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Antipolo Cathedral: Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Antipolo (Rizal)

A beloved pilgrimage destination in the Philippines, Antipolo Cathedral enshrines the revered image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, known for her protection and blessings.

Discover the historic Antipolo Cathedral, a renowned pilgrimage site steeped in the legend of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. Explore its fascinating past, from the Black Madonna's miraculous voyage to its current role as a spiritual sanctuary. Experience the Antipolo Cathedral's blessings, masses, and profound sense of peace...

Antipolo church from outside

A Sacred Landmark Steeped in History

Filipino culture is deeply intertwined with Christianity, evident in the many beautiful churches found throughout the country. One such revered landmark is the Antipolo Cathedral, home to the sacred Black Madonna, known as Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. This image holds a fascinating history – legend tells that during the church's construction in the 1630s, it mysteriously vanished several times. Miraculously, it would always reappear atop a tipolo (breadfruit) tree. The image's pedestal is even said to be crafted from the trunk of this very tree, explaining the origin of the city's name.

Antipolo cathedral church
Black maria - our lady of peace and good voyage
The Black Madonna.

The Story of the Black Madonna and its Miraculous Voyage

In 1626, Governor-General Juan Niño de Tabora embarked on a momentous mission – to bring the revered image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage from Mexico to its new home in the Philippines. This sacred journey would take place aboard the mighty galleon El Almirante.

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo Cathedral Church

Sailors, their hearts filled with both faith and trepidation, sought the Virgin Mary's protection as they prepared to cross the treacherous waters of the vast Pacific Ocean. Storms raged, waves crashed against the ship, and yet the El Almirante persevered.

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo Cathedral Church

It's said that the image of the Black Madonna emanated a calming presence, her watchful eyes a beacon of hope amidst the tempest. With her blessing, the galleon and its precious cargo reached the Philippine shores, forever cementing Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage's place in Filipino history.

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo Cathedral Church

A Pilgrimage Destination and International Shrine

The Antipolo Cathedral is a beloved pilgrimage site, particularly during the months of May to July. Its central location in Antipolo City makes it easily accessible, drawing millions of devotees from across the Philippines and beyond.

Antipolo Cathedral Church

Visitors can ascend the stairs within the cathedral for a closer look at the sacred image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. The church is meticulously maintained, creating a solemn atmosphere filled with the sweet fragrance of flowers offered to the Virgin Mary.

To fully appreciate the serenity of this sacred space, consider visiting on a weekday. Always remember to dress respectfully when entering the cathedral.

Antipolo cathedral church
Our lady of peace and good voyage church
The church can get quite crowdy at peak days/hours.

Tips for a Memorable Visit

  • Plan Ahead: Familiarize yourself with the Antipolo Cathedral mass schedule to find the service times that align with your plans.
  • Car Blessing: Antipolo Cathedral is well-known for car blessings. This tradition offers spiritual protection for vehicles and their occupants, fostering a sense of safety and peace of mind on the road. The priests perform blessings throughout the week, and you can find the schedule here.

  • priest blessing car at Antipolo Cathedral Church
  • Explore Antipolo: Enhance your trip by discovering other attractions and points of interest that Antipolo has to offer. Researching what else the city has in store will enrich your overall experience.

Antipolo cathedral church
Antipolo cathedral church