Cari amici, quello di Antipolo, nei pressi di Manila è uno dei principali santuari mariani delle Filippine. La tradizione vuole che nel 1626 alcuni navigatori messicani abbiano portato da Acapulco a Manila la statua della Vergine, scolpita in legno scuro, che nella cattedrale di Antipolo si presenta maestosa su un grande basamento di argento massiccio. Per visitarla il mese più bello è quello di maggio, animato da feste coloratissime. Antipolo è oggi un luogo di culto e di fede.

The Antipolo Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Antipolo City, mountain east of Metro Manila, Philippines. On 25 June 1983, the Antipolo Cathedral bears the formal title of “Cathedral-National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage”. The image of a Black Madonna that represents the Immaculate Conception, is enshrined in Antipolo Cathedral was brought to the country by Governor-General Juan Niño de Tabora from Mexico via the galleon El Almirante in 1626. His safe voyage across the Pacific Ocean was attributed to the image, which was given the title of “Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage”. It is a 17th-century Roman Catholic wooden image of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in the Philippines.

 

 

The shrine attracts millions of pilgrims annually, especially during the pilgrimage season which the alay lakad or walk offering, where pilgrims spend the night travelling on foot to the shrine and hear the Mass at dawn. The starting point of the modern pilgrimage is Quiapo Church in Manila on April 30 and last throughout the month of May ( the month of Mary).

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