 from Emily's! Honoring my word, I still bought half a kilo of cashew for Php 250. It is only Php 200 from Emilys! so I was ripped off by Php 50. Oh, well. Parking in Antipolo really comes with a price haha.
This is the second entry on Rizal@ 150 Heritage Trail Series. Here's the first entry.
My First Few Steps - Rizal Park,Rizal Monument, Rizal Execution Site, Rizal's Fountain, Calamba Shrine and Calamba Church