Antipolo Cathedral Blesses You with Safe Travels
There’s a certain tradition in the city of Antipolo that most devout overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) hardly miss out on—a visit to Antipolo Cathedral.
THE FIRST CHURCH IN ANTIPOLO. It’s also the home of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.
Known formally as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Antipolo, it is the first church erected within the city. It is also referred to as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.
HISTORICAL MARKER. Look for this if you want a bit of history about the church.
The image of the Immaculate Conception is said to be the reason why Governor-General Juan Niño de Tabora was able to make the safest of voyages across the Pacific Ocean, coming all the way from Mexico. Since then, it has been one of the most celebrated images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with a pilgrimage held every year during May.
THE MAIN ALTAR. The Black Madonna image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage is located at the top.
Moreover, thousands upon thousands of devotees make their way from Quiapo Church, home of the Black Nazarene, to Antipolo Cathedral on foot every year. Roads that go from Manila to Antipolo (usually the stretch of Ortigas Avenue) are closed to all vehicles during this pilgrimage. It takes place at night, with devotees being greeted by a mass at dawn.
This tradition is popular among those who visit Antipolo as a blessing received from the church for any departing OFW is said to ensure a safe trip. New car owners also have their cars blessed at the Antipolo Cathedral as they believe it will give them a sort of “safety blanket” in every journey they will venture on.
The Antipolo Cathedral is located at P. Oliveros St., Antipolo City, Rizal. To schedule a blessing for either your car or an OFW, you may send your request at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 02-697-0274. Blessings for birthday and wedding celebrators are also done here every 1st Sunday of the month. You may also refer to their Facebook Page at Birhen ng Antipolo – Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage for announcements.